Category: swords

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.

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.

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.

Daniil IV, 22nd Tsar of Rus’skaya. Nicknamed &…

Daniil IV, 22nd Tsar of Rus’skaya. Nicknamed “Даниил грозный” (“Daniil The Formidable”) by his contemporaries. Daniil Gronsky is both the head of House Gronsky and the current Tsar of Rus’skaya. The monarch of the largest realm in the civilized world, or the civilized realms according to the religious denominations of the faith of the many gods. Daniil Gronsky is at the head of a very large and powerful, albeit a bit undisciplined army. Among the historic Tsars of The Tsardon of Rus’skaya, it is said that Daniil Gronsky is the most innovative of his line. It is he who introduced the matchlock firing mechanism to the musketeers of his army, and that he has invented a new kind of infantry, “стрельцы́” or “Shooters.” It is said that the new infantry of his army specialize in both close combat and musketry, although they are not on par with the infantry types of other armies in terms of discipline. outside his military exploits, Daniil Gronsky is both a patron of the arts and of trade in his realm. It is said that it is his ambition to reform the culture of his realm in line with the standards of The Kingdom of Aquitaine and The Empire of Mankind. This illustration was made as a gift for Daniil Gronsky, a friend in France of Russian origin.

An illustration of a knight of House Maher of …

An illustration of a knight of House Maher of Aquitaine being knocked off his horse by a boyar cavalryman of House Gronsky of Rus’skaya. Now updated to include improved gold rendering on the knight’s gilded armour. Made to commemorate the crushing victory of House Gronsky over the Mahers in the last Aquitainian invasion of Rus’skaya, and as a nod by House Maher to the skill and prowess of the aristocratic cavalrymen of Rus’skaya, considered by the knights of Aquitaine to be one of their few equals in both joust and duel. This piece has been dubbed “The Hubris of the Mahers” to reflect the clash between the courtly, elegant, and refined culture of The Kingdom of Aquitaine with the hardy, resilient, and rugged culture of The Tsardom of Rus’skaya.

The escutcheon I designed and some illustratio…

The escutcheon I designed and some illustrations of Medieval Russian Cavalry I retouched to feature the colours and coat of arms I designed for Daniil Gronsky, a friend in France of Russian origin. This escutcheon and all it’s associated designs were originally attributed to my friend Gregory Romanovitch Maev before losing contact with the latter. The coat of arms and illustrations I designed are 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 my friends and family fulfill the roles of members of aristocratic and royal households each with great military, political, and financial assets at their disposal. In context to the lore of my creative project, House Gronsky is the newly anointed royal house of The Tsardom of Rus’skaya, While many kingdoms and empires in the low fantasy setting of my creative project have no exact equivalents in medieval or early modern European history, The Tsardom of Rus’skaya is my creative project’s rough equivalent of Russia during the Tsarist period of late medieval and early modern European history. (1547-1917.)

Bryson Bearden, Duke of Huntington. Nicknamed …

Bryson Bearden, Duke of Huntington. Nicknamed “The Gold Spun Angel” or “The Sweetest Devil” by his contemporaries, Bryson is the illegitimate son of The Late Robert III, King of Albion and Former Head of House Hobson through a union with a tanner’s daughter. Half brother to James VI, Current King of Albion and Head of House Hobson. Following King Robert’s defeat and subsequent capture at The Battle of Tourangeau at the hands of Prince Tim Maher, Duc de Chambord, House Hobson and The Kingdom of Albion was pressed into a humiliating and disadvantageous peace treaty with House Maher and The Kingdom of Aquitaine. As a compromise for ransoming King Robert back to his homeland at half price, King Robert agreed to offer his only son at the time as a lifetime hostage in the hands of House Maher of Aquitaine. The infant boy taken into their custody would grow up to be Bryson Bearden, The Titular Duke of Huntington. Bryson would grow up as a Royal Hostage in the lavish and prestigious court of William XXI, King of Aquitaine and Current Head of House Maher. Bryson’s education was as militaristic as it was academic, being drilled in lessons on military strategy, fencing, jousting, and grappling, while being tutored in more intellectual pursuits such as grammar, statecraft, classics, and theology. Bryson was raised and tutored alongside The King of Aquitaine’s granddaughters through his firstborn son and heir, The Dauphin of Viennois: Princess Melaina Maher, Duchesse d’Orleans, Princess Erika Maher, Duchesse de Valois, and Princess Emily Maher, Duchesse de Bourbon. Growing up in the opulence and splendour of The Court of The Kings of Aquitaine, the princesses Melaina and Erika naturally developed an adoration for the handsome young man growing up in their residence. Bryson’s heart however, belonged to the youngest of these princesses, Princess Emily Maher, Duchesse de Bourbon. Her heart at the time, belonged to the young and dashing Nicolas Leforestier, Duc de Logresse. Upon hearing the news that her first love was betrothed to an older and fairer lady of House Percheron of Caenesse, Princess Emily became devastated that her love was promised to another woman. In the spirit of vengeance and spitefulness, Princess Emily Maher eloped with Bryson into the woods on the outskirts of her family’s favoured country estate of Chateau Lefleur. In the months that followed their return to the primary Maher residence of Le Palais de Fontainebleau in the capital city of La Couronne, Princess Emily Maher announced that she was pregnant with Bryson’s unborn child, and “that it made her a little happy to be pregnant with his child.” This statement of apparent weakness and fragility by the princess only did much to arouse the hatred and disgust of The Great Houses of Aquitainian Nobility against Bryson, who saw him as a selfish opportunist who cruelly violated the person of their King’s youngest granddaughter that had barely reached the age of maturity. This atmosphere of bitter disgust and hatred for Bryson amongst the nobles at The Court of Fontainebleau was only fueled even more by the invalidation of Bryson’s political importance as a royal hostage with the birth of a legitimate male heir to House Hobson and The Crown of Albion in the months that followed Bryson’s immediate custody into The Maher Household. In a show of rare mercy and compassion for the young man raised in his court, King William XXI of Aquitaine exiled Bryson to the court of House Beggs of Solingen in the Empire of Mankind, where Bryson currently spends his days attaining his knighthood as a squire for Carter Beggs, King of Solingen and Head of House Beggs. The suit of armour featured in this artwork was a gift by Emperor Nikolas VI to Bryson as a present for his 18th Birthday. This illustration was made as a gift for James Hobson, a friend in England.

