Yes ,I like the hand drawn style as well. Your designs have a lot of action to them ,they look like they are moving with purpose. I hope to inspire you to create and army of them! JIM
A couple of things I learned a long time ago to impart motion to a figure:
1. The only times in my life when I have stood with my weight evenly distributed on both feet was in the Navy when we were either at "attention" or at "parade rest." People almost always have most of their weight on one leg, which tilts the pelvic girdle up on that side and forms a gentle curve in the spine with the shoulders sloping in the opposite direction, and
2. A figure in motion will never have both feet flat against the ground.
I wanted these orcs, when formed in mass, to give the impression that the whole regiment was advancing, so I lifted both heels off the ground. Nobody can stand still for very long that way, so the mind interprets the figure as being in mid-stride. The forward lean also makes the observer feel that the orc had better bring its back leg forward quickly, or it will fall over.
Have fun! I've got a final at 7:40 tomorrow morning. Steve
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I'm sure you have seen this, but I just recently picked up the Tolkien Bestiary. After reading through this, I have a whole new respect for the man and his imagination. I liked how he fit fantasy beasts into a real world setting, where people clashed over culture as much as race and just general evil. I tend to go with the flashy cartoony, what's different is cool, but I am finding I like this down to earth style of monsters and creatures. I'm going to try to incorporate this style into my designs as I do more armies and more creatures.
This is the style your art reminds me of, a jovial representation of Tolkien's work. I would live to see your interpretations of Hobbits. JIM
Your sense of color and style are just great. And really befitting this genre. I'd also love to see a completed set of these. Oh and I second the idea of seeing your interperetation of F.Baggins and possibly Samwise. Oh and maybe the old ranngy, grey-bearded and meddlesome John Huston-err Gandalf.
They'd be great as an encounter set for say a Minas Morgul set. Complete with decrepid ruins, a tower-keep and brutish orcs. Done in a set like the old HeritageUSA pnp sets like Crypt of the Sorcerer or Caverns of Doom.
...shakes off heavy waves of nostalgia... and heady thoughts of epic & perilous journeys to Smog's Lair. And digging through the tome that was the Red Book DnD.
Vermin King: For Papercuts this year, I am just going to use things created since last Papercuts. Bessie for the model and Onager Longhauler for the kitbash. I was going to build 10 Downing St for a Bessie backdrop, but that ain't happening
Aug 23, 2019 4:16:26 GMT -9
Vermin King: I've decided I need to stop trying to get stuff back that I lost and get back to working on new stuff. Until work stuff gets caught up, I need to fight the rebuilding aspect.
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okumarts: Let me know if you need anything VK.
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Vermin King: My Doctor Who stuff is all gone... and couldn't get onto the company database for 4 1/2 hours today. Life has got to get better
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Vermin King: It's been such a nightmare, I haven't been to OBS or your site yet. I just know they are gone
Aug 22, 2019 7:39:17 GMT -9
bravesirkevin: @vermin King, you should still be able to download the stuff you purchased from me again, if that helps. If you have any issues, just drop me a direct message and I'll send through whichever ones you can't download
Aug 21, 2019 18:28:51 GMT -9
Vermin King: And none of the Streetpaper Advent models were in there, and only seven of bravesirkevin's figures are in there, and none of my purchased ones... And the old Canon kid's models are still beyond reach
Aug 21, 2019 10:03:24 GMT -9
Vermin King: Oo, oo! I just saw the Olli Bizer models loading!
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Vermin King: I feel less 'at a complete loss', now. I found a thumb drive of 'Papercraft'. Not sure how old it is, but it does have the Zio models, old Streetpaper, old Canon and HP models, etc. Now it is just an overwhelming loss
Aug 21, 2019 8:17:58 GMT -9
wyvern: VK: Now you also have the "joy" of the painfully slow shutdown and reboot every time (at least once a month) that Windows is made "better" by yet more unwanted clutter being downloaded to your system, plus a scatter of useless "desktop.ini" files.
Aug 20, 2019 6:08:48 GMT -9
Vermin King: After 3 1/2 hours of updating, I got this xxxxxxxx Win10 computer runnable. I'm really going to miss the ease of Win 7. Amazing all the stuff I did here that is just gone ... except for what I posted
Aug 19, 2019 18:38:15 GMT -9
squirmydad: I hope...lmk if you find something broken.
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cowboyleland: It looks like you guys are busy, but I would like to point out that the "Ghoul Design Tutorial." which would start to answer bobsomething 's question from Aug 10, is MIA (again)
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