Codex Manesse Court – Of kings and lords.

codex-manesse_Of-Kings-and-lords_lr

With this set I am starting a new theme in Codex Manesse miniatures under working title “the Court”. Having (almost) depleted the supply of jousting knights in the original manuscript, this new “line” will focus on those who would watch their exploits on the tournament field, and scheme on the backstage.

This first set of the court line introduces some of the mightiest lords of XII-XIV century Central Europe in persons of:

  • His imperial highness Heinrich the VI  der Staufer, by the grace of God, Holy Roman Emperor , King of Italy and Sicily ,
  • Vaclav the II Přemyslovec King of Bohemia and Poland, duke of Cracow, overlord of Silesia (one of the brightest monarchs of the era) and
  • Otto the IV “with an Arrow” Markgrave of Brandenburg-Stendal with his wife Heilwig.

Read more…

Advertisements

Let the cannons roar!

Finally, after months of painful birth, testing, tuning and editing the medieval veuglaire is available on Wargame Vault, for anyone willing to blast his miniature foes with the power of gunpowder.

The set includes full 3D model of the cannon and gunner’s supplies, together with 2D front and back miniatures of cannon crew – recent veterans of Papercut Awards showcase. All in 300dpi resolution, designed and scaled for 30mm battlefields.

Inside you’ll find also a brief description of cannon and its parts, detailed assembly instructions and general modelling tips.

Return with a shield.*

Papercut Awards 2013 trophy.

Not without a pride (however late) I would like to report, that my team of Fashionable Adventuress and Medieval Cannon Crew, have returned from the Papercut Awards 2013 with a triumph. Lady Achsenberg was awarded two 1st places, both in Single Figure and Best in the show categories. The Cannon Crew fought well wining 2nd place in Multi Figure Set, and 3rd place in Best in the Show, falling only to Reivaj Elves (unfortunately twice…), and Lady Achsenberg herself. For more good news I can say that the cannons will roar soon.

* If someone does not know it is a paraphrase of Plutarch Moralia.
Acc. to that hellenistic scholar spartan mothers and wives said farewell to their men with words “Return with or on your shield” or something like that. Basicly “Win or die, but don’t run away” as deserters dropped their shields to run faster, and fallen were supposed to be carried home on their shields. Some modern scholars argue that ancient moralist invented this proverb, as in times he quoted fallen soldiers were buried on the fields of battle rather than carried (sometimes many miles) on their shields to their home city. The saying has it’s power anyway.