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Winter Olympics 1242 by EthicallyChallenged Winter Olympics 1242 by EthicallyChallenged

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.

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:icondarthvegeta800:
Darthvegeta800 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Didn't you do this piccie for Medieval Warfare Magazine? I believe so.
Awesome art.
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! :)
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Manveruon Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Every time I happen across one of your beautiful paintings in my browsing, I read the description and for just a moment I go, "wait... what?" But then it dawns on me, and I have a good chuckle.
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EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015   Digital Artist
I'm so glad to hear that!


I still have people go "wow, I didn't know that...", you know.
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MartinGreywolf Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Teutonic knights were later supposedly seen competing in a triathlon, later declining to comment on their participation on account of being dead.

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.
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Ilovemeekadoo Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
Can i use this picture for a kickstarter?
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:iconethicallychallenged:
EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014   Digital Artist
Does that involve me getting paid?
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:iconilovemeekadoo:
Ilovemeekadoo Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
sure i can pay you
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:iconethicallychallenged:
EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014   Digital Artist
Email me on milekj13@gmail.com, tell me about your project and budget for image use, we'll discuss it.
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legendarycarcere Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
Nice, the description made me laugh.

By the way amazing artwork.
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:iconcreeppingdeath:
CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
epic!
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:iconritualist:
Ritualist Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I fucking love the title of this piece.

And art is amazing as well. Great job. :)
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Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent ;) finally the  pagans got their revenge :)
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AahzmandiuZ Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
:D (Big Grin) 
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Willdabeast-0305 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Your descriptions make everything better!

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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EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014   Digital Artist
:D
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Deadbee63105 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
Nice! Raven's Rock must be just off to the right.
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:iconzieg1:
zieg1 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Well, swiming in armour in cold water is a winter sport too. 
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davidlucas Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful!
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muck1 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
:wow:
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torreso0905 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Student Artist
That the battle of the ice
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:iconodinoir:
Odinoir Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You've nailed it in text and vision instant watch!
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caroleantemplar Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Absolutely great picture!! I love it! I really like it with your pictures, when you can se almost the entire battle or entire formations towards towards each other. I love it! Keep it up mate! :D
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PumaDriftCat Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
faved for teh description.
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rajasegar Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great piece of work!!
Thanks for sharing....
Featured in Daily Inspirations at hangaroundtheweb.com/2014/02/d…
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EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014   Digital Artist
Nice! Thanks!
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:iconmakkovar:
Makkovar Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
I would be following you even if just for the titles and descriptions of your work. You should write a history book! ;P
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EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014   Digital Artist
This is an excellent idea! Every time I read history books to research my paintings, I cannot believe the amount of misinformation, myths and outright lies that permeate mainstream history. One of these days I might gather all my paintings and publish an artbook correcting many falsehoods still taught at universities and schools today. ;]
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Makkovar Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
:D Please do, I'll buy it! ^^
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HaanPere Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014   Digital Artist
This has got to be the best description I've ever read! :
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
Well, the Olympics were certainly more interesting back then.
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:iconbearfighter:
bearfighter Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
The comment ccan be a part of the art. Here it certainly is!
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:iconragnarulf:
Ragnarulf Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014   Digital Artist
Such an amazing painting and the best description I've read in a very long time xD
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Melomonster Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
Very nice! Love the title.
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Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
The most amusing description I have read so far!
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:icontheastro:
TheAstro Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
you kick exceeding amounts and varieties of ass
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GregMartin1991 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You're funny. Clap 
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Just-a-Nomad Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:) nice
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vWveavel Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
Really cool art! :)
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paxtofettel Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
*applause*

Best description ever.
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lavoieqc Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
epic
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Chrispy92 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student Writer
Faved just for the description :D
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:iconethicallychallenged:
EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014   Digital Artist
Finally, someone appreciates my literary gymnastics! Sometimes I wonder if anyone reads those artist's comments.
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:iconchrispy92:
Chrispy92 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student Writer
You should probably get into political cartoons then. There's an art to making an image convey a message without being hamfisted. Not that your is mind, others seem to lack it, and you just might be interested.
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EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014   Digital Artist
Maybe one day... I can't write for shit, and learning to do it will have to wait till I'm happy with the way I paint. I was just kidding about wanting people to read my silly words ;) But it's nice that someone does :)
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MitzioKurai Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
the title made my day ,congratz  hmm 2 teams and 1 gold medal the competition is tight
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RazenHashikado Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Great piece of work, awesome with every bit of detail ^^
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:iconwyverex:
wyverex Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Winter Olympics :D Nice title. Also very cool picture. I like the subtle helmet variations of the knights very much.
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:iconethicallychallenged:
EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014   Digital Artist
Yes, without a formal governing body, sporting equipment was very much a matter of personal choice back then. Thank you for the kind words!
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
Haha! Nice!
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Khan-Krum Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
Fav for the title! I hope you know that you are an outstanding artist and that your work does not need any further comments beyond: perfect!
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