A Reluctant Jedi

03 February 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars

Remember Admiral Tarn Majint from a couple of posts ago? Here's his daughter Qualtis Majint - with her blue robes and her blue-bladed lightsabre - who definitely does not resemble Bill Nighy in any way. Like any self-respecting character in any Star Wars RPG campaign, she loves thermal detonators.

We're not sure if she started the fire behind her.

A SWAG request by Jan Tolbara for his wife's RPG character on her birthday.

Made with GIMP. Click here to view (and download) a larger image.


Star Wars Crossover

02 February 2011 | Hisham | | Star Wars, Transformers

There's a breach in the spacetime continuum and strange, giant robotic entities fly through and bring their own war into the Galactic Republic! However, the creatures look somewhat familiar... eeriely familar. One faction allies itself with the Republic while another with the Separatists. With the sudden inclusion of powerful sapient giant transforming mechanical life-forms, the Clone Wars is taken to the next level!

I have the better Alec Guiness voice!" "No, I do!
My lightsabre is bigger than yours." "Oh, shut up.

A Kubaz Majordomo

30 January 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars

Here's another SWAG request I picked up. Derf requested a Kubaz majordomo character by the name of Rbarindan, with "many friends and relations in low places". His species is the same as Garindan, the spy who shadowed Luke, Ben and the droids in Mos Eisley on their way to the Milliennium Falcon in the first Star Wars movie.

We eats insects, thank you very much

Click here and hit the image there to see (or download) a larger version.


An Imperial Fleet Admiral

29 January 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars

I picked up a SWAG request from Jan Tolbara for a character named Tarn Majint, an Imperial Admiral. He is visually inspired by the actor Bill Nighy, but without the pirate hat and the tentacled face. Of course, a tentacle-faced Imperial officer isn't that much of a stretch for Star Wars.

I shall Adama-glare you to death!

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The Savage Battle at ToysRUs

20 January 2011 | Hisham | | Star Wars

Today, we took a trip to Empire Shopping Gallery at Subang Jaya - a mall we've not visited before. Somewhere near the top floor of the mall was a Toys'R'Us outlet. Toys'R'Us as many of us are aware of sells toys. There are many sections in the store which I usually browse (but don't normally buy at the moment). One such section is the Star Wars aisle.

There was something I discovered here that caught my eye. A fantastic Star Wars: The Clone Wars diorama using dozens of action figures, some vehicles and a fantastic environment.

It was a battle scene, with the Grand Army of the Republic laying seige to a Separatist stronghold. And the Republic's heavy hitter was the Kuat Drive Yards A6 Juggernaut toy vehicle. Modified to have physical damages and custom-painted with carbon scoring, the Juggernaut (also known as the "Clone Turbo Tank") made a spectacular centerpiece. 

Come on, lads! Last one out gets first taste of cookie's gruel for supper!

Clone troopers are deployed from the ramp of the Juggernaut and they're mostly glad it's not a subzero environment and fighting without thermal underwear.

We've hit this AAT, sir. Should we exchange insurance details?

The Juggernaut driver seemed to have rear-ended an Armoured Assault Tank. The droideka laying on the ground doesn't seem to be having a fine day too.


An Anomid Tech Specialist

10 November 2010 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars

Anomids are aliens which have no vocal cords in the Star Wars galaxy. Over millennia, they developed and communicate with each other via an elaborate sign language using their six-fingered hands. However, when communicating with the galaxy at large, Anomids wear a voice synthesiser mask which allows them to speak to other species.

This RPG character artwork of a teenaged Anomid tech specialist was requested by "Michael" at the Star Wars Artists' Guild forum.

Michael's SWAG request

Click here to access a larger image on DeviantArt.


Some Flea Market Scores

18 October 2010 | Hisham | | Star Wars

Here are some recent purchases from the Amcorp Mall weekend flea market. Sure some of the accessories are missing, but together they all cost less than one brand new figure.

Yay! Cheap-ass weekends!

Here they are chronologically:

From 4000 years ago!

Mandalore the Indomitable!

Seen in the Dark Lords of the Sith comic series, this leader of the Mandalorians from 4,000 years ago fell into a jungle and was eaten by a bear.


A Gamorrean Gentleman

01 September 2010 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars

This individual, Sarg, from the Gamorr system was a private request from "Penangallan" of the Holonet forums. As a distinguished mob enforcer, he hopes someday to be a much more refined gentlebeing, if only he could stop himself from drooling all the time.


Cody vs. Cody

28 August 2010 | Hisham | | Artwork, Misc Sci-Fi, Star Wars

In the early 1950s, Republic Pictures produced a black and white film serial featuring the character named Commando Cody. Cody was featured in two serials, namely Radar Men from the Moon and Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe. His costume included a helmet and a rocket pack, which allows him to fly.

During this time, a young man watched these serials at the cinema. More than fifty years later, as part of a movie serial he himself created, that man developed a supporting character named Commander Cody who wears a helmet and sometimes a rocket pack, obviously inspired by and a homage to the former character.

Here's what happens when the heavens open up and they meet.


