Tag Archives: Germany

German mounted crossbowman (15c playing card)

The most interesting detail is crossbow with “old-fashioned” composite bow. These were used in 15 century (one is even illustrated is Keiser’s “Belifortis”) but their depictions are rare.

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Spaning belt detail

Since mine spaning belt is nearing a point of no return where the buckle must be fastened, prototyp must be selected. Looks like I will be using Code[ Manese after all, with buckle on right hip and “wrong” belt direction.

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st. Nicolas church, Hagenau in the Elsass (1360)

Thanks to David Nicolle this image became almost iconic. Indeed it provides wealth of details: for example, buckle on the belt is visible, hook type is evident and its dimensions could be easily calculated. Crossbow is of classic “old” European … Continue reading

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Crossbow maker from “Panoplia Omnivm Illiberalivm Mechanicarvm Avt Sedentariarum artium genera continens”

Famous woodcut from late 16 century in high resolution. All tools are nicely detailed and recognizable. Full scanned book is available here

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Breaking the bow

Broke my prod yesterday. Nothing spectacular, just major crack. New prod is already in progress. On the bright side nobody was hurt and as consolation I got reference to Theuerdank engraving with composite prod exploding after string snapped (please click … Continue reading

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Manese

Manese Continue reading

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