Tweets Lightsprocket patrols the road between Halfhill and Zhu’s Watch.
“Tina” is probably Tina Wang, not Tina Mudclaw, for two reasons: 1) Tina Mudclaw loves jewelry (Gina is the one who loves flowers), and 2) Tina Wang seems to know Tweets:
How did Tweets become acquainted with Tina Wang and Uncle Gus? These two pandaren reside in the Horde’s Shrine of Two Moons. Were they originally intended to reside in the Alliance’s Shrine of Seven Stars, instead, and got mixed up somehow?
Archive for the ‘Gnome’ Category
click on the images to see the full-size versions of these pictures
I began this project last summer, as a follow-up to my rather crudely-assembled racial height and build comparison.
At the time, however, the sexism-in-WoW discussion was going around again, and I felt that it would be rather gauche to post what is undeniably an objectified image: I have reduced my models to shapes to be studied.
I’d been meaning to complete it anyway, but somehow BTH always seemed to already be using the tablet to work on his comic whenever I wanted to work on it :P
With all the wonderful new model previews being released, I figured I’d better finish this up quick, even though some of the subtleties of the stances and the shapes will soon be out-of-date.
I had been thinking I’d do a further follow-up of close-up studies of the front and profile shapes of the faces, because I feel like I still don’t have a really good grasp on how to make some of the races different from my standard way of drawing human people. I’d like to do a companion set of “beach bums of Azeroth”, too, because I feel that I understand the male shapes even less than the female shapes. Maybe I should wait on that until all the new models come out in 6.0, though.
Speaking of the new models, I’ve liked all the ones we’ve seen glimpses of so far, and I look forward to seeing the Night Elf, the Troll, and especially the Tauren. The new female Orc makes me wish I hadn’t deleted my level 35 Orc Enhancement Shaman. I do hope the shaved head texturing makes it into the final model.
One of my current favorite WoW webcomics is Away From Reality. It’s funny, the characters are likeable, and the art is totally unique from any other WoW webcomic I’ve ever seen. Instead of drawing, screencapping, or using WMV, Erik Jensen uses the program Poser to model and render his characters. Although this makes the art less immediately recognizable as being derived from WoW, I think the more broad-spectrum fantasy game look also makes the comic more accessible to non-WoW players.
On the “About” page, Jensen comments,
I would love to see someone with actual artistic talent someday render some of my characters or comics, but for myself, this is all I can do.
This invitation has been bouncing around in the back of my brain for awhile now, and out it came onto paper when I was searching for inspiration for something to draw yesterday.
Here we have the main cast of Away From Reality (well, sort-of):
night elf druid Alaxia
human prot warrior Gord
human warlock Morgatha
gnome mage Thizzible*
dwarf holy priest Hurgon
*Night elf hunter Targe is formally the fifth member of the “main cast”, but it’s seemed to me like Thizzible has made more appearances than Targe since the crew reached Pandaria.
The outfits in the picture are (somewhat loosely) based on the in-game clothing items that I thought best matched the clothing the characters wear in the comic — though these are not, obviously, complete Transmogrification kits because most of them are lacking gloves.
Kamalia’s Guide to the Barbershop (bonus edition)
Okay, so, height and build aren’t exactly things that you can change at all, let alone at the barbershop. They are, however, appearance-related. I put together this scale comparison of the various World of Warcraft player-character races for my own reference. Although it’s kind of rough around the edges, I thought others might find it useful, too.
Click on the small picture to see a larger version.
The Alliance races were all compared to a normal-sized NPC human. The Horde races were all compared to a normal-sized NPC blood elf. I used a comparison between a tauren and a normal-sized, neutral night elf (a Moonglade NPC) to make sure that the two factions were correctly scaled relative to each other.
Also, I finally managed to update the rest of the Azeroth Beautician’s Manual of Feminine Style to include pandaren color and style information.
Over about a year and a half, from September 2010 to May 2012, I drew a series of pictures depicting Azerothian sapient species dressed in the sorts of clothing that one might see in a contemporary congregation of Sunday church-goers.
Well, okay, perhaps this sort of dress might only be seen on a teenager during Prom season.
The unmodified artwork for “The Speedbarge Summer Soiree” fits into this meme, too.
This dress might only be seen during a town’s “celebrate our pioneer heritage!” week.
While I was in graduate school, one of my male friends found this outfit at a thrift store and delighted in wearing it to church periodically ever afterward.
I wonder if he still wears it sometimes?
Another dress most likely to be seen on a teenager around Prom season.
The blue shirt + yellow tie combination was very fashionable when I was in my late teens and early twenties.
I drew the lineart for this picture directly in ink and the figures turned out so badly proportioned that I needed to draw a background to rationalize them.
Then, with Humans, Dwarves, and Forsaken remaining, I ran out of steam.
In honor of the coincidence of her birthday with the Oscars this year, Mataoka is hosting a movie-themed Transmogrification event:
Submit three mog outfits, (Mogit is fine) of three characters from one of your favorite movies, or from one of the award nominees this year…. This is not their Oscar or red carpet attire, but the costumes in the films.
I chose the Harry Potter series as my movie and the main trio not of students, but of professors as my characters.
Skywitch Hat, Mantle of the Tribunal, Embroidered Gown of Zul’Drak, Living Mojo Belt, Replica Virtuous Gloves, Sorcerer Slippers, Drape of Smoldering Dreams, Mahogany Wand, Dungeoneering Guide
Although she is the Head of Gryffindor House, whose colours are red and gold, Professor McGonagall is clearly described as wearing “emerald green” robes. In the movies, she wears a dark forest green outer robe over a black dress.
