Caelum Priory was a sprawling battlefield drama set in the provincial future city state of Caelum Priory. Written by Thomas Boosz it sadly never managed to live up to its potential as the exhaustive nature and scale of it required an enormous amount of development work. Pages and pages of architecture, technology, character designs and weaponry and vehicles were generated. More so than for any project I’ve worked on before or since. Almost all of it (including pages of the book) were lost when a low standard hard drive took a slight knock and broke the pin that reads the information. According to the retailer it’ll cost £700 to retrieve any information from it. An enormous amount of work is still on it and it sits on the back of my desk in the blind hope that one day, before the technology becomes entirely redundant I’ll have the money to retrieve the data. Frankly folks, it’d be a treasure trove of old artwork – only a fraction of which I have available to post here without it. Still, its about the new and interesting, right?
Caelum Priory was devised by Thomas Boosz and was started in 2005. It absorbed a lot of reference material and character design as it involved a very large set of troops – though focussing on maybe 6 or 7 central characters of varying ranks. The environment, weaponry, equipment, architecture and vehicles all had to be designed from scratch which is something I favoured as its nice to get broad scope on a project to design from the bottom up. It would be nice to revisit Caelum at some point though I’m not sure it’ll ever come back. It felt, after the development work, more like a sprawling free roaming battle sim (Medal of Honour style) than an ongoing comic book as much of the action was strategic. Thinking about it – I’d fully buy that game. It’d be amazing!
To finish up with Caelum Priory (for now – unless I recover the old files) the two pieces I’m most proud of from the set that remain. Effectively a splash page I asked for in order to set the scene more clearly – revealing the city all the action takes place in and a page revealing the initial launch of the troops into the battlezone from the centre of the city in Drop ships (nicknamed hogs because of their porkine snout and heavy nature). The page was too detailed though to have really worked at a smaller size.