This Week in Epic Fail: Martin begins his story and explains how the adventuring party was different in the past.
Creator’s Commentary: First comic inked on my Cintiq!
I’m writing this because I suffer from depression and the root cause of this is anxiety, ergo to manage my depression I had to learn coping techniques for my anxiety. (Okay, I don’t mean regular, run-of-the-mill anxiety – this can actually be quite useful! I mean Chronic Anxiety that negatively affects your everyday life). The following is a list of things that work well for me, and maybe will help you to. ↓ Read the rest of this entry…
Last character design for Epic Fails old adventuring party – those who passed the torch to our current crew. The next time you see them they will be in the comic!
This is Lan, Human Fighter who wields a Bastard Sword. He was young and inexperienced and I’ve tried to make his appearance reflect this. He is wearing chain mail, not having been around long enough to pick up some really good armor. I went with a classic medieval style hairstyle for him.
It’s sort of a challenge to make each character look distinctive, but fun too! Do you think I have succeeded?
This is Willi Creutzfeld, high-level Fighter and original leader of the adventuring party (the position has been in dispute, or just plain neglected, ever since). He hailed from a place called Brighton Pierre and for a while that was our default rendezvous point.
I have his Player to than for buying me my first set of D&D dice; I remember he was quite superstitious about his and hated people touching them, therefore I’d deliberately aim to borrow his (yet is is only by playing Amuletts that my full potential as wind-up-merchant is unleashed)!
I’ve dressed him in Plate Armor, which I’m pretty sure is correct, although I may regret all that detail later on. I wanted to make him look experienced and leader-ish. What I find a bit awkward with designing suits of armor is that traditionally they would have a MASSIVE CODPIECE! If I’m being faithful I ought to include it but they are… a little… distracting? I don’t think anyone would be looking at the characters face! Actually you don’t tend to see them in Fantasy Armors so I feel there’s a precedent for omitting it. Then again his name is Willi…
Right, four down, one to go!
Character Designs for Dalion & Minerva – more of the ‘original crew’ of the adventuring party now known as Shieldless (and previously known as ‘hey you guys’). Want to know something cute? These two got married (the Players not the Characters)!
Dalion is a geriatric Halfling Mage who, due to being small and wrinkly, we nicknamed Raisin. He wasn’t always a Halfling; he used to be an Elf but died many times (actually on the day Amuletts met the party they were dragging his corpse around), failed his system-shock, and the only way to bring him back was a reincarnation spell. This is what he came back as. It could have been worse.
Minerva is not a Bard, she was just very fond of Bagpipes. She is a human cleric of Idun, the Norse keeper of apples and granter of eternal youthfulness, and as such she always appears 18 (regardless of her actual physical age).
The next few pages of Epic Fail are going to be a flash-back to an earlier adventure where the PCs met Loki. Now since the party make-up was completely different then (aside from Amuletts & Martin) I’m having to create some new character designs.
This is Jira of the Singing Axe. She is a female fighter who would not be seen dead in bikini-mail!!
As you can see I have a couple of armor designs for her. I dug out her character sheet and she is supposed to wear Banded Mail (an armor somewhere between chain & plate). Neither of these are actually banded mail because that was a poorly-designed, inflexible armor whose use was quickly abandoned. So design number 1 is based on Gladiator armor over chain whilst 2 is more like Mongol/mirrored armor (but it’s fantasy so I can totally make stuff up!).
Which design do you like best? Tell me in the comments!
On and FYI design No. 1 was drawn traditionally whereas No. 2 was drawn with my new Cintiq 15X. Can you tell?
"Failure is not the worst thing in the world - the very worst is not to try" -Unknown