Muslims of Sicily served as superb archers under the Normans and went to war with them.
The island of Sicily was at one point prior to the 11th century, under control of Muslims, who conquered it from the Eastern Romans (Byzantines). Eventually they were conquered by the Normans but many remained in Sicily, living and serving under their Christian rulers, which made the island kingdom a melting-pot of eastern and western cultures.
This illustration was done for Medieval Warfare Magazine, a Dutch publication. You can check it out and subscribe here >> [link]
This work is also inspired by Byzantine cavalry,but this time it is the"Klibanaphoroi"cavalry unit.They were a kind of very heavily armoured horseman.This troops were slow compared to other cavalry,but their effect on the battlefield was devastating.
My second picture done for the Ancient Warfare Magazine
The opening of the first McDonalds restaurant. Eryx, 278 BC In the picture we can see Pyrrhus of Epirus leading a group of several thousand customers towards securing the best places in the line to the tills.
Another illustration done for Medieval Warfare Magazine a few months back.
This is the battle of Kutna Hora fought in a cold winter night between the Hussites, led by the famous commander, Jan Zizka, and the combined Hungarian and German coalition led by King Sigismund of Hungary (also soon to be Holy Roman Emperor). As you will notice the Hussites were a primarily infantry force based around the tactic of using war wagons as a bastion against enemy heavy cavalry assaults, a tactic Jan Zizka used to devastating effect and hence made popular among medieval armies of the European east. Here The Hungarians and Germans are caught off guard as Jan Zizka conducts an offensive push to break through the royalist forces which have surrounded his own.
Its was also interesting to read about the Hussite heresy and how it came about and why the Church was adamantly against them. There was even a letter sent by Saint Jeanne d'Arc to the Hussites threatening them with extermination if they did not renounce their heresy and embrace Catholic orthodoxy. Of course in such wars there's also always a whole lot of local politics involved which drove the conflict.
Hope you guys enjoy this piece
And if any of you are interested you can check out the magazine here. Its a very interesting magazine if you're in to medieval history. >> [link]