Archive for February, 2011

Drawing – An Update

It’s been 4 months since I released any kind of paper miniature, of course christmas, mmorpg’s and work haven’t helped the situation any. I was also feeling quiet a bit burned out and a little bummed out. I suspect this was how the MMORPG managed to grab me and suck me back in like some form of evil sucubbus. I did over Xmas and through some of Jan manage to get some drawing done. I’ve latched onto Ben Caldwells line of books, the two I’ve managed to find are Action Cartooning and Fantasy Cartooning. I’m firmly wedged into the fantasy mindset at the moment so I’m finding the Fantasy Cartooning a better guide/read.

First up I tried drawing some heads as they tend to be one of the things I find harder to draw. Here’s a small selection of the heads I drew, these ones I outlined with a thick black marker, but I drew them on plain notepad paper:

I was pretty happy with how the above came out so I tried my hand at goblin/monkey. In the book he’s a monkey but I changed him around a little so he gained more of a goblin look. I didn’t bother to outline him just the rough pencil drawing:

I was pretty happy with how they were turning out so I decided to try my hand at drawing a couple of NPC hero’s that I could submit to January’s Cardboard warriors forum hoard.

First up I tried a peasant hero, he hopefully has that slightly young but heroic look to him, I contemplated making him barefoot but stuck with boots in the end. The below shows him traced and ready for colouring in Inkscape:

Next up I tried a more grizzled veteran/Sargent, I wanted this guy to look tougher and older someone who’s seen to many battles and someone would think twice before crossing swords…well axes with him:

Next stage was to draw the reverse sides of the above two and give them some colour. I decided to give the grizzled veteran a scar across one eye, but the remaining colouring was pretty standard and I managed to pull it all off in Inkscape although with some difficulty:

 

I’m very happy with how they look coloured even if they are fairly simple equipment wise. I gave the peasant hero the heraldric device for one of my kingdoms on Etena, but I’ll probably re-draw the unicorn into a more cartoon form.  The above two will be available in January’s forum hoard and then once thats released I’ll do a special page of gift mimics and the above two for my paper miniature page here sometime in the near future.

They remind me a little of Disney cartoon characters but I like the look. I’m going to try drawing some more over the next few months and maybe a few monsters. Thoughts and comments on the style are more than welcome.

Cardboard Warriors Forum – Paper Miniature Hoard 89

Took me a bit of time to get this one together and I had some issues with getting some of the miniatures scaled correctly. However it’s finally finished the Cardboard Warriors Forum Hoard 89, the theme was Robots and Androids. Once again this is not my work but the work of all the people across at the Cardboard Warriors Forum

Links to the files:

Zip File

or from this Forum Topic:

Forum Hoard Topic

 

The Curse of MMORPG’s

How does that line go “Hi my names Sirrob01 and I’m an MMORPG addict”, addict might be a bit of strong word maybe compulsive player might be a better phrase. Either way I’ve found myself sucked into the depths of online games for the past two months and wasted way to much time there hence the lack of projects. Which one you might ask well it’s an old game first released in korea way back in 1996 and then in the US in about 1998, I started playing late in 1999 it’s called Nexus the kingdom of the winds.

I wont go into some long rant about how it’s the greatest or worst game of all time, but after a decade of playing it and trying a lot of other MMORPG’s it managed to drag me back in something no other MMORPG has managed to do. It has very simple 2d graphics and a basic kill grind xp model except no level cap you just keep buying more stats…forever. However the amount and variety of content now available in the game is  huge and I haven’t seen two people dressed the same in the 2 months I’ve been back, of course the player base has slipped back to around 300-400 players at peak so it has a very small community feel to the game.

Okay on the off chance someone wants to try it, it is free to play to level 50 but the game doesn’t really start to 99 and the new player area your trapped in until you either register or reach lvl 25 really bites, it’s a nice area but no-one ever vists the area so it’s a barren waste land…okay on with some pictures:

The game has a very loose basis in Korean mythology and due to the small user base big events etc can be few and far between but they normally manage something for xmas/easter/valantines/halloween + 2-3 other events through the course of the year. Anyways  the upside to this post is I’ve started to cut right back on time spent on the game and have got right back into some paper miniatures.  However if anyone wants to go and have a look around the game it can be a fun diversion for an afternoon or 10000 :).


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