Thursday, December 31, 2009

Going Green: Orcs and a Troll



This will be my final illustration for the year (and final blog post for that matter). Techinically it's not finished because I'm going to go over it with colored pencil.

Hope everyone has a safe New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Gninja


Assassin from the tiny isle of Gnippon!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!



Thank you all for following my meager postings on this blog, I appreciate all my viewers. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas this year!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Alignment



Just my rendition of a Jeff Dee illustration from page B11 of the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rule Book.

Rat Touched!



The Cult of the Rat envy the features of their rodent brethren, and through alchemy and dark magicks they've learned to alter their physiognomy. The cultists refer to this as being Rat Touched. Slowly their front teeth start to turn into the visage of the Ouroborats gnawing teeth, chipping away at the vermin covered sphere of the world. Some start to grow tails and tiny hairs all over their bodies.

The most horrendous of all is the Aspect of Bubo. Hulking ten foot tall, half goblin half rat beast forever roaming the mazes of the underdrek looking to glut itself on man-flesh! Sometimes goblin flesh too, although they consider it a great honor to be chosen by the Aspect of Bubo and to feed the holy World Rat.

Friday, December 18, 2009

TARGA Logo on front page and Wikipedia!

My artwork is now on the front page of TARGA's website and on it's wikipedia page!

TARGA Wikipedia
TARGA page

Trans Planar Chandelier/Tower of the Salka


Another illustration for Swords & Wizardry.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Monday, December 7, 2009

An X-Phile's favorite Episodes - Ice

I consider myself an X-Phile! And I recently started re-watching season one, so I decided to post my favorite episodes and thoughts on each one. I won't be giving away spoilers for the episodes, just incase you haven't basked in the majesty that is The X Files!

Episode 8 - Ice



This is probably my all time favorite as well as favorite of season 1! And with the upcoming snowstorm I thought this would be an appropriate episode to start out with. This one always reminded me of John Carpenter's " The Thing", not only because it takes place in the arctic but also because of the feelings of isolation, desperation and paranoia that the episode exudes. All in all this is the creepiest episode ever, and in my mind it's the quintessential X Files episode!

Mulder and Scully are sent to the Arctic, along with Dr. Hodge (Xander Berkley), Dr. Da Silva (Felicity Huffman) and the pilate Bear (Jeff Koban), to investigate a scientific installation that has lost contact with their sponsors. The last transmission by the researchers was, at best, disturbing. They arrive finding a grisly sight of the murdered research group. What caused the crew to go insane, was it cabin fever or something else?



Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Hobbillies & Drek Elves

Just a couple of races that populate Imadjapoor. It's a setting for my Tunnels & Trolls campaign!



Check out Hobbillies here!



And Drek Elves here!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Lords of the Rhymes

I think this is exactly where Tolkien was going with all of the mad rhymes he busted out in LOTR! Or not....

I do like all the sound bites from The Fellowship Of The Ring cartoon!

Light up the mic like a Silmaril!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Starchaser: The Legend of Orin



I woke up this morning and my kids were watching this movie on T.V.! At first I thought it was Heavy Metal, but after watching for a minute I was like "What is this?!!!" I can't believe I've never heard of this movie before! The animation looked very Ralph Bakshi in Wizards or Fire & Ice.

It's got a sort of swords and planets feel to it, and is made of the stuff of great RPGs! I didn't leave the movie on for too long because the violence was pretty graphic and there were some language issues. The mandroids were kind of creepy, they were a sort of zombie cyborg type being. Keep in mind my kids are 5 and 3 years old. I'm going to check out this movie in it's entirety later.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I won the Wargames Soldier and Strategy/Wargames Factory contest!!!



I just got an email from Tony Reidy of Wargames Factory today! I'm so stoked right now! I won a years subscription to WS&S and 5 packages of WF minis of my choice!

Here's a pic of my conversion of a numidian warrior into an orc!