Saviours of the Light

05 August 2010 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games, Star Wars

Back in 2002, I was commissioned by Ian Houlihan to come up with five character illustrations for a Star Wars roleplaying game d20 one-shot scenario called Savours of the Light: The Soul Child. The scenario, set during the Dark Times, was to be run at The BIG Weekend. BIG was an acronym for Brisbane Indoor Games, which was obviously held indoors in the city of Brisbane, Australia.

The characters were members of a music band who had to protect a Jedi padawan. The padawan had an infant in her care, who was strong in the Force. Not an easy task, for Imperial Inquisitors naturally are also hunting for the baby. 

I've found the five player characters I drew in a directory somewhere, but it appears the original files are lost forever. Here are the artwork I drew:

Shari-Dae Elore

Shari-Dae Elore, the Jedi Padawan, with the infant Tristan Forseti given to her care by her deceased master Vesik Len.

Unor Lak

Unor Lak, the Rodian keyboard player of The Troubled Souls.


Female Nagai

05 August 2010 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars

It's been a while since I did a Star Wars Artists' Guild request. Here's an unnamed Nagai female as requested by Matt on the boards for one of his two campaigns.

Thanks, Jo Duffy.

Maybe she's Xepheer Xeneeth's girlfriend or something.

A bigger version can be found on DeviantArt.


Irfan's Player Character Saves The Day

01 May 2010 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Role Playing Games, RPG Actual Play, RPG Irfan Plays, Star Wars

Irfan played his first complete Star Wars Role-Playing Game adventure today, as everyone's favourite intrepid astromech droid Artoo-Detoo. He was awesome at figuring out solutions to simple problems that were presented in the scenario that I cooked up. He even role-played Artoo well by having in-character conversations in regular robotic beeps. 

We played on the living room carpet and I used the gamemaster (GM) screen for the first time ever, with the D6 rules and stats inserts I made. My coterie of white D6 were arrayed on the floor, while the singe red D6 served as a Wild Die. 

The scenario was designed to be short and with minimal story twists.

Shortly after the Battle of Hypori that, Artoo-Detoo, the lone player character (PC), was sent by Clone Commander Cody for a mission. Orbiting the planet, say for story's sake, Eiattu 6, Artoo's task was to be flown from the Venator-class Star Destroyer Resolute to the surface of Eiattu.

There, Artoo will need to sneak into a Separatist safehouse containing a redundant tactical computer databank and hack into it to determine the position of Count Dooku and his fleet.

Artoo faces off a B1 battle  droid

Artoo was supposed to be flown within a short distance of the safehouse in the hills, but the LAAT gunship he was in was shot by a ground-based missile. Before the gunship smashed into the landscape, I thought Irfan was going to get Artoo to attempt a controlled landing, but instead he did something I didn't count on. He jumped.

However, he failed his rocket operations roll and slammed down hard into a sand dune. Thankfully his Strength roll's Wild Die came up 6 twice! So Artoo shrugged off the damage which I attributed to sand absorbing the impact. 

Using his sensors, he tried to get a fix on the location of the hill and the safehouse. But this time his Wild Die turned up a 1. I ruled that he knows the direction of the safehouse - which is south - but he doesn't know how far it is. And it's all desert as far as he can see.


This Is What A DL-18 Blaster Look Like

16 April 2010 | Hisham | | Role Playing Games, Star Wars

So the other day I made three pages of rules and stats for a SWRPG GM screen. Those face inward, to the gamemaster who has to refer to rules and tables and some stats at a moment's notice during a game session. What about the other side? you may ask. What do the players see?

So people print out photos and artwork of scenes of whatever game they use. There are hundreds of official and fan artwork of Star Wars in the internet wilds. If you download the Pirates of the Spanish Main GM screen inserts for Savage Worlds, they also come with inserts for the player side with artwork and map.

Here's one insert I've made for SWRPG on the player side:

You can also pistol whip errant Ewoks with these.

A blaster visual reference guide. No longer do you need to tell other players, "I have that blaster pistol that Han uses to shoot at the sarlacc tongue." You can just refer to its name on the insert, or just point to any blaster and tell your player, "You find a blaster carbine in the cupboard and it looks like this."

Many thanks to the Rancorpit team for damage code for weapons that appeared in the prequels movies, which came out after West End Games lost the Star Wars license. I obtained the photos from all over the internet, especially the Star Wars Wiki.

Gear that shoot sfuff! Right-click-and-save the link to the zip file on the left. (405KB)


Paper Minis: Astromech Droids

15 April 2010 | Hisham | | Paper Minis, Role Playing Games, Star Wars

Do you know what any Star Wars RPG campaign requires?

A liberal sprinkling of astromech droids all over the landscape. Indoors and outdoors, working or hanging out, moving or stationary, hyperactive or depressed, driven or apathetic. You'd especially want the ubiquitous R-series astromech droids from the manufacturer Industrial Automatons.

Bleep-be-deep-be-brapp! Woooop!

