The Battle of Agincourt – 25 October 1415 near Azincourt, in northern France. Henry V led his 7000 already exhausted troops into battle against 20,000 French, and participated in the bloody hand-to-hand fighting that would see him and the fabled English Longbow men earn their place in our history books.
Build your Hail Caesar 100 Years War forces from these excellent plastic sets fresh from Perry Miniatures and work out how the French could have lost what should have been a decisive victory!
Agincourt Foot Knights
With a mere 112 dead, and an unknown number wounded, Henry’s exhausted English defeated the French against all odds, whose estimated casualties were 7,000–10,000 (mostly killed) and 1,500 noble prisoners. A truly unbelievable number historically attributing to the myth of the English long bow.
Fighting across the muddy battlefield, perhaps the terrain itself will be your ally – will you follow the nobles’ code of honour? Or fight as though your life depends on victory.
This box contains 36 plastic Knights/Men at Arms. There are 18 ‘English’ knights and 18 ‘French’, however all could be used for the same side or any West European nation. They are armed with cut-down lances/spears, pole arms and swords.
Agincourt French Infantry 1415-29
The French king of the time, Charles VI, suffered from severe mental illness so instead, the French were commanded by the Constable Charles d’Albret and various prominent French noblemen, many of whom would not live to see the day end. Estimates suggest that the English had some 7 to 9,000 men made up of 5⁄6 longbow archers, 1⁄6 dismounted knights and men-at-arms in heavy armour at Agincourt.
The French had somewhere between 12,000 (outnumbering the English 4–3) to 36,000 (outnumbering the English 6–1.
Made up of about 10,000 knights and men-at-arms (of which about 1,200 were mounted), unknown thousands of other infantry, crossbowmen and archers.
The set consists of 36 plastic French Infantry and 6 knights/men at arms. The infantry are armed with spears, crossbows, double handed axes and hand weapons. The knights have cut-down lances/spears, pole arms and swords.
English Army 1415-1429 (36 figures)
The figures in this box represent the English Army at the height of the Hundred Years War, when the English bowmen dominated the fields of battle in France. Specifically the figures cover the period from the Battle of Agincourt (in 1415, when they were led by Henry V) to the Siege of Orleans (1429, when the French were led by Joan of Arc) which became the turning point of the war.
All the Men at Arms are represented in the full plate harness which was now the norm for gentry, as with the metal range, they cover the first flowering of real full plate armour. This being mostly rounded and ‘globular’. Although they are described these as English they could be used as French too. The only differences being the English tending to fight in ‘white’ uncovered armour a little more more than the French. With armour styles the box covers the main types used during these 14 years. Things changed quite fast especially with the basinets at this time. More plates were being added to the basic basinet with aventail until the aventail disappeared altogether and you had the full great basinet. The houndskull visors also became globular during this period.
Shields for Men at Arms had more or less been dropped from use in the field as the armour became more complete, so there’s only one on the sprue (2 per box). All the visors are separate as is the ‘orle’ or decorated circlet which was typically English. Two of the bodies have jupons and the other four are in ‘white’ armour. These designed these so some of the arms from the Wars of the Roses sets are interchangeable, the shoulders are the same width at least. So with some of the ‘white’ armoured bodies (i.e. the ones in the great basinets) you should be able to bridge the 1440’s with the WotR arms.
The archers are represented in padded aketons, nocking, drawing and loosing as a cohesive body. We’ve included a few pairs for arms for close combat too. These will be available separately as you might want to raise the ratio of the archers to men at arms. The box contains 24 archers and 12 men at arms. With the archers there is also a trumpet arm, the men at arms frame includes a longer spear that can be used for a standard or banner. Commanders can be used from within the men at arms.
This box contains: 36 figures, unit bases, 17 banners, 6 standards, painting guide and information sheet.