Another character concept which I worked on for a super long while.
Despite I started already early this year on gathering all the reference material and reading up a lot of related things, I had little time next to work.
Since I had some time now I thought this might make a good piece for christmas.
Merry christmas to all of you.
20 colors + cast shadow + transparency
A very special thanks to Pixel-Jointer osmasker for translating my original German text into English:
(german text is at the end of the description)
The elite knights and bodyguards of his imperial Majesty are second- or third born sons of an old royal lineage who share strong bonds with the imperial family. Because of their strong beliefs it is their life’s duty to protect the worldly ruler chosen by God and to stand by his side during courtly events which certainly emphasises the general pomposity.
Starting at a young age these boys receive a strictly religious upbringing and are instructed in courtly manners, common knowledge, math, music and horsemanship.
At the age of twelve the lads are brought to the imperial court as pages to complete their education. Following the knightly tradition they learn how to tend to their armour and mounts and are briefed in the art of warfare. At the age of fourteen they are subordinated to an Eagle as knave and receive further education in competitive horse riding and the use of fire arms. At the approximate age of twenty-one their education is complete and they receive their proper armour and are dubbed knights.
Their armour represents the imperial banner - the eagle - and has been masterfully forged in the style of the great Maximilian.
The knightly longsword is a symbol for their strong belief as it is blessed and bestowed by the archbishop himself.
Should the emperor be in danger, the warriors would resort to their modern 3-shot percussion gun and use their sword merely for self-defence.
Die Elite-Ritter und Leibwache ihrer kaiserlichen Majestät, sind zweit- oder drittgeborene Söhne alter Adelsgeschlechter, deren Bande stark mit der kaiserlichen Familie verwoben sind. Aufgrund ihres starken Glaubens, besteht ihre Lebensaufgabe darin, den von Gott persönlich ausgewählten weltlichen Herrscher zu beschützen und bei höfischen Anlässen an seiner Seite zu stehen, was der generellen prunkvollen Impression nicht schadet..
Von klein auf werden diese Knaben streng religiös erzogen und erhalten Ausbildung in höfischen Umgangsformen, Allgemeinbildung, Mathematik, Musik und Reitkunst.
Im Alter von 12 Jahren werden die Sprössling als Pagen an den kaiserlichen Hof gebracht um ihre Ausbildung abzuschließen. Der ritterlichen Tradition nach werden sie erst in der Rüstungs- und Reittierpflege ausgebildet und auch in der traditionellen Kriegskunst.
Im Alter von etwa 14 werden sie in den Knappen ernannt, einem der Adler unterstellt und im sportlichen Turnierreiten sowie in der Verwendung von Schusswaffen ausgebildet.
Haben sie mit etwa 21 Jahren ihre Ausbildung abgeschlossen erhalten sie ihre Rüstung und den Schlag zum Ritter.
Ihre Rüstung repräsentiert das Kaiserliche Banner – den Adler - und wurde im Stil des großen Maximilians auf höchster Plattnerqualität gefertigt.
Das ritterliche Langschwert symbolisiert ihre Verbundenheit mit dem Glauben und wird zu ihrem Ritterschlag vom Erzbischof persönlich gesegnet.
Sollte der Kaiser allerdings in Gefahr geraten, würden diese Krieger allerdings vorher auf ihre modernste 3-schüssigen Perkussionspistole zurückgreifen und das Schwert nur zur Selbstvertedigung einsetzen.
Besides that nit picking, that's a great piece of art. I especially like the foot armour.
It's usable in narrow interiors and hallways of a palace, this sword is not necessarily a traditional sidearm, rather for demonstration. Also it's mostly designed for stabbing, because swinging it effectively would get very hard once you consider the environment it's used in. And frst they anyways would rather use their firearms.
The main battlefield forces of the same art series also have pistols and sabers, this character however is mostly a representative bodyguard and rather should demonstrate traditional values on the court, the same goes for the symbol of the longsword and the highly ornamented armor
You can be very proud of your armour design, by the way. It is perfectly usable and for a set of fantasy armour very historically accurate. You did your research. A good smith could make you one of these for sparring. Though this suit is rather designed for jousting.
In case you might be interested, here are some nice stabby things for reference:
Albion Swords are great
And yeah I am trying to do as much research as possible, not that I would know everything oregarding everything.
But there are also a lot of actual artifacts in Austria in just an hour travel from where I am living
Anyway, i love it XD
Lord of the Rings has super awesome weapon designs.
