Art & software

“I’m Storm Snowclaw, and this is my favorite spot on the Citadel!” Voice: Brandon Keener as Garrus Vakarian (Mass Effect) Garrus was my favorite character in the Mass Effect series, and he’s got the kind of attitude that I’d imagine for Storm: They’re both independent and professional, perhaps even arrogant sometimes, but also loyal friends and always ready to cheer you up with a joke. I think this is the first scene that really shows Storm’s nose piercing - he’s probably the only member of Snow Warband who would get a piercing, but I think it fits him.

3D Art — February 25, 2019

Ahh, coffee… Commission for Sidewinder30k of his charr Thel Victus, a tired but happy Iron Legion soldier. I also got to design an Iron Legion version of Kianga’s shirt, including a logo and more writing in New Krytan! For some reason writing in this language is oddly fun. Especially sideways, or even better: in circles. See if you can decipher it! I hope you like him, and thank you for the commission!

3D Art — February 22, 2019

Most of Ark’s ‘bandmates were asleep, and he should have been too. They’d been marching all day through the jungle, felt like getting cooked alive in their armor. But lying here in their makeshift camp, Ark wished he could have marched through the night anyway - so he wouldn’t have to face those dreams again. Maybe it was just the heat messing with him. His thoughts kept wandering back to that moment when everything went wrong: When their friends and allies suddenly turned against them, and their airship crashed into the jungle.

3D Art, Writing — February 20, 2019

“I don’t quite see how you cherish the memory of the dead by killing another million.” Sean Connery as John Mason (The Rock) Ark would probably have the oldest voice of all my charr, even though they’re actually all around the same age. I just imagine him being the calmest one, with a voice that could probably tell wonderful bedtime stories - or casually call a superior officer an idiot without even blinking, like Sean Connery in that scene.

3D Art — February 19, 2019

It’s a Chaz! Roaming the streets of Ebonhawke and looking a little nervous… I’ve been following Chaz’ adventures on Tumblr for a long time, even before I started making my own 3D art, and I was excited to get the chance to model them in my own style. I based their physique on the in-game model, and the texture design on a drawn reference - probably the most challenging character I’ve worked on so far.

3D Art — February 18, 2019

Roses are red, violets are blue, if you throw this stuff again I’m gonna punch you. Valentine’s advice: Please don’t throw harpy pheromones at charr. It takes forever to get this stuff out of their fur (and clothes) again.

3D Art — February 14, 2019

“Every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things but vice versa the bad things don’t necessarily spoil the good things, or make them unimportant.” - Matt Smith as The Doctor Inspired by a recent discussion on our Discord, I wondered which voice actor I’d choose for my charr, if it had to be a different one than the default voice.

3D Art — February 11, 2019

Two derps, just one pair of eyes - and probably a lot of blood whiskey… Happy Birthday Loki, and a Happy Lunar New Year to you all! I wish I had a third charr model I could include here, because it’s another birthday today, of a fierce charr lady and artist I respect a lot: @charrior-of-ash on Tumblr - Please stay awesome, all of you! <3

3D Art — February 6, 2019

The bartender walks over to Kianga´s table and serves a cup of hot chocolate." So, one cup of hot chocolate for our brave and fearless warrior. You already told us about the years in Fahrar, but how was it after that? Tell us about the first order the Snow Warband received." — Sidewinder30k, January 30th, 2019 Kianga: “Fresh out of the fahrar, we felt ready to take on anything. We would have charged straight at Zhaitan if they had sent us.

3D Art, Writing — January 30, 2019

It seems that Loki has a different opinion. A response to yesterday’s response to Danero’s drawing of Arcdanis giving people a stern reminder to be decent. (Confused yet?) Dangit Loki, people will never listen to Kianga if you give them this cute smile.

