Saturday, November 28, 2009

Dover Clip Art

Age of Blood & Iron is now in color thanks to the folks at Dover Publications! I received my copy of Medieval Ornament cd-rom & book and I had to try it out. Dover produces a series of royalty free clip art books with companion cds.These books are a must for bloggers and self publishers. This book contains 355 full color illustrations taken from medieval tapestries and illuminated manuscripts. The cd comes with a simple design manager program. You can buy this book direct from Dover here: Dover Publications Here is a selection of images from this nifty book.

I bought more clip art books of Celtic and Norse designs taken from stone monuments and metalwork. These images are black & white line drawings. I'll use some of these illustrations in future posts.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Day at the Lists

When people think of knights, they imagine two heavily armed men on horse back charging each other lance in hand. Jousting as this knightly sport is known, was relic of a bygone age until the end of the 20th century. Yes that's right you can real honest to god jousting as a competition sport in Leeds, England! The Royal British historical organization know as The Royal Armories holds annual jousting exhibitions at their permeate site in Leeds. Check out this link here: Royal Armories Leeds

Jason Kingsley at Leeds Armories

Jason Kingsley Leeds Team Tournament Easter 2009

The knight in this video is Jason Kingsley who established the video game company Rebellion with brother Chris Kingsley in 1991. Their first known title was Alien Vs. Predator for the Atari Jaguar, which was considered one of the few good games for that console. Since 2000, it also publishes the 2000 AD comic books, and have since developed several characters from the comic for the games market. You can learn more about this avid jouster by following these
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