Category: plate armour

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.

Kayven IV, 28th Margrave of Mazowsze. Nickname…

Kayven IV, 28th Margrave of Mazowsze. Nicknamed “The Raptor of Mazowsze” or “The Defender of The Faith” by his contemporaries both within and without The Margrave of Mazowsze. Kayven IV is both the current head of House Beemer and the 28th and reigning Margrave of Mazowsze. The head of an ancient royal house on the northernmost fringes of “The Civilized World” as defined by The Church of The New Gods in my fantasy setting, Kayven IV is regarded by many to be one of the shrewdest, if not most pragmatic statesmen of his age. In terms of his military reforms, Kayven Beemer’s application of both innovations in traditional infantry tactics like the pike square, as well as the novel technology of gunpowder in the form of the machlock firing mechanism and improvements in artillery design have come to define his armies as both the gold standard by which other kingdoms and empires model the quality and discipline of their infantry by, as well as the model army by which the application of the latest military tactics and technology is applied on the battlefield. Kayven Beemer has also strived to reform the cavalry arm of his armies by outsourcing traditional heavy cavalry in the form of knights armoured in suits of plate armour or coats of chainmail with the more lightly armoured, yet faster, more impetuous shock cavalry known as “Winged Hussars” to better help his growing professional army counter the antiquated, if not more lightly armed and armoured light cavalry armies indicative of The Caliphate of Khashabar’s military doctrine. He has also opened military service in both his cavalry formations and the rising officer corps of his growing professional army to the growing class of gentlemen, or land-owning commoners of non-noble birth. Both forms of military service have been, up to now, the exclusive privilege of the feudal, land-owning aristocracy, or those of noble birth. In terms of his civil, legislative, and fiscal policies, Kayven Beemer has done much to take legislative and executive power and autonomy out of the hands of feudal, aristocratic lords, and into the hands of a growing class of professional bureaucrats answerable only to the authority of the crown. Through a combination of armed force and diplomatic savvy, Kayven Beemer has managed to slowly replace the legislative and judicial autonomy of the myriad feudal law courts of the landed aristocracy by making huge swathes of his kingdom answerable to the jurisdiction of the new, “royal” law courts run by a growing corpus of professional bureaucrats and civil servants. As a fig leaf to the feudal privileges of the aristocracy, he has honoured many of the local customs within the administrative divisions of his royal law courts, as well as opening offices in his growing bureaucracy to the landed aristocracy, or those of noble birth, provided that they forfeit any noble titles and landed incomes in their possession while holding office granted by the crown. As part of his fiscal policies, Kayven IV has done much to promote commerce and industry within the Margraviate of Mazowsze by granting municipal authority to and subsidizing the commercial enterprises of the guilds, or trade unions of merchants, craftsmen, and professionals, by purchasing the metropolitan property of consecrated bishoprics and giving legal ownership of urban property to the guilds, in exchange for paying an annual income tax to the crown alongside any additional taxes raised for whatever project or interest the crown, or rather “royal authority” may have in mind. Kayven Beemer has also opened commissions for offices of municipal, or urban authority in the city councils of his growing civil bureaucracy to members the growing middle class of The Margraviate of Mazowse, regardless of whether they are rural gentlemen owning property in a metropolitan area, or the bourgeois merchants and professionals holding urban property and commercial assets as a member of a guild. The ownership of urban, or otherwise metropolitan lands and property, as well as representation and office in municipal councils, has been by tradition the exclusive right and privilege of the clergy of The Church of The New Gods, or the state religion of The Margraviate of Mazowsze. Where urban, or otherwise municipal authority was exclusively in the hands of priests, monks, and inquisitors ultimately answerable to the authority of a metropolitan bishop or abbot, who ruled the urban centres indirectly as part of a bisphoric or diocese; or the religious administrative divisions where the metropolitan cathedral or abbey held it’s religious services for the laity of the church, held legislative and judicial authority completely autonomous of royal, or otherwise secular jurisdiction, and produced “benifices” or clerical livelihoods made by renting land and property to the people living in both the urban and rural parts of the bisphoric or diocese. By granting lands, property, municipal offices to the growing middle class, did Kayven IV manage to establish secular, royal authority at the expense of the clergy of the new gods in the urban, municipal districts of his kingdom. To make amends with the clergy the new gods for limiting their fiscal, legislative, and executive powers and privileges in their own bisphorics and dioceses, Kayven IV agreed to legally enforce a mandatory church attendance policy for everyone living in the administrative district of a cathedral or abbey, thus securing the clergy’s income through “tithes” or payment by the laity for the religious services of the metropolitan clergy, as opposed to benefices raised by the church renting lands and property to people living on the administrative districts of their bisphoric or diocese, as well exempting members of the clergy of the new gods from both the annual income tax as well as any other taxes levied at royal decree, and giving the exclusive legal privilege to the investiture of new bishops and abbots to The Bishop of Olympia in The Empire of Mankind, known more commonly as “The Highfather.” Kayven Beemer’s policy of granting lands, property. municipal office to the growing middle class at the expense of the state clergy has not only increased his legislative and executive authority within the confines of his kingdom, but it has helped to secure him a steady source of income to fund both his growing professional army as well as the new civil bureaucracy working in his royal law courts and municipal councils, as well as provide more than adequate industries to equip and supply his armies with the latest weapons and technology. In addition to subsidizing the growing middle class at the expense of the nobility and clergy, Kayven Beemer’s fiscal policy also includes the revitalization of overseas trade. By using royal authority to create “charter companies,” or bodies of merchants and traders devoted to the acquisition of overseas profits in return for giving a share of their earnings to the crown, Kavyen IV has done much to stimulate overseas trade between The Margraviate of Mazowsze and foreign powers by delegating both legal proprietorship and political autonomy of trade fleets to his charter companies rather than maintaining them directly through the state bureaucracy itself. Although the charter companies could still petition for the crown’s financial support in return for both their politial autonomy from royal authority, as well as giving part of their profits as part of their charter with the crown. This illustration was made in part, as a gesture of goodwill towards my friend Kayven Beemer.

