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Nikolai Tsekov
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Hello,
My name is Nikolai Tsekov from BoardGames.BG / Cute Lizard Games, and I'm working on our exciting first board game project. The game is in alpha stage, but I'm pretty sure we will see it finished in the beginning of 2016 if we do some multitasking between beta-testing, working on the content and starting to work on the art side (since I have a good idea how I want it to look at the end, no reason to postpone it other than finances, which are always short).

When contacting us, please note which part(s) you would like to work on. I know it's common to ask for price per day, but this project is for freelancers and is not a full time job with a set deadline in few days. Also note it's very open to artist interpretation as long as there is some consistency. I've included references just to make sure you have general direction, the image below will give you a feeling of what I'm looking for. The prices are negotiable, but I did the math and we are not Cool Mini or Not or Fantasy Flight Games (my main job is selling their games after all), we cannot pay $200-400 per day and get 1 character every 2 or 3 days.




The game is a combination of to separate worlds and represents miniatures moving on a 24x24" 1-inch squares maps, consisting of 9 modular 8x8 squares tiles each.


1. The first and more important world is a Dystopian Cyberpunk setting, with the somehow typical weapons, implants, augs, etc. Infinity The Game and Human Interface: Nakamura Tower are great examples of how I perceive this world, with special accent on the Infinity Yu Jing and Nomads factions and HI:NT Black Stone commandos similarities in the characters visual styles. From the PC world you can draw inspiration from Satellite Reign and, of course - Deus Ex: Human Revolution, but these are just references.



Style of the characters:
The general style I'm after is somewhere between these - please note I like all of them, so it is just a general direction - I'd prefer if we don't go into highly realistic looks, and I really prefer the Bri in the sky darker looks (the first and second images, I just love these), and also J.C Park work found here: https://www.artstation.com/artist/jcpark

How I like them from most (left) to least (right). Again - I like all of them, these are all favorites, but I don't need even so many details:



All in all - these pages are HUGE reference to what kind of art style I'm after:
https://www.artstation.com/artist/bri-in-the-sky
https://www.artstation.com/artist/jcpark
Obviously I like a their work, I'd gladly have them working on the game if I could afford much higher rates and they were available.




The first world needs:

Job 1--------------------
1.1 Total of 7 characters for the rulebook and their cards, images about ~120mm (h) x 50mm (w), one of them (artists choice) should be bigger (about 160mm). I'd prefer if there is enough gender diversity with notes where I need specific gender.

All characters should be on a separate layer tested against white and gray-ish background, as they will only take the central part of the card:

- 1x Cyberninja (close quarters assassin, may be far from the typical ninja looks, but needs to have a monoblade, or chain-blade, male). You can check Infinity Oniwaban and Infinity Shinobu Kitsune as examples: http://infinitythegame.com/catalogue/images/280335-0192-oniw... and http://infinitythegame.com/catalogue/images/280348-0284-shin...
- 2x High-Tech Commando (some heavy assault rifle, power armor Infinity the Game style, male & female) - similar to: http://infinitythegame.com/catalogue/images/280370-0482-terr... - http://infinitythegame.com/catalogue/images/280373-0504-hact... - http://infinitythegame.com/catalogue/images/280316-0076-sunt...
- 1x Sniper Infiltrator (a futuristic sniper, may have lots of implants, male or female) - similar to these - http://infinitythegame.com/catalogue/images/280566-0445-intr... or http://infinitythegame.com/catalogue/images/280250-0310-hexa...
- 1x Hacker (implants, also carries sniper or long rifle, male or female) - similar - http://infinitythegame.com/catalogue/images/280805-0233-deva... or
- 1x Thief / Bounty Hunter (predator-like cloak, smaller weapons) - http://infinitythegame.com/catalogue/images/280167-0476-scou... or https://cdn2.artstation.com/p/assets/images/images/000/362/7...
- 1x Samurai-like warrior (well, with a gun and blade, male) - http://infinitythegame.com/catalogue/images/280349-0292-hara... or http://infinitythegame.com/catalogue/images/280326-0145-doma...

UPDATE: $90 per character (up to 90 if you can provide some small details and work sketches for the 3D artists - previous steps of the work will also be accepted). 30% payment in advance with PayPal (we pay the fees) after initial (also paid if appropriate) sample.

Please note that while the payment is considered to be on the low side (for example as far as I know FFG paid about $200 per card art, the game doesn't need full character art with background or additional views, and if we could afford one of the aforementioned artists, we would have done it.


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1.2 3x Villains:
Even less detail, 80mm height, should be on a separate layer tested against white and gray-ish background:

1x Security officer, Nakamura Tower police is great example of the direction of this one - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1803723298/human-interf...
1x Spec Ops Commando - please look at Human Interface: Nakamura Tower Black Stone Commandos - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1803723298/human-interf... - or the Nisses in the middle here: http://infinitythegame.com/catalogue/images/280276-0511-pano...
1x Heavy implanted commando in power armor - the Mobile Brigada here, just not the Appleseed antennas - http://infinitythegame.com/catalogue/images/280572-0515-noma...

UPDATED: $75 per character (up to 70 if you can provide some small details and work sketches for the 3D artists - previous steps of the work will also be accepted). 30% payment in advance with PayPal (we pay the fees) after initial (also paid if appropriate) sample.

