Category: chivalry

Konrad III, König von Schönbrunn. Nicknamed &l…

Konrad III, König von Schönbrunn. Nicknamed “Der Vergoldete Adler” or “Der Prätor von Schönbrunn” by his contemporaries, Konrad III is the current and reigning king of Schönbrunn and a prince-elector of The Empire of Mankind. While it is generally considered both customary, if not traditional for both royal and aristocratic households to make their head, or otherwise eldest son and on rare occasions, firstborn daughter the heir to their realm or estate. The rightful head of House Mertz of Schönbrunn, Jon Mertz, had elected to disinherit his inheritance to The Kingdom of Schönbrunn in favour of his younger brother in order to pursue a doctorate in theology at The Imperial Academy at Nymphenberg in the Reichstadt, or the personal realm of The Emperors of Mankind within The Empire Proper. Amongst the ranks of both the great vassals to The Emperor of Mankind and The Prince-Electors of The Empire, The Mertz Kings of Schönbrunn have historically been both the wealthiest and most powerful princes in The Empire of Mankind after The Emperors themselves. The historical wealth and power of The Kingdom of Schönbrunn was largely due to being the site of the richest deposits of gold, silver, and gems within the boundaries of the civilized world as defined by the clergymen of the new gods. Though in recent decades, through the stewardship of both Konrad III and his predecessor, King Leopold IV of Schönbrunn, has the wealth and prosperity of “Der Königriech von Schönbrunn” been augmented by both the successful cultivation of wine and silk farming as well as the subsidization of the more urban, municipal industries rooted around the manufacturing of both consumer goods and military equiptment such as weapons, armour, and uniforms for the growing professional army of The Kingdom of Schönbrunn. Jon Mertz, as the official head of House Mertz and the older brother of Konrad III, has devoted his life’s work to lecturing on matters of theology at The University of Wörtzburch in The Kingdom of Solingen, or the realm of House Beggs in The Empire of Mankind, ancient enemies of House Mertz through a blood feud lasting several centuries. Due to the radical reforms being taught by Jon Mertz at The University of Wörtzburch, as well as Carter III of Solingen’s willingness to provide political asylum for both Jon Mertz and followers of his “reformation.” Konrad III has decided to remain faithful to both The Emperor of Mankind and The “Conservative” Church of The New Gods due to his family’s ancestral oaths of fealty to The Imperial Household for their royal title and station, despite, or rather because of his blood ties to the greatest religious reformer in The Civilized World. The gilding featured on this suit of armour is known “Orange Gold” or Gold smelted copper and nickel to create an imperishable “bronze” effect. This illustration was designed as a gift for Jon Mertz, a friend from Germany.

The escutcheon I designed for Jon Mertz, a fri…

The escutcheon I designed for Jon Mertz, a friend from Germany. The colour palette and overall design of this escutcheon is loosely inspired by both The Minotaurs and The Knights of The Raven Space Marine Chapters in Warhammer 40k. This escutcheon is for a low-fantasy setting of my design with technology equivalent to the late medieval and renaissance periods. Where formations of heavily mounted and armoured knight fight alongside armies of pikemen and matchlock musketeers, where medieval-style stone castles are gradually being zoned out in favour of both lavish country estates and devoted military fortifications due to the advancements made in artillery technology, and where my friends and familly fulfill the roles of members of royal and aristocratic households each with armies, lands, and fortunes at their disponsal. In context to the lore of my fantasy setting, House Mertz is the ruling family of The Kingdom of Schönbrunn in The Empire of Mankind and a vassal of House Steel, or The Imperial Household of The Empire of Mankind. Jon Mertz is the eldest son former heir of The Late Leopold IV of House Mertz, or the previous King of 

