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Project WARRGH - Medieval European Helmet part 1 by Gambargin Project WARRGH - Medieval European Helmet part 1 by Gambargin
Various design and types of helmet for the Historically Wrong Sketch Series - Project WAARGH, a spin of Medieval Revisited series where instead of Women Warriors, it's MEN warriors!

Some of them are based on real-life helm used historically, and some may have some artistic touch added on them. They are categorized as follows:

1st Row - Multipurpose Cooking Pot/Conical Helm
2nd Row - Hard to Breathe Helm
3rd Row - Cool Helm/I Can't see Anything Helm
4th Row - UFO/ multipurpose Kettle Helm
5th Row - Fancy Helm

I think many of you would know the exact name of each of the helm, so if there is any error in the shape of design, please do correct me.

Inspired from the historical drawings of these great artists, :iconcapturedjoe:, :iconschweinebeine:, :iconryanryzzo:, :iconhashashin619:, :iconroranhawkins:, :iconyurisc:, and :iconfritzvicari:
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:iconlvnnkartistries:
Lvnnkartistries Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
All I can say to this, WAAAAAAAARGH!
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:iconyukim4ru:
yukim4ru Featured By Owner Edited Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahahah the comments on each one of them are so hilarious XDD
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahahah yes I love how you grouped them XD And you wouldn't be the first to point out the potato soup thing XD
Mine is the top left.
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Searleit Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
This is just fantastic  - I love such... how should I call it - let's stick to compilations like this :D
You did a GREAT job here and I think that this should be considered as a tutorial of sorts - because
this let's one see all the differences very clearly. 
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahaha, love it. :XD:
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:iconkaikainat:
KaiKainat Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
Helm, helm, helm....
Am I the one who don't know their names at all?
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:iconlemniskate:
Lemniskate Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
The descriptions are genius.
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OberstJurten Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting!
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Like the pig-faced bascinet... Modelled by a pig!
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godofimagination Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
Where did you get the "Am I Norman enough?" helm from? I've seen it a lot, but I can't find sources.
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:iconwyzilla:
Wyzilla Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016
It comes from a single piece of art in Spoleto, Italy.

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While it's all the rage with reenactors, its historical accuracy of the common portrayal (very small eye cutouts and a large facial visor) is debatable as IIRC, no form of the helmet type has ever been found on a dig. It bears great similarity to some Danish helmets, and it certainly lines up with the habit of the 12th century with people slapping all kinds of reinforcements on their conical nasal helmets, using everything from Maille coifs draped from the helmet to bars welded to the nasal structure.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
I'm not sure the exact source of it, but given the design, maybe it was influenced by the helm used by their viking ancestors?
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akitku Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice! I'm especially fond of "multi-purpose cooking pot" series and the "hard to breathe" types. It can never be Norman enough! :D
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
I agree, it can never be Norman enough!
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
The answer to the question on the second row, first helmet is: No, never Norman enough! :D
I hope we can see more stuff like this in the future... maybe with swords. :P
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Nope, never norman enough i'd say! At the moment i'm exploring helms and headgears, maybe the weapons part will come soon :D
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:iconkineticiii:
kineticIII Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
It's cool to see a progression of different styles, artistic license or not!
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Indeed that's true, It's good you think the same way :)
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Schweinebeine Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
ty for the mention buddy but i wouldnt dare cooking some soup inside one of those helmets or it'll end up killing you... you know what i mean...
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
LOL! Oh yeah, i know exactly what you mean :D
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Hashashin619 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool that you've put all helms on a single work, i can clearly see a resemblance between most of them, of course many of them were kinda developed versions of the older ones,
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Indeed. European helmet are probably unique in certrain ways, maybe because of its origin from either celtic or roman. What really intrigues me is when we move to the east, where most of the helmet could be traced back to the ones used by the persian sassanids :o
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:iconhashashin619:
Hashashin619 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D yes, sassanids exerted a huge impact on the oriental warfare, they also introduced mail armour to other eastern fractions.
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RyanRyzzo Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm flattered that I inspire I am a dummy! 
Excellent! Those potato cooking UFOs are multipurpose, easily cleaned and can be used occasionally to stop arrows from bouncing into ones head.