Monday, November 9, 2009

20 Years Ago Today...

...the Berlin wall was torn down! The shadow of soviet totalitarianism/communism has been dead for 20 years. it's hard to believe it's been that long, if feels like almost yesterday that I was in highschool German class discussing it's impact. I had planned on going to Germany to study art, but that never happened. I did make it to germany about 1 1/2 years after the wall came down.

Feiern de Mauerfall!



This one was interesting. Communist holdouts protesting against freedom.



And the speech that put things into motion.

New Wave or Used Wave

In the last 3 or 4 years or so, we've seen a resurgence of music that copies the style and sound of the eighties. Pop culture seems to remake the past, usually being nostalgic for twenty years ago. I'm not complaining, this is one of my favorite eras of music! Although it makes me wonder if someone is going to try and bring back grunge, one of the worst genres of music? Here's a few videos from some newer bands that play what I like to call Used Wave music.

Here's a Swedish band called The Shout Outlouds, this song reminds me of The Cure's "Inbetween Days".





Bloc Party reminds me of the Police, a little bit anyways...



Interpol seems to have it's roots in the music of Joy Division.



Speaking of Joy Division, check out the Killers cover of Shadow Plays.





Even though these bands aren't really breaking new ground, this is a welcome change from the complaint rock and bad r and b of the 90's and 00's.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

That Rat Bastard Necromancer

Sorry for the re-post, I had this in my MRRPG blog but wanted to bounce ideas off of people on this blog as well.

This is a sandbox campaign that has been ruminating in my mind for quite some time. I've decided I'll be running it next week, hopefully some people will show up. I've decided to use Tunnels & Trolls, mainly because of the humorous nature of the world, and T&T is great for that!

Here's what I have so far...

Imadjupoor is a port city full of all sorts of culture and character....although most of it is bad character! Think of Chicago in the 1920's only as a fantasy setting. Illegal substances, prostitution, gambling, murder, political corruption, evil sorcery...you name it. The inspiration for the setting comes from hardboiled fiction of the 30's and 40's, film noir, exploitation films, gangster and horror movies. And with just enough Terry Pratchett inspired humor to get through the dark bits!

Ju Ju Jones is the main crime boss of Imadjupoor. He owns much of the city, including the mayor. So he's pretty much untouchable. Oh, and by the way, he's a necromancer. He's got plenty of undead doing his dirty business.

Cederic - "I saw Bill's got a job finally, he's working for Ju Ju now."
Fred - "What do you mean, Bill has been dead for 3 months.
Cederic- "I did mention he's working for Ju Ju."
Fred- "Right, I forgot. Well I suppose that if Bill didn't do any work in life, he might as well do it afterwards."

Gangsters rule the streets of Imadjupoor, and most of the gangs are split along ethnic lines. There's Ju Ju's undead, the Drek Elves, Gutter Dwarves (thanks Dr. Gremlin), Goblin followers of the Cult of the Rat (murderous followers of the cult are known as "Terrorats"), plus an overzealous Wizards union that uses strong arm tactics that would make Jimmy Hoffa cringe.

The underground sewer system (The Underdrek) will be a source for delving, it's filled with cutthroats, the dreaded Drek Elves, wandering monsters, and unspeakable horrors created by discarded magicks.

On the outskirts of town live a community of Hillbilly Hobbits (Hobbillies), in their mobile home park (basically dilapidated wagons on cinderblocks). They are the source for illegal hoosegow that the local speakeasies in Imadjapoor carry. The local crime bosses are none too pleased with this because it undercuts their profits, so that throws another conflict into the mix. (Thanks to Toad-Killer-Dog for that one)!

As far as PC's go, I think I'll have 6 types... roll 1D6

1. Imadjupooran local - You know who not to cross and you know how things work in this town, but know very little outside of Imadjapoor.

2. Outsider- You're new to town and ignorant of the way things work here. Watch your step! Although you do have a lot of outside knowledge that will help.

