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Rohan helmet sketches

By Merlkir
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They're really just sketches, they'd be much cleaner and nicer if I took the designs further. I didn't though. Designing rohan items is hard for me :/ Even more so than with elves, everyone expects a certain style - vikingesque/saxon mixed with lots of horse motifs. It's a neat combination, but it's been done in the movies and while it looks great, it's pretty boring to just replicate. And I can't really put in something different, because it's not what people expect and they wouldn't like it. It's a bit frustrating.
You know, my Rohirrim as I imagined them are much simpler. If I really drew or painted what I imagine them like reading the book, everyone would be disappointed.
So I drew these horrendously ornate helmets.

Making a rohan helmet is easy. There are only a few types of every part so it's just a matter of putting it together so that it fits somehow. From the viking/vendel/saxon helmets you can take the bowl which can be made of 1,2,4 or even more pieces. Usually riveted together, mostly with a riveted ridge/spine running down the middle. There can be an optional nasal of different shapes, or the goggle-like mask which can also have a few shapes. Cheekguards can be shaped differently, they can just hang down, be tied at the chin, or be a part of a more complex protective system, maybe linked to the neckguard. And there can also be a back-neck piece, it can be metal or leather, segmented or one piece, layered or hinged...
And into all that you have to put the horse motifs. They can run on the cheekguards, make a decorative crest holding a tail plume, horse head might be a part of the nasal...Whatever you can think of. Other motifs you can use are sunrays, sun circle, horseshoes...

1. Quite ornate, celtic inspired. Bowl with fluting. Leather segmented back piece, high maille collar.
2. Some kind of heavy helmet. Goggle mask with a longer nasal, neckguard over high maille collar connected to a back maille aventail. Bowl is poorly drawn, but it's supposed to look like a round segmented spangenhelm.
3. Similar to 2., rounder, somehow more ancient looking. Weird protruding nasal, horse head cheekguards. (these are not hinged as opposed to the rest, that makes the helm look ancient as well.)
4. Ehm. Really angry looking horsehead. Probably a pretty expensive helmet. Bowl seems to be beaten out of one piece of metal with the horse head riveted to the front. It also makes a ridge, so maybe the bowl is 2 piece. The tail plumes (there are 2) are supposed to fall onto the rider's shoulders. The whole helmet seems tilted backwards and it makes it look more aerodynamic. I think.
5. Well, this is just a typical shape. Nothing original about this one. :/
6. Slightly boxier looking spangenhelm with a high top plume and a maille aventail.
7. A fairly typical conical spangenhelm, but this time with a square shaped maille ventail edged with fabric/leather.
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The Rohan armor was probably my favorite. Like if the vikings had developed more advanced armors. 
Hardtreads's avatar
Beautiful, 3 is my favourite.
goeliath's avatar
i love these sketches!
maracanda's avatar
These are splendid. Don't worry about them being ornamental, it would have been a mark of wealth. If you still want less to have more, you can always reverse-engineer them to make them simpler, and only keep a detail or one ornament, or take the basic shape. If you don't go back to the historical helmets, but take the things you designed and strip the ornaments, you'll still have that feel to it.
Great work!
QuarianLifeline39's avatar
Love them all!

I'd really like to see a sort of combination of numbers 1 and 4
farelegost's avatar
Great designs (:

BTW i also imagined the Rohirrim equipment from the book more simple than those in the movie,
valeka's avatar
Wow so great! Bravo!
CaptainSeawolf's avatar
Beautiful designs I love all of them and even though they are all different you can see easily they come from what would be the same army. Nice work!
#5 is my favorite but they're all fantastic!
joaoMachay's avatar
Nice sketch work!!! =)
DragonStrider's avatar
Number 4 looks like a Byzantine or Proto-bulgarian Cataphract,man that would be a terrific sight :drool:
Redmist81's avatar
They're not just sketches they're awesome!
Merlkir's avatar
Well, thanks! ;)
jailgurdnegative's avatar
i seem to really like the second one. they're all too cool.
Ostentatiousnessness's avatar
now as a avid supporter and help offerer, i think you should use 5 as the basic rohirrim helm with variations and 6 or 4 as like a banner carrier
Merlkir's avatar
yeahm, I think the Rohan helmet giles made looks pretty much like that.
Ostentatiousnessness's avatar
just my humble oppinion though, i cant find .808 which is really annoying, you're a fantastic artist you know?
Merlkir's avatar
I think there are links for the older versions of MaB on the TW forums. Try searching there. ;)
Peter-the-Fisherman's avatar
wow, these are really cool! Your talent is amazing. I'm, listening to my LOTR soundtrak right now ^^
Creative-Games's avatar
ever heard of the Vendels?
Google Vendel warrior/helm
Merlkir's avatar
Might surprise you, but I did. ;)
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