Watercolour on Bockingford cold-pressed paper, 36×26 cm.
I recently asked my Patrons for suggestions for Maglor scenes, and his slaying Uldor came up several times. It’s such an unusual moment for the gentlest son of Fëanor, to be showing that he, like this brothers, was also a warrior.
Here’s a video about the background texture.
“Maedhros did deeds of surpassing valour, and the Orcs fled before his face; for since his torment upon Thangorodrim his spirit burned like a white fire within, and he was as one that returns from the dead.”
J. R. R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Beleriand.
Watercolour on Canson Vidalon paper, 28×38 cm.
I’m holding a little giveaway of a proof print of this (and others) on Patreon!
Regular and matted prints will be available next week in my Etsy shop. Keep your eyes peeled!
Last of all Húrin stood alone. Then he cast aside his shield, and wielded an axe two-handed; and it is sung that the axe smoked in the black blood of the troll-guard of Gothmog until it withered, and each time that he slew he cried: ‘Aurë entuluva! Day shall come again!’ Seventy times he uttered that cry; but they took him at last alive, by the command of Morgoth, for the Orcs grappled him with their hands, which clung to him still though he hewed off their arms; and ever their numbers were renewed, until at last he fell buried beneath them. Then Gothmog bound him and dragged him away to Angband with mockery.
Thus ended the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, as the sun went down beyond the sea. Night fell in Hithlum, and there came a great storm of wind out of the West.
The Silmarillion: Of the Fifth Battle
Full step by step tutorial can be accessed at Patreon! :)
High time to make an official “Cannae” post! The book has been finished for about a month, and is available through the website.
And of course, the question that everyone’s been asking: What next?
The short answer: I don’t know.
The long answer: I want to do something like this again. Wherein “something like this” is a loose way to put it. Right now, I am divided in totally equal parts between the crossing of the Alps, the fall of Carthage, the Numidian rebel Tacfarinas, and the story of Blodeuwedd and Llew Llyn Gaffes.
As I said… loosely put! ;) Time will tell. First, I need to get the “Cannae” booklet done; then we’ll know more…
Now’s the time! Help me get this book out there! Head over to Indiegogo and preorder the book, support the campaign, be part of the project!
Work on “Darkness over Cannae” is in full swing. I haven’t been this deliriously happy with anything I have done in… decades?!
Finished header image!
Not from “Cannae”: Hannibal, wounded during the siege of Saguntum.
Hannibal and Maharbal on a small hill overlooking the field prior to battle
Double page illu: Balearic slingers
Check out the (updated!) Project Page: http://darknessovercannae.com/
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Head over to DarknessOverCannae.com to see the website I’ve put together for the new project! It’s like a tie-in appendix for the upcoming novel, with loads of goodies, artwork (more to come), and all sorts of thoughts concerning the Battle of Cannae.
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