3. Criminal - You're wired into the underground of the city, and you make things work behind the scenes. You could be an enforcer, street criminal, hooch runner...etc.

4. Gumshoe/Vigilante - You're also wired into the criminal community but you're also not very well liked. You have your ear to every door and every informant knows how to contact you.

5. Seadog - You're a salty sailor of the salty sea, but not necessarily the salt of the earth! After months on the open sea you need to raise some hell. What better town to do that in than Imadjupoor?!!!

6. Highwayman - You make an honest dishonest living robbing people to and from Imadjupoor! And then head into town to spend your hardly hard earned money on the finer things in life!

I'll keep posting as more ideas come to light!

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Colour Of Magic



I've no idea how I missed this one! But Terry Pratchett's The Colour of Magic was made into a movie back in 2008! I recently started reading the book and came across it quite by accident while searching for an image of the book cover. I just started watching it and it's pretty good so far. And Sean Astin and Tim Curry are in it no less!

It you're not familiar with the series, I won't give away much. But if you are a fan of Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy you'll like this story too!

Trailer



You can find a link to the movie here!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween Pics!

Just some pics of my kids on Hallow 'een!





Lars Vader





Jette-o-Lantern



Sunday, November 1, 2009

Conan: Red Nails?



Alright! Red Nails has been in production since 2007 and the website hasn't been updated since. But according to IMDB it's still in production. I really hope they get this one right! It would be great to see an animated movie create an accurate portrayal of Conan rather than the movie that's being cast right now.

I think Ron Perlman as Conan is just a perfect fit! Not to mention Clancy Brown (Olmec) and Mark Hamill (Tolkemec)! And the fact that they are using the classic Robert E. Howard story as the script rather than rewriting the Conan story.

From what I've read this will more than likely be a straight to DVD release, but that doesn't mean it'll be bad.

Crossing Fingers.......

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Countdown To Halloween: Happy Halloween!



Halloween

Sorry for not posting for the last week or so. I've been having computer trouble.

The reason for picking Halloween as my last movie, well because I love it! You know how some people watch "It's A Wonderful Life" every year for Christmas? Well that's how I view Halloween! The original version, although I did like Rob Zombie's remake (except for the rape scene in the un-cut version).

The first one was the best followed by Halloween 4 in a close second. I felt Haddonfield looked more like it was in Illinois than in the original. It was way too sunny in Haddonfield on October. And except for a few leaves carefully spread out on the sidewalks, there was no physical sign of autumn.

Watch tonight if you get the chance, it'll put you in the holiday spirit!

HAPPY HALLOW 'EEN EVERYBODY!!!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Countdown To Halloween: Happy October 23!

Dagon



Never mind the fact that it doesn't really follow the book. It's a low budget flick, but it has decent special effects, and it captures the basic mood of Lovecraft's writings, and presents the Deep Ones in a terrifying light!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Countdown To Halloween: Happy October 22!

Martin



Another George Romero film! This one is different than any other vampire films you've seen. Martin is more of a psychopath who drinks blood. There's nothing remotely supernatural about it but it's a very horrifying film!
This movie pushed the envelope for horror movies back in 1977!

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

countdown To Halloween: Happy October 21!

The Howling

Ultimately the best werewolf movie ever! Great story, great special effects, decent acting and tons of werewolves! I remember watching this on WGN in the mid-eighties, and it has been a favorite of mine since. I actually ran a game of Chill (it's a horror role playing game) based on the movie. I think I was 13 or so. I remember it being fun at the time but I'm sure I'd cringe if I went back and read through my notes.

I won't give you any spoilers, incase you haven't seen it. Just check it out!!!

Trailer

Tunnels & Trolls



I remember the first time I had heard about Ken St. Andre's T&T, it was around 1987. The game was already over ten years old and I had never even seen a copy of it on the shelf. I've been reading over the rulebook and I realize that I've really been missing out on something special.

