Battle of Agincourt
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Another centerfold piece for Medieval Warfare Magazine.

One of the most well known and often studied, clashes of arms in the Medieval period, the Battle of Agincourt was an astounding and decisive victory for the English which led to their dominance and then occupation of a large portion of Northern and Western France during the early 15th century. The French in comparison lost most of its nobility in the battle, slaughtered instead of ransomed, despite outnumbering the English almost 5 to 1. The MVP of the battle was not the excellent longbow archers the English brought with them (though they played a significant part) but the weather which turned the field into a muddy quagmire that was to prove the undoing of the French.

Working on this piece I had the privilege of cooperating with medieval scholar, Tobias Capwell, who is an expert in the Hundred Years War and the Battle of Agincourt in particular. Early on both of us knew that we wanted to do something a bit different for this piece that will set it apart from the usual depiction of French heavy cavalry charging and/or English archers volley shooting into the air. We came up with the idea of depicting the moment the French forward infantry column clashed with the English line. You can see here the French knights riddled with arrows having passed through a hailstorm of them but managed to survive thanks to their excellent steel armor. Some were unlucky and fell to arrows that found their mark through weak spots in their armor or succumbed to the concussive barrage of the thousands of arrows falling on their heads. Those that survive the trudge through the arrow storm were left weakened against a fresh and prepared English defense but don't count on the French giving up so easily, they are a stubborn sort. They still gave the English a good wallop but eventually the fatigue and constant barrage of arrows got to them. By then they were easy pickings for the lightly armored archers as they descended on the french men at arms like a pack of hounds to an injured boar.

Despite knowing a fair deal about Agincourt I learned 2 things about this battle that I wasn't aware of before. First and somewhat surprising to me is that the English archers did not volley shoot their arrows into the air, instead they mostly shot at their own pace and at eye level. Second, was the distinct differences in the style of armor worn by both sides. I was under the impression that every noble and his retinue would wear the colors of their respective houses as was the norm at the time. Instead, the French during the battle were more flamboyant in their dress, wore more fabric, had their armor gilded and were generally decked out in various colors and heraldry that show off their wealth and status. In contrast the English were more uniform in appearance, mostly wore their armor bare(white or black) with minimal to no embellishments and any heraldry they bear must be the cross of St. George or at least contain it.

For those interested you can check out the magazine here. Its a very interesting magazine if you're in to medieval history. >> www.karwansaraypublishers.com/…
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TheDoomslayer93's avatar
Poor guy, facing an armored opponent that has a Warhammer, with a sword xD

I love your art, man. It's incredible the amount of detail you put into it, like that Knight in full plate with the blue tabar that is injured by arrows, the arrows are actually where the openings in the armor are, not in the middle of the chest plate or the helm <3
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zacharyknox222's avatar
:):):):):)Happy Birthday!:):):):):)
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test2231|Hobbyist Digital Artist
leonardo da vincci is quaking in his grave
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RebellingLemming|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great art!
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RebellingLemming|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great art!
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NebTheDorkBoi's avatar
That Frenchman on the right should have brought a different weapon, against the englishman with a warhammer, in THAT full plate? Hes got no chance unless he manages to get the blade into his rather foolishly open helmet.
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Nancebeest|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lalalala I can't hear you! Archery rocks! Hehe
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Julienoffray's avatar
Awesome in every way.
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darklord86's avatar
So realistic.☺
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Dastard666's avatar
And you get a bascenette, and you get a bascenette! Bascenettes for everybody!
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garrus368's avatar
So cool,some posees of this Will be useful like reference for me,and the art os very very awesome :3
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AtomicKaiser|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rare to see a description of Agincourt that doesn't repeat the myth of armor piercing arrows lol
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YaBoisBoy's avatar
Indeed, very well done.
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HenCymro's avatar
Absolutely brilliant, it is so realistic!
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sukelywater|Student Traditional Artist
The historians here😒
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gromarout's avatar
Agincourt ? some much details and such a big mistake...
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GiromCalica|Hobbyist General Artist
ugh, pinch draw
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DracarysDrekkar7's avatar
Nicely!!! Done love the angle
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Steph-Le-Vehellaire's avatar
Most of the french civalry had died there at Azincourt.
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Gurdim's avatar
gorgeous depiction, powerful, dynamic and with this cool inclination :D

i saw the Henry V movie with Kenneth Branagh, and this now reminds me of it (Branagh at his best :D)
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Of course, the exact sizes of the French and English armies, as well as the numbers of casualties and wounded, are largely uncertain, because no reliable contemporary documents are known to have survived to allow us to estimate those numbers with any degree of accuracy...
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Zeonista's avatar
Oh yes, the great scrum in the mud that was the focal point of the battle. I agree with you decision, this picture is much more "Agincourt" than a general Hundred Years' War picture. Nicely done, and i can recognize many of the details involved from the records and historical re-creation.   
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Westmoreland:O that we now had here
But one ten thousand of those men in England
That do no work to-day!

King: What’s he that wishes so?
My cousin, Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin;
If we are mark’d to die, we are enow
To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
God’s will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
Such outward things dwell not in my desires.
But if it be a sin to covet honour,
I am the most offending soul alive.
No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from England.
God’s peace! I would not lose so great an honour
As one man more methinks would share from me
For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!
Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
And crowns for convoy put into his purse;
We would not die in that man’s company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
This day is call’d the feast of Crispian.
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam’d,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say “To-morrow is Saint Crispian.”
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say “These wounds I had on Crispin's day.”
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he’ll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words—
Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
  Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester-
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb’red.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.
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epicness at solid state ^^
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