I would say that a respectable number of the badges that I’ve seen have nothing to do with the arms themselves.
Chris Green wrote:My own badge, the College of Arms grant for which post-dates the grant of arms by 27 years, is based on a red cross, which does not feature in my CoA. The College was very happy with my proposal. (Can't show you yet as the LP, though signed and sealed, has not yet been delivered.)
I can't wait to see it!