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Battle of Kutna Hora by wraithdt Battle of Kutna Hora by wraithdt
Another illustration done for Medieval Warfare Magazine a few months back.

This is the battle of Kutna Hora fought in a cold winter night between the Hussites, led by the famous commander, Jan Zizka, and the combined Hungarian and German coalition led by King Sigismund of Hungary (also soon to be Holy Roman Emperor). As you will notice the Hussites were a primarily infantry force based around the tactic of using war wagons as a bastion against enemy heavy cavalry assaults, a tactic Jan Zizka used to devastating effect and hence made popular among medieval armies of the European east. Here The Hungarians and Germans are caught off guard as Jan Zizka conducts an offensive push to break through the royalist forces which have surrounded his own.

You can read more about the battle here >> [link]

Its was also interesting to read about the Hussite heresy and how it came about and why the Church was adamantly against them. There was even a letter sent by Saint Jeanne d'Arc to the Hussites threatening them with extermination if they did not renounce their heresy and embrace Catholic orthodoxy. Of course in such wars there's also always a whole lot of local politics involved which drove the conflict.

Hope you guys enjoy this piece :)

And if any of you are interested you can check out the magazine here. Its a very interesting magazine if you're in to medieval history. >> [link]
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MacX85 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Sigismund was already German king at this point.
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Rodegas Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015
cool :)
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WolfwithGlasses Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
Catholic orthodoxy, a entertaining set of words in my mind xD
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AlphaPot Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Superb piece of art! I love the Hussite period.
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maggot4live Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I love it!!! Really happy that someone can be intrested in history of my land! :)) Thank you!
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No1re Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
You did amazing work.
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Jackskeleton1987 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Professional Artist
that's all it is beautiful in this sketch, the details and the spatial depth .... c'est tout ce qu'il est beau dans ce dessin, les détails et la profondeur spatiale. =) =D
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SMiki55 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Hussites. Love them :)

I've readen very well trilogy about Hussite Wars by Andrzej Sapkowski. Titles are "Narrentusm", "Warriors of God" and "Lux perpetua".

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narrentu…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bo%C5%BC…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lux_perp…
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profutur1971 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Belle image ! Bon travail ! Félicitations !
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alk27alk27 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
the two shield guys are from spain, the tower is Castile and the cup is from Galicia. why are they in a german/ Hungarian revolt?
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AlphaPot Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Such dispaly of ignorance amazes me.
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alk27alk27 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
such displays of arrogance amazes me even more
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Easy man!...Sorry for daring to say you are not right.With such reaction I guess you would accused me of arrogance no matter what, just for saying(and proving)that you were not right.I hope I will never accuse anybody from arrogence just because someone corrects me...
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alk27alk27 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
what? oh sorry I was speaking to the other guy
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Ok-in that case peace is restored :-)
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Well there are some mistakes in your post...well in completely every sentence:

-Those two shield guys are not from Spain but from Bohemian kingdom.
-the tower IS NOT Castile(which in fact look differently and architecture in Spain is different)but coat of arms of the city of Prague-capital city of Bohemian kingdom.There are plenty of others coat of arms in czech lands as well as in other countries with similar city wall.It is not exclusive for Spain only.

-cup IS NOT from Galicia.It is the main symbol of Hussite revolution and armies.

-it IS NOT"German/ Hungarian revolt" but Czech religious and social revolution and civil war inside of Kingdom of Bohemia.Although Hussite revolution ideas were exported into surounding countries as well.

-and by the way-soldiers from Spain might take and almost certainly take part in this conflict as part of one of the international Crusades that were sent against Bohemia -all of them being decisively defeated by the Hussites.

