5 Days of Art entry 3: Rare Drops. The most recent comic I’ve completed and my first attempt at doing an all ages comic since Good Night Mrs Goose. This comic was another return to basics in that I inked the whole thing with nibs on one of my many caches of Deleter Manga paper. Seriously, I have another 7 or 8 packs of the stuff, I buy art supplies in bulk so I’m never needing them. So onto to the story.

Rare Drops is a one shot about Arya and Lucio, two young adventurers who adventure for a living. In this fantasy world, there are countless dungeons and labyrinths out there with monsters to slay and treasure to discover. This pair decides to take a stab at the Ice Cave and quickly find themselves in over their heads. The entire comic is posted on my blogger page here: RARE DROPS.

I would like to draw more of Rare Drops, hopefully I can keep them in self contained one shots, but it’d be fun to do something a little more ongoing. I have lots of ideas of comics I’d like to do for webcomics, but this one is probably the one with the least amount of tragedy in it so I’m sure it’ll be more popular than my other stories =D


Makhila Cane

  • Measurements: overall length 35 7/8” (91.1cm)

Makhilas have a rich history as traditional defense and weapon canes from the mountainous Basque region between France and Spain. Used as a hand spear, these sophisticated canes hide a sharp point underneath the handle and a weighted ferrule to insure throwing accuracy. Makhilas were handmade, and were both practical and important cultural objects; they are revered as symbols of command, justice, power, respect and authority.

Source: Copyright © 2015 M.S. Rau Antiques


Infantry Spear (Langspiess)

  • Dated: 16th century (on 19th century short haft)
  • Culture: German
  • Measurements: overall length 182 cm; head length 36.5 cm

The head of spear has a hollow-triangular blade prolonged by a narrow spike of Jack-diamond section. It has a compressed globular neck, and short socket extending to a pair of straps each retained by three rectangular nails.

Source: Copyright: © 2014 Hermann Historica


[ NEWS ] Army hospital x-rays reveal intricacies of Anglo-Saxon sword, shield, spear and grave goods

  • Sixth century grave goods found at Anglo-Saxon burial site scanned by army as archaeologists examine x-rays

Archaeologists have used an army field hospital’s x-ray machine to examine a corroded steel sword, confirming the pattern of the weapon alongside a spearhead and shield core found at a burial site on Salisbury Plain.

The 85 centimetre blade was found with the grave goods at Barrow Clump, a 40-metre cemetery where 27 bodies – including the remains of Anglo-Saxon warriors – were discovered in 2012.

"The sword was too large for our in-house x-ray facilities," reflects Laura Joyner, of Wessex Archaeology, who says the sword caused "great excitement" at the excavation.

"We were keen to learn as much as possible about this 6th century weapon, although the degree of corrosion on the sword and the fact that it was contained within the remains of its wood and leather scabbard meant that we would need to use an x-ray machine to do so."

"The Army, through Captain Doe and Sergeant Potts, kindly offered to undertake the work using equipment based at a Field Hospital Unit in Aldershot."

"The x-ray images confirmed several things that we suspected about the sword, and revealed some interesting features."

"The sword was made by a process called pattern welding, where several bands of metal are beaten together to create a single strengthened blade."

"In this case, three twisted rods of wrought iron with steel surfaces were used, showing as a distinctive pattern on the x-ray image."

"The blade itself was also edged in steel. This is probably because steel can be sharpened to a much finer edge than iron. It is possible to tell the difference between metals on an x-ray image as they corrode in different ways."

Experts were equally thrilled at the chance to scan the other grave goods.

"The spearhead is not pattern welded like the sword, but was produced from a single piece of iron," says Joyner.

"The shield boss has retained its studs to fix it to the wooden shield, which are plated with tin to make them into a decorative feature."

Conservators will now analyse mineralised wood, leather and organic materials from the scabbard.

Source: Copyright 2014 © Culture 24 

Images: Copyright 2014 © Wessex Archaeology

Tourmaline spearing quartz

I fell in love with a similar piece at the Tucson mineral fair some years ago, though I sadly could not afford the price (in fact everything I really liked there was well beyond my modest means, I could easily have blown several million dollars over the month had I had it). As the water rich fluids in the granite pegmatite were cooling and precipitating their dissolved contents onto growing crystals, a lovely spear of bright blue tourmaline was enwrapped in a growing quartz crystal, testifying to the dance of energy and chemical affinity that affects the final form of all cooling magmas. 


Image credit: Bijoux et mineraux