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Cool pic, but why is everyone using toy weapons? (tiny bow upper left, tiny mace center, popgun lower rght)

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Cool pic, but why is everyone using toy weapons? (tiny bow upper left, tiny mace center, popgun lower rght)
Because weapons are much smaller than what tabletop miniatures like Warhammer would make you believe, where weapons are ludicrously big. Same for most fantasy art.

Once you have handled real medieval weapons or replicas, and realize how heavy they are, you understand. Plus people on average where a head shorter than today.

In this example the bows are short composite bows, the small size is deceptive as they are very strong. The mace looks tiny because of the perspective, and because the wielder is gripping it midshaft , making it look shorter, the head of the mace is actually very big. And the funny looking gun is a blunderbuss. The trumpet muzzle is to help scatter a load of buckshot, a lot of small bullets, ensuring a hit, without aiming.

That being said, Eastern Europe warfare was mostly on horseback, so weapons had to be easy to handle when mounted, such as the bows, or wielded with one hand while the other held the reins. Is hard to wield a halberd or a double handed sword when on a horse saddle!
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Cossacks. Notice that the horses are small for Western standards.

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Not a battle painting per se, but useful in showing the costume of the era. The Cossacks celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Pereyaslav, wich united the Cossacks and the Ukraine to Russia after the Cossack Revolt against Poland.

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