The illustration is a visual representation of a typical Viking house interior. Seated by the table on the left are two Viking men, drinking from not a skull of a vanquished foe, engaged in not pillaging and not raping. Also visible are two female not shield maidens, occupied by not fighting. Depicted in the background is a slave busy not being killed as human sacrifice. The Vikings as a people were mainly known by their conteemporaries as medieval game designers (and avid game players), weavers and butter churners. The popular image of seafaring raiders in horned helmets is greatly exagerrated and the horns were made up by XIX century theatrical costume designers.
Welcome back friends, the saga of my Black Templar painting finally comes to a close here! After what seems like an eternity of leaning against my Cintiq, the Black Templar (and a few friends) are now ready to strike force and burn a holy path through the forces of darkness.
This piece took a super long time to do... I honestly can't gauge it accurately but it's somewhere in the ballpark of 14+ hours, possibly even 18 or 20.
Everything was done in Adobe Photoshop and (if you are kind enough to wait) you can view the PROCESS VIDEO for this piece tomorrow once I edit my screen recordings and begin narration. When the video is ready, I'll make sure to make a big, ugly update at the top of this painting's description so that everyone can see. :-D
Thanks for checking out my piece, I really hope you like it. Once again, don't forget to check out my blog... there's good stuff there, I promise.
For my fellow history geeks, General Vyse and Colonel Ross.
Sharpshooter Jones- An American sent for by the English Parliment. He is supposedly the best sharpshooter in the New World. He wears the uniform of a lieutenant in the US Army, 1808. He carries the most deadly weapon ever made in the Americas: The Kentucky Flintlock. This rifled, extended version, equipped with a brass sighting tube, can accurately fire a ball at a range of 400 yards.
Sharpshooter Vyse- As the best marksman in the 95th Rifles Regiment, Vyse was called up by Parliment to join the elite trio they were putting together. He wears the rank of General, which he earned through his excellent shooting in the heat of battle. His weapon is the most deadly ever created by the British: The Baker rifle. The usual design is only about three and a half feet long, but this personal weapon comissioned for Vyse's specific use is nearly double that. The barrel is tarnished to better conceal his position.
Sharpshooter Ross- Ross prides himself as being the best shot in the King's 25th Foot. He wears the gorget of Colonel. What makes his skills so outstanding is his ability to achieve impossible shots with a mere brass sighting tube. His Brown Bess musket is otherwise unaltered. At his hip is his favorite weappon... the heavy saber known as the Highlander. Crafted by the Scotts, it is a blade sure to hack anything to pieces.
These are the uniforms worn by the Royal Navy, from their introduction to the service in 1748 through the Seven Years War. The top row displays the full dress uniforms and the bottom row displays the working rig uniforms. The uniforms are, from left to right: - Midshipman - Lieutenant - Commander - Captain, Under Three Years Seniority - Captain, Over Three Years Seniority - Rear Admiral - Vice Admiral - Admiral