A couple more Panzerfäuste sketchbook pages. Here are my initial sketches for Hauptmann Entwickler; an eccentric Dwarf inventor veteran. He wears a WW1-style German helmet with a perch for his Nachtsichtfrosch (a simple lick will temporarily give him enhanced night vision!). I gave him little automaton robot mines which would march towards the enemy.
And here he is sculpted by the talented Irek Zieliński.
Hysterical Games shop – Dwarves
And here are some early concepts for the Gnome Infantry and their Alpine troops. I was trying various beard shapes and some subtle more French moustaches rather than Germanic ones. Traditionally Gnomes in Panzerfäuste don’t sport moustaches but I imagined some younger Gnomes might have typically French moustaches!
Here are the current sculpts on Hysterical Games’ website:
Hysterical Games – Gnomes
As it’s well past Hallowe’en (and not yet Christmas) I thought I should update my website! So for the next few days I’ll upload some relatively unseen concept sketches. These first were done when I had just started working for Hysterical Games in 2014.
Hysterical Games website
They’re my early ideas for the Troglodytes, a fantasy race unique as far as I can tell to the Panzerfäuste world. Eventually they evolved into a full miniature range which will be arriving in 2017. In ‘The Land’ (the world of Panzerfäuste) they occupy the area equivalent to Poland in our world (between the lands of the belligerent Dwarves and Dark Elves) so their equipment is based on the Polish gear and weapons of the WW2 era. They are described as underground dwelling (hence the name), mainly covered in fur, hunched but not simian, with tails and short horns. They’re fairly grotesque really so I tried to imbue much of that but at the same time give them some nobility! They have a shamanic culture so I added little bone fetishes and jewelry to some of them.
And for the third sketchbook spread we have some early ideas for the Troglogyte footsoldiers, an unused War-Badger mount for the cavalry and the Troglodyte Brute – Wojtek the Bear.
I’ve been working hard on a commission from Hysterical Games over the last year; drawing concepts for their fantasy World War 2 miniatures wargame ‘Panzerfäuste’. Their Kickstarter project has gone live and surpassed its initial goal! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this project. Here’s a link to the Kickstarter page:
Panzerfäuste – Mechanised Warfare in A Mythical Realm
As part of this ongoing commission I created Wojtek the Bear, a character I based on the actual bear named Wojtek by Polish troops who adopted him in World War 2 Wikipedia entry for Wojtek (bear), carrying a MG08-15 machine gun. Wojtek is a helpful bear used by the Troglodytes in the Panzerfäuste world to carry things and to fight the Dwarves.