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Jul 14

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Good Show Sir Art Direction: Don’t bother painting a cover. Try to push the new Star of the Guardians action figures.

Published 1991

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 7.88 out of 10)
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20 Responses to “King’s Sacrifice”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    “Hey – your clothes squeak like mine!”

  2. A. R. Yngve Says:

    “Luketh, I am your mother.”
    “That’s not true, that’s impossible!”
    “Search your not-at-all-Star-Wars feelings, my son. In your heart, you know it’s true.”
    “NOOOO!!!”

  3. fred Says:

    No matter where she goes, there Tracy Hickman is.

  4. JuanPaul Says:

    They really did rip off the weapons from Han and Luke.

    Those sneakers are pretty awesome, but white is a bad color for a dungeon.

  5. Tor Mented Says:

    So Margaret Weis is the star of The Guardians?

  6. Bruce A Munro Says:

    The game runner began mashing up Traveller and D&D elements, much to the confusion of the player characters.

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    Welcome to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum Annex of Forgettable Sci-Fi Characters: Star of the Guardians Basement Cavern!

  8. fred Says:

    What idiot builds a ramp with a side slope.

  9. Daard23 Says:

    I guess “drawing a practical holster for your weapon” is as hard as drawing feet.

  10. Tat Wood Says:

    Quite apart from the whole ‘she brought a rapier to a gun-fight’ aspect, how exactly is she holding this weapon? Are the hilt and blade at 60 degrees to the grip?

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Looks like a Death-Match-level game of Freeze Tag.

  12. milo Says:

    Their faces and clothing are lit from the foreground, but their boots are casting shadows in the opposite direction back towards the light source? Huh?

  13. Raoul Says:

    The King’s Sacrifice is always a less-than-brilliant chess move.

  14. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @fred: not to mention it seems to terminate in a clump of stalagmites. (One of which, now that I look at it, seems to have made a break for freedom and jumped over the bottom of the picture frame.)

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I’m always saying the covers look like the artist emptied out a toy box to do the cover, and at last I AM VINDICATED! Hope they weren’t mint in box Star Wars action figures.

    So this is before Poser and other similar CG abominations… which means someone got paid to actually paint this.

    I see Youll has appeared a number of times here.

    @fred: The same one who decided using action figures with so little change was a good idea?

    Or else the action figures are on a raked stage.

    (I did one am-dram show with a partially-raked stage and the group never had one again thanks to complaints from the entire cast. Those whose roles didn’t require the elevation were lucky. I was not one of them.)

    @Tat: I’m just trying to figure out how her not-a-lightsaber fits into that scabbard/holster thingy. Either it retracts, in which case the Escher-esque hilt doesn’t stay in it, or it’s a real blade, and it sticks out and trips and cuts her.

  16. Tat Wood Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: she keeps it in her hair.

  17. A. R. Yngve Says:

    “I use DarkSide Superlift to bring out the Sith in my hair. DarkSide – because you deserve it.”

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Her true evil was destroying ozone layers all over the galaxy with her hair spray.

  19. Tor Mented Says:

    I will give credit where it’s due and note that this artist has a lot of talent. The textures, detail and lighting are remarkable.
    But I suspect that the artist wasn’t very interested in the subject matter. This just feels like work to pay the rent and he’d rather be painting something else. To really be great at this sort of thing, you have to love the genre.

  20. Yamamanama Says:

    No, sir, I didn’t see you playing with your dolls again.

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