African-inspired art by Luigi Castellani [Spears of the Dawn]

African-inspired art by Luigi Castellani [Spears of the Dawn]


These African-inspired artworks were created for the tabletop RPG Spears of the Dawn (from Sine Nomine Publishing). They are part of an art, map and layout pack released into the public domain (and available for download from here).

This set is by Luigi Castellani and depicts:

  • A giant black golem, two hyenas, an altar and three heroes.
  • An archer.
  • A man being gored by a water buffalo.
  • A man and woman eating in a tent.
  • A stash of treasure.
  • A witch with a voodoo doll causing the death of a man talking to a crowd.
  • An undead with a sickle.
  • A woman speaks to a man on his knees.
  • Light emerges from a long hut.
  • A wizard summons an earth and a fire elemental.
  • A shaman performs a ritual before a large statue.
  • A masked shaman throws dust into a fire.
  • A club man slays an undead warrior.
  • Two men haggle over a rapier.
  • A horseman struggles to control his horse.
  • A merchant's stall with weapons and armour.
  • An oasis with palm trees and a building.
  • A little statuette.
  • A king and his two advisors.
  • Small forest people attack two heroes.
  • A woman stands in front of a bookshelf.
  • A female wizard slays an undead creature.
  • A man discovers hieroglyphics.
  • Three heroes fight off snakefolk.
  • A black ziggurat in the desert.
  • Three people talk in the night over a board game and dagger.
  • A war elephant charges through a breach in fortifications.
  • Three heroes pause before entering an Egyptian-style tomb.
  • A warrior woman teaches another woman to fight.
  • A collection of arms and armour.
  • A man turns into a jaguar.
  • A zebra knight runs down a defenceless woman.
  • Three heroes pause after battle.

The publisher writes:

The art in this resource pack was provided by the talented hands of Andrew Krahnke, Earl Geier, Ian MacLean, Luigi Castellani, Miguel Santos, Nicole Cardiff, and Sara Mirabella. At the agreement of the artists and under the terms of its commission, it is intended for the public domain, and may be used by anyone for any purpose desired. As a matter of courtesy, I would request that you leave the artist's name attached to the file and credit them in your work.

The files in the InDesign and Maps folders were created by me and are also in the public domain and available for any person to use as they see fit. No credit is necessary should you find them useful.

If you choose to redistribute this resource pack, please keep the files together, in order that other users can more easily confirm that they are, in fact, public domain works and available for their use. If that is impractical, you should likely reference the work as being released into the public domain by Kevin Crawford of Sine Nomine Publishing on January 22nd, 2013, so they at least know who to ask to confirm its provenance.

Kevin Crawford
Sine Nomine Publishing

Attribution Instructions: 
While attribution is not required, the publisher asks that at least the artists are credited.
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