Friday, 13 February 2015

Thrail Cape

During the 13th Age game last night (while half the party was checking out a supposed dragon) I threw this little illustration of Thrail together. This time going with a more stylised pic with the emphasis on his red cloak (I should bring that up in-game more often).

Wednesday, 11 February 2015


We had a fun conversation over lunch around various models for subscription streaming (tv/movie) services - comparing the lowly options here in Oz with things like Spotify and how games have adopted different models over the last few years. When you see the amount of income a success like World of Warcraft can bring, you can see the appeal of subscription models - but with the popularity of transaction models now, the world has certainly moved on.

Anyhow, that is a rather lame introduction to the point of this little post. Blizzard are releasing a game with an all new game - this time with all new characters = Overwatch. I admit I dont know that much about the game itself, though it looks like Team Fortress 2 with a more diverse (MOBA-like) cast of heroes to battle things out. Blizzard are renowned for the polish they bring to any title and their ability to refine a game genre - so I expect the same will apply here.

Blizzard are also famous for their cinematic trailers and this one is another wonderful piece of work. We get bucket loads of cute while at the same time introducing a small set of the Overwatch heroes themselves. This is a pretty classy video all round:

There is also the gameplay trailer where things feel similar but there are things that are off-putting for me. In the cinematic there is a protracted battle between these heroes as they wore each other down before one side retreats - in the gameplay trailer heroes last mere seconds against single attacks.

Lastly here is some of the artwork on the Overwatch site which are kinda cool (they all seem to have cybernetics in various amounts which is interesting)...

Tuesday, 10 February 2015


I am not exactly sure what Thrail is finding sooo amusing here, but he does like to have a fun time with a Dwarven Ale and his mates. That said, you really dont want to get on his bad side... People who threaten his friends, his people, his city will find they end up on the wrong side of his Dwarven nature, his warrior strength and his aberrant tentacles. When Thrail smotes the bad guys in the groin or drives his huge tentacle down the throat of an adversary that seems ok, but when the recipient is just an NPC administrator (slightly corrupt) it feels rather intense!

Monday, 9 February 2015

LoL CG and Such

I feel as though I may have done a post not entirely unlike this some time ago, but that doesnt seem to be stopping me. While I dont play much League of Legends at all really, I do love to watch it: just like other team sports this has it all - heroes, drama, spectacular plays and thrilling comebacks. RIOT esports have done a great job of building up everything around their events with all the commentators on the analyst desks and the casters themselves.

The recent Oceanic server event which will actually see us have a Nautilus Champion artificial reef is a pretty cool example of how they are engaging with fans of all types. Plus how cool is the new Music of League of Legends :-)

I feel like I should be supporting one team but there are so many cool personalities out there. I like how smiley some of the guys are like WildTurtle and KiwiKid and all of CLG look like they are having a good time. OCE is starting tonight and it has been fun seeing the EU and NA superteams doing their stuff.

Anyhow, as I get to know the game and the champions and the world a little better very cool videos like this one actually hold more meaning as the moves and character of everything is amplified or refined. Plus seeing how they went about making the video inspires me to knuckle down and learn some more 3D CG apps!!

While we are here, what about another pair:

Here are a few links to people modelling: VID1 VID2 VID3

Aaaand some images from the New Dawn cinematic (check the site for more incl drawings):