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Wulverblade Scoops ‘People’s Choice Best Indie Game’ Award at Play Expo!

November 20, 2014

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Hey Everyone,

Just thought I’d update the blog with this bit of now slightly outdated news. Back in October I took Wulverblade to Play Expo 2014 in Manchester to a crowd of over 20,000 people! For those who don’t know the expo, its a retro and arcade focused show with a now massively growing indie section too! This year they ran a ‘People Choice Best Indie Award’ where the attendees of the show got to vote on their favourite new game…and guess what…Wulverblade won! YYYYYYEY!

The show was insane and the stand was packed for the entire 2 days. You can read the full right up with loads of photos over on the Wulverblade blog and you can also see a quick glimpse below as well as a photo of my incredibly overjoyed (and rather stupid looking) face :)

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Thanks!

Mike.

The Babadook and Book of Dark Sketches…

November 20, 2014

Hey Everyone,

Well after being inspired by Inktober and also going to see what was probably the best contemporary horror movie in many years, The Babadook, I decided to start doing a few dark themed sketches.

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This is my cartoon take on the Babadook, a little fan art if you will!

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This dude was originally in colour but I much preferred him in black and white :)

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And this little chibi slasher needs to be taken further, I can see many uses for this little dude!

Anyway, hope you like this little deviation from my usual stuff, I’m certainly enjoying it!

Thanks again.

Mike.

 

#Inktober – My sketches for the month

November 20, 2014

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Hey Everyone,

Between Wulverblade and my project work I find little time for anything else these days, but when I got talked into joining the #inktober movement on Twitter this October, it was time to dig out my old ink pens!

Its been so many years, over 10 in fact, since I last worked with ink, so to say I was rusty was an understatement. By the time the last image was done (one at the end) I’d even gone so far as to start dabbling with ink markers again, something I haven’t touched in even longer! Anyway, it was super fun playing around with real media again and something I intend to continue with! Hope you like them!

 

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Website Enquiries – Fault Fixed

August 16, 2014

Hi there,

Argh, I’ve just found out that all the enquiries sent via the contact page haven’t been coming through since the 11th of July! Some bizarre technical issue with my hosts meant that no emails have made it through. I thought things had gone eerily quiet! I’m used to daily enquiries, not monthly!

So, here’s a MASSIVE APOLOGY to anyone that has tried to contact me via the website in the past month, and if its not too much to ask, if you still feel the urge, please re-send your enquiry as it will now come through and be answered.

Sorry again for the issues.

Thanks.

Mike.

 

The site has been quiet for too long!

August 11, 2014

Hey guys,

Apologies for a silent site for about 4 months now, things have been beyond busy. I’ve got about a bazillion new projects to add to the site and will be doing over the coming weeks.  I’ve just added a few projects for now, all of which have been soooooo much fun to work on, and I’ll have more very soon.

Going from my stats you awesome folks keep checking back regularly and I’ve been a bit crap and not given you anything new to look at, sorry about that. Reason for the silence? Just too much on to be honest. Between all my project work and Wulverblade, finding time for site updates has been so, so hard.

Thanks again!

Mike.

 

The New Wulverblade Trailer is Live!

April 10, 2014

 

Hey Everyone,

Well, I’ve been promising this trailer since December and now it is finally here! After a fantastic GDC and the game being shown publicly, its finally time to show it to the world.

As you’ll see there’s a little more about the story, some nice cut scene snippets and oh yeah, GAMEPLAY! BOOOOOOOM! Hope you all like it!

As you’ll hear, the soundtrack is a work of art and that is courtesy of the amazing Verbal Vigilante! They not only brought their very own magic to the trailer, but also some wonderful work from a vocalist who we’ll intro on here soon, but also a wonderful cellist and some fabulous voice over work from Noni Lewis and Ed Ward. Big cheer for the guys over at Verbal V!

If you enjoy the trailer we’d LOVE it if you’d be so kind as to like and share freely :) We’d be forever in your debt!

Thanks everyone, hope you enjoyed it!

Mike.

 

Wulverblade coming to Xbox One!

