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Knight Hospitalier
Krak des Chevaliers , c.1169


This was my entry in a recent contest in Agrupacion Uno Seis contest. I was not able to finish the dio base in time so I just took some images of the figure in one of my generic bases.
The walled base as all my other scenic bes is made from styrofoam, covered with glue and painted with airgun and dry-brushing. The sand is various grades of Woodland Scenics ballast painted once glued in place. A coupld of small weeds here and there from Silfor. His base will serve as a display for several crusader knights.































The Knights Hospitaller (also known as the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, Knights of Malta, Knights of Rhodes, and Chevaliers of Malta; French: Ordre des Hospitaliers) is a Christian organization that began as an Amalfitan hospital founded in Jerusalem in 1080 to provide care for poor and sick pilgrims to the Holy Land. After the Christian conquest of Jerusalem in 1099 during the First Crusade it became a religious/military order under its own charter, and was charged with the care and defense of the Holy Land. In 1163, the fortress was unsuccessfully besieged by Nur ad-Din, after which the Hospitallers became an essentially independent force on the Tripolitanian frontier. The rising power of Islam eventually expelled the Knights from Jerusalem. After the fall of the Kingdom of Jerusalem (Jerusalem itself fell in 1187), the Knights were confined to the County of Tripoli, and when Acre was captured in 1291 the order sought refuge in the Kingdom of Cyprus. Finding themselves becoming enmeshed in Cypriot politics, their Grand Master Guillaume de Villaret created a plan of acquiring their own temporal domain, selecting Rhodes to be their new home.

Krak des Chevaliers was the headquarters of the Knights Hospitaller during the Crusades. It was expanded between 1150 and 1250 and eventually housed a garrison of 2,000. The inner curtain wall is up to 100 feet thick at the base on the south side, with seven guard towers 30 feet in diameter.

Here some more images of the figure with the cape:







And my favorite pose:



The figure is Ignite's Hospitaler Knight with DML body and HS. Helmet is from a DML figure modified. Everything heavuly weathered with washes and dry brush using acrylics.
 

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He is just freakin´ awesome. Nothing less. I have that figure myself, and your pictures here are just a huge inspiration for me. Thank you:clap
 

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Nice one Eduardo, love the dark wash on his face, do you have a close up of it? It goes well with the grimy weather beaten look about him. Impressive Knight Hospitalier, I really love the weathering, and as I70 noted, the background castle wall is great too.
 

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Wow, he looks awesome with all the weathering and repainting, great posing and background as well, incredible looking knight!!! :thumb
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Oh man! This figure is suuuuuuu-perb! I love the weathering you did! Turned this figure into a magnificent one! Now I want to do the same thing!!!

-Rex
 
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