My family and I completed our cross country move and we are getting settled in real nice like. Writing should resume within the week right where I left off, about a half mile from nowhere.
I’ll be getting Able Squad Part One loaded up any day now.
I have to do some more work to Part Two, though. I have to iron out several problems that presented themselves over the course of the re-read process. Part Two of the pilot has a lot happening very quickly. We ramp up to the premise of the series rapidly after Part One. There are a lot of events that need to transpire and it is very hard to simultaneously get to the point and have the appropriate amount of time pass by. I don’t know if that makes sense. I’ve got to make a few decisions and fine tune a few more. I’ve considered even breaking the two hours into another episode but I feel that’s a bit much. The combined pilot is already four hours long as it is.
But, perhaps this is the choice of a serialized series? Maybe what is Part Two could simply be split into three separate episodes? That would put the opening act of season one as five episodes, including the pilot those five episodes would comprise the bulk of a thirteen episodes season one… if I would even be lucky enough to be granted that many episodes. Maybe I just need to change my perspective on what I perceive to be the pilot?
I also want to reformat and restructure the Writer’s Bible, it’s very dated and clunky. I’m still debating on a pitch bible. In fact, just typing this I think I’m going to ditch it. I just don’t have the art resources to do this justice right now.
Since it has been two months or so I’m sure re-reading everything again with a fresh perspective will yield a few new insights so I can get this squared away once and for all.
Keep checking this week as I intend to get it done.
I’ve already started the layout for the book. Most of the content itself is complete. Like a standard Warhammer 40K Codex, the organization of the book is nearly identical, but will look different. I’ve posted out the entire contents on my white board so I can find where the remaining work is and get it complete. Unfortunately, the glaring void is conceptualizing and writing the unit profiles: characters, units, vehicles. The Lamenters are a weird chapter.
This tome picks up right at the beginning of the 100 Year Penitent Crusade. The Lamenters have to have suffered during the Badab War, but they need enough equipment to present as a playable force on the tabletop. An example of this is that the chapter doesn’t have Terminator Armor or a scout company. To counter this the veteran first company functions like special forces operators of the modern day, specialists that form ad-hoc groups to complete specific tasks. This holds to Blood Angels doctrine too. Some operate like raven guard, others are boarding and breaching specialists. There are lots of possibilities.
The Lamenters also have a massive human presence within their fleet. Both mortal and Astarte work side by side, more so than with virtually any other Chapter in the Imperium. As a result of the dwindling numbers among the Marines some of them oversee squads of humans in combat rather than operating exclusively within a tactical squad. These Marines would act as leaders and heavy support for the human soldiers when in this formation, but marines can be reconstituted into a tactical squad as the situation requires.
There are a lot of examples of these quirks throughout the Codex. I’m anxious to get it out there for others to take a look at.
That’s the update. Thanks for sticking with me Mom.