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Bugbears (Onemonk bash) – Paper Miniatures

I needed a little bit of a rest from drawing as I was getting a little bit frustrated with my current attempts at drawing my next paper miniatures. I really like Onemonks bugbears but unfortunately their is only one miniature. Bugbears are one of my favorite fantasy monsters so I decided to do a little bit of modification to the existing miniature to come up with four new ones.

I’m not going to detail exactly what I did as it would take to long a post đŸ™‚ . I worked on each variant for about 1-2 hours each trying to make sure I hadn’t corrupted Onemonks artwork to badly and that the fronts and backs still aligned. I ended up with a Gimp file over 2gig in size when open and something around 200 layers for the 4 miniatures , the old computer was really starting to chug at the end. I constructed a:

  • Spiked stick club version, the club was borrowed from a troll,
  • A round mace version taken from Onemonks weapons sheet,
  • A dual weilding axe bugbear, existing axe plus one from the weapon sheet,
  • And a longbow wielding bugbear, I’m unsure if bugbears use bows but it looks good.

I had fun making these as I find bashing and modding much more relaxing than drawing, probably the most disappointing piece is the rear of the shield arm it just looks a little odd, but overall they look okay and the edits are hopefully not to obvious. A picture of the finished  bugbears:

Once again a big thanks to Onemonk for allowing us to mod his figures and change them around. I’ll definitely be putting these into Onemonk’s hoards once they are back up and running.

The GSD and PDF are below, As usual if you save the GSD rename it to .gsd rather than .odt:

Paper Miniature Bugbear(Onemonk mod) – PDF

Bugbear – GSD

Have fun with them.

Chimera Monster – Paper Standee

I decided to try my hand and designing a chimera paper standee. I just about bite of more than I could chew :). The chimera is really four different critters all rolled into one and I struggled a lot with drawing the lion and dragon parts of the chimera. Before I started drawing the Chimera I hunted around the net for some inspiration in the end I used this picture along with D&D Chimera mini and picture in the 4ed monster manual to provide inspiration.

Then I started drawing, I ended up with piles of failed dragon,lion heads and wings. I followed quiet few tutorials over at Dragoart and in the end between their and plenty of practice I ended up with about 5 different okay looking drawings. I scanned these in and then traced them in inkscape. After assembling the drawings in inkscape I ended up with the below (colour was added just to stop me getting confused):

I had not digitized the wings or the tail at that point. I finished drawing a set of wings I was happy with and also lengthened the legs a little. I also changed the lion from having a close mouth to a roaring/biting mouth, The 2nd picture below also show’s the mini in an almost completed colouring state:

As you can see the colouring really helps make the mini look much better. There are plenty of things I’m not happy with on the drawing but if I waited until I got everything perfect I’d never get anything done, plus practice makes perfect…or so they say :). Once I had a front I was happy with I proceeded to create a matching rear. I do apologize for the spartaness of the rear side but I was a little burnt out after all the effort I had to put into the front of the Chimera. I decided to do a version of the Chimera rampant as well and below you can see the two types side by side. As I can fit 3 of each type to a page I have also done a blue and green dragon coloured version:

I pushed the brightness and contrast up a little after the above test ones were printed and cut as they seemed a little to dark on print out. The GSD and PDF’s are below you can also find the finished mini’s on the static papercraft page:

Chimera Paper Standee – PDF

Chimera Page1 GSD file

Chimera Page2 GSD file

Also avaliable at 4shared as a zip:

Chimera Zip

If they print out to bright let me know and I’ll upload a more toned down version.

Initial Mapping Finished for D&D Group

Well I’m finding the new projects page very useful, it lets me see what I could be working on and provides motivation to get a project finished so I can cross an item off. Seems the old Psychology of crossing items of lists still works on me. If it helps me finish more things I’m more than happy to use what helps.

These are the initial maps for the world my D&D group will frequent, half the fun for me as a DM is building a world and being able to throw whatever I need into a setting without me feeling like I’m breaking one of the predefined settings.

The World is called Etana and the main continent/island the group/s will start on is Mytivia. For the moment we are running 2 seperate sets of characters a primary set with full storyline and RP elements and a secondary set who are pretty much used for trawling around dungeons and receive double the experience award you normally receive as per 4ed. The Primary set will affect the geopolitical landscape were as the secondary set will be used for off the cuff adventures were I literally just sit with a laptop a pen and a piece of grid paper and make up some dodgy monster bash on the fly :).

A little info on the maps, the world map has been done in Winkel Tripel Projection, well as close as I could get doing it by eye in Gimp. Very few details are on the world map at this stage as I want to be able to use player input to add features details and names, it’s their world as well. The smaller continental map of Mytivia itself shows the major cities and main roads.

The Continental map was made using a combination of inkscape and gimp. I had to move the map to gimp as inkscape began to have serious performance issues with the 200-300 mb file. When the map is open in Gimp it is 50cmx30cm @ 300dpi with a rather large number of layers and can take along time to refresh, but I gave the map a lot of space so that I can zoom in and add more details later on. I suspect I may just end up copying segments of the map out however and making more zoomed in local maps in a new Gimp file to help with performance.

All of the icons etc I drew up in inkscape with the exception of the Compass rose which I downloaded from wikimedia commons. Again names of some places etc have been left off so that my players can suggest names and help build the world up and they feel more attached involved with the game world.

I’m fairly happy with the resulting maps, although there no were near as good as what some of the people churn out across at the Cartographers guild. If you want to learn anything about mapping check out their forums.

I’ll post up more detailed/geopolitical information about the world later on as time permits, I have far chunk of info written down and some still in the old brainbox. In the long term I’ll put all the info into a wiki so I can sort the information in a more logical fashion rather than just a pile of loose Blog posts and make it easier on me to reference when DM’ing.

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Etena

Mytivia

I think I might do some miniature painting next đŸ™‚


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