'Felas, lets go!'
Agincourt, 25 October 1415. Stalemate. The French and English armies waited to see who would make the first move. As the hours passed by it became a stern test of nerve and discipline.
The English cracked first. Henry, realising that the French would not budge, ordered his banners forward crying 'In the name of Almyghti God, and of Saint George, Avaunt baner! and Saint George this day thyn helpe!'*....or possibly the more succinct phrase 'Felas, lets go!'*
And the English battle line moved forward to within longbow range of the French.
Maybe I should paint up some English archers next.....
*The quotes are from Juliet Barker's excellent book 'Agincourt', and after reading it I was inspired to paint up Front Rank Figurines Henry V and Sir John Codrington. Frontrank figures are always a joy to paint. These two 'Felas' are now for sale on Ebay, item number 300992403895.