See, googoo, yours might be bigger, but mine has historical accuracy!
About this creation
Well, sort of...
I have no idea when this could have occured, but as one side is the private army of a lord or baron and the other side is a peasant militia, just about anytime between the dark ages and the end of the middle ages would work.
Didja know that in the middle ages, left handers were considered the spawn of the Devil?
That's why you don't see any left handed swords in museums: a lefty would be lucky to keep his head, let alone be awarded a knighthood for his lefty goodness.
A sword was considered a holy item of sorts, mainly since for most of the middle ages the only people to have them were the rich and powerful, and since the boss's word is law, making it divine law was not a big step up.
Pikes were a vital tool for medieval infantry contigents: armoured knights on horseback were the tanks of the middle ages, and anything that could kill one was very popular for obvious reasons.
The man with the axe, shield and food bag, in addition to the pikeman, are probably mercs, the scum of the earth.
For much of the middle ages, mercenaries were vital, needed to bolster the men-at-arms of the rich and powerful with trained troops, unlike the catapult fodder of the peasant levys.
This mace-man is probably a merc too.
Yes, for much of the medieval period plate armour was only available to the rich and their servants, but the looting of the dead of their valuables (weapons, armour and gold, mostly) was a common practice. It makes sense that this maceman would have taken the crushed armour of his knightly foe and patched it up for his own use.
Maces were popular weapons, as unlike swords, they were easy to make and very effective against armoured knights.
Unlike the slicing stroke of a sword, maces delivered a crushing, stunning blow.
A sword would do nothing unless it penetrated armour, but a mace could batter a man to death without smashing through the armour. They did do that of course, when they hit weak points.
Bows were common weapons, and hey look! French mercs too!
Didja know that the knightly castes tried to get crossbows declared religiously illegal, against the laws of God?
That was because a peasant with half a days training could kill a knight who had spent his whole life practising the art of war.
Aha! I cleave the pate of the ghastly enemy!
Knights, kings, lords, barons, princes and other powerful folk were not usually killed outright on the field of battle, being captured wherever possible.
The sum that could be obtained by ransoming their wealthy prisoner off to his family was, quite often, pun intended, a king's ransom.
The lower foot soldiers who fell into the hands of the vile foe, however, could not expect the same sort of preferential treatment.
The laws of chivalry were quite elastic when it came to the treatment of low-ranking prisoners. No money, no life!
Do not ask why he's smiling; the insight to fathom the depths of minifig humour is lost to me. This I do understand, however: half a second later, SMASH-SPLAT! Heh heh. That little shield and dinky leetle open-face helmet won't save him!
This peasant has made his last swordfighting mistake: never drop your shield. He was so eager to attack his man-at-arms foe, he forgot to guard his throat.
You'll notice that while his enemy quickly took advantage of his error, he did not let his shield fall.
Look out behind! Ah well, no more ranged battle...
Where'd peasants get horses then, you might ask? The answer: they're either cart horses or stolen.
Well, where'd the weapons come from? Answer: same place as the horses.
BEWARE! THIRTEEN PHOTOGRAPHS! ABANDON ALL HOPE, YE WHO- ah, why do I bother. No-one reads these anyway.
Ah well, not an amazing build, but it should get me Best Backstory.
Great job, both of you! I love Areetsa's historic battle and Googoo's rock and castle work is very nice. Though both of you did well, I think I'll going to cast my vote for Googoo the Great. Well done you guys, can't wait for round 2!!
I just looked at you and your opponent's MOCs and I know That "Googoo the Great" has the better build, while "Areetsa C"'s historic "tid-bits" (Even I learned something new!), minifig placement and photography are of a higher quality than Googoo's. I believe "Googoo the Great" has edged out and won the first round. Why? Because of an overkill build! While "Areetsa" put a few figs on a base-plate "Googoo" built an interesting castle. I can't wait to see what the other judges say, who will win this round? Oh how I wonder!
Quoting Will Thomas
You might win for best backstory, but you just got smoked as far as the actual build.
Most castle/walled towns were seiged. That means that the enemy sat outside until they surrendered. As a matter of fact, they were usually let off if they surrendered, but if they fought, they were usually wiped out. You know the Crusaders? When they took Jerusalem, they were out of supplies and just about ready to keel over. Once they got in, they killed the lot: jews, arabs, women, children, everyone in there.
Very cool, and funny! I love medieval historical tidbits like the ones you mentioned, they always seem so absurd in our modern society. I like how every single person in the scene is actively doing something, it's evident you spent quite a bit of time setting them all up!
ok i love the part wen u said "BEWARE! THIRTEEN PHOTOGRAPHS! ABANDON ALL HOPE, YE WHO- ah, why do I bother. No-one reads these anyway."
LOL that is hilarious... have u read "the city of ember" cuz i think u'd love that book. (its a sci-fi post-apocalyptic book... it rox really)
i made a group for fans of it! its in my groups