Hope this helped man .-)
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cerkvenik Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great! I loved the tower shield guy!
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propagangjah Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
great stuff
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archproart Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fantastic work of art....a quality piece...
from archproart.com
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Strength-of-The-Soul Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Excellent work! Makes me wish the Hussite battle wagons had made it into Total War.  
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JamesJohanson Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Wait, what heresy? What Jan Hus and a lot of his followers wanted was that the church and its wealthy and corrupt leaders would return to the humble origins of the church and to be more like Christ himself.
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AlphaPot Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
It was considered heresy by the church, precisely for the reason you have exposed.
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muck1 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Your battle paintings are mind-blowing!
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CajkaCZ Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice :). Czech patriots it makes you happy
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ryanjanderson Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
very impressive!!  I was just wondering would it be okay if i could use this image as concept art please? its from a game design document im doing for uni, the theme is based on medieval times and will have 3d battles, this art piece would come in really handy in describing the looks we are going for.
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Pandas795 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
That magazine sounds so cool!
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It is very Cool.I I recommend it to you.Also his older brother exists-ANCIENT WARFARE MAGAZINE.
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RammTomm007 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
This amazing work, really.
I'm from Czech Republic
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ersin-oner Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the shooted knight. Your compositions are really impressive..
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Sonny007 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The Hussite soldier in the middle wielding a Battle flail.I know someone who calls this weapon the "Czech nunchaks" :D (Big Grin)
 
I will make one too if I have time :)
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RumplStilz Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
It's simply a "Dreschflegel", nothing specifically Czech about it.

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TheGamemaster7771 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Great atmosphere
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Romanvyk Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Czechs FTW! (im czech ^^)
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Abhukir Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
That drawing is so EPIC COOL. Same as all of your pics. But I want ask you one thing...do you have drawings of soldiers/armies/battles between 1700-1950? The modern and contemporanean era.
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The-Ironwing-Kaiser Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Or is it a crossbow that I must be mistaking? XD
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RoranHawkins Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gunpowder did exist in medieval times, and knight did exist past medieval times. In thic ase, it's the latter. The realist known guns were used in Europe as soonas in the 13th or 14th (not sure)) century already, but those handgonnes or hand cannons had as much chance to shoot as to explode. As times passed it was refined, but it only became a half-usable weapon in the 15th to 16th century, when the arquebuses and earliest muskets (not flintlocks, but with fuses). This is about the time of the discovery of America, and when the knight's decline really went down the slippery slope.

Guns evolved rapidly, and new tactics were made to be more effective counters to the only thing that could get arquebus armed units, cavalry. Their fast charges easily obliterated the gunnery units who only had a single shot before taking the charge, which had to be timed well for the most devastating effect.

In the West of Europe the Tercio pikesquare became used, where pikemen formed a square around the gunners while they delivered their payload without the need to worry for cavalry. In the East it was as Wraithdt explained a circle of war wagons packed with gunners.

Hope this helped!
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The-Ironwing-Kaiser Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've known Muskets have been around for a long period of time. What about blunderbusses?

Yes, this helped.
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RoranHawkins Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So, this results in: No, not crossbows, no shotguns (earliest ones where used in the 17th century if I'm not mistaken, known as blunderbuses, and highly inaccurate and less reliable)

They are probably using arquebuses.
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Rau-Le-Creuset Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
The first were called Dunderbuses, The Blunderbuses were a refinement of those.
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The-Ironwing-Kaiser Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Because what I see in the fortress, looks like a shotgun, hitting one of the knights in the torso.
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The-Ironwing-Kaiser Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Was there really gun powder in medieval times? I figured there would probably only be cannons.
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
By 1400 the first "hand cannons" were deployed by some europian infantrymens, and the earliest small bore arquebuses, with burning "match locks" appeared on the battlefield in the later 15th century.Hussites also used hand cannons which they called píšťala in czech-this is one of the possible origins for internationaly used word pistol.
You could see some early hussite arquebuses type firearms:

[link]

and here:

[link]
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The-Ironwing-Kaiser Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Weren't some of these, Combination Firearms?
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cio22 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
great!!
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Mega1981 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist
Thanks for all the Czechs, it is amazing ...
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TheLastEmpress Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Writer
How realistic! Very lovely, this is definately going into my favorites! Medieval European history is one of my biggest interests, and this drawing is simply perfect!
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Terenbas Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
John Hus (allegedly the founder of the Hussite movement) was burned at the stake because he considered the Scriptures to be more important than church tradition. This went against the grain of many of the cardinals and Roman Catholic leaders of the day. That's why he was excommunicated.

I love the historical detail you place into your artwork. Thank you for your hard work.
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edward1461 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
wow i love the detail
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matmohair1 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Jan Zizka was my all-time medieval hero !
amazing work as always :)
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Fillburt Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
A beautiful piece and a great issue!
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