As the web-comic rolls along (and for those of you playing at home, the latest installment in Book One - the Gathering of the Heroes can be found online here) I realized that I had missed something of a golden opportunity to make this swords and sorcery fantasy series more believable, immersive and interesting for sword enthusiasts..
To date, the sword fights in the series have for the most part been cinematic in nature - justified in part because Eletreus IS a world in which magical powers and magical swords can do things that real historical swords and sword fighters could not..
But why not showcase some REAL sword techniques in there as much as possible?
That's the question I asked myself, and the answer was 'why not indeed'...
So moving forward, we will be including actual historical fighting techniques and more 'realism' into the fight scenes - which will include revising some existing scenes to add in additional panels showing set ups, feints, and injured warriors fighting on when in the movies or other fiction they tend to go down quietly and not make a fuss..
Here is one of the upcoming scenes for chapter 8 of the series showing the inevitable clash between two of our heroes - with preceding scenes showing footwork and stances from the German Longsword tradition.