One idea I also like is using the old family crest as a base for my Retinue. Apparently my line hails from Suffolk and one of use even got recognized by Henry the 8th. According to the records I pulled up one Edmund Moody was a Yeoman to the king and an outing he fell into a stream and apparently was to drunk to get himself out.
Well being no slouch Edmund apparently fished him out of drink. And in Gratitude he was recognized as a Gentlemen, giving him a house, and a pension. Not bad for just doing your job.
Now I know I am not a direct descendent, one of those 3rd son of a 3rd son things. Causing my family to come to the Carolinas in the 1640s.
I am trying to decided what kind of color combination to go with for now. I am torn between a white and black or a white and blue combo.
And a Badge or patch also. Thinking the 3 leafed clover or arm with a sword.