Game of Thrones Reenvisioned as Feudal Japanese Wood Block Prints

Beware Spoilers!

Artist Sei-G has created these beautiful images re-imagining scenes from the Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) series as Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock paintings.

You can buy prints on his Redbubble page.

Battle of the Trident

This is the iconic duel between Robert Baratheon and Rhaegar Targaryen that preceded the series by seventeen years. Instead of a war hammer, Robert wields a Kanab?, a club-like samurai bludgeoning weapon. His antlered helmet is inspired by the famous helmet of the warlord Honda Tadakatsu.

Tyrion at the Eyrie

Catelyn Stark, her uncle Brynden Tully, and a dispatch of the Knights of the Vale journey to the Eyrie while transporting their captive, Tyrion Lannister. Tyrion is dressed in the robes of a nobleman.

Bran Stark and Hodor journey north

Weirwood lore shares some interesting similarities to Shinto practices, so I drew a shimenawa (prayer rope) around the tree trunk.

Jon Snow duels Qhorin Halfhand as wildlings look on

The wildlings are dressed like the Ainu, who are the indigenous people of northern Japan. The Ainu are thought to be the descendants of the first inhabitants of the islands, and throughout history they have lived independently in the cold far north, beyond the grasp of the Emperor.

The Execution of Eddard Stark

Instead of having Ilyn Payne simply execute Ned Stark, an amused Joffrey orders Ned to commit seppuku. Ilyn is on hand to perform the kaishaku, or ritual decapitation to quicken the death. The paper in front of Ned is a death poem, which a samurai would traditionally write before ending his life.

Mother of Dragons

Danaerys wears Heian-period royal clothing and is seated on the Mongolian Steppes, a fitting analogy for the Dothraki Sea, far from Westeros.

Wedding Banquet by the River

Northerners gather for a traditional courtly wedding banquet as sellswords, posing as musicians, put down their instruments and prepare weapons. Outside, the bridge of the Twins is visible, inspired by the very famous Bridge of Awate print by ukiyo-e master Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858).

The Red Viper Dueling the Mountain

Oberyn Martell wields a naginata against Gregor Clegane, who fights with a no-dachi (greatsword) and a tessen (iron war fan). The three kanji on Clegane’s armor each translate to the word “dog”, in accordance with his family crest. I considered giving Martell a yari (single-pointed spear) but I liked how the naginata drew parallels to the visually similar duel between Ushiwaka and the warrior-monk Benkei in the Heike Monogatari.

Via Imgur

#WheresSerenity? Dark Horse Wont Let Them Take The Sky From Us!

Dark Horse have quietly released a press release:

Joss Whedon’s beloved Firefly series and Serenity film’s lifespan may have been short-lived, but managed to produce one of the most dedicated fanbases in the history of modern science fiction. Dark Horse is proud to be able to keep Mal and his crew flying with new comics and products. Look for the hashtag #WheresSerenity over the next few months on our TwitterFacebook and Instagram pages for exclusive news on the future of the franchise at Dark Horse!

This isn’t the first time Serenity/Firefly comics have been released but it’s nice to know that although we are probably not going to get any more TV shows that the ‘verse still lives on.

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Via bleeding cool.

Game of Thrones Characters as 80s/90s Kids

GAME OF THRONES 80/90s ERA CHARACTERS - Jon Snow Art Print
Jon Snow

These images by Mike Wrobel imagine what the cast of Game of Thrones would look like if the series was set in the 80s or 90s rather than an another world which is vaguely based on our history’s war of the roses.

Some of them are spot on, like Ayria for example, I’m also intrigued by his swapping of Daenarys’ dragons for ferrets…

GAME OF THRONES 80/90s ERA CHARACTERS - Daenerys Targaryen Art Print
Daenerys Targaryen
GAME OF THRONES 80/90s ERA CHARACTERS - Arya Art Print
Ayria
GAME OF THRONES 80/90s ERA CHARACTERS - Bran Art Print
Bran
GAME OF THRONES 80/90s ERA CHARACTERS - Bronn Art Print
Bron
GAME OF THRONES 80/90s ERA CHARACTERS - White Walker Art Print
White Walker
GAME OF THRONES 80/90s ERA CHARACTERS - Khal Drogo Art Print
Khal Drogo
GAME OF THRONES 80/90s ERA CHARACTERS - Sansa Art Print
Sansa (Why is she one of the only ones who looks nothing like she does in the show?)
GAME OF THRONES 80/90s ERA CHARACTERS - Tyrion Art Print
Tyrion
GAME OF THRONES 80/90s ERA CHARACTERS - Ygritte Art Print
Ygritte
GAME OF THRONES 80/90s ERA CHARACTERS - Theon Art Print
Theon
GAME OF THRONES 80/90s ERA - Robb Stark Art Print
Rob Stark
GAME OF THRONES 80/90s ERA CHARACTERS - Brienne Art Print
Brienne
GAME OF THRONES 80/90s ERA - Talisa Art Print
Talisa
GAME OF THRONES 80/90s ERA CHARACTERS - The Hound Art Print
The Hound
GAME OF THRONES 80/90s ERA CHARACTERS - Tywin Lannister Art Print
Tywin
GAME OF THRONES 80/90s ERA CHARACTERS - Margaery Art Print
Margery

GAME OF THRONES 80/90s ERA CHARACTERS Art Print

GAME OF THRONES 80/90s ERA CHARACTERS - Jaime Lannister Art Print
Jaime
GAME OF THRONES 80/90s ERA CHARACTERS - Cersei Art Print
Cersei

Neil Patrick Harris Magic the Gathering Card


I’ve only watched one episode of how I met your mother so Neil Patrick Harris is still Dougie Howser/the psychic guy in Starship Troopers to me. But I’m familiar enough with the various memes that have s spread across the tubes to find this amusing.

Battlestar Galactica: Daybreak Expansion

Fantasy Flight Games are releasing a new expansion for Battlestar Galactica called Daybreak!

I’ve not written up a review of Battlestar Galactica the board game because I’ve not had time to do the game justice, but it’s safe to say it’s one of my favourite board games, if not my favourite.

4 new characters, 4 new Cylon leaders, 4 updated characters new crisis cards, new skills, a mutinee mechanic and much more…

BUT MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL

ASSAULT RAPTORS!

Raptors finally have a point in the game!

I’m going to have to struggle to find a reason not to buy this the day it comes out.