Because David Shepheard has been so patient in asking and waiting for this piece to be posted … here is Last Descent, a cover that painted for a Dungeon cover back in the early 90s. It’s acrylic on illustration board mounted to light plywood. The space scape was created using a wet in wet technique shown me by artist Randy Asplund. I used this in several paintings. The space ship, a nautiloid comes from TSR’s Spelljammer campaign setting. It’s damaged and going down to a planet surface for the last time. I actually built a rough model out of Sculpey for the ship to get an idea of how to draw the forms in perspective.
This was obviously one of my own favorites and hung on my walls at home and the office for years. Now in the hands of a private collector.
These pictures have all served as sources of inspiration for my image of the characters. Source: Google, DeviantArt, Elfwood, Tumblr, Wizards Forums. If you know who the artist is who created any of these images, please let me know so … Continue reading →
Thanks to a talented artist at the Cartographer’s Guild, the worlds of the Toy Soldier Saga are finally getting mapped out! vtsimz02 has kindly agreed to take on the massive project of mapping relevant crystal spheres, flowcharts, and sub-sections (for instance, he is working on a map of Selune’s Tears.) He is already almost completed the first flowchart and information will be revealed as it is finalized, and included in links from the Chart Room page (as well as the novels where appropriate). I can’t wait to share this with you so that you can get a clearer visual of the worlds featured in the novels!
It was over. The Champion of Clan Bloodfist looked over the flotsam and jetsam that had once been the greatest fleet in the history of the Scro Empire, shattered and broken like so many forgotten toys. At least, they would be if the blood and body parts weren’t floating serenely between them. His blood brother Corin, the clan leader, was no longer pouring blood from the wound in his throat where a stray shard of broken metal from their shattered rail had pierced it, but he was still unconscious and whether or not he would live or die remained very much anybody’s guess, especially since the healer was only Sarga’s acolyte. Sarga was dead, killed when their primary helm was crushed by rough-hewn accelerator shot. They were adrift in the Void, and all around them the noose tightened as the butterfly-shaped vessels of the Imperial Elven Navy Fleet, easily three…
Elven Navy Officers. Image from the Spelljammer comic.
Since I have already likened the elves to the British in my first article in this series, which focused on the similarities between the Unhuman Wars and the World Wars, it would be consistent if I could say that the Elven Imperial Navy was an allegory for the British Royal Navy; and I believe I can. The Unhuman Wars represent the major historical conflicts of the British Royal Navy; namely, the Anglo-Spanish War and the Napoleonic Wars.
The universe may be a lonelier place than previously thought. Of the estimated 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe, only one in 10 can support complex life like that on Earth, a pair of astrophysicists argues. Everywhere else, stellar explosions known as gamma ray bursts would regularly wipe out any life forms more elaborate than microbes. The detonations also kept the universe lifeless for billions of years after the big bang, the researchers say.
…The sheer density of stars in the middle of the galaxy ensures that planets within about 6500 light-years of the galactic center have a greater than 95% chance of having suffered a lethal gamma ray blast in the last billion years, they find. Generally, they conclude, life is possible only in…
I think it’s clear through recent posts that I am home again now and back to thinking about my novels. I took the opportunity to catch up on cross-posting the relevant stuff from the Wildspace blog. I am still involved in National Novel Writing Month and I am NOT writing Toy Soldier for that, but I will be back to work on the books again in a few days. I’m not going to post any more chapters for Brothers in Arms until I am finished, however, since I have done several rewrites. This will give me an opportunity to write the book in a different order and perhaps solve some of the difficulties I am having in bringing my disparate plot aspects together.
In other news, Spreecast is now charging per view to see old Spreecasts, so while it’s too much of a pain to take them all down, I think you should be aware of that.
I will be editing the books more thoroughly this winter and hope to progress to the audiobooks in the spring. They are quite the undertaking and expect that it will be some time before you see them.
If you have any questions let me know! I’ll keep plugging away at it . . . 🙂
The following article is a brief description of Dragonspace from my Toy Soldier Saga website.
Dragonspace is the sphere in which my homebrewed campaign setting, Draconia, is located, which I use as a setting in my Toy Soldier novels. It becomes much more significant in“Sable’s Privateers”. For now, its primary significance is that the secret N’Velahrn base discussed at the beginning of “Brothers in Arms,” where Shaundar and Yathar receive their training is located on Permafrost, a frozen water flatworld on the edge of the crystal sphere.
Dragonspace is also significant because by prevailing phlogiston currents, the scro must pass through it or Spiralspace to get to the Radiant Triangle through Realmspace. It also provides passage to Greatspace, Krynnspace, and a few other significant spheres to the elves.
It is important to note that dragons and dragonkin of all kinds are abundant here, and generally, dragons of suitable…