I’ve been working on a few new projects aside from this website, and one of them is GameZoneRadio.com6 years ago, I was co-host on a videogame podcast called Game Zone Radio. I’ve helped to restart the website, and a few days ago, we recorded our 57th episode (warning some NSFW language), which was a really good time, and made me feel 6 years younger.
The site design is done in 8-bit characters of the hosts, and this is my avatar. I will be creating the other hosts and posting the results here. Since I’m podcasting again, I’m toying with the idea of a HardcorePerler podcast, too. =)
I have another batch of 6 done, and am down to about 30 more to do (mostly smaller ones) and then I will be done with the monsters, bosses, and warriors. I’ve tried a few things to keep them on the wall other than thumbtacks without putting holes in walls, but I’ve found that’s the only way to keep them there. I tried glue dots, poster tack, double sided foam tape, and even masking tape, but they fall off eventually.
I have settled on Sequin pins since they are small, cheap, and a little longer than thumbtacks. They are a total pain in the behind to push into the wall (I use a pair of pliers), but once they are in, you can hide the head of the pin in the hole of a bead, and you can put them where they need to be to hold the perler creation flat against the wall, where a pushpin would look out of place in the middle of it.
I plan to have this complete by mid October, and I might even make a big piece based on the bridge crossing scene to add to it. I love it when a plan comes together.
Kyle McCoy runs his blog over at http://www.pixelartshop.com and he released this video over on YouTube today. I like how the medium of pixel art with Perler beads is approached as a minimalist artform. The Springfield piece he did was particularly impressive.
HardcorePerler.com is one year old now. 155 posts in the first year, and tons of Perler creations! This page has really been a great experience for me, and even though I haven’t been active in the last month, there are even more posts coming.
Dr. Mario was one of the better puzzle games of the NES era. They tried with other Nintendo characters and puzzle games like Yoshi’s Cookie and Wario’s woods, but Dr. Mario seemed to be the one that really captured the attention.
Here are four more monsters from Final Fantasy 1. I’m getting super close to finishing up all the monsters for the final project of all monsters, bosses, and heroes. Once I am done, it will be over 200 individual pieces I am creating for a mural, and it’s shaping up to be pretty kick ass.
After I made the series of Battletoads sprites, I was catching up on some other sprites I have been wanting to make, and the Reaper from Kid Icarus stood out. I like the surprised expression version of this sprite because it reminded me of the surprised Battletoad, and it’s so comical to see such a grim reaper lose his composure.
Some of the other Kid Icarus beadsprites, but I think it would be more fun to seek out other “shocked” video game sprites first, and have a whole series of them. Can you think of any others that I should include?
Battletoads was both one of the best, and one of the most difficult games for the NES. The rocket scooter and rocket surfboard levels were the bane of many gamers existence in the early 90’s. The combat was solid, and varied, though, and different from everything else at the time. I wish they would have been able to do more with this IP besides the mostly lame SNES follow-ups.
I made this series of sprites to enter in a competition over at the /beadsprites subreddit and thought I would post it on here as well. I still might make some of the enemies from the game as well as other frames of combat animations; these were really fun to make.
The guys over at BitBeads.com are kickstarting a new case for the iPhone that allows you to create 21×11 beadsprites inside of a special frame, and slide it into the case; it’s really cool stuff.
Inspired by the designs they had on the site, I made a few of my own, and it really made me wish I had one of my own to put on my phone. My 10 year old daughter gave me the stink eye when she saw I made the little baby chicks piece, but I assured her that I also made a sword, so the balance was maintained. =)
I had been itching to make something a little bit bigger than I have made so far. Last posts Bald Bull was one of the bigger ones, and I figured the time had come to make the final boss from Final Fantasy as my biggest Perler creation yet.
I had originally planned to make him last out of all the Final Fantasy Perlers set that I am working on, but I just recently purchased a ton of bags of beads and wanted to do something that posed a challenge, and Chaos was definitely up to the task. I will create another post about this with some of the progress pictures of the steps I had to take to get him completed.
Posed with Chaos is, of course, Garland who I am now realizing hasn’t been posted on this page yet, but was featured on my “indefinitely on hold web comic”, FightMagicDrinkItemRun.com . Also posed are the defeated Warriors of Light, who went to visit Chaos before they were prepared. =)