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DRACULA: SON OF THE DRAGON INSPIRATION - THE BATTLE OF VARNA IN MINIATURE

Part of my continuing series on many images that have influence DRACULA, SON OF THE DRAGON, the comic book epic I’m creating with artist Salgood Sam chronicling the transfomation of Vlad Tepes from Impaler to Vampire.

We’re funding the book through KICKSTARTER and could really use your help: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/78669939/dracula-son-of-the-dragon

The big set-piece battle in the first Volume of Dracula: Son of the Dragon is The Battle of Varna, which took place in 1444.  Vlad Dracul of Wallachia- Vlad Dracula’s father and older brother Mircea reluctantly joined a Crusade with the legendary Hungarian John Hunyadi and the Polish King Wladysws to push the Ottoman Turks under Sultan Murad II out of Europe.

The Varna crusade entailed breaking a treaty the Christians had with Turks.  This was a particularly dangerous thing for Vlad Dracul to do, because his sons Dracula and Radu were hostages of the Sultan.   Going into battle, he had to know that his sons lives were likely forfeit.  (Death might have been one of the best scenarios…two of the Sultan’s other child hostages were blinded with hot irons).

The Ottomans had overwhelming forces, consisting of their Sipahi cavalry and elite Janissary corps (shock troops who were comprised of Christian boys often taken from their families and forcibly converted to Islam at a young age) and cannon fire.

Nevertheless, the combined Wallachian and Hungarian forces of nearly routed the Ottomans and killed the Sultan…until Wladyslaws foolishly charged the Janissaries with his bodyguard in a failed attempt at personal glory.  He was killed, and is severed head was impaled on a spear.

That site caused the Europeans to flee in disarray.  That would cause a rift between The Draculas and Hunyadi that would lead to the deaths of Dracula’s father and older brother at Hunyadi’s hands, putting him as first in line for the Wallachian throne.  The Sultan spared Dracula, pitting him against Hunyadi and giving him the chance to reclaim his throne.

In DRACULA: SON OF THE DRAGON, we’re going to follow the model of mostly sticking to the historical accounts of battles like these, but with a supernatural twist.  The Janissary corps will be more (or maybe more accurately, less) than human…and will be the first use of vampire soldiers on the battlefield.

The above pictures show the battle depicted in miniature in a wargaming scenario.  I wish I could claim credit for painting and arranging those miniatures, but they are taken from the Vlad The Impaler sourcebook for the Warhammer Historical boardgame.  I thought it would be fun to show that, in addition to history texts and pop culture, wargaming is one of the other things Salgood and I are looking at to help capture the Medieval epic side of the equation.

Again, we could really use your help in bringing DRACULA: SON OF THE DRAGON to life as a comic book.  Please check out our Kickstarter page, make a pledge, reblog this post, share the link etc.:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/78669939/dracula-son-of-the-dragon

 

prostheticknowledge:

DUNE II in HTML 5 

Dune II was a real-time strategy game developed by Westwood Studios in the 16-Bit gaming era, and a forerunner to the following Command and Conquer games.

While the controls don’t live up to modern RTS intuition, the game has been successfully ported to play on line, which you can here

One of the first games I played on my first PC.  It’s responsible for the Real Time Strategy genre as we know it, although I’d credit Herzog Zwei for the Sega Genesis with being the first RTS.

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HALO web movie by Neill Blomkamp.

Abhay Khosla (aka TwistStreet) wrote in response to by BSG post: “There was a Halo webseries— I watched some of it because I thought Fincher had something to do with it (he didn’t). It’s VERY bsg influenced, but with Halo-people. Wasn’t my bag but they’d spent some money on it.”

I THINK this is what you’re talking about, a tie-in to the underrated HALO: ODST (about the ordinary troops, not the super-powered Master Chief dudes). It’s not directed Fincher, but District 9’s Neill Blomkamp.  Who I think was supposed to direct a HALO movie produced by Peter Jackson.  I remember being blown away by this at the time, and wishing that they’d actually gone ahead with a feature.  I’d rather Blomkamp direct the next Star Wars film, or better yet, another original film.

Neuromancer, one of my favorite Commodore 64 (yes I’m that old) games despite this annoying copy protection wheel.  Before I ever had a modem (yeah, I’m really old) I was going into cyberspace in the game within the game.  And soundtrack by Devo (really, really old)!  I wish someone would remake this.   
twiststreet:

This game got me into Gibson, and from Gibson, Sterling, Laidlaw, Rucker, Stephenson, all of that. So, my teen years, basically— they were nerdy.  Surprise! (If it hadn’t been for those guys, it’d have just been nonstop Thieves World books and bad detective novels, though— I was a shitty kid). 
blackholekids:

via c64sets.com : Neuromancer PAX verification code wheel

Neuromancer, one of my favorite Commodore 64 (yes I’m that old) games despite this annoying copy protection wheel.  Before I ever had a modem (yeah, I’m really old) I was going into cyberspace in the game within the game.  And soundtrack by Devo (really, really old)!  I wish someone would remake this.   

twiststreet:

This game got me into Gibson, and from Gibson, Sterling, Laidlaw, Rucker, Stephenson, all of that. So, my teen years, basically— they were nerdy.  Surprise! (If it hadn’t been for those guys, it’d have just been nonstop Thieves World books and bad detective novels, though— I was a shitty kid). 

blackholekids:

via c64sets.com : Neuromancer PAX verification code wheel

Source c64sets.com

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