A new Wal-Day this time with fan art. A new acquaintance recently asked me what my favorite game was. I said tekken, because I was obsessed with that game in highschool. But in recent years fighters just don’t have the same joy form me. Looking at this piece I realized my favorite franchise is probably mario. I actually detest doing fanart, but as you can see I didn’t mind doodling mario stuff freely at work. I’m a big mario kart lover and things like paper mario warm my cold cynical heart. I’m pretty sure I played mario 64 for like a bajillion hours. I actually worked on a mario universe based rpg that I never finished.
Anywho as you can see these guys aren’t exactly standard fanart. I’m interpreting them as how I would work their lore in my universe. I gave all the koopas little frilly yellow bits by their neck to represent gills, because I figured just adding tails wasn’t good enough. The tail by the way are meant to give them a closer connection to Bowser. As if Bowser started out as one of them.
The first guy is a Hammer Brother, an elite fighting unit that throws magically conjured hammers.
Second dude is a crazy mashup of Lakitu and a magikoopa. I wante to make the magikoopa more seprentine and fly, but I didn’t want to add wings since most things need wings to fly in the mario-verse, so you get Lakitu’s cloud. The spinies he dropped become part of my unique lore as the magikoopa removes his shell to grow out and so uses it to create a magical pet. Originally I had him sitting in an opened shell, but I like this solution better. Also the orange hair is meant to be another link to Bowser, like perhaps he started out as a magikoopa before becoming a crazy fire spewing dictator.
Third due is a paratroopa. He became more avian obviously. At first the shell just had openings, which was lame. So instead I decide to make a sort of airplane like bodice and fantail in the back. He’s carrying a bob-omb, because why not.
The last dude isn’t inspired by a monster at all but the blue shell power up from mario kart. For some reason the little wings and spike make it seem like whatever creature had that shell would be a badass. So you get this paladin/knight guy that dashes super fast to slay yonder enemies in first place… or something like that.
I think the general lore I have in mind is that each starts out as a regular koopa troopa but is magically altered to one of the other kinds.
Anywho there you go. Tony Eng doing fanart… kinda.