Just to let you know, Chapter 23 will certainly be delayed at least till after Christmas. The reason being I received an offer for a work contract on every single day until then. Naturally, in this economic climate I’m sure everyone will understand why I’m taking this! It’s a lot of hours to allow me to save for things I dearly want. Unfortunately, the amount of them leave me unable to properly have writing days.
I’ll get back to you guys when next we have progress. Sorry for the delay after being back for only a couple chapters in regularity.
However, the upside is this role leaves me with a lot of time to think during my time standing promoting headphones. (Not quite as interesting as my game related contracts!) As such, I get to do a lot of planning and as such have moved every chapter until the finale into full pre-production. This will have the effect of hastening the ongoing long term schedule quite significantly by working out kinks long in advance and doing some open discussion with a couple of yet to be chosen editors.
Much as I can’t fully write, the work never ceases for the story in some way.
Protégé After Hours by Penby
I think this is right on the limit of what I won’t make a ‘sfw’ cropped picture of! Oh my!
Penby continues his route on the “brooding hot stallion” quest of art with a rather raunchy little number on Fillydelphia’s most peculiar slaver. I must say, I truly did laugh when I saw this. Or rather, when I saw the title of the book! I’m sure many will appreciate this one, I know he’s got some fans out there!
I wonder what he’s about to write on that scroll…well, mine isn’t really the imagination to say, I’m afraid!
Honestly, Penby’s artwork always brings a smile to my face, it’s just simply a load of shameless fun with a quirky oddness to it all sometimes.
Might end up in a delay due to me getting unexpected amounts of work. But I’ll keep you updated closer to the time. I’ve almost finished the first act of Chapter 23, but I want to rewrite some bits after some feedback from the editors/prereaders. Quality first, of course!
A teenage angst Murky tells it as it is.
After all, teenagers have all the answers! Very good, Bris. Very good.
You’re probably all wondering, “What’s this thing?”
Why, it’s my new tumblr, Facts of the Forces that I want to let people know about. Here, I’ll explain. Don’t worry, this isn’t something that’ll appear on the Murky blog. This is just to get that initial word out.
I have a huge interest in military history, technology and operations. Grew up with it, had a father who loved aviation foster me into liking planes and then that spread to ships while I lived beside the Clyde dockyards alongside all sorts of other cool technology. I keep up with a lot of news on it all and read into the history. Many members of my family serve.
Yet in the United Kingdom, the armed forces are very nastily looked down upon. The media loves to take gouging reports on them and ignore all the good they do for the country in ways that are more than just “building bombs to kill people” as some newspapers put it. I was speaking to my good friend Lucid and telling him how this annoyed me. That so much technology development to help people as well and how many humanitarian and rescue missions go unreported leading people to think that a military’s only purpose is “killing.” I told him I wished there was a site that would do positive articles to inform people on the good they do and the myriad of jobs they perform that aren’t even remotely related to war…rather the opposite like search and rescue or scientific research on the Antarctic.
He promptly went, “So why don’t you?” Or words to that effect.
"Good point", said I. Now here it is. "Facts of the Forces" aims to give lots of detail on the UK’s Armed Forces. Sharing stories of things they’ve done, going into detail about their equipment and history alongside recounting the tales of heroics and sacrifice made in the past. All while looking at what’s perhaps coming to the future or looking into what ways they aid the country. So if you want cool stories of rescues, medal actions or great pictures of some epic kit and detail of just what they are from the UK’s forces on a regular basis…go give it a look or a follow! If "forces" no matter what country are your interests at all I advise you maybe check it out.
Even if you aren’t, perhaps have a look anyway…you might learn something you didn’t know about how armed forces help a country out in ways noted in the image above. That is, after all, the entire point of why I’m doing it.
Now back to our regular Murky themed programming! Just wanted to let you know I was doing it!
"Murky Number Seven - Coral Eve and Chirpy Sum"
A super rough sketch from the original batch of doodles that ended up being the previous pictures with Grindstone and Brutus I posted
Coral getting reunited with her son was one of the high points of the latest chapter for me
Delayed reposting this a little just while the chapter was still very new. Now you can enjoy the adorableness from it brought to life by Zubias!
Seriously, I just hugged my blanket (Winter, broken heating) ever tighter on seeing this.
The Trail You Leave by AnaMizuki
Came out a bit ago, I just took far too long to get it up here! I’ve got a bunch more to start spotlighting too. Including another Zubias sketch I held off due to spoilers. That and the ship lovers might like something Pencil Dude did as well…will need to censor it first though!
But here, Ana’s work is one very thematic (as most of her stuff can be!) about Protégé’s character and ongoing history. The blood trail, the phantoms, the lack of any of his kit from Red Eye…it’s all very noticably in tone with who his character really is! The whole simple red to white thing is something I like a lot. At least to me, it perhaps signifies that Ana perhaps sees that regardless of the trail…he is moving to a better life despite regrets?
Or maybe it means the better life he seeks is only coming at the cost of others.
Could be interpreted either way, which is what I love most. Thanks a bunch, Ana! Sorry it took a while to get up! It’s worth saying to you all, Ana messaged me to make sure I’d seen it. I really don’t mind people going “You seen this one to get a spotlight?” I miss a lot of things in my message boxes or that I put into queues on account of the amount sometimes. So just send me reminders, I don’t mind!
" Murky Number Seven - Master Grindstone and Brutus"
Yesterday I decided I wanted to sketch some characters I really havent drawn before and ended up with Slavemaster Gridnstone and his Cybertaur (I guess thats appropriate) Bodyguard Big Brutus from MN7. I did a couple of super roughies and then realized I couldnt remember any exact details for them apart from the “Aged Donkey” and “Cybernetic Minotaur”, and had to ask Fuzzy in what chapter they were described :P.
I had a lot of fun with these designs. I guess Grindstones outfit could be a bit more detailed to match his high rank, but I have this headcanon of Donkeys being these really to the point and practical beings.
Brutuses design kinda screams “Warhammer” and I wont deny it. I personally dont like how the “normal” hand turned out. It should probably be a bit more bulky but I wanted this lopsided form to him. I`m still terrible at drawing machinery so hopefully he doesent look too horrid.
Funny you mention Warhammer for Brutus. His cybernetic claws were inspired in my mind from Grand Warlord Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka himself. Really like the bestial and furied look you’ve gone for on him with cybernetics coming out of the flesh at pockets, implying there’s far more inside as well. It’s gorgeously gothic. As of 23 he actually has two claws now (the double tree chop thingy he does) but I recall in 10 I believe I stated he only had one. The hilarity of cybernetics, you can just install new hardware! Grindstone probably is quite practical, he’s one of the old ways for sure. The keys are a nice touch there actually. Funny in that he’s a character I have trouble picturing outside this aging face. Kinda cool to see something like that!
Thanks a bunch Zubias. These are really neat ways to see the characters!