Schönbrunn, although he elected to opt out of the line of succession for the title of King of Schönbrunn in favour of his younger brother Konrad III, current head of House Mertz, Reigning King of Schönbrunn, and Prince-Elector of The Empire of Mankind, in order to pursue a Doctorate of Theology in The Imperial Academy in Nyphenburg, or the seat of The Imperial Household of The Emperor of Mankind. After a decade of salaried lecturing in The University of Wörtzburch in The Kingdom of Solingen, Jon Mertz wrote a discourse outlining what he regarded as the inherent corruption within the clergy of The Church of The New Gods as well as questioning the legitimacy of The Patriarch of Maccharia as the supreme authority on matters of religion in The Church of The New Gods as well as the legitimacy of The Emperor of Mankind as The Annointed and Crowned Suzerain of The Empire of Mankind. Although many within and without The Empire of Mankind showed great sympathy for the religious discourses of John Mertz as a learned doctor of the church, his hypotheses was met with strong opposition by the supporters of The High Patriarch and The Emperor of Mankind as well as their political supporters within The Empire, culminating in a period of religious warfare and sectarianism within The Empire of Mankind that spread quickly beyond it’s borders through missionaries and printers sympathetic with Jon Mertz’ reforms. Amongst the Aristocratic and Royal elites both within and without The Empire who have shown their political, military, and financial support to Jon Mertz, his followers, and his teachings include Carter II, Head of House Beggs and King of Solingen, where Jon Mertz began lecturing on matters of Theology, Zach I, Head of House Trewhitt and King of Middenland, James VI, Head of House Hobson and King of Albion, and Brian I “The Blessed,” Head of House Hobson and King of Sweetwater. Within the boundarines of The Empire of Mankind, Carter II as head of House Beggs, reigning King of Solingen, and A Prince-Elector of The Empire of Mankind has declared himself the lord-protector of John Mertz and his religious movement to reform The Church of The New Gods, granting political asylum for both Jon Mertz and his followers both within and beyond the boudarines of The Empire. With the greatest of duress, Konrad III as Head of House Mertz, King of Schönbrunn, and Prince-Elector of The Empire of Mankind has begrudgingly maintained his loyalty as a vassal to The Emperor of Mankind and kept faith with The Mother Church despite his blood ties to Jon Mertz, due in part to his ancestral oath of fealty with The Imperial Household for his royal title and station, as well as his family’s ancestral rivalry with House Beggs of Solingen going back several centuries. In terms of historical inspiration, The Kingdom of Schönbrunn is loosely inspired by the culture and aesthetic of Bavarian, or High German Culture during The Medieval and Early Modern Periods of European History, keeping in faith with The Northern, or “Austere” Imperial Culture obvious influence in medieval and Early Modern Germanic and Czech culture.

Some illustrations of knights in 16th century …

Some illustrations of knights in 16th century “Gothic” and “Milanese” suits of plate armour I retouched to feature the colours and coat of arms I designed for my family and I. These illustrations are meant to replace some older illustrations of knights in either coats of chainmail or suits of late medieval plate armour to better suit the technological level of my fantasy setting. These illustrations are for a fantasy project of my design with technology equivalent to the late medieval and renaissance periods. Where formations of heavily armoured and mounted knights fight alongside armies of pikemen and matchlock musketeers, where medieval-style castles are quickly being zoned out in favour of lavish country estates due to the advancements made in artillery technology, and where my friends and family fulfill the roles of members of royal and aristocratic households each with armies, lands, and fortunes at their disposal. In context to the lore of my fantasy setting, House Maher is the ruling family of The Kingdom of Aquitaine, or my fantasy project’s rough equivalent to The Kingdom of France during the medieval and ancien regime periods of French and European history.