3D Art — January 25, 2019

Sometimes all it needs is a stern look from your legionnaire to restore discipline. A response to a piece by my friend Danero, which sometimes gets posted on his Discord server when things get a little too frisky. Now he just needs to make one with his own character and we can be the Trio of Disapproval. (Of course we’ll never need this on our Snow Warband Discord. We’re the epitome of decency.

3D Art — January 24, 2019

What’s it like growing up in a warband? — Fuwyfox, January 22nd, 2019 Kianga: “Most charr will have a hard time imagining what it’s like growing up without a warband. There are friends and ‘bandmates around you all the time, always ready for a joke.” “In our first year at the fahrar, just when we were getting used to working and fighting as a team, our primus woke us up in the morning and told us that we’d be split up.

3D Art, Writing — January 22, 2019

Patreon reward for Miokendai, of his charr Miolius Scriberend! His big floofy mane was the ultimate test for my hair modeling technique - there are still some issues I need to work on, especially when posing the character, but overall I think it turned out well. I also made a simple outfit for him, this time themed for the Order of Whispers. Bonus points if you can figure out that New Krytan script!

3D Art — January 20, 2019

“Who needs a holosmith when you can have a holowarrior?” Please excuse the silliness, I just figured out how to make holograms in Blender.

3D Art — January 17, 2019

Response to a question by Haruka Emberfall on Tumblr: “I dont recall seeing any of the bandmates sleeping yet. Could we see them cozying up for a good night’s sleep in the barracks?” Yes, our grumpy necromancer has a little plushie for sleeping. Yes, he made it himself. No, you don’t want to ask about the dry rattling sound it makes. I originally wanted to show more of them in the same scene, but the layout of their sleeping quarters makes that difficult.

3D Art — January 15, 2019

“Promote me? Hah. What could be better than leading my warband into battle?” Thanks to @WyvrnDWRipsnarl on Twitter for the prompt! I wanted to see what happens when I use screenshots as backgrounds for simple character scenes, similar to what I do with my dog tags. I’m not going to use this technique for more complex scenes, but I think for quick prompts it works just fine? Probably more interesting to look at than those plain colored backgrounds.

3D Art — January 13, 2019

Patching up a warrior’s bruised arms and legs is easy. Patching up his bruised ego can be a lot harder. I made this scene before I played the latest episode, but this feels more relevant now.

3D Art — January 8, 2019

Here’s the first custom charr model I’ve made as a Patreon reward: Loki Roland. The model is based on my previous charr, with more detailed hair and paws. Lucky for me, Loki is also a Blood Legion warrior, so I could reuse Kianga’s eye patch design and the loincloth. I still made a new and more detailed loincloth texture for him, because the old one had some technical issues. Overall this was a lot of fun, and I learned some new modeling techniques along the way - I’ll definitely use this kind of hair again for future models.

3D Art — January 6, 2019

A response to this piece by guildwuff2 on Tumblr: When she posted this earlier this week on her Patreon (which is awesome by the way), I felt like doing a little pose and light matching practice - and this happened. At first I had Kianga in that pose, but then I figured my other charr could use some love too, so here’s martial arts nerd Chui Snowblast, ready for some sparring!

3D Art — December 30, 2018

A little birthday present for my most awesome (and only) Branded friend, Sam. The spooky glowing present in the background was contributed by Keeya Snowtail, and I cannot vouch for its contents. Open at your own risk.

3D Art — December 23, 2018

This may not quite qualify as silent night, but it’s as close as you can get with a Blood Legion warband. I wish you all pleasant holidays, with lots of fun and food and most importantly the chance to spend time with the ones you love. Happy Wintersday!

3D Art — December 23, 2018

Snow Warband presents the latest advance in Pact technology: The Platform for Armed Wintersday Celebration (short: P.A.W.C.) Developed in cooperation with the best Legion engineers, it’s got guns, bayonets, flamethrowers, mortars, deadly spikes, and plenty of space for festive decorations. Celebrating Wintersday in charr style! Keeya Snowtail was busy doing, er, mesmer things and couldn’t attend the photoshoot, but also sends her greetings (artwork by our guild leader, Minarr Howlfury). A wonderful Wintersday to all of you!

