Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Shortbread the Tavern boy

Shortbread the Tavern boy
Domestic sheep lamb (
Ovis aries)

And so we come to our 50th and final animal adventurer (for the time being, at least): Shortbread the Tavern boy! Orphaned as a baby, and adopted soon after by Bram Battlehorn and Mary Meadowspell, little Shortbread does his best to help around the Tavern, waiting at tables or doing the dishes.

Tiffany the Barbarian

Tiffany the Barbarian
Red desert scorpion (Urodacus yaschenkoi)

Gemma the Fighter

Gemma the Fighter
Domestic rabbit (Oryctolagus)

Ignatio the Wizard

Ignatio the Wizard
Flame skimmer dragonfly
Libellula saturata)

Ferdinand the Bard

Ferdinand the Bard
Butterscotch ferret (Mustela putorius furo)

Pierre the Rogue

Pierre the Rogue
Common chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon)

Uasu the Fighter

Uasu the Fighter
Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

Panzòn the Baron

Panzòn the Baron
Raccoon (Procyon lotor)

Baldo the Paladin

Baldo the Paladin
Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata)

Silvius the Ranger

Silvius the Ranger
Carpathian boar (Sus scrofa attila)

40th Battering Ram Patron: Mary the Tavern Keeper

Mary the Tavern Keeper
Anglo-nubian goat (Capra aegagrus hircus)

Here she is, our 40th animal adventurer! Mary Meadowspell trained as a druidic sorceress for most of her youth, learning the ways and whims of the wilds, until eventually leaving her secluded village to seek her fortune. She joined several different parties throughout her adventuring years, forging a mighty reputation for herself. She played a pivotal role in the destruction of the Blight Lord’s fortress, as well as the purification of the Emerald Vale and the Bubbling Swamp.
After many years of danger and excitement, she settled down in a quiet village miles from anywhere and on the road to everywhere else, where she met her future husband, Bram. Together they run the Battering Ram tavern.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

D&D: Ode Phantomspark (PLUS ANNOUNCEMENTS)

Here's a new character that I've created for D&D: Ode Phantomspark, the rock gnome bard.
Coming from a family of artificers, he left home with his electric lyre to seek fame and fortune in the big wild world.

- I'll be starting up university again soon and I'm hoping to start doing commissions while I'm there, to raise some extra funds. My plan is to offer D&D/RPG character portraits, in my usual hand-drawn and hand-coloured style.

- Before that, however, I'll be winding down The Battering Ram project. I'll be updating more frequently over the course of this month until I get to 50 characters. After that, the Ram will be on hiatus, so that I can focus on doing commissions.

- I'll also be converting my blogger site into more of a portfolio website and do all my regular art and project updates on tumblr, which is also where I'll be putting up info about commissions as soon as I can.

Thanks for reading!
- Tom

Monday, 5 June 2017

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Monday, 29 May 2017

Monday, 15 May 2017

Monday, 1 May 2017

30th Battering Ram Patron: Bram the Tavern Keeper

Bram Battlehorn the Tavern Keeper
Wiltshire horn ram (Ovis aries)

Bram Battlehorn spent his youth going on several quests and adventures throughout the realm and beyond. An accomplished fighter, he soon earned the nickname ‘Battering Ram’ for his habit of charging into dangerous situations and knocking down any barricade or enemy in his way.
However, a head injury resulting from a confrontation with the evil Baron Morkaggon forced him to retire from adventuring. Soon after, he set up the Battering Ram Tavern, a safe haven and meeting place for all other rambling adventurers, be they hungry for a pie or for a quest. 

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Butterfly Wizard (Butterflies for Lupus / World Lupus Day)

Here's a Butterfly Wizard for my friend Dawn Clarkson's initiative, Butterflies for Lupus.
For every butterfly design she receives, she'll be giving a donation to the Lupus UK charity as well as showcasing all the designs on her BFL website on World Lupus Day, May 10th.
Click on the links to find out more!

Monday, 24 April 2017

Friday, 21 April 2017

Fan-art Friday: The Dungeon Rats!

