Friday, 26 August 2016

Netflix Stranger Things

I freely admit to be quite late to the Netflix bandwagon, but now that I am there I am really happy with all the viewing that is to be had, even if the Australian selection is limited. Some of the shows I have been enjoying include Blacklist, Continuum, Daredevil, Orphan Black and a heap of documentaries. But my favourite so far by quite a margin is Stranger Things


The show is compact (just 8 episodes) and sticks to what it is doing without losing focus. The 80s feel is superb and really takes me back while also just giving the show a feel that plays into what it is building for us. The characters are good and the plotlines are worth following - a great piece of tv!

There are 80s cinematic references throughout, but one of the things I liked most was seeing the kids playing Dungeons and Dragons and even using D&D for exposition - super!


Lets finish this little slice of fandom with a look at the wonderful poster by Kyle Lambert who brought this style to life with these characters. He walks us through some of the thinking and process on his Behance page - using ProCreate on his iPad Pro first then finalising everything in Photoshop at higher res.

Viking Axe, Spear and More

I must have done this little concept pic for a Vikings children's story after I posted the others, so here is the little guy with Axe and Spear in hand ready to deal with whatever comes even if his arms are super stubby.


Plus here is a concept sketch from a logo idea I was toying with - didnt really work out but playing with the style was fun. Logos can come in all manner of forms, but coming up with something striking but not just a play on the words or a simple geometric form is fun to work on. Having clean lines, something with a nice silhouette but still detailed enough to be a t-shirt or something all play into the thinking for me. I certainly need more practice...


Batman Cartoon and a Movie

I am not sure why I drew this, it just sort of fell into existence while I was doodling on my machine. So I neatened it up a little and made it into a little cartoon of sorts. So here is a squat unimpressed little Batman!


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I guess I could write something at the end of this midget post about the Batman vs Superman movie I finally got to see recently (the extended blu-ray version). There are lots of pieces of the whole that are quite fun and could be really cool. I didn't think the whole hung together at all well though - it is like 20 trailers all cut together from different movies to try and make it into one. There are characters, ideas, shots, sequences and more that each could have been really awesome if they were fleshed out - alas the movie just flits onto the next thing and thus leaves everything unresolved and left wanting...


The gallery shows how stunning the visuals are - good inspiration for many an RPG could come from any one of these pics: http://batmanvsuperman.dccomics.com/gallery.php
And it does make for an epic trailer:

KotPO Logo

Nephews were after a logo for their game group/clan/guild/etc - the Knights of the Pebble Oath! So this is what landed on the page for them (page, screen - you know what I mean). Extra points to those who know the anime reference for the name...



I like how the shading came out on the shoulder pad (I am sure there is a more armour-ish word for that) and in general I like how he looks pretty serious even though he has a little pebble of power. Again, all done in in SketchbookPro on the SurfaceBook.


Yeld Colouring Contest

The final days of the kickstarter for The Magical Land of Yeld tabletop RPG added something fun and community-centric with a colouring competition. A suite of the simply gorgeous artwork inks from Jake Richmond are provided for anyone who might like to try their hand.
This link to the 22 Aug update has all the images people can use to colour their troubles away:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/603898497/the-magical-land-of-yeld/posts/1661513

I took the first image of the sword wielding hero with the belt on her head which I love. But the chainsaw unicorn was too cool to leave out, so I added it in as the shadow - showing the menace that this heroine now needs to deal with...

I used Skechbook Pro on my SurfaceBook for the whole thing, essentially just using the ink tool and a few shades of each colour to keep it simple. It still took a little while to have the shading layers and the details like the paw-print camo pattern etc. Here is the pic, plus the source image below as well.


Thursday, 25 August 2016

Kickstarter RPGs

Well this poor blog has been starved of updates yet again through no fault of its own. I have been doing interesting things but have clearly failed to pop in here and post. I was about to write all of that in the third person to absolve myself of some of the guilt, but as I look around the blame does seem to fall to me...

I will post some of the images and such to try and catch up somewhat, but maybe for this post I can just mention a few things which will hopefully get more blogspace to come.

I just want to mention some RPGs, chiefly because they are on kickstarter and some of them are still alive and thus you could dive in and back them - I am sure they are worth it!

Apocalypse World 2E
D Vincent Baker is bringing us a super second edition of the mighty Apocalypse World game and thus engine. There is much to love and the fantasy world version looks wonderful as well.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/226674021/apocalypse-world-2nd-edition


Unbound
Grant Howitt brings us Unbound with lots of cool world building and mechanics that look like heaps of fun the way they will all come together.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gshowitt/unbound-rpg


Magical Land of Yeld
How gorgeous does this game look, not just the artwork, but the logic of the game and its younger heroes.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/603898497/the-magical-land-of-yeld



Mutant Genlab Alpha
I have this delivered already actually and it looks great, I have only just started to read the book but playing a mutant animal in a post apocalyptic world as part of a huge experiment sounds really fun.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1192053011/mutant-genlab-alpha


Villains & Vigilantes 3E 
The Mighty Protectors is a long-time-coming third edition of the now venerable Villains and Vigilantes superhero RPG. I remember loving all the points-building from the original and it may be interesting to see what they bring to the table in a third incarnation.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jeffdee/villains-and-vigilantestm-30-the-mighty-protectors



There of course others that are well worth people's attention - but I cant back everything!!