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Cleopatra De Spell

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Published: January 7, 2019
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Story time!  I recently bought an ancient Avalon Hill board game from a secondhand store.  Being an ancient Avalon Hill game, it came with approximately 86 Quajillion tiny bits of cardboard with numbers, letters and symbols on them that you use to "play" the "game".  In truth it's less like a game and more like an eye exam, algebra and watching paint dry had a baby.  

So, all these pieces were stored in 1980s GLAD sandwich bags with Disney characters on them.  Seeing this brought back a memory of eating cheese sandwiches out of the exact same kind of bags when I was little!  I really loved them back then and found the various school-related character designs fun and compelling.  SO, I thought I would scan some of them into Photoshop and recreate them with the power of MODERN TECHNOLOGY!

This one was always my fav. I think this is actually Daisy Duck but the hair puts me in mind of Magica, and she's a lot more fun to draw.  The other characters on this particular sandwich bag include Mickey holding a bunch of apples, Minnie illustrating that 2+2=4 (helpful!) Goofy illustrating that 2+2=22 (not helpful) and Donald dressed as a Viking.  All things found...in school?

The first version is the original scan of the image on the bag.  Next, is the vector version with flat colors and black outlines, third I added some color variation to the lines and finally I redrew her with more detail, color and SASS.
Anyhoo, I will probably draw some more of these in the future.  Let me know if these things ping your nostalgia as well!
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guitarsword15Hobbyist Writer
Way cool!
MrTenso's avatar
Oh my Gosh! Viking Ducks! Now they can sack your town without any ship!
Shirokou's avatar
Viking Donald please please please!!! And yes, I'm loving all the DuckTales & Tiny Toons you've been doing.
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Catspaw-DTP-ServicesProfessional General Artist
Which game? I confess I adore the classic Avalon Hill wargames; they are very much my jam.

And this is a fantastic re-rendering of the character and pose—even the transitional versions.
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PixelKittiesProfessional Digital Artist
It's Gettysburg from 1977!  I can't imagine ever playing the behemoth but it looks nice on my shelf and it feels like a good example of how crazy board game/simulation design got back in the day!  
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Catspaw-DTP-ServicesProfessional General Artist
I grew up on AH (and SPI) games, though I don’t think I ever played Gettysburg. A few years ago my parents decided to clear out a lot of ganes that were just gathering dust on their shelves, including pretty much all my dad’s old wargames. My brothers and I split up the largesse, and I ended up with a bunch of Avalon Hill classics, mostly WWII by sheer chance, along with other odds and sods.

But for the real craziness, one had to look to SPI and their gigantic monater games. Even my dad wouldn’t play those.
RK-Striker-JK-5's avatar
Avalon Hill, I admittedly have not heard of it. Great job on the redraw. :)
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Catspaw-DTP-ServicesProfessional General Artist
The Avalon Hill Game Company essentially invented the modern wargame, and many of the most classic titles in that genre came out under their imprint. They started as a printing company, and continued to do a lot of that as well as produce other adult-oriented (as opposed to family) games such as Acquire. Eventually, though, they fell on hard times, alas. As I understand it, Hasbro now has their entire portfolio but, frustratingly, won’t do anything with the wargames—even license them. I have fond memories of their products and own a dozen or more, some dating back to the 1970s.
RK-Striker-JK-5's avatar
Thank you. Much obliged for the information. :)
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Catspaw-DTP-ServicesProfessional General Artist
Y’welcome. For me it’s a cherished bit of history. If you wonder why the hobby is so obscure today, well, there’s a rather biting essay on its decline and fall.
RK-Striker-JK-5's avatar
A damned fine read, there. Kinda sad, too.
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