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Minoton by Artigas Minoton :iconartigas:Artigas 27 5 Ethiopian Dwarf by Artigas Ethiopian Dwarf :iconartigas:Artigas 205 32 Trog by Artigas Trog :iconartigas:Artigas 30 11 Dwarf Archer by Artigas Dwarf Archer :iconartigas:Artigas 276 102 Old Dwarf by Artigas Old Dwarf :iconartigas:Artigas 74 19 Hidden Blade by Artigas Hidden Blade :iconartigas:Artigas 8 6 Turin's mask by Artigas Turin's mask :iconartigas:Artigas 34 7 The Dragon Helm of Dor Lomin by Artigas The Dragon Helm of Dor Lomin :iconartigas:Artigas 39 10 Samurai Kabuto by Artigas Samurai Kabuto :iconartigas:Artigas 7 3 Orc Arsenal by Artigas Orc Arsenal :iconartigas:Artigas 17 2 Orc Skull by Artigas Orc Skull :iconartigas:Artigas 9 3 Dwarven stuff by Artigas Dwarven stuff :iconartigas:Artigas 23 9 Dwarven Helmet by Artigas Dwarven Helmet :iconartigas:Artigas 22 3 THESEVENHOUSES Weapons by Artigas THESEVENHOUSES Weapons :iconartigas:Artigas 23 3 The seven houses of the Khazad by Artigas The seven houses of the Khazad :iconartigas:Artigas 373 96 Dwarf Tunnel Fighters by Artigas Dwarf Tunnel Fighters :iconartigas:Artigas 106 19

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Motherland Chronicles #52 - The Death of Eurydice by zemotion
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Elmslie Typology of single edged medieval swords by shad-brooks Elmslie Typology of single edged medieval swords :iconshad-brooks:shad-brooks 119 26 Palace of the Mountain King by ErikShoemaker Palace of the Mountain King :iconerikshoemaker:ErikShoemaker 6,764 530 Boholt by AlexBoca Boholt :iconalexboca:AlexBoca 196 9 Red Nails by AbePapakhian Red Nails :iconabepapakhian:AbePapakhian 20 6 Undine by rakugaki300page
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Battle of Agincourt by wraithdt Battle of Agincourt :iconwraithdt:wraithdt 1,458 72 Dark Souls - Siegmeyer of Catarina by IgorWolski Dark Souls - Siegmeyer of Catarina :iconigorwolski:IgorWolski 1,333 101 Wizard's House Doorway by Seyorrol Wizard's House Doorway :iconseyorrol:Seyorrol 107 5 Chaos Dwarf by deWitteillustration Chaos Dwarf :icondewitteillustration:deWitteillustration 20 6 Commission - Urbrik Ironseeker by deWitteillustration Commission - Urbrik Ironseeker :icondewitteillustration:deWitteillustration 20 5 Valaraukar by RiptorCPV Valaraukar :iconriptorcpv:RiptorCPV 24 5 Crit Role Manticore by Stephen-0akley Crit Role Manticore :iconstephen-0akley:Stephen-0akley 376 30 Ancalagon the uruloke by Hoch-Spannung Ancalagon the uruloke :iconhoch-spannung:Hoch-Spannung 50 13 Dragon is coming! by Hoch-Spannung Dragon is coming! :iconhoch-spannung:Hoch-Spannung 142 28 Glaurung by Hoch-Spannung Glaurung :iconhoch-spannung:Hoch-Spannung 85 18

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Minoton

This is my take on Ray Harryhausen’s Minoton.

According to ancient records, in the old city of Akragas ruled a terrible and evil tyrant king that was particularly fond on torture. This tyrant worshipped ancient and forgotten demonic gods, the most powerful one being often depicted as a black Aurochs. Sacrifices of blood were regularly offered in front of this god’s unholy altars, many being human lives.

