Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Crow Warrior #1



Hi you all!
 Here I show you my first Crow or Apsaroka warrior.


  My goal is to start a range of Crow warriors (on foot and mounted) for the time around 1830-1850, that will be followed by warriors of other tribes. I intend to focus on intertribal warfare more than in the classic Indian-Whites conflict of the 70´s. In order to achieve this, I have worked not only with the magnificent photos of Edward Curtis and some others (really good for a later period), but also with a lot of paintings of the 30´s and 40´s, like the ones made by George Caitling, Karl Bodmer, Jacob Alfred Miller or Rudolph Friedrich Kurz, who actually meet the Crow and often portrayed them. I have tried to achieve a mix in older and a bit newer styles so the figures can be easily identified as Crows but retain the “older” flavor of the first half of 19th century.
Crows seem to have been fairly distinctive in their look, with lots of jewelry and decoration and very elaborated hairstyles, some of which were fairly unique of them, so I hope this will be a range with lots of personality. 






This warrior is armed with a stone club with feathers pendant and is simply dressed in moccasins and a trade breechcloth. He is also wearing a loop necklace with conchas typical of Crows and also worn by Blackfeet, Nez Perce and some Plateau tribes. This kind of jewelry and the bracelets can be seen in many old pictures of Crow Warrior (like Curtis´ ones) 
His hairstyle is typical Crow: worn very long at the back, decorated with gum balls and with a pompadour at the front. At the sides, he is wearing two hair bows (also called crow bows) with cut-off feathers from which two ornaments made of hair pipes are hanging.  

I hope you like it!

Cheers!!

1 comment:

  1. With the current interest in FIW (even if a bit anachronistic), I'm sure this will be a popular range.
    Nice to see you diversifying too.

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