indian sword

A khanda broadsword from Rajasthan, Northern India, in the mid-1800s, with a couple of extras in the form of a katar punch-dagger and a single-shot percussion pistol. Decisions, decisions, which one to use first?

In fact given the Indian swordsmiths’ fondness for tucking away a hidden sting in the tail, there may even have been a version of this with a stiletto that screwed up inside the grip. Rather like these…

And the katar dagger could have been enhanced as well…

Indian weapons are a great source of inspiration for writers and artists who want something a bit OTT but with the realism that comes of having actually existed.

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Sword and Scabbard from Rajasthan, Northern India dated from the 19th Century on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London

The hilt of blued steel with inlaid gold decoration; the blade is steel, watered in a ladder pattern. The elephant and tiger in the sword are sacred animals in the Hindu faith.

Photograph taken by myself

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*whispers I’m dead I’m so tired ahahaha and I still have so many other drawings to do for the final year presentation aahahaha T u T

Anyways here’s Maedhros in casual wear, wandering around his fortress doing lordly things, travelling gear and battle armour. Although I think I might have made a slight mistake with the travelling gear it painted him as a huge target but its Maedhros so its fitting he wants to announce to the world he’s coming and fight everyone XD And also his gauntlet sword is inspired by the Indian pata sword.

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Shamshir Sword from India dated around the 1830′s on display at the National Army Museum in London

This sword is thought to have belonged to Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the founder of the Sikh Empire in 1799. Ranjit reformed the organisation of the Sikh army to strengthen the infantry and artillery. During the 1830′s the army was made up of Sikhs, Muslims, Hindu and Christians. Ranjit made sure to employ officers from Prussia, Spain, Poland, Russia, France and Britain.

Despite these improvements in 1849, after his death in 1839, the Empire fell prey to the East India Company and was defeated during the Anglo-Sikh War.

Photographs taken by myself