March 18, 2014

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Wulverblade is coming to Xbox One and is playable at GDC!

Yep, you heard that right, my life long dream game is getting a life long dream format, a leading games console, WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

We’ve known about this for a little while, so you can imagine our uncontrollable excitement about wanting to tell the world. And now, as of today, Microsoft have officially announced it, we are SOOOOO excited. So, so, excited.

 

Play it this week at GDC!

The best bit is, if you happen to be at GDC, head over to the Unity booth (South Hall Expo – Booth 1402) where you can not only see Wulverblade in action, but you can get to play it on the Xbox One, right there!

Click here for a map of where to find it

It is in a very early pre Alpha state, but you’ll get a good feel for the basics of the game. Brian and Colin are there too, so hit them up if you wanna chat about the game at any point. If you get a chance to swing by, please drop up us a comment as we’d love to hear your thoughts!

And a BIG THANKS to the guys at Unity for the showcase, you guys rock!

 

Screenshots Now and Trailer Coming Soon

Now, some of you may already know that I (Mike) got struck down with appendicitis last week and after a couple of operations am now recovering for a couple of weeks, so that’s stopped me both being there and getting the in-game trailer complete. ULTRA GUTTED! But, I’m going to show off two screenshots from the game here which will hopefully wet your appetite for the trailer. Once I’m back on my feet I’ll have it ready ASAP.

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SO EXCITED!

Mike.

Character Design Tutorial – FINALLY

February 7, 2014

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Hey Everyone,

This needed a separate post really as you’ve all been asking for this for what seems like forever.

I’ve promised to collate a step by step character creation guide for years, damn, about 10+ years actually, but I whipped my ass into gear and finally got it done! I wanted to tie it in with Wulverblade as that’s what’s fresh on my mind and also the easiest to share as its my project.

This tutorial is pretty deep and pretty lengthy, so hopefully it’ll answer any questions that you’ve had brewing about how I create my characters. If you want to ask any further q’s though, please feel welcome to drop a comment in the post (its over on the Wulverblade site).

Without further ado, here it is Wulverblade Character Tutorial

I hope you all enjoy it!

Mike.

 

Busy, Busy, Busy.

February 7, 2014

Hey Everyone,

WOW, September was the last time I posted anything on the site…this is shocking!

In short, things are insanely busy at the moment. 85% of this years available space has already been booked up, which is fantastic, but also crazy at the same time. I cant believe how far in advance everyone is planning in 2014. No complaints though.

My current projects are amazing too, lots of really, really exciting stuff to show over the coming months. And there is SO much more coming this year, its ace.

I’ve got a bazillion new projects to add to the site including UI design, character design, branding, site design, motion graphics you name it, but time is against me as I’m also trying to juggle the new re-design of the site as well…oh, and then there’s also a little something called Wulverblade too ;) Wulverblade has a whopping 12 people on board now, all working busily in their own areas, art, animation, dev, sound, voice overs, cut scenes…wow.

So in short, expect to see looooooooooooooooads of new work and hopefully, if the gods of time feel kind enough to bestow me with some free time, an entirely new Fully Illustrated too.

More to come soon.

Mike.

 

 

Wulverblade Site and Blog Launch!

September 27, 2013

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Hey Everyone,

As ever I’ve been too quiet for too long…but no more! As of today the all new Wulverblade microsite and dedicated blog have gone live! And why will this make me blog more? Well, I not only intend, but promise to keep the blog fully stacked with content. My goal is to blog weekly with not only updates about the game, but also…wait for it…work in progress samples and step by step guides! You guys have been asking me via email and twitter for ages to start doing tutorials, and now the Wulverblade site is going to be where that will happen.

I’ve also opened the site up to comments too using the Disqus engine, so please feel VERY welcome to come and comment. I’ll be replying to every comment that gets made, so rest assured it will be a two way thing :)

I really value and want your input on Wuvlerblade, so whatever your thought, question or opinion, please share it and I will be there to answer and reply.

This is a direct link to the microsite

And this is a direct link to the blog.

Come and say hi!

Mike.

 

 

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