New NPC Drawings for Serenity RPG

 

General Bao, an out of work military tactician.

Kamoran Van Der Helm, the Latinx ex-Supernova mercenary and electronics engineer.

Ajax, the gigantic Nord Chieftain who is Dagmar’s ex and the father of Kjara.

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Crew of the Pachyderm

15. Crew of the Pachyderm - background

IN THE ‘VERSE

Cargo shipping out in the black presents it’s own troubles, and few know that better than the grizzled old independent freighter Conn Jiangyin and his rig, the Pachyderm. An illegal load of lovebots and a few misunderstandings brought Weyland-Yutani* apprentice trucker Mig Pucci and the object of both their affection, Sindabelle on board. Now the three of them truck the spaceways together, scraping enough credits together to keep the old boat out of hock.

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Did you ever see the 1996 film Space Truckers? Don’t. It’s awful. Seriously awful. Dennis Hopper, Stephen Dorff, and Debi Mazar star in a really terrible film about well…space truckers. But it’s sort of so awful you can’t look away! And you feel compelled to draw them as Firefly/Verse characters. I’m not sure why.

*Weyland-Yutani, they of the Alien franchise, canonically exists in the ‘Verse. Trust me!

The Motley Crew series started out with my desire to draw Elgyn’s mercenaries from the far underrated Alien: Resurrection. It progressed to drawing other Whedon-related science fiction characters in a style that lets them fit into the ‘Verse as established in Firefly/Serenity and has since expanded to any motley science fiction crew. My only remaining rule: the original property should not be ‘uniformed.’ (That makes them less than motley)

15. Crew of the Pachyderm

 

Crew of the Starchaser

14. Crew of the Starchaser - Background

(L-R, O’Rin, Silica, Vienne, Dag DeBrimy)

IN THE ‘VERSE

When enslaved miner Rin finds an old duelling sword, an old man inducts him into the secret order of the Ka-Khan and dubs him ‘O-Rin.’ But when O-Rin attempts to escape the mines with his girlfriend, she is killed by the moon’s slavemaster Tse Gon. The young hero does, however, encounter cigar-chomping smuggler Dag DeBrimy and escape into the black on his ship, Starchaser. Drawing to them a lovebot, Silica, who is more useful than she appears, and the local Governor’s daughter, Vienne, the crew of the Starchaser aim to overthrow Tse Gon and free the mine slaves – or die trying!

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Even 80s nostalgia can’t make Starchaser: The Legend of Orin particularly good – though the animation is impressive. It’s Star Wars influences often veer from homage to outright theft (watch the Nostalgia Critic’s review for an entertaining summary). Nonetheless, even bad movies can’t dampen my enthusiasm for the Motley Crew series!

The Motley Crew series started out with my desire to draw Elgyn’s mercenaries from the far underrated Alien: Resurrection. It progressed to drawing other Whedon-related science fiction characters in a style that lets them fit into the ‘Verse as established in Firefly/Serenity and has since expanded to any motley science fiction crew. My only remaining rule: the original property should not be ‘uniformed.’ (That makes them less than motley)

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Crew of the Duck

13. Crew of the Duck - background

(L-R: Rebekah Cohen, Kit, Molly, Wildcat Jenkins, Cap’n Bhalu)

Spin it. Let’s begin it. Awww, yeah!

IN THE ‘VERSE

Cap’n Bhalu wasn’t too happy when a woman bought his failing shipping company, but he couldn’t deny that flying the Duck under his own yoke wasn’t getting him too many jobs, nor could his ward, Kit, bring in money with his aerial acrobatic show. Rebekah Cohen put the Duck back into the Black, paid ‘Wildcat’ Jenkins to keep her running, and brought in the clients. All that business sense and the time to devote to her daughter, Molly, too. His Yá Hǎi Yā might just have needed a feminine touch after all.

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This is the second of my Disney adaptations. I have to admit, I’m getting a little light on traditional motley science fiction crews, but this isn’t that much of a stretch and adapting aliens or anthropomorphic animals is always a pleasure.

The Motley Crew series started out with my desire to draw Elgyn’s mercenaries from the far underrated Alien: Resurrection. It progressed to drawing other Whedon-related science fiction characters in a style that lets them fit into the ‘Verse as established in Firefly/Serenity and has since expanded to any motley science fiction crew. My only remaining rule: the original property should not be ‘uniformed.’ (That makes them less than motley)

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Crew of the Rescue

12. Crew of the Rescue - Background

(l-r: Monty, Gidge, Daio, Cangying, Shep)

IN THE ‘VERSE

Brothers Shep and Daio run a well-meaning gun-for-hire racket out on the rim, sailing in a boat called the Rescue. Shep’s the adventurous type while Daio prefers things a little more laid back. Gidge keeps the ship running while Monty…he just sort of threatens folks what have cheese and don’t share it. Somewhere along the way they picked up a ward, Cangying, whose energy never seems to cease.

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While Disney’s Rescue Rangers don’t necessarily have a ship to their name, they do have the diverse cast that lends itself to a motley crew. And half of them were already wearing goggles, for goodness sakes! This was a fun bit of interpretation, especially with the colours. Daio/Dale was fairly easy to base right off of Wash and Gidge/Gadget shares a few similarities with Kaylee.

It’s been a while since I did a Motley Crew, but look for another Disney-inspired offering soon!

The Motley Crew series started out with my desire to draw Elgyn’s mercenaries from the far underrated Alien: Resurrection. It progressed to drawing other Whedon-related science fiction characters in a style that lets them fit into the ‘Verse as established in Firefly/Serenity and has since expanded to any motley science fiction crew. My only remaining rule: the original property should not be ‘uniformed.’ (That makes them less than motley)

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Crew of the Milano

11. Crew of the Milano

(l-r: Gemma, Peter O’Quill, Drake, Sister Douglas, Rocky)

Dance off, bro. You and me.

IN THE ‘VERSE

Peter O’Quill leads a ragtag bunch of adventurers through the ‘verse doing a little good, a little bad, and a little in between. If he can keep the berserker, Drake, in line, all he has to worry about is the deadly Gemma, the mysterious Sister Douglas, and the mercenary genius Rocky. Looks like they’ll all have to work together if they want to get rich and save the galaxy at the same time.

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I know the movie didn’t include Heather Douglas, aka Moondragon, but she’s A) raised by monks, B) psychic, and C) a martial arts expert. In the ‘verse she’s a survivor of the same program as River Tam, but secreted out to a monastery.

I took a bit more artistic license with Gamora than I might have usually done, but I wanted a swordswoman who looked a little tougher. I’d like to try drawing Peter dancing a hillbilly jig for my own amusement.

I don’t think it is possible to anthropomorphize Groot.

The Motley Crew series started out with my desire to draw Elgyn’s mercenaries from the far underrated Alien: Resurrection. It progressed to drawing other Whedon-related science fiction characters in a style that lets them fit into the ‘Verse as established in Firefly/Serenity and has since expanded to any motley science fiction crew. My only remaining rule: the original property should not be ‘uniformed.’ (That makes them less than motley)

 

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