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Sicilian Saracen Archers
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Published: January 12, 2012
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Muslims of Sicily served as superb archers under the Normans and went to war with them.

The island of Sicily was at one point prior to the 11th century, under control of Muslims, who conquered it from the Eastern Romans (Byzantines). Eventually they were conquered by the Normans but many remained in Sicily, living and serving under their Christian rulers, which made the island kingdom a melting-pot of eastern and western cultures.

This illustration was done for Medieval Warfare Magazine, a Dutch publication. You can check it out and subscribe here >> [link]
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taemart's avatar
taemartProfessional Digital Artist
nice work
Julienoffray's avatar
I see I am not the first one who is reminded of Angus McBride, one of my all-time-favourite illustrators. Great work, thanks.
chazillah's avatar
this is amazing!
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Seeso2DProfessional Filmographer
Great job on this. it is obviously you did a lot of search and I know how hard it is
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dievilProfessional Interface Designer
I'm Sicilian and I'm very proud of my country's history. Your work increases this my pride. Wonderful job!
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Crusader-KaiHobbyist Digital Artist
For eastern cultures, they put the arrow on the right side, and they used their thumbs to draw the arrows, forming a ring and letting go of their thumbs to sling the arrow.
EndlessPoetry's avatar
Fantastic drawing, with realistic archery and bow usage. That sort of thing is pretty rare when it comes to Deviantart. Everything else about this picture is great, too. It must get pretty hot in all that thick armor and warm, middle-eastern weather.
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dominik1023Professional General Artist
I think the arrow is on the wrong side of the bow... I do know that normally the arrow is on the left, but with that type of a quiver, the arrow was on the right of the bow.
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Simba003Hobbyist General Artist
Actually it's on the right side.
To put the arrow on the right side and the quiver on the back are totally wrong historically speaking.
This image is actually really accurate. :)
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Simba003Hobbyist General Artist
Actually it's on the left side* sorry :p
IFIKRATIS's avatar
No, you can use it any way suits you!
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ArteSusannaStudent General Artist
Wow, great attention to detail! You inspire me.
egigih87's avatar
this is very good!
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Helion55Professional Writer
This looks really, really good. Detailed and natural. But one question though. Is the way they're holding their arrows correct? If they are of Muslim origin, wouldn't they be using their thumb instead of three fingers? However they might have adopted the three finger method from the Sicilians. Still, a very nice picture :D
HamzaRasol's avatar
I just can't believe the superb skill and quality you are putting in your work,specially this one!
Mumatil's avatar
What kind of helmet is the lower fellow wearing?  I just like the curve it has at the point, did it serve any pactical application or was it just for aesthetics?
EternalWanderer9001's avatar
I think I am falling in love with you. Superb drawing. Reminds of Angus Mcbride of Osprey.Especealy since you cover a lot of forgotten glory.
TuckerRose's avatar
Incredible absolutely stunning
ironsides11's avatar
The details of the armor and clothing are amazing. Excellent work :D
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