Firstly many apologies for the long gap in posting, quite simple I have been busy… with the sort of stuff that pays the mortgage, feeds the family and all those other important life thing. I have also been experimenting with a new drawing app and doing some story research.
But progress is happening on the pages of Old England Grown New, and my schedule is beginning to clear a little. I have drawn at least 2 intros to book 5 and am now drawing the 3rd and final one, expect new pages very soon.
I am still also still planning couple of reviews.
But in the mean time here is a little video that shows how I get to the outline stage of my drawings. Just a small insight into my drawing process.
At the end of a volume once again, and here is the collected edition. Please Click the image to open.
This is a low resolution .pdf (3mb)
This volume has also marked the publishing of the 100th page of this comic (about 4 pages ago). Yay!
The events of the Storming of Leeds followed a fairly similar pattern to those depicted in this story, Fairfax did split his force, Sending a Sergeant Major Forbes south towards the river, while his forces attacked along the trenches at the western end of Headrow and William Fairfax’s Musketeers made their way north to attack round by St John’s church.
Some apologies should go to a Major Forbes, who’s role in the battle I have replaced with Hawksby. After a fierce (but in reality relatively bloodless) musket duel a group of musketeers did indeed make it round to the river bank and distract the cannon, allowing Major Forbes and his men (singing Psalm 68) to storm the earth works (though they had to wade the rivers edge, a task that I spared Hawksby and co.).
For more on the real story of this battle and the Civil War in Yorkshire I heartily recommend David Cooke’s one volume account of that part of the conflict:
Again a really big thank you for those who read, comment and like this blog and these stories. These are really encouraging to me and help spur me on to get on with it. Drawing my own comic has been a life-long ambition, and your encouragement has helped me get further than ever before!
Book 5. Which will be the conclusion of this story will start in a week or two.
I still have the book review to do for Warlord Games superb Thirty Years War Pike and Shotte book and will be working on bolstering Hawksby’s Regiment in miniature at some point over the next few months. Also still planning to re-fight the Storming of Leeds Hawksby style, so AAR and Scenarios when that happens.
Thanks all for now, once again thanks for reading.