Dave's ASH Art|
Fourth Heroic Age
Last Updated: 1/24/15|
Tony Pi section added, with chibis and weavesilk pieces.
Back to the ASH gallery
While the old layout was nifty for a while, it got a bit ungainly, especially
as my artistic endeavors expanded. So I've split things up by era. This
page is strictly for Fourth Heroic Age (2022-onward) art, primarily drawings,
but also a few miscellany. Unless otherwise specified, it's by Dave Van
Academy of Super-Heroes
- Solar Max 2023 and Meteor: Leader of the
Academy of Super-Heroes, JakZak Taylor wears the armor of the 1990s Solar
Max, given to him when he graduated the Academy. His wife, Sarah
Grant-Taylor, is the superfast Meteor. Note: there's a color error on
Meteor, she should be wearing yellow gloves (and she's black anyway, so the
flesh color is wrong). 11/3/94, rescanned 4/1/03.
- Solar Max "God Armor": A rough sketch, "try
two" as it notes, of a design for Solar Max's souped up exoarmor from
Capstone. Drawn late in 2000 or very early in 2001.
- Peregryn: Elemental mage of the Academy of
Super-Heroes, aka Howard Henderson Jr. Disciple of Tymythy Twystyd and the
Wanderer, although both died before he was born. 2/8/96, rescanned 4/1/03.
- Essay: ASH's team gadgeteer and bodybuilder, Sara
Ana (S.A.) Rodriguez is shown here dodging hostile fire while shooting back
with her homemade rocket pistols. 2/11/96, rescanned 4/1/03.
- Scorch and Channel: Born Scott Handleman, he
had his name legally changed to Scorch when he was 18. This fiery youth's
exuberant (and annoying) personality is balanced by that of his best friend,
the energy-transmuter Channel, aka George Sylvester. 2/13/96, rescanned
4/1/03. (Channel's new look can be found in the HeroClix gallery)
- Scorch: After his power boost in ASH #27,
Scorch had to get a more fireproof costume. This is the result, made from
ceramic weave and titanium. Drawn with pencil and ink, the white, black and
gray areas were painted with acrylics. 1/26/00. Rescanned 4/15/07.
- Armored Scorch: Wearing his "God Armor" suit
first seen in Capstone (in red an orange) and later repainted in the same
colors as his regular suit. 6/1/08.
- Gawain: ASH's strongman, shown here about to punch
out a Pranir (the big interstellar trader race in the ASH Universe). Gawain's
costume pattern is a stylized version of the Arthurian Gawain's coat of arms,
and the colors in the Pranir's fur and feathers indicate its Trading House
and rank therein. 2/15/96, rescanned 4/1/03.
- Green Knight: Gawain gets a new costume in ASH
#20, incorporating the color green since people in Mexico had started
calling him the Green Knight (el Caballero Verde). He soon after officially
changed his codename to Green Knight. 4/27/99. Rescanned 4/15/07.
- City of Heroes Green Knight: I was messing
around with another idea that didn't work out, but it was pretty close to the
Green Knight costume, so I tweaked it a bit to get it closer. This didn't
end up as a played character. 7/24/09.
- Centurion 2026: In ASH
#100, Sal Napier picks up the legacy of the First Age hero Centurion,
with an updated costume and a Collapsinum-fiber reinforced sword. Design sketch showing some details covered by the
pose of the final drawing. 8/17/09.
- Contact: Aaron Zander, low-level psi and
mind-over-body expert, merged his psyche with that of Paul Mahler in ASH #9.
The bare legs were really a bad design choice, and all later versions (Lego,
HeroClix) have blue leggings. 2/19/96, rescanned 4/1/03.
- Breaker: A later recruit to ASH, debuting in ASH
#25. Breaker, aka Christina Li, is a telekinetic who until recently had very
weak powers and compensated by becoming a master of several martial arts
styles. However, it turned out that her low power was a result of "bleed
over" from China's Premier, as she was born in China. Once he died in 2023,
her power level shot up significantly. Major uses of her powers are
accompanied by a golden glow. The Hexagram incorporated into her costume
signifies "breaking through" and the application of justice. And yes, she
bleaches her hair. Artistically, this was an attempt to draw a woman who
didn't fit the standard comicbook body type. I think I messed up the
proportions a bit on the arms and head, but overall like the results.
12/11/99. Rescanned 4/15/07.
