Saturday, 23 February 2013

Medieval Plague Doctor ........

..and friends. The bods are from Strelets Crusader transport 2.
The odd man out, historically, is the plague doctor. Not because of his profesion but his dress. Modern writers have described fourteenth-century plague doctors as wearing bird-like masks but the actual design of the clothing, mask included,  is credited to Charles de Lorme  (1584–1678) chief physician of three French kings, Henri IV, Louis XIII and Louis XIV who invented the design in 1619.
Doktor Schnabel von Rom ("Doctor Beak of Rome"), engraving by Paul Fürst, 1656.
Some of the foot bods from the set
Priests
Marching soldiers.....would fit well to to the Strelets Normans on the march sets.
Two  who will stay forever on the wayside.
Mr B Eaky,  the plague doctor and "customer"

21 comments:

  1. There were a lot of customers back then, excellent work Paul.

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  2. bags of character again, love the mix

    Ian

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  3. Nice little set of figures, and an interesting bit of history there.

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  4. Your work is amazing, Strelets produce some really good stuff and are my favourite for WW1 in this scale. Well done with these

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  5. I love this set, Paul! Excellent but so freaky. Even if I was dying, I don't want a bird-man coming to look at me.

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  6. A sinister cove. I like the name Dr. Schnabel....he might appear in a future game. I always wanted this character in 54mm to go with my 17c figures. Any ideas?

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    1. That´s a difficult one. I know they are in 28mm and even 1/6th but 54mm? I´ll search.

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  7. Another great post! Very nice story and figures!
    Phil.

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  8. Very nice work Paul. Foundry makes some excellent Plague Doctors as well.

    "Bring out your dead, bring out your dead" Monty Pythons Holy Grail

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  9. Always good painting work!

    Like you, I think that this set could have many uses : interesting...

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  10. It reminds me of a mask that is very common in Venice, Italy.
    Excellent work Paul. :)

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  11. Your collection of figures is amazing to me. These are so neat. The Doctor of Death is certainly different; and I can picture him playing in a scifi game too!

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  12. Great set of figures, great job on them as always Paul

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  13. Excellent. Painting, miniatures and fotos.

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  14. I've always found the plague doctor's mask really creepy and this one is no exception. Creepy in a good way of course!

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  15. "Two who will stay forever on the wayside."

    Ooh...I dun'no, a bit of judicious glueing and I think they'd look good dancing on the table at a tavern...you'd have to lose the sword though!

    Hugh

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  16. nice one paul, a unusual piece!

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  17. This one's really good, more medical history please :)

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