And Then Some SWAG Character Requests

25 August 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games, Star Wars

It's the couple of days lull before I leave town for Eid-ul-Fitr vacation at the in-laws, so I had some free time to take on some Star Wars Artists' Guild requests. Here are three character requests I picked up. I used a new Copicmarker Ciao ink brush I just purchased for their line art. Click on their individual links to read their request threads at the forums:

My name is NOT Quiche!

Ka'ron Quinch

Smuggler as requested by vinnie3.

You wouldn't want to see this bearing down on you from the sky

J'zzzt the Hutt

A Jedi Hutt as requested by Viscious the Jester.

A Republic officer AND a doctor. A good catch, ladies!

Doctor Adram Zanedi

A Republic Military officer and a physician during the Mandalorian Wars, requested by Jalaila Tarin.


37 Months

23 August 2011 | sila | | Family Pics

Hey everyone! So the girl is 37 months old today. We had her 3-year checkup this morning and she was 40 1/4 inches tall (102.2 cm) and 38 lbs (17.2 kg), and at the 99th percentile for both height and weight. Her speech and vocabulary now seems advanced for her age (what a change from last year's checkup and the not talking at all business!). She counted to 25 for the doctor (skipping 16 which is the norm for her), and correctly identified the stethoscope used, and what it was for. She liked opening her mouth and saying "aaah" and letting the doctor shine a flashlight in her ear. She didn't mind the sphygmomanometer that took her blood pressure and "hugged" her arm. She didn't even cry when she was given one jab, and was very pleased with the tweety bird bandage that she got for it. Everything is going well, Alhamdulillah!

Here's our girl, modeling one of her the new sweaters received from Opah and Atok:


Boy or girl? Can you guess?

17 August 2011 | sila | | Family Pics

Here are a couple of pictures of Yaya's Adik from this morning's ultrasound. Adik is now 20 weeks old - halfway there! Adik weighs 12 ounces (which is apparently normal for this age).

Profile with arm

Kick Mama!

Tell us, based on these pictures, do you think Adik is a boy or a girl? We'll reveal the answer later ;-).


Azamar - Template Art Part Four

11 August 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games

Here are a few more Azamar RPG character artwork for templates! The book is now for sale at their online store!

Who shaved her eyebrows?

Female Bu'Col Priest

I want one of those chain weapons

Male Bu'Col Shea'akh Warrior

She knows a kind of magic

Female Enfri Wizard

These halflings wear shoes

Male Enfri Wizard

She asceromances well, she does!

Female Human Asceromancer

Casting spells with a tubehat!

Male Human Wizard of the Veil


The Great Nerd Archaeological Dig of Sitiawan

09 August 2011 | Hisham | | Comics, Role Playing Games, Star Wars

Earlier this month, we went back to my hometown of Sitiawan where I dug up my old stuff in my cupboard and wardrobe, then posted them on Google+. Here is a compilation of the posts, along with further elaboration, as well as a new photo near the end.

Ancient cache of geekery unearthed at my parents' house included a single Bill Mantlo / Gil Kane's Micronauts comic. I'm sure there was another where the 'Nauts battled a gentleman by the name of Professor Prometheus - at least on the cover. I don't remember much of what's inside.

Janet Van Dyne goes for several pages nekkid in combat in this issue

I found a pair of old Dazzler comics - featuring the mutant disco performer who transduced sound to light - still readable with their pages still intact. Several years later, she would be a member of the X-Men.

With guest appearances of Otto, Warren and Amora

I bought the West End Games' Star Wars RPG module titled Crisis on Cloud City, and they had a set of sabacc cards with rules. Cropping cardboard into equal sizes is harder than it looks, even with a metalwork guillotine.

Pretty sure I got an Idiot's Array before during play.

At the back of an old receipt are illustrations and game stats for a Star Wars light freighter named Nasty Nervosa. I didn't name it, the players did. Don't ask me why.

The "Nasty Nervosa" stats

Remember the old Star Wars sunday strips. I believe I culled these from the New Straits Times. Every week there was a panel that featured a character, vehicle or technology drawn by Al Williamson. I tried to collect them all. A futile effort, really.


Superman Saves Cats!

06 August 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, Comics

You know what I miss about Superman? Him being sometimes ridiculous and fun.

Here's a tribute to the fun and ridiculous Silver Age Superman with the best ending in the world ever. This might have occurred just after Luthor stole 40 cakes.

Click here to view a larger image on DeviantArt.


Ruthermore's First Cover

05 August 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, Books, Misc Sci-Fi

Ruthermore Heidigens and the Fifth Planet is the first of David Leyman's Ruthermore Heidigens science fiction novellas. It features the most powerful wizard in the known universe, simply because he's the only wizard in the universe. His powers are real, but are they really of a magical source?

Here's the cover for the book I painted recently in watercolour: 


The one with the rainy-day party

04 August 2011 | sila | | Family Pics

So on Sunday July 24th (Vin's birthday! Happy birthday, babe!!!!) we had Yaya's birthday party. As in previous years, we had invited the neighbors and our friends and planned a cook-out. The house was clean and there was a bunch of cooking to be done! Mandy and I had stayed up assembling Yaya's present the night before (I hate assembling toys!) and Papa went to play baseball in the morning.

Birthday girl in her jammies