Friday, 13 April 2007

Early Crusader Knights

Three more early Crusaders. Black Tree Design. Below is shown a bit of the inspiration for one of the above shields: an ivory bookcover from the Meuse-Region, Europe, 2nd half 8th century showing Christus Victor. As it looks very timeless byzantine it's just right for my Antiochian Crusader army.
Somewhere I heard the bellicose franks prefered warrior saints like St. Martin or St. George. In a similar way medieval frankish crusader knights fought as "milites christi" and worshiped Christ as their invincible hercules. And somewhere on my harddisk there is a picture of a 13th century illumination showing Christ on a charger leading a bunch of heavly armoured knights in his raised right hand an open book and between his lips the blade of a long dagger, a symbolic gesture emphasizing the superiority of the spoken word over ... hm...sometimes I'm not sure over what...over violence? Hm...but anyway, makes for a good banner-emblem for a lead army.
Christ bares his cross over his right shoulder like an axe.


PhilistineJim said...

Wow! Just awesome! You paint like a god. I am truely humbled.

I love your game board for the living room idea too.

Jim K

Menic said...

Ay Jim
thanx for dropping by. I think I've seen you on a photo on Mike's DBAgamer Blog, battling against his Thracians in the "Haven"...just the sound of it: "Haven"... I wished there would be a place like that here in Switzerland (*sigh*).

Beam me up, Scotty ;)

Greetz Menic

This blog is dedicated to ancient and medieval miniature wargaming. I'd like to share pictures of my painted armies and models, self made terrain-pieces and sketches of projects still residing in my head or on a piece of paper.
My main interest at the moment is creating armies and accessories, researching for historical or made-up scenarios and campaigns for the fast-play wargaming rules from "De bellis Antiquitatis" (DBA) with 25mm and 15mm figurines.
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