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Behind the Gear-spun Curtain: A Purely Steampunk Look at Game Design

dungeonmastering.com - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:44
As the leaves turn and the skies grow cloudy, we turn our minds toward All Hallows’ Eve and things of an often creepier, spookier, or more macabre appeal. Let us turn our minds then toward a sweet...

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The Dagor Dagorath, Battle of Battles at the End of Days in Tolkien's Middle-earth - illustration by Tom Loback

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 23:11

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The Dagor Dagorath, Battle of Battles at the End of Days in Tolkien's Middle-earth - illustration by Tom Loback

The final battle between the evil Vala Morgoth against Turin, Tulkas and Eonwe on the plains of Valinor. The text, in Quenya Elvish, describes how Morgoth is finally slain by the Black Sword of Turin. A recently commisioned piece.

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Dungeon Dwellers Fire Giant

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 23:28

Spooktalker has added a photo to the pool:

Dungeon Dwellers Fire Giant

Manufacturer: Heritage USA
Line: Dungeon Dwellers
Figure: 1231 Fire Giant
Release date: 1979
Painter: Spooktalker
Date painted: 2014
Notes: This is one of my all-time favorite D&D figures in my collection and amongst fire giant miniatures I think it second only to that by Paul Muller for Otherworld (which I plan to get to eventually). The sword is not original and was sculpted from brass sheet and brown two-part expoxy. A gem was added to an empty divet in the knife hilt.

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Giants Group Shot

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 23:28

Spooktalker has added a photo to the pool:

Giants Group Shot

L-R: Ral Partha Frost Giant, Heritage Dungeon Dwellers Fire Giant, Otherworld Hill Giant

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Scratch-built Hill Giant

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 23:27

Spooktalker has added a photo to the pool:

Scratch-built Hill Giant

I scratch-sculpted this figure over a chassis built from a Reaper Bones ogre and he's meant to be part of a group with the Otherworld one. The Bones material is easy to cut, and so it was easy to quarter and reassemble the limbs from the ogre to make the trunk for this giant. But despite saving me having to sculpt the hands and feet I wish I had just gone all out and sculpted the thing entirely. The ogre sculpt had really poor proportions (one leg considerably taller than the other and some other wonkiness) and the Bones material is overly soft (even compared with other PVC figures like D&D prepaints) and poorly suited to hold detail or take paint. Had I done it entirely in greenstuff maybe I could have shopped it around and got it cast. Maybe next time. Sculpted in 2013-2014 and painted in 2014.

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Scratch-built Hill Giant

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 23:27

Spooktalker has added a photo to the pool:

Scratch-built Hill Giant

I scratch-sculpted this figure over a chassis built from a Reaper Bones ogre and he's meant to be part of a group with the Otherworld one. The Bones material is easy to cut, and so it was easy to quarter and reassemble the limbs from the ogre to make the trunk for this giant. But despite saving me having to sculpt the hands and feet I wish I had just gone all out and sculpted the thing entirely. The ogre sculpt had really poor proportions (one leg considerably taller than the other and some other wonkiness) and the Bones material is overly soft (even compared with other PVC figures like D&D prepaints) and poorly suited to hold detail or take paint. Had I done it entirely in greenstuff maybe I could have shopped it around and got it cast. Maybe next time. Sculpted in 2013-2014 and painted in 2014.

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Early ‘treats’ for Halloween

dungeonmastering.com - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 20:43
Just to be clear, DungeonMastering.com is written to be as ‘System Neutral’ as possible to allow as broad a leadership as possible.  Certainly d20 design is hard to ignore, so apologies...

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The Hobbit and Tolkien's Mythology edited by Brad Eden. One of my illustrations is used for the cover.

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 18:18

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The Hobbit and Tolkien's Mythology edited by Brad Eden. One of my illustrations is used for the cover.

Essays by John Rateliff, Verlyn Flieger, Jane Chance & others on the Hobbit, the Dwarves etc. Now available on Amazon.

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D&D Lessons from The Walking Dead Season 5 Premiere

dungeonmastering.com - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 00:55
The new season of Walking Dead premiered spectacularly a short time ago, and then in typical AMC fashion the show was re-run before the newest episode.  Having seen it twice now, here are some...

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Don't Split the Party v2

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 07:41

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Don't Split the Party v2

Was asked to make some PC portraits for a tabletop old-skool DnD game. This is what came out.

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Patchisaur Family Tree: "Umber-Patchi"

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 20:06

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 "Umber-Patchi"

The two "translucent" arrows denote a tentative relationship.
Note that Bulette, Owlbear, and Rust Monster were all taken directly from patchisaurs -- whereas Umber Hulk wasn't, which might mean that the relationship between Umber Hulk and this patchisaur is nothing but a rumor.

SHARED TRAITS:
Obviously the most common trait among these various monsters, shared in fact by every single one of them, are the pincers. There are small, tusk-like vestigial pincers on both the Heritage Brawn Hulk and the Dragons ‘N Monsters figure, although they’re difficult to see. Equally ubiquitous is the bent right leg, which is also present in every single monster (however, I horizontally flipped the photos of both the Heritage Brawn Hulk and the Dragons ‘N Monsters figure). All but two of the monsters (the new Umber Hulk and the Vodyanoi) have a raised left arm (note that in the Heritage Brawn Hulk both arms are raised, but -- keeping in mind that the photo has been flipped horizontally -- the positions of the two arms have been reversed). Most of these monsters are scaly (although the Obriun Carnivore is probably hairy, and the new Umber Hulk might have some hair combined with it’s insectoid features). Most of these monsters have large pectorals; many of them also have potbellies. In conclusion, if I caught a fleeting glimpse of one of these monsters fleeing the scene of a rampage, I’m honestly unsure whether I could pick the correct monster out of a lineup of it’s family.


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Stone Giant

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 01:51

ridureyu1 has added a photo to the pool:

Stone Giant

Though they are not the most violent of Giants, Stone Giants prefer their privacy.

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Spined Devil

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 01:51

ridureyu1 has added a photo to the pool:

Spined Devil

Spinagons are some of the weaker devils, but they serve well as spies.

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