Monday, November 5, 2012

Fantasy Art: Stainless Steel Dragon

I am not feeling so hot today so I went shopping on DriveThruRPG/RPGNow from some dragon art.

In my search a company called Stainless Steel Dragon came up and they have a few products.  I had a few bucks burning a hole in my pocket so I decided, what the heck.

The first thing I grabbed was the Ultimate Fantasy Photo Art Collection.
I grabbed it because it came up in a search for "Dragon art", there are no dragons in it. That was something of a disappointment, but I kept on going, after all there are a 150+ pages here.

The art varies from semi-serious, to cheesecake. It is all photos with fantasy style trappings and backgrounds. There are some topless women here (and me, fair is fair), but it is all of an artistic sort.

There are not many images here I can use in my games, but the ones that I can seem perfect. There is an African-American male vampire in this is perfect (and they must have also thought this since we get a couple of him), but my opinion was changed with the picture of the "witch" on page 101. Again it is a case of the right thing at the tight time for me. NOTE To publisher: I appreciate the names of the models, but is there anyway to know what page they are on? Ok, just who is the model on page 101?

The models are all attractive and we get a variety of types, genders and ethnicity here so that is certainly a plus. One of my first thoughts was there are a lot of good visual images here for a Ravenloft game or some other dark fantasy.

There are also 24 pages of "character sheets" featuring the various models (again the witch on 101 is back on page 150), plus a blank and a back page. Suitable really for most games, but certainly a FRPG in mind.

So while it was not exactly what I was looking for and I also like to buy art I can reuse somehow, I can't fault the publisher any of those.

Great fro printing out and using in a game as a visual aid. Or if there is a character you really want to detail then it's perfect if the character you envision is here.

NOTE To publisher 2: maybe small thumbnails of the pictures on the character sheets might be good on your website? That way if someone sees something they like they have a good reason to buy this.

In truth you get a ton of images for $5 (when on sale). Can't really complain about that.

EDITED TO ADD. You can find some of the images on their website,
I found my witch and picked up the jpg for a buck.

I also checked out some of the other images on DTRPG/RPGN to fill in for other characters.  Here is what I grabbed.

Fire Witch
Blue Moon
Water Nymph I would like to have one of this model as a witch/warlock too.
Sword Maiden

All are huge HiRes images.  Most are right around 2542 x 3386.

I had actually picked up AoV: Fantasy Art (Reflections of Voldaria) in some sale a while back and forgot about it.

Looking forward to more.

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