Therefore I thought it‘d be a fun project to create a huge, HISTORICALLY ACCURATE chart which showcases the development of armour over multiple centuries in small steps. Not with realistic drawings, but in a very stylized art style which is inviting, easily understandable and easily comparative for everyone.
I used a wide variety of sources, first-hand museum material if I could get my hands on it, actual historical sources, if available or at at least guidance from books and pictures within them (also floating around in the internet if I couldn‘t get my hands on the books or sources) which were illustrated by historical illustrators.
Thanks a lot.
Wow, thanks a lot for finding the source. Yeah the Osprey books are great, I tried to buy a some last year, but getting books from the UK is pretty hard since a year.
Big thanks for the source, I added it to the doc.
Also that's quite interesting because I have been looking into rhodes as a city a lot, but actually never checked how the people who manned the castle looked like. Now I really would love to have that book :)
I figure that the ones with the two-headed eagle shield are either Holy Roman Empire or Russian/Slavic, but where are the 1450, 1460, and 1490 knights with the bird and snake shields from? I could not find that coat of arms anywhere.
1683 is a winged hussar indeed.
The black double headed eagle on yellow ground is the HRE.
1450/1460/1490 have the coat of Arms of the Sforzas of italy. It's mostly called "Milanese" style of armour, due to the famous production workshops in Milan.
There is an in-depth document linked with all sources and explanations, in case you want to read more.
I didn't know about that book, but thanks for sharing, I might get around reading it.
My focus definitely is HRE / Austria, but I also wanted to feature as many european nations as possible in the chart, to give a feeling for different styles.