Duskhallow Mantle, Silver-Thread Robe, Ivycloth Sash, Black Mageweave Gloves, Sorcerer Slippers, Warmonger’s Cloak, Arakkoa Divining Rod, Tears of Heaven, Green Martial Shirt
Professor Snape should be dressed in the deepest, darkest black possible. The combination of the sleeveless Silver-Thread Robe with a Martial Shirt produced a deeper black color in the sleeves than the Black Velvet Robes have. The gold filigree on the sleeves of the shirt helps harmonize the gold trim of the Warmonger’s Cloak — the deepest black cloak available — and on the edges of the mantle.
Elder’s Hat, Stiffened Corpse Shoulderpads, Robe of the Elder Scribes, Vestal’s Irrepresible Girdle, Soulcloth Gloves, Footfalls of Memories, Cloak of Woven Energy, Cookie’s Stirring Rod, Cosmos
Headmaster Dumbledore is supposed to be tall and skinny, but Human facial hair options are simply adequate for his long beard. Dwarves and Gnomes have better beard options, and I judge Dumbledore to be more of a Gnome-type personality than a Dwarf-type personality. Of course, he is also supposed to have hair on his head that is also long enough to tuck into his belt, but the beard is more important for a correct visual impression.
Bonus: Harry Potter-themed Battle Pet Team
A generally non-Transmogrification-friendly collection of outfits worn by characters who have accumulated /played far beyond what would be normally expected for their level due to spending most of their time running between the mailbox, the Bank, and the Auction House. I will update it sporadically as I create new Banking outfits. Items that are no longer obtainable are marked with an asterisk (*).
Basic Banking Black & White
Tuxedo Shirt & Pants with and without Tuxedo Jacket, Haliscan Jacket & Pants, Dress Shoes
White Woolen Dress, Simple Black Dress, or Lovely Black Dress (plus Tuxedo Shirt & Pants) with Dress Shoes or Knitted Sandals
Gilnean Acolyte’s Robe with Dress Shoes, Black Festival Suit with Knitted Sandals
A showcase of suitable attire for the level 1 bank alt. If you are willing to do enough questing to reach level 5 and to run around enough to visit each of your faction’s capitals and the towns in the corresponding starting zones during the Lunar Festival, you can easily acquire the very elegant Black Festival Suit.
A level 1 bank alt will not actually be able to have the Top Hat; a Top Hat-wearing bank alt will probably be about level 13 at the minimum because that’s how long it takes to get out of the phased Worgen starting zone. Although she was ultimately intended to be a Gnome all along, Karrieanna began her existence as a Worgen specifically so that I could later do this.
Formal Black and White (High Level)
Battered Jungle Hat, Duskhallow Mantle, Shadow Council tunic & trousers, Silver-Thread Sash, Antique Silver Cufflinks, Bandit Boots, Warmonger’s Cloak, Black Ice, The 1 Ring, Diamond-Tipped Cane
Even without the Black Ice ring, this outfit requires a quite high-level character. Although most of this outfit is cloth, the boots are leather.
The Black Mageweave Vest + Formal White Shirt would be a nice variation in place of the Shadow Council tunic.
Shimmering armor & trousers, Darkmoon “Sword”
A kit for a level 20+ banker who can wield 2H weapons. Characters of races that wear shoes will want to acquire the matching Shimmering boots. The Shimmering belt would also be a nice addition to this outfit.
Haliscan Brimmed Hat/Forever-Lovely Rose/Red Defias Mask, Haliscan Jacket & Pantaloons, Bard’s gloves & boots, Warmonger’s Cloak, Tuxedo Shirt, Dazzling Mithril Rapier
Even though the brick red of the cummerbund and the maroon of the boots & gloves don’t match exactly, I am absurdly fond of this combination.
Thunder Bluff Banker
Bloodwoven chest belt pants & bracers, Khadgar’s Knapsack
For a short time, the Bloodwoven chestpiece appeared as an elongated tunic, like the Journeyman’s Vest, and I was very distressed because I no longer looked exactly like the Thunder Bluff bankers in this outfit.
Thunder Bluff Auctioneer
Resilient tunic belt pants gloves & boots, Talhide Helmet, Chieftain’s Shoulders, Amber Cape, Ramkahen Ceremonial Hammer
I’d been wearing the base set for a few days when I was browsing the AH and was struck by how nicely this hat matched. With a hat, I needed some shoulders, too.
This weapon not only coordinates well with the set, but also amuses me because it matches the one given as a pestle for grinding corn for the Corn Mash cooking daily in Thunder Bluff.
Thunder Bluff Honor Guard
Wanderer’s Shoulders, Grunt’s Plate Armor, Feral/Trickster’s belt, Wolf Rider’s Leggings, Barbaric Iron Boots, Grinning Axe
An outfit for a high level (minimum 55), plate-wearing Tauren bank alt.
There is a Transmogrifiable version of the chestpiece available, the Plate of the Shaman King, but because the ensemble uses mixed gear types and is thus non-Transmogrification-friendly anyway, I have chosen to use the much more easily obtained Grunt’s Plate Armor. The Wolf Rider’s belt exactly matches the NPC belt, but I used what was most readily available at the time.
Chief Officer of Finance
Durable jacket, Tuxedo Pants, Dress Shoes, Tuxedo Shirt, Antique Silver Cufflinks, Spring Gadget
The other zeppelin captains and chief officers are wearing the dusty green Conjurer’s Vest and the dark blue Sorcerer Drape. Kermione has all the colors of this chestpiece in her inventory, though she can’t wear them all just yet.
Seer’s Padded Armor, Godfrey’s Britches, Reconnaissance Boots*, Farmer’s Broom
Kymberlea leaves her kids with “Nana Morene”, her mother’s best friend, when she goes out questing.