Dimicator is creating Illustration, Articles & Videos on historical swordsmanship
263

patrons

$2,010
per month
I am a professional graphic designer and illustrator, mainly working freelance in advertising and editorial to make a living. But my true passion is medieval combat with sword & shield.



More than 20 years ago I started out as a Viking re-enactor and I have continued to do research on medieval sword & shield and the associated historical fighting arts ever since. I have become a leading expert in the field, closely co-operating with numerous museums and scholars.



I am also a devoted practitioner of medieval swordsmanship and an instructor of international renown. I run a martial arts school by the name of DIMICATOR, comprising of advanced sword-fighters only. If you care to read my martial arts bio, you can find it here, next to testimonials from international experts that I had the privilege to work with.



Combining my talents and skills as an artist and a swordsman, I have launched a number of initiatives to share my knowledge via various media in recent years. I was delighted by the positive responses from enthusiasts and experts alike.

Now I am running this patreon campaign: If you feel that my endeavor to reconstruct Europe’s forgotten fighting arts with sword & shield from c. 800 – 1400 is worthy of your support, I invite you to join my virtual shield-wall!



Your donation will enable me to spend more time on this project and it will thus increase output, as well as accelerate the creation of my fully illustrated book on medieval sword & shield that I have been working on for two years now.

This is what you will be supporting:


Research into extant combat treatises and contemporary art.


Examination of original weaponry.


Reconstruction & Practice of the according fighting arts.


Education by teaching classes, holding lectures and doing public demonstrations.


Publication via Youtube, Facebook, as well as contributions to books and magazines, and, first and foremost, THE BOOK on sword & shield from Viking warrior to medieval knight – my opus magnum! As a patron, you will get access to exclusive excerpts while the book is still in the works.

Of course, I will still provide video, photo, text and art for free, as I did in the past. So if – for whatever reason – you prefer to abstain from donating at this point, you are never-the-less most welcome to enjoy my work – your kind interest is my reward!

If, however, you feel like actively supporting my work, I would be most delighted if you would join me on this quest. Become a patron now and pick your place in my shield-wall! A number of amenities are awaiting my fellow martial artists and enthusiasts of historical swordsmanship: Take a look!
Tiers
Patronus
$1 or more per month 28 patrons


If you enjoy my work and feel like giving something back and support future projects – this is your chance. Each single donation counts and I am grateful for your contribution and kind interest in my work. Get your digital patron's badge!
Discipulus
$3 or more per month 122 patrons


Cool. Consider yourself a recruit of the virtual Legio Dimicatorum, the Legion of Sword-Fighters, consisting of supporters of my work. As a student (discipulus) of the sword, get your digital badge! I will add your name to the Legion's enlistment roll (which will be included in my book, once it is finished). I will publish your entry on my public Facebook pages, (if you so wish). Plus, see exclusive patrons-only video (such as presentations of original weapons) and any new DIMICATOR video long before anyone else does. Thank you for your active support – way to go!
Legionarius
$7 or more per month 87 patrons


Excellent. You will be enlisted as a legionnaire for the Legio Dimicatorum – I rely on you! Your name and rank will be added to the Legion's enlistment roll (which will be included in my book, once it is finished) and I will publish your entry on my public Facebook pages (if you so wish). I will supply you with a personalized digital emblem, plus, see exclusive patrons-only videos (such as presentations of original weapons) and any new DIMICATOR video long before anyone else does. AND get one piece of my art work in a printable resolution per month.
Shield-Wall 3rd Rank
$15 or more per month 32 patrons


Very cool! You are a true warrior, fighting in the shield-wall’s third rank, making up its backbone. Get all of the above as a token of my gratitude for your support. I shall give you access to 2 pieces of my art work in a printable resolution per month (instead of only one). Additionally, you will get access to complete hi-res photo sets and detailed documentation of an original medieval weapon or related artifact at least 5 times a year.
Shield-Wall 2nd Rank
$25 or more per month 8 patrons


Thank you so much for making this pledge: You sure are a seasoned warrior, fighting in the shield-wall’s feared second rank. Get all of the above as a token of my gratitude for your support of my work, plus 3 pieces of my art work in a printable resolution per month. You will also get access to complete hi-res photo sets and documentation of an original medieval weapon or related artifact at least 10 times per year (instead of only 5 times).
Shield-Wall 1st Rank
$35 or more per month 9 patrons


Wow! You are a determined and battle-hardened veteran. You have what it takes to fight in the shield-wall’s front rank. Get all of the above as a token of my gratitude for your support of my work, plus, in addition to complete hi-res photo sets and documentation of an original medieval weapon or related artifact, get a scan of a full scale drawing/tracing that I made from that very artifact. I will povide this at least 10 times per year.
Elite
$60 or more per month 3 patrons


I am so fortunate to have support like yours. You are an elite warrior and one of the household troops. Get all of the above as a token of my gratitude for your valuable support of my work, plus a personal portrait of yourself once per year. It will be published on my Facebook pages (if you so wish) and in a distinct chapter of the Legion's enlistment roll (which will be included in my book, once it is finished). The original pencil drawing will be signed and sent to you, as well as an according scan.
Champion
$120 or more per month 3 patrons


No doubt, you are a champion. Your sword-arm’s contribution makes a difference. I salute you. Get all of the above as a token of my ever-lasting gratitude. If you make it to my place near Hamburg, I will give you a personal training day with sword and shield once per year.
Goals
$2,010 of $2,500 per month
When I hit $2500 per month, I could devote a third of my time to the study and documentation of swords & swordsmanship. This would considerably speed up work on my Book of Sword & Shield, and also increase video output. There is a lot of interesting footage in my files left unpublished due to a lack of time.
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I am a professional graphic designer and illustrator, mainly working freelance in advertising and editorial to make a living. But my true passion is medieval combat with sword & shield.



