Rhys ap Thomas and John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk

These are the command figures from the Perry Foot Knights box. The figure on the left is painted up as Rhys ap Thomas, a Welsh supporter of Henry Tudor who fought at Bosworth. The figure on the right is painted up as John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk, who fought and died for Richard III at Bosworth.

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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