Historically, heraldry was born during the conflicts of the 11th and 12th centuries. Painted shields and devices, and later additions such as embroidered surcoats, crests, and horse trappings, were an important means of identifying fully armored — and therefore anonymous — friends and foes on the battlefield. 

Following is a piece on figure painting from the Summer 1995 Military Miniature Art and Review Quarterly magazine by contributor Lee Chandler titled "Beginner's Page."  I found this article especially interesting because the author devotes it to the subject of flats, a type of figure popular in the 19th century, particularly in Germany. It was while growing up in Germany, in fact, that my family visited a museum dedicated to elaborate dioramas featuring painted flats.

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