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Tundrok: Then and Now by chief-orc Tundrok: Then and Now by chief-orc
If any of you are friends of mine on facebook, you may have seen this pic I posted a while ago: [link]
My style has changed a bit in 9 years, but, my subject matter sure as hell hasn't :B

I've been gaming a lot lately, and I wanted to return to the idea of re-designing my 1st 3rd edition character, Tundrok. I kinda miss this guy. He had a lot of adventures, from fighting minotaur pirates and traveling back in time to help a person reach god-hood, to getting his ass kicked in a fist-fight by a gypsy over a horse-cart (because I was the only person in the group who hadn't seen "Snatch.")

here he is, in his standard issue studded-leather every adventurer has, until about level 6.

How the Hell I got away with playing a character who wore a scarf and suspenders un-ironically is beyond me.

WARNING: Boring D&D Nostalgia/Design Tangent
I don't know if anybody else was following the aesthetic shift D&D was making in its transition from AD&D to 3E, but, a major change they made to design was to make most suits of armor composed almost entirely out of belts and small pouches. Being that I was 14 (and stupid) I ate this shit right up, so, instead of designing a barbarian in a loincloth and bear-skin (as barbarians should be.) I had to get on the belt bus, and cover poor Tundrok in straps.

Of course, I look back at this design-choice now, and realize how hideous it is. In fact, whenever I draw a character now who is wearing a belt where a belt has no business being, my body fires liquid diarrhea into my brain, in an attempt to poison me.

In my redesign, I wanted to get rid of most of those belts and layers of armor, though I kept the suspenders (which, I'm sure I added at the time just for the sake of having more fucking belts to strap shit to.)

Paper texture from: [link]
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:iconsetric-isoul:
Setric-Isoul Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Fuck yeah!
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ogrebear Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
Very good looking Orc... I see Charisma was not *his* dump stat!
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:iconchelarda:
Chelarda Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
D8 I should do that! Redraw drawings from the past that I've done <:
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:iconchief-orc:
chief-orc Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
Do it! Its happy fun times.
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:iconchelarda:
Chelarda Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahh, I left all my old drawings at home DX
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Cathto Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don't forget the over abundance of scale mail
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:iconchief-orc:
chief-orc Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
Ah yes, how could I forget, the abundance of armor made out of thousands of tiny segments.
For as much scale mail as there was in the artwork, I don't think anybody in any games I have ever been in has worn any.
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Cathto Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Most armoured guys tend to go for chain as soon as they can. I usually obly taks scale for the aesthetic.
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Big-Bad-Wulf Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
love it, makes me more eager to do my 1st ever D&D session, even though id prolly be nervous.

is it wrong if i say he looks lovable X3
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chief-orc Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
I don't know, he doesn't look very lovable to me, and he spent most of his time going into a screaming rage and hacking apart everything that moved, but, maybe under the layers of scar-tissue and body hair, there is a sweet, loving half orc.

but, probably not.
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Big-Bad-Wulf Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
o-o.....if i hug him will i be ripped apart?
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:iconchief-orc:
chief-orc Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
probably not, he'd just be really confused.
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:iconbig-bad-wulf:
Big-Bad-Wulf Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
Huzzah!!! :huggle:
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petrichild Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
What was his intelligence score?
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:iconchief-orc:
chief-orc Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
I honestly can't remember, dumpstat on a character I had 10 years ago. Probably something between 8-10, couldn't have been any higher then that. Why?
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petrichild Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
*shrug* just wondering, no particular reason.
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, but 3rd Ed came out in the era of Rob Liefield, so gigantic weapons, legions of pointless belts and pouches, poorly done perspective, and poses that don't require drawing feet were all the rage.
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chief-orc Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
I gotta say, I do approve of obnoxiously gigantic weapons.
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They do at least serve a purpose.
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sweet! Change is good! Very well done man!
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Hobo92 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
Pfft, everyone knows that belts and completely useless ascetic crap are the way to go, man.
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Bluu02 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
suspenders are bitchin bro!
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Darkdingo20 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
You're everywhere i go... *shivers*
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BUT I AGREE!
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Bluu02 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Im a ninja like that :ninja:
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Sir-Shadow Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
Hey, barbarians wear cloths too... when I think of barbarians, I tend to go "viking".
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Mchalftroll Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
He's style is neat and bad ass with the scarf and spenders. Very unorthodox, but still very awesome.

3rd edition is awesome, 3 and 3.5 are better then 4th. :P

Belts are awesome, think of Quail Man. :D Head belts are the wave of the future. :D
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chief-orc Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
Thanks!
I do love me some 3.5, but, at the time when this guy was created, it simply didn't exist yet ;)

Also, Quailman isn't covered in belts, he just has one, it just happens to be on his head.
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Mchalftroll Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
True. he does just have a head belt. Lol

My party just had a TPK, last night...o.o;.

Lol it was great.
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ColinChapman Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist
Ah yes, the Dungeonpunk style of art from 3e. Belts, buckles, and the odd spikey bit. Can't say I was a big fan of that style having cut my D&D teeth on red box Basic D&D back in 1983. My exposure was the fantasy art of Larry Elmore.

Stuff like:
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Ah, Aleena. :sniff: Bargle was a bastard and killing him for what he did to her was righteous!
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chief-orc Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
I'm really digging that style. Awesome, high contrast illustrations, good stuff.

I've never heard it called "dungeonpunk" but, I'm glad I have now, I always thought that style needed a name. I really did think that dungeonpunk look was awesome when it was first released, but, I was 14, and spikes and straps were so much more appealing to me than the standby cloaks and tunics of AD&D. I didn't like that they were trying to get rid of the "chainmail bikini," but, I was 14 ;)

AND NOBODY CAN KILL THE CHAINMAIL BIKINI!
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ColinChapman Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist
I don't think the dungeonpunk style was so bad per se, but it was very much "of its time" whereas a style that actually looks more historical is generally a bit more timeless.

Armour can look attractive and basically functional if done right. One of my favourite Elmore pics from back in the day was The Death of Sturm: [link]

BTW, if you want to see some Old School b/w fantasy art done right, check out Martin McKenna: [link]
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chief-orc Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
Oh man, that is some old-school dragonlance action going on over there. I haven't read those books in so long.
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jeremymjack Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
i LOVE this... so fun to do this from time to time :)
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chief-orc Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
Thanks Jer, it is fun, but, its also kinda weird to look at your work from a decade ago, and think "Why the hell did people support my interest in being an artist? This is TERRIBLE!"
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jeremymjack Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
thats whats so fun about it ahaha! isnt it great that they DID support us though so we cud become the artist we wanted to. think what our work will look like in the year 2020!
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chief-orc Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
2020? Oh man, that is so far away. By then, I'll probably have died in some horrible fireworks/alcohol/trying to get the attention of a hot girl, related catastrophe.
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jeremymjack Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
ahaha... my kids will be in high school. YIKES!
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