Friday, March 15, 2013

Fresh from the drawing table... Salamander!

I have for you another drawing that is fresh from the drawing table. This time around it is a SALAMANDER! "S" is still full of monster goodness so it is hard to just pick just one. This time around a creature from the elemental plain of fire is the winner. I was itching to work on something more monstrous and the Salamander hit the mark exactly! I present to you my version of a Salamander…       

© 2013 Christopher Burdett

When I say Salamander the first thing that may come to mind is the small amphibian that like streams, rocks and moss.... not a huge monster that love to be bathed in fire. There is a whole crazy mythology built up around the actual real world salamander that says they are in fact fire proof and love fire. I am sure a lot of this come from salamanders being in fire wood unbeknownst to the human tending the fire and when the little salamanders feel the heat they try to escape and come tumbling out of a fire more or less intact... and of course the ONLY explanation is that the salamander live in fire. Silly humans. Even Leonardo da Vinci believed and propagated these ideas... seriously, look it up... you need to know about your monsters.

Anyway... I went with a crazy six limb version of my Salamander. Less (in some ways) humanoid then the traditional Salamander while being more humanoid then the animal. I better it says "RAWR" a lot while it roles around in pools of flame.

My first 100 original Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual redesigns (A - Z): Aerial Servant, Ankheg, Ant (Giant), Ape (Carnivorous), Ape (Gorilla), Axe Beak, Axe Beak (version 2), Baboon, Badger, Barracuda, Basilisk, Baluchitherium, Bear (Black), Bear (Brown), Bear (Cave), Beaver (Giant), Beetle (Giant) - Bombardier, Beetle (Giant) - Boring, Beetle (Giant) - Fire, Beetle (Giant) - Rhinoceros, Beetle (Giant) - Stag, Beetle (Giant) - Water, Beholder, Black Pudding, Blink Dog, Boar (Giant), Boar (Warthog), Boar (Wild), Brain Mole, Brownie, Bugbear, Buffalo, Bulette, Carrion Crawler, Catoblepas, Cerebral Parasite, Chimera, Cockatrice, Coutal, Crab (Giant), Demon Type III (Glabrezu), Demon (Juiblex), Demon (Manes), Devil (Ice), Dragon (Red), Elemental (Earth), Ettin, Eye of the Deep, Flightless Bird, Frog (Giant), Fungi (Violet), Giant (Hill), Goblin, Golem (Flesh), Hobgoblin, Homunculus, Hydra, Imp, Intellect Devourer, Ixitxachitl, Jackal, Jacklewere, Jaguar, Ki-Rin, Kobold, Lich, Lizard (Giant), Lizardman, Manticore, Mind Flayer, Minotaur, Naga, Neo-Otygugh, Nixie, Ochre Jelly, Ogre, Owlbear, Peryton, Pixie, Purple Worm, Quasit, Ram (Giant), Roper, Rust Monster, Sahuagin, Salamander, Shambling Mound, Treant, Troglodyte, Troll, Umber Hulk, Unicorn, Vampire, Wasp (Giant), Wight, Wyvern, Xorn, Yeti, and Zombie.      

That is all for another exciting week on the blog, see you back here on Monday! Until then...

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