Florian Vidonne, Count of Artois. Nicknamed &l…

Florian Vidonne, Count of Artois. Nicknamed “The Azure Angel” or “The First Amongst Equals” by his contemporaries. Florian Vidonne is both the current head of House Vidonne and the reigning count of Artois. Amongst the great lords of The Kingdom of Aquitaine, It is said that Florian Vidonne est the finest statesman among the vassals of House Maher of Aquitaine. It is also said that it is the tradition of The House of Vidonne to produce some of the best minds for politics and administration in The Kingdom of Aquitaine. During the majority of the history of The Kingdom of Aquitaine, it was always The Vidonnes of Artois who were the most important advisors among the council of The Kings of Aquitaine, and that this tradition is still alive under the reign of The Current Count of Artois. Outside his finesse with politics and administration, Florian Vidonne is also a highly accomplished warrior and general among the great lords of Aquitaine.  It is said that he has won fourteen of seventeen battles during his current military career. This illustration was made as a late birthday present for Florian Vidonne, a friend in France, that happened during April 29, 2019.

Journal Entry, May 6, 2019: Pertaining to The …

Greetings to all my fans and followers on Tumblr! For any and all of you who may have taken notice to the erasure of certain artworks within my current corpus opus, I have temporarily removed my artworks attached to The Margraviate of Mazowsze and it’s ruling house due to the inability to immediately find a suitable candidate to replace my friend who was the original holder of the title “Margrave of Mazowsze.” I have decided to keep the seat to this kingdom and all it’s associated artworks vacant until I have either found or made a friend who is as worthy as they are willing to inherit both this kingdom and all it’s associated works for the low-fantasy setting of my fantasy project. To any of my watchers and followers who may be interested in getting involved with my fantasy project through inheriting this kingdom and it’s associated works, feel free to shoot me a message or comment below and I’ll take your request into consideration in my decision to inaugurate the official replacement for my friend within my fantasy setting.

Nicolas Leforestier, Duke of Logresse. Now upd…

Nicolas Leforestier, Duke of Logresse. Now updated to include a change in the colour of the sword’s blade from scarlet to light grey. Nicknamed “The Sable Flower” by his contemporaries and “The Sword of Dawn” by Dauphin Charles, Nicolas Leforestier is both the current Duke of Logresse and the head of House Leforestier. Amongst the great lords of The Kingdom of Aquitaine, he is the most handsome and charming. It is said that the majority of girls in The Kingdom of Aquitaine, both noble girls and lowborn girls, have a crush on him and that his skill with poetry and lute won him the love of Princess Emily Maher Duchess of Bourbon, the youngest daughter of Dauphin Charles. Other than his charm and his wit, Nicolas Leforestier is a formidable warrior who is a champion of both joust and duel. Although he has won the tournament more than once, he still lacks real experience on the field of battle. This illustration was made as a late birthday present for Nicolas Leforestier, a friend in france, who turned 19 on October 12, 2017.

Romain Kilbertus, Count of Touraine. Nicknamed…

Romain Kilbertus, Count of Touraine. Nicknamed “The Hammer of Touraine” or “The Prince of Armourers” by his contemporaries, Romain Kilbertus is both the current head of House Kilbertus and the reigning Count of Touraine. A vassal of House Maher of The Kingdom of Aquitaine, it said that it is the tradition of his family and he to produce some of the best armourers amongst the great lords of The Kingdom of Aquitaine. There is also a friendly competition between him and Alexandre Lechuga, Duke of Bordelaux to produce the best firelocks and armours as a past time. It is also said that it is the historic tradition of The County of Touraine under The House of Kilbertus to have the most prosperous industry in The Kingdom of Aquitaine for producing weapons and armour for both The Royal Army of Aquitaine and The Army of House Kilbertus. Amongst the armies of the great lords of The Kingdom of Aquitaine, it is that of House Kilbertus who are equipped with the finest artillery pieces and armour of any army in Aquitaine, even the artillery and the armour of The Royal Army of House Maher of Aquitaine comes in second to those of the army of House Kilbertus. This illustration was made as a late birthday present for Romain Kilbertus, a friend in France, that happened on the 29th of March.

