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    Armour in art

    For my A-Level I have an assignment which is to produce sketchbooks and research based on the title "Combinations and Alliances", I plan on doing armour and composition. I'm looking the names of artists or art movements which were known for their painting of armour. Modern concept artists or illustrations who are notable for armour are also appreciated.

    For the sketchbooks I'm going to eventually implement armour and composition into a final illustration.

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    Angus Mcbride did the Osprey military books for years

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    I know Vicente Segrelles wrote and illustrated a young peoples' book about the history of armor, as I used to check it out of the library all the time before it "disappeared", but I can't find it on Amazon or ABEbooks, which is too bad as I meant to pick it up sometime myself. Oh well, a Google image search yields results like below, which show what he knows about armor, although his own web-site is unhelpful in this regard.

    Are you anywhere in UK where you can get to a museum to see real armor?

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    I found a blog that has photos of the armour Terry English
    created for the 1981 movie 'Excalibur' the armours themselves
    were designed by Bob Ringwood.

    http://trendingceleb.blogspot.com/20...mour-from.html

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    Geez, Corey, I'm no armorererer, but that little leather strap and buckle on the front of the breastplate looks like a dandy knob to catch a sword or axe on.

    I was once on the receiving end of a critique so savagely nasty, I marched straight out of class to the office and changed my major (sketchbook).
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    If the country of the armor doesn't matter, do check out Utagawa Kuniyoshi's samurai/warrior artwork: http://www.kuniyoshiproject.com/Main...0triptychs.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoat View Post
    Geez, Corey, I'm no armorererer, but that little leather strap and buckle on the front of the breastplate looks like a dandy knob to catch a sword or axe on.
    Actually at least some 1400-1500 armor really did have such strap, and others had a bunch of more straps. http://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?t=360405
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoat View Post
    Geez, Corey, I'm no armorererer, but that little leather strap and buckle on the front of the breastplate looks like a dandy knob to catch a sword or axe on.
    lol, for that matter, if a lucky stroke severs the strap, how much of the armor falls apart?
    But this is fantasy armor for his "Mercenary" graphic novel series. A friend of mine who was a sword-smith, if not an "armorererer", liked the Segrelles book I referenced.

    Star-eater, good recommendation. I remember reading when "Excalibur" came out that one of Ringwood's (or English's?) previous jobs had been designing armor and its display for the Tower of London.

    TinyBird--Oops. Your post came up while I was framing my response. Thanks for the support, but I think the straps and buckles in your example look more logical than my examples from "The Mercenary", but I'm no "armorererer" either.(okay, after this I'm letting go of Stoat's creative spelling.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cory Hinman View Post
    TinyBird--Oops. Your post came up while I was framing my response. Thanks for the support, but I think the straps and buckles in your example look more logical than my examples from "The Mercenary", but I'm no "armorererer" either.(okay, after this I'm letting go of Stoat's creative spelling.)
    Gotta agree with that, and in the link I edited and other images with this sort of strap the strap usually went to the neck or to the helmet, instead of keeping that sort of part of the armor in place.

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    Thank you all so much for your contributions, very appreciated. And yes, I'll be visiting museums to get primary resources, I just needed some artists to look at which were famous for armour. Please, keep posting if there are any more, thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpaint View Post
    Angus Mcbride did the Osprey military books for years
    Bastard. It's only because you're East Coast and get up earlier than me!

    Edit: OK...if you're in the UK this is the place: Royal Armouries. Site is a bit of a bitch to search but I found their catalog of armour - 40 friggin pages of it! The Tower of London is the main collection but they have one in Leeds, Fort Nelson and Louisville Kentucky.

    And yeah, this isn't odd or anything:
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffX99 View Post
    Bastard. It's only because you're East Coast and get up earlier than me!

    Edit: OK...if you're in the UK this is the place: Royal Armouries. Site is a bit of a bitch to search but I found their catalog of armour - 40 friggin pages of it! The Tower of London is the main collection but they have one in Leeds, Fort Nelson and Louisville Kentucky.

    And yeah, this isn't odd or anything:
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    Can't thank you enough for this link, it has alot of great references without watermarks. Also, childrens armour is indeed very creepy, and kind of awesome at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpaint View Post
    Angus Mcbride did the Osprey military books for years
    I've been collecting those books for a few years now. They're great. If you can afford the money for several books, I recommend these three for good illustrations on armour and knights : Book one Book two Book three

    I hope nobody minds me posting a single image from one of the books as an example.

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    Also, if the "painting" isn't too big of a part on the requirements, you can try looking at Kentaro Miura's Berserk http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berserk_%28manga%29
    There's pretty few actual paintings of it, but the actual series compensates by having shitloads of armor, both realistic and slightly unrealistic.
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    Do make some real armour

    It's embarassing how the movie and gaming indrusty has affected the idea of armour over the years. Expecially when it comes to women, the less clothes they have on, the higher is the armour status *facepalm*

    I just learned recetly in a trip to Prague that armour types vary a lot by the role of the warrior. Horse armour is for example a lot doffrent from normal armour. I hadn't know that before and found it really interesting!

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    Renaissance fairs have some interesting armors in them. Though they're usually quite a bit shinier than the norm I see.

    http://sfcitizen.com/blog/wp-content...f5383-copy.jpg


    But shiny armor I find more interesting to study.
    Also most armor isn't nearly as "fancy" as it's portrayed with little decorations for no reason.
    Just a bunch of plates connected usually. (at least for plate mail type armor)

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