First L5R Card Alteration – KISS!

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Among card game fans card alterations are both popular and fun. I’ve wanted to try them out for awhile and finally got the time earlier this week. Above you can see my alteration of Daigotsu Gyoken, turned into Gene Simmons!

It was fun to do, and hopefully people will think it’s funny. I will have these at Gen Con, so make sure to stop by my booth. I will also be making a big L5R Art announcement soon over on my newsletter, so make sure to sign up!

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L5R Art – Koiso Sensei

SamFlegal_PhoenixMage_final_web

One of my cards for the new Legend of the Five Rings set A Line in the Sand was previewed yesterday. Koiso is the Fire Master for the Phoenix Clan. It was a challenging card for me to work on. I spent a lot of time on the detail in her kimono. Overall I’m pleased with the result. It was an honor to get to do a rendition of such a popular character from L5R!

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Possessed Combat Process

The process for the oil painting “Possessed Combat” done for Black Crusade’s “The Tome of Decay” was pretty straight forward. I worked with Art Director Andy Christensen, and it was great. Andy really pushed me to make the piece great. (AND help with all the nitty gritty details of Space Marine armor in the 40K universe!)

Like all my paintings I started off with some Thumbnails:

Thumbnails

Andy really liked the ideas in the first Thumbnail, but felt the Grey Knight looked a little too weak. Over the next 2 thumbnails we revised the Grey Knights leg and hand positions to make him feel a bit steadier.

Next I did some pencil sketches in order to start working out the details:

Sketches

I really wanted the Grey knight to have some cool detail in his armor inspired by the miniatures of the Grey Knight Space Marines.

After that was approved I did a refined final drawing:

Possessed Combat drawing by Sam Flegal

Possessed Combat drawing by Sam Flegal

I had the drawing printed out on pre-gessoed artist board, and started my underpainting:

Under Painting

Under Painting

I’m proud to say I nailed most of the sky in the first pass! After the color choices were approved by Andy I finished the painting:

Possessed Combat Oil Painting by Sam Flegal

Possessed Combat Oil Painting by Sam Flegal

At this point Games Workshop looked it over. The Grey Knight’s “psychic hood” was in the wrong position (neck collar thing), and he needed to have a storm bolter added. (They never leave home without a gun on their arm!). I made those changes digitally to arrive at the final piece:

SamFlegal_NurgleCombat

Copyright © 2014 Games Workshop LTD, All Rights Reserved.

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Nurgle Death Priest

Nurgle Death Priest by Sam Flegal. Copyright © 2014 Games Workshop LTD, All Rights Reserved.

Nurgle Death Priest by Sam Flegal. Copyright © 2014 Games Workshop LTD, All Rights Reserved.

This week the new Black Crusade supplement “The Tome of Decay” was released. The book is from the Warhammer 40K based roleplaying game called Black Crusade, where you take the role of the “bad guys” in 40K. As the name implies “The Tome of Decay” is filled with all sorts of wonderfully nasty rules for embracing Grandfather Nurgle and his various plagues.

When I was approached by Fantasy Flight to work on this project I was very excited because back when I played 40K my army was a Nurgle themed one. It has always been a goal of my art career to get to work on 40K, and specifically a Nurgle project. Now I’m proud to say I’ve been asked to paint the creatures of Nurgle a few times!

One of the roles you can play is the Death Priest of Mire, and I got to design him. The art description was great, weird Nurgle cultist with bloated gut, and pestilent slime covered blade. Right up my alley! You can see my art for the Death Priest of Nurgle above. Below is my drawing that I did for him:

SamFlegal_DeathPriest_drawing_web

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The Power of Decay

I’m very pleased that my first Warhammer 40K project has been released! Some of my art from the Black Crusade Tome of Decay was previewed over on Fantasy Flights website yesterday (LINK HERE). I did a couple paintings for the book, and I can’t wait to spread the Nurgle love!

I’ll post more in the future. For now here is a larger version of a Grey Knight doing battle with a Nurgle Possessed Mutant!

SamFlegal_NurgleCombat

Oil Painting by Sam Flegal (Copyright Games Workshop 2014)

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How to Manage Your Mailing List

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I was asked by a member of the One Fantastic Week Facebook group to do a post explaining how to manage a mailing list. So here goes:

Step 1

Set up a Mail Chimp account. They have a forever free account that stays free until you hit 10,000+ e-mails a month.

Step 2

Create a Mail Chimp list. Mine is called “Strange News from Sam Flegal.”

Step 3

Create a subscriber page and link it to your website. Here’s mine!

Step 4

Gather e-mails. Post a message to Facebook, and to your fan page. In my experience this will make sure your die-hard fans (and your family) all sign up for your mailing list. The hard part is gathering e-mails at conventions. I do this with a pad of paper and a pen. Anyone who shows interest in my art gets asked if they’d like to sign up for my mailing list.

Step 5

Enter the e-mails in Mail Chimp. This part sucks. I type each person in. It takes time. If you have an iPad you can have people enter e-mails digitally, then copy and paste, MUCH easier, but more expensive. Regardless of how you do it, enter those e-mails and start messaging your fans.

Good Luck!

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Convention Advice

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Over on One Fantastic Week (A weekly web show about self-employed fantasy artists), all my articles with advice on conventions have been collected into one easy to find place. Check it out!

Convention Advice

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