Hooded Katara Dagger
- Dated: mid 16th century
- Place of Origin: South India (Srirangam or Tanjore)
- Measurements: overall length: 22in (560mm). Blade length: 15in (380mm)
A similar weapon exists in the Metropolitan Museum, New York (No.36.25.905) and is pictured on page 146 (fig.15.3) in the “Hindu Arms & Ritual” book by Robert Elgood.
This particular one was locally made, featuring a multi fullered blade. The shell guard, or hood, ends with a yali finial. There are overlaid steel borders, which interestingly have fine rope twist decoration.
Made in Islamic style, the katar has four cusp arch design where the hilt meets the blade.
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Damn. I wrote about a page of my rewrite of Round 5 on my work computer and forgot to forward it to myself for home. And I’m going to be away for a week.
8) ;; Sorry.
Working on a redraw of a thing for a warm-up. Well…It’s not so much a redraw as a re-interpretation? //shrugs
- Dated: circa 1475-1500
- Culture: Italian
- Medium: partially etched and gilded steel, copper alloy [blade]; iron, wood, velvet, cord [hilt]
- Measurements: overall length: 46 3/4 inches (118.7 cm). Pommel: 3 1/4 × 1 1/8 × 3 3/4 inches (8.3 × 2.9 × 9.5 cm). Width (Quillons): 11 15/16 inches (30.4 cm). Depth (Quillon Block): 3/4 inches (1.9 cm). Blade: 2 11/16 × 37 1/16 inches (6.8 × 94.2 cm)
This is one of the finest knightly swords surviving from the late fifteenth century. Particularly outstanding are the mighty forms and harmonious proportions of its pommel and blade, the embellishment of the latter with delicate etched and gilt ornaments, and the overall condition of the entire sword, which retains its original velvet-covered grip.
Hello there everyone and anyone who is still following this blog! I figured I’d let you know what I had in mind for this and Sean in the future.
Since R6’s NPC event was never announced I don’t feel comfortable deciding Sean’s actions until I see what the contestants have in mind for the round, first.
What I can tell you is that YES, I am going to continue and finish Sean’s story. NO, it will likely not be drawn. I’m too wrapped up in my own art right now that it doesn’t seem likely comics will happen. Maybe splash pages. Maybe.
This will all start with a revised version of my R5. I’m not happy with how part of it came out and I’m plan to fix that. From there Sean’s journey will be written out in the aftermath of round results. His story is going to change from what I originally planned, since that is no longer possible while being out of canon.
I will also write up what I did plan to do should I had continued and (unlikely) won - but not until after the final round is decided.
And that’s about it for now!
A loverly fuck-ton of horse-riding references.
So there are a few ways people ride horses. The first way is the “proper way”; the stuff they teach you in riding class where you’re supposed to sit up straight so your spine telescopes into your anus when the horse gets jumpy (*pulls reins on sarcasm* Whoaaa, whoaaa boy!). It would be wise to research this a bit if your character is a riding student or something of the sort. There’s a practicality behind it, for the structure of your riding position aids in controlling the horse. Then there’s the racing pose where you’re ass isn’t touching the horse at all (you rely on stirrups; with this one, you’re pretty much required to have a saddle to make this work… I could conceive some ways one could do without, but I’m not that motivated at the moment). This is something you also ought to read up on. Then there’s the type where no “official” rules were learned, so the person adopted a position that seemed to work for their needs (cue for “get creative, home-slice”). And, just as a side note, if you’re not male and you’re drawing a male riding a horse… Please. Please. Please. Please. Please. For the love of all that is good in this world… don’t forget we have balls, and that those balls on the spine of a horse can hurt like a motherfucker (which is why so many of us keep our asses off the seat when starting out). If the horse is jumping around, and we ourselves are well-hung, it’s not gonna be pretty. We have a little more consideration for our groin, so in most cases, we’ll be elevated from the seat a bit (unless your character is a pro and has acclimatized to the abuse and/or learned how to sit properly). In fact, we usually deal with this problem by pushing our hips forward when the horse’s hooves touch the ground; this way our buns of steal can take the impact and not our hopes and dreams (so it kinda looks like we’re grinding on the seat as the horse is going… but trust me, it’s for a good cause).
This book might also help:
Hopefully this helps! Keep up the majestic anatomy!
[From various sources]
//Absurdly helpful for people writing royal characters and/or characters who interact with royalty and members of the nobility.
Medieval Hand-and-a-Half Sword
- Dated: second half of the 14th/early 15th century
- Measurements: overall length 96.8cm
The sword features a broad double-edged blade cut with a long shallow fuller and formed with an angular tip. The iron hilt comprising a pair of slightly arched tapering quillons is of flattened oval-section and has an oval pommel of near-wheel form. A sword of closely related form was deposited in the Mameluk Arsenal (circa 1401-1408) and is now preserved in the Military Museum of Istanbul, Turkey.
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