3D Art — December 16, 2018

“Um, boss? Are you sure you’ve ordered a Wintersday tree and not a tank?” Continuing from last week, they’ve started assembling… something. With various degrees of efficiency. Looking at you, Storm. Speaking of fun, all the Wintersday cookies in this scene were lovingly baked, modeled, and textured by my partner, Keeya Snowtail.

3D Art — December 9, 2018

“Guys, get up! Our Wintersday supplies have arrived, it’s time to decorate!” Not everyone in the warband shares Kianga’s excitement for Wintersday. Especially not at five in the morning. First full scene with the whole warband! This one is inspired by the sleeping area in Hero’s Canton. I’ve always found it a little strange that charr have their beds right next to the showers, but I guess it’s efficient…? Happy holidays to you all!

3D Art — December 4, 2018

“Look what we got: New casual clothes for the whole warband! There’s even our emblem on it. Neat, huh?” I’m especially proud of the subtle Blood Legion design on his back. Cough.

3D Art — December 3, 2018

With most members of Snow Warband, it’s okay to start a little bar brawl - all in good fun. With Skarr… I wouldn’t recommend it. Skarr Blacksnow, necromancer, medic, and obviously the warband’s most charming member. I think you can see why none of them ever get sick for long.

3D Art — November 30, 2018

“Need a fire?” Storm Snowclaw, fourth member of the warband. If you haven’t guessed, he’s the elementalist and he loves setting things on fire.

3D Art — November 28, 2018

Based on a drawing prompt Ark can’t beat Kianga in a game of arm wrestling, but it turns out that drinking games work much more in his favor. The only downside is having to get a drunken 500 pound charr back home safely… Also introducing the third member of Snow Warband: my engineer, Chui Snowblast, to the right.

3D Art — November 22, 2018

Based on the drawing prompt “outside in a terrible storm” “Oh I love storms, nothing terrible about them!” Hmm, I’m not entirely happy with that lightning and rain buuut I guess it’s okay for a first attempt? I hope?

3D Art — November 18, 2018

Based on the drawing prompt: “in the middle of a fight/battle” “There are different kinds of fights…” Ark may have picked the wrong one here.

3D Art — November 17, 2018

Based on the drawing prompt: “for sale” Not for sale, but for hire! They’re not mercenaries, but they’d totally pose like this just for the fun of it. While looking for mercenary slogans, I also found this gem: You Pay, We Slay.

3D Art — November 16, 2018

Based on the drawing prompt: “standing over an unmoving figure” “It’s okay, you’re safe now.” Follow-up to the previous scene. I know, technically he’s kneeling not standing, and technically the figure is moving. Hope it still counts!

3D Art — November 15, 2018

Things you can find at the beach: Sand, sea shells, crabs… washed-up charr?

3D Art — November 14, 2018

“We are Blood Legion. We don’t run from danger.” However, when you’re in the shower and realize you forgot the cake in the oven…

3D Art — November 12, 2018

“So you think I’m ticklish?” For my friend Loki. Trying to impress a Blood Legion warrior with tickles? Good luck with that.

3D Art — November 11, 2018

“Have you been cleaning your rifles properly?” Santa Claws, terror of the cubs at the Citadel’s Wintersday festivities.

3D Art — November 10, 2018

“We don’t fight for some guy sitting in a chair. We fight for the Legions - for our ‘bandmates, our friends and loved ones. We fight so they have a world that’s worth living in.” Last piece for Charrtober and a salute to all of you, no matter which legion you fight for. Thank you for your support, for all your likes and replies and reblogs and follows this month! I hope you’ve enjoyed my 3D scenes as much as I’ve enjoyed making them.

