Aug 4, 2012

Shen Heavy Infantry

This was originally done for Armies of Tekumel, Book 6: The Shen.
The book got cancelled when Tekumel Games went through some (ahem) financial difficulties.
Years later the book did finally get produced...minus all the Shen like the one above.
Maybe we'll find a nice new home for these long-lost Shen...

Please Note: The helmet is adapted from a fierce swamp-creature native to Shenyu; no doubt as a discerning person of good taste in such matters, you have noticed the reinforced split in the top section to allow the Shen's spiny-bits to go all erect without interfering with little things like seeing through the eye-holes, stuff like that. The Shen consider this a design feature, a few fool-hardy monkey-types have tried to exploit this as though it were a design flaw, with mixed results. Usually to the chagrin of the non-Shen.

Jun 7, 2012

Hlyss: Straight-On

The Hlyss are 'cousins' to the Ssu. Quadripedal insectoid creatures who have the nasty habit of inserting their larvae into the still-conscious bodies of their enemies. I've seen several side-views before, so I tought that I'd try something a little different.

Jun 6, 2012

Composite Undead

Thanks to certain vats and other devices of the ancients, among other things, some sorcerers, priests and scholars have been able to cobble-together a wide variety of composite undead. Some are more akin to the Mrur or Shedra, but most are closer to the Hra in character. Some of these composite undead are composed of non-human pieces and parts. These sorts of undead are occasionally encountered in the deeper parts of older sections of the underworld. Certain temples have been known to send discrete expeditions to search through the regions where such things have been reported, perhaps they are hoping to find functional vats, or other such things...

May 21, 2012

Got Shen?

Thinking about drawing-up some new Shen...

May 18, 2012

Some Random Old Tekumel Sketches

All of this stuff is from the Eighties, except for the Hnalla glyph, that was done around 2000 or thereabouts.
The Swampfolk was done for Mr. Kaiser's Player's Guide to Tekumel, the undead guy with the spear was originally done for one of the old sourcebooks, if I'm remembering correctly. The 'Very Eighties Shen' was one of dozens of sketches done originally for Armies of Tekumel Book VI: The Shen...more than half of which was lost, and the remainder is on-file with the Aethervox folks for safe-keeping. The last piece is a Tsoggu. Nasty creatures, the Tsoggu. Tekumel has some very cool monsters. I'll keep digging and see if I can find my Ghar, Thunru'u, or Vorodla. I still have to finish the Serudla and the Sro I started when we were still gaming in Butrus. And Fluffy the Wonder-Zrne...I definitely want to draw a pack of Guard Zrne like the Shen are in the process of breeding/training...
Quick Swampfolk thumbnail-sketch
One of thousands of undead legions in service to Lord Sarku
A Shen with a feathery crest.
Some Shen can get as vain about their armor as any human...
An ancient form of the glyph for Hnalla

An old  Tsoggu sketch

May 10, 2012

Sketching Around (1)

An experiment with an old brush-pen I found in the box. Forgot I had the thing. Hmmm. Not sure I care for it, compared to a real brush, but it dried fast and it'll be good for practising on some of the squiggly-sigils, glyphs, seals, emblems, etc. I'll post things here as I do more.