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Nine examples of shields, helms, & mantling: the drape-like, sometimes leaf- or ribbon-like, cloth that's draped over helms in heraldic art.  They are all in a variety of color / metal combinations.

One of the very many projects I’ve got going on right now is to help bulk out the “mantling” section of the Book of Traceable Heraldic Art with some adaptations from period armorials. I got started with the 15th Century “Armorial” (Manchester Latin Manuscript 28) and did some tracings — shown above, in a variety of different colors.

While I was at it, though, I found a delightful coat of arms on page 114 which is, as best as I can tell, part of a section dealing with arms of Hungary.

Sausages! A look in the Book showed that there were no sausages in the library, so I advanced that in the priority list and got the file put together, and now you can head over there to get your very own heraldic hot dog. I was also kind of obsessed with it (maybe I was Hungary–I mean, hungry) and ended up doing a silly “Champion of the Grille” graphic, replacing the fly-swatch element of the crest with a grilling fork.

If you like medieval stuff, you can get my graphic on an apron, water bottle, stickers or magnets over at my Redbubble store.

Illustration of a very dark, very irked looking pig.

I ended up adapting a picture of a boar, from the mid-16th Century CE “Insignia urbium Italiae septentrionalis: Nobilium Mediolanensium“, image 861 (folio 426r), from the arms of “de Verris”. I don’t know what it is about snarky-looking pigs, but whenever I see one, I have to trace it.

Traced and vectorized version of a very ornate frame for heraldry in the Italian style: like a mirror frame with logs of curly stuff coming off of it.

From the same arms, I adapted the frame that surrounds and supports this sassy swine in the original manuscript — it contains a fantastic example of “diapering” in the background, which I’m going to try to capture. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, it’s very common in these 16th Century Italian armorials for the artists to decorate solid grounds of color with patterns done in a lighter or darker shade of the color.) It’s a mind-boggling level of detail, when you consider that this was all done by hand. Hopefully I have done it justice, while allowing modern digital artists the opportunity to customize the colors and shades — many thanks to Mathghamhain for suggesting this as a resource for our players of 16th Century Italian personae!

Eventually, all of these should be available on the Online Book of Traceable Heraldic Art — right now, most of the SCA’s heraldom is working on the Virtual Heralds’ Point, which usually ends up with lots of art submitted to the Book, and given that the process takes a long time to generate an updated website, it wouldn’t surprise me if Mathghamhain is waiting for it all to be over to get it all done in one fell swoop.