Friday, April 8, 2016

Friday, April 1, 2016

End-of-Week Elmore No More!

"Fee fie foe fum! I smell a general unfamiliarity with the basic human form!"

I'm done with Larry Elmore.

I can't take it anymore. All the cheesecake he puts out? Intolerable.

From now on, I'm dedicating my end-of-week art posts to all the other D&D artists except Elmore. That said, I'm going to be going in chronological order by version. So, this week I'm starting with original D&D. 

As the weeks progress, I'll be posting every piece of art from every edition. Not sure how long this will take me, but here goes nothing! Hope you enjoy the ride!

Friday, March 25, 2016

End-of-Week Elmore (3/25/16) - Son of the Black Sword Cover

I love this cover illo by Larry!

I had seen a new fantasy novel called Son of the Black Sword in the local library, but had mostly ignored it for a while. I have to admit that I'm something of a fantasy snob. 

The title put me off, and my : "Son of the Black Sword? Bah, sounds like Bane of the Black Sword, the Elric novel. Ripoff! Another fantasy novel with an evil sword? Come on!"

But if I'm a snob, I'm also a curious one. I had to at least look at the book, to confirm my disdain had merit!

Lo and behold, I flipped open the cover of the hardback, and right inside I discovered Larry Elmore's art staring back at me! I had to at least try to read the damn book!

I've read  the first chapter or so, and it's not bad so far. I also found it funny that the author's first name is also Larry (Correia)! Larry and Larry working together!

The setting seems to be somewhat Asian-flavored, especially due to the fact that the protagonist was wearing lamellar armor (however, Elmore's illo makes it look more like steel, I have to say) and there's a rigid caste system in place that includes untouchables).

And because I'm a roleplaying maniac, I was reminded of the setting from Scarlet Heroes.

Anyway, let's see if the book can hold my interest as deeply as the cover captivated me!