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THE MIDDLE AGE by STEVE CONLEY:
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October 7, 2019

For the moment…

This is episode 190 of The Middle Age. You can read the story from the beginning here.

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9 Comments

  • Brother Parvus
    October 7, 2019 at 8:12 pm — Reply

    It isn’t easy being green; it’s work, work, work, sun-up to sun-down.

  • pkline5
    October 8, 2019 at 6:59 am — Reply

    Female Elven Ranger

  • N0083rP00F
    October 10, 2019 at 10:45 am — Reply

    Just a note regarding the artwork and the placement of the bowstring.
    It is in front of the forearm and not behind else you will be launching a gauntlet and making a royal mess of the back of your arm.
    It is either that or switch the grip. That last panel feels uncomfortably awkward.

    Mind I am one to use the two finger grip as depicted in the illustration as opposed to the recommended three finger grip.

    – Person who was on the Archery Team throughout High-school.
    Let us debate the interaction of overly blunt arrows, overpowered bows and hard butts at some point.

    Oh oh oh, I just noticed
    – one eye is violet(?)
    – the other gold(?) [used paint to get a guesstimate]

    • Steve Conley (Author)
      October 10, 2019 at 11:16 am — Reply

      I love this comment so much! πŸ™‚ The figure in the last panel feels awkward to me too. I really like the horizontal bow positioning of video games but I’m baffled as to how to make it make sense. πŸ™‚ And I don’t want to just say β€œmagic.”

      • MDAMI
        October 10, 2019 at 8:18 pm — Reply

        You want put the string under her arm, and flip the bow arm. When firing a bow, your palms will always be facing each other no matter how you’re holding the bow. You should always be able to pull the string back to your chest.

        • MDAMI
          October 10, 2019 at 8:24 pm — Reply

          This video is a decent enough reference for what you’re trying to show, keeping in mind that when actually shooting a long bow, you shouldn’t hold your bow that horizontally or lean forward quite as much. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2iOFSPRwkI

          • Steve Conley (Author)
            October 10, 2019 at 8:52 pm

            This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing! I think the archer in the story just got a whole lot better πŸ™‚

          • N0083rP00F
            October 11, 2019 at 9:00 am

            Your description is way better than my first attempt. WRT the video, that is an Okay amateur attempt at using a bow.
            Found this one that may be a better illustration at around the 5 min mark https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBxdTkddHaE note the solid stance and the straight line from the elbow of the draw arm through the shoulders to the bow arm. This maximizes power and minimizes fatigue for the archer.
            This was something that I was berated about and was just short of beaten into me before I got it right.

            Also I am glad that we have been of some help to one of our favourite artists – who are not family members. =P

          • Sturzkampf
            October 14, 2019 at 3:01 pm

            Although I’m sure everyone’s comments on how to use a bow and arrow are all very accurate and useful, I am also sure that I’m not going to be the one who mansplains this to the lady.

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