So, a quick recap on the current competition set by
Dave a few weeks ago. Just to recap, Dave wrote....
"THE BIG ONE"
Last week`s competition was really just the prelude to this week`s much cooler one. If you're interested, this is where you can influence the rpg realm that "Death Match" resides in!
So what's the competition I hear you say? Well what we would like you to do is design an alien, or beast or costume for one of the races; or anything you would like to see (maybe create some space pirates, for example?). This can be done as a sketch, or a description, or as a sculpt: You have three weeks from today to get your entry in.
So what's the prize? well there will be two.. as the cupboard will choose a winner. But then you will choose the second.. because we will do a post with all the entries - at which point you can vote for your favourite, being the "people's choice".
Each winner will receive the model of their design, and you will also receive a converted and painted gladiator of your choice as well, so you will truly have a one of a kind prize.
Let the creation begin . . .
So without any further ado, here are the entries so far (you still have until tomorrow evening to get last minute entries in, and we will simply add/edit them neatly to this article.. as though it's been there all along hehe).
First, is Hils Mindless Slave/Machine Servitor. Techno Ancients (Alien Greys) are known for abducting humans, stealing their brains and placing them inside mechanical golems, which they then use to do their bidding, like zombie servants. This first creation entry from Hils is a mechanical construct known affectionately as "The Bulldog" Used to carry heavy loads and to serve as front line `cannon fodder` soldiers in times of need and strife. These lumbering monstrosities are pretty terrifying if coming at you in a full out horn first charge.
this hulking brute goes by the name "Sharphorn"
Hils second entry isnt a new creature so much as a variation on an existing theme.
The Furry Family Nest.
The Grey Queen
and Limpo the Grey Hybrid Hero
Lovely simple sketches. However, our Greys..
(actually called Techno Ancients) walk on their hands, like the Tattooine Podracer "Sebulba" an alien `Dug` from The film Phantom Menace). But these can easily be sculpted to manoeuvre this way, should they be chosen as a winning vote, and then cast into miniatures for our game.
Next we have the Tum-Tum Fire Bird (whose feathers turn flame red when trying to look aggressive and in full `attack` mode). This, fiery creature lives out in the desert wastes and its florescent yellow eggs are considered a rare delicacy for the tables at Valatrix`s court on Traventi. This is a lovely entry from budding artist Sarah Young.
Next we have a series of human Space Pirate
costumes, a late entry from Dave Glidle. Sent to me this morning while Hils and I were on the phone to Dave (Stone).
Blanche Fletcher (a Fellowship Member) gives us
Ladran Astof, a freelance Revili gladiator, making
rather a name for himself in the fighting arena of late. Unknown to most though, Ladran is actually a highly advanced humanoid cyborg... and also an animal rightist spy, sent to infiltrate the court of Vallatrix and ascertain the true extent of the alien animal breeding programs on Traventi.
Next we have a rather cool entry from Jez
(Carrion Crow). He gives us....
From the upper echelons to the lowest dregs of Traventian society, there is a name that instils fear in all that hear it. A name that is whispered in hushed tones - if at all, for to speak it aloud runs the risk of drawing attention that is both unwelcome and potentially fatal.
And that name is the Nisari.
Whilst the majority of the Traventian populace have embraced the Games, enjoying the spectacle and prosperity they bring, a small faction still cling to what they consider to be the traditional ways of Traventian culture. This faction, known as the Nisari, consider the Games to be an abomination and all those who support them to be betraying both their heritage and culture
Had the Nisari remained aloof from general society, ensconced in their mountain fastnesses amongst the choking red dust of the Wastes, their beliefs could have been safely ignored. However, they have chosen to wage an insidious war on both offworld visitors and those they consider traitors to their race.
Utilising the venom of the Traventian Dust Viper, the Nisari have developed a solution that is injected into the veins of their most fanatical followers. This increases the aggression, reflexes and pain threshold of its recipients, but also causes fatal internal haemorrhaging, as the toxic solution eats away at their internal organs and blood weeps from every pore. These fanatical warriors, dubbed 'The Chosen', therefore have a limited life-span and to extend their usefulness, have their bodies tightly wrapped in linen bandages to stem the constant flow of blood.
The Chosen, armed with their distinctive twin-bladed punch-daggers, are therefore a grisly sight, their emaciated frames wrapped in fraying, blood-soaked bandages, the fire of their fanatical zeal burning on their eyes. Given their conspicuous appearance, they are sent on their suicidal missions concealed within dark-hued hooded robes, which are discarded when they are in a position to strike. Even the elite Palace Guards employed by Lord Vallatrix himself have come to loathe and fear these relentless killers.
Finally from Tarot (below) we have The Creminisci (the Forefathers), who are a (natural) alien race of telepathic mystics from the planet Llya`Tasus.
and a wild carnivorous plant, occasionally found on the banks of Traventi oasis.
Pes-Tube (the foot plant).
Remember, its not always how cool the design or the drawing is that counts: but how well we think it fits into our world view ethos of the games we are trying to create for our wild alien adventures.
Cheers guys, and best of luck :-)