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4e DnD: DMG Chp. 1. by RalphHorsley 4e DnD: DMG Chp. 1. by RalphHorsley
4e D&D; Dungeon Masters Guide - Chapter 1
Acrylics on board, approx 50cm x 40cm
Wizards of the Coast. 4e Dungeon Masters Guide; Interior Illustration.

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The adventurers have found the dungeon entrance, and cautiously begin to explore, little realising that their enemy is equally ready for action....

Again this is a piece with a lot going on. I sought to frame the adventurers in the entrance against the lighter palette behind them, meanwhile their magical effects light up the gloom infront. Here the Goblins are shown in a very muted, blue/purple palette that almost acts like a frame across the bottom which the adventurers are breaking into.
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Solx93 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Fighting huge groups of Goblins is always fun... specially when you're playing a Dragonborn Paladin of Bahamut and tries to find a good reason to crush their skulls while doing it...
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Galron2 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Exactly what I think
I'm part of a role playing group on Deviantart
And I play as a hybrid (half Dragonborn/ half human) ranger
But with physical hybrid features
Leading a troop of fellow hybrids
And its especially exciting using listed D&D Dragonborn powers :)
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Solx93 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
That does sound interesting =O
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Galron2 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
Check out the link to the group on my page
Its in my group/member section if u scroll down
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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Galron2 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
This is awesome Ralph
Really
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luffy-mike Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
the same thing happened to me in a campaign only they where beholders
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ouch!
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artildawn Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
I always enjoy seeing paintings with lots of characters running around. Most of us, myself included, don't have the patience to do this kind of stuff. Well done.
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I love doing this sort of piece - lucky for me no-one seems to want to :)
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Tiparium Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
I used to play DND like you, but then I took a Skyrim to the brain.
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
lol
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Tiparium Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Skyrim is efectivlly DND on a console.
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Ansugaru Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this artwork is really really great!

Bonus Points for the Goblin that broke the 4th wall! that one made me go :D!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Great - thanks :)
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GreyDrizzle Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Student
Hehe, i got that one in my Dungeon master's guide!xd
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Great :D
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justjingles Featured By Owner May 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I love the orc at the bottom that is telling me as the viewer to be extra quiet. :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
heh, yeah I couldn't resist sneaking him in ;)
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Guzkull Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
love the goblin shooshing, hahaha silly goblins
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, I enjoyed dropping him in there - thanks :)
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captain89 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
Since i'm all ways the ighter in D&D I would say Come lads lets go only wimpy XP from theses green skins saying loudly and winking to the DM who says.

DM: errr?
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
lol

Thanks :D
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Morphine-Cloud Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008
I love that one ! The details are beautiful....
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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blueheat23 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
great details and amazing use of colors!
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comment :)
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Sexual-Yeti Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I am always amazed how goblins, regardless how many of the filthy buggers there are and despite their screeching noises, can hide so well, so quietly and in such as small space. Amazing!
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
very true :)

Thanks.
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Amerelle Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008
Wow, just amazing ^ ^
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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Amerelle Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008
I really want to try doing a painting like this soon ^ ^ you are so inspiring!
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I hope you do :)
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fiendy Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
hehe return of the rings. excellant
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent work, I love the dwarf, although his hammer looks a little too hefty methinks. . . :)
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks - yeah that's Dwarf for you - eyes bigger than...
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thehotmageaeris Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Again, your work is amazing! :D
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thnaks very much :)
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thehotmageaeris Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome :D
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KandyMann Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
I don't know how you do such invredible work... and with ACRYLICS! I am awed, my friend.
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It is an odd process starting with a blank piece of paper and ending with this... :D
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Elsie01 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
Ah, magnificent! Is that girl in the front suppposed to be that small? Or am I seeing the perspective wrong...?

What a killer surprise party!
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
She's a Halfling :)

Thanks.
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Elsie01 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
You're welcome! :heart:
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Gerner Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
You make D&D come to live, can't wait to play the new edition. :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Pleased to hear it - thank you :)
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gadren Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
Great stuff.
The dwarf looks a little too big, though.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :)

He's how the AD wanted him....
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MikeUnderhill Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008   Interface Designer
Oh, I adore how the little goblin is gesturing for the viewer to be quiet as the heros enter the room.

This would be so funny with a group of medieval adventurers standing in an elevator looking out over a floor full of office cubicles populated by all manner of vicious hobgoblins, orcs, trolls and undead, peering from beyond their flat screen monitors, the adventurers backlit by the light of the elevator and the exit sign.
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