More than 20 years ago I started out as a Viking re-enactor and I have continued to do research on medieval sword & shield and the associated historical fighting arts ever since. I have become a leading expert in the field, closely co-operating with numerous museums and scholars.



I am also a devoted practitioner of medieval swordsmanship and an instructor of international renown. I run a martial arts school by the name of DIMICATOR, comprising of advanced sword-fighters only. If you care to read my martial arts bio, you can find it here, next to testimonials from international experts that I had the privilege to work with.



Combining my talents and skills as an artist and a swordsman, I have launched a number of initiatives to share my knowledge via various media in recent years. I was delighted by the positive responses from enthusiasts and experts alike.

Now I am running this patreon campaign: If you feel that my endeavor to reconstruct Europe’s forgotten fighting arts with sword & shield from c. 800 – 1400 is worthy of your support, I invite you to join my virtual shield-wall!



Your donation will enable me to spend more time on this project and it will thus increase output, as well as accelerate the creation of my fully illustrated book on medieval sword & shield that I have been working on for two years now.

This is what you will be supporting:


Research into extant combat treatises and contemporary art.


Examination of original weaponry.


Reconstruction & Practice of the according fighting arts.


Education by teaching classes, holding lectures and doing public demonstrations.


Publication via Youtube, Facebook, as well as contributions to books and magazines, and, first and foremost, THE BOOK on sword & shield from Viking warrior to medieval knight – my opus magnum! As a patron, you will get access to exclusive excerpts while the book is still in the works.

Of course, I will still provide video, photo, text and art for free, as I did in the past. So if – for whatever reason – you prefer to abstain from donating at this point, you are never-the-less most welcome to enjoy my work – your kind interest is my reward!

If, however, you feel like actively supporting my work, I would be most delighted if you would join me on this quest. Become a patron now and pick your place in my shield-wall! A number of amenities are awaiting my fellow martial artists and enthusiasts of historical swordsmanship: Take a look!

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Tiers
Patronus
$1 or more per month 28 patrons


If you enjoy my work and feel like giving something back and support future projects – this is your chance. Each single donation counts and I am grateful for your contribution and kind interest in my work. Get your digital patron's badge!
Discipulus
$3 or more per month 122 patrons


Cool. Consider yourself a recruit of the virtual Legio Dimicatorum, the Legion of Sword-Fighters, consisting of supporters of my work. As a student (discipulus) of the sword, get your digital badge! I will add your name to the Legion's enlistment roll (which will be included in my book, once it is finished). I will publish your entry on my public Facebook pages, (if you so wish). Plus, see exclusive patrons-only video (such as presentations of original weapons) and any new DIMICATOR video long before anyone else does. Thank you for your active support – way to go!
Legionarius
$7 or more per month 87 patrons


Excellent. You will be enlisted as a legionnaire for the Legio Dimicatorum – I rely on you! Your name and rank will be added to the Legion's enlistment roll (which will be included in my book, once it is finished) and I will publish your entry on my public Facebook pages (if you so wish). I will supply you with a personalized digital emblem, plus, see exclusive patrons-only videos (such as presentations of original weapons) and any new DIMICATOR video long before anyone else does. AND get one piece of my art work in a printable resolution per month.
Shield-Wall 3rd Rank
$15 or more per month 32 patrons


Very cool! You are a true warrior, fighting in the shield-wall’s third rank, making up its backbone. Get all of the above as a token of my gratitude for your support. I shall give you access to 2 pieces of my art work in a printable resolution per month (instead of only one). Additionally, you will get access to complete hi-res photo sets and detailed documentation of an original medieval weapon or related artifact at least 5 times a year.
Shield-Wall 2nd Rank
$25 or more per month 8 patrons


Thank you so much for making this pledge: You sure are a seasoned warrior, fighting in the shield-wall’s feared second rank. Get all of the above as a token of my gratitude for your support of my work, plus 3 pieces of my art work in a printable resolution per month. You will also get access to complete hi-res photo sets and documentation of an original medieval weapon or related artifact at least 10 times per year (instead of only 5 times).
Shield-Wall 1st Rank
$35 or more per month 9 patrons


Wow! You are a determined and battle-hardened veteran. You have what it takes to fight in the shield-wall’s front rank. Get all of the above as a token of my gratitude for your support of my work, plus, in addition to complete hi-res photo sets and documentation of an original medieval weapon or related artifact, get a scan of a full scale drawing/tracing that I made from that very artifact. I will povide this at least 10 times per year.
Elite
$60 or more per month 3 patrons


I am so fortunate to have support like yours. You are an elite warrior and one of the household troops. Get all of the above as a token of my gratitude for your valuable support of my work, plus a personal portrait of yourself once per year. It will be published on my Facebook pages (if you so wish) and in a distinct chapter of the Legion's enlistment roll (which will be included in my book, once it is finished). The original pencil drawing will be signed and sent to you, as well as an according scan.
Champion
$120 or more per month 3 patrons


No doubt, you are a champion. Your sword-arm’s contribution makes a difference. I salute you. Get all of the above as a token of my ever-lasting gratitude. If you make it to my place near Hamburg, I will give you a personal training day with sword and shield once per year.