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Warrior by Aerenwyn Warrior by Aerenwyn
This is an armor concept and also an experiment if I could paint something so elaborate. It took me a lot of time to finish it so I'd like to know what you think.

You can find the steps to this painting here: Warrior - steps by Aerenwyn

-don't use or redistribute in any way without my permission-
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:iconsiolan:
Siolan Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2018
Ilike the atmosphere of your artwork(s)! :)
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Aerenwyn Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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chrisredfield1994 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2018
she being a kinght
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Aerenwyn Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Possibly.
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:iconchrisredfield1994:
chrisredfield1994 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2018
sure
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brenda-lavoieri Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018
wow!
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:iconaerenwyn:
Aerenwyn Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
I still don't understand where people are finding this painting. It's six years old.
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Djake Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I like how so many of your armoured women have an embellishment on their upper chests.  In reality, having breasts on a breastplate is a terrible idea, since it would deflect an attack inward, toward the sternum.  However, we all like our fantasy females to look feminine - and this is a neat compromise.  Well done!
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Aerenwyn Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I try to stay away from chainmail bikini, but on the other hand, it is still fantasy and it's not really supposed to be completely realistic. :)
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Djake Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Funny enough, I don't have such an issue with the chainmail bikinis.  Due to cost, oppressive weather, a desire for mobility or just plain bravado, plenty of dudes in history went into battle wearing loincloths, etc. - even when "better" armour was available.  I imagine lots of female fighters (though perhaps not as many as depicted in some sources) would think the same way.
On the other hand, if one is going to the expense, time and trouble to wrap oneself in a protective shell, one would probably be inclined to make sure it was more help than hindrance.  That being the case, it's nice to see an artist who obviously gives some good thought to the logistics.
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xxFalconArasxx Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2018
Some people went to battle in loincloths, probably because they could not afford armour to begin with. Nobody would actually be stupid enough to forgo armour because of the idea it would "limit mobility". Armour does not really limit mobility at all. Yes there were rare cases of nudist warriors, particularly among Ancient Celts, but their reasoning for doing so was out of devotion towards their religion, trying to show off to their enemies that their gods and goddesses were watching over them. These nudist warriors had very short lifespans though, according to Roman documentation. They also have nothing to do with Berserkers. The Berserkers described in Norse sagas actually wore bear skins, and were named after this fact (Berzerker means "bear coat"). They did not fight naked, and there is no evidence that these warriors actually existed in history, and were likely just a legend.

There is such a thing as light armour, but it is not done in the way fantasy video games and movies would show it. Rather than covering less of the body, a craftsman would try find ways to cover as much of the body as possible using lighter materials. One such example is called gambeson, and it was a padded jacket made from several layers of quilted cloth (usually linen or wool). By making loin clothes or bikinis out of steel, you are wasting valuable materials on regions of the body that the enemy is most likely never even going to hit.
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Aerenwyn Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That makes sense. Most realistic armour designs tend to be less nice to look at though, so it's not surprising that we don't see much of those padded jackets for example.
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xxFalconArasxx Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2018
Less sexy at least, but I don't really think that makes it ugly. I think some people like the more utilitarian look. Not all gambesons are also so drab looking. People in the Middle Ages usually applied dyes and heraldic patterns on their gambesons, like this English Crusader style... www.medievalcollectables.com/i…
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Aerenwyn Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That looks quite nice. Still, I'd say that a lot of the time, it's probably not so much about it being pretty, but also flashy and cool. And a whole bunch of shiny and spiky metal bits do that pretty well :D It is nice to see though, whenever you see a more realistic armour in a game - it helps with the immersion. If a design is too ridiculous, it's difficult to take it seriously.
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Aerenwyn Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Makes sense. There were berserkers after all, running into battle without protection. Still, I'd think such mad men were a minority.
It's fantasy, but it's still fun to give at least a llittle bit of thought to it looking a little bit realistic.
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Djake Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually wasn't thinking so much about berserkers - though they were alleged to go into battle without mail.  The example that prompted me to the statement was in ancient China, where they awarded incentives to soldiers based on how many heads they took in battle - especially heads from recognizable personages on the other side.  In short order, a number of the most famous (and wealthy) soldiers were the ones who shucked their armour and other heavy gear so they could carry more heads.  Still, you're right; armoured fighters are far more common.
For my part, I can certainly be said to have drawn some armours that border on the ridiculous (Redorick springs to mind) - but actual function isn't as important as plausibility, I think.  ^^;
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xXxWOLFARTxXx Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018  New Deviant
Fabulous, perfect and incredible. How to describe every detail thoroughly without saying it is perfect, Great Work
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Beuxz Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2018
HOY
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:iconaerenwyn:
Aerenwyn Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi?
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taemart Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
this looks nice 
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:iconaerenwyn:
Aerenwyn Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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taemart Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
no problem 
the one thing i would say is the hips part of the armor .where the belts is , i think you should add more stuffs there , not that its bad but it looks like ,if she is wearing a very tide up clothes and just plugged the metal parts on top of it, sometimes you cant see  that its just one armor, it looks like if it,s been collected 
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Aerenwyn Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the criticism, but that's how real armour usually works - you put on a bunch of separate pieces. If it were just one solid suit, the person wearing it couldn't move an inch. She could possibly use some more protection there rather than just chainmail though, so you have a point there.
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taemart Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
yeah . sometimes i think , making an armor looks nice isnt important as making it functional ,but thin without the good look, i dont think it would be great to be used 
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TimeTraveler2 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018  Hobbyist
This is really good, I can't draw people and I've been trying for 50 years :)
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:iconaerenwyn:
Aerenwyn Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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StephanieSmall Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018
You have done a beautiful job on this piece of art. I love your attention to detail. Your time and dedication shows.
-Stephanie Small
You have Done A Great Job On Your Artwork by StephanieSmall
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Aerenwyn Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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marcustheelf Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017
Beautiful work! Very detailed and well made. The only thing I have to say which is really just up to personal preference is the background is really grainy and the colors are kind of bland, but someone could just as well love those colors and background. I dunno.
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Aerenwyn Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I like these colours, but I get that someone might not.
Thank you for the criticism, but this painting is over five years old :D
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marcustheelf Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017
Lol! I am new to this site so I wasn't able to see the time stamp if there even was one. That's embarassing.
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Aerenwyn Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem!
Happy New Year and welcome to dA!
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ArtsGFX99 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Amazing work!:D (Big Grin) 
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:iconaerenwyn:
Aerenwyn Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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SerayaShadowharper Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017
She looks incredible, I love this piece!
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:iconaerenwyn:
Aerenwyn Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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garrus368 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2017
so cool!what is her name?
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:iconaerenwyn:
Aerenwyn Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! She doesn't have a name, it's just a random drawing. I was mostly focused on the armour.
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KauaFernandes324 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2017  Student
CoolOMG FREE flying hearts Icon Frog dance 
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:iconaerenwyn:
Aerenwyn Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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Skipperthe13th Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2017
Nice
Reminds me a bit of Magic the Gathering
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:iconkenyehero101:
KenyeHero101 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017  Student Artist
Nice!
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:iconaerenwyn:
Aerenwyn Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Skipperthe13th Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2017
Anytime :)
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PaigeBeFrizzling Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing! What tool do you use?
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:iconaerenwyn:
Aerenwyn Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I use Photoshop Elements and a Wacom Intuos tablet.
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EeveeTea Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah that is so detailed! Love it! Heart 
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:iconaerenwyn:
Aerenwyn Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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AshlyStorm Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing. looks like real steel
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:iconaerenwyn:
Aerenwyn Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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