This afternoon I was rendering a panther for a miniature for a friend, and the D|S locked up; I was messing with the date and time settings on my computer trying to figure the time difference between myself and a friend in Europe, and the render engine got confused and suddenly thought it was taking an extra six hours to render, so I really accidentally locked it up myself.
The designated location for the render was on my 1TB LACIE Rugged external hard drive. When the program locked, I rebooted the computer, and noticed the hard drive was very hot. When the computer came back on, the hard drive didn’t come back up, so I rebooted, unplugging the drive and letting it cool a while.
Long story short, the drive is dead. I bought it on February 25th, and EVERYTHING I’ve done since then was on the drive. Since my accident in December I’ve been recovering on Workers Comp, so I’ve had all day every day to make art, and have done a substantial amount. Much of it is on DeviantArt, quite a bit of it is still on my computer in raw ready to render files, but none of it is backed up anywhere else, so all the post-work would need to be done after rendering again. Likewise I render to .tiff for editing and save with layers, and the files online are all finished .jpgs..
To the point. My miniatures. Thankfully, just two hours before the crash, I finished all of the art for the first two packages, and have the base pdf files on my computer. Likewise as mentioned above, the base ready to render files are on my computer as well. But, the finished ready to edit artwork for each individual mini is actually done at 9x11.5 inches, 300dpi, and all of that is gone. Remaking any of them will mean spending the extra 1-2 hours rendering each image.
I need to focus on the drudgery of making the NPC stat cards for each (all 115 of them) so they can go up for sale, hopefully in the next couple of weeks. Many of them will be similar to each other (like the 17 Skeletons, or the 6 City Guards), but it will be time consuming to say the least..