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Warriors Through Time - "Crystin" the Templar/Crusader

Urged by Pope Urban II to take up their swords and win back the Holy Land through bloodshed, crusaders from every corner of Europe heeded the call. The Templar were a monastic warrior group that started as humble as monks but became one of the first banking systems in the world and soon their organization was wealthier than most kings. Most that saw the last days of their order's two century lifespan were either disbanded, recruited to other orders, or burned at the stake. Still, as the looming structure of Krak des Chavaliers stands sturdy in the background (visible today in modern Syria, look on Google Earth) the crusaders and the Knights Templar left an impressive mark in the Middle East with massive castles that have stood for close to a millennium.

Crystin is wearing a tunic typical of most Templars and from the silver cross on her neck and decorative sword, she is probably a member of the order after its rise top fortune. Kite shields were typical defensive measures and while plate mail was a better defense than chainmail, it was far too hot for the desert regions and knights would die of heat strokes before seeing battle. Though they still sometimes implemented partial plate for added protection to their head (pot helm) and hands plate gauntlets). The war hammer and Rondel dagger were also common weapons for the time.
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YoritomoDaishogun Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Student General Artist
Deus Vult Deus Vult Deus Vult 
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krauni Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017
Ave Maria!
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NeroonCousland Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Nice one!
I'm going to pretend that's a portrait of my Queen of Greater Sicily, who conquered Jerusalem in Crusader Kings 2.
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Gwaylar Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks
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NeroonCousland Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
You're welcome. And it seems I forgot to fav it before. Has been corrected now.
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Pelycosaur24 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
I like it! Is this for any particular Crusade?
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Gwaylar Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Second Crusade would be the most likely
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effigytormented Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
So it turns out women did fight in the crusades and the muslims were shocked to find them in the ranks when they stripped the enemy of their armor.
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Gwaylar Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Like most of the ones I drew, mainly they are for show but they represent a very real possibility.  
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effigytormented Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
Well actually I was referencing a real thing >.>, I just thought you might like to know.
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BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist
Not someone you want to mess with. A pretty face hiding a heart of iron
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greyfalls Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Funnily enough, I stumbled across this image while searching for rondel daggers. I definitely like her weapon setup: aside from the rondel, there's the warhammer and longsword. Good work on the maille as well, and I also appreciate the attention to damage on the shield.
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Gwaylar Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I aim to please. Oddly the rondel is the only weapon in that setup that I don't own... yet.
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RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nicely done. The chain mail must have been a pain. Or at least my hand is aching already from sympathy.
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Gwaylar Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
her and the viking did my hand in for a week
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RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't doubt it for a moment. Oy!
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