3D Art — October 31, 2018

“A friend you can trust is more precious than any gold in the world.” Seriously, Romans. Did it have to be XXX for number 30, especially when this scene turned out a little more cuddly than I had planned? I mean, it’s perfectly normal for good friends to hug naked - right?

3D Art — October 30, 2018

“Did you hear what he said about my eyes?” Flattery will get you everywhere with charr.

3D Art — October 29, 2018

“Oh! Hi. I was just uhh, exercising.” After all these gloomy scenes, here’s a fierce charr warrior chasing his own tail. Purely for exercise, of course.

3D Art — October 28, 2018

“We honored Fyre as we would have honored any soldier of the Legions. There is no sense in holding grudges - we move on, and we keep fighting.” I wondered if charr would have any funerary practices. Cremation was common in the Roman Empire and it seemed to fit the charr kind of thinking (quick and efficient), but I was worried about the Flame Legion association. However, after a bit of searching, I learned that it’s actually canon!

3D Art, Writing — October 27, 2018

“We didn’t speak another word, yet we both knew that only one would leave the arena that night. Somehow the crowd felt it too - the Bane was eerily silent. When he attacked, it was with a speed I had never seen of him. His claws slashed across my chest, and when I swung to the side to evade him, I left my head unprotected.” “There was a crack and I found myself on the floor, unable to breathe.

3D Art, Writing — October 26, 2018

“With two of my soldiers in the infirmary after what Fyre called a ‘mortar exercise’, I confronted him. I wasn’t subtle. He hit me. Another charr would have kicked his ass right there, and maybe that’s what he was hoping for, so he could send me to jail again. I stayed calm and did what I should have done long ago: In front of his officers, I challenged him to a fight in the Bane.

3D Art, Writing — October 25, 2018

“The legionnaire alone bears responsibility for the actions of his warband. No matter how much he hated them, Fyre could not touch my soldiers - and I reminded him at every opportunity. This meant I spent some nights in the stockade for things I didn’t even do - that none of us had done, in fact. It didn’t matter to him, and it didn’t matter to me. We just played this game for a while.

3D Art, Writing — October 24, 2018

“Strangely enough, Fyre never threatened to throw us out of Blood Legion. Maybe he saw it as a waste of resources. Maybe he wanted to keep tormenting us. Or maybe he knew it was the one thing we feared, and thought he could use that fear to keep us under control. He was also wrong.” A “what if” scene that didn’t actually happen. As a gladium, he would have to give up his favorite Blood Legion shirt - unthinkable.

3D Art, Writing — October 23, 2018

“I’m glad there are no pictures of that BBQ incident…” But there are. Always mind your tail when near an open flame.

3D Art — October 22, 2018

“Wait–what do you mean, and nothing else?” Kianga has regrets. Original tweet:

3D Art — October 22, 2018

“Fyre and I clashed horns plenty of times: he called us a pitiful excuse for a warband, I called him a disgrace to the Legions. I thought it was just the usual Blood Legion tone, and that it would get better with time. I was wrong.” Ahh, that second character model is like a whole new toy to play with. So much fun!

3D Art, Writing — October 21, 2018

“During our first months as a warband I spent many nights in the Bane. It’s a simpler world: No politics, no scheming - just your opponent and your claws and the roar of the crowd after a good fight.” A different take on the “Champion of the Bane” scene I posted a while ago: with an additional character, and Kianga without his eye patch. This is before he “earned” it.

3D Art, Writing — October 20, 2018

“Fresh out of the fahrar, I left behind the best primus a cub could wish for, and got the worst scum of a centurion a legionnaire could imagine.” I’d like to introduce Fyre Duskmane, Kianga’s first centurion. If you think he looks unpleasant, be glad you never met him in person. Can I make a new charr in one day? Yes, apparently I can. He’s based on Kianga’s model, with some modifications to the face and horns, and a completely new texture.

3D Art, Writing — October 19, 2018

“When all you have is a nail, everything looks like a hammer.” Sometimes a warrior needs to improvise. Better not ask where he ripped out that pipe.

