Monday, 14 March 2022

Rick Rhodes and the Pirates of Luna City

In the world of 7TV, Rick Rhodes and the Pirates of Lunar City is a 1940s retro-sci-fi cinematic serial following in the footsteps of the classic Buster Crabbe Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers serials, with a bit of King of the Rocketmen - and perhaps a slight hint towards a proto-Star Wars and later pulp sci-fi escapades. 

In reality, Lunar City is a collection of miniatures and a skirmish wargames campaign pack. Some of the artwork and sundry designs I produced for the game:

Retro Rocketeer Gal

Crash landing on in the volcanic valleys of Venus can the heroic Radium Raiders escape the foul beastmen and fearsome Magma Apes?  Only YOU can decide in this exciting two player tabletop battle skirmish narrative wargame!
Argh! It's the Ice Pirates

In the Ice Fortress of the Iago - The Pirate King sits on his cosmic throne, surrounded by his Brooklyn accented Ice Pirate lackeys, who've just finished hastily raiding the wardrobe dept. before going on guard duty. Dare YOU face the Pirate Kings challenge to fight on the floating gladitorial disk and win the fabled Horn of Saturn?

The ice pirates have been stunningly brought to life in miniature by Andrew May.  I also put together moodboards and concept sketches for various scenery items, including Iago's Throne, which have been produced as STL files for 3D printing. 

Ice Throne of Saturn Concept Sketches

And alongside that, I also did 5 isometric maps for each of the linked scenarios, which appear on the reverse of an A3 print of Ste Brotherstones magnificent cover art: 


And finally, in the never ending war against naked gamers (ugh, dread the thought!) the logotype I designed for the scenario is emblazoned on a cool black t-shirt. The perfect thing to wear to your local Retro Sci-Fi convention movie night,  while rocking out at your favourite Queen tribute bands gig or just saving the universe.

Despite never having really flexed my Retro-Scifi muscles,  I have a great fondness for those old black and white serials - repeated constantly on BBC2 in my childhood it seemed, and of course Mike Hodges Flash Gordon, and the Filmation serial that broadcast around the same time, so it was great project to work on.  

Rick Rhodes and the Pirates of Luna City for 7TV Pulp, from Crooked Dice Game Design Studio funding on Kickstarter now.

Tuesday, 8 March 2022

Rogue Sisters

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Rogue Trader Battle Sisters vs. The Clones of Nu-Earth gone Rogue. 

Sustainably produced via UK production and fulfilment house Teemill.

Ltd. 50 pieces worldwide.

Black box-cut tee featuring ombre graphic print, available exclusively through [ZHU] Industries Teemill store:

Tuesday, 8 February 2022

Knock! Magazine

A look at some of my drawings appearing in Knock! magazine. 

Self described as "An Adventure Gaming Bric-a-Brac. Being A Compendium of Miscellanea for Old School RPGs. For us OSR weirdos and curious D&D heads alike." Knock! Magazine is an as an A5, full colour, nicely designed, 200+ page magazine, in both print and PDF  published by The Merry Mushmen compilation of mostly gameable and inspirational OSR material for Dungeons and Dragons and its many retroclones. 

The Autnagrag / Knock #2

This was originally drawn for James Maliszewski's Gargant Class, something of André the Giant and Tony Hancock, Little John, Gann from Blake's 7, Alan Humphries from Grange Hill, Simon from Castle Waiting. The thing with drawing archetypes is they can take alternate manifestations, so the drawing been cunningly re-purposed here to illustrate Eric Nieudan's class The Autnagrag. Of course there is much more in Knock! than just this, monsters, magic items, character sheets, non-player characters, classes, maps, all provided by a veritable rogues gallery of high level OSR talent.

Knock! #2 can be purchased in print and pdf from The Merry Mushmen online shop.

Blighter and Eidolon / Knock #3

I also have three 'creature' drawings done for James, this time alongside his rules and background for the creatures in the forthcoming Knock #3,  including a pestilent mutant zombie and a skull faced robed ghost accompanied by some suitably grungy typography, although this is WIP and may be subject to some alteration before going to press. Knock #3 is currently on Kickstarter (at the time of writing the campaign is funded at £62,780, with 1,977 backers and 26 days left to run). As with #2 there is so much good, odd, weird, interesting and well put together material it's impossible to list it all, don't take my word for it, go and have a look!

Knock! #3 may be obtained by supporting the Kickstarter