Saturday, July 18, 2015

MOD scroll, Caine Ramsey

Caine's scroll was fun.  This would be my first peerage level scroll.  We began with the inspiration, and awesome words from Alys Mackyntoich:

Darius, King of the Eest, and Etheldreda the Quene, to our right trustie and right weellbeloved Caine Ramsey, greetings.  Wheras by our royall wisdome and princelie cair for the peace and happines of our dominiones, we have caussit the Ordore of Defens to be constituited in this realme; and wheras diveris of our subjectis have by ther severall petitiones humbly besought us that you should be indewit with the beforesaid Ordore; and wheras you have manifested maniefauld skill and excellence in the practeis of defens, and have shewin noblesse, wisedome and faith in your dedis, we do therefore, by these our presents lettiris, insese, indow and indote you as a Master of Defense, ordeaneing the said indewment and dotatione in all tymecomeing to have the full force and strenth of perfyte securitie.  And we do fwrthir giwe and convey wnto you for all the dayes of his lyftyme all honoures, dignities, proffites, liberties and priviledges which are possest and brookit by Peers of the realmme, and decrie and ordeane that you shall possess and enjoye fully and frely Armes by Lettiris Patentes in the forme herein stated: Per pall inverted sable, argent, and azure, two dogs combatant counterchanged and a tower argent.  And, lykeas, for ourselfes and our successoures, we promeiseth in verbo principis to hold the abounvrettin gyft, indewment and dotatione firme and stable, and to cause it to be trewlie observed by all our leiges according to the tennour and intent therof for now and evir.  In witness wherof, we have caussit these our lettiris to be mad patentes, witness ourselfes at Glen Linn, 4 Jullay in the fiftieth year of the Society.

There was a request for 'pretty illumination' with a Scotty dog.  We played with the idea of a ram crest or a garlic scape since "The wild garlics of England... were called ramsons." (Fischer 54), then there was a rumor of 'horrible pants'.  But, always, I came back to the scotty.  So I researched scotty dogs.  Turns out most of them do this cute little head tilt so I somehow had to do that!  
I printed out a version of the inspiration, ripped off the stag crest and made up a sketch of a scotty dog based on pictures of Caine's dog, Kringle and random tilted Scotty dog heads from the internet.

Alexandre wanted to do the gold MOD swords and calligraphy so that was his job.  I researched all of the flowers on the inspiration to make sure they were appropriate for the recipient and try to make sure I was drawing/painting/highlighting them appropriately.  Clockwise from the top border I saw borage (Borago officinalis), roses (Rosa spp.), strawberries (Fragaria spp), daisy (Bellis perennis), pinks (Dianthus spp.), forget me-nots (Myosotis sylvatica) and violets (Viola tricolor).  Mostly I copied the original but the Dianthus may not have been so I went to my plant books and took artistic liberties with their drawings/pictures and general shape/size from the original piece.

And here's the finished scroll: 

 Here's a picture or two in process.

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