The king was said to have commissioned the construction of life sized bronze statue of an Aurochs, hollow and fitted with a door in one side. The statue was intended to be a diabolical instrument of torture, where victims would be locked inside and a fire would be set under it, heating the metal until the person roasted to death. The account says it was fitted with an acoustic apparatus that converted screams into the sound of a bull, and that the first victim to die in such a fashion was the artisan that created the statue.

This macabre spectacle was said to become the king’s feast’s main entertainment, as well as the main altar to the dark god’s bloody sacrifices.

When old and fearing death, the king ordered a tomb to be built for himself, and a giant maze was dug under a secret cliff by the sea. He consulted his sorcerers and ordered them to prepare his body for eternal life, as well as to provide a champion to protect his tomb forever. Word was sent to summon the most formidable warrior in the world, with promises of unparalleled fortune and glory.

The biggest and strongest warrior of that time was then tricked and brought into the king’s court, where he was kept as an honoured guest and lived in luxury and debauchery while the very best craftsmen of his time were at work developing the most formidable suit of armour to fit him as a glove. When the armour was finished, he was drugged and trapped inside of the armour, that got riveted shut over his body. The suit was topped by a horrendous bull head, and he was in this way chained to a stake where he was slowly cooked alive in a dark ritual of necromancy. It is said that while his screams of agony boomed through the dark chambers, his soul was bound and condemned to rise again as a revenant guardian, forever watching the king’s tomb to keep it safe until the day his evil master would rise from the dead.

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Ethiopian Dwarf
I was invited by JurasicPark89 to collaborate with the wargame The 9th Age with an illustration depicting a dwarf culture that would come from an area equivalent to Ethiopia.
The region was always a very interesting area, with so many ancient cultures interacting and influencing each other. There is so much to work with, but at the same time, no specific strong identity per se. I didn't want to go the somewhat popular way of simply "dressing up" a dwarf in the local attire of the native peoples, maybe even giving him black racial traits. I do not subscribe to that kind of approach, preferring instead to always mix and combine certain aspects of many cultures in order to have something recognisable yet unique. I wanted this design to be primarily dwarven looking, as I imagine the dwarven culture to be a very uniform looking one, given their rigid traditions and slow pace towards innovation and change. I also wanted it to look more advanced than the local cultures, showcasing the traditional excellence and wealth of their race. As for the racial diversity in fantasy races, even though I subscribe to a range of variation within the dwarven or elven races, I definitely do not fancy having it to be an exact mirror of human phenotypes, specially if corresponding to the exact geographical areas that you expect them to be found in. In other words, not every being that sets foot in Africa should be black, the contrast between human locals and the dwarven tribes in the area serving as a tool to further enhance the effect of having two completely different sapient beings coexisting and interacting.
My design choices that hint to the African cultures is evident on my use of colours, patterns and tattoos. The axe is also reminiscent of some of the throwing axes found all over Africa. The short sword's scabbard is decorated in a pattern that resembles a viper and the shield is fashioned in such a way that it resembles a cut gem.
I situated my design between the christian and muslim cultures that were present in that area for so long as much as the more tribal cultures of the Ethiopian men.

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Trog
My take on Ray Harryhausen's Troglodyte. I reckon his creatures were one of the major factors in my childhood that led me to love fantasy and, later on, RPG.
Trogs are large and somewhat dim-witted older cousins to mankind. They have a thick hide that protects them, and a powerful and stout body with a heavy frame of thick bones and wiry muscles. Their small brain is protected by an exceptionally thick skull and a horn that they use to fight each-other during mating season. 
They are omnivores and subsist mainly on hunting and scavenging, and are known to follow other predators and then wait for them to do the hard work before scaring them away, taking advantage of their size to steal their prey.
Although they can hunt and fight, they are usually calm creatures and will not attack without feeling threatened in some way. They are capable of language and culture, in a rudimentary form, and can even bond with humans. Due to their somewhat gullible nature, these beings are commonly captured and sold into slavery, where they can end up being labourers, gladiators or even employed in warfare as shock troops. This example depicted here bears scars from the irons in his wrists and ankles, as well as a branding iron mark on his abdomen, meaning he is an ex-slave and possibly an outlaw. 
Trogs are not known for their smarts, but a few display wisdom in their own way, and tend to be benevolent creatures strongly tuned to nature. They act on instinct though, and can be as simple minded and unpredictable as a wild beast.
The ones that have developed a friendship with those beings say that they are very loyal and that they have an innate sense of primitive morals and culture, despite their bestial appearance. They are ultimately people too, albeit in a very different way.
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Dwarf Archer

