‘Game Of Thrones’ & ‘Assassin’s Creed’ Have An Indian Connection
Did you know about the connection between your favourite TV series ‘Game of Thrones’ and India? Apart from enjoying popularity and huge followers, not many know that the Emmy winner Jon Snow’s Armour and his Valyrian steel sword were made in India.
Warfare is an important theme in the world of entertainment. The shining armors in Michael Fassbender’s ‘Assassin’s Creed’ or the decked-up fighters in the Lord of Battles are crafted at Dehradun, in India. Founded by Captain Saurabh Mahajan in 2005, with just a single order, this state-of- the-art factory today has over 110 craftsmen (30 leather workers, 40 metal workers, 14 engaged in polishing work, 12 to 15 tailors, and several wood workers) working on a two acre plot in Saharanpur. This factory has ancillary units at Roorkee, Meerut and Nagina. According to Captain Saurabh Mahajan, his company is working with Game of Thrones through season 4 and 5 too.
Saurabh started Lord of Battles (LOB) to manufacture and export ancient armours and weapons, of the medieval era, to theatre groups and film studios. He uses the best raw materials and hires only the best skilled artisans to craft different items.
All products are tailor-made and bearing in mind the demands of the esteemed clients. They make everything ranging from chain mail armour to the war hammers, perfect replicas similar to the ones shaped for re-enactments or for mock battles. They are designed keeping in mind the cost effectiveness, comfort and worthiness. These ‘Medieval Weapons’ are a big hit at gift shops.
One of Lord of Battles’s first big breaks was supplying costumes for the famous play Morted’Arthur by Warwickshire-based Royal Shakespeare Company. From there on, satisfied customers and recommendations helped them bag bigger business with Hollywood and also with the Russian and French film industries.
In an interview Captain Saurabh said, “Production houses generally have specific requirements for armour or medieval weapons to be used by their main characters. They send across specifications of the product or a rough prototype. Our artisans handcraft the weapon based on the requirements and we send the sample across. Once it is approved, we begin production, based on the scale they require.”
Building deep relations with raw material suppliers, from different parts of India and around the world, is the key to the success of Lord of Battles. A delay in shipping (the merchandise) can stall productions. Thus, apart from quality, LoB meets the deadlines, eventually retaining and gaining more prospective clients.
China, being the leading supplier of mass-produced movie props, Saurabh, still retains a constant demand for higher-quality handcrafted props, in demand by the medium-budget productions. Along with China, LoB also competes with a few European players having an access to the actual medieval methods of making weapons. But the Indian craftsmen still have the ability to compete with them.
According to Captain Saurabh, Lord of Battles is presently working on three big projects. He credits the success LOB to his team and to Raj Kashyap, who looks after supplies & quality- control and has been with the company for almost a decade. Saurabh now aims to set up an international subsidiary in the US, to minimise on shipping and time cost.
They not only cater to the professionals, but also care for a large number of art lovers too!
Gear up to lose yourselves in the era of kings, queens, castles and conspiracies.