High detail low-impact Hospitaller Knight model (mid 12th Century). Rational poly-count suitable for 'next-generation' games. Very high level of detail also suitable for high-end render work. Part of a huge related model collection available from ES3DStudios.
Figure comes rigged in 3DSMax (Character Studio). Other formats are available on request unrigged. Max version is animated through a series of fixed poses, and includes basic jaw rigging.
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Includes choice of eye colour, plus mouth interior and alpha mapped teeth, lance, sword, mace and sheild. Helmet can be removed - full head underneath. Coif can also be removed.
Unlike their sometime rivals the Templars, the Order of St John of the Hospital of Jerusalem (or the Hospitallers as they are better known) was not created as a result of the First Crusade in 1099: rather, it was probably established by a group of Italian merchants from Amalfi in the mid-11th century. However, as a consequence of the crusading movement, the Hospitallers became recognised experts in the military capabilities of opposing Islamic armies.
The Hospitallers were the first of the Secular Crusading Orders to be created, though they were only 'militarized' after the establishment of the Templers. The Hospitallers played a major role in the military struggle between Christendom and the Islamic World throughout the medieval and early modern periods. The Hospitallers recruited from a wide section of society, but their structure and attitudes reflected the aristocratic based society of their day. They primarily campaigned on land during the first phase of their existence, and primarily at sea during their second phase.