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Rule Britannia
Britannia rules the waves
Britons ne-e-e-ever shall be slaves!


Some of my favorite fictional British naval heroes (and one army hero :giggle:).

(L to R)
Captain "Lucky" Jack Aubrey
Captain Horatio Hornblower
Midshipman Jacky Faber (who is in a fact a girl!)
Lieutenant Alan Lewrie
Major Richard Sharpe (because I just can't draw Napoleonic War heroes without including him ;))

Aubrey (c) Patrick O'Brian
Hornblower (c) C.S. Forester
Jacky (c) L.A. Meyer
Alan (c) Dewey Lambdin
Sharpe (c) Bernard Cornwell
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Lexmachine83 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2018
I knew all but Faber and Lewrie though now I've absolutely got to check out the adventures of Bloody Jack. 
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BaronNeutron Featured By Owner May 31, 2016
Love me some Aubrey, Hornblower, and Sharpe, but I had not heard of Faber or Lewrie.  Learn something new every day!

Now, just a questions, aren't Aubrey and Hornblower from the same era? Wouldn't their uniforms be the same?
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed! :D

Yes they are from the same era and yes the uniforms would be--and basically are. The big difference is that Aubrey is wearing full dress while Hornblower is wearing undress. Also I referenced the way their costumes look in the Master and Commander movie and the Hornblower series, respectively, so basically any differences can be chalked up to any differences in costume design between the two productions.
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BaronNeutron Featured By Owner May 31, 2016
I see, very cool
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THenkle61 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Nice line-up! I haven't heard Jacky Faber.
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!

Jacky is from the Bloody Jack series of novels by L. A. Meyer. They're quite fun to read!
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A-Voiceless-Song Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
I agree with that statement! They are an excellent series. :D
Great job on the drawing btw.
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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DanelleFCG Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Love this!
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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woodchip8472 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
Cool stuff.
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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403shiomi Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I love this!!!!!!
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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theFishWhisperer1 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All my favourite characters lines up at once!? *brain explodes with joy*
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you like it!
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theFishWhisperer1 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Loyalist Provincial approved! :thumbsup:
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hee hee, thanks! :D
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theFishWhisperer1 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem! Huzzah!
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Kallios Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
Aubrey and Sharpe in the same picture... me is in heaven :) I haven't read about Jacky Faber and Alan Lewrie, but Aubrey and Sharpe I have both watched and read about. My dad told me stories about those two when I was a little girl, which inspired me to read the books when I got older.
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you like it! :D
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bar1scorpio Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
"Listening" through two of those book series right now. (I don't read heavy novels as a rule. Audiobooks are a lot easier, 'cause I can draw while someone else is reading to me. ^_^)
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't blame you, really. I must confess to not having read the Aubreyad series because I couldn't really get into the books. And I'm not a huge fan of the Hornblower and Sharpe books either, even though I'm read some of them. I prefer the TV adaptations for both of those. :D
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bar1scorpio Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, in novels, Bernard Cornwell's characters tend to be more rotten... like.. all of them. There's a few other things that pop up routinely as well that get a bit funny after a while. You start wondering what exactly is the appeal of that to the author.
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes indeed.
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bar1scorpio Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
And wow, just finished My Bonny Light Horseman, ... with Hannibal Hudson and Dr. Sebastian and... "Rule, Britannia"... headdesk
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That one was good. I liked it a lot.
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Tecna-assassin13 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice. R these guys all in books? Or r some in comics or movies?
I wish they were real
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, they're all in books. And there have been movie/TV adaptations made of the series with Aubrey, Hornblower and Sharpe.
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BlackDove42 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is this very picture which inspired me to sample as much Napoleonic historical fiction as possible in an effort to decide which series I like the most. I'm compelled to draw comics about my feelings thus far concerning Hornblower and Aubrey/Maturin
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, I'm glad it inspired you so much!

But yes, Napoleonic and Age of Sail fiction is great stuff, and there is a lot of it to sample. :D
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BlackDove42 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So far, I'm a sucker for O'Brian's book. I'm really trying to give the other series a chance, though. There are certainly likable things about HH, plus it does help that I know someone who resembles Hornblower just enough to make the comparison amusing.
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, neither one of those series are my favorites. I tried reading "Master and Commander" a few years ago, but I didn't care too much for it and I haven't tried again since. As for Hornblower, I've read several of the books but I don't like them nearly as much as I like the movies. My favorite AoS books are the Bolitho novels by Alexander Kent.
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BlackDove42 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aubrey/Maturin is Star Trek as Hornblower is Star Wars. I have to say that as someone who has been on a square-rigged ship for days without sight of any land, I'm just glad that I can understand what the hell is going on. In that regard, the Hornblower books are a bit more accessible because it seems a little less enamored with the technology and the maritime stuff, favoring instead the ANGST ANGST ANGST of the main character. I really like Aubrey/Maturin for the style and O'Brian's approach to his characters. It all feels very real whereas Hornblower definitely feels a little more idealized.

I'm reading one of the Lewrie books now and really trying to give it a chance, although it's slow to start because it's the one that starts on land so I'm just anxious to get to the sailing part. My understanding that as a hero, Lewrie is vastly different from Bolitho, Hornblower, and all those forerunners so that's why I'm giving it a shot. I had actually planned on moving onto either the Ramage books or the Bolitho books to add to my survey.
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a good analogy, which probably explains why I didn't take to Aubrey/Maturin as well as I did to Hornblower. (I prefer Star Wars to Star Trek.) I do agree that Forester seems to focus on Hornblower's angst rather too much. The Bolitho series is much more balanced in that it has equal parts action, nautical lingo and angst. Not too much of any one thing.

The Alan Lewrie books are quite fun, and yes he is very different from the heroes of all the other series. Though they tend to be much longer books and can drag on a bit, which is why I haven't read one in a long time. But I wouldn't mind getting back into them sometime, just as I'd like to have another try at reading O'Brian again.
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AgentMercer Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
RULE BRITANNIA! BRITANNIA RULES THE WAVES
AND BRITONS NEVER NEVER NEVER SHALL BE SLAVES!
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes indeed! :D
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AgentMercer Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
i'm going to London next summer.
have u been there?
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, but I would very much like to do so someday.
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AgentMercer Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
i can't wait to go there next summer.
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Messenger-Of-Chaos Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was the charter; the charter of the land! :D
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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EJERoriginals Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
I am so glad you made these! I have either read, or seen all of these characters in film or novels! I was impressed that you included Alan! I was always under the impression that not many people knew of his stories. Good show!!!:)
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Actually, I think a lot of people don't know about Alan. I know a bunch of Age of Sail fans and I don't think too many of them have read any of his stories.
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EJERoriginals Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
Fair enough. Because of the popularity of Horatio's films-for example-I would not be surprised to hear that at all! Oh well, Alan will always hold a curious but special spot of my heart... scandalous man...:D
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hee hee, same here! :D
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EJERoriginals Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
Totally!!! :D
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Davy-Charles-Jones Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
Pure awesomeness -- Sharpe cannot be beat.

Davy Charles
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you like it! And yes, he cannot be beat.
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NCMarine Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
^^ i like aubrey hornblower and sharpe too!
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