End of Job 1--------------------


1.3 Weapons - gone/done

1.4 Augs - postponed

1.5 Actions - gone/done

1.6 Two pieces of 24x24 1-inch squares terrains separated on 8x8 modular tiles. One indoor map and one outdoor. I already started asking around for this one, the map is a labyrinth with very high density of the walls. Walls and covers only (or mostly) on squares edges, most of the corridors should be 1 square wide, most wall openings should be either doors, barbed wire or some fences. Longest open lane (corridor) on a tile should be 7 squares, 2 of the tiles can have a full length lane (8 tiles).

Already negotiating these, if we don't like how it turns out, I will include all we did to describe this in a separate post.


Job 2--------------------
2. The second world and map is Victorian Horror / Wild West / Steampunk, everything in it should scream Penny Dreadful and Malifaux 2E (the tabletop game). General style:
http://img.4plebs.org/boards/tg/image/1398/12/1398120689150.... - but again, a bit darker and less detailed (see the Bri's work here - https://www.artstation.com/artist/bri-in-the-sky )

2.1 6 Characters, with references (detail level as with the cybepunk characters, fair, to low. All characters should be on a separate layer tested against white and some brown/red-brown-ish background, as they will only take the central part of the card. Images about ~120mm (h) x 50mm (w), one of them (artists choice) should be bigger (about 160mm):

1x Shooter (female): http://www.beastsofwar.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Malifa... and http://ibuywargames.co.uk/WebRoot/Namesco/Shops/950002401/54...
1x Brute (should have shotgun of a kind and big blade) - similar to Joss from this crew: https://gamingxgrounds.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/ramos.jpg
1x Shaman - similar to Marcus, may also be female: http://boardgames-bg.com/images/detailed/2/Marcus-01.jpg
1x Sniper: http://www.nerdherderspodcast.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploa... or http://monkeyswordgames.com/image/cache/data/Malifaux/TenThu...
1x Merc - between these two: http://www.mywargame.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Desperat...
1x Cleaner - some kind of flamethrowing contraption like the rightmost freikorpsman here: http://img.4plebs.org/boards/tg/image/1398/12/1398120689150....
1x Fighter - either like Toni Ironsides or the third Oxfordian mage (with fighting stance and the cape, but the cape should be gone) here: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-P4ajHwzkf4k/VQcLG11An2I/AAAAAAAAp_...

UPDATED: $80 per character (up to 90 if you can provide some small details and work sketches for the 3D artists - previous steps of the work will also be accepted). 30% payment in advance with PayPal (we pay the fees) after initial (also paid if appropriate) sample.

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2.2 3x Villains:
1x Spirits - similar to many others and these: http://cdn.miniaturemarket.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1...
1x Asian Guards - similar to Torakage: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-CpxBmNxDrYQ/UwIPznyFF4I/AAAAAAAAA3...

1x Samurai (no banners) - similar to Izamu: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/c3/7e/09/c37e0994b...
OR
1x Some kind of really bad-ass spirit. I don't want to add references for this one.

UPDATED: $70 per character (up to 90 if you can provide some small details and work sketches for the 3D artists - previous steps of the work will also be accepted). 30% payment in advance with PayPal (we pay the fees) after initial (also paid if appropriate) sample.

End of Job 2--------------------


2.3 20-24x weapons, from swords, katanas, bows and crossbows, chain weapons to pistols, rifles, multichamber rifles and even flamethrower following the art direction

I'm accepting proposals, undecided on the price.

2.4 Actions - gone/done

2.5 2 piece of 24x24 1-inch squares terrain separated on 8x8 modular tiles. One indoor map and one outdoor. I already started asking around for this one, the map is a labyrinth with very high density of the walls. Walls and covers only (or mostly) on squares edges, most of the corridors should be 1 square wide, most wall openings should be either doors, barbed wire or some fences. Longest open lane (corridor) on a tile should be 7 squares, 2 of the tiles can have a full length lane (8 tiles).

Already negotiating these, if we don't like how it turns out, I will include all we did to describe this in a separate post.


3. Box art - this is still a subject of debates, I'll post an update about it.



If you want to take part in this project, please email me at ntsekov@gmail.com or send a message here. Thanks for spending your time to read all this. Any critique or information request is welcome.
 
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Thank you for all the replies. I've updated few parts of the jobs:

1. Commission budgets were changed (some doubled) - I agree we were on the very low side. Some of the discussions about AEG and FFG budgets (which are considered low) shows they pay $200 per card, and that's much more work than we need for our game as we are looking at a speedy technique and lack of backgrounds for the characters.

The lack of pricing amongst artists ads we went through also doesn't help much, I know what some of the professionals charge for their work, but if we could afford them, we would have done it w/o asking here.

2. Jobs are separated in 2 "bundles" - sci-fi/cyberpunk characters+villains and wildwest/steampunk/horror characters+villains.

3. Sci-fi weapon and both actions packs are gone for now.

4. Augs will be added after we get the character design done.

5. Terrain maps are open to negotiation, even if I already started negotiating these, it will take a lot of time to decide if the artist is able to do them right, so I'm open to suggestions.

6. Box art will have to wait, I will post an update or contact artists directly.

7. We will contact everyone involved after we have clear decision who will do the work.

Thank you for the critique, suggestions and your applications.
 
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Applications closed for now, I will post and update soon.
 
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