Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Frozen Rampage

Frozen Rampage is the game that has been keeping me busy most of this summer as well as the better part of a year, as it was around last November when my friend Aaron came to me with this idea and we began to mash it out. For those of you who play Miniature games, it's a take off of Blood bowl. It's a hockey Miniatures game in a fantasy world setting, where orcs, humans, elvs, dwarfs face off in their respective style hockey gear.
As an artist, endless designs were running through my head, I have been working on the look and design of the characters, logo's and brand for the game. It came to a head late this summer when we finally got the prototypes for the games produced, I know it's my own work but I was impressed with the game seeing it all assembled.
However, because it looked so impressive to us, we basically just rushed it out on the website kickstarter. We didn't foresee the parts that still needed some work. without getting it play tested much and with my time and energy focused on the artwork and Aarons on the logistics we created some rough concepts for the actual miniature prototypes which turns out, understandably, people would want to see actual quality miniatures before investing in the product. We also wanted to hype the game more and had sent it out a several game reviewers, our mistake was sending it out right when our kickstarter launched so sadly we puled the plug on our kickstarter campaign early to buff out the kinks and work on the miniatures.
The good news is for all our backers and any one just reading this can follow the progress at our website The reviews for the prototype games we have sent out have largely been positive and mainly suggestions in rules, but everyone was impressed how we were able to translate the game of hockey into a board game and make it fun and competitive and bloody.
 I thank everyone who has or intends to support this game, and expect it to be back up in a few months and believe with the changes and updates to the game it will take off and we will be able to do more with it, and from the comments so far, the board and most of the artwork will stay generally the same, every reviewer really liked that aspect of the game. Thank you to everyone who has or will be supporting the game, I'll be sure to post when the game is up again.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Sami Aittokllio by Riley

A few years ago Andy sent in some goalie sketches by his 11 year old son Riley, you can see them here. Now Riley is 14 and is still an avid sketcher, he submitted an update of the progress of his son. here is Riley's sketch of Colorado Avalanche goaltender Sami Aittokllio. I can see the improvements in the artwork and look forward in getting more images of Riley's improved artwork and with more practice and determination as all the artists work that've posted through the years he's sure to have some great work in the future, it will be interesting to look back on his work at the hockey in art blog.
Thanks for submitting the update Andy, and good work Riley, keep it up and keep them coming!

Sami Aittokllio

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Hockey's Masked Men from Michael Slotwinski

If you haven't already checked out Michael Slotwinski's site please do so here. He has several new paintings of goalies since my last post featuring his work. Also be sure to read his blog on the site, he has a interesting post about his paintings being on display during the NHL Alumni Dinner just before the start of the new NHL season. I've posted some of my favorite new paintings below, as someone who loves to do goalie artwork I know it can be hard to express a feeling out of the work, Michael is able to capture that exceptionally in his paintings, even when you cant even see the eyes or face, the perspective of the paintings set a nice tone. He is also a great person to follow on twitter, he will frequently post pictures during the painting process @slots_art

Roberto Luongo

Carey Price

Andy Moog

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Welcome back NHL 2013-2014

Tonight we welcome back the NHL for the 2013-2014 season, on time this year. I'll have a big announcement in the next few days on the project that has been keeping me busy this past summer. So without any further adieu...the Maple Leafs take on the Canadians to open the season tonight and Jeff Nepinak submitted his Drawing of Curtis Joseph during the summer, and a perfect time to post it tonight. Joseph wore one of the most iconic masks in NHL history and has been one of my favorite goalies to watch growing up. Thanks for sending in your work Jeff, more is certainly welcome.

Curtis Joseph