I distinctly remember this scene in the 2003 film Timeline (based on the novel of the same name by Michael Chrichton):
Evil Englishman besieged by the French in his castle, after several volleys of flaming arrows have been exchanged:
(He puts on an evil grin, and the Englishmen proceed to use unlit arrows.)
Me: …They’re just called arrows.
The chivalric code never stipulated that you needed to light your arrows on fire at night just so your enemy could see them coming. But what’s galling about the scene is that loosing regular, unlighted arrows on the enemy is seen as some sort of innovation, and the French are routed by the aforementioned “night arrows.”
I read the book in high school, and I do remember that there were, in fact, “night arrows.” I don’t remember if they were just ordinary arrows or if they painted them black or something.
However, I do know a way to improve this scene. We just need to add this beforehand:
Baldrick: I have a *clever plan*, m’lord…