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]
House Leo boasts one of the most well trained and well equipped infantry in the whole Empire. Their footmen are armored from head to toe with platemail and serve as the steel backbone of the House . Armed with sword and tower shield, Leo Footmen fight in tight wall formations, allowing them to push lesser enemies back through sheer mass. As with all of House Leo, footmen are exceedingly proud and show great prowess and disciplined ferocity in battle.
Leo Footmen are professional soldiers, paid by the House. Their armor is courtesy of House Leo, and bear little decoration one would see on officers and nobles. However, footmen do bear the Aegis Ruber, the small shield on their left shoulder. This often shows the footmans company any major campaigns he has participated in. Footmen also have a small ornament on the top of their breastplate that displays their name.
Indulging in some lore making. Part of an empire in my mind. I'll make more of these House Leo guys and then move on to different Houses/factions in the empire. House Leo will mostly have Roman-style influences, as seen by the shield and skirt.
Battle of the fortified city of Sozhon, Klauseng, between the Red Banners of Klauseng, a modernized unit of the Klauseng New Army commanded by foreigner aelian officers hired by the Klauseng government, and a Kleineng invading army.
In Sozhon, fought a 600 strong Klauseng Red Banner regiment –along with some 200 to 300 irregulars- against a 12.000 strong army of the Kleining.
The aelian officers, hired by the government of Klauseng, rather than defend the walled city, trusting their artillery and firepower, tried to do an offensive movement and defeat the Kleineng before the walls of Sozhon, remembering maybe their own previous campaigns against the binese, where small, modernized colonial aelian army units defeated larger binese armies with technological adventage, discipline and firepower.
While in the first skirmishes against the advanced units of the Kleineng where successful, this strategy will proof catastrophic to the Red Banner regiment, who where flanked by the Kleineng, forcing them to retreat, abandoning an artillery battery and much equipment: equipment that will be used by the Kleineng in the siege of Sozhon, city which fell in one night, as the aelian hired officers deserted it, soon followed by their men.
The Kleineng War was an armed conflict fought in Hieyoks at the 3128 a.a.H, between Kleineng against Klauseng, Robgorov, Joaquintopia, Bina and Jamon.
The state of Kleineng was founded only about a decade before the war, at the 3121 a.a.H, in continental Hieyoks, by members of the traditional feudal and military aristocracy of Jamon, who rejected the concessions given by the Emperor to Aelian powers in regard to the aperture of ports to foreign trade, presence of missionaries and other concessions given to foreigners since the 3108 a.a.H, that where seen as an insult to the honor of Jamon. As well, this feudal, traditional aristocratic and military class rejected the attempts of centralization of the Imperial dynasty at the archipelago, and the modernization in several points of their society that menaced their privileges –such as the modernization of the agrarian world and armed forces of Jamon.
The presence of Jamonese settlers in mainland Hieyoks wasn’t something new at all, and have existed since centuries settlements of Jamonese in several points, that while the Binese Empire was powerful, where considered vassals of that foreign power.
But with the decay of the Binese empire, due religious strife and foreign aelian powers, the chaotic opportunity was seen as an opportunity to the malcontent members of Jamon:
An at 3121 a.a.H, landed the armies of several feudal lords of Jamon on continental Hieyoks, in the region of Kleineng –a region mostly populated by Jamonese settlers and fishermen-, proclaiming the creation of an independent state of Kleineng, independent of both the Binese Empire and Jamon.
Quickly in this state, the malcontent feudal lords of Jamon replicated their traditional institutions, as this state was done precisely to keep safe their traditions, being seen by foreign Aelian press this new state as barbaric and ludite, as they rejected modernization in all aspects, wanting a revitalization of traditional values, moral and culture of Jamon, even if in other state.
Almost as soon Kleineng became an independent state, there where problems: the imperialist Aelian powers saw their own plans for Kleineng to be abruptly cut down by these independent feudal lords, and they demanded both to Bina and Jamon to put an end to this new state: but Bina, divided in civil war, couldn’t send their imperial armies, and neither Jamon was in the moment capable of sending their own forces across the sea, as their fleet was in process of reconstruction.
