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Trouble in Underpassistan by echo-x Trouble in Underpassistan by echo-x
This is my illustration for 1st anniversary of Shadowrun 5th Edition and the cover of "Run Faster", a major sourcebook for the game. ©2014 InMediaRes DBA Catalyst Game Labs, LLC. I was given complete freedom fto do anything I wanted as long as i included at least one "unique" race from the game. I chose a Centaur, because they are under-represented in the game, and an Oni, because they are just wonderful characters. The conflict between the "Myth" of the magical horseman and the "Modern" of the Motorcycle rider is further complicated by the modern affectations of the Centaur and the traditional history of the Oni.

The title came from my husband's campaign where a large urban settlement of homeless formed their own territory in the DMZ underneath I-5 in os Angeles. He named the territory Underpassistan ("Underpass + i + stan", like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkestan, Kazakhstan, etc.).

MODELS: (Withheld but signed a release)
PLATFORM: PC and Mac
TOOLS: Two Wacom tablets (Cintiq 21UX and Intuos 4)
PROGRAM: Adobe Photoshop using brushes. NOT Photo manipulation.
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Lormet-Images Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Wonderful artwork! :)
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Leyawiin-Raydjihn Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome !
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ValcristGrimhowl Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
I needed a second to look, then I was like "Is that a Mechataur? Awsome!".
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CanRay Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional Writer
Nice cutie mark!
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capheind Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Underpassistan is fairly brilliant, give that man kudos. I really like the centaur, but aren't Shadowrun centaurs (By the book at least) horse headed?
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echo-x Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. 
There are are two kinds of Shadowrun centaurs. The standard Centaur is a metahuman variant in this book (which is an update of the Runner's Companion for 5th edition). The "Lesser" version of the centaur as a critter does have a beastial head. I've been playing for 20 years and really pleased to have done 9 covers for it to date.

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capheind Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Then I'll have to pickup that book because when I played 2e back in the day none of us bothered with the splatbooks and so we never got the metahuman centaur. 
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danvolodar Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
I strongly suspect this is a 5e addition, frankly speaking. At least all the splats I remember, including 4e's Running Wild and Runner's Companion mentioned sapient horse-headed centaurs.
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