Bryson Bearden, Duke of Huntington. Nicknamed …

Bryson Bearden, Duke of Huntington. Nicknamed “The Golden Haired Angel” by his contemporaries, Bryson is the illegitimate son of The Late King Robert III, King of Albion and Former Head of House Hobson through a union with an miller’s daughter. Half Brother to James VI, Current King of Albion and Head of House Hobson. Following King Robert’s defeat and subsequent capture at The Battle of Tourangeau at the hands of Prince Tim Maher, Duc de Chambord, House Hobson of The Kingdom of Albion was pressed into a humiliating and disadvantageous peace treaty with House Maher of The Kingdom of Aquitaine. As a compromise for ransoming King Robert back to his homeland at half cost, King Robert agreed to offer his only son at the time as a lifetime hostage in the hands of House Maher of Aquitaine. The infant boy taken into their custody would grow up to be Bryson Bearden, The Titular Duke of Huntington. Bryson would grow up as a Royal Hostage in the lavish and prestigious court of King William XXI of Aquitaine, Head of House Maher and The Currrent King of Aquitaine. Bryson’s education was as militaristic as it was academic, being drilled in lessons on military strategy, fencing, jousting, and grappling, while being tutored in more intellectual pursuits such as grammar, statecraft, and theology. Bryson was raised and tutored alongside The King of Aquitaine’s Granddaughters through his firstborn son The Dauphin of Viennois: Princess Melaina Maher, Duchesse d’Orleans, Princess Erika Maher, Duchesse de Valois, and Princess Emily Maher, Duchesse de Bourbon. Growing up in the opulence and grandeur of The Court of the Kings of Aquitaine, the older princesses Melaina and Erika naturally developed an affection for the handsome young man growing up in their household. Bryson’s heart however, belonged to the youngest of the princesses, The Princess Emily Maher, Duchesse de Bourbon. Her heart, at the time, belonged to the young and dashing Nicolas Leforestier, Duc de Logresse. Upon hearing the news that her first love was betrothed to an older and fairer lady of House Percheron of Caenesse, Princess Emily was devastated that her love was promised to another woman. In the spirit of vengeance and spitefulness, Princess Emily Maher eloped with Bryson into the woods on the outskirts of her family’s country estate of Chateau Lefleur. In the months that followed their return to The Primary Maher Residence of La Palais des Coquilles in the capital city of La Couronne. Princess Emily announced that she was pregnant with Bryson’s unborn child, and “That it made her a little happy to be pregnant with his child.” This statement of apparent weakness and fragility by the princess only did much to arouse the hatred and disgust of The Great Houses of Aquitainian Nobility against Bryson, who saw him as a selfish opportunist who cruelly violated the person of Their King’s grandchild who had barely reached the age of maturity. This atmosphere of bitter disgust and hatred for Bryson at The Court of Les Coquilles was only fueled even more by the invalidation of Bryson’s political importance as a royal hostage with the birth of a legitimate male heir to House Hobson and The Crown of Albion in the years that followed Bryson’s custody into The Maher Household. In a show of rare mercy and compassion for the young man raised in his court, King William XXI of Aquitaine exiled Bryson to The court of House Beggs of Solingen in the Empire of Mankind, where bryson currently spends his days attaining his knighthood as a squire for Carter Beggs, King of Solingen and Head of House Beggs. The suit of armour featured in this artwork was a gift by Emperor Nicholas VI to Bryson as a present for his 18th Birthday. This illustration was made as a gift to James Hobson, a friend in England.