- Fury: Costume designed early in 2000, but it took
until 2002 for it to actually appear in a story (ASH #33). The fuzzy energy
effects are not photoshopping or other computer manipulation, they're the
result of experimenting with a knockoff set of blow-pens. Unfortunately, the
paper I'm now using takes forever for ink to dry on, so her face is a bit
blurred from when I erased the pencils. I also blobbed the inking on her
left eye, so I went and gave her Kirby Krackle leakage from that eye. 3/7/02
- Poniente: A deliberate contrast to Peregryn's
flowing robes, Esmeralda went for a more practical outfit...even the
not-a-cape is thick and not subject to much wind-whipping. Based on the same
materials as a NAC Marshal's uniform, with some added protective enchantments
(notably to compensate for lack of a helmet), it takes the west wind's color
of black from Lakota iconography and adds her own green as an accent. The
medicine wheel effect around her fist and the symbol at her chest are also
taken from Lakota. Trying for a below-feet-level perspective was very hard,
and it took three tries
before I was satisfied enough to go to inking. I tried a Copic marker for
the cloudy background, but it didn't blend any better than a Prismacolor, so
I had to cover up the seams with white and light gray pencil wind effects.
Given that her powerset was inspired partly by a wind sculpture in Kearney
NE, it's appropriate that this was the last piece of art I made before moving
out of Kearney. 7/24/13
Members of the new Freedom Alliance, largely "legacy" heroes based on heroes
from the First and Second Heroic Ages.
- Brightsword III: Hector "Slammer" McGee,
former Paraball star, outfitted with redesigned TwenCen power armor (that
ironically originally belonged to one of Darkshield II's minions) and a new
laser torch to lead Samuel Walters's new Freedom Alliance. 10/31/08.
- Red Widow 2: Formerly the paraganger known as
Ghostclaw, she's joined the new Freedom Alliance, picking up the obscure
legacy of the Red Widow. Design sketch (missing
the Freedom Alliance patch and with hair looking insufficiently fake).
- Weapons Master 2: Supposedly the bastard son of
the original Weapons Master. He carries the sword of Don Quixote, although
he can't use its more mystical properties as he has no Magene (but a
nigh-indestructible sword is useful anyway). He also has a number of
antigravity gimmicks which may be low level supertech or may be Santari tech,
this hasn't been established yet. At his hips are a pair of shock jitte, his
belt has antigrav pods, and he has an assortment of other mundane weapons,
both concealed and obvious. His jump pack is cosmetically similar to
Dragonfly's flight pack, but does not use the same tech. Design sketch. 11/28/08.
- GLADI8R: Globally Linked Advanced Digital
Intelligence: 8th Revision. Shown here wearing his combat body, but he can
inhabit a number of other bodies (hence "globally linked"). This body was
built from the remains of a robot invader from the future, and the
resemblance to a Boomer from Bubblegum Crisis is purely intentional. The 8
eyes are significant for reasons unrelated to Boomers. Ink and Prismacolor
marker for the most part, but the missile trails were painted in at the end.
- Gauntlet II: Josh Cole wearing armor designed
to siphon off his extra power (storing it in batteries on the shoulders,
hips, forearms and calves). The bodysuit is biologically grown titanium
micro-chainmail. The palm of the right hand opens and the hand folds back
onto the forearm to free up the right hand for fine detail work. Ink and
Prismacolor markers and pencils, with acrylic paint for the electrical
Mainly members of the Galactic Warrior Corps, but also other aliens from
around the Planetary Confederation.
- Delta Rose: While she wore a more standard
spandex suit during her superhero career in the 1970s, this alien law
enforcer now sticks closer to the standard field uniform of the Galactic
Warrior Corps, with armored fabric and extra padding at vulnerable spots.
There's also a helmet for hazardous environments, but I didn't draw her
wearing it. 1/19/00. Rescanned 4/15/07.
- Ramjet: As seen in the Revanche storyline in ASH.
The latest incarnation of a character design I've been fiddling with since
1984. 3/19/99. Rescanned 4/15/07.
- Galactic Warrior Corps: A group shot of a
full-rank Galactic Warrior (yellow and brown in the middle), a Lieutenant
(blue and light blue on the right) and a Patrolman (red and white on the
left). The Patrolman is a Pranir, one of the very few in the Corps. The
Lieutenant may have some cybernetic enhancement to let her carry that Tsaran
cannon. The history of my continual redesigns of the GWC can be found here. Note that Delta
Rose was a mere Patrolman when her career on Earth started, but she kept the
color scheme despite being promoted to full Galactic Warrior. 3/11/07.
- Veturna Severa: A junior member of the Galactic
Warrior Corps, assigned to the Sol systme in late 2025. Shown here wearing
her hazardous duty armor. A Santari, she has no special powers. 12/1/05.
