There's very few posts here about heraldry, which is sad. So join in and share your devices! Might help someone seeking inspiration to draw a few devices, or start discussions about heraldry.
I Just finished some heraldic devices from a region of my world:
Oh, and I know that the crown is wrong, I'm just too lazy to draw an appropriated one now.
I haven't got any designed arms to show, but I thought I would offer up some great source material for this topic :)
First a book (you don't need an e-reader) A Complete Guide to Heraldry (1909), and for less heavy reading, a site: International Heraldry.
Until recently I had the version of Fox Davies that was printed in the 1950's. We had a pipe break in the house that destroyed all of my reference materials. The set of arms aren't bad. I like the Russian style shields. if you get detailed in how set of arms work in your world you might want to write up a blurb on how it is different from the English collage of arms for someone will take you to task about any differences. I have already had that fun.
Here is one of the arms I have created for my world.
That's true about the blurb, I suppose. :)
Heraldry is like anything else... Experts, self-styled experts, and enthusiasts will always point out anything that doesn't fit what they know about a subject. ( :blush: ) But sometimes it's good to talk through those things and get a feel for *why* things work a certain way in the real world. Sometimes it is important, and sometimes it's really not, but it's always good to learn new things. :)
I'm struggling right now, trying to find that fine line between making a believable world and getting bogged down in the details. :)
Heraldry is an interesting subject. The rules of heraldry seems complex and rigid but are not the same everywhere. That means more freedom in a fantasy world where you can set the rules. The only rule of thumb I see is that you always need to have high contrast colours since the signs must be easy to spot on a battlefield. A good heraldry or flag also need to be simple and easy to make. Cost can become an issue if you have to make a lot of them in a pre industrial world. But not all flags are good ... Compare French flag with state of Pennsylvania for example: File:Flag of Pennsylvania.svg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Guild as some good ressources:
And I'm working on a layout to create easy heraldry with illustrator. It won't be automated; it will be done the hard way. Right now the file is in .AI and I am unsure how will turn out with other file types. PNG is a good file type but I would need to save each file separately and they can't be resized.
Here's a couple of samples of heraldry from some of my conworlds.
I love it when the heraldry has a unique shield, it helps differentiate different cultures or personalities to me.
These aren't mine, but I think Dragon Age has some wonderful examples of heraldry:
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I deal with a great number of Heralds in the SCA and actual heralds from the English and Irish Collage of arms. That is why I mentioned the Blurb. Also creating the rules for the different races of the game world allows me to stay consistent which in the end my players love.
I really like Heraldry but i'm not good at making my own so I purchased a software :)
I posted this not too long ago in the Mapping Elements section of the forum, but here it is anyway.
Fantasy Shields - A Coat of Arms generator for your personal heraldic shield! - For RPG campaigns or World Building
Great website for putting together some unique heraldry for free! A version 2 currently has a very limited demo on the site, but the version 1 still works fine and is a great tool.