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Visigoth Warriors by wraithdt Visigoth Warriors by wraithdt
An artistic interpretation of the Visigoths during the Islamic invasion of Spain early in the 8th century. One is a nobleman, who acts as heavy cavalry with sword, shield and spear, the other is a commoner (probably a slave class if I remember correctly) who serves as basic infantry and/or archer. The nobleman's arms and armor is an interesting mix of Roman, Frankish and Byzantine styles.

This illustration was done for Medieval Warfare Magazine, a Dutch publication. You can check it out and subscribe here >> [link]
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Vashala Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
Holy pleated pants, batman!
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russellchap Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For a commoner he seems well equipped. Anyway nice work.
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darklord86 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
Nice!
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3ntin Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
how didi you paint chainmail?
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Lunatic38 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Very nice! One thing though...chainmail armor was really quite expensive so that infantry guy might not be a slave?
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
He is a slave.If such a slave was well equiped was rather a metter of his lord and how rich he was-but generaly Visigothic kingdom laws demanded that noblemans should equip their slaves into combat well.
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EternalWanderer9001 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Very well done altough i dont think you had a clear slave class in Visigoth society. It was more proto feudal. You had however some kind of slavery or serfs but I dont think they were in military. Altough considering is medieval age when warfare came everyone trully was invoked to war. Is good to finaly see someone drawn how they actualy were instead of anachronistic or fantastical image.
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
There were clear slave class in Visigoth society as well as slaves in Visigothic military,especially at the down of Visigothic kingdom.
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Very cool work :D
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ljodnster Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
I have absolutely fallen in love with your beautiful and depictions of medieval warfare. I am looking to commission some concept art for the fantasy novel I am getting ready to publish. The job would be character drawings with a focus on accurate arms and armor, and further down the line might also include artwork for a book trailer or even cover art for the book itself. The manuscript is getting ready for editing, but you can read the prologue at [link] if you want. If you are interested in the project or just want a free eBook please contact me at ljodnster@gmail.com.
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gregory-fleury Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love your gallery and those historics are by far what I love the most ! Great ! Hope to see sarmatian/parthian one day ;)
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BlakPlague Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012   Filmographer
Dude I dig this :D
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3ntin Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
the way you draw chainmail is absolutely awesome!! how do you paint it??
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Fillburt Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Outstanding work; the cavalryman does remind me of the Digenes Akritas.
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Geremy2 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Fantastica tavola!

Bravo.

Ciao
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Ratagar Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
what did you use as a source for the info on the Gear for your historical drawings?
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albertomv Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
:eyepopping: Your artwork is just amazing!! You are one of my favourites illustrators of Medieval Warfare.

Im glad to see your plates in Ancient Warfare too.

Albertomv





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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I'm just curious-are you the same Alberto I sometimes encounter on Roman army talk or at osprey forum?
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albertomv Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013

Yes I am.

 

Sorry about the long long delay in answering you

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Mihin89 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
Amazing!
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Mirmidonas Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm impressed by the similarities whith the Byzantine army of the same era...The cavalryman is an accurate representation of the byzantine "Ακρίτας" a medium-heavy cavarlyman (mostly lower and military aristocracy of the borders). On the other hand the infantryman is a similar representation of the "Τζάκονες" light-medium infantry with multiple roles on the field of battle... Anyway exelent work and very accurate.
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Varezart Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
The visigoths tried to perpetuate the roman empire in the Iberian Peninsula. They maintaned the provincial administration and the used a lot of material, equipment and weapons like the ones of the late roman armies. The byzantine army of that time was equipped similarly.
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True-Leveller Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome. But I'd doubt that a simple commoner, leave alone a slave, would posess mail and a sword.
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cerkuenik Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
your chainmail is awesome!
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syarul Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Osprey Men at Arms or I'm a bearded gnome.
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GDupons Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
From the optical point, and because they are spanish, they reminds me to Don Quijote and Sancho Pansa.
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KAVALIER Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Flawless
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akitku Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool! I really like this one. Armor looks great. Especially the spangenhelm! The whole thing reminds me a bit of the stuff made by Angus McBride. (Which is a compliment by the way!:) )
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wraithdt Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That's quite a compliment, thx. Angus McBride is one of my favorite historical artist. May he rest in peace.
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akitku Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Agreed! :)
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EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012   Digital Artist
Your stuff you do for that mag is great! Do you have to do a lot of research about costumes and equipment or do you get all the direction from the magazine people?
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wraithdt Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I do some of my own research but most of it is done by the historians that write for the magazine.
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EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012   Digital Artist
I envy you, it must be great to work on these, you learn about history and paint, like killing 2 birds with 1 stone.
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wraithdt Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Its kinda cool.
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SengokuTenno Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
Their expressions make me not want to know what they are looking at...
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SeekHim Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
I love your historical pics. I am a fanatic about history.
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CadeSkywalker Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great pic and details. :) The link doesn't work though, but maybe that's only my problem.
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wraithdt Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Fixed. Thx
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