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October 2012 - Turin, Medieval Village

Lorenzo

Piedmont crossbowman from the half of XIII century. He's equipped with a chapel-de-fer (iron hat) and a gambison, and armed with a falchion and a crossbow. The crossbow had a wood bow - the steel bow appeared later in the XV century - but was anyway far more powerful than the shortbow used by Italian archers, at the cost of a slower firing rate. A crossbow bolt, shorter than an arrow, could pierce a mail shirt even at a middle-long range, resulting in crossbowmen being a true pain in the ass for heavy cavalry and infantry.
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These are designs for the 'Talismans of the Knights Templar' jewellery range from Eastgate Resource. Inspired either by authentic Templar symbolism or on the myths that have been associated with the Order since its demise.

Promotional video may be seen here:
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Of the designs see here, the ones that have actually been produced are:

Tomar Cross
Jerusalem Cross
Rochefort Seal
Byzantine Eagle

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March 2012 - Torino, Medieval District

Samuele

The castellan at the head of a garrison probably provided a good level of equipment: here is shown the best available in the second half of 1200.
Above a padded jacket (in French "gambison"), he wears a chainmail hauberk with integrated mittens to protect hands. The aventail, separated from the coat, is worn over a padded cuff. The legs are protected by metal greaves, which began to appear right at the end of the thirteenth century, and at the foot wears spurs indicating his way to fight while riding a horse. The helmet is a "pot helm" with typical design of the late thirteenth century. This type of helmet was used mainly by those who fought on the saddle, given the reduced visibility: in foot combat was preferred the use of open helmets. Over the hauberk is wearing a cloth surcoat with its own colors.
He is armed with a triangular shield, of leather covered wood, and with a long sword with a wide blade, ideal for fighting on horseback. Among the knightly weapon, there was also the spear, not shown here.

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Il castellano a capo di una guarnigione disponeva verosimilmente di un equipaggiamento di buon livello: qui è raffigurato il meglio a disposizione nella seconda metà del 1200.
Sopra una giubba imbottita (in francese "gambison") indossa usbergo di maglia con moffole integrate a protezione delle mani. Il camaglio, separato dall'usbergo, è indossato sopra una cuffia imbottita. Le gambe sono protette da schinieri metallici, che iniziarono a comparire proprio alla fine del XIII secolo, e ai piedi indossa degli speroni ad indicare il suo modo di combattere in sella ad un cavallo. L'elmo è di tipo "pentolare", di un disegno tipico tardoduecentesco: tale tipo di elmo era usato prevalentemente da chi combatteva in sella, data la ridotta visibilità; nel combattimento appiedato si preferiva l'uso di elmi aperti. Sopra l'usbergo porta una sopravveste in stoffa con i propri colori.
E' armato con uno scudo di tipo triangolare, in legno rivestito di cuoio, e con una lunga spada a lama larga, ideale per il combattimento a cavallo. Tra l'armamento cavalleresco spiccava anche la lancia, qui non rappresentata.
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Another XI century related shot from the latest photoset with Camillo Balossini (www.facebook.com/pages/CAMILLO… 
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November 2010 - Rocca Canavese

Lorenzo

Piedmont "miles" of the first half of the eleventh century.
He wears a variety of weapons depicted in miniatures and sculptures of Germanic area between the IX and X century. The German influence seems plausible, as that Piedmont was part of the Holy Roman Empire, and that many times the emperors went down to Italy with their troops to follow. He wears a chain mail hauberk with short sleeves, a spangenhelm, and a padded coat, whose existence is only supposed in the XI century. Carries a round shield with central grip, and a sword with the typical "Brazilian Walnut" pommel. An integral part of the arsenal, although not depicted here, was also the spear.

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Miles piemontese della prima metà dell'XI secolo.
Indossa un armamento raffigurato in molteplici miniature e sculture di area germanica tra il IX e il X secolo. L'influenza tedesca appare verosimile, dato che il Piemonte era parte del Sacro Romano Impero, e che più volte gli Imperatori scesero in Italia con al seguito le loro truppe. Indossa un usbergo in maglia di ferro a maniche corte, un elmo a spicchi (spangenhelm) e una giubba imbottita, la cui esistenza nell'XI secolo è solo supposta. Porta uno scudo rotondo ad impugnatura centrale e una spada con il tipico pomo a "noce brasiliana". Parte integrante dell'armamentario, anche se qui non è raffigurata, era anche la lancia.

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November 2010 - Rocca Canavese

Samuele

Piedmont "miles" of the second half of the eleventh century.
Wearing equipment reproduced also in the mosaics of Casale Monferrato, dating from the second half of the eleventh century. The mail tunic worn covers all arms, has a central vent that allows to ride and includes an aventail for head protection. The helmet is conical, with nasal guard, and the shield is drop-shaped with a central boss. He is armed with a spear, used either on foot or on horseback (as is well demonstrated by the Casale mosaics) and a sword with a "Brazil nut" pommel.

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Miles piemontese della seconda metà dell'XI secolo.

Indossa un equipaggiamento riprodotto, tra l'altro, anche nei mosaici di Casale Monferrato, risalenti alla seconda metà dell'XI secolo. L'usbergo indossato copre tutte le braccia, ha uno spacco centrale che consente di cavalcare e include il camaglio a protezione del capo. L'elmo è conico a coppo unico, con nasale, e lo scudo è a goccia (altresì detto "a mandorla") con umbone centrale. E' armato con una lancia, utilizzabile sia a piedi che a cavallo (come ben dimostrano i mosaici di Casale) e una spada con pomo "a noce brasiliana"
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Cassano d'Adda, 2013

We have a kickass group of crossbowmen! :ahoy:
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This is what the finished products made from my designs for the 'Talismans of the Knights Templar' jewellery range from Eastgate Resource. Inspired either by authentic Templar symbolism or on the myths that have been associated with the Order since its demise.

Promotional video may be seen here:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2tPH4…

Available for sale here:

www.eastgateresource.co.uk/pag…

www.mysterium-jewellery.co.uk/…
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April 2012 - Torino, Medieval District

Vittorio, Lorenzo, Riccardo, Samuele


A typical example of a communal militia in the second half of the thirteenth century, in this case a small unit of pikemen. an equipment particularly used was composed of a gambeson with mittens, and the characteristic Kettle hat. The practicality and effectiveness of this type of helmet is demonstrated by the fact that the form was taken up by some helmets used in European armies in the first and second world war.

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Un tipico esempio di milizia comunale della seconda metà del XIII secolo, in questo caso una piccol aunità di picchieri. Un equipaggiamento particolarmente in voga era costituito da un gambeson con relative moffole ed il caratteristico Cappello d'arme. La praticità ed efficacia di questo tipo di elmo è dimostrata dal fatto che la forma venne ripresa da alcuni elmetti usati negli eserciti europei nella prima e nella seconda guerra mondiale.
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