Last modified: 10-Oct-2016
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Enter your blazon:
Please excuse construction: there is apparently a bug in the server at the moment, caused by some new and exciting strangeness in my upgraded system. So things aren't working quite right. And the links here no longer point correctly, since Google Code is closed down. The site has been moved to github; I'll update the links soon.
The Blazonry server uses the pyBlazon
program, which converts mediæval blazonry into SVG format, and then
(by default) converts the SVG into PNG graphics using rsvg (since
pretty much no web browsers handle the generated SVG properly).
Blazonry's structure is already pretty rigid, so most normal blazons
should work without much trouble. Follow the usual conventions: background
first, then charges, using the usual terminology. But note also that the line
between Blazonry and ordinary English is not a sharp one, and this program can
in no way follow it very far in that direction. See the pyBlazon page for
some idea of the limitations of the grammar.
Not many “fancy” charges (animals, plants, common
objects, etc.) are supported, but we have some: a few various crosses,
lions rampant and passant.... But you can use any image on the web
as a charge; just give its URL between <>-signs (but if you do that,
remember that unless it has a transparent background, in PNG or GIF
for example, the background will be included as part of the charge too).
Or concentrate instead on experimenting with what patterns and arrangement
you can make with the charges at hand.
I repeat: the cool charge you're looking for is probably not there.
If your Or a horse-head cabossed sable didn't work, it probably
isn't going to work for Or a horse-head sable or anything like
that. Hardly any charges are supported by default, beyond geometric ones.
The cool part is seeing how they are handled.
You might also try taking a look at this site
of old rolls of arms for some authentic examples. Try some of them out
on the server. By no means will all of them work, but some will.
Some of the terms the server understands: