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Gallop by oingy-boingy
Gallop
Before breakfast on the day he's due to go away to war, Amyas taking Horatio for one last blast round the ten-acre field at top speed. The horse knows something is up, something not quite right in the way he's being spoken to today, but is quite happy to bound away and give it all he's got when his rider leans forward and says the usual anticipated words : Go on then.

I felt like drawing a horsey picture, so here it is, fitted into the storyline by setting it on that particular day. Horatio's looking very fit and shiny here, with a ginger nose :) It got cropped there cos I couldn't get the field to look right, trying to go in a realistic way from the blurred background to sharper focused blades where his foot rested just wasn't working so I thought fine crop it closer and stop arguing with grass :D 

The fact the horse gallops on a whispered 'go on, then' rather than with heels or whip is a tribute to my own dear Rosie, who waited til she heard those words then would explode - just urging her on with normal aids got a steady canter, even in a place we'd gone off at full tilt ten times before, but she knew permission to gallop was phrased differently and when we got to some straight flat green you'd see her ear flick back and she'd listen, and wait, and wait...and then I'd tell her she could, and she'd GO.
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Old Army Photograph - Private A. Lambert by oingy-boingy
Old Army Photograph - Private A. Lambert
Last in the set, Ambrose, who like Laurence goes into the army as a lowly Private, but stays there all the way through to the end - he is not a bad soldier, or a weak one, just determinedly doing his duty and never seeking advancement or the raised status which goes with it. If anything, when things get tough, he is the fiercest of them all, and he does come home with a few rewards - a medal and oak-leaf pin awarded for bravery in the field, but he keeps them safely in a box in his top drawer, rather than on display to show off to his friends. He looks every bit as young as he is, here, his boyish face and soft little sloped shoulders, but he's a popular lad and everyone takes to him quickly, he doesn't have time to feel homesick and of course Laurence is right there beside him all the way.

(Don't tell the others, but I think Lambert looks the most adorable with his big hat and a hint of a smile!)

The others :
Old Army Photograph - Second Lieutenant A. W. Grey
Old Army Photograph - Private L. E. Jeffries
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Old Army Photograph - Private L. E. Jeffries by oingy-boingy
Old Army Photograph - Private L. E. Jeffries
Second in the set, one of Lieutenant Grey's men, Private Jeffries : Yes, that's our little Laurence looking all grown up! Throughout the war he proves to be a very efficient, brave and effective soldier, and receives well-deserved promotions, ending up as a Sergeant in a matter of years due to the heavy losses of higher ranks : with his upper-class roots and proven skills, Jeffries is the natural choice to be one of those 'Temporary Gentlemen' given more responsibility and allowed to lead the men he's worked alongside. But this photograph would have been taken when he was newly enlisted, and he doesn't have any marks on his sleeves just yet.

The others :
Old Army Photograph - Second Lieutenant A. W. Grey
Old Army Photograph - Private A. Lambert
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Old Army Photograph - Second Lieutenant A. W. Grey by oingy-boingy
Old Army Photograph - Second Lieutenant A. W. Grey
I'd been planning to draw these for a long time, the centenary of the First World War spurred me to get them done in a timely fashion and post as many as I'd finished on Armistice Day or Remembrance Sunday. I managed to get all three soldiers' photographs done yesterday, as my internet was down and I was unable to procrastinate in the usual manner!

First, we have Amyas : as an upper-class young son of a good family and good education, he went straight in at officer level, and wears the uniform of a Second Lieutenant, the most likely rank he'd have been assigned at first (with ample room for working his way up as the war progresses, which will require further research each time I want to promote him!) The jacket-shirt-and-tie uniforms are much nicer to draw than the plain tunics, a lot more detail I can add! He does look rather dashing, doesn't he - all smart and serious and ready to do his bit for King and Country!

The others in the set :
Old Army Photograph - Private L. E. Jeffries
Old Army Photograph - Private A. Lambert
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Watching the Bonfire Blaze by oingy-boingy
Watching the Bonfire Blaze
I always like to draw or write a little something for Guy Fawkes night, and out of all my characters it's Laurence and Ambrose who enjoy a bonfire and fireworks the most :D 

Drawn quickly while I'm still good at lighting - I know it's quite similar to the Halloween picture Spiders in the Dark being one of the same boys and bright-lit night time, but good ideas must never be ignored as they seem so few and far between, heh. It's turned out very nicely, can't you just feel the warmth on your cheeks and the wet grass underfoot - and imagine the wondeful wood-smoke smell! They'll go home steeped in it from head to toe : Laurence wore an old coat and a shirt which needed washing anyway (smudges on the cuffs from his writing job), and Ambrose will just happily work the rest of the week smelling like a bonfire :D
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DA is on the blink for me at the moment and I can't open my notes!
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Just stopping by to say hi :) how are you and the hoss doing?
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your style is unique and very interesting, you deserve a "watch" , keep it up!
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loving some of our recent uploads :)
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