Rhys ap Thomas and John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk
|The Rhys figure is supposed to be the standard bearer; the feathered sallet head is from the Light Cavalry set.|
The arms for Rhys ap Thomas include a chevron with three black crows – which are painted for effect rather than accuracy. John Howard’s arms are bit more elaborate: Quarterly: 1 and 4, gules a bend between six cross crosslets fitchée argent (for HOWARD); 2, England with a label of three points argent; 3, gules a lion rampant argent.
According to some sources, it was Rhys ap Thomas who countered the attack by the Duke of Norfolk in the opening phase of Bosworth.
|Heraldry charges are painted for effect rather than accuracy.|
These plastic kits are great for customizing with head and arm swaps.
Rhys ap Thomas was knighted on the field of battle at Bosworth and continued to be a loyal supporter of King Henry VII. The Duke of Norfolk was killed by an arrow to the face – after his visor was torn off fighting against the Earl of Oxford. Incidentally, the Duke was the great-grandfather of Anne Boleyn. According to Shakespeare, the night before the battle a note was left in the Duke’s tent which read, „Jack of Norfolk, be not too bold, For Dickon, thy master, is bought and sold.“
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