The dwarven archer. A terrible underrepresented class in the fantasy genre, yet of vital importance in dwarven armies. Being slow on their feet and having the fast skirmishing elves as a common foe, as well as having to fight from inside their fortifications, all raised the need of specialised ranged troops. Their short stature prevented them from being able to use bows strong enough for the needs of warfare, as the staves were too long for them and shorter bows oh high draw weight were not possible due to raw materials limitations. The solution came in the form of a short, recurved pattern-welded steel bow. 

Metal bows are slower than organic ones, and thus less efficient. To make up for that lack of efficiency, the Dwarves had to increase its draw weight greatly, and that made the bow all but impossible to bend. This problem was circumvented by adding a pulley system to it, a technology dwarves are very familiar with due to their stoneworks and mining. The end product is a formidable weapon, that shoots incredibly hard for it's compact size, as well as bringing other benefits as unmatched durability and the ability of staying strung all the time without losing any of it's power. 

The range is not excellent though, due to their short and heavy arrows and low speed shot, but at closer ranges it packs a tremendous punch.

This warrior here is represented employing the traditional dwarven thumb draw, and a high standard of armament. This kind of troop can be used on skirmishes at both long and short range, being fully equipped to melee combat as well.

The quiver is separated in 3 segments, and holds 3 different types of arrow, each type coded by its different feathers. The crow feather is for the broad-heads, intended to bleed out a poorly armoured target, the turkey feathers are for the bodkin point, and the grouse feathers for the regular war head. There is also a holster for the bow slung over the sword scabbard. 

This warrior’s armour is of high quality, consisting of a blued-steel helmet decorated with bronze, and a maille haubergon worn over a quilted leather gamberson.

The maille consists of equal parts of solid rings and brazed rings (welded with an alloy of brass and zinc) fashioned from high grade and heat-treated steel and decorated with bronze plaques. The very best maille money can buy.

He also sports a traditional seax shaped knife and a dwarven messer-type sword. To top it up, a medium round shield is carried on the back.

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Old Dwarf
Just a quick drawing to prove I am still alive :D
This old traveller just heard a noise coming from the bushes and wasted no time producing his trusty axe in a heartbeat.
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mentat0209 Featured By Owner May 15, 2018
Thanks for the :+fav:!
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Artigas Featured By Owner May 15, 2018
Cheers
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JohnDotegowski Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you for the watch! :D
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Artigas Featured By Owner May 4, 2018
My pleasure! Great stuff!
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2018
 HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!Super Fantastic Golden Platter Cake 3D 
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Artigas Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018
Thanks a lot my dearest friend :D
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018
 Happy Birthday on the morrow Master Sergio - I hope that you'll have an extremely good one!:) (Smile) 
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Artigas Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018
That was a good birthday, considering my advanced age :D Thanks for the votes my friend!
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018
 If you're still in GB then I hope that you haven't found condition too chill - I swear this must be to most snow rich winter we've seen in some years (though having spent time in New Zealand one imagines that conditions cannot seem Too much worse on this side of the planet).:) (Smile) 
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Artigas Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018
I am still here yes, but on the south coast and it is not too bad compared to Queenstown in NZ. I really want to find a way to visit you before I departure this lands. I still got some months left though.
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