Many of the contemporary illustrated sources for the medieval period are freely available online now. Try searching for illustrated medieval bibles and psalters, for example, which tend to show contemporary combatants, not ones which we'd now consider historically accurate for the ancient period in which the biblical texts were written. Also other original illustrated sources like the Bayeux Tapestry. You may need to narrow the date range and the geographic area, because things like armour especially tended to change over fairly short intervals and in different places. If you follow Mesper's suggestion and find one or more Osprey titles that cover the particular period you're interested in, you'll likely find information about more specific illustrated sources there, which can in turn lead to other discoveries.
It's a huge subject overall, so you may find there's a need to narrow your focus to make sense of it all! Good luck.
Thank you again. At the beginning I mean middle ages total, because I want have anchor point. I will try to use your advice. I found something, some time ago. What do you think? Osprey Men-At-Arms: A Celebration And what with XVII century? Any ideas?
Post by Cardstock Dane on Oct 19, 2014 8:15:05 GMT -9
^ Try and google keyphrases such as "seven years war", "thirty years war", "great nordic war" or "marlburian" - that should give you plenty of references. Furthermore, this is an era that is well covered by lead/plastic miniature manufacturers, so there should be some inspiration for you there, as well. Try, for instance, Foundry Miniatures, they have a plethora of historical ranges, including the ones you're looking for.
As the others noted, the range of time and culture and armor styles for both of those periods is way too broad - for a good portion of the medieval period in Europe, the standard kit would consist of a mail hauberk, helm, (possibly vambraces and greaves), shield and spear, and sword. Roman loricas were in use until the 7th century; lamellar was used by the eastern Romans (Byzantines) until the 1400s - and was used by the Ottomans as late as the 1750s; coat of plates (aka brigantines) were worn from 1200s to the late 1700s; and each region/country had its own styles of helms and breastplates. If you could narrow it down, I could probably help you find some good resources.
Eran whose alter-ego is a 12th century Varangian Rus
At the beginning I mean middle ages total, because I want have anchor point. I will try to use your advice. I found something, some time ago. What do you think? Osprey Men-At-Arms: A Celebration And what with XVII century? Any ideas?
The difficulty with the term "middle ages" is it effectively means the period in Europe after the Western Roman Empire withdrew from parts and then collapsed, through to the Renaissance around the 14th to 16th centuries in different places, and the increasingly widespread use of gunpowder weapons in warfare. Depending on which part of Europe you look at, that can mean a period lasting a few hundred to 1000 years or more (for example, in Britain, the medieval period effectively runs from the Roman army's abandonment of Britain circa AD 410, through to the 16th century). That makes it very difficult to define a single appearance for warriors and the higher social strata of society, even in a limited geographic area, throughout such an extended timespan, although for the peasants, relatively little changed for them in places even through to the 20th century.
The Osprey publications can be a valuable guide, though it pays to do your own research as well, because being human like us all, they're not infallible
I'm not familiar with the particular Osprey volume you linked to, though I'd guess it only has selected items from a few of the Men-at-Arms series, whereas there are other series' which may be of similar usefulness, such as the Warrior and Elite series', which deal with very specific types of combatant.
Seventeenth century isn't one of my particular interests historically, so I can't advise you further with that unfortunately.
I have many plans about future sets. Currently I'm working on foot soldiers of sleepless. I hope well translated... Hence my search about medieval weapons. Medieval weapons and armor will be useful when I will be doing series historical. The same applies to the seventeenth century.
cowboyleland: Now I have seen it. It doesn't advance our hobby, but anyone with half a brain who wanted 2nd rate figures could easily figure this out for themselves so I guess he isn't doing any harm.
Mar 19, 2019 17:53:59 GMT -9
berneart76: well, this is fun, (not) transferring all my papercrafting sets into the cloud. The stuff I got from DriveTrhruRPG was simple with their library desktop app,but my other stuff, sometimes with multiple duplicate copies is entertaining.
Mar 1, 2019 15:44:32 GMT -9
berneart76: Vermin King I usually use a mix of drybrush/watercolor/photocopy and occasionally posterizing at different levels of opacity.
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berneart76: Vermin King, that's similar to the enhancing that I do on my texturing. I've found that sometimes I need to scale up or scale down the image (usually by 50 or 25 percent down or 200 or 300 percent up) to make get the enhancements to look "right"
Feb 26, 2019 20:44:53 GMT -9
Vermin King: On the zebras, I did multiple enhancements and cartoon filters and used them at 100%, and they still didn't look that different than the photos
Feb 26, 2019 12:27:26 GMT -9
Vermin King: When I make a figure or terrain piece based on a photo, I clean it up and align things to look 'right', then I create another layer and do enhancing and cartoonizing on it. I then adjust opacity over the photo image until it looks good. On the zebras,
Feb 26, 2019 12:26:35 GMT -9
Vermin King: berneart76, do you mean giving them green or purple manes and tails? and a few piercings? maybe a cig hanging out of their mouths?
Feb 26, 2019 12:24:18 GMT -9
Vermin King: cartoonizing a zebra doesn't do much
Feb 20, 2019 5:59:28 GMT -9
Vermin King: And due to the snow, I'm off tonight. I am going to miss the cash on the paycheck, but I'm glad they want their employees to be safe
Feb 15, 2019 10:52:24 GMT -9
ignatious: Actually I was referring to the two previous posts. I was trying to be subtle in order to sublimate the crassness. Read them again, but in Mel Brooks voice while he is winking, and nudging the person to his right.
Feb 9, 2019 13:38:11 GMT -9
Vermin King: Sure. Euphemize us
Feb 8, 2019 18:40:48 GMT -9
ignatious: would anyone care for a euphemism?
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cowboyleland: We hadn't had snow for a few days. Last night the plow came down my street and did nothing but fill every ones driveways back in. Just for practice, I guess.
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Vermin King: In KC we had an ice storm (with thunder sleet) the other night. Left things drivable, but last night the plow came down my street. They took all the rough edges off. Might as well have ran a Zamboni...
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okumarts: Vermin King... Mind Blown!
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