Friday, August 16, 2013

Neverwinter Nights 2 - Half-Drow

Fantasy game art from Neverwinter Nights 2.

Half-drow are often just as dark-hearted as their elven parents, but with a bitter resentment that comes from knowing that they are considered second-class members of drow society. Despite this, good half-drow are much less rare than good drow. Half-drow have dusky skin, silver or white hair, and a broad range of eye colors. Except for a slight change in racial characteristics (half-elves have low-light vision, half-drow have a superior version of that), the major difference between half-elves and half-drow is the character model in the game.

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Titan Quest - Horns of Vorenus, Armor of the Tireless Soldier, Gauntlets of Implacable Will, Dienekes' Iron Boots, Khthonian Spike, Khthonian Razor

Fantasy game art from Titan Quest.
An art book, The Art of Titan Quest, is also available.

Gear displayed: Horns of Vorenus, Armor of the Tireless Soldier, Gauntlets of Implacable Will, Dienekes' Iron Boots, Khthonian Spike (spear), Khthonian Razor (sword)


Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale

Fantasy artwork from Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale




Thursday, August 15, 2013

Neverwinter Nights 2 - Rock Gnome

Fantasy game art from Neverwinter Nights 2.

Rock gnomes are the most common type of gnomes in the region, and are usually just called gnomes, since they are the only sort that surface dwellers ever see. Equipped by nature with keen curiousity and a knack for mechanical workings, gnomes excel at intricate crafts such as gemcutting, toy making, and clockwork engineering. Gnomes adore animals, gems, and jokes, especially pranks.

Gnomes stand 3 to 3 1/2 feet tall, with skin that ranges from dark tan to woody brown. Their hair is fair, and their eyes are often some shade of blue. Gnomes generally wear earth tones, but decorate their clothes intricately. Males favor carefully-trimmed beards. Gnomes live 350 to 500 years.
Neverwinter Nights 2 is based on the 3rd Edition of Dungeons and Dragons, and the depiction of gnomes is sort of like a human child, though males often have adult human features such as beards. The 4th Edition of Dungeons and Dragons changed the look radically, giving gnomes a wispy-thin faerie look and separating them very much from humans, dwarves, and halflings in appearance.

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Titan Quest - Tracker's Armor, Apollo's Curved Bow

Fantasy game art from Titan Quest.
An art book, The Art of Titan Quest, is also available.

Gear displayed: Tracker's Armor (Tracker's Hood, Tracker's Armor, Tracker's Gloves, Tracker's Leg Guard), Apollo's Curved Bow


The Clockwork Man - The Hidden World

Artwork from The Clockwork Man - The Hidden World


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Neverwinter Nights 2 - Deep Gnome / Svirfneblin

Fantasy game art from Neverwinter Nights 2.

Hidden in the depths of the Underdark live the svirfneblin, or deep gnomes. Reclusive, suspicious, and resentful of intrusion into their cavern homes, the deep gnomes share little of the humor or openness of their surface cousins. The deep gnomes may be the world's stealthiest and most elusive folk. Centuries upon centuries of surviving the deadly perils of the Underdark have bred in this race an amazing gift for avoiding attention.
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Titan Quest - Plouton's Vestments, Heka Staff

Fantasy game art from Titan Quest.
An art book, The Art of Titan Quest, is also available.

Gear displayed: Plouton's Vestments (Plouton's Crown, Plouton's Cornucopia, Plouton's Bracelet, Plouton's Wraps, Polydegmon (amulet - not visible)), Heka Staff


The Clockwork Man

Artwork from The Clockwork Man.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Neverwinter Nights 2 - Water Genasi

Fantasy game art from Neverwinter Nights 2.

Water Genasi are patient and slow to change, preferring to wear away opposition slowly, but are capable of great violence in extreme situations. They appear mostly human, with one or two traits reflecting their quasi-elemental nature, such as lightly-scaled skin, clammy flesh, blue-green skin or hair that waves as if underwater. Neverwinter Nights 2 is based on the 3rd Edition of Dungeons and Dragons. The Genasi as a racial type was overhauled in the 4th Edition with new features such as gyphs on their bodies and occasionally the ability to manifest more than one of the four elements.

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Titan Quest - Armament of Poseidon, Kraken's Fist

Fantasy game art from Titan Quest.
An art book, The Art of Titan Quest, is also available.

Gear displayed: Armament of Poseidon (Poseidon's Helm, Poseidon's Cuirass, Poseidon's Greaves, The Earth-Shaker), Kraken's Fist


Battle Slots

Fantasy artwork from Battle Slots.

Battle Slots plays very much like Puzzle Quest and has similar features and depth of character development, except that in Battle Slots, combat uses an overly random slot-machine mechanic. We review Battle Slots here.






Monday, August 12, 2013

Neverwinter Nights 2 - Fire Genasi

Fantasy game art from Neverwinter Nights 2.

Fire Genasi are hot-blooded and quick to anger, proud and unafraid to take action. They appear mostly human, with one or two traits reflecting their quasi-elemental nature, such as skin the color of burnt coal, red hair that waves like flames or eyes that glow when the Genasi is angry. Neverwinter Nights 2 is based on the 3rd Edition of Dungeons and Dragons. The Genasi as a racial type was overhauled in the 4th Edition with new features such as gyphs on their bodies and occasionally the ability to manifest more than one of the four elements.

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Titan Quest - Armament of the Fiery Legion

Fantasy game art from Titan Quest.
An art book, The Art of Titan Quest, is also available.

Gear displayed: Armament of the Fiery Legion (Legionnaire's Visor, Legionnaire's Breastplate, Legionnaire's Gauntlets, Legionnaire's Buskin, Fist of the Fiery Legion, Shield of the Fiery Legion)


The Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth II - In-Game Movies

Fantasy artwork from The Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth II real-time strategy game.


The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth II uses a number of movies, mostly pre-recorded and a mix of in-game scenes and static artwork. The main menu also has a looping scene using in-game assets.