Thanks for leaving commments on my work too.
I wish you only the best for your Christmas/New Year holidays.
There is only so much you can do to the basic shape and form of swords without it looking like World of Warcrafts impossibilities. :-P
Let me list what this blade has that is missing from Anduril:
Anduil is a Longsword and not a twohander.
Anduil has no Skull on the crossguard.
It has no flat bit on its blade, the sharp edges go up to the crossguard, partially because this up there is a two hander and those not sharp bits were probably used for certain situations in a fight.
Furthermore Anduils fuller (that is the bit between the edges) doesn't go all the way down and has a longer central ridge wich isn't the case with the Two hander up there.
to be fully specific, though this is a longsword.
It's based on late high-medieval to renaissance longswords, not on norman (viking) weapons.
I mean yeah in media and games longswords and greatswords get confused because of dungeon&dragons and stuff.
But fact is that this is historically named as a longsword.
And there is nothing bigger than an actual longsword which still can be used with actual swordfighting styles.
The thing which is known by now as "greatsword" in classic games though are actually rather polearms with a very long tip and they were only used to break through polearm-lines in pitched battles of the renaissance.
But i really feel that up there looks like a Two Hander. It looks pretty bulky for that, especially with the giant crossguard?
That said, ummm, you are the artist so you certainly KNOW what it is suppossed to be. Perhabs a artistic critique then. ;-P
Also the armor feels like it could fit into any of the Dark Souls Games. :-P
I also have nothing against the super ridiculous size level of weapons in most Japanese productions, I think it's just fine and one of the cool things you can do if you are not bound by realistic physics.
I mean I grew up with the Berserk Manga - Guts always splitted horses, men and demons apart with his Dragonslayer and I totally enjoyed those drawings.
I just like it and think it's also funny in a way, because it makes it more ridiculous and interesting than true realism ever could be.
That being said I still think that weapons should keep their "elegance" in design and therefore shapes inspired by realism. The dragonslayer would still work to some extend if you would just size it down.
I don't enjoy things which are just big for the sake of being big, but also ridiculous, like... for example Clouds Buster Sword.
This is on a superfluous level a bit similar to the Dragonslayer, but directly compared to it also heavily compromise on overall usefulness.
Souls Games definitely had the knights which I enjoyed the most since Berserk. Souls also heavily references realistic design decisions, while still adding some additional design taste to their stuff which enhances the feeling of a fantasy.
The Lord of the Rings Movies - were super well designed through too.
I like it if fantasy is realistic enough to be believable, but has enough direction to it to be artistically interesting.
And that's what I try to achieve with my art
It's a longsword ;D
Another great game in this direction i would recommend for that is Dragons Dogma.
the second part was my most favorite one
haven't looked in Dragon's Dogma, but it' sone of those which caught my interest.
But no, haven't even had Anduril in mind, just a basic knightly longsword.
Which Anduril is as well I guess.
Those were developed to be worn by full plated knights as secondary weapon, because shields became obsolete at this time.
In order of taper, blood groove, etching, general places where those swords are sharpened, terms of how the crossbar is shaped the pommel and so on, there aren't that many differences, unless you go down to the really fine mechanical details.
The sword used in Lord of the rings were all based on realistic weapons in terms of their shape and blacksmithing approach, which also is super important to maintain a good weapon performance.
After looking it up all which is "Fantasy" in Anduril's design are the elven runes, the rest could be an European weapon you will find in various museums.
It certainly weren't the creators of Lord of the rings who came up with all the tricks how those swords worked. It actually were numerous blacksmiths and artists who actually developed swords which sole intention was to be in all their means for a single purpose - being a secondary, highly versatile tool for self-defense, which only got used if your poleaxe, warhammer or mace was lost, got stuck or got damaged in a battle.
So there were a ton of people who runned around from ~1450-1650 with swords like that, minus some tiny superficial detail.
Same goes for most other realistic weapons in LotR.
This is a crossguard which is shaped like axeheds, designed specifically to dent in armor if you use the sword for halfswording )which makes sense for a knights weapon)
An axehead has the advantage to put a lot of pressure on a single spot and can disable armor.
If you are forced to halfsword this design is therefore super useful. Because you only would use the sword for halfswording if you already lost your main weapon this would help to make it an even more versatile tool of killing.
So no, it's definitely not "super iconic to Anduril's design"
People should pay respect where respect is due and this ain't one of those cases.