As for accuracy or design as Fritz said - the lack of standardization would've made it quite a variety of different designs. They were all made by hand after all and by different craftsmen. d: It would've been really cool to see the variety, sadly quite a lot of equipment has rusted away or was re-purposed.
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
I really love the Kettle Helm as well, it's pretty practical and in my opinion, much more affordable than the other fancy helm. I'm not sure why they are less popular in the media, maybe because of the "infantry image" it gives?

Indeed that's true, i would love to see the many varieties of the european helment, since most people tend to associate only to Sallet of the knight in shining armor =P...but some of those re-enactors really made their helm pretty shiny :D
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lavenderl Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting!
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Thank you :D
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lavenderl Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! ^^
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StankoTheGreat Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
"Am I Norman enough?"

Ahahahaha!

So many good jokes in here. :)
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Hahaha certainly, the varieties of medieval helmets are more fun to look at than the famous sallet of knight in shining armor
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RoranHawkins Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I especially like your first nasal helmet in the left upper corner. Beautifurrrrr... Also the second in the lowest row is amazing too. Can't quite remember the name, but isn't it a Bellows sallet?
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
I'm not exactly sure if it is Bellows Sallet, but i've seen it depicted with milanese plate armor. The italian made some really good looking plate armor back then :D
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FritzVicari Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Student
They're all pretty good if you ask me, no errors, really!
In any case, no standardization existed back then, so I guess that as long as you follow a basic model (pot-helm, bascinet) there's really no way you can do anything really wrong!

If you want to expand your inspiration, there's a lot of variation you may wish to check out for the cool helms, particularly for the bascinet (the fourth: visor, shape, visor attachment, aventail...) and to the second cool helmet (great helm) too! Well, you may also want to draw a XIV century character wearing BOTH! :D

Last but not least, for historically wrong sketches you shouldn't miss the armet, the classic helm every child imagine his shining knight to wear! 

Many thanks for the mention! :)
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Ah yes, the Sallet of Knight in Shining Armor, no one can't forget about it. I've read they are mostly used in the renaissance or 16th century, well beyond the medieval period. I remember seeing one of your drawing depicting knight in great helm with some really bird figure on top, i think it was for tournament?

I will definitely look into the Bascinet, also the ones used by the germanic (anglo-saxons, scandinavians), celts, the byzantines and the slavs in the next drawing :D
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FritzVicari Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Student
Yes, decorated great helms are definitely for tournament. If you check out the "Manesse Codex" (1300 ca.) you'll find a lot of tournament decorations for great helms :)  digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/digl…

Also, you may want to check out this site for further ispiration, it's very useful when you have to draw military medieval stuff! manuscriptminiatures.com/

Myarmoury is also pretty good.

www.myarmoury.com/feature_spot…
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Can't wait to see the other collections of helmets! And the project WARRGH, of course! :)
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CapturedJoe Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Thanks for mentioning me! Most historical accuracy in my medieval and early modern drawings come from using FritzVicari's, RyanRyzzo's, RoranHawkins' and Schweinebeine's drawings as references, because they can be relied upon as being historically accurate!
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Indeed, they really do! I think you do more of the early modern period, like the 16th - 19th century historical period right? They are really awesome!
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AuriV1 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome. I recognize many of these. Cute little side sketches, too. :P Especially the pig. :D

I hate seeing the bug-visored heraldry helm in period artwork, too, as I've never seen a piece in real life like it. Most of the ones you see for jousting where heraldic toppers would be used are either the Frogmouth (like the Italian one on the bottom row) or the Great Helm (the second one from the left on the third row).

All in all, some beautiful helmets.
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Thank you Auri! I have to agree, most people associate medieval helm with the sallet with bug-visor thinghy, just like when reading the children's story.  We should have more variety of helmets in medieval artworks :D
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Yurisc Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Thanks :)
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