The escutcheon I designed and an illustration …

The escutcheon I designed and an illustration of some Winged Hussars I retouched to feature the colours and escutcheon I designed for my friend Kayven Beemer. Dubbed “Kayven Beemer’s Finest Hour” in honour of The Margraviate of Mazowsze’s brilliant victory under the personal leadership of The Margrave himself against a massive incursion by the steppe nomads of Sibirsk and Yakutsk, both this escutcheon and this illustration were made for a fantasy 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 great military, political, and financial assets at their disposal. In context to the lore of my fantasy project, House Beemer is the ruling family of The Margraviate of Mazowsze, a kingdom loosely inspired by the aesthetic and culture of The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth of late medieval and early modern European history. Although taking a degree of inspiration from the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth of European history, The Margraviate of Mazowsze differs in many ways from it’s historical inspiration in terms of the patterns of it’s historical development in the world of my fantasy setting.

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.

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.

Joe Hayes, 30th Margrave of Mazowsze. Joe Haye…

Joe Hayes, 30th Margrave of Mazowsze. Joe Hayes is both the current head of House Hayes and the newly crowned and anointed Margrave of Mazowsze following the untimely extinction of House Glen during the last Khashabar invasion of Mazowsze. House Hayes was originally a Household of Minor Aristocrats from The Voivodeship of Kuyawy before being elected the designated successor to House Glen by the Greater Houses of Nobility within the Margraviate of Mazowsze through their hereditary connections with the previous line of Margraves. Joe Hayes’ first and foremost policy as the head of House Hayes and the ruling Margrave of Mazowsze is to reclaim the Margraviate’s lost territories and to expand into The Caliphate of Khashabar following the power vacuum that resulted in House Akbar’s defeat during the last Khashabar Invasion of Mazowsze. This artwork was re-purposed as a gift for my friend Joe Hayes.

The escutcheon I designed and an illustration …

The escutcheon I designed and an illustration of some winged hussars I retouched to feature the colours and coat of arms I designed for my friend Joe Hayes. Formerly the escutcheon I designed and the illustrations I edited for my friend Sebastian Glen before losing touch with the latter. Dubbed “Jake Hayes’ Finest Hour” in honour of The Margraviate of Mazowsze’s crushing victory against a massive incursion of the steppe nomads of Sibirsk and Yakutsk by the brother and designated heir of Joe I, current head of house Hayes and reigning Margrave of Mazowsze, this artwork is for a fantasy project of my design featuring technology equivalent to the late medieval and renaissance periods. Where formations of heavily armoured and mounted knights fight in unison with armies of pikemen and matchlock musketeers, and 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 project, House Hayes is the newly elected ruling family of The Margraviate of Mazowsze in the setting of my fantasy project following the extinction of House Glen during the last Khashabar invasion of Mazowsze. The Margraviate of Mazowsze is my fantasy project’s rough equivalent to The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in European history from the 15th to 17th centuries, despite diverging heavily from the historical patterns of it’s real world inspiration.

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.

A repost of an illustration of some dismounted…

A repost of an illustration of some dismounted Winged Hussars I retouched to feature the colours and coat of arms I designed for my friend Sebastian Glen. Now updated with improved contrast to the shading and texturing of the entire illustration. Dubbed “Nicholas Glen’s Finest Hour” in honour of The Margravate of Mazowsze’s crushing victory against a massive incursion of the steppe nomads of Sibirsk and Yakutsk from the hinterlands of The Tsardom Rus’skaya by the brother and designated heir of Sebastian Glen, the current head of House Glen and the reigning Margrave of Mazowsze. This artwork was made for a fantasy 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 in unison with armies of pikemen and matchlock musketeers, and 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 project, House Glen is the ruling family of The Margravate of Mazowsze in the world of my fantasy setting, and Sebastian Glen is both the current head of House Glen and the ruling Margrave of Mazowsze. The Margravate of Mazowsze in the setting of my fantasy project is loosely inspired by the culture and aesthetic of The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from the late middle ages towards the 17th century, despite diverging in many ways from the chronological patterns of The Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth in medieval and early modern European history.