Thought I posted this before my little hiatus recently, as I painted this in July – but apparently not. So here ’tis. For those who don’t know (*like me), Guenhwyvar was a 600 lb (270 kg) black panther who resided on the Astral Plane. She was summoned to the Prime Material Plane by the use of an onyx Figurine of Wondrous Power.
This figurine was last in the possession of Drizzt Do’Urden, who treated Guenhwyvar as his ranger animal companion. She could be summoned to her master’s side for twelve hours every other day. However, it was possible for her to be away from the astral plane for longer, but this caused her to become incredibly drowsy, barely able to lift her head. Due to her nature as an astral being not of the Prime Material Plane, she was highly resistant to biological poisons and quite resistant to physical injuries as well.
So basically, the Magic Panther is the animal companion model to Drizzt in The Legend of Drizzt D&D Advanture boardgame. Given how much “Mary-Sue” criticism Drizzt has received over the years, I’m sure he and his pet panther won’t be dramatically overpowered in game….
Painting was based on the usual methods for painting black hair, and I may have thrown in a dilluted brown or purple wash in there as well to tone down the blue slightly. I don’t fully recall. I did give her a “monster” style base, but I can always add texture later if it works better with her being a PC’s pet.