This design by Richard H. Fay features a lion rampant gules, a heraldic red lion depicted in profile rearing up on its hind legs, ready to stave off all attackers. A lion of this type appears on the Scottish royal arms.
Eternal rivals symbolizing (respectively) earth and water, matter and spirit, tiger and dragon confront each other in this original artwork by Richard H. Fay. This work first appeared as an illustration accompanying Vince Gotera's "Menage à Tiger and Dragon", a series of four poems, in ALTERED REALITY MAGAZINE.
This design featuring a distinctly Irish ring pommel sword is based on swords carried by Irish kerns in a 16th century woodcut now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Here the sword is combined with bands of Celtic-style knotwork.
Scotland's warrior king Robert the Bruce defends a Scottish glen with his two-handed sword in hand in this illustration by Richard H. Fay. This work originally appeared as an interior illustration in Abandoned Towers, Issue #6, published July 2010.
According to tradition, Saint Patrick used the three-leaf clover to illustrate the Christian Trinity. Although the authenticity of this tradition is in question, the shamrock has become a symbol of Ireland. Here a shamrock trio appears between a pair of Celtic knotwork bands.
The Lovecraftian Wendigo-type entity Ithaqua prepares to capture a hapless human as the ice-world of Borea appears in the sky in this weird artwork that originally appeared on the cover of the January 2019 issue of BARDS AND SAGES QUARTERLY.
In this original illustration by Richard H. Fay, two long-hafted Viking-era Danish Axes are displayed crossed between two plaitwork bands based on a design from a Viking Age stone sculpture on the Isle of Man.
Clad in mail hauberk, mail chausses, and flat-topped iron helm, a crusading knight of the early thirteenth century hold his emblazoned shield and pennoned lance in this original artwork by Richard H. Fay.
Clad in knee-length hauberk and nasal helmet, carrying a steel-tipped lance and a kite-shaped shield, a dismounted Norman knight of circa 1066 appears ready to conquer England in this original illustration by Richard H. Fay.
A pair of long-shafted broad-bladed thrusting spears and a pair of lighter and shorter javelins are displayed crossed behind an ancient Celtic oval shield in this original illustration by Richard H. Fay. The shield design is based, in part, on the Celtic shields depicted on the Triumphal Arch of Orange, France.
Medieval melds with sci-fi in this illustration of a rather draconic-looking alien creature attacking an otherworldly elephantine beast. This work, which was based on a medieval depiction of a serpentine dragon attacking an elephant, originally appeared as black and white filler art in Star*Line, Volume 36, Issue 2, April 2013.
This original illustration by Richard H. Fay depicts a Viking-era sword with a trilobate pommel based on one in the British Museum displayed between two plaitwork bands based on a design from a Viking Age stone sculpture on the Isle of Man.
A Norman-period sword with a Brazil nut pommel, a long-bladed "Great Sword" or "Sword of War" of the 13th or 14th century, and an acutely pointed thrusting sword of the Late Middle Ages appear side-by-side in this original illustration by Richard H. Fay.
Patron saint of England since the 14th century, George was a late 3rd-early 4th century military tribune (martyred circa 303). According to legend, George heroically killed a dragon that had been terrorising the countryside around Silena in Libya. This particular portrayal of the warrior-saint depicts him armed as a Roman cavalryman.
In this original illustration by Richard H. Fay, the Lady of the Lake holds the mystical sword Excalibur, sheathed in its magical scabbard, aloft from the surface of her watery abode. The sword and scabbard are based on a British sword of circa 50 BC, which would already have been ancient in the Arthurian Era.
Adventuring elven lady and human lord converse with mystical apothecary in this fantasy artwork by Richard H. Fay. This piece originally appeared on the cover of the Adventure Havens role playing game supplement ADVENTURE HAVENS: APOTHECARIES AND ALCHEMISTS, published December 2016 by Bards and Sages Publishing.