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#1 WWGeezer

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 04:29 AM

It was a number of years ago the I flew Flanders in Flames and Bloody April with you all as part of the Wingwalker's Squad.  Some of you may remember that I started a sketchbook journal during the Bloody April tournament that I published after each mission.  I used real events from the flying ( like stealing Adler's Pup by accident) and worked them into the story line.  All the artwork was done on an Ipad.  

 

This experience led to a much more refined World War I project that I have worked on over the last few years.  "Rupp's Skizzenbuch" is a simulation of a German Unteroffizier's journal and sketchbook from World War I.   The characters and story are based on the novel "The Blue Max" written by Jack D. Hunter in 1964. Primary sources including photos, postcards and news headlines are interspersed in the fictional work to tie the story to real-world events during the Great War. 

 

The journal is being published online every couple weeks from now until Armistice Day in November.  You can read the first two chapters here

 

PROLOGUE

http://www.thebluema...t.org/prologue/

An aging German immigrant passes away in St. Augustine, Florida.  Among her personal effects a soldier's journal and sketchbook from World War I is discovered.  The sketchbook is sent on to the Smithsonian's Special Collections Archivist for further study.

 

CHAPTER ONE - INTRODUCTIONS

http://www.thebluema...-introductions/

Unteroffizier Rupp Gerhardt introduces himself and explains what  brought this “old campaigner” to the town of Beauvin and what services he provides to his squadmates at Jasta 77.

 

CHAPTER TWO - THE GREAT WAR
Rupp shares a map he drew to show where  Jasta 77 is located on the Western Front.   He intercepts an American paper and gets some insight into how the other side thinks the war is going.
 

CHAPTER THREE – THE VILLAGE

http://www.thebluema...h3-the-village/

Rupp’s squad mate takes him for a wild ride in a DFW and ruins his aerial photo shoot of the Aerodrome requested by the Hauptmann.  Angry with all of them he settles into some late night sketching and writes about the Aerodrome, the village of Beauvin and his lucrative side businesses.

 

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Next Chapter will be issued on Friday, January 26th.

 


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Posted 09 January 2018 - 05:38 AM

Thanks Geezer, I'm sure it will make for some very interesting reading, as time allows!  S!


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Posted 09 January 2018 - 02:50 PM

This is fantastic work Geezer!  

 

As someone who works in a rare book library, I really love your attention to detail.  This type of stuff is my bread and butter.


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 01:48 AM

Glad you enjoyed it. More than anything looking for readers that would enjoy following along.
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Posted 10 January 2018 - 04:29 AM

Definitely can't wait to see where you take it!


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 11:28 PM

Anticipating the next one!   :)


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 02:56 AM

Bumping the post....new chapter. 

 

PS  The map format should look familiar to ROF fans.


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 03:13 AM

Love the map.  Your depiction of No Man's Land is really creative.  It also really nails down the tremendous loss of life.


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 03:15 PM

Love the map.  Your depiction of No Man's Land is really creative.  It also really nails down the tremendous loss of life.

 

I totally agree.  The way that's drawn is totally amazing.  Your skill as an artist is wonderful!


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 04:00 PM

Thanks for the kind words...If you like the skeletons, here was the source sketch....I found an application that allowed you to pose a skeleton and made a bunch of vignettes than placed many (many, many) in No-Mans Land.

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 04:24 PM

Great work.....ingenious!    ^_^


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Posted 15 January 2018 - 07:03 AM

Hi Geezer,

 

This is really interesting... looking forward to Chapter 3.

 

As an aside, I tried to register on the WW forum but ...

 

An Invitation Code is also required to complete the registration form. 

Ask any WW member for the code.

 

I'm officially asking    ;)

 

One of the reasons is that we are trying to revitalize the WW2 portion of JG1 and would like to ask if WW would like to get together and do some flying. I have flown a few times on your BOS Coop and had a great time. I see you guys practice on Tues and it looks like you have a campaign starting on Jan 30th. Is this WW only? Would you be interested in having other pilots involved. 

 

Please excuse my audacity if it is a private affair. Just looking for some playmates.

 

We are going to be doing regular practice / events on Wednesdays and will tentatively be alternating between CLoD and BOS and would welcome any Wingwalker's presence.

 

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 12:56 PM

Vonrd, running to work right now, will respond tonight...short answer is yes, looking to play. BOX has taken off for us, added several members in the last couple months and have some events that would be easy for others to join

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 01:40 PM

Vonrd, just sent you a PM

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 05:23 PM

Thanks Geezer. I'll most likely be on tonight and will check in.


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Posted Yesterday, 01:14 PM

bumped my post, new chapter


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Posted Yesterday, 08:31 PM

Thanks Geezer!


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