I like the "look" of Aquilonia in Age of Conan. There is a taste of many things, but Tarantia, at least, is distinctly unique--built upon a lot of flavors. I love the stone look of Tarantia. The weapons and armor are very "Roman" looking. And, it's what I see in my minds eye, more than medieval France, when I read stories set in Aquilonia.
Exactly who said that "Aquilonia=Medieval France"?
Sure wasn't me.
Boot, have you ever heard of the "Angevin Empire"? I sincerely hope so, since it is part of your own nation's history.
Here's a map link:http://www.xenophong...ie/angevine.htm
To the east is Capetian France and the HRE (a combination of which seems to be the basis for Nemedia)
To the north are Gaelic Highlanders.
To the south is Spain (Zingara)
To the west are the wild Cymric bowmen of Wales (or, even farther, the savage Gaels). BOTH would work as "Pictish" stand-ins.
Have you heard of the House of Plantagenet?http://en.wikipedia....iki/Plantagenet
You've got the lion as a heraldic symbol.
Poitain's symbol was a leopard. The same is true for Angevin Aquitaine.
Howard's description of "Attalus" is quite congruent with Harold Lamb's for Toulouse.
There is just about NOTHING to suggest "Rome" in Robert E. Howard's descriptions of Tarantia. If you got 'em (as opposed to vague feelings
), post 'em here. By all means.
As an example of "feelings" and "gut reactions"...
I could say that I "feel" that Tarantia looks
like Chichen Itza
. Sure, it doesn't match what REH described, nor does it square with Robert E. Howard's stated interests, BUT, it DOES equate to my own "feelings".
Did I mention how I envisioned Aquilonian cavalry looking like Rajputs and Gundermen looking like Incan pikemen? Just my "gut reaction".
See how this silliness works, Boot?
High/Late Medieval armor and weapons were better made (and designed) for their intended functions than Roman Imperial versions (equally so, at the least). Show me where Robert E. Howard describes gladii or lorica segmentata in his Hyborian Age yarns.
I'd love to know (on another thread) what infatuates you so much about the Greco-Roman period (weapons and armor-wise). I can see things like public works, but manly stuff like weaponry? Western Medieval Europe designed/forged the Imperium into the ground. ESPECIALLY in regards to a lone warrior's kit. Like I said, ANOTHER THREAD.
However, as Ironhand said, your "feelings" are your own, Just don't confuse them with Robert E. Howard's.