Scriptorium – Meridian Grand Tournament – a scroll for the winner of the Armatura

2016-09 - Racaire - MGT - Meridian Grand Tournament - Legio Ursi - Legion of the Bears - Armatura tournament - scrollLast but not least I have the pleasure to present to you my scroll for the winner of the Armatura tournament!

Wow! The last weekend was truly amazing!
My husband and I travelled to Tennessee – to the Meridian Grand Tournament – and brought a rather special package to the event. It was a scroll for the winner of the Armatura tournament sponsored by the “Order of the Legio Ursi” / “Legion of the Bear”.

But first things first… As some of you might already know, is my husband a proud member of the “Legion of the Bear”, as well as some other dear friends of mine. Therefore I was really excited when I got the commission to create the scroll for the Armatura tournament sponsored by the “Legio Ursi”.

I took a look through some period scroll and artwork examples to find some inspiration for this project and came upon a depiction of Albrecht Dürer’s “The Four Horsemen”. Well, to be honest, I was actually joking when I proposed “The Four Horsemen” to my sweetheart as artwork for the Armatura scroll. But he was immediately excited about this idea and the longer I thought about it, the better the idea seemed to me…

Well, inspiration sometimes comes easy but the work on the scroll itself was quite demanding. I had never “copied” such a big piece of Albrecht Dürer’s work before and it took several days of intense work. There were even some moments when I questioned my own sanity for taking on such a project with such a short time frame and asked myself if I even had a chance to finish it in time. But I definitely didn’t want to give up – I promised a scroll and I was dead certain that I would deliver! Therefore I decided to work my nights through and to accomplish the given task!

And then, after working another night through, I suddenly realized that it was done. Just a lost stroke and I deemed it perfect. I think I was just standing there for about one hour, starring at the final result:

2016-09 - Racaire - MGT - Meridian Grand Tournament - Legio Ursi - Legion of the Bears - Armatura tournament - scroll

…and decided that this was definitely the best scroll I’ve ever made!

Don’t take me wrong – I love all of my scrolls – but this one was definitely special! But regardless how much I longed to keep the scroll for myself, I decided to do the right thing and to deliver it.

And finally, a picture of the scroll with the name of the winner of the Armatura tournament filled in as well as all the signatures – framed and ready to go to its new home:

2016-09 - Racaire - MGT - Meridian Grand Tournament - Legio Ursi - Legion of the Bears - Armatura tournament - scroll

Btw., a short note about my version of Albrecht Dürer’s “The Four Horsemen” for the Armatura scroll. As the Armatura tournament consists of teams of three, I decided to reduce the number of depicted horsemen. “Death” unfortunately didn’t make it on the scroll. But he looks so great that I might use him for a future fighting related scroll…

I hope you enjoyed my most recent scroll project. I have more great news concerning the Meridian Grand Tournament but they have to wait till my next posting… 😉
Best regards Racaire

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