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  1. Small Lunar Provincial villa added to Temples & Towers. https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/297497/Temples--Towers?affiliate_id=2310005
  2. Probably a mixture of stone (for the foundations and the lower level of the ground level walls), and cob, rammed earth, or wattle and daub in wooden frames and then plastered with lime to improve waterproofing. Adobe is a term that can cover all these soil/clayed based mixtures, but also more precisely sun dried bricks of sandy earth mixed with water and straw or dung, which are fine in fairly arid regions but unsuitable anywhere with significant rainfall (you'd find buildings of adobe construction in Bronze and Iron Age southern Spain and Portugal, but not much further north in Europe, b
  3. Hey! That building (or its components) looks oddly familiar! 8-) I am considering adding a Lunar villa to Temples and Towers.
  4. The 'plus covers' was an early test file I didn't realise was visible; it has been deleted and should no longer appear.
  5. To mark the one year anniversary since its first publication, this is now available with a new wraparound cover by Mark Smylie. The Armies and Enemies of Dragon Pass The timeless appeal of the legends of the Hero Wars has resulted in an enduring interest in the period. Surviving texts, supplemented by archaeological evidence, are used here as the basis of this reconstruction of the combatants of the initial phases of that world-shattering conflict. Focused on Dragon Pass and the surrounding regions (Peloria, Pent, Prax and Maniria)
  6. Both appear on the front cover. The layout is based on Harald's map of Mirin's Cross.
  7. Preview of the front cover. In a day or two I will be updating the file on DriveThruRPG.
  8. I now have the first 'wash' colored draft, have made some (small) comments. Won't share it here until it is done.
  9. The 'take' in Men of the West uses a variety of inspirations, ranging from Indo-Bactrian-Greek, Sassanian, other Persians, Byzantine, to northern India, and a small dash of Kievan Rus. By necessity, in addition to the military, Men of the West has to delve some way into the cultures and religions.
  10. To celebrate a year since publication, I have commissioned a new cover for Armies & Enemies. I have seen the outline, and it is... impressive. The artist is now working on inking and coloring the painting.
  11. For a (non-canonical) assessment of the West and Malkionism, see https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/325525/Men-of-the-West?src=hottest_filtered?affiliate_id=2310005 Cover depicts Meime the Tournament King and Ingye, the Queen of Galin.
  12. The Art Packs have paid about a quarter of the cost of the new cover for Armies & Enemies. Am starting to gather together material to give the regional military history of Peloria in much the same style as for Seshnela, Fronela, and Ralios in Men of the West. I have a number of sources that weren't used in Armies & Enemies because the page count was becoming excessive. And, today, I can mention that Armies and Enemies won the 2019 Greg Stafford Memorial Award for Gloranthan Fandom for which I am very honored and grateful. The award has been sitting on a shelf with my Glorant
  13. Third and final Art Pack for now. Permission is granted to purchasers to use these illustrations in Jonstown Compendium publications (with a credit to the artist), and to GMs and players solely for their own use in handouts and character sheets, but not for wider publication. The labels can be removed, and the images reduced in size, but no other changes can be made for publication without permission. https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/331719/Art-Pack-3-Hsunchen-Nomads-and-Beasts?src=newest_community?affiliate_id=2310005
  14. Lunar Art Pack uploaded. Includes some of my earliest sketches, which I may rework. https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/331652/Art-Pack-2-Lunars?src=newest_community?affiliate_id=2310005
  15. Because of questions raised on various fora, the following has been added to clarify usage: Permission is granted to purchasers to use these illustrations in Jonstown Compendium publications (with a credit to the artist), and to GMs and players solely for their own use in handouts and character sheets, but not for wider publication. The labels can be removed but no other changes can be made for publication without permission.
  16. Not a problem. However, this picture isn't set in Dragon Pass, but in eastern Safelster in Ralios where the culture is very different. The 'warrior' is Meime, Tournament King of Kustria, wearing his very expensive dwarven-made iron armor, complete with the helmet, described in the Guide (and based on a tournament helmet of Henry VIII), and his wife, Ingye, Queen of Galin. The Safelstran cities, even the Solar ones, tend to have a far more hedonistic culture than you'd find in Dragon Pass or Peloria (except for Glamour).
  17. My intent is that the art can be used in Jonstown Compendium titles (with a credit), and by GMs and Players solely for their own use, such as character sheets and handouts, but not for wider publication. There's been discussion about creating such resources for JC authors in a forum for the last few days so I decided to create something, get it out there, and see what bugs crawl out. The lessons learned so far are: Clearer usage and licensing. Include a zipped file. A zipped file has been included and tomorrow I will add a clearer description of allowed usage. The art
  18. Only in a Jonstown Compedium title.
  19. I have put together an Art Pack for Jonstown Compendium authors and GMs and players. This is an experiment. https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/331406/Art-Pack-1--Orlanthi?src=newest_community?affiliate_id=2310005
  20. Only one person is wearing armor in the Men of the West picture. The Queen is wearing an expensive costume that displays the tradition of the Solar Safelstrans, especially the eastern Galanin: lots of gold. The intent was to show that not all Solar cultures are as austere and puritanical as the Dara Happans. Perhaps that failed.
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