The main thing that I love about this game is that it's the only old-school game that is still in print by the original publisher! From what I've read about it there is very little that has changed over the years, rules wise. The mechanics are very different from D&D so it's taking me a while to get over the way they do things in the game, but I really like the differences.

Here's a passage from T&T 7.5 that shows how they've stayed on the old-school track.

"There is a lot more that could be said about Trollworld, roleplaying, and Tunnels and Trolls. If you have a question about how things work, make up your own house rules to cover it when you are the G.M. Remember, the Game Master controls the game, he/she is not controlled by it. It's your world, your adventure. Go forth! Do great things! Have fun!

That pretty much sums it up for me!

Another thing that I've always heard around gamer sites is "Does T&T have legs?" "You can't really run a campaign with it." "It's just a joke game." Hogwash! This game has eight legs! It's every bit as challenging and intriguing as D&D and Rune Quest. And although it is a more light hearted game, that's good! It breaks up the downers that some of the other games can become.

There's quite a large community that has grown up around T&T, here's a list of websites.

Flying Buffalo - The original owners of T&T.

Fiery Dragon - Current publishers of T&T 7.5.

Free Dungeons - A great fan site with lot's of downloads and links.

Trollhalla -Ken St. Andre's pay site.

Gristlegrim -A website for the biggest dungeon in Trollworld.

Outlaw Press -Who publish some out of print T&T books as well as newer stuff.

The Hobgoblin's Tavern - Andy Holmes, who has written an published many T&T adventures, has his own site with free downloads.

There are many more, it's a pretty big community!

I'm planning on running a game soon for our Madison Traditional Gaming group, it's going to be fun! If you haven't checked it out already I strongly urge you to look at the websites and pick up a copy of T&T 7.5. You won't be disappointed!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Countdown To Halloween: Happy October 20!



It's Alive!

I remember being a little freaked out by the trailer when I was a kid! I didn't get the chance to see the movie until I was a teenager, but that's probably a good thing. I mean what could be more scary than an evil baby with three claws, fangs, and an evil cry?

Two parents are expecting a baby, and on that happy day their child slaughters all of the doctors and nurses who deliver him. Being good parents, they try to protect him (and nobody suspects the baby anyways), but they are unable to keep the child from killing more people....

Trailer

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Madison Games Day 2 review

I did a short review of Madison Games Day on my rpg blog, here!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Countdown To Halloween: Happy October 17!

The Vampire Lovers



Starring Peter Cushing and Ingrid Pitt. This movie is loosely based on Sheridan Lefanu's gothic novel "Carmilla". Carmilla Carnstein is a female vampire who seduces a woman and draws her to the darkside. The movie is a pretty good vampire story, although some what sleazy in an exploitation kind of way. Kind of a typical Hammer movie from the 1970's.

















Friday, October 16, 2009

Countdown To Halloween: Happy October 16!

Salem's Lot



Probably one of the best made for television movies! I remember watching this as a kid (at least a part of it, until my parents saw what I was watching) when it first aired. The scene where the kid comes out of the coffin to feed on the grave digger really freaked me out!

I love that they based Mr. Barlow off of F.W. Murnau's "Nosferatu". Probably one of the coolest looking vampires ever!







































Thursday, October 15, 2009

Madison Traditional Gaming Logo



This is a logo I finished inking for a group that I'm involved in. Madison Traditional Gaming, which promotes early editions of Role-playing and War Games (like Dungeons & Dragons, Traveller, Chill, Boothill, Tunnels & Trolls...etc.). This isn't a finished piece yet, I sent it to Victor Raymond for preview, and also for some photoshop tweeks.

I'm also working on a logo for TARGA and will post soon.

Countdown To Halloween: Happy October 15!

The Last Man On Earth



Based on Richard Mattheson's book "I Am Legend", this is definitely better than the Will Smith crapola that came out a few years ago!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Countdown To Halloween: Happy October 14!

