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: Not the style you are looking for, but try a search for 'paper theatre' or 'paper theater', and you will find a few pages of epinal figures. Not many, but I know there are a few
May 14, 2019 5:08:58 GMT -9
shep: Does anyone know where to find decent individual minis of late Roman Republic era civilians? From senator to slave, every mini would be great, as long as they are not legionaires or generals or other military (Praetorian Guard and Roman Vigiles excluded)
May 14, 2019 4:20:32 GMT -9
wyvern: Nah, just rewatched the 1931 Universal "Dracula" movies (the Lugosi one and the Spanish version)
May 1, 2019 12:20:34 GMT -9
Vermin King: did you do your bonfire?
Apr 30, 2019 10:08:38 GMT -9
woosh: also, where can i find cool ships and mechs? im looking particularly for any spider tanks or spider mechs. ive seen the site with all the mechwarrior papercrafts and ive made a couple of those but none of them are especially spider-like
Apr 7, 2019 12:38:49 GMT -9
woosh: ebbles sent me here when i asked about his ud41 utility dropship, and that hed seen a mod that had 4 engines, which id like to try
Apr 7, 2019 12:37:22 GMT -9
woosh: i was typing up a thread and it said it was too big. soooo whatever
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