Right. Lord Eyre’s foot knights.
Above. Lord Wheatley's retinue.
Below. Lord Wood's retinue.
Painting the Retinue
The first unit to be painted was Lord Eyre and his mounted
knights. I don’t know how medieval armies were made up in
regards to livery etc, so this retinue has been painted how I
wanted it to be. Lord Eyre’s Knights are all dressed in the
basic White with Black Chevron livery. Lord Eyre himself has
the three gold quatrefoils within the chevron. Riding with the
Livered Knights is Lord Eyre’s only son, in his own red and
white chequered pattern. Lord Eyre has the family symbol of
the human leg in armour couped at the thigh on his helmet.
For the story of the Eyre family symbol, read our magazine
article on Nicholas L’Eyr, the Saga warband.
The second unit of knights, and the foot knights, I decided
were local knights who owed fealty to Lord Eyre, but dressed
in their own liveries rather than their lords. So both units are a
The Crossbowmen are Lord Eyre’s own sergeants, so have a
badge featuring the white shield with black chevron sewed to
The Bidowers were a mixed bunch of woodsmen and
professional archers paid to come along to make trouble.
North Star’s Mark Wheatley designed his retinue along the
same lines, his Lord and immediate unit in the Wheatley livery
of red and yellow.
Our chum Steve Wood chose to make his Lion Rampant a later
period, his is made up of late 15th Century figures when
wearing livery over armour was not fashionable.