The Crusades were military campaigns sanctioned by the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages. Pope Urban II proclaimed the First Crusade in 1095 with the stated goal of restoring Christian access to the Holy Land leading to an intermittent 200-year struggle. Crusade is a modern term derived from the French croisade and Spanish cruzada and by 1750, the various forms of the word "crusade" had established themselves in English, French, and German. When a crusader swore a vow (a votus) to be fulfilled on successfully reaching Jerusalem they were granted a cloth cross (crux) to be sewn into their clothes. This "taking of the cross", the crux, eventually became associated with the entire journey. They saw themselves as undertaking an iter, a journey, or a peregrinatio, an armed pilgrimage.
This is the upcoming Pangaea PG04 - 1/6th scale French Crusader General - Balian 12-inch figure which will feature: Detailed sculpted head with synthetic hair wig; every piece is professionally hand painted. ACI Medium Built Body "Christian", new improved version, over 30 points of articulation. 5 interchangeable gloved hands in various poses (3 left gloved hands and 2 right gloved hands), Cloak, Surcoat, Tunic, Breeches, Handmade fabric boots with spurs, Norman conical helmet (die-cast metal), Chain mail hauberk and chain mail coif (plastic), Chain mail chausses (plastic), Great sword (die-cast metal blade) with scabbard and baldric, Shield with holding straps
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April 2, 2015 – Presenting some 1:6 scale Warriors of a bygone era - Spartan, Greek, Romans, Gladiators & Knights 12-inch figures posted on my toy blog HERE
May 25, 2010 – Elite Brigade 1:6 scale Medieval Knight by Cotswold Collectibles posted HERE
June 13, 2008 – Ignite 1:6 scale Knight Hospitaller 12-inch figure (pictures HERE)