Theo Dufour, Duke of Lyonesse. Nicknamed “The …

Theo Dufour, Duke of Lyonesse. Nicknamed “The Lionhearted” or “The Azure Lion” by his contemporaries, Theo Dufour is both the current head of House Dufour and the reigning Duke of Lyonesse. One of the great lords of The Kingdom of Aquitaine, Theo Dufour is the most seasoned general amongst the current vassals of The Kings of Aquitaine. It is said that he has won seventeen of twenty-one battles during his military career, despite his relatively young age. It is said that the only general to have won more battles than he is Prince Tim Maher, Duc de Chambord, who has won twenty-four of thirty-one of his battles. It is also said that amongst the current great lords of The Kingdom of Aquitaine, he has beheaded the most generals in single combat, including the older brother of Nikolas VI, The Reigning Emperor of Mankind. This illustration was made as a gesture of goodwill for Theo Dufour, a friend in France, during a personal crisis in his life.

Zach I, König von Middenland. Nicknamed “Der E…

Zach I, König von Middenland. Nicknamed “Der Eroberer von Middenland” or “Der Alte Kriegsvogel” by his contemporaries. Zach I is both the head of House Trewhitt and the first and current member of House Trewhitt to rule as King of Middenland. A native to the “Austere” or “Northern” culture of The Empire of Mankind, Zach Trew had acquired the throne of The Former Kingdom of The Midlands through the military conquest and political subjugation of lands that had once belonged to House Bartol before the extinction of their line over a century ago. After Zach Trew’s conquest and coronation as The New “König von Middenland,” his initial and longest standing policy as king was to encourage the migration and colonization of settlers from The Northern Empire of Mankind as well as the ethnic and cultural assimilation of Middenland’s native inhabitants through encouraging intermarriage with the northern imperial settlers as well as encouraging the spread of the northern imperial language and culture in Middenland through the church schools and the religious services of an ethnic northern imperial clergy. Zach Trew is almost universally regarded across the civilized world, or the world under the sway and influence of the religious denominations of the many gods, as the preeminent military and political genius of his age, thanks in courtesy to his subsequent conquest, consolidation, and economic expansion over the formerly neglected lands of The New “Königreich von Middenland” throughout his long and extensive reign as king. Zach I is also the maternal grandfather of James VI, King of Albion and Princess Kaitlin Hobson, Duchess of Kingswood through the political marriage of his daughter Chloe Trew to the late Robert III of Albion. This illustration was designed as a gift for Zach Trew, a friend in Missouri.

An illustration of a fantasy knight I retouche…

An illustration of a fantasy knight I retouched to feature the colours and coat of arms I designed Zach Trew, a friend in Missouri. Artwork for a creative project of my design that takes place in a low fantasy setting with technology equivalent to the late medieval and renaissance periods. Where formations of heavily armoured and mounted knights fight alongside armies of pikemen and matchlock musketeers, and where my friends and family fulfill the roles of members of royal and aristocratic households each with armies, lands, and fortunes at their disposal. In context to the lore of my creative project, House Trewhitt is the ruling family of The Kingdom of Middenland, or the former Kingdom of The Midlands under House Bartol. While bearing no exact equivalent in medieval or early modern European history, the culture, language, and traditions of The Kingdom of Middenland resembles Germanic and Czech culture during the medieval and early modern periods of European history. This is largely due to the immigration of colonists from the dominant, northern culture of The Empire of Mankind, or the “Austere” Imperials as well as the cultural assimilation of the native, Albic descent population of the former Kingdom of The Midlands. Both the colonization and cultural assimilation of the former Kingdom of The Midlands are the result of Zach Trew’s conquest and subsequent coronation as the new “König von Middenland,” a title that has remained vacant since the extinction of House Bartol over a century ago. Designated as a “Rieter” in the lore of my creative project, the Rieter of House Trewhitt and The Kingdom of Middenland differ from the conventional knights of other kingdoms and empires in the sense that their martial culture and traditions diverge heavily from the traditional codes of chivalry popular in The Kingdom of Aquitaine and The Empire of Mankind, as well as having a distinct military organization and structure formulated and implemented by Zach Trew Himself during his conquest of The Midlands.