Friday, October 24, 2014

Dungeon & Dragons Monster Manual - Helmed Horror - Redesign

Concluding another week of monsters here on the blog with another 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual redesign. This time around it is a monster of animated armor, the very rigid Helmed Horror. Here is how the final concept turned out...

Helmed Horror - Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual - Redesign
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

Helmed Horror... animated magical armor monster... monster that is armor... not a lot of tentacles going on there. Every monster gets the same amount of attention and the same amount of work, every time. While this one is sort of a straight forward monster... animated armor, I wanted to give it my personal spin and push the boundaries with production to see what they would go for. While there is no need to reinvent the wheel, I did want to make it fresh and feel really cool. Here is how the thumbnails turned out...

Helmed Horror - Thumbnails
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

While option 'C' is most likely completely wrong for this monster I thought it would be so cool In the end, 'B' was the winner. I was asked to resubmit the thumbnail with another pass of detail and a sword to match the armor. An animated suit of armor needs to be fully armed and looking its best! Here is how the updated thumbnail turned out...

Helmed Horror - Revised Thumbnail
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

All dressed up and no adventures to slay. The updated fleshed out thumbnail was approved without further comment and it was time to draw. Here is how the final drawing turned out...

Helmed Horror - Drawing
9 x 12
Pencil on Paper
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

The drawing was approved without comment... which is good, since it is pretty much the revised thumbnail but in pencil. It was now time to get working on the color comp of the Helmed Horror. Here is how the final color comp turned out...

Helmed Horror - Final Redsign
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

I think I originally turned in a more monochromatic version of this color comp originally. I was asked to add some more variation to the armor. This didn't take long and did not result in a new version of this image, so this if the only version of the final Helmed Horror. Another monster has been taken care of, one to the next...

A HUGE THANKS to Jon Schindehette for all the monsters and direction during the design phase of 5th Edition!

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

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