The Order Of The Knights Teutonic competing in the mounted pole vault with the Novogrod team. The medieval version of the sport at that time was a team endeavour. The Teutonic team's goal was to vault over the shield wall depicted in the middle ground, and win a melee with the Novogrod team on the other side. The shield wall, the group most at risk of injury, was comprised of members of the LGBT community forced to participate as a result of bigotry and discrimination, the attitudes preserved in the region to this day.
And in direct opposition to my article in the same issue saying that the battle never took place on the ice. LOLZ.
Also... your art is gorgeous and I adore every historical piece you've made so far!
Amazingly enough, only historical nitpicks I have with this are minor ones - Teutonic tabards look like cotton or linen (they should be made of wool, for both practical and religious reasons), and horses are covered with thin blankets - they would be a form of padded armor, though you see this same error/misconception/artistic license even in period artwork. Also I'm pretty sure all knights (and defenders, for that matter) would have lances lowered at this distance, but the picture wouldn't look nowhere near as dramatic if they did.
By the way amazing artwork.
And art is amazing as well. Great job.
I remember watching the 1242 Olympics. Didn't the Mongol team take home the gold medals in the men's pillage and pillage relay that year?
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