These characters are primarily tied to Manhattan in general or Warden in
specific. Vigilantes, paragangers, Cyber Nostra, etc.
- Warden: Star of his own ASH-universe series by
Matt "Badger" Rossi (and occasional guest writers), Warden is an eyeless
telepath bent on dishing out simple justice in a complex world. 2/16/97
- Hellhound: When Warden vanished from Manhattan,
Hellhound rose up to take his place, fighting Road Ragers from her Magnum
Motors "Spartan" street machine! Helmet design taken from this piece I did
from photoref for a high school art class. 5/30/08
- Weregild miniature: A Reaper Miniatures "Clay
Golem" figure covered in gold leaf courtesy of a gold leaf marker, then given
green eyes and a blacktop base. I may eventually redo this miniature as
something else. 3/29/04.
- Gimble: A quick pencil sketch gone over with a
Sharpie, of the humanoid rhinoceros beetle gadgeteer. That species of beetle
has a fuzzy patch on the underthorax, hence the furry chest. 2/28/06.
- Maria Incarnata: Second in command of the
CyberNostra, shown here in her combat gear. Most of that armor is removable
to let her wear a "skinsuit" that lets her pass as human if she wants. And
the hair is a wig. And yes, her armor is based on the robot from Fritz
Lang's "Metropolis", although I added red trim to jazz it up a bit.
Tony Pi's Computer Art
While he doesn't draw traditional art, Tony sometimes creates art using
various computer drawing tools.
A sort of catch-all bin for whatever's left. Heroes, villains, support cast,
diagrams, icons, miniatures, etc. Anything that doesn't have enough stuff to
warrant its own category (and I've decided "villains" isn't going to be a
- Helijet: Designed to be quick but versatile while
not requiring any "supertech" which might be interfered with by Anchors, the
NAC-H12 Helijet is the standard mode of transportation for ASH and STRAFE
teams over relatively short distances. The model shown is larger than the
version used in the Academy series, which was the NAC-H8. The H8 is roughly
half the size of the H12 and has a single centrally-mounted rotor that folds
back in jet flight. 3/17/98 (See Fan Art for some other ideas.)
- ReAgent: A slightly pre-ASH design repurposed for
ASH, ReAgent is a power-armored alchemist who joined the Revanche. 1/10/94.
- Doublecross: The Lord of Living Light himself,
updated for the 2020s! To get the white bits right, I used acrylic paint and
painted them in, since the paper is off-white and using a white colored
pencil always hurts my hand by the end of the drawing. 4/25/99. Rescanned 4/15/07.
- NAC Marshal uniform: A rough sketch of the
Marshals corps uniform, for instance Noire seen during the Battle of
Montreal. I cleaned up my notes, which didn't scan too clearly. Drawn in
either December 1999 or early January 2000 (based on the dates of the
sketches flanking it in the notebook that got turned into final dated
- Bronzewing vs. Heraclius: Kaiju battling on
Venus! Painted in acrylic on special "acrylic pad" paper that has a
canvas-like surface to avoid soaking through. Bronzewing is based on a
Japanese Crested Ibis, and Heraclius on a Hercules Beetle. Some of his
"children" are swarming around him as tiny gray dots. 6/30/08.
- Infernion: Infernion, the lava lion, embodiment
of Leviathan's self-hatred. Painted in acrylic. 7/17/08.
- Green Treefrog Senshi sketch: One of the
members of the Hyper Senshi Atavarangers. Just a colored pencil design
sketch to work on costume ideas for the Atavarangers. 12/11/08.
- City of Heroes STRAFE Templates: The City of Heroes costume system can't
really get STRAFE uniforms right, but it can get reasonably close. And
should I ever feel like playing a STRAFE character, I've saved Grind and Kleinvogel as
templates for male and female agents. July 2009.
- Jen Kleinvogel on City of Heroes: I lost
my original costume files in a crash, but decided to remake the character
as a playable one after Going Rogue made it possible to have a heroic Stalker
(I've stacked the Flight and Concealment pools often enough to know it's
inefficient and costly, making a Stalker let me get no-endurance-cost stealth
at level 1). You can see it's not changed a lot, I added the visor because I
liked the look, but had to change the hair because the dangly bit in front
from the original "ponytail low" interacter weirdly with the visor. This
also gives her a sword as per post-Chinese-exile. I couldn't find the bird
emblem I'd used earlier, so I settled on a falcon head, and I fiddled with
the boots and belt to get closer to what I wanted. September 2010.
- Captain Combine: Marshal Tsukiko Crowley
dressed up in one of the concept costumes from the
Flagsuit Memo. See that file's notes for why it's kinda impractical and
cornball. June 2010.