Thursday, October 28, 2010

Well, cheers, dear friends.

Thank you all so much for your uplifting words, though my logoseremoty ( log-o-serr-EM-o-tee, "word-emptiness", "word-desertedness" - just made that up to keep my hand in, woot!), my spirits are genuinely lifted. Indeed, as you can see you have [provoked me to play once again with words I so love. Thank you for your care.

And to show that not all is mired in the Slough of Despond, I now present to you some post-MBT/TFT (= The Foundling's Tale) doodlings for your delectation.

(WARNING: This is pretty nerdy, rivet-counting stuff, but that's where I am a Viking so there I shall - and do - go...)

The first is the plan of a vessel I hope to write about soon.

The next are some mottle and harness diagrams of various states within the Haacobin empire and some realms without too (these are but a sample of a much larger work where I am attempting to fathom the appearance of as many states/realms as I can).




29 comments:

Eli Arndt said...

You really must speak to one of the gaming companieso ut there to develop a miniatures wargame based on your setting.

Your designs are very evocative and your technology is lovely and unique. As a long time gamer, I can say that there is little out there that delivers your sort of 18th century fantasy.


-Eli

BrandenRose said...

I love them all! It's great to be further immersed in the colors and designs of our beloved HC :D

And on the note of writing about that lovely vessel you've diagrammed, I do hope we might get to see some sea-nickers in the future :)

Ben Bryddia said...

This afternoon I was sitting in a library basement browsing ahead in an art book. I was pleasantly suprised to find lovely images of gothic cathedrals, mosques, feathery baskets, and intricate fabrics. Perhaps such a book would be as useful for you in getting the creative juices flowing.

By the way, does monster-slaying feature prominently into HC art? I know Assyrian art was almost entirely related to hunting and killing, so I'm wondering what level of emphasis such subject matter receives in your world.
What about a hero being tragically slain by a monster?
How much of Haacobin art is optomistic and how much is pessimistic?

-Ben

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me said...

That guy sure is patient - all those costumes and he manages the same look of grim determination throughout.

Me? I like the cut of Small's gib. Although the mono-with-a-splash-of-red-in-the-haubardier's-outfit of Sinster is growing on me...

abdul666 said...

These plates are terribly exciting for us wargamers deep into 'alternate' 18th C.!
Tremendous - compliments and warmest thanks.

Anonymous said...

The A with an upside-down A is possibly the most brilliant thing I've seen in months. Does it have a heraldic name?

I think I may need to build it into a stamp for use as a monogram...

-A

Ali (Patience St. James) said...

I'm pleasantly surprised I got the Naimes colours so close in a portrait of a very young Europe. I went too pink with my magenta, but, in my defense, you did say magenta and not burgundy--and I am a known pedant.
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Ali (Patience St. James) said...

Ben, I think you'll find your questions somewhat answered in book 3!

Anonymous said...

i got it factotum yesternight its awsome im almost half through the book. Hope you overcome your loss of words soon. Are there any bad urchin lords? Like ones who wish humans to die and perish(unlike lupandice oops spoiler alert!). A pig would be a great one because they are evil and corrupt(like animal farm by orwell!)(are something like Are these called falsegods or are falsegods completely different... is(or was?) their an urchin for boschenburg?

Anonymous said...

Thank you so very much Mr Cornish for these additions, absolutely brilliant.
You continue to enrich and blossom the wonderful HC world.
You, well all of us, are doubly blessed with fine expression of your pen.
Mark

majormike said...

Beautiful plates! Just the sort of thing that Eureka miniatures would probably be interested in producing.
Mike

Eli Arndt said...

You know Mike they do seem very much like the sort of thing that Eureka miniatures would lock onto.

-Eli

tradgardmastare said...

Your uniform plates are fantastic and the naval vessel too.
cheers
Alan

Anonymous said...

Just finished reading Factotum, after receiving it yesterday afternoon. Thought it was brilliant. Write more, please!
//15-year old in Sweden.

Wolf Blood said...

Brilliant drawings!

My favorite mottle is Burgundy's, but I like Small's style of harness and hat. I'm curious as to why Haquestaine(?) and Naines chose the colors they have. I'd like a back story if you feel like it, Mr. Cornish

monday said...

Hmm. I think I need to move to Brandenbrass. Those blue sashes are awfully sharp. Or Sinster! I marvel at Sinster [a grade 2 marvel, if you watch Hyperdrive] and now not only because I am a big fan of the name.

Glad your words are coming back. I hope they stay. :)

word verification is 'promate'. just thought I'd throw that out there.

dreamhead said...

to that anonymous person with the questions they are called wretchins read explicarium next time. Boschenberg urchin sounds interesting its probably rossomund lol

PaCashewMango said...

Last night, well into the tenth hour, I found myself reading over the very last pages of Factotum. After closing the book and happy to finally know the ending of dear Rossamünd I lay back onto my bed and thought it all over. That was when I realised it was the third book. And MBT was a trilogy. Woe was I! I had not only reached the end of poor Rossamünd's journey, but MBT as well! After thrashing silently for a while in my rather over the top grief, I fell asleep, and later that day came on to find your drawings.
A great cheer it was indeed!
Maybe you should think about releasing a coloured illustration book? It would give the crazy people like myself something to look forward to.

On a side note, I am quite taken to the uniforms of Haquetaine...

Zakk said...

Acknowledged! Yess!

Thanks for acknowledging me in the back of Factotum! I haven't even read it yet (I looked at my nephew's copy), but it's so awesome to get mentioned in my second favourite book series of all time!

Zach.

Anna said...

WAiting for my copy of Factotum...sigh.

tanita davis said...

We're over here waiting in sort of patience. Sort of. The kind of patience which includes jumping up and down...

Anna said...

..and biting your nails, pulling your hair and climbing the walls. 3 more days...

BrandenRose said...

Add spontaneous devouring of books in other series to keep my mind from imploding upon itself and you have me for the past few days. O.o

D.M. Cornish said...

Not at all long now - 3 US days to release! Hang in there, BR! Hang in there!!!!

Thank you to everyone for liking the images and encouraging me to put out a book of such stuff: I really think I need to take such an endeavour seriously.

The Coopers said...

I like the naval vessel - just let me know if you ever need some sound naval architecture consultation services.

Darter Brown said...

We have it in writing:
"I really think I need to take such an endeavour seriously"

I am just going to take that as a given now. If I can't have more MBT then a book with H-C / MBT illustrations, (etc, etc, etc...hint) may diminish my sense of loss.

This will enable an even richer experience of MBT next time I read it, as well as further exploration of the H-C tales yet to come.

abdul666 said...

I have difficulties to 'visualize' the lesquins: do you have a link to an 'official', or at least 'credible', image?
Thanks in advance!nretrolu

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