The enemy's sword buries itself into your lower abdomen. You begin to choke as the blood exits your body.
Realizing defeat, you slowly fall to the ground, lying there as fragile as the day you were born.
Darkness spreads across the battlefield as the light begins to shine from above.
As you struggle to take your last breath, your opponent steps over your body, points his finger and laughs.
MY HELMET IS COOLER THAN YOURS!
Anyways...This is war, not a beauty contest right?
Below is a collection
of wild and wacky helmets from
various points in history. They are as purposeful as they are beautiful. I hope you guys enjoy the pictures!
Toothface helm by an unknown Italian artist from the 17th century
Frog-mouth helm (or Stechhelm) - It was used by mounted knights between the 14th and 17th centuries.
Bascinet from the 14th and 15th century
Sallet in the Shape of a Lion's Head, c. 1475-1480 - The earliest surviving example of a Renaissance armor all'antica. The outer shell of the steel
helmet was made of embossed and gilt copper.
An oil-painted sallet from Germany, c. 1500 - Worn by lower class men-at-arms.
Bird Man Helmet from the early 16th century
The Horned Helmet, Innsbruck, Austria, 1511-1514
Closed helmet with mask visor, by Kolman Helmschmid in Augsburg, Germany, c. 1515 - Grotesque human mask-like visors were really popular in Germany
and Austria in the early 16th century.
Grotesque ones from the early 16th century
Dark Helmet - From a galaxy far, far away...(wait, how did this get in there!)
The Maximilian armour - These early 16th century German plate armours were first made for the Emperor Maximilian I.
Burgonet of Guidobaldo II della Rovere, Duke of Urbino, Milan, c. 1532-35
The ceremonial and parade helmets of Charles V - Desiderius Helmschmid, c. 1540
Desiderius Helmschmid, c. 1540
Filippo Negroli, 1533
Kolman Helmschmid, c. 1530
Filippo and Francesco Negroli, 1545
Filippo and Francesco Negroli, 1545
Burgonet with Falling Buffe and scenes of battle between the Lapiths and the Centaurs, c. 1555 - Probably made for Henry II of France, but passed as a
gift to the Medicis.
Burgonet, created in a Venetian workshop in the late 1550s
Helmet in the form of a sea conch shell, 1618, Japan
A German or Italian Savoyard Helmet, c. 1620-1630
A French face-protecting expermiental helmet from the WWI, invented by Dr. Pollack, a medical officer - Based on the M15 Adrian helmet, used by the
French Army during the war.
Close helmet from Augsburg 1530
Filippo Negroli burgonet 1532-1535
Griffin-shaped Helmet Steel embossed and gilt and silvered italy (Milan or Brescia) about 1550.
Musée del armée
Burgonet-ja, cc 1530, Real Armería, Madrid
Burgonet for parade armor. Desiderius Helmschmid. German (Augsburg) about 1550-1555 CE
This shaffron forms part of an important garniture of armor for field and tournament use made for Nicolas "the Black" Radziwill (1515–1565)
Helmet Italian 1550 CE
A "Garde du Corps" troopers helmet, Germany 1900
Helmet in the Classical Style, French Paris probably about 1760-70
1529, by Hans Seusenhofer of Innsbruck, Austria, for King Ferdinand I (1503-1564). wolf faced visor
Grotesque visor 1550
Grotesque helmet Innsbruck 1520 - 1530
Musée de l'Armée
Mustached visored helmet
Wooden Ekoi mask helmet
19th century vintage grotesque helmet
Can anybody figure this one out?
Please feel free to elaborate on anything you see here. Post one of your own creations or simply add to the list of historical head pieces. I will try
to add more information if I have time.
Have a nice day!
edit on 11-8-2014 by eisegesis because: (no reason given)