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The Zargon

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 Acrylic, 14x23"  This illustration is for a  tabletop role-playing scenario called "Cha'alt", created by Venger Satanis.  Venger shares my love for the old school Dungeons & Dragons era, and this was an absolute joy to create.  It brought back a lot of fond memories, and it certainly made me miss my old gaming days.

The Zargon first appeared in the 1982 D&D module 'The Lost City', here's a link to the original illustration:  spesmagna.com/archives/4836
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Thank you! 

by chance are you a Gwar fan??
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I certainly am. :)
My username is a bit of a giveaway, right?
:D
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I imagined the slight chance of someone coming up with the term 'scumdog' all by their self, but I hoped it wasn't the case.  I just (several months ago) saw them for the first time in almost 20 years, it was funny how many of the lyrics suddenly came back to my memory.  MAGGOTS!  MAGGOTS!  MAGGOTS ARE FALLING LIKE RAIN!! :lol:
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Gor Gor comes and you must die!
He swats the stealth bomber from the sky!
Before you jump into his gizzard
Fall and worship tyrant lizard!

My friend had "Phallus in Wonderland" on VHS-tape and we'd watch it again and again.
My personal favourite from that film would be Attack of the Morality Squad.

Apparently Dave Brockie (Orderus Urungus) played RPGs and even wrote a scenario for Lamentations of the Flame Princess named "Towers Two".
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I didn't know about his RPG involvement, though I do have the Gwar miniature game along with most of the models.  I even have the "x-rated" Oderus with his cuttlefish of Cthulhu phallus!

Have you read his novel Wharghoul?  I've been meaning to read it for ages, it is even on amazon and has good reviews.
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I didn't know there was a miniature game. :D

No, I haven't Wharghoul, I'm sad ti say. I think there's a band named after the book though (or the other way around) who has done at least one Gwar-cover.
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Wharghoul is on Amazon, I may have to pull the trigger one of these days.  Reviews look pretty good, even the bad reviews make me curious because they make it sound pretty crazy.

The miniature game is/was "Rumble in Antarctica", it was a small skirmish scale game (10-20 models per side) and the rules looked a bit clunky.  But, who cares, it meant Gwar miniatures!!
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AstArte23Professional General Artist
outstanding work love it!
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Thanks! It was a lot of fun to paint :)

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AstArte23Professional General Artist
you are welcome!
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FatherStone Traditional Artist
Amazing work, Paul. Even if I recently had the opportunity to start playing rpgs again, there is something that is both epic and moving in the innocence of the old school stuff. I love the way you make the past alive again in this piece!
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Thanks Matteo!  I have contemplated bringing back some gaming into my life, if I did I am certain I would still use 1st edition D&D.  The newer editions seem too bogged down with rules (the left-handed albino neutral half-orc illusionist handbook), and the more I played those games the more I wanted it to be about storytelling and interaction than being ruled by numbers.  No doubt, art has come a long way since the 1970's, most games have some very slick art in and on them... but it is hard to let go of my associations and nostalgia for the kind of art which first captured my imagination.
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Very nice!  Oh, TSR would have loved having you on board back in the early days!
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Thanks, Joe! :)  The feelings would have been mutual, it would have been incredible to rub elbows with the early TSR artists... Otus and Trampier in particular.  I did actually get to work for TSR a couple times, just before the WoTC buyout.  By then it felt pretty corporate.
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mb109-daHobbyist Digital Artist
What a blast from the past! :) That was one of my fav D&D modules...
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:lol:  I hope I did it justice!
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mb109-daHobbyist Digital Artist
You did! Saw it and read the Title and time travel started immediately :)
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That's great to hear, thank you!  I wanted to modernize the Zargon's appearance, but I didn't want to lose the original appeal.
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mb109-daHobbyist Digital Artist
Mission accomplished!
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judasbeast777Hobbyist General Artist
He returns
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zargon strikes back from cynidicea
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A true believer! :-)  The Zargon has returned to ruin more lives. :lol:
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