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Heroscape first draft by SteveArgyle Heroscape first draft by SteveArgyle
This is the original final draft I sent in. But, ultimately the brand felt that the artwork should more closely correspond with the miniatures that were going to be included in the box. So I posted both. I miss the axe-weilding barbarian most of all.

A classic D&D get-together. Even with all the swords and stuff, for some reason, I think of this more like a cocktail party. Like the swords are just decorative martini shakers or something. And any minute now, they're going to break out Rockband or some Wii party game. They're just off screen, but much of the rest of this dungeon is furnished with bean bag chairs. (But, to keep it in canon, they're made of baby dragon leather.)

Art directed by Blake Beasley.
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seanmeister Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Nobody seems to care about the Black Dragon; he's just dropped in for the cocktail party.
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fantastka55 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
If I could, I'd like your post. I laughed xD
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ark17 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i love heroscape and i have this extention ! XD
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momentspause Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I like the fact you armed the dwarf with daggers - it provides a different perspective on it.
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roknese Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
that is one badass dwarf
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Th3AngryGam3r Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
I am confused by the length of the sword that goes behind the dwarf's head. Should we see it on the other side?
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XLeonhart Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing! When I see the box-art of my Heroscape set, I though it was great. But now that I see the original, I'm breathless. You're a great artist, congratulations!
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deshune Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Student Artist
EPIC
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grinningjester Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
The barb is perfect. Love that expression.
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Tifani-Malcolm-Black Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Your description is probably the best I've read. :heart: Great work.
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DragoFear Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
I like this one, it's better than final concept =) awesome work!
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Karnivaali Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
Is it just me, or shouldn't the two-handed sword of the drow be visible on the left side of the dwarf's head as well? It just seems too short for a two-handed sword and the angle the drow wields it suggests that the rest of the blade should also be visible.
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RaiRB4 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009   Digital Artist
I love this! New desktop background, for sure.

I'm kind of iffy on the addition to DnD with Heroscape, as a die-hard Heroscape fan, but this definitely makes me want the product regardless! Definitely make it known if your art will be on future Heroscape products, I admire your work!

Your expressions are fabulous, your coloring is astounding, and the composition is superb. And as always, gotta love the booty!

The actual painting is fabulous too, I'm just commenting on this one because it's my desktop ;D
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AriandraRayne Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009  Student
Really like this version. My favorite parts are the white haired drow and the lady in the background.
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Tsabo6 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed this one is better!
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Quazzie Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
You have the rare ability to make a 2D painting look like a 3D rendering... incredible, m'man :):horns:
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anitalee Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009
Wonderful work, I like this version best
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lendorian Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009
amazing!! what kind of tablet do u use??
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SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I use a 21" Cintiq. Which is awesome. But up until a couple of years ago, I used a fifteen year old 6x8 original series Intuos. Which still works, and served me very well.
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DemoraFairy Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I have to say I prefer this one! I really like the mage in the background. Looks totally awesome :XD:
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31883milesperhour Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
hah... i actually enjoy the one w/ the two female mages fighting each other better than the final... both paintings are amazing.. dont get me wrong.. i just believe that it brings a bit of balance to both sides.. faction wise?.. great work dude.. keep it comin :)
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EgilSterkr Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
:wow: Amazing! awesome colors ,details and cool characters!
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BlueSaved Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
I prefer this one in a lot of ways. Covering up the guy that your brother in law posed for seems like a crime. You had such good muscle detailing on him. The armor in the final is beautiful too, but this version makes him look more barbarous. Both versions were done exceptionally well.
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IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
I really prefer this one, but I'm also impressed with how well you handled the changes.
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SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
You mean drinking and crying? How did you know that? Are you watching me? HOW DID YOU KNOW?
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IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
Hahahah! I meant how masterfully they were incorporated.
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SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Oh. Right. That. Nevermind that other post then...
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Treyos Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I actually prefer this version to the final. The human warrior has more flair to him and the "evil" sorceress seems more involved than the third guy in the final. Besides, if you're going to be playing rock band, someone should have an axe, right? ;P

Both versions, of course, are absolutely phenomenal!
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SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Actually, I prefer this one as well. The change was so that the art more closely corresponds to the miniatures that come with the game. And in particular, just like you, I miss the barbarian with the axe most in the final.
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Treyos Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, those damned corporate nit-pickers. ;P Of course, they're paying the bills, so I guess you can't complain too much. Or too loudly, at least. ;)
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SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I can't really blame them for wanting consistency between what's on the box and what's inside. This sort of thing isn't too big of a deal, and it comes with the job. But since I prefer the earlier version, I figured I'd post it, too. The art director went to bat for me though, he spent a whole day in a meeting arguing that the changes were outside of the contract, and outside the description. But again, not a big deal, and I'd much rather have a completely happy client.
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Treyos Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
They should've just changed the miniatures! ... Well, I guess that would've been asking a lot. ;)
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shagsness Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
i like this one better
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SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Me too. Maybe I should explain a bit. *Wanders off to edit the commentary.*
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williamdabastrd Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
lol I roll a d6. My stars in rock band are equal to the number I roll. XD

The guy on the middle left just looks maniacal.
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SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:) My brother-in-law posed for that guy. I got some hilarious photos out of him.
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Skynock Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
That was a fun photo shoot, we need to do those again Steve.
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