The figures in this box represent the English Army at the height of the Hundred Years War when the English bowmen dominated the field 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 is mostly rounded and ‘globular’. Although they are described as English they could be used as French too. The only difference was that the English tended to fight in ‘white’ uncovered armour a little 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.