//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.
Source: Copyright 2014 © Thomas del Mar
There’s always space for yet another armor tutorial, right? (ﾉ´ヮ´)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧
Note that the armor I drew would be worn around 15th century, the more into the future the less and less components knight’s armor had (i. e. in early 14th century instead of greaves a knight would wear long boots only; in 12th century knights didn’t wear plate breastplates and instead a chain mail only). Also the design of armor pattern changed by year and was different in every country (i.e. in eastern Europe armors, while still looking European, were heavily influenced by Turkey). so just make sure you always do research whenever drawing an armor. And one more thing to keep in mind is that armors were expensive, knights wearing a full plate armor weren’t an often sight.
Some links that may be useful:
- Armour Archive (I strongly suggest to browse its forum, there is no country or period of which armor wouldn’t be discussed)
- Therion Arms (armorer’s page; each accessory is photographed in big resolution and several time so it’s a nice page to use as reference for drawing)
- Revival Clothing (another store, but both with medieval clothing and armors; I suggest to read the articles, they’re often supported with pictures)
- Basic Armouring:A Practical Introduction to Armour Making (pdf)
- Educational Charts (pdf, shows how armors and weapons changed over the years)
- Medieval & Renaissance Material Culture (actual medieval resources, mostly paintings. And my favourite subpage - women in armor)
- Dressing in Steel (youtube; a demonstration how to dress in armor)
- How shall a man be armed? (youtube; another demonstration but with 4 different knights from different periods)
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it’s been some time hasn’t it?
Sorry about the long wait there isn’t an excuse except for the fact I lost steam (after carrying the weight of this OCT since august until December-ish purely by myself I needed a break)
But here we have Round 6!
A huge ass thank you to Avery for helping me write like 98% of this and work out the niddly little details.
I am sorry you had to wait so long, but if I had posted it sooner I probably would have made this the last round due to my lack of energy back then.
But don’t worry this isn’t the last around, so have a read guys and good luck!
- Dated: circa 1250 — 1350
- Place of Origin: Germany
- Medium: steel, copper, leather, wire
- Technique: sword, cast, with either inlaid copper or latten decoration, or incised cross decoration
- Measurements: overall length, 115 cm; blade length, 89.5 cm; blade width at hilt, 4.9 cm; grip width, 28.5 cm; cross width, 30.5 cm; pommel diameter, 6 cm; pommel depth, 15 cm; weight, 1.40 kg
A Hand-and-a-half sword or bastard sword. (‘Great sword’, or ‘War Sword’, or ‘Great Espee d’Allegmagne’) of XIIIA Type. It has a very deep wheel-shaped pommel with very small central boss, with a cross (once inlaid with latten or copper) or incised on one face. It features a long tang, with restored 19th century grip. The straight cross of rectangular section is widening toward the tips from broadened midpoint. The long, heavy blade, tapering very slightly, comes with a wide shallow fuller running two-thirds of its length.
Big hand-and-a-half swords of this kind were very popular, according to many literary reference and much pictorial and monumental evidence, during the century 1250-1350, though it is now known that they were in use at least a century earlier. The fact that contemporary writers referred to them as ‘Grans Espees d’Allemagne’ (Great swords of Germany), and that German monumental sculpture shows very many of them, does suggest a German tendency. However, they are also shown upon very many Spanish effigies of the same period.
There are also many 13th and early 14th century references to ‘Espees de Guerre’, ‘Swords of War’, ‘Schlachtschwerte’ and so on to distinguish them from the smaller kind of sword (‘Arming Sword’ in 15th century English) and to set them apart for their prime use as battle-swords. They are not to be confused with two-handed swords. A sword of the same dimensions with a similar hilt, including the cross in the central boss of the pommel, is on the tomb-effigy at Bopfingen in Wurttemburg, dated 1359, and there are others in Germany, Spain and England, all dating between circa 1320-1360, too numerous to mention individually.
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It’s possible! It really depends in what the events will be from here. I can’t promise they will be comics but I would like to wrap up his story.
Now that I’m not part of the main canon, my main ideas for they storyline will need to shift to not be so massively world encompassing. That’s for the semi-finalists to decide!
Welp, I had a feeling this was going to happen this round. But congratulations to those who have passed!
Seriously, there are no 2 other people I would have wanted to lose to than Cashe and Wumbo. Your rounds were amazing and they keep getting better. I’m looking forward to your round 6 stuff!
A little bummed I’m not moving on but, like I said, I’m not surprised I’m not. If I could redo my round over I would have changed SO MUCH. I realized too far into it that I was missing some great opportunities for character development.
For one, I would have changed objectives. I would have kept Sean in the dungeon until the execution date. I would have had him talk to Flea between the cells. I would have him talk to Eric and Gaen more while in captivity. I would have had him helped try and stop Flea from escaping in the end but ultimately when try and escape, himself. Then I could have done Nord stuff in the next round if possible.
But ah well, I’m proud of myself for coming this far and sticking with it so long. I hope you guys have enjoyed my comics and we’ll see if I’ll continue with events and the like.
THE RESULTS ARE UP NOW GUYS!