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April 12, 2014
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Rather than leave them all buried in with the individual entries (although
I'll continue to link them there too), I decided to consolidate my artworks
and writings related to City of Heroes. Most of this page will be drawings
and kitbashes, but there will be a few essays and strategy guides as time
Yes, the character generator already gives me 2-D representations of all
my characters, but sometimes I draw them anyway. Maybe it's because I have a
solid idea already and couldn't QUITE make it work in-game (as in the case of
Sharon Venturi), other times I just want to do something weird like a chibi.
This will only include links to drawings I did of the character,
rather than collecting all the drawings I did of the inspirations behind the
characters (a lot of my CoX characters are based on ASH characters or other ideas I've
kicked around over the years). Inspirations are generally linked in the
individual entries, though.
- Sharon Venturi homaging the Rocketeer: The
main deficiencies of the CoH costume generator in this case were a lack of
jodphurs (the pants) and a lack of proper lenses for the helmet. The pose is
an homage to this
Dave Stevens cover. Drawn May 14, 2009. Colored mostly in Prismacolor
markers with some Prismacolor pencils.
- Chibi Enforcer 1003: Inspired by chibis
drawn by @liz. A little of a cheat, since he actually uses the "punch the
ground" animation of Foot Stomp, but the default version made for better
"here's what he looks like" posing. Drawn March 24, 2010. Colored in
Prismacolor markers with a LOT of Prismacolor pencils over them.
- Doctor Dave: This character is also a
member of a superhero team on a Transformers web board, and someone was
working on parodies of the "I'm An Avenger" ads that Marvel ran in early
2010, so he needed a better picture of Doctor Dave than my screenshots. So,
after a few weeks of putting it off, I got inspired and drew this on April
5, 2010. Prismacolor markers with a fair amount of Prismacolor pencils
(mainly on the vest and head).
- Doctor Dave Cosplay: My dad knits, and
asked if I wanted anything. So I sent him reference pics of Doctor Dave, and
now I have a vest like in the game. April 2014.
- Enhorser 1003: He's been a chibi, now
Enforcer 1003 is a pony! January 17, 2012, most of the same tools as used
for Chibi Enforcer 1003.
- A Nemesis Plot! MOAR PONI. One
of the running gags among My Little Pony fans is that the rump is called the
plot (as in "I watch it for the plot." "I just bet you do!"). One of the
running gags in City of Heroes is that everything is a Nemesis plot. So
here's a Nemesis plot. February 10, 2012.
- My Little Banespawn: A lot of us
think the new horrible spider monster things in Dark Astoria are kinda cute,
and want them as vanity pets. While we wait, I decided to make an Equestrian
version...it's not like Equestria is short of horrible monsters to begin
with, they'd fit right in. March 9, 2012.
Three-dimensional representations of my characters, or characters of
teammates of mine. Barring a rapid prototyping Booster Pack, the game can't
do that (although they did put out HeroClix of some of the signature
- Ol' Jed Heroclix: My Earth/Dark Tank, a farmer
Troll. Built out of pieces of several HeroClix (Thug, Morlock, Scourge) and
a unit base block from Mechwarrior. Unpainted
- Darren Astor: Supergroup-mate of Ol' Jed
for a while. Mostly made from a Blade HeroClix with a sword taken from a
Mage Knight figure. Unpainted version, two
incomplete versions: 1, 2. Note, the Abandoned Warehouse SG has since
- Jordan Murphy: Another SG-mate of Ol'
Jed's. Made from Dagger HeroClix and some Apoxie Sculpt. Unpainted version. Ol' Jed is currently in the
SG Jordan moved to after the Abandoned Warehouse disbanded.
- Shiny Positron: I repainted my Positron
HeroClix with gold leaf pen base, AlClad copper wash and I filled the panel
lines using Pledge Future floor polish mixed with light blue paint (the
polish is an acrylic sealant). Now he's shiny!
- Statesman WST: Not a kitbash, just a really
obscure pun photo. The first Weekly Strike Target for heroes was the
Statesman Taskforce, and I have it next to a World's Smallest Transformers
(WST) Bluestreak. February 2011.
I don't expect to write any City of Heroes fanfic, I've got enough writing on
my plate on the creative end. But essays and guides are another matter.
:) Most of these just end up as Livejournal posts (I'm "dvandom"
unsurprisingly), but once in a while I'll type them up as pages.
- ASH characters in
CoX: Early musings on how to make ASH characters up, although a lot of it
is now out of date either as the game changes or my understanding of it
Guide to the Midnighter Arc (Hero Side): After runnning Montague's arc a
few dozen times, I decided to write about how it can be done really quickly
if you're sick of it and just want access to the Midnighter Club. Updated
October 2, 2011. Currently wrong in a number of ways, notably that it's no
longer possible to bring people along for just the last part. You want in,
you have to do the entire arc.
- What's In A
(City of Heroes/Villains) Name?: Some musings on how crowded the
namespace is on the game, and some ways to get around it. Not all of the
methods are recommended.
- When's City of
Heroes Chargen Really Finished?: Musing on how shoehorning a superhero
setting into an advancement system more suited to fantasy games results in
character generation actually taking longer than the time it takes to get the
character out into the game. Issue 21's switch to getting travel powers at
L4 invalidates part of this essay.
- City of
Heroes Costume Workarounds: Sometimes when the costume idea you had can't
be made for whatever reason, there's a way to fake it. I discuss a few of
the ones I've discovered, and those suggested by others.
- Yes, It
Is The Goldfarmers: An essay on the economy of City of Heroes, and
how it has become rather broken thanks to people trading real cash for game