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12th century horse hitching

Postby Shadowviking » Wed Jan 02, 2013 8:26 pm

This isn't really a completed MOC although I have since finished the cart itself, but I thought people might be interested in it anyway.

I know little of horsery (I'm certainly no horserer) but I needed a large cart for a scene and I was sick of just sticking a couple of horses on a hinged beam.

I set out to find 12 century carts and harness with little luck; for the cart I'm looking at 13th century illustrations from the Maciejowski Bible (like this one), but besides the horse collar (an important discovery, it seems), the illustrations don't show much of the hitching.

Thankfully, I found a modern illustration from a book I've never read and don't know the reliability of. So there you go.

In short, it's my attempt at what seems to be a historically accurate harness for two horses pulling a cart, from 12th century Europe. I plan to use it as a supply cart in a small MOC or scene depicting a raid of the Anarchy. It's just an awful lot of fiddly string, tiny knots and a few technic liftarms. Inverted tyres for the collars. It's not very swooshable but I think it looks nice. c:

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Re: 12th century horse hitching

Postby Rick-Ricks » Wed Jan 02, 2013 8:34 pm

Saw this on flickr but didn't comment, it looks great SV.
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Re: 12th century horse hitching

Postby AK_Brickster » Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:15 pm

The horse collar is a neat component. I'd like to see what this looks like incorporated into a MOC.

I definitely agree with you that the hinged beam doesn't do it for me anymore. Looking forward to more innovations from you on this subject!
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Re: 12th century horse hitching

Postby Eklund » Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:01 am

It's true, there are some overused "standard" horse hitchings that have been around forever, and I am glad to see a more realistic update. This looks really good, although quite tedious. I too would like to see it in a finished moc, and I am glad to hear you are building castle.
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Re: 12th century horse hitching

Postby Justin M » Thu Jan 03, 2013 7:22 pm

Clever design.
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Re: 12th century horse hitching

Postby Aeridian » Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:09 pm

Sweet. I'm terrible at this sort of stuff. The little details that really make some things look realistic and authentic is great, but easily overlooked. Nice job.
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Re: 12th century horse hitching

Postby mpoh98 » Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:02 pm

Very cool design!
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