Star Wars RPG D6 GM Screen

13 April 2010 | Hisham | | Role Playing Games, Star Wars

Here's something I've been working on for the last year or so, created over long periods of nothingness punctuated by brief periods of activity. My very own design for a full-colour Star Wars RPG Gamemaster's Screen in D6 rules - using Inkscape.

There are three pages of inserts, each US Letter sized. They work great with the Savage Worlds Customizable GM Screen.

The first are tables for combat (injury, scaling, damage, healing, etc.), movements (manoeuvre modifiers, character & vehicle) and astrogation mishaps.

Combat & Movement

Paper Mini Imperial Troops

30 March 2010 | Hisham | | Paper Minis, Role Playing Games, Star Wars

The ubiquitous Imperial Stormtrooper Corps is feared throughout the galaxy, which warrant their own set of paper minis. Here is a full 8-man Stormtrooper squad. Are they Carida Academy graduates or GeNode clones? Who cares. I just want pie.

An 8-man squad

Paper Mini Fringers of Asok Yeesrim

27 March 2010 | Hisham | | Friends, Paper Minis, Role Playing Games, Star Wars

Back in October 2009, I wrote about Asok the SWAGger who turned me into a Rodian Carbineer.

I thought Asok's artwork was clean and concise enough to be turned into paper minis. So I went down to his deviantArt gallery where many fantastic pieces reside to pick 12 artwork to be turned into paper minis. Most of the ones I collecter could be considered fringers.

There was a spacer, a pirate, some smugglers, pilots and gearheads. I gathered them up and put them into a printable paper mini PDF set. I sent a copy to Asok, and a few hours later - from the other side of the planet - this photo appeared:

Meanwhile, deep within the recesses of Davis, CA

Paper Minis for Star Wars RPG

27 March 2010 | Hisham | | Bad Example, Paper Minis, Role Playing Games, Star Wars
A motley crewThanks to Ivan using generic paper miniatures during the Warhammer session last month, it struck me to look for Star Wars RPG paper minis on the web. There are a couple online, but I thought it would be awesome to create my own for my own game.

Especially a custom set for the crew of the Bad Example

So I drew up simple illustrations of the player characters, based on the thumbnail to the right there. (Click on it to see a full sized version.)

After a some advice from Ivan, a scanning session, a colouring session, a pdf set was produced. Each mini had a base width of 30mm. I also needed bases, so I downloaded some free pdfs from One Monk Miniatures. There are also some free pdf downloads at that website. Check it out if you require other genre minis to print, like pulp, horror, science fiction and fantasy.

Once all the files were in order, I brought them to the print shop to print them on cardstock.

This was the resulting printout. (For my purposes, the side with the clear artwork is the front and the side with the printed name is the back of the mini.)

Double rows, just in case I screw up.

A Robot Rescue - Bad Example, Episode 4

23 March 2010 | Hisham | | Bad Example, GOKL Actual Play, RPG Actual Play, Role Playing Games, Star Wars

Bad Example of a logoLast Sunday, the GOKL gang continued the role-playing adventures of Star Wars: A Bad Example in the Spacelanes.

Two new players, Nigel of Singapore who played Bob the Wookiee, and Razzman who played Reelo Jackson the Rodian bounty hunter, joined the party as they embarked on a mission to retrieve their kidnapped crewmates, beginning with Weapon X the HK-78 assassin droid.

The previous episode can be found here.

Episode 4: Our Droid Is Not Open-Sourced

Long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...

Upon exposing a traitor Starson O'Kreem in the mobile asteroid pirate stronghold Irontooth Station, pirate lord Slaughter Maelstrom has confirmed a truce with the crew of the Bad Example. After returning to Sriluur to pick up Tickley, the crew sets off to recovered their captured droid companion Weapon X.

Using the data taken from O'Kreem's datapad, they attempt to discover Weapon X's location and soon track him to a warehouse in the Rodian district on Coruscant.


Pirate Politics - Bad Example, Episode 3

22 March 2010 | Hisham | | Bad Example, GOKL Actual Play, RPG Actual Play, Role Playing Games, Star Wars

Bad Example of a logoAbout six months ago, I ran the third Star Wars D6 game with the GOKL crew, which continued from Episode 2. But I was a bad GM then and did not take notes (mentally and on paper) of what occured. Here is a rundown of the lost Episode 3 of Star Wars: A Bad Example in the Spacelanes.

Details such as combat and NPC names were lost. New NPC names are fabricated for the purpose of continuity in the adventure and will be considered official for upcoming games.

Episode 3: Piracy, Treachery and Kidnappings

The crew of the Bad Example, Hunter Maelstrom the freighter captain, Nek'Koh'Moo'Su'May a.k.a Annie the Trianii, Ssssawar the Trandoshan chef and the clone Adenuneasily enjoyed the dinner set out for them by The Five Skulls Brigands. Weapon X, the HK-57 droid, just sat and made small talk. The pirate leader Lord Irontooth had earlier revealed himself as Slaughter Maelstrom, Hunter's brother. Sitting beside him were his two lieutenants: the suave, young Starson O'Kreem who smiled graciously at the newcomers, and the bald, older Yoat Jumpo who appeared to regard them with distrust.