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    Post by stuckinthemud1 Mon Aug 05, 2019 3:17 am

    Hi Guys,
    So, I am at a loss about how to paint my crossbow lath.  It is currently wrapped in birch bark.  I have seen the historia vivens 1300 reproductions and the viking sword thread on gothic crossbows and have noted that most of the extant bows have the remains of printed diaper patterns of dots.  most of the contemporary art works shows bows of plain finish, though this may be artistic shortcuts, except for one that shows a snake-skin pattern.  Are these the only options I have, I am aware of three bows that have a painted decoration and this would be my preferred approach as I have no experience with block-printing ; any opinions and images would be gratefully accepted
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    Post by Edward donald Mon Aug 05, 2019 3:26 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nY2untEwCnU

    this is quite pretty and simple. dont know if you could replicate
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    Post by Geezer Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:20 am

    As I recall, there are a couple of crossbows in the Kunsthistoriches Museum in Vienna that have a pattern of small leaves painted on a leather-covered steel bow.  You could think of it as a slightly formal camo pattern.
    Then there's the Fells-Colonna crossbow in the Wallace Collection (London) that has a leather cover over a steel bow, painted bright gold with big, garish red chrysanthemums.  There's no accounting for taste. 
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    Post by banuvatt Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:29 pm

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    Post by stuckinthemud1 Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:28 am

    https://www.khm.at/nocache/objektdb/?no_cache=1&query=armbrust&rand=8&page=4&id=11227#object-371441

    You guys have got to check this out, these are the best I have ever seen
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    Post by banuvatt Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:47 am

    Look at this one it's very beautiful, I suggest looking at Andreas Bichler's pieces they may help you come up with a design for the artwork of the prod.
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    Post by stuckinthemud1 Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:29 am

    It is a fabulous piece, isnt it? I have checked out ABs work and it is his work I aspire to, just the best, but that block printing is not something I have attempted and I think the lath I have may not be very suitable for that technique.
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    Post by Geezer Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:50 am

    Beautiful work!  Looks very much like one that used to be in the Tower... presumably it's been moved to Leeds, like most of the rest of the collection.  Wonderful stuff.  Geezer.
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    Post by 8fingers Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:57 pm

    Best collection of decorated crossbows I have seen is in the German national Museum in Nuremberg. I have tried accessing images on line with no luck, my German wasn't up to the task. Maybe you can find a catalog of the collection on line.
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    Post by stuckinthemud1 Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:20 pm

    Hi 8fingers, I did as you suggested and did manage to get into their digital catalogue, but only a few of their crossbows have been digitised at the moment Sad
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    Post by 8fingers Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:36 am

    I will see if I can figure out how to scan the few pictures i have left. Fire does nasty things to photos.
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    Post by stuckinthemud1 Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:23 am

    That would be really useful, thank you, I hope you did not lose too much to the flames 😥

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