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The Mighty Nein Spring Into Animated Action In “Carpet Combat”
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The Mighty Nein Spring Into Animated Action In “Carpet Combat”

Critical Role is Geek & Sundry’s live Dungeons & Dragons show featuring Dungeon Master Matthew Mercer and his troupe of fellow voice actors. Catch them every Thursday night at 7:00 PM PT on the Geek & Sundry Twitch channel and on Alpha.

Thanks to the life-changing Mighty Nein animation from D&D Beyond—seriously, once you hear it, the song will be in your head  for the rest of your life—you might think that’s the only dazzling Critical Role animation you need in your life.

NEIN.

Talented illustrator and animator Miles Hansen is here to prove that there can never be enough Critical Role animation in the world with his incredible renditions of soon-to-be-classic moments in the Mighty Nein’s story.

Take a look at Miles’ “Carpet Combat,” adapted from the twelfth episode of the second campaign, “Midnight Espionage,”  and featuring the voices of the cast straight from the stream.

Miles’ own Critical Role adventure started at the urging of a good buddy.

“My discovery of the show is entirely thanks to my friend, and superb Dungeon Master, Jeremy, who constantly bashed me over the head to watch it (actually it was a lot more polite than that),” says Miles. “Before then I knew merely the faintest whispers of Critical Role. I might not be here without Jeremy’s insight.”

It was the Mighty Nein, however, who inspired him to animate a lighthearted scene. “It’s the silly fights I get a kick out of,” Miles says, “when the situation is hitting certain levels of absurd and the humor from the cast is spilling out. The carpet scene was the first Mighty Nein fight that vividly played in my head and made me think, ‘Yep, need to do that one.'”

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Nott the Brave might be the smallest member of the Mighty Nein, but she provided a few of the biggest challenges for animating the carpet battle.

“At the moment [Nott] has the most moving parts and layered pieces than anyone else,” he says. “However, I feel Yasha may steal that title once I finish making assets for her. That whamadyne hairstyle and goth-night cloak of hers are going to be a trip to create.”

Nott returned with Jester in another amazing short Critical Role animation by Miles, “Good Cop Bad Cop.”

“Good Cop, Bad Cop” has expertly edited callbacks to the third and seventh episodes of the second campaign, and the short length makes it easy to refresh, watch, and laugh time and time again.

Each animation can take weeks to months to animate, but Miles feels like it was time well spent. “I don’t think I would have approached the idea of animating Critical Role if it wasn’t for its super colorful and inspiring source material,” he says. “From there it’s simply a case of the incredible support from Critters everywhere, and discovering how much I’ve entertained people. It’s what I live for.”

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Images: Miles Hansen

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