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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Fight On! #13

The new issue is out now, featuring some of our art and a mini-adventure by UNDERWORLD INK's own John Larrey.
Go get!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Adventurers probe away at the unknown, in defiance of their dungeon-honed instincts.

Matt Finch brings the weirdness with this remarkable new megamodule featuring the adventures Thone of the Toad King and Stone Cyst of the Shroom Priests. Besides being excellent, its got some pictures by yours truly. Go get! 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Random NPCs

Roll 1d6!
Result: 1. Wizard-Lord Zandros Glorr: Nihilistic fighting-mage on a doom quest of self-destruction, adventuring recklessly to quiet the voices of his dark masters.

2. Kran Grizzlebeard: Savage tracker of the Saber-tooth clan: expert woodsman, fearless warrior, smilodon wrestler. Kran hopes to one day return to his clan with accumulated might and experience to usurp chiefdom from his depraved rival Frolax the Severer.

3. Sky Captain Brox Themeron: dirigible pilot, devout worshipper of the wind gods, needs men and gold to outfit expedition to the Cloud Mines of the Strato-lords.

4.  Kalimidos, Wizard of the Opaque Circle, recently discovered map yields the location of Lost Diurnia, the Sleeping City, and its most fabulous treasure, The Diamond Mind.

5. Ranger X:  A nameless wanderer whose memories have been erased by an unfortunate encounter with a Mind Eater. Formerly a man of enlightenment and serenity, his brain injury has made him prone to unpredictable barbarian-like rages.

6. All five have somehow formed a temporary alliance.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Bewilderer

 We're hard at work on new illustrations for a few exciting projects, so watch this space for vital updates over the next couple of weeks. Thanks for looking, everybody.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Additional Witchery

Pure evil, ladies and gentlemen (see previous post for pluggery).

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Must be the Season of the Witch

Happy (almost) Halloween, you devils! And watch out for The Witch, a new Darker Paths supplement by Joseph Bloch. Now available: check his blog for the details.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

One Hell of a Round

Illustrating higher level fighter vs. foes of less than one hit die....for Fight On!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Okay, who's got the best charisma?

Or, Shall we try the nearest adjacent hex?

Sunday, October 9, 2011

War Shaman of the Snow Badger Clan

One of a series of character portraits for the Hide in Shadows zine.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Krugah's Helm Emporium

With apologies to Erol Otus...

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011

The Necromancer

Just in time for the Halloween season, we have this illustration for the estimable Joseph Bloch's new supplement The Necromancer. See his blog for details.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Map Imponderable

Here's an unkeyed map sampler from John L.'s recent Fight On! submission.  Upon publication it will become decidedly more ponderable.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Always look up.

For Matt Finch's Throne of the Toad King module (Mythmere Games).

Friday, September 16, 2011

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Eldritch Eruption

This is an amended version of an illustration done for Rob Conley's Scourge of the Demon Wolf.  I can't seem to leave the grey tones alone these days...chalk it up to the enthusiasm of the learning process!
We have several irons in the fire right now, but not much to post just yet. Thanks for looking anyway!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Lute of Annihilation

Bards take note! For Knockspell #6, which could be released anytime now...

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Mind Blast

This picture will accompany an article on psionics in Knockspell #6.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Ancient Lord

Here's a quick one from an upcoming project still too upcoming to talk about.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Necromantic Struggle

Just what is going on here? Only readers of Fight On #12 can know for sure.

Thursday, June 23, 2011


A shame about this poor fellow who, like many others starting out in the adventuring field, made the fatal error of underestimating his somewhat ridiculous-looking opponents. Another preview for GM Games' Starter Adventures.

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Perils of First Level

Yes, the big strong guy in the armor stands a good chance of getting killed dead by the destitute goblin armed only with a stick.  Another preview from Tim Shorts' Starter Adventures.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Wererat and Friends

Here be another illustration from Dennis Sustare's Tourist Traps module for Swords & Wizardry. There may still be a (scant!) few copies of the NTRPGCon edition for sale at RPGMarketplace.

Thursday, June 9, 2011


For Fight On! #12.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Pencils and Inks (and ghosts)

Today's post shows a pencil drawing before it is utterly annihilated (except for this digital relic) by the final inking stage. The illustration is from Dennis Sustare's Tourist Traps module from this year's North Texas RPGcon and depicts a pair of ghosts, a tragically slain cleric and a perhaps thankfully deceased actor (note his fake armor and scenery-chewing emoting).

Friday, June 3, 2011

10 ft. pole in action!

Sadly, this otherwise vital bit of dungeon equipment is an ineffective defence against arachno-worm ambush.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Child of the Raven Gods

Here's the cover image from RPG legend Dennis Sustare's new module, premiering at this weekend's North Texas RPGcon.
In other news, Tim Shorts of Gothridge Manor honored Underworld Ink with his coveted Newbie Blogger Award.

And there was great rejoicing!
I love that the award is represented by a dead knight. He was probably a newbie. Thanks Tim!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Mo' Starter Adventures art

This strange abomination is a kind of mystical forest guardian. Best to stay on his good side, I would imagine. See Gothridge Manor for information on the forthcoming Starter Adventures module (and Tim's always-enjoyable old school bloggery).

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Starter Adventures art preview

Tim at Gothridge Manor gave the okay to post a few pics from his upcoming module Starter Adventures. And so! Here we have a first level cleric pondering his future interactions with a pack of vicious kobolds.
More soon...

Monday, May 23, 2011

Unfortunate random encounter while searching for dungeon entrance...

 For Fight On #12. I think the dwarf hears something.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Alchemical Breakthrough

This rather pleased looking sorcerer is slated to appear in Fight On! #12 for an article detailing new magic items.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Divine Succor

Another pic from the new Swords & Wizardry Core Rules book.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

S&W cleric

This picture will adorn the new printing of the still-awesome Swords & Wizardry Core Rules book coming soon from Mythmere Games (see publishers links).

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sometimes Enlightenment Sucks...

...and even quasi-dead necromancers get uncomfortable with the whole "correlating the contents" thing.
This picture once graced the cover of Monsterwar Mystery Stories #2, pencilled by John and inked by Jason. We've been (and remain) quite busy with projects new and old, but nothing to leak here yet. Soon, though. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Raid on the Castle of Evil

For holiday filler, here's a panel from one of our comics, Monsterwar Mystery Stories issue #2 to be precise, from all the way back in 2005. 

Another Mu-Pan Denizen

This one is an unholy hybrid of Chinese river dolphin and dragon. Do you suppose it'll be all friendly and helpful like Flipper? Only NOD readers can know for certain...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Monster of Mu-Pan

For full gaming stats see John Stater's stupendous Land of Nod blog:

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Face of Evil

Here's a micron marker portrait of Barbazoid Twelve the experimental demon/devil hybrid, an actual PC from an actual game.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

underworld map

Here's the original hand-drawn map for Operation Unfathomable (a rather gonzo S&W adventure in Knockspell #5). Rob Conley did a much cleaner version for the magazine. One square= 20 ft!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Undead Thrall Comes in Handy

You probably had to be there. A pencil sketch from an actual gaming notebook.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

One Last Potion

Both of today's posts hail from the unpublished works heap. If anyone could use either for their old school project, drop us a line. This one I've been meaning to shunt into photoshop and lavish with color, but alas...not yet at least.
Edit: This picture has found a home and is now off to photoshop for a thorough CMYKing.

Vampire Lord and Minions