"Actually I don´t know. Any kind of collaboration is ok, it´s just for fun, do you have any idea? If don´t we could do some experimentation, let´s see... I will ask for a weapon you never draw before and you do the same?" - Poison failed. Black-skin warriors decided to make weapons resemble them. One from the Kaedrw clan decided to make a durable item. Used a hukk lizard's arm bone and back scales. The creation process indeed took more time than slaying the beast and was certainly less exciting. After few attempts, the artificer realized the hukk lizard weapon did not fit the requirements. Not poisonous as the lizard was nor can guide magic energy. So he put his work on the wall and tried to find a more prosperous resource to make his tonfa.
------ Shadeless blades (both center and right one)
Antarian forgework. One of the antarian aura sensor technique is to detect "the shades of movement". The will of a living creature can be read not only from the mind, but from these shades. When using this spell form, sense, the body of the surveyed person reveals a shade that shows his/her intentional moves the more solid the clear the motive is. A shadeless blade has no shade of movement, it cannot be detected this way and it may break a movement shade with a successfull block (this method shows that antarian casters don't really know how to fence) thus might stopping an attack that is not yet started.
The center blade is a bastard sword type from the earlyer worlds. The wielder might not had a staff. Nothing known about him. Many times new recruits received the blade to build up their strenght and join them in their first few journey...
The second item is master Hanank's work. Not his first blade, more likely a challange. Both history and his declarations show that he never draw his blade except in his first life training. That was like 71 lives ago. The blade remains at Yra world.
Accuracy aside, these were largely inspired by an awesome cartoon I used to watch as a kid (King Arthur and the Knights of Justice). It was about a high school football team that went back in time and became Knights of the Round Table with special powers.
Doing 3 variations of something just like the good old school days, I realize how slow I actually am. Took way too long on these, going the slow route via linework. But I think it was a fruitful exercise, especially since I rarely do these armour things. Glad to have some feedback from friends on these and realizing how far I'm lagging from everyone else!
On a side note, I've always been impressed by John Liew's work so I tried to achieve that level of finish and detail. Despite missing the mark, it was a good gauge of how far I can push right now.
Watch the awesome introduction sequence to this cartoon here.
Some 'lost' art from the Paragon Studios archives--here's a glimpse of what might have been had the game continued. Skeletal Armor was slated to be the 2nd top tier reward for players after Celestial Armor, but following a shift in 3D artists, the project was put on hold (in favor of Elemental-themed armor). The silhouette here is aggressive and unique, and the weapons are primal and brutal. Would've been pretty sweet, and something different for the game, but alas.
-------- More Tier 9 armor sets from CITY OF HEROES: