In honor of my buddy Jason's decision to run his first Dungeons & Dragons game, I present one of D&D's oldest monsters.
Say hello to the Umber Hulk:
An Umber Hulk is a powerful subterranean predator from the Dungeons and Dragons roleplaying game. Umber hulks stand at 8 feet tall and possess large mandibles and huge claws capable of burrowing through solid stone. They have four eyes. The two smaller eyes provide normal vision while the two larger ones enable the creature to see in the dark. Furthermore, anyone who looks directly into the beast's four eyes may suffer from a debilitating sense of confusion.
Umber hulks eat young purple worms, anhkhegs, and similiar creatures. However, their favorite prey are humans!
Even though the Umber Hulk is a subterranean monster, I found it very difficult to dig tunnels that were both in scale for the miniature and large enough for the camera to fit. Seeking a compromise, I found a splintered tree where the figure could stand and the base was mostly hidden. As a happy accident, it looks like the beast is tearing through whatever hasty barricades the players have erected.
In Photoshop, I tried to create an HDR effect out of a single exposure and tweaked the saturation a little bit. I added the black "widescreen" lines primarily to hide the figure's base. That they look cool with the HDR is an added bonus.
I have a +5 bonus to my EXIF save:
|Camera:||Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi|
|Exposure:||0.01 sec (1/100)|
|Focal Length:||55 mm|
|Exposure Bias:||0 EV|
|File Size:||5.5 MB|
|Encoding Process:||Baseline DCT, Huffman coding|
|Bits Per Sample:||8|
|Software:||Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows|
|Date and Time (Modified):||2009:02:25 22:38:28|
|Exposure Program:||Aperture-priority AE|
|Date and Time (Original):||2009:02:25 14:23:33-06:00|
|Date and Time (Digitized):||2009:02:25 14:23:33|
|Focal Plane X-Resolution:||4433.29532497149 dpi|
|Focal Plane Y-Resolution:||4453.60824742268 dpi|
|Scene Capture Type:||Standard|
|Progressive Scans:||3 Scans|
|XMPToolkit:||Adobe XMP Core 4.1-c036 46.276720, Mon Feb 19 2007 22:40:08|
|Metadata Date:||2009:02:25 22:38:28-06:00|
|Creator Tool:||Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows|
|ICCProfile Name:||sRGB IEC61966-2.1|
|Viewing Conditions Illuminant Type:||D50|
|Measurement Observer:||CIE 1931|
|Flash Return:||No return detection|
|Flash Red Eye Mode:||False|