The Barbarian and the Cavalier - no-fun versions.

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Sigh. The older I get, the less fun I am to be around. Which is only natural, I guess, but still concerning, given that I wasn't that much fun to be around even in my heyday. :meh:

Anyway, Wizards of the Coast has released a couple of new secret lair cards based off the 80s D&D cartoon. So it was kinda inevitable that my free doodling today featured those characters... I started thinking about Bobby the Barbarian's design. Lots of fun, and quite classic in a mindless-replication-of-fantasy-tropes way...but what would a realistic version of that design look like? Can you even speak of realism in the context of a fantasy setting? Short answer: no, but longer answer...well, I guess the highest authority regarding the Barbarian stereotype specifically could not be granted to anyone else but Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan. And while his Hyborian Age is fictional, and set at least 10000 years BCE, he did not really intend to create fictional history from scratch - he just wanted a setting that allowed him to play with the historical epoch he was most interested in without the pesky need for research and accuracy. :XD:

And technologically, the world of the Hyborian Age is obviously at the seam between the bronze age and the iron age, hence the secret of steel. So bronze age technology and culture would be the mark of barbarism from the viewpoint of the more 'advanced' cultures of the age...
...well, and back in the real world at the same general point in history, the mark of barbarism, from the viewpoint of basically any culture towards any other one, was defined even simpler: not speaking our language. :XD:

Well, so here's Bobby, the real Barbarian: just a generic bronze age warrior. Which still makes him more cultured than the average fantasy Barbarian, of course, since those tend to be neolithic in anything but weaponry.

Having made a no-fun version of Bobby, I thought I should extend that losing streak by making a no-fun version of Eric next. There's enough that's technically implausible or just plainly technologically incoherent in his canon design to give ample leeway for the injection of some realism, after all.

So here he is being no longer any fun, either. Great, I managed to get myself all depressed again...:meh:
Content details:
• Category – 2D
• Category – 3D
• Category – Cartoons
• Category – Derivative
• Category – Fan Art
• Category – Western
• Critique – Encouraged
• Filter – N/A
• Series – D – Dungeons and Dragons – Bobby the Babarian
• Series – D – Dungeons and Dragons – Eric the Cavalier
• Theme – Gear
• Theme – Alternate Universe
• Theme – Costumes/Regalia
• Theme – Historical
• Theme – Humour
• Theme – Leather/Latex
• Time Taken – 2-4 hours
• Tools – Digital – 2D – Clip Studio Paint
• Tools – Digital – 3D
Posted on 2021-06-19 @ 3:39 PM
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