Monthly Archives: January 2011

Still painting the prod

Finished background colors, now adding fine details and embelishment.

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From Annales Gendenses (Ghent’s annals), c 1310

Cumbe balistarii suum complivicem oficium, et acies Francorum equestris cum quodam simulato impetu versus Flandrenses, suis balistariis recedere jussis, veniret, balistarii Gandenses et omnium aliorem preter Brugenses, cordas balistarium suarum incidentes, ipsas balistas contra tibia equorum Franci insidebant projecerunt, se … Continue reading

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Crossbowman from Trinity Apocalypse

English, c.1255-1260. Image taken from Fitzwilliam museum website. Wooden prod, and quite probably wooden trigger (compare color with stirrup and arrowhead coloring. Also of interest is full collection of medieval distant combat weapons: bow, crossbow and fletched darts.

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Early 13 century crossbow from stained glass in Goslar Market church

Image source is here. More on medieval stained glass is here (no picture of crossbowman, alas, but a lot on medieval stained glass)

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11 century: crossbow “triggers”

Wooden triggers laminated with horn strips.

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Painting the prod

Design has no direct prototype. It is based on 14 century book illuminations and late 15 century printed prod decoration paper.

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The pale horse and the crossbow

The white rider is probably Jesus. This is in complete accordance with medieval tradition, in fact “classic” riders set (death, pestilence, war and hunger) appeared later.

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14 cetury crossbow repro / МГМ арбалета 14го века

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