Work on my Welsh continues apace. I've done the archers of Llewelyn's household as standard medieval longbow, 4 elements. The other 4 I want to do as Welsh levy. Bear in mind these were not serfs, as bearing arms was the privilege of freemen (I believe in neighbouring England the ability to bear arms was one of the proofs of being freeborn), so the question is, what colours? Are they a bit brighter than the standard undyed linen or wool? Also, and this is puzzling me, are they bare legged or do they wear hose?
The figures I have are the Essex miniatures Dark age archers and they appear to have hose but its not very obvious. These figures came in the Welsh DBA pack and they are not "Welsh archers" as such but I like them better than the "Welsh" that Essex do and they seem an easier pose to paint. I've looked at the "Welsh" on their website and the archers there seem bare legged but I'm not sure of the realism of this. These were real people and are real people likely to be capering around the Welsh mountains with no trousers (pants)on? It's cold quite frankly......!
Any opinions anybody?
[ February 23, 2005, 13:14: Message edited by: AlanYork ]