Kaladesh Tokens

Kaladesh is basically a steampunk plane, and my favorite steampunk world is the Girl Genius comic by Phil Foglio. I’ve started making some Girl Genius-themed tokens, but admittedly, it is hard to find good images—a good excuse to go back through the comic, I guess—especially without intruding speech bubbles. So, I hope to find some good images of Maxim, Dimo, and Oggie for the Construct tokens, and maybe even some better clanks (Servo tokens) and airships (Thopter tokens). Until then…



Knight Ally Tokens

I needed some Knight Ally Tokens for my Allied by Oath Battle for Zendikar block deck, and I just recently finished The Riyria Revelations series by Michael J. Sullivan, which offered me some inspiration: Hadrian and Royce tokens!

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Drake Tokens

I needed some Drake tokens for Talrand, Sky Summoner, which is in my Nicol Bolas Planeswalker Jousting deck, but I decided to make something a little punny:

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You can probably tell what show I used to watch after school when I was a kid.

Greek Vase Inspired Theros Tokens

I’ve been working on some Theros tokens for awhile now, and it seems unlikely that I will finish the whole set, so I’m going to post what I have now. I’ve taken an image from a Greek artifact, usually a vase, and coupled it with a quote from ancient Greek literature, usually Homer. Enjoy!


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Theros Soldier Tokens

Here’s one for the ladies…

I must say that I actually like the official soldier tokens for Theros, especially the red one, but I just can’t resist a Greek-themed set, so I made some of my own too.

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It’s Hector and Achilles!

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A Herd of Goat Tokens

… or a Tribe or Trip of Goat Tokens, if you’re into such official naming conventions.

I’m finally getting around to making my Trading Post deck (I’m coupling it with the Bogbrew Witch combo and the Exquisite Blood/Sanguine Bond combo – how can I lose?), so I’m going to need GOAT tokens.

Trading Post Goat Token

The pre-fab goat from Wizards is actually pretty good-looking, but nowadays I see every token requirement as an opportunity. But what kind of special goats are out there that would be better than Mr. Generic Goat here? Well, Norse mythology actually seems to be full of goats: Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr were the two goats that pulled Thor’s chariot, and Heiðrún was the goat that ate the legendary tree Lærað and then produced mead from its teats. You gotta love Norse mythology!

Apparently, Yu-Gi-Oh has already tapped into this rich tradition (and I adapted it):

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If you want those in the traditional Magic frame, then here you go:

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Marvel Comics has also been into the Norse mythology action for a while:

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For the mead-producing goat, I’ve got some rather old school images:

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There’s even a meadery named after her!

Go, go, goats!

Avatar of Life?

I was playing my Ajani Goldmane deck today and when I ultimated him, I realized that I had no Avatar token to put into play. There is an official token made by Wizards, but I must admit I was underwhelmed when I first saw it.
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I’ll admit it has grown on me a little more since I’ve looked at it, but it’s still not really what I think of when I think of something that represents an avatar of my life total. The thought that really came to mind was that I was creating a token version of Serra Avatar, which is also in the deck, by the way, so I found a close up of the avatar itself:

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Why does Serra’s Avatar look like a blindfolded Samurai? That’s just not working for me either. Then I found that there was an alternate art version of Serra Avatar produced as a promo for Duels of the Planeswalkers. That art is a little better in capturing the essence…

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… but I still don’t understand why she has to be blind. What about the concept of “Avatar of Life” says, “I’m blind, like justice”? For a moment I toyed with the thought that the token was a representation of Ajani’s lifeforce. I didn’t stay on this idea long, but I did come across one piece of art on the DeviantArt site that really looked like some sort of incarnation of Ajani’s spirit or lifeforce. The artist goes by the moniker dabiankwong – nicely done!

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Now a thought struck me: an avatar of life is someone full to the brim with life, and its essence, right? And who best captures the idea of someone full of life? I got no further than Sir John Falstaff from Shakespeare’s Henry IV plays, and then found this excellent painting by Eduard von Grützner, which really nails it I think.

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But I must admit that when I think of Falstaff, I always get the image of Robbie Coltrane’s portrayal from Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V. This was my first introduction to the character, and while perhaps he’s not the best Falstaff ever–I wouldn’t know who is, really–he is forever etched in my brain as “Falstaff”. Unfortunately, I could not find a good image to use. If anyone knows of a better one, I’d love to know of it. This will have to do for now.

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And there you have my journey in search of an “Avatar of Life”. I think any one of these could serve the purpose nicely. Adieu!