Pg 82: The Ring of Fire

This week in Epic Fail: In retrospect stepping through that portal was a really bad idea.

Creator’s Commentary: If you want to see the uncensored version of page 82 click here.

This really happened in our D&D game. Blame the guy who wrote “All adventurers arrive completely naked and devoid of special equipment.” Not that I mind a bit of nudity 😉

It was interesting doing the different body types, especially Jira as a muscular woman, and Dalion, the wrinkly Halfling. Oh, yes, and Humans have body hair, Elves not so much. It’s in the Player’s Handbook that Elves are hairless except on their heads.

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Character Design: Lan

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.

Lan - D&D Human Fighter

It’s sort of a challenge to make each character look distinctive, but fun too! Do you think I have succeeded?

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Character Design: Jira of the Singing Axe

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!

Female Fighter Jira of the Singing Axe

On and FYI design No. 1 was drawn traditionally whereas No. 2 was drawn with my new Cintiq 15X. Can you tell?

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Character Design: Jira of the Singing Axe

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!

Female Fighter Jira of the Singing Axe

On and FYI design No. 1 was drawn traditionally whereas No. 2 was drawn with my new Cintiq 15X. Can you tell?

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Siri runs a Dungeons & Dragons game

Okay this is hilarious and I had to share it. What happens when Siri runs a D&D game? It turns out Siri is the worst GM ever!

Pg 71: Intimidation Check

This week in Epic Fail: Tinuvielle threatens Amuletts with mime (now that is scary).

Creator’s Commentary: Before you ask, yes, Tinuvielle actually did this during a D&D game. It wasn’t just the one time either. It was actually pretty intimidating.

Is it me or does the sky look like a lava pit from hell? It’s supposed to be a sunset. Think I should tone it down?

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Interparty Conflict

Interparty Conflict is the final piece of card art for the WAGON Webcomic Battle Cardgame which is on pre-order right now! I’m not exactly sure what the cards effect will be yet, but something along the lines of characters belonging to the same group fighting with each other! I thought this was a suitable Plot Device to reflect Epic Fail because, as you all know, it happens in the comic all the time! You can’t see the plot through characters squabbling with one another!

I decide to use Dirk, Tinuvelle and Yoru on this card because they don’t have their own Character cards like Amuletts, Clodin and Martin and I didn’t want them to be left out. I thought covering Yoru’s ears so he doesn’t hear any bad language would be the sort of sweet, protective thing Tinuvielle would do. Don’t ask me what they are arguing about – I haven’t a clue. I just had fun doing the facial expressions.

By the way I found a fun Video on YouTube about interparty conflict in D&D. Just thought I’d share.

Pg 65: Fool me twice

This week in Epic Fail: Dirk realises Amuletts has been messing with him again and is unhappy. Tinuvielle decides she’s going to do something about it.

Creator’s Commentary: “Fool me once shame on you; Fool me twice shame on me.”

In D&D terms the ‘Slippery’ spell would be the ‘Grease’ spell (but I kinda want non-D&D players to understand what the spell does without reading a spell description, thus the renaming).

I know Amuletts elicits mixed feelings in fans: some love her some hate her. But I think you can all agree that she’s been asking for it for a while now.

Pg 63: Just Beginning

This Week in Epic Fail: Yoru seems to like his Pony trembling in fear and so the party depart for Kasperbianca where the Adventure will really begin…

Creator’s Commentary: Prepare yourself – there will be another update of Epic Fail tomorrow because it is Dialogue Free Comics Day. I know! This never happens! Must be someone’s Birthday. Oh wait! It’s mine 🙂

I’m loving drawing that Gryphon. I was originally going to alter the part where it flys out of the frame, so it stayed inside the box, but it looked cool so I kept it.

This page marks the end of Adventure prep and the beginning of Adventure proper. Of course there will still be a fair old bit of general messing around because this comic is Epic Fail.

EDIT: On posting I’ve noticed a few mistakes (Yoru’s funky ears, Dirk’s disappearing sword and Martin’s sword shrinkage). Will fix after D&D.  – FIXED

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Sunday Sketch #18 – Fugly

This is Fugly. I don’t think he was every officially christened, but everybody called him that so he assumed it was his name!

I’ve played Fugly in a few D&D games and he came number 3 in my ‘Favorite 5 Player Characters list.’ He is a classic example of Low Comliness i.e. he is physically unattractive – not to be confused with a low charisma character like Crunt. Fugly actually has a sweet nature that endeers him to people if only they will look past his appearance and get to know him (unfortunately few do).

He is a half-orc and his ugliness is a result of birth deformities which meant he was picked on by both Orcs and Humans and beaten regularly as a result. This left him with scars, a broken nose, cheekbone etc. that made him look even uglier. Unfortunately people can be cruel and judge by appearance. He also has low intellegence but I think that comes from being beaten round the head a little too often. Sad, eh?

Yeah I’m kinda mean to my characters…