Thursday, July 23, 2020

Abomination Work In Progress: Going Digital

Abomination WIP

So, in the interest, if time and cover character usage placement elsewhere, I made the hard decision to tackle the cover art for The Mutant Epoch Expansion Rules as a Digital painting instead of acrylic. This will give me far more flexibility with all the freaks on the cover and can add them as pre-gen characters at the back of the book, increase layout options for banner ads, and take one quarter the amount of time to render (a week instead of a month). 

This is the abomination player character type. Pretty gross, eh?

Friday, July 17, 2020

Removing the cover art masking: Dog Daze

Removing the mask on the cover art for Dog Daze, a solo-play adventure for The Mutant Epoch RPG. I haven’t used the old airbrush in a long, long time and this was stressful! As far as paintings go, I feel ready to tackle the Expansion Rules Cover again.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Dog Daze cover art is coming along

WIP: Dog Daze cover art is coming along. Just thought I’d post updates on this as we go. WM

Dog Daze cover art has begun!
This is for a solo-play rapid fire adventure for The Mutant Epoch RPG.
Based on a very early test play module I used years ago. Survival rate of your lone, 1st rank PC is less than 50%, so don’t get too attached to your characters for this one.
There will be a section on converting this to a regular group play, game master guided adventure, too!

Yes, I’m also working on the Expansion Rules! Got to redo the cover painting in acrylics

Friday, June 26, 2020

Wizard of the Wastes released!

Just Released! One Day Dig 9:: Wizard of the Wastes

A diabolical wasteland wizard
A village enslaved
An island fortress and its steel clad protectors

Heroics await! Far from the local digger fort, accessible via an old subway tunnel, an intrepid villager named Tuvor gains the help of the excavators to liberate Shell Village from the ruthless domination by an evil Wizard of the Wastes. What perils await the characters in the subway lines beneath the mountains, or in the in confines of the sorcerer's island redoubt known as Fantasyland?

This is our 9th One Day Dig for The Mutant Epoch RPG, written by Rey Rodriguez, and is suitable for five to eight characters of 1st or 2nd rank and can be placed in the Crossroads Region or the Game Masters's own setting.

It includes 3 maps, 11 illustrations, and is 15 pages in length.

Stand by, Epochians, for yet more post-apocalyptic gaming goodness from Outland Arts.

You can this Pay What You Want PDF here at here:

William McAusland
Creator of the Mutant Epoch RPG

Here is the art without any text. Its an 8.5 x 11' acrylic painting and took about 5 days ( 3 to 6 hour shifts)

And here are a few snaps from the work in progress....

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Wizards of the Wastes and Dog Daze on their way!

From our Coming Soon page

 June 15th 2020

Here we see the old artograph projecting the sketches on illustration board for two hand-painted adventure covers. One is for Wizards of the Wastes, and the other for Dog Daze.

Wizard of the Wastes is by Rey Rodriquez and is a one day dig.
I just finished the pencil art for the interior inks today and hope to start the cover painting tomorrow.

Dog Daze is by yours truly, William McAusland, and a revamp of an old solo play adventure I crafted a decade ago when doing the early playtests for the Outland System. Its gonna be a very affordable single character, single-player adventure, and designed for solo play. I'm just on the last scene encounters write-ups for this one.

Why solo play?
I had this idea that a solo play adventure would be great these days of the pandemic, when you might not be able to get together with your usual gaming group, or like many of you are new to the Mutant Epoch RPG and want to take it for a spin. One GM could also run this for a single player, likewise, with some tweaking to the encounter strength, a game master could easily convert this to a regular multiplayer adventure.

The Mutant Epoch Expansion Rules are still in the works. With my retinal Detachment, I have been set back greatly, and find that I am unable to work in oils on the cover and have also projected the image again and will attempt the cover using acrylics like the above two images.
 I have been unable to see my eye doctor because of the whole Covid-19 thing, but do have an appointment lined up and am hoping to either get glasses or a new contact lens system that will allow me to spend more time illustrating without the eye strain and difficulties that have hampered production so profoundly.

A thousand apologies for the delay,

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone from Outland Arts, William McAusland and Family.
I just sent out a long-overdue Outland Arts Insider Newsletter If you didn’t get it, or want to be added to the list, just email me here: and I’ll set you up.

Have a great night and Happy Holidays to all

Monday, September 30, 2019

Eye issues, the damn sequel:: Retinal Detachment

My earlier eye surgery failed, retina tear turned into a much worse retinal detachment.

Noticed it camping over the previous weekend as vision stopped its rapid improvement and a great dark curtain fell across my vision from the nose to about halfway across my right eye’s field of view. Got an emergency inspection by my regular eye doctor and my wife drove me to another city to see a specialist.

Had a short surgery in Kelowna Monday and then had to eat, sleep, and travel face down for several days which was hell on my neck and back.

Last Thursday I had an hour-long horror show of a surgery here in Kamloops. Science Fiction reference aplenty but I’d prefer to have been unconscious for that sorta thing in the future.

Right after the surgery. I'm smiling, sorta, because the freezing hasn't come out yet.  Wasn't looking so smug around 7pm that night. Tylenol allowed me to sleep a few hours - face down on a special foam pillow.
The morning after the surgery. Posted this in blue to spare you the gore.
My wife’s parents drove me back to Kelowna for the follow-up and somewhat gory bandage removal early the next morning. Doctor was very happy with the results but the ‘heavy oil’ they put in my eye to stabilize it won’t be removed until December during another surgery... so will I be a one-eyed near useless specimen until after that? F**k.

Returning from Kelowna the morning after the surgery and post-op follow-up. It was good news from the doctor that the surgery went well. Another surgery in December, however. 

At least doc thinks the eye has been saved but will be a lifelong concern. The removal of the tiny cataract in that eye some years ago seems to be the likely culprit.

Home now with a bloody swollen eye, on T3s and now able to lie on my back or sit at the drawing table and fantasize about drawing, inking, and oil painting. I am, however, able to use my left eye to doodle and ink previously penciled art for the Expansion Rules but need to go real easy. As for working on a computer, that might be weeks away.
What an ordeal.

I’ll add updates and bits of art when able. This will, of course, delay the New book’s release, but at least the incredibly talented doctors saved the eye.


I didn't get too far from bed this weekend, and one of my cat's Rory, would not leave my side!