The war that was brewing, will finally explode at the 3128 a.a.H, when the aristocracy of Kleineng wanted to expand their sphere of influence beyond this small state on the shores of northern Bina, but beyond, aiming to Klauseng.
Klauseng, an historic small vassal of the Binese Empire, was granted independence by the Binese Empire only due the pressure of colonial Aelian powers –in this case, specifically, from Joaquintopia-, who using the nationalist desire of the Klausen minority, created a Joaquintopian protectorate with a puppet Klauseng government.
Kleineng, with a larger army, invaded their southern neighbor at the 3128 a.a.H, which will be the sparkle that will begin the Kleineng War. While the small Klauseng army, partially modernized and with aelian military advisors, tried to resist the Kleineng armies, they where soon defeated and all Klauseng, occupied.
Being a protectorate of Joaquintopia, immediately Joaquintopia declared war to Kleineng, and their diplomats in Bina and Jamon ordered them to do the same –Bina, as Kleineng was formerly a province of Bina, seen then as a rebel province of the Empire, and Jamon, as the Kleineng warlords where subjects of the Jamonese crown.-
The declaration of war of Jamon to Kleineng, triggered the rebellion in the same Jamonese archipielago, where more of the members of the traditional aristocracy remained, often related with the warlords of Kleining, being then a spark of civil war. As well, as Joaquintopia, a mighty aelian colonial power, was the most dangerous of the enemies of Kleineng, they where on the other side of the world, and they only had some small colonial garrisons near: garrisons that where insufficient to launch an offensive: and the Binese Empire armies, fighting their own civil war, only could send minor forces against the Kleineng:
And so, Kleineng keep for a time the initiative, advancing over Bina, and with rebels in Jamon who claimed their allegiance to Kleineng. While the Joaquintopian gunboats where able to control the seas and rivers, the colonial garrisons they gathered only where enough to be send to defend bina –or specifically, the Joaquintopian interests in Bina-.
And while in Joaquintopia –in Aels- King Joachim prepared an armed expedition against Kleineng, the northern neighbor of Kleineng entered in the war: the Principality of Robgorov –an independent principalty founded by trutsian traders at the 2845 a.a.H, with close relations to the Trutsian Empire-.
Direct neighbors of Kleineng, the Robgorov advanced over Kleineng: and while there was a bloody campaign, the Robgorov –supported by Trutsia- finally defeated the Kleineng warlords at the 3129 a.a.H –meanwhile in Jamon, the rebels where defeated by the modernized Jamonese army.-
Robgorov didn’t stopped at Kleineng, but they occupied as well Klauseng, and soon almost a new war began, this time between the Trutsian Empire –supporting Robgorov- and the Empire of Joaquintopia –who protested for the independence of their protectorade-.
To avoid a conflict between to main Aelian powers –and the sparkle of that great war between the colonial powers of Aels, that was since some time looming in the horizon- finally there was a peace treaty: Klauseng returned to the Binese Empire as a province of Bina –with the Joaquintopian economic interests intact-, and Kleineng was annexed by the Principalty of Robgorov.
In such way, Kleineng disappeared as an independent state at the 3130 a.a.H. However, this will be only the beginning of more tensions late for this province with an ethnically mayority of Jamonese population, claimed by Jamon, Bina and the Trutsian Empire –using their vassal, Robgorov-.
Old, oooold drawings, I don’t know from when… but I guess, I began it in 2003, and may have finished it around 2004 or 2005.
This is a replica of an original 15th century War of the Roses harness and a 15th century pollax. The armor style is German Gothic. This armor is made from wax castings off of original pieces, utilizing original armor smithing techniques. The only differences are that the steel in this armor is stainless as oppose to mild and it is custom fit to the owner.
From top to bottom we have the Sallet (top of head), Bevor (chin), Spalders (shoulders), Besigeus (flower shaped armpit protection), Cuirrass (breasplate and backplate), Brassards (arms), Gaunlets (hands), Tassets (plates on the upper hip, near his hands), Cuisses (thighs), Poleyns (knees), Greaves (calves), and Sabatons (feet).
This is free to use stock photography. I ask only that you link back to this deviation and leave me a comment with the art you've created
Model: Thane Arnold
Photography is taken by me, armor and weapons showcased courtesy of the A Knight To Remember program. Check out the website here for more photos: [link]