D&D 5E Halflings Of The Corn

pogre

Legend
The Halfling on page 132 of the Player's Handbook looks like Ricky from the Trailer Park Boys.

Come to think of it, if Halflings act like the characters in Trailer Park Boys they get a lot more interesting.
 

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shadow

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I must be a minority. I actually like the halfling art in 5e. I always hated how halflings were drawn in 3e and 4e. The 3e and 4e halflings were proportioned exactly like humans, so you could never tell if the artwork was supposed to portray humans or halflings except when another character was in the illustration for size reference.
 

lutecius

Explorer
What's a little frustrating, is that if you hunt down the articles where the art director talks about Halflings, the concept art isn't so bad.
Sorry, the implementation in the PHB may be worse but the concept art was already awful (enormous heads and ridiculously tiny feet) and many people said as much in the comments at the time. Why WotC kept going with it remains a mystery.

They had a stated goal of designing the races so that one could identify a member of said race in a given picture very easily, which they succeeded in doing. A Gnome is clearly a Gnome, and a Halfling is clearly a Halfling, without any size referents needed.
If that was the goal, they failed because on several pictures the only sure way to tell the gnomes from the halflings is the pointy ears. There was no need to make either race hideous for that.

They're not my favorites but trying to draw a halfling without needing another object to create scale is scale when you can't go heavy on the big or hairy hands and feet thing. Escaping the hobbit or small human chasms could not have been easy.
Not sure why they had to "escape the hobbit chasm" (after so many years of shameless imitation, especially now that there are immensely popular movies far more likely to attract new halfling players than the pictures in the PHB).

If it's some brand identity or copyright issue (again, why now?), covering the iconic hairy feet should be more than enough to differentiate them visually. Slightly larger extremities are just a common cue for fantasy little people in illustration, independently of Tolkien.
If you're going with a big head, also having larger hands and feet simply looks more balanced and is less reminiscent of some creepy toddler.

As for "small humans", they aren't my preference but I don't see why a fantasy race couldn't look exactly like a small, well-proportioned human (and thus require another object as a size reference) either. It's a perfectly valid concept in itself.
 
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rjfTrebor

Banned
Banned
I must be a minority. I actually like the halfling art in 5e. I always hated how halflings were drawn in 3e and 4e. The 3e and 4e halflings were proportioned exactly like humans, so you could never tell if the artwork was supposed to portray humans or halflings except when another character was in the illustration for size reference.

watch the lord of the rings movies to watch this opinion fall into bitter, silly pieces.

i would rather play something without a cartoon physiology.
 

aramis erak

Legend
Because people with deformed bodies also have evil minds and souls?

Or are they drawn with wicked grins? (I haven't seen the art in question.)

Ever since Gary Gygax listed four types of Halfling, with the same names Tolkien used (Proudfoot etc.), pretending that D&D halflings aren't LOTR halflings is ludicrous.

It's a requisite legal fiction, however, due to the trademark on the term "Hobbit"... which TSR settled a case about in 1976.
 

Scorpio616

First Post
Honestly, you just need the artwork to be black and white and you've got an illustration for Scary Stories, anyone remember that?
Yep.

big-toe.jpg
 

Queer Venger

Dungeon Master is my Dad
lightfoot_halfling__female__by_conceptopolis-d5rsk2u.jpg
It's a requisite legal fiction, however, due to the trademark on the term "Hobbit"... which TSR settled a case about in 1976.

I have a theory that this is the reason why D&D halflings look the way they do, to avoid any similarities with Hobbit, particularly with the Hobbit films coming out and the fact that a new D&D film series is in the works (once Warner Brother's gets rights to it).

I think that is why their hands and in particular, their feet are particularly small and childish, which is ok by me.


Here is another sample I found created by Conceptopolis on Deviant art.
 

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