3D Art — October 18, 2018

“Some charr build tanks in their free time. Others blow up stuff. I forge weapons. You should try it too, it’s relaxing!” And look, I figured out how to make glowing hot steel! The anvil you see here is one of the first things I’ve ever modeled in Blender, after a tutorial by Blender Guru on YouTube.

3D Art — October 17, 2018

“Every year around this time, I get the strangest nightmares about trying to escape from a shattered tower made of clocks and gears, over and over again… Weird, huh?” This was fun to make - the Mad King’s Clock Tower is my favorite part of Halloween in Guild Wars 2. I would have loved to add more detail, but ran out of time and had to start the render so it would finish in time.

3D Art — October 16, 2018

“In recognition of his contributions to the war against the Elder Dragon Zhaitan, Dracaelus Croix is hereby awarded the Iron Legion Medal of Excellence.” Signed, Imperator Smodur the Unflinching, 1326 AE And in recognition of being an awesome and kind charr, today’s render is dedicated to @dracaelus-croix on Tumblr - that’s his paw, not Kianga’s. Thank you for letting me use your name (and paw) here!

3D Art — October 15, 2018

“Claw? Just one? How about all of them!” Just a quick and fun pose for today - hope it makes you smile!

3D Art — October 14, 2018

“Take it if you can!” Charr lore draws heavily from Roman history, so I created a battle standard inspired by a Roman signum. In the Roman legions, losing one of these standards to the enemy brought terrible disgrace to a unit, and I imagine it is the same for the charr.

3D Art — October 13, 2018

Charr can be both gentle and murderous, and sometimes the two are only seconds apart. I try to find a new thing every day, and this time it’s motion blur: This is actually one frame of an animation in which he swipes his claws at the camera.

3D Art — October 12, 2018

My first day in the Maguuma Jungle: “Seriously, burn those pocket raptors.” Try wearing armor next time! This was slightly outside the comfort zone, but fun. Also fun fact: Kianga’s texture is currently mirrored - everything I draw on the right also appears on the left, so I had to be a little clever about the placement of those scars.

3D Art — October 12, 2018

“Mmm, there’s nothing like a good steak!” … even if it looks a little derpy. Time is a problem with these daily renders: I can’t always add as much detail as I’d like, sometimes I just run out of time. I hope Kianga’s happy smile makes up for it!

3D Art — October 11, 2018

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” (A quote by a human called Mark Twain. Must have been a warrior.) This is a more experimental piece. The idea was to show him standing at the edge of an abyss, but without fear. One friend said he looks afraid, another said he looks relaxed. I’ve stared at this for too long to decide, but I’m curious what you think!

3D Art — October 10, 2018

Here’s a better look at Kianga’s gunspear, Reavor. I originally wanted to have him in full armor here, but couldn’t finish it in time. So he’ll be a badass a while longer and fight his enemies in nothing but a loincloth. No problem!

3D Art — October 9, 2018

A proud legionnaire showing off a medal for the warband’s actions during the Maguuma campaign. I designed this as a coin (like the Ash Legion coin from day 1), but I guess calling it a medal makes more sense. I also designed a back side but couldn’t figure out a good way to show it here, so I’ll do that in a later scene.

3D Art — October 8, 2018

“Eavesdropping? It’s called gathering intelligence.” Crucial intelligence, such as which Wintersday present the warband is getting for him this year.

3D Art — October 7, 2018

Kicking in the front door may be the most fun, but it’s not always the wisest plan of attack. Featuring Kianga’s new weapon, Reavor: A gunspear (yes, you read that right) designed by fellow 3D artist Haruka Emberfall. This was a total surprise to me - thank you, Haru! Don’t worry, you’ll get to see the weapon in more detail in upcoming scenes.

