Aug 11, 2014

TMNT and the Sai Drawing

I finally remade the drawing for the Sai, complete with Raphael of the Ninja Turtles. It's not as pretty as the one I posted originally with the blog, but it's one of my better drawings. Here's the drawing, and if you want to read up on the Sai, check out the original post on the Sai. I saved this one for the new release of the Ninja Turtles movie.

Art by TL Jeffcoat
There seems to be a lot of hostility towards Michael Bay and his version. After seeing the movie, all I can say is, he did not go with the Turtle Alien route, which was a huge relief to me, and although the movie didn't hold to a lot of the TMNT lore, it wasn't a horrible movie at all. It was a typical Bay movie with all of the high octane chaotic action sequences, blatant use of stereotyped characters, and the cardboard eye candy female character who has to be rescued by men throughout the movie. However, the silliness actually works well with the Ninja Turtle personalities, much better than it did with the Transformers, who generally have no personality.

Aug 5, 2014

Weapons & Warriors: The Plumbata of the Romans

Art by TL Jeffcoat
Although originally used by the Greeks, this throwing dart is best known from its use by the Roman legions over 1,600 years ago. These weapons are so effective that a legion could halt a charging cavalry before it reaches the line. Half of every battle is killing your enemy, the other half is disorienting or confusing them so they are easier to kill.

The Plumbata is a simple design. It’s a wooden dart that is slightly shorter than an arrow. The iron tipped head is weighted with lead to keep the sharp end pointed towards its target while airborne, no matter how it is thrown. This not only simplifies training, it allows the darts to be thrown under pressure at short ranges without focusing so much on technique. The fletched rear of the Plumbata helps the dart stay balanced, and increases range. The weight of the lead also increases the power of the weapon's impact, allowing it to penetrate light armor, or even horse skin as cavalry tries to flank or charge the legion.

Jul 28, 2014

Weapons Update!

Next Monday I'll post the latest Weapons & Warriors article. So for this week, I am presenting 3 more drawings for previous posts. The Urumi of the Rajput, Daneaxe of the Norsemen (Viking), and Shuriken of the Ninja. All three are fascinating weapons; click on their links and check them out if you haven't already.

Jul 15, 2014

Drawing Update: Hussite Weapons

Art by TL Jeffcoat
Art by TL Jeffcoat
I've been working on the War Wagon for the post on the Hussite Hand Cannon off and on for a few weeks and I've finally completed it. I’m putting up both at the same time, and then I’ll see if I can get some of the simpler weapons drawn up. I’m hoping to knock out 3 more this month. One of these days, I’ll have a drawing of every weapon in the Weapons & Warriors series and then I’ll work on wrapping it up and converting it all into a free download. I’ll have to spend some time editing all the posts, too. I’m thinking the formats will probably be Nook, Kindle, and PDF. Not sure if there is need to do any others.

Check out the post on the Hand Cannon of the Hussites to learn more about both of these weapons.

Jul 7, 2014

Weapons & Warriors: The Cutlass of the Europeans

Art by TL Jeffcoat

The most famous sword used by pirates in the 1600’s and 1700’s is often rumored to have been invented by pirates, but my research turns that out to be an unproven legend. The Cutlass has been a common tool for sailors for centuries. Its blade is strong enough to cut heavy ropes and canvas, and small enough to be used in close quarters combat. The blade was short enough to easily avoid getting entangled in various riggings found on a sailing vessel while fighting off a boarding party, or boarding another vessel.

The blade is broad, flat, curved, and about 2 feet in length (approximately 0.61 meters). Only the outside of the curved blade is sharpened, and the handle is usually protected by a hand guard of some kind, either a cup shaped piece of elaborately designed metal, or a simple loop. This gives the Cutlass an additional technique with the backhand or jab using the pommel or guard to strike an opponent that is too close to slash with the blade. The hand guard is also useful in protecting the sailor from losing fingers when a blade strikes the handle.