Post by Vermin King on Jan 2, 2016 13:45:18 GMT -9
The theme for this months HOARD is
Monster Manual Monsters
This can be any sort of miniature figure or model on the above theme or feel free to submit miniatures off theme.
If you submit a figure, they must include both front and rear art, have a proper trimming outline, and include instructions for multi-part models. Recolors and figure mods are encouraged, and even uncolored designs are welcome.
No nudity or sexuality, but bloody gory and horrifying is encouraged.
If you have questions about how to design your entries, like formats, resolution, and stuff like that, see the HOARD GUIDELINES in this forum category.
Entries for the Hoard will be accepted until the last day of January, 2016.
As the hoards enter a new era, going back to the classics sounds like a great idea.
Try to be a little patient as we try to sort things out. Thanks
Hate to be pedantic, but the Flumph wasn't in the first edition Monster Manual. It didn't appear until the Fiend Folio came out in 1981..... Although you could give one an eyepatch and a pirate voice and say he is a cleric of the Flying Spaghetti Monster for any Pantheon of the Gods hoard.....
Here are some monsters that I might take a swing at, just 'cause they seem fun. I have no real talent for making minis tho, so who know if any will see the light of day (so don't be afraid to do any of these yourselves!)
Axe Beak Giant Beetles (lots of kinds) Brain Mole Giant Frogs (lots of kinds)
Those seem to be good intro subjects for drawing...
And, my first thoughts went to the flumph. My kids cheered its existence in the 5th edition monster manual.
Vermin King - you just let me know what monster you'd like to do, and I'll get you some material to work from.
So, I've been pulling some goofy graphics in to texture my Axe Beak.
I feel like I'm going to cheat a bit on the reverse side since it's mostly a profile shot, but I'm really shooting for completion more than perfection. I will lighten up the feathers on the neck a bit and work on shading and highlights. But, I need some LEGS first. The legs are going to be made a bit thicker. I fear that when cut out, they'll be disastrously thin... I also suspect that when I scale this down to whatever scale he needs to be at, all the detail will disappear, so I may end up redoing the textures at that point.
Oh, and through some sleazy colorization, I may do a variant with really bright plumage - red and blue... Right now, I'm going for a giant chicken sort of look. I don't see why EVERY beast in a fantasy world has to look like something out of the Feywild.
Post by Vermin King on Jan 13, 2016 13:50:22 GMT -9
Many decades ago, I used to have a little talent in drawing and watercolor, but having not exercised those talents in years, I'm finding it a little difficult to get back into it. My first attempt at a Hippogriff was disappointing. I think I'm going to have to keep practicing for a bit before I make another attempt.
I suppose it could be the start of a deformed zombie hippogriff, but it would be disappointing even for that
There are no strangers in this world,only people I haven't embarrassed ... yet!
Here's where I'm at... An Axe Beak is supposed to be "large" - between 7' and 9' tall. I think I went with the smaller of that range. Gonna print him out tonight, probably only to find he's too dark. Everything I draw is too darn dark! There's a week left in the month, so I might even go and make a couple extras for this guy... Nest? Eggs? Hatchling?
So, an axe beak reminds me of an ostrich, and an ostrich doesn't have a nest. They have a mound they'd lay the eggs in. So, I may just make a couple simple egg standees - one unhatched, one cracked, one busted open with a head poking out (if I can) and one hatched with the broken shell around the base.
Yes - thank you for submitting the beholder! Two things to consider (well, I could try them myself): 1) Fill the small areas between the eye stalks with black, so folks don't HAVE to cut them out or manually color them in. 2) Rotate the head a bit, which may give it the illusion of motion. I'm thinking of rotating the front maybe a couple degrees clockwise (matching the main eye's direction) and then cut the black base that supports it using a curve that would also imply some motion.
Just two thoughts I had when I saw it.
Vermin King - I'm gonna try something *right now* regarding a hippogriff. I think it will be a total failure, but maybe it'll motivate a certain someone to pull off some magic for us.
Post by Vermin King on Jan 21, 2016 11:40:05 GMT -9
Your hippogriff could not come out worse than mine. When I used to do more drawing, I would keep a failure close by so that I wouldn't repeat a mistake and to help me understand what needs to be changed. This failed attempt went out on trash day. Which I regret. The horse portion wasn't that bad. I shouldn't have pitched it
There are no strangers in this world,only people I haven't embarrassed ... yet!
oldschooldm: Yup. More power to anyone who tries it. It will only whet the appetite for people who want paper minis that were designed to be paper minis. :-) Fronts and Backs FOREVER! :-) [... it's bait, don't bite it! ... ]
Mar 25, 2019 8:13:22 GMT -9
cowboyleland: Now I have seen it. It doesn't advance our hobby, but anyone with half a brain who wanted 2nd rate figures could easily figure this out for themselves so I guess he isn't doing any harm.
Mar 19, 2019 17:53:59 GMT -9
berneart76: well, this is fun, (not) transferring all my papercrafting sets into the cloud. The stuff I got from DriveTrhruRPG was simple with their library desktop app,but my other stuff, sometimes with multiple duplicate copies is entertaining.
Mar 1, 2019 15:44:32 GMT -9
berneart76: Vermin King I usually use a mix of drybrush/watercolor/photocopy and occasionally posterizing at different levels of opacity.
Feb 26, 2019 20:46:54 GMT -9
berneart76: Vermin King, that's similar to the enhancing that I do on my texturing. I've found that sometimes I need to scale up or scale down the image (usually by 50 or 25 percent down or 200 or 300 percent up) to make get the enhancements to look "right"
Feb 26, 2019 20:44:53 GMT -9
Vermin King: On the zebras, I did multiple enhancements and cartoon filters and used them at 100%, and they still didn't look that different than the photos
Feb 26, 2019 12:27:26 GMT -9
Vermin King: When I make a figure or terrain piece based on a photo, I clean it up and align things to look 'right', then I create another layer and do enhancing and cartoonizing on it. I then adjust opacity over the photo image until it looks good. On the zebras,
Feb 26, 2019 12:26:35 GMT -9
Vermin King: berneart76, do you mean giving them green or purple manes and tails? and a few piercings? maybe a cig hanging out of their mouths?
Feb 26, 2019 12:24:18 GMT -9
Vermin King: cartoonizing a zebra doesn't do much
Feb 20, 2019 5:59:28 GMT -9
Vermin King: And due to the snow, I'm off tonight. I am going to miss the cash on the paycheck, but I'm glad they want their employees to be safe
Feb 15, 2019 10:52:24 GMT -9
ignatious: Actually I was referring to the two previous posts. I was trying to be subtle in order to sublimate the crassness. Read them again, but in Mel Brooks voice while he is winking, and nudging the person to his right.
Feb 9, 2019 13:38:11 GMT -9
Vermin King: Sure. Euphemize us
Feb 8, 2019 18:40:48 GMT -9
ignatious: would anyone care for a euphemism?
Feb 8, 2019 13:40:27 GMT -9
cowboyleland: We hadn't had snow for a few days. Last night the plow came down my street and did nothing but fill every ones driveways back in. Just for practice, I guess.
Feb 8, 2019 7:48:16 GMT -9
Vermin King: In KC we had an ice storm (with thunder sleet) the other night. Left things drivable, but last night the plow came down my street. They took all the rough edges off. Might as well have ran a Zamboni...
Feb 8, 2019 6:42:32 GMT -9
okumarts: Vermin King... Mind Blown!
Feb 5, 2019 19:32:30 GMT -9