Charles Urbach - Moshi Madoka - Traditional, cunning, and not to be trifled with. We though of her as a scholar with some major spiritual power to back her up. Moshi have long tended to be represented like Yoritomo and we’ve been trying to move away from that. Madoka represents the conservative and powerful nature of the Moshi family.
Shen Fei - Buried Treasures - That slightly seedy bar where those with an adventurous spirit go and dig up information, be it maps or rumors. We envisioned this as a bar with strong sake and a very smart barkeep.
Charles Urbach - The Return of Kisada
Been wanting to spoil this one for a long time. All the details on the creation are in the below link. I guess I should mostly just say, this is I think my favorite of the bunch. It just felt so epic. Charles is the man is really what I am getting at here.
Charles Urbach - Yoritomo Iwashi
Sea Cop, just pulling over a Crane escort ship for speeding in an Orochi school crossing.
Shrine to Yoritomo - Charles Urbach
The Second City - Charles Urbach
Atosa - Charles Urbach - A Gaijin master duelist and leader she is a gorgeous Urbach piece. The goal was to present a strong female Ivory Kingdoms survivor who knew how to handle herself and deal with samurai.
The Sensei released thus far as per a request.
Bayushi Kazutoshi - Charles Urbach - Cards mechanics changed a little on us but the scene was just so cool. We wanted a scene where he was challenging students like he once was to come get some. Both his old mask, now a blind fold, and his masters mask appear on his shoulder.
Mirumoto Hikaro - Drew Baker - We mostly told Drew to draw an awesome Mirumoto Sensei and then let him have at. Drew requires in general next to no guidance in making amazing L5R imagery.
Tsuruchi Shichiro - Drew Baker - Drew was again just told, Mantis Archery sensei and this was what he came back to us with. I might be a bit biases but it’s my favorite of the ones he did for Embers of War.
Hida Osete - Ben Peck - We really wanted a drill Sargent vibe with him. He’s training the hell out of very young Crab in the cold rain. Originally we had his foot up on some poor kid doing push ups but it just wouldn’t fit very well into the card frames.
Kitsu Miro - Charles Urbach
So this one might look add at first glance a Kitsu Shugenja dressed far more like a samurai.. That is on purpose. This is a shugenja who knows war not just “oh I was at a battle once”, but one who is trained in warfare far more than your average shugenja. To the point that she carries a full daisho, pretty ballsy for a shugenja. Her design mechanics originally reflected that a little more with her handing out various traits to spirits rather than her final one of generating spirits.
Charles brings a nobility to all his characters that I want to transplant into everyone, his characters hold themselves like samurai and that’s an attitude that is so very hard to teach, he remains a high bar by which we look at others.
tell guess who this is based on the art alone, look close.