Saturday, August 9, 2008

Singapore's National Day

Uh, yeah. Just thought I'd note it in case I forgot - alright thats all, nothing to see, move along.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Historical Military Units - Polish Winged Hussars

Cavalrymen are some of the most feared units on the medieval battlefield - all the way up to the 19th century where cavalry still charged against lines of enemy outfitted with firearms. One of the units I find extremely interesting are the Polish Winged Hussars. Known as Husaria where they are from, the Polish Hussars, like most hussar type units across Europe, were first conceived as light cavalry slowly evolving over the centuries into heavy cavalry. Hussars as light cavalry were particularly useful mopping up loose infantry units that were seperated and routed, as well as charging field artillery pieces to render them useless. The Polish-Lithuanian hussar units were reorganised in the 16th century and equipped with long lances and heavy plated armour. This evolutionary path was what made the Winged Hussars stand out over the rest of the Hussar units in Europe. The wings on their backs were a nod to their roots - the hussars originally have painted wings on their shields.

The wings on the hussars backs were either attached to a frame that goes over the cuirass, attached directly to the cuirass or fixed onto the saddle. There are several theories about the wings, like its used in battle to make them seem more intimidating, or it makes a whipping and whooping sound during a charge so it scares the bejeezus out of the enemy's horses, or it prevents lasso attacks and so on - it was even theorised that the wings were only bolted on during parades. So far none of the theories were proven conclusive, but it doesn't take away the fact they are DAAAAMNED COOOOOOL.

So here are the Winged Hussars...

If you want to read up more on the Polish Winged Hussars, check these links out:

More Concept Work for Smokinbuns

Some sketches of ships - head on over to the Smokinbuns Developer Weblog for more information.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Linework For Ongoing Project

Some line art of the proposed units for the flash based strategy game I'm working on with a friend of mine. Here's a link to the Smokinbuns Developer Weblog if anyone is interested to take a look. Anyway the concept part of the units are more or less confirmed so we went ahead to the linework stage. Here are the 9.

A brief introduction to the project - its a flash based strategy game where you're supposed to occupy bases on the map and slowly strangle the opponent before finishing it off. We've based it off an old Genesis game and hopefully it works out to how we planned it. So far it seems the coding part is gonna be the headache - glad I don't have to deal with that :P

That's all for this post. Will be up again tomorrow or Thursday to put up sketches of another historical unit.


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