Month: May 2016

The White’s of Their Eyes

It’s a battle cry that has trickled down from history and into group role playing games, common in phrase and easy to make sense of. Where did it come from? When did you first hear it?

It may be that this was among the tactical ideas shared by military commanders across the world so perhaps we cannot attribute it to one person, one culture, one time. The phrase is most popularly associated in American culture with the battle of Bunker Hill in May 1775. For 18th century armies this battle command increased the possibility of a hit when your troops only had access to the inaccurate smooth-bore muskets and risked a shortage of ammunition.

You can track similar statements back through leaders such as General James Wolfe leading his troops on the Plains of Abraham in September 1759; it was used by Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Andrew Agnew in the Battle of Detingen in June 1743; by Frederick the Great in 1755; again from Prince Charles of Prussia in 1745; all the way back to General-King Gustavus Adolphus who instructed his musketeers “never to give fire, til they could see their own image in the pupil of their enemy’s eye.”

While these variations have common military recollections, what comes to mind for me is a display of fear from animals. For a time I was around a lot of show horses and got to visit a small barn to see some roadster ponies. Now, I am by no means an equine expert but I am knowledgable to the account of interpreting body language very well. These horses were fearful, something I noted not only by that they jumped and scrambled away from the stall entrances as fast as they could with taunt necks and turned, trembling bodies, but also by the amount of white sclera I could see.

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At normal, or resting, position the white sclera is not usually visible all the way around the iris on horses.

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It can be seen most often in appaloosas but its not a trait limited to the breed.

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Fargonon/Syd’s cute Orion

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Dogs have a similar display. You know the look, the one that makes us all feel pathetic and off-set inside.

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Yep. That one. What about you? Are you most familiar with the phrase from a military aspect or from your pets at home?

Equine Tip for the Week: Horses are very aware of their personal space and when you venture into that space I highly recommend you both let the horse know you are there and that you be very respectful of a prey animal whose build is designed to be a weapon. Make sure you can see the horse’s eye when approaching. This guarantees that the horse has you in its field of vision and is much better than if you approach from a blind spot. Why? If the horse cannot immediately identify if you are a friend or foe it will strike out. More of this can be explained in an earlier post:What colors do Horses See.

Go learn something new about a topic that interests you. Share it with me in the comments below!

Sources:

  1. The Battle of Bunker Hill – Wikipedia
  2. White’s of Their Eyes – Teaching History
  3. Appaloosa

Other Ratified Research Posts:

  1. Glaucus atlanticus: The Blue Dragon
  2. People, Horses, and Halitosis
  3. Beneficial Stress
  4. (another link coming soon)
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Raffle Nearing End and Potential Faux Wolf Tails

Yes, another raffle reminder! Go here for the journal with all instructions and dates: RAFFLE OC MEME – ART and/or WRITING

Deadline: Friday May 27th 2016

Stream: Saturday June 4th 2016 @ 4pm

View the entries so far – eee I’m so excited for you guys! It looks like a lot of people have many different types of characters and a few of you are learning new things about your cast with questions they never considered or were never asked.

I found a tutorial for how to make a fluffy wolf-like tail from braiding and brushing yarn. I’m planning on experimenting with that this week in the hopes that I can offer a few at Metrocon this year for cosplayers. If all goes well I may be able to offer commissions of it in different colors, patterns, length, and animal type. I could be getting a little ambitious but we shall see!

What have you guys and gals been up to this weekend?

Green Book Characters Illustrated Meme

Good morning gals and guys!

Today is a hustle day! I’ve got two events and a lot of deadlines to meet in between so for today’s blog I’ll let some key characters of the Green Book cast do the talking. Have a great day!

OC Meme - Green Book Characters
OC Meme – Green Book Characters

Raffle Reminder

I apologize for my absence. I’ve been chasing sleep.

Remember I’m hosting another raffle!

For the longer, fuller spiel go to this journal: “Raffle – OC Meme – Art and/or Writing

This month’s raffle is all about celebrating your creations, introducing their world, and welcoming a whole new avenue for inspiration! Come grow the story you want to write or even simply flesh out more of your details with questions via meme and community interaction. You may even make some new friends to grow with! Some of my most prevalent friends here on dA I became friends with discussing our OCs.

***feel free to adapt any illustration meme to a written/journal meme and vice versa***

 

What can we win from the raffle?

You get a free commission from me! It can be fan art or original illustration of your OC.
The first drawn number will get a color sketch of two characters and a journal feature.
The second drawn number will get a color sketch of one character and one icon.
The third drawn winner will get one colored chibi.

 

This sounds interesting, how do I get started?

The required bit of this is simple: complete one of the memes linked (find the links in the journal linked above). You can complete the meme either by writing/journal or art and illustration. You don’t have to have a fancy art style or super edited writing, just have fun and complete the meme to the best of your ability while staying true to your OC personalities~

When you complete the meme show me on whatever host site you are on (deviantArt, Facebook, etc) I’ll add it to a contest folder and send you your raffle number via note! If you do a meme with a partner/double meme it counts as one entry for both yourself and your partner.

**YOU MUST HAVE COMPLETED THE MEME AFTER April 19, 2016**

Try to link back to the original meme creators, after all, we wouldn’t be here without them!

 

What is the deadline? to complete the meme?/comment on other memes?

To complete the meme: Midnight of Friday May 27th 2016
To comment on memes: Midnight of Sunday May 29th 2016

 

When will the drawing be?

Saturday June 4th 2016
Time: 4pm Eastern Standard Time

I will host a live stream* for us to gather and interact live! You can save the link to my channel but I will post the link again on Facebook, DA, and Twitter. Stay tuned~

*You do not have to be present for the stream in order to win a slot at the raffle drawing*


Any questions or anything unclear please let me know and remember – have fun!!