Codex Manesse – Courtly love.

Obviously this set was intended for Valentines day, unfortunately I was too busy to finish it in time so here it is now. Meet the Codex Manesse lovers.

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These miniatures are more like standees, than single miniatures as depicting whole scenes better suited the theme.
Being primarily a collection of love poems (Middle-High German Minnelied or Minnesang) Codex Manesse illustrations contain many depictions of different faces of medieval love. Many love scenes are pretty much similar to present day courtship. Knights taking their ladies for a forest walk, enjoying a picnic or dancing.  Other are quite curious – like a Lady using a crane to pull her Knight to her tower, or lovers exchanging letters using crossbows (a medieval version of SMS), some are even more dramatic like Friedrich der Knecht fleeing with his beloved before an armed pursuit. For this set however I chose more benign images. Read more... Read more…

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For whom the bell tolls – Codex Manesse – The Church.

Finally I managed to steal some time for the hobby and here is the effect. The church is my first attempt at creating Codex Manesse architecture, or any CM 3D piece at all. I was not sure if the feel of a medieval manuscript could be maintained in a 3d model, especially that in original manuscripts architecture is always secondary to characters (or scene in general) and either greatly undersized or just symbolic. Especially choosing the right size comparing to Codex Manesse minis was quite tricky. Too small ant the model is getting useless as a potential gaming piece, to big and it’s loosing the manuscript feel dominating the miniatures to much.  The end result of this little experiment you can see below

      Codex-manesse_Church_2     Codex-manesse_Church_1

The model consists of 3 separate pieces that can be variously arranged: a Belltower, a Nave and a Choir with a polygonal apse. The layout above would be most common but the belltower in example could be aligned to the side of the Nave, two  bell towers could flank the Nave, or it could be detached as a free standing campanila. The Nave itself works also on its own making a nice townhouse or a small Pfalz. As medieval architecture was generally additive in it’s nature, you can print multiple pieces and arrange them in many possible ways. Read more...

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