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
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: https://guildwuff2.tumblr.com/post/181562317299 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
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
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
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
“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
“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
“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
“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
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
“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
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
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
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
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