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Master Willekin of the Livonian Order. 54 mm M-Model


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Livonian Order (Latin: Fratres militiae Christi de Livonia, German: Brüder der Ritterschaft Christi von Livland) also known as Livonian Knights, Livonian Order, Knights of Christ, Livonia Order - German knightly order in Livonia (present-day Latvia and Estonia), founded under the Templar rule in Riga by the Cistercian abbot Theodoric in 1202.

After a heavy defeat by the Lithuanian Balts near Szawle in 1236, in which, among others, the Grand Master of the Volquin was killed, the Livonian Order united with the Teutonic Order in 1237, adopting its rules. However, they retained considerable autonomy, which is why I placed the symbol of the Livonian Order on the shield.

”In the spring of 1287, the Livonian commanders who came here on the occasion of the national chapter gathered in Riga. During it, Master Willekin received information about the Samogitian-Semgallian invasion on the Dvina in the Ikeskola area. Willekin gathered a force of five hundred warriors, consisting of brothers, pilgrims, townspeople and the subordinate tribes of Letts and Liws. Three days later, on March 26, 1287, there was a meeting between the forces commanded by the master and the 1,200-strong Samogitian-Semgallian unit. The meeting place was named de Warterberge Grose. The Germans were surprised by the invaders as they made their way through the dense forest, allowing the Samogitians and Semgalls to dictate the terms of the battle. The author of the Chronicle of Livonia described how a brother named Berthold called his companions to gather at the banner. The townspeople were to do the same. The pagans first defeated the auxiliary units of the Teutonic army (infantry), then the brothers were defeated. The losses suffered by the Teutonic Knights were large. Master Willekin and over thirty brothers remained on the battlefield. Parts of the Teutonic unit managed to break out of the encirclement.”*

*Wikipedia

M-model from many years ago. The figure has poorly fitted and detailed details. All the rest of the mistakes are my fault  ;)

 

Regards

Piotr

 

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Totally missed this one Piotr! Sorry!

 

I honestly don't see any mistakes - maybe the hand does not grip the lance tightly but that’s the way the sculpt is made, certainly not your fault. I particularly like the neatness in your work - those crosses are impeccably painted. I think you’ve done an outstanding job here. Well done!

 

Mike

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5 hours ago, Shotandshell said:

Totally missed this one Piotr! Sorry!

 

I honestly don't see any mistakes - maybe the hand does not grip the lance tightly but that’s the way the sculpt is made, certainly not your fault. I particularly like the neatness in your work - those crosses are impeccably painted. I think you’ve done an outstanding job here. Well done!

 

Mike

Thank you Mike :)

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