Friday, March 4, 2011

Uncommon Art

I've never said it before, but I have always been a huge fan of the artwork of DCS III. Overshadowed by later artists, DCS III was instrumental in setting the tone of D&D. The early work he did for TSR remains inspirational to me to this day. Later, when I got heavily involved with M.A.R. Barker's Empire of the Petal Throne, I was thrilled to discover that DCS III was there, too.

Cue to present day. I recently sold off the uncool half of my RPG collection, so all that remains are items that I truly cherish. I have been reorganizing the remaining collection into a new web app for easy perusal. As I was cataloging the EPT section, I came across Legions of the Petal Throne: Fantasy Miniatures Wargame Rules for the World of Tékumel (1977). Now there have been a lot of miniatures rules for Tékumel, including Missúm! (1978) and Qadardalikoi (1983), but what's cool about Legions is that it was written by DCS III and M.A.R. Barker. Unfortunately, Legions is long out of print. Until recently, Tita's House of Games carried a reprint of the TSR original, but it, too, is out of print. In any case, Legions is filled with awesome DCS III combat imagery, as typified by these two selections:



(I'm rooting for that Shén to plant his axe in the face of that pesky human fighting-man.)

But Legions has something else inside which is, oh I don't know, pretty dang rare: Tékumel art by none other than DAT. Here are two selections for your edification:



How cool is that? I love the detail that Tramp put into these illustrations. Aside from the armor detail, check out the plants. When Tramp does plants—even the most mundane plants—they always end up looking so very cool and otherworldly.

2 comments:

Geoffrey said...

Sutherland's art in Legions of the Petal Throne is my favorite of all his art.

C'nor (Outermost_Toe) said...

So that's what a Shen looks like...