Sunday, January 2, 2011

Budapest Statuary

My favorite period of armour. These statues in Budapest are stunning in their detail! No two armours are the same. This is what makes for good and interesting work, good and interesting sources! You must click on these images to enlarge them.
The first pic, the one above has some interesting features. Firstly, he is holding a really cool axe by the long spear spike at its top. The length of the handle is unusually long. He is wearing an open face helm, and half body armour over his torso only. The fustian shirt is collared, and looks very stylish. I am betting this fellow is a horseman because his legs are encased in chain mail, and that big gap at his belly would close up when he sits down.
The fine mustachio'd figure above wears a lobster tailed pot helm with cheek pieces. He carries a very business like four flanged mace with a very useful wrist strap. That nice cloak is the sign of a commander, and that bezant studded leather cuirass has a large number of floppy decorative bits on the front which no doubt jingle prettily as he walks. He wears no armour on his legs or knees, and the fancy greaves look quite serviceable. Those vambraces are unusual...a steel plate on the top of his forarm seem wrong to don't normally get hit there...I would have thought the steel would have been on the bottom of his forearm instead of the top of it. Artistic licence or perhaps the gentleman prefers wrap arounds with that mace!
This fine gentleman carrying the lion's pelt and Asterix style winged helmet is wearing a light weight leather tunic over his linen gown. His high boots look really serviceable. Really interesting features would be the wonderful triple wrapped sword belt, holding the sword very tightly to his left side. His left hand is reaching for a saw. I am betting he is not a carpenter though.
Mail draped skull cap and spear show this fellow to be an old school warrior. The heavy leather tunic is a simple wrap around, secured by by a wide belt and it shows signs of being reenforced instide with metal plates. The legs are protected by thick wollen drapes, with no indication of any underlying steel. The drapes will prevent an opponent from figuring out where his legs are, which might well give him an advantage in a fight since you would not be able to spot foot changes or stance changes. A sword would simply get tangled in the drapery.

A very well armoured knight. His cloak is obscuring the small scales. His sword scabbard has a detachable feature called a "frog". You don't see his sword (due to weather damage), but it is a fairly long one, and he stands at the "at ease" position. His posture is very straight due to the weight of that scale, and the greaves are a little different in that they are vee notched in front at the top.
This sad looking fellow has a helmet decorated with hawks wings, and has a lion's pelt over his shoulders as a cloak. Very magistrarial. Though he is wearing a sword belt very high waisted, there is no evidence that it actually has a sword attached. All in all, a commander in the chamber rather than a commander in the field.

These statues were all inside a triumphal arch at the "fisherman's bastion" in Budapest.
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