Colored version of this: [link]
Those of you who have been following my Arine Family drawings may remember mention of my previous PCs from Dara's campaign, Marseer the human warlock and Diane the goliath/halfling warden. This is the latter of the two of them; eight and a half feet of fun and violence.
I'd drawn her a few times before, posted her pog image in my scrap gallery [link]
, and even got Ian Samson to draw her along with the rest of the party in a commission; [link]
. However, one of the things that I kick myself over was playing her as a sub-role striker instead controller. There were so many things that, being more knowledgeable on D&D now, I'd have done differently.
So, when Dara offered to run a short side-adventure for my D&D group, and I got to be a player again for a little while, Diane was my first choice for a character, and I got the opportunity to rework her into an Earthstrength warden. Shuffled stats around, chose a hammer instead of a sword, gave her different powers... same character, but a very different play-style.
One of the biggest changes of the character is that she doesn't hit as viciously as before, but she's gotten a lot more durable, and she doesn't slash at people anymore. Given the opportunity, she will hit the ground... with enough force to create a localized earthquake. Everybody falls. What this meant, visually, is that she had to gain about fifty pounds of muscle, because she's as hard as a rock (some of her powers actually involve transforming her skin into stone, whereas she used to become a werepanther) and is geared more toward power than speed. It was an interesting challenge in trying to make her recognizable as the same character, post-workout, because she's still supposed to look feminine while also looking like she can bench-press a truck. I also wanted to reveal some skin on her arms and legs so that I could properly convey her muscle-tone without, you know, revealing enough to titillate. I'm hopeful that I succeeded, but I just know that there are some people out there who are into the kind of thing...
So... in a week or two, I'm going to be playing Diane again, and I'm going to use this image as a pog in Roll20.
Character and artwork are property of Dan Pertierra
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