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The cover image for Adventure Path #101 - The Kintargo Contract (Hell's Rebels, part 5 of 6 was recently previewed.
The cover features my rendition of a Strix Slayer. Here are some of the notes I made whilst designing the artwork;
At the time I started working on this one, there were only a couple of reference images for Pathfinder Strix. It seemed that both versions varied slightly. One had triple jointed bird legs the other human legs with talons. I took a bit of extra time to work on variations – trying different things out and messing around with body shapes and proportions. The racial description mentions that they’re quite light and slim so I’ve elongated their limbs a bit and given them slightly oversized hands and feet (Slightly talon – like too. You can’t see their fingers in this sketch but I imagine they’d have sharp talons there too. I elongated her neck and trapezius to accommodate her wings. Her shoulders are hunched forwards – reminiscent of a bird with folded wings. I experimented with the angle of her head and wanted to put it at that odd sideways angle that birds have, but it didn’t quite work. Instead I went for a thrust forwards position.
The dark skin, combined with white tattoos and corvid wings suggested the concept of “Magpie” to me. It kinda fit with their background too. From the images I found, they seemed like a primitive culture. They obviously have the ability to make things for themselves (I gave them a visual aesthetic based upon the African Mursi) but I figured that they’d do a heck of a lot of raiding, considering they’re a winged race who live in a really remote place considered to be especially inaccessible to flightless creatures. Consequently, most of their clothes and equipment consist of items that they’ve stolen from lots of different Golorian cultures. I guessed they’d also wear a lot of jewellery (Going back to that magpie concept)
This particular character wields two magical shortswords. One is constantly shifting. The other glows red. I am unsure what their magical properties might be exactly. I’m sure all will be revealed in the Adventure Path.