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About M Helsdon

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    Proofreader.... on Guide to Glorantha, King of Sartar, HeoQuest: Glorantha. Contributor to The Coming Storm. Etc.

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  1. M Helsdon

    Swords of Central Genertela

    And... 'finished'.
  2. M Helsdon

    Swords of Central Genertela

    Horse and rider. Not quite finished - generated to check relative sizes and position. Black Horses are larger than ordinary horses... Size comparison check as well. [This is an image size reduced version so a bit fuzzy.] Hmm. Think I need to angle the girth strap forwards.
  3. M Helsdon

    Swords of Central Genertela

    Another inspiration was a Mesopotamian lamassu (variety with a lion's body).
  4. M Helsdon

    Swords of Central Genertela

    The main 'design' thought was that lions and horses are, in Glorantha, I believe, Solar animals, and that if a horse were to become a carnivore it would develop some leonine attributes. The alternative, which I tried, was that the Black Horses in Hell 'devolved' towards their hippogriff ancestor, but eagle's feet didn't look very good on an animal that cannot fly. The image has been 'liked' by Jeff and Steve Perrin made a positive comment, so if this were entirely wrong, I'd have expected those gentlemen to correct me. Whilst the original is pen-and-ink, I could have changed the feet. [In addition to the illustrations in the Guide and Sourcebook, another design inspiration was Charles Stross' short novel Equoid which features
  5. M Helsdon

    Sun County Templars' and militiamen's cult ranks

    The usual answer is - it depends. Yelmalion Templar/mercenary regiments will be composed almost entirely of initiates, with non-initiates who have served for less than two years being lay members of the cult. So it depends upon how many 'outsiders' have been recruited, and how long they've served. Cults of Prax and Sun County are still the best sources, and they don't stipulate the percentage, but it is going to be relatively high.
  6. M Helsdon

    Swords of Central Genertela

    He's a Black Horse of Ethilrist's Black Horse Troop. [Using description in latest RQ Bestiary.]
  7. M Helsdon

    Swords of Central Genertela

    Rider next... Regarding Sables - I suspect either the riders put corks or similar on the tips or trim them...
  8. M Helsdon

    Swords of Central Genertela

    Thank you, but you don't see how many sketches get binned... I attempt to draw faces and hands first, and if they go wrong, start over. In future probably won't 'paint' so much shading in. Made more difficult by the fact that the screens of my laptop and desktop give different resolution of shading. This Sable Tribe warrior is wearing a modified Lunar cavalry helmet, kopis and linothorax (not very visible). These items may have been obtained from the Lunars, or taken as spoils of war.
  9. M Helsdon

    Swords of Central Genertela

    Sable Tribe rider drawn, but the full-sized one requires shading, tomorrow...
  10. M Helsdon

    The Many and the One, or has there always been a Yelm?

    Tell the worshippers of Bisos that. He's much more than a 'bull god'.
  11. Came across this when looking for reference material for Bison Priscus (didn't use it, save for scale).
  12. M Helsdon

    Swords of Central Genertela

    A few hours wrestling Word, and I get roughly what I was aiming for...
  13. M Helsdon

    Swords of Central Genertela

    I strongly suspect that most left handed babies either die or are considered to have a draconic taint.
  14. M Helsdon

    Notes on the Many Suns and the Sun Gods of Prax

    I'm doubtless a heretic, but have suspected for some time that the Yelmalio cult, and the way it fights, isn't as monolithic as might be supposed. The Sairdite/Prax/Sartar temples may specialize in fighting as phalangites (though their auxiliaries who defend the flanks of the phalanx doubtless differ) but further afield things are not exactly the same. I have a suspicion that, for example, Serene Victory in Jarst tends more to horse archers (the Pentans being neighbors and both revering the Yellow City) whilst North Dona may also employ Western-style cataphracts in league with their phalanx... For now, the setting just needs Peloria, Dragon Pass, the Holy Country and Prax to be addressed, but it's a large world out there.
  15. M Helsdon

    Swords of Central Genertela

    Very sad, but I've taken to analyzing in detail canonical illustrations to find details such as this. True. Whilst I suspect a rhino could carry two riders, I don't believe that two lancers would be practical - too much chance of the lances getting in each other's way. Been fighting Word this evening to remove 'background' and puzzling why it then formats the text the way it does, but this is what the two page spread looks like - so far. Some of the picture missing, and odd text formatting - the eternal battle continues... Version without text wrapping also shown.