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Battle of Marignano by EthicallyChallenged Battle of Marignano by EthicallyChallenged
Another illustration for the Medieval Warfare Magazine.

This one depicts a very interesting moment in history, when firearms were a major factor in dealing a devastating blow. In order not to bore you to death: from then on, a lot less cutting, stabbing and galloping, and a lot bore bang-bang and boom-boom.
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Zeonista Featured By Owner May 23, 2015
The Swiss were rarely defeated on the field of battle, but they sometimes managed to defeat themselves rather handily. This would be one of those times...
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BigHossHackworth Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
How did pikemen deal with artillery ? The seem very vulnerable to it...
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Etheral117 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
I remember seeing this in a magazine a few years ago, set as the cover piece for a story about a Swiss (or Swedish, fuzzy memory, but most likely Swiss) pike advance was absolutely hammered by French artillery and musketry, only for it to completely fail to stop the Swiss advance.
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ardashir Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
First the art is gorgeous.

Please tell me this magazine can be purchased in the USA, I would love to find a well-done magazine covering medieval military history.
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EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014   Digital Artist
Yes, I think in barnes and noble but I'm not sure.
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kawaiku Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
They do.
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
This was a French victory against who ? Some Italian princedom ? (Don't know if the last word's correct.)
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Panayon Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
It was geographically located in Italy yes, part of the "Italian Wars" but the opponent of the French was the Old Swiss Confederacy. The Swiss pikemen were a formidable force that ruled the battlefields during the late 15th c. C.E. The Burgundian War (1470), the Swabian War (1499) and then the fight against the Duchy of Milano that triggered French intervention are examples of their bravery.

Their rule came to an end when the French used their cannons against the tightly packed pike squares. Then the "softened" Swiss formations were easier game for the French king and his "Gens d'Armes" to charge in.
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Theoneyoubetrayed Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
They never stood a chance against it.
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Skoshi8 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
The Swiss soldiers were expected to kill their fellows if they showed any signs of cowardice.
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Having guns is not all. Having them AND properly placing, manoeuvering and using it, is all. :-)
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MrCentaur Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
Awesome! You must be a illustrator for a game or a book! :)
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EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013   Digital Artist
Done! :D I did a book cover, 2 illustrations for a book on ancient Greeks (coming out this month, stay tuned), and lots of illustrations for a game (Rome II Total War).
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CarlosRSL Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wait a sec, you illustrated Rome II? Wow, I'm a helluva fan of the game! :D
....I want an autograph lol
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EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015   Digital Artist
Not all of it, just the small event pictures that appear on the campaign map. You can find some examples in this here gallery.
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Celebrithil Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
This is incredible. I'm actually feeling privileged just by getting to see it.
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EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013   Digital Artist
Wow... that's super nice, thank you so much! I feel privileged you decided to watch me. I'll do my best not to disappoint :)
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phantomdotexe Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very awesome! A fantastic concept with stunning execution. Thanks so much for sharing it! :) 
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Allsop4 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Tercio
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MetalWarriorKS Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work! Very nicely you show the point. The perspective is well chosen; standing behind the cannon, we can watch and imagine the impact of firearms on that group of combatants.
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Iloveorder Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Great presentation!
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EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013   Digital Artist
thank you!
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Gotta love pike and shot :D
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EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013   Digital Artist
Depends which end of them you happen to be at ;)
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DarioTW Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
fine work, interesting scene obviously showing the French side of this battle
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Ring-A-Ding Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is great! I'd love to see more from this particular time period. :)
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EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you! May I recommend looking at Urs Graf's work? It is splendid in it's own right for its artistic merit, but also the fact that the author knew the subject so well from his own experience it was a mesmerizing event for me when I was doing my research. I felt as if I had a direct line of communication with the artist/mercenary cutting through 500 years dividing us.

But you already know this, I just looked at your avatar :)
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Ring-A-Ding Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, I'm quite familiar with Herr Graf's work. What I meant was that I'd love to see you do more from this particular period. ;) I'm glad to hear it had such a profound effect on you! It's not easy to imagine how these men must have felt, having, for the first time in history, to deal with the terrors of gunpowder and destruction on such an epic scale.
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Mazeltinus Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Hee hee. Marvelous work and great atmosphere in the piece! Great detail, and I love the pants. I think that this age of new weaponry was a very interesting time, and though I don't know much about it, I can get a good idea of it just from this picture. :)
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EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks very much! I'm glad the painting had some informative value for you :) Sorry for the late reply.
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