Monday, December 13, 2010

Codex Manesse Knights - Completed

Completed, except for adding their lances - which should be arriving soon - I ordered some 100mm spears from North Star. I needed some pikes for the Foundry Silver Shields anyway. I'll end up cutting down a few for lances. I decided on Siegfried of Westerburg, Archbishop of Cologne, to be the army general.
Although on the losing side at the Battle of Worringen, he had an aggressive nature and not afraid to stir things up. Prior to taking the office of Archbishop of Cologne, he was the church official who oversaw the Teutonic Order in Germany. Coincidentally (or not?), the coat of arms for the Archbishopric of Cologne is the same style black cross as the Teutonic Order.
They are a mixture of Mirliton, Old Glory and Gripping Beast. The shields with animal charges are paper designs from Mirliton. I plan to start on the light cavalry next - they are Old Glory Turcopole figures - they'll be Szeklers with lance, bow and shield. Also waiting on an order of spearmen from Curteys. My buddy, Scott A. gave me some Old Glory crossbowmen who'll join the Curteys spearmen in mixed order. These are in addition to earlier completed Old Glory spearmen and crossbowmen. Finally, an Old Glory Hussite war wagon will be modified to be the Army Standard wagon.

Here are some illustrations from the Codex Manesse of actual battles - as opposed to those of tournaments. The first one depicts John of Brabant dealing a deadly blow at the Battle of Worringen.


24 comments:

  1. Wow... Very impressive!
    Great work Dean!

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  2. Beautiful...just beautiful. I´m going to seriously have to think about getting myself some 28mm Medievals. I look forward to your Hussite wagon..just finished two myself but in 1/72nd from miniart
    Cheers
    Paul

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  3. Absolutely fantastic, you've done a brilliant job on these.

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  4. Really wonderful looking unit!

    Cheers
    Christopher

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  5. Dean - fantastic knights. I bet they were fun to paint up. They look awesome en masse - love the historical colour schemes and heraldry - brilliant painting!

    Cheers,
    Doc

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  6. You do museum-quality work!

    Ted

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  7. Great looking unit, most impressive!

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  8. Thanks everyone for the too kind words! Truly appreciate your comments. The rest of the army will be a lot more mundane; which will probably set these knights off better on the battlefield. Happy Holidays! Dean

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  9. Once again, you've taken my breath away - and made me feel quite inadequate at the same time.

    However, that's not a bad thing - we all need to strive for something, and you've proven to be quite an inspiration!

    Now, to get to work on the Perry plastic WOR...

    Regards,
    GregS

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  10. Really nice work Dean. You made a great choice waiting for the North Star spears. They're excellent, if a little dangerous.

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  11. Some of the best looking figures I've seen on the net. Excellent work.

    Regards,
    Matt

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  12. Wonderful job on the knights, they look very impressive as a group.

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  13. Thanks again for the kind comments. Warm Regards, Dean

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  14. Nicely done. Love the looks of them as a group.

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  15. Phenomenal! Highly extraordinary!

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  16. Damn you Dean M!

    Now I want to play with Knights.

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  17. Hi there,
    I know its an old post but I would love to know how you made your Bishop figure....I am thinking about Getting the forces for Worringen myself!

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  18. Hello - thanks for visiting this old post; the Bishop figures is an Old Glory figures from their Teutonic range (IIRC); the arms are conjectural as I couldn't find anything specific on him. Although he is noed to have been associated with the Teutonic Order so...

    Best wishes on your project. Dean

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  19. Thanks Dean your collection is beautiful those knights are wonderful!

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