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Offline Karak Norn Clansman

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Skull Tower of Niš
« on: May 05, 2018, 08:44:59 PM »
This Skull Tower in Serbia was raised by Ottoman troops under general Hurshi Pasha following the crushing of a revolt in 1809, where the rebel leader Stevan Sinđelić in the face of certain defeat as enemies flooded the rebels' position, ignited his gunpowder store and blew his own forces apart rather than face impalement as a punishment for rebellion. The heads of the rebels were then collected by the victorious troops, skinned, stuffed and sent to the capital, and then sent back to Niš. All in all 952 skulls were built into the facade of a mortared tower as a monumental warning to the locals to toe the line and not challenge their distant ruler. Today only 58 skulls remain in the 4,5 m high tower, the gaping sockets remaining in their neat horizontal rows.

Note the horizontal wooden beams, reminiscent of the strengthening horizontal brick or stone bands which occur at regular intervals in Medieval castle walls, inclduing in Constantinople's iconic Theodosian city walls.

Sharing here in case someone gets inspired for some modelling scenery creation!


Offline Artobans Ghost

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Re: Skull Tower of Niš
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2018, 09:14:29 PM »
Very cool and inspiring building. I wouldn’t mind a building like that only I could only think of about 3-4 skulls I would have mounted.
Mathi Alfblut Feb 4,2017
Simple, You gut the bastard with your sword, the viking way.
Questions?

Mathi Alfblut Dec 9,2017
Get a binge of Yule ale, roasted boar and some proper axes and we will ALL be happy again!

GP Aug 8, 2019
Can we just take a hammer to it, smash it into little bits.

Offline GamesPoet

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Re: Skull Tower of Niš
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2018, 03:32:09 PM »
Thanks for sharing! :icon_cool: :::cheers:::
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Offline hamster

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Re: Skull Tower of Niš
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2018, 06:26:17 PM »
karak norn once more with interesting information
for the past 2 years, I have sat in my cage, watching the owners put me in small, translucent spheres, and dump small, rock like food, into my cage. But no longer!, I have broken free of the shackles of being a hamster and now!, I paint, as a hamster can not do much more, mostly our small life span

Offline Brad

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Re: Skull Tower of Niš
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2018, 10:04:06 PM »
Needz moar skulz.

Offline Gankom

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Re: Skull Tower of Niš
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2018, 05:26:40 PM »
How very warhammery.

Skulls for the Ottoman!

Offline Karak Norn Clansman

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Re: Skull Tower of Niš
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2018, 11:36:34 AM »
Cheers! And skulls for the skull g- I mean Sigmar.  :ph34r: