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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Webinar - Creating Animations in Anime Studio Pro 11 with Victor Paredes

Another webinar coming up for Anime Studio 11. I always find these useful to watch even after the event.

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2015
Time: 11:00AM PDT (6-7pm GMT)
Presented by: Victor Paredes, Award-Winning 2D Animator

Anime Studio Webinar

Friday, 17 July 2015

New Wargaming Page

Since starting at a new Wargaming club (Aftermath link below). I have been encouraged to start some new section to expand my blog and demonstrate work that inspires my animations and models.


Please find the new Wargaming Page available so far I there is only a small article regarding Kings of War but this will be expanding with painting, creations and wargames reviews along with further rule set modifications (if they are popular).

New Wargaming Page

Any feed back is welcome and I will continue to post free Anime Studio models and animations as I complete them.

Many thanks

Biggy Rich

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Sale Offer - Manga Studio

Amazing offer for Manga Studio.

I use this on my surface pro and found it much easier (and cheaper) to use for sketch and painting than other premium priced art software. Really good for comic art with lots of features and free content.
Last Chance $15 for Manga Studio 5/CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO
Manga Sudio Offer

Friday, 10 July 2015

Kings of War 2nd Edition Rules - Free Download

Hello all,

Although ths post isn't specifically art or animation related it links to stuff that I might start posting up soon. It might interest those who enjoyed my Warhammer fan art.

The new rules for Kings of War are available for free download here:
Rules and Army Lists

After the release of Age of Sigmar I can see that there might be a few converts to Mantic from Games Workshop. At least to keep you going till the release of Warhammer Total War.

Might start posting up the work I will be doing on my armies. I have several ideas for themes. Enjoy the free rules.


Thursday, 18 June 2015

Checking In

Long time no hear??

Haven't made a post in a while. I would like to say that I am still alive and making content however I recently started a new job developing web apps. Therefore most of my spare time has been spent learning Java, Java Script, Angular, Spring and using Linux along with a whole bunch of other stuff. not that this is of concern to anyone but.........

I will try to get some of my older work finished and posted. I'm a bit stalled on the Skaven clan rat as the pole needs to more both hands (one of which isn't linked to the pole are). I cant seem to find a good solution to this so if you have any suggestions for duel wielding weapons in Anime Studio let me know.

Any way let me know if there is any specific content you liked or would like me to do.

Much love


Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Anime Studio Pro 11 Has Arrived!

Good times people the new version is here and discounted. For me upgrading from 9.5 is around £90 but those of you with version 10 can get it for more like £65. Check the link for more details.

Upgrade to Anime Studio 11 and Save 33%

THIS PROMOTION EXPIRES JUNE 2, 2015. DIGITAL VERSION ONLY. So I have a couple of days to decide whether I want to bight the bullet and cough up some dough for the newer version (better check the bank balance).

Monday, 18 May 2015

Anime Studio 11 - coming soon

Exciting news!!
Just had this pop up in my inbox. Haven't tried Anime Studio 10 but depending on how it goes I may jump to 11. Really want to work with Unity to see how well they go together.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Hispanic Ganster Updated - Free Download

Hi All,

I updated the model with a few suggested tweaks. The arms have been revamped (were on a single layer which was a dumb way to do it??). The hands are now switch layers for point, fist and open. Some of the Other smart bone animations have been sorted.

Also drew this Muscle Car as static background art for animations (See PNG downloads page for file).


Wednesday, 6 May 2015

GTA Hispanic Gangster - Free Download

Hi All,

I have uploaded the file for use. There are a few tweaks before its use in other projects but I will update the file when these are done.

Link to file is on the Anime Downloads page:
Anime Downloads

If you use the character in any of your own animations let me know as I always appreciate how others use the models. Also if you have any critique or comments.

Many thanks


Saturday, 2 May 2015

Gang Member - Smart Bones almost Complete

Hi all,

The model is almost ready. I have to admit its not my best work but learned a few lessons. Will upload before the end of the weekend and hopefully should be used in an animation soon.

Much Love


Friday, 24 April 2015

Helping with Project for E.I.E Productions

Wont give anything away to spoil his good work but currently working on a model that will be used in an upcoming video.

Check out the channel here:     E.I.E Productions

Thought I'd post up the concept and initial vector work. Let me know if you have any comments at this point. The completed model will as always be available for download when completed.

I realize I still haven't uploaded the Orc Boss or Mouth as yet but have been bogged down with learning a load of new code and programs (fun times). Hopefully these will be up soon for you to use and critique.

Many thanks


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Skaven Clan Rat - Further Smart Bone Rigging

This is just a quick update on the model.

I've improved the tail although I'm sure it could be a lot better any advice let me know. The main work has been done on the cowl and front shoulder when his arms move.

Let me know if you have any comments

Many thanks


Monday, 13 April 2015

manga studio webinar

Just found this on the Smith micro digest nice video.

Webinar page here

Helpful stuff for great software.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Concepts for Fantasy Races

Hi all,

Been a little while since the last post so thought I'd put up some of the concept sketches for the Orc Fantasy Story I've been working on. Main character Orc (top left, face TBC) is named Moug-Thai dishonoured at birth as his Father was captured as a human slave and Defanged (had his bottom teeth pulled out).

Although the story will be set in a Steam punk style world the additional races will be more fantasy inspired. I particularly like the idea of the Gazelle race as this could be incorporated into a Victoria Safri style story line along with a Lion man race (much like the Khajiit in Elder Scrolls but savannah/plains based). Bottom right is a fat giant/ogre race that will be enlisted into the Orc Army on their campaign of freedom, blood and revenge.

Please let me know if you have any thoughts. You may see some of these styles as Anime Studio Characters in the future.


Sunday, 5 April 2015

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Anime Studio FREE for 30 days

Anime Studio Pro 10 - 30-Day Free Trial.
Anime Studio 10 trial

Give it a try, I still need to upgrade from 9.5 but a lot of the features of 10 sound really useful.

For me specifically multiple layer editing and separate batch rendering. Although the unity import sounds interesting!

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Skaven Clan Rat - Rigging Started

Still tweaking the vectors but have finally started the rigging. Just the bones laid out at the moment no points or layer binding done yet.

Once that's done onto smart bones and actions.

Fun times!

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Skaven Vector Work Progress

Still Quite a way to go but pleased with how its going so far. Not sure I will cell shade for all (example tail). As this will all be a problem when it comes to rigging and smart bones. I do like the look though.
Hopefully more progress will be made before next weekend when I will be embarking on some new (as yet undefined) projects.

Let me know what you think so far.


Poser Pro offer

Tempting Poser Pro offer

Poser Pro

I've used poser in the past and really liked it. Was really quick to render decent looking 3D scenes and animation. There's also loads of good Poser art on Deviant Art.

I've also used Daz studio very breifly which is now free (freemium) but wondering what the benefits of the poser premium are.... Let me know if you have any input.


Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Skaven Lore Inspiration


Whilst I've been working on the Vectors  from my sketches I've been listening to these Lore videos from grey hunter. I've posted the Skaven specific one below but he's going to cover all the armies in anticipation for the much awaited Total War : Warhammer Fantasy game. Hopefully we can trust Creative Assembly to do it justice (or heavily patch it after release??).

Also I have been distracted from the animation (ooppps) by Neverwinter Nights 2 which I never played, enjoying so far though. Hopefully it wont interfere with my productivity.

Any way here is Grey Hunters Lore Video:

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Initial Skaven model concept

Skaven clan rat sketch for vector model
I'm never any good at doing feet, any tips let me know.


Really considering a Skaven style warrior for my next little project. It's another tangent from the story I've written but I really want to give it a go. I initially started doing concept art for Gazelle like people which will be a minor race in my own animations and it rekindled the Skaven spark.

Thinking something a long the lines of a Clan rat or maybe Gutter Runner for starters. Not going to go for Grey Sear though maybe in the future. Warp thrower might be cool to make and a good particles test?

Any way just a thought will post some concept stuff up soon.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Manga Studio EX 5 Comic Illustration

I use Manga Studio on my Surface Pro for my background at and concept stuff. Really love it and find it a very useful tool. Its currently on offer so thought I'd spread the word. For samples  of what can be achieved check out the Manga Studio Deviant Art group. There is alos a Surface Pro group which is worth a look as well.

Link to the offer page is here:
Manga Studio Ex 5

currently available for $79.00 and Sale expires March 15, 2015

p.s. I don't get commission i just like the software. :)

Much Love


Castle/Fort Gate - Free Download

Medium sized gate for Small Fort or castle side door. Bone controlled for ease of posing. Nice for a simple background graphic.

Download for the file is available here:
Gate Anime File Download

Sound & Music were:

"Lord of the Land" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0


Thursday, 5 March 2015

Free Download - Orc Camp Background Collection

This is a collection of the background artwork for the Orc Camp. It’s mostly drawn in Manga Studio on the Surface Pro 1 tablet. All files are high res in PNG format to allow for decent zooming.

Zipped File of the Collection available here:

I will be getting the Anime files for the Orc body, Warboss and mouth set uploaded later this week.
Let me know if you have any comments or if you found this useful.

Many thanks

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Improved Orc Mouth Set

Finished a better Orc Mouth Set that I will use as the base set for all the Orc Characters. The Base Mouth Is rigged to allow for easier manipulation but only very simply so I am sticking to switch layers on the characters.

Tested on the War Boss using speech from the Azog the Defiler (White Orc from the Hobbit).

Friday, 27 February 2015

$200 Off Anime Studio Pro 10

Offer now on for Anime Studio Pro.
Anime Studio Pro 10

Offer price is  $99.99 or £68.33

Its the same price as updating from version 9 so offer only really a reward for first time buyers or those with Version 8 or below.

Website Detail: The all-in-one animation tool for professionals and digital artists! Digital version on sale through March 3, 2015. Includes FREE Video Tutorials and Curriculum Guide.  

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Orc Warboss Talks!

A quick test of the War boss character, Mouth is simple switch and so are eye, Think I will stick with it that way for the time being but will redo the mouth vectors for a more orcish look (Fang tusks!).

Comments welcome

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Orc Camp Fire Layout and BKG Test

Test of the Fire with some other works. Orks will be cooking, eating and drinking around the campfire after the battle. I think there are several elements I will redo as vectors. Obviously the Orc but also the cooking pot for example. I’m fairly happy leaving the other stuff tents cart skins, as is as its just scene setting. Still not settled on rolling plains?


Music is from:

"Healing" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Flame from:

Using method by Oddity
Lost marble forum link:

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Anime Fire

Found this really good fire flame effect from anime studio tutor. Clever combination of particles and masking. May well be using this or something similar of my own creation in my animations.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Vector Work on the Orc Boss Completed

Now Starting on the Rigging,

Still not 100% about the head but its coming off any way I suppose. Please with the main body which I plan to reuse as the base for standard Orc body Rig for other bit part characters (with subtle changes here and there).

One its rigged I'll get the character and other elements uploaded for download for people to have a play.

Biggy Rich

Monday, 9 February 2015

Orc Fight Scene - Starting to come together

Hi All,

This is a quick comp of a few background elements and the vector art that is currently in progress. The headless torso will be a fat Orcish boss (who will be rendered headless during the fight).

This is a render of the mouth tests on the sketched background Orcs cheering on for blood.

It will be a little while longer before the vector art is finished but I might post up the background elements (mouth set already available) if they might be of use to anyone else.

Much Love

Biggy Rich

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Ork Warband

Thought I'd post up the latest work I've been doing. Below is a collection of Orcs which will be used for background figures. Been having fun with manga studio on my surface pro! 
The front three have no mouths so this can be animated (was just going to use a switch layer). The crowd will be watching an Orc fight so I will do simple bone rigs for morphing the images.

Once I've got it all a bit more together I'll post up a video and files if anyone wants them.

Much love


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

The Gruffalo Children's Story - Anime Studio

The Gruffalo character from the Children's story.

I built this as part of an animation for my son and nieces/nehews (a story he could be part of). He loved it (but that might just be because he loves the book). Thought I'd share so you can use in personal animation for friends and family.

Anime Studio Download Link:

The bones are a bit basic but wanted it to fit the style of a Children's book. For bodies of the children that I used in my story I just used the character wizard and photos (PNG  cut outs) for their heads. It looked a bit South Park but they didn't seem to mind.

As always please let me know what you think of the rig or any other ways I could improve.

Many Thanks

Biggy Rich

Organised download site taking shape

Hello all,

I have been working on a better way to organise my files for easier searching and listing. To do this I have begun porting everything to my hosted website to give me database functionallity etc.

All my current downlaods are now listed at:


It is still a work in progress but its easier to navigate for downloads than my blog currently is.

Please let me know if you have any tips, suggestions or requests with regards to the site or the content.

Many thanks


Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Horror Game Sprites Collection


Since its been a while since I've uploaded anything I wanted to share the Game Sprite work I did for this game (whether it will be included I don't know).


I haven't seen any recent updates for the game however the PNG and SVG files I did are available on the SVG downloads page.

Horror Game Sprite Collection

 Let me know if you find them of use.