Ancient Celts - Celtic warriors often painted their bodies with a blue die from a plant called "Woad". The woad would be painted in different shapes, such as animal. They were very fierce fighters, and the Romans feared them. Sometimes Celtic warriors would enter battle wearing nothing but woad and a necklace. This necklace would supposedly hold healing powers.

Ancient Celts - Celtic warriors often painted their bodies with a blue die from a plant called "Woad". The woad would be painted in different shapes, such as animal. They were very fierce fighters, and the Romans feared them. Sometimes Celtic warriors would enter battle wearing nothing but woad and a necklace. This necklace would supposedly hold healing powers.

Celtic skirmishers from Britain - 1st century B.C to 1st century AD. Due to the highly stratified nature of Celtic society not all warriors could afford the broad sword and large shield. The lower classes mostly acted as skirmishers and light troops.

Celtic skirmishers from Britain - 1st century B.C to 1st century AD. Due to the highly stratified nature of Celtic society not all warriors could afford the broad sword and large shield. The lower classes mostly acted as skirmishers and light troops.

I went to a guys house to buy a sword once (He was a retired Air Force officer) he had the largest collection of swords and armor and crossbows, ancient muskets, etc. Larger than most museums! I bought two swords from him and would have loved to buy many, many more. He probably had close to 200-300 swords in his basement.

I went to a guys house to buy a sword once (He was a retired Air Force officer) he had the largest collection of swords and armor and crossbows, ancient muskets, etc. Larger than most museums! I bought two swords from him and would have loved to buy many, many more. He probably had close to 200-300 swords in his basement.

Sword hilt inlay with silver and copper, blade with gold. 11th Century. Dublin, Ireland.

Sword hilt inlay with silver and copper, blade with gold. 11th Century. Dublin, Ireland.

Ireland, Battle of Clontarf between the Vikings and the Irish of Brian Boru, 1014. Raffaele Caruso

Ireland, Battle of Clontarf between the Vikings and the Irish of Brian Boru, 1014. Raffaele Caruso

ArtStation - Irish Gallowglass warrior and Irish Kern, Marc Grunert

ArtStation - Irish Gallowglass warrior and Irish Kern, Marc Grunert

Gallowglass (2 left), Irish heavy infantry, commonly made up of Scottish mercenaries. Kerns (3 right), native Irish light infantry. Drawing by Albrecht Durer.

Gallowglass (2 left), Irish heavy infantry, commonly made up of Scottish mercenaries. Kerns (3 right), native Irish light infantry. Drawing by Albrecht Durer.

Irish warriors

Historical Warrior Illustration Series Part X

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