3D Art — October 6, 2018

Even a charr can show compassion, but never mistake it for weakness or you’ll get to see my other side. I struggled a bit with finding a suitable scene that wouldn’t require a second character, which I don’t have yet. But I never did a back view with Kianga before, so here we go.

3D Art — October 5, 2018

Kianga STOP this is not how a warrior– no, we are NOT going to play with a ball of yarn.

3D Art — October 5, 2018

Never forget. Kianga may be great at carving up monsters, but carving apples… not so much.

3D Art — October 4, 2018

A legionnaire’s duties do not end when the day’s fighting is over. When the warband’s asleep, he goes to fight his next battle: paperwork. Very happy with the mood in this one. Yes, that’s my own handwriting. It’s not significantly better than a charr’s.

3D Art — October 3, 2018

“What did that human say, the book is mightier than the sword? Or was it the pen? Oh, whatever.” Kianga is not entirely convinced, but he’s willing to try.

3D Art — October 2, 2018

“You’re late.” (A Blood Legion soldier is never late. He arrives precisely when he’s meant to.)

3D Art — October 2, 2018

So I thought, let’s make an Ash Legion coin! How hard can it be? Three hours later…

3D Art — October 1, 2018

Ordered cake. Didn’t realize it was an Asuran bakery. I went with a simpler background this time, hope you like it anyway! The cake was delicious, by the way, just not very… filling.

3D Art — October 1, 2018

“Kianga, didn’t your primus ever tell you not to stand on chairs?” “W-why would he do that… (hic)” It takes a lot to get Kianga drunk, but it’s usually great entertainment for his warband.

3D Art — September 30, 2018

I wanted to create a peaceful scene for a change, and what’s better than Ascalon with its beautiful fall colors? Had to cut some corners with textures so this wouldn’t take me another week, but I’m happy with the result. Hope you’re enjoying the season as much as Kianga here!

3D Art — September 29, 2018

For our warband’s sixth anniversary they surprised me with not one but six chocolate cakes. On the condition that I could hold them all. For one minute. Hah, the things I do for chocolate cake! Next year I could get into trouble though… Actually it’s not his birthday, but the anniversary of Snow Warband’s reassignment to their current centurion, after the… incident with the previous one.

3D Art — September 12, 2018

Centurion, please have one of my giant chocolate cakes - and my best wishes! I’d eat that cake quickly. The way he stares at it, it might not survive for long. I also made him a casual/training outfit, can’t congratulate a centurion while wearing nothing but a loincloth…

3D Art — September 11, 2018

“Come on, let’s have a little fight!” Just a quick practice with a combat pose and three-point lighting. I’ve been working on the rig for my model, making it easier to control the eyes and paws.

3D Art — September 8, 2018

Every charr’s got their own way of blowing off steam after a long week: Shooting things, building war machines, or, you know… wrestling giant devourers in the Bane. I felt like creating an environment for a change, after working on that charr model for months. Needless to say, this ended up being a little more work than I had planned.

3D Art — August 31, 2018

Ever wondered what Blood Legion wears under that heavy armor? Now you know. This is a first 3D render of my fully textured charr model - including a custom eye patch and a Blood Legion issue loincloth. (I know, very subtle.)

3D Art — August 18, 2018

3D render of an anthropomorphic black-backed jackal in a cartoony style, pointing at something just to the right of the viewer. He has bright blue eyes and is wearing a short dark purple tunic and a black utility belt with a hunting knife.

3D model of River, an anthro jackal for a game project, based on a character design by Temiree.

3D Art — April 18, 2018

My very first Blender project was, of course, the donut from the popular Blender Guru tutorial I found the original scene in one of my backups and rendered it again with the current Blender version (2.90.1). (My donut had to be chocolate, of course.)

3D Art — January 27, 2018

Cyklus was a watch face for Android Wear with a clean, minimalistic design. Instead of a typical 12-hour analog clock it would show a ring for an entire 24-hour period, along with markers for sunrise/sunset, weather, alarms, and calendar events.

Software — March 20, 2017