It's Friday, and time for some more podcast fan-art!
This time it's that dastardly gang of misfits and murderers roaming the Endless Dungeon, known as the infamous Dungeon Rats!
It's a tremendously fun podcast, with some great characters and encounters, so give it a listen!
Dare-Ill the Demonic
Gilf the Godless
Rhoda the Ruthless
Belagard the Beheader
Bugfly the Bewitched

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Talisman Dwarf miniature

Hello all! I'm back from holiday, during which I had the immense pleasure of playing the Talisman (revised 4th edition) board game with Astrid. As well as making our way across the magical land in our quest for the Crown of Command, I had some fun repainting the Dwarf miniature from the game.
It's not as neat as I would have liked, but it's all good practice.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Sunday, 9 April 2017

D&D: The Great Cornetto

Here's another D&D character: The Great Cornetto, the magnificently charismatic tiefling warlock and charlatan! Having made a deal with the archfey hag 'Granny Gretchen', he received powerful arcane magic in exchange for a lifetime of servitude. However, Cornetto escaped and set off an a quest to make his fortune (and avoid Gretchen's vengeful wrath!)

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Fan-art: Dungeons, Dice & Everything Nice!

Hail and well met, yet again!
During my recent travels to and from Scotland, I spent a lot of my journey time listening to and greatly enjoying another D&D liveplay podcast: Dungeons, Dice & Everything Nice!
I heartily recommend you give it a listen (especially if you enjoy D&D).
I've almost caught up with their latest episode and I've enjoyed it so much that I decided to draw some fan-art for it, featuring the adventure's 'heroes': Grianna the half-orc ranger, Phoebe the gnome warlock, Kai the Earth Genasi barbarian and Zil, the human wizard.
Unfortunately the house printer/scanner is away for repairs, so all I had at my disposal was my phone camera. This meant that I've coloured these particular drawings in digitally, but I think they look nice all the same.

Friday, 10 March 2017

D&D: Professor Penflower

Hello again!
After starting a new mini-adventure with Astrid, featuring her human druid character Theodesia Mahoganea, I felt like coming up with another character for myself... again.
It should painfully obvious by now that one of the things I like most about Dungeons & Dragons, beyond playing it, is inventing new characters for myself.
Drawing on just how perfectly suited Theodesia is for Astrid (loves wild animals, slightly awkward around new people and her arcane focus is an actual succulent plant), I decided to make a character that really said something about me. Thus, Professor Penflower was born!
An eccentric forest gnome sorcerer and teacher, he is naive and somewhat reckless. He believes the gathering and sharing of knowledge to be of the utmost importance. He is always attempting to teach common (as well as basic magic and philosophy) to goblins, orcs and other monstrous creatures, and goes to any lengths to learn more about the more dangerous aspects of the universe. After summoning a demon in his office for study - and causing a lot of property damage - he was discredited and kicked out of the prestigious magic academy where he worked. His ex-colleague and rival, Dr. Nempyp Runebrew the racist half-elf, was chiefly responsible for his dismissal and the removal of Penflower's books from the academy library. The professor now roams the land in search of new knowledge, new adventures... and new students.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

D&D: Sir Kholgrom (miniature)

Hail and well met and a great big HELLO!
I have returned from my adventures in the Netherlands as well as a first time visit to Scotland, specifically Aberdeen and Dundee. I spent a wonderful week with my mighty girlfriend and my interview for the PGDE Primary course I have applied for at the University of Aberdeen went well.
While I gradually readjust to my working/creative routine, here's a brave little fellow I purchased in Eindhoven and painted with Astrid. Behold, the mighty Sir Kholgrom, skeleton knight!
Slain during a senseless battle between two foolish kingdoms, Kholgrom was resurrected by his good friend, the dwarf cleric Dunwyn: however, the spell was only half-cast as Dunwyn was himself killed during the ritual. As a result, Kholgrom returned as an undead creature who, though fleshless, has lost none of his knightly charm and conviction. He roams the lands in search of adventure and fame!