Hell Night



Some college kids hold a Halloween party inside an old mansion. Four sorority pledges have to spend the night in the mansion, while the fraternity brothers set up traps and things to scare them. Little did they know, the house is still inhabited...

The movie stars Linda Blair and Vincent Van Patton (from Rock and Roll Highschool) is another take on the teen slasher movie. But this one is a little bit more inventive!

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Countdown To Halloween: Happy October 13!

Dawn Of The Dead



Speaking of the original, of course! I love the re-make but not as much as the 1978 version!

It's got everything you need in a zombie movie.

SWAT Team!



Check!

Rednecks!



Check!

Shopping Mall!



Check!

Biker Gang!



Check!

Zombie Pie Fight!



Krishna Zombie!



Check!

Trailer

Monday, October 12, 2009

Happy October 12!

Black Sabbath

Mario Bava's anthology horror masterpiece, starring Boris Karloff! This is also where the band Black Sabbath got their name. There's three different stories, The Telephone, The Drop Of Water, and my favorite The Wurdulak (to me this is one of the best vampire stories ever).

Check these out!

















Saturday, October 10, 2009

Countdown To Halloween: Happy October 11!

The Gargoyles



This is a great movie, the special effects were decent for the time (especially for a made for TV movie) and the movie has a creepy atmospheric feel! It's definitely a product of the seventies, but then again so am I!



An anthropologist, who has an interest in the occult, and his daughter are travelling in the southwest. They accidentally stumble upon a town that is being terrorized by the gargoyles.

I like keeping things vague because I hate spoilers, but you have to take my word for it. This is a good movie! I really like the religious aspect to it, but I think they could've developed it a bit more.

Here's a link to the movie!

Countdown To Halloween: Happy October 10!

Fall Of The House Of Usher



During the late 50's-60's, Roger Corman made some Edgar Allen Poe films. They weren't always true to the books but they were still wildly entertaining. I remember when I first saw Fall Of The House Of Usher, on Uncle Don's Terror Theater! It definitely left an impression on me as a middle-school age kid! I think it's one of Vincent Price's greatest roles!



Trailer



Incidentally, did you know that Edgar Allen Poe never received a proper funeral? Well, he's having one tomorrow! Read about it here!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Countdown To Halloween: Happy October 9!

White Zombie



Zombies and Bela Lugosi! How can you go wrong with that combination?



And check out this sweet White Zombie Tee by Fright Rags!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

I'm getting a mention in Wargames Illustrated magazine!

Howard Whitehouse is currently writing an article for Wargames Illustrated magazine about miniature conversions. They liked my Orc, so it will be one of the minis featured! Just wanted to crow for a minute!

Countdown To Halloween: Happy October 8!

Whoever Slew Auntie Roo



I first saw this on The Phantom of 13, which was a horror show on WREX-13 out of Rockford, IL. It was on Friday nights back in the mid-eighties. Man I miss those late night horror shows! Anyways, this movie star Shelley Winters and boy does she scare the hell out of me in this movie. The opening scene where she seems to be singing to her daughter, but a close up shot reveals she's a mummified corpse! Boogah, boogah! This one's low on the violence and gore, but is definitely good for the creepy situations!

This one is set during Christmas, so if you're getting tired of Christmas carols and holiday cheer, pop this movie into your DVD player!




















Wednesday, October 7, 2009

viking

Just a drawing I did a while ago.

A little black humor by Dave Allen

One of my favorite British comedians!

Countdown To Halloween: Happy October 7!

A Touch Of Satan

Okay, this movie is a complete piece of crap! It has no redeemable value and is completely unwatchable...... unless you give it the MST3K treatment!





















Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Countdown To Halloween: Happy October 6!

Food Of The Gods



Based on H.G. Wells classic story about man messing with what's natural, and nature striking back! This may not impress a lot of people, but as a kid this movie really scared the bejeezus out of me! I never looked at rats the same way again.





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