|German knights for III/78: Early Russians; Essex Miniatures, 15mm|
When I first painted my Early Russian DBA army, I didn’t finish the knight element. This is a “3/6Kn” which represents German knights fighting for the Russians. 3Kn would be a bit earlier, and 6Kn a bit later.
I came so very close to basing a 6Kn element, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it, when 2x3Kn elements are so much more useful.
For heraldry or shield designs, I looked in the Zurich Roll for some authentic German heraldic designs that caught my eye as looking at home in the East. They are totally anachronistic for knights of this period; I’d hardly expect heraldry on kite shields. And I have no evidence that these particular people were ever in Russia, let alone in the 12-13th century.
However, they look really good and fit with the rest of the Russian army, which are my main goals.
These are Essex figures from the III/78 army pack.