From his remote tower, The Silent Sorcerer sends forth nonsensical artwork and useless gaming tools. He also likes to discuss RPGs, boardgames, miniatures painting, writing, movies, books, and whatever else strikes his fancy. Mostly though, his goal is to provide fun and goofy things to inspire others in their games. Enjoy!
On a rainy evening you are accosted by an insane barbarian standing by the road. The barbarian recounts to you an ancient legend that 14 days travel to the west, through the Ravine of Vile Dreams, can be found the Seething Monastery of the Snake. It is said that hidden there is the Expanding Ruby Scabbard of Perversion. But beware, for the barbarian informs you that the Infested Corpse Keeper of Amputation slaughters all who go there!
In truth, most of my terrain is dungeon oriented. I guess I'm just an old dungeoneer at heart, but I decided to make some trees, in case some bandits might need to hide behind them at the dungeon entrance. I used a piece of 1/4 inch plywood and rounded the corners off so that it would have a little height on the table. I used model railroad trees with the based removed. This allowed me to attach them by drilling holes in the plywood and using a little JB Weld. Then I coated the surface with wood glue and very corse sand and stones that I got from the lawn and garden store. In a moment of madness, I painted the stones (nature's not good enough for me, I guess) and then did another round of wood glue to attach the flocking. In the end, I don't think that it's too bad for a first attempt for an afternoon's work, but I think that I'm better at making dungeon pieces. :-)
I've joked for a while about doing a coloring book from my drawings, so I thought that it might be fun to do quick one pager that people can print and color themselves. So, is your refrigerator lacking in barbarian artwork? Are your kids tired of coloring smurfs? Are adult comic books just too expensive? Are your office or cubicle walls dull and lifeless? Well then just click on the image above (or on this link), and download your own barbarian coloring sheet to make your day just a little more barbaric.
Also if anyone does color it, feel free to post your results in the comments! :-)
I completed three illustrations this weekend. The first I used on Friday to introduce my free d100 table of perilous places, and as expected, the other two were barbarians. Pretty productive for a guy who can't draw. I've always wanted to be able to get some of the ideas in my head down on paper, but I'm quite aware of my skill deficiency. So for years, that stopped me from drawing anything but black and white stick figures. Perhaps it's growing older, I'm not actually sure, but about a year ago something made me just start drawing. The first ones were very crude and pretty bad, and the recent ones aren't much better, but I'm really enjoying drawing them. I like to think that they jazz up my Weird Adventure Wednesday posts a bitt too. I'll never be a professional artist, and no one is going to ask me to illustrate anything for them, but I'm having a blast drawing them. Maybe I'll even take the original black and white scan and make a coloring book. Maybe I could sell it for a dime on DTRPG? More than likely, I'd have to pay folks to take a copy. ;-). So my advice to people as always if you think you might like something, give it a try. You may find that you're not very good at it, but even so, you may find that you enjoy it and keep doing it regardless of the results. So keep doing the things that make you happy. :-)