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The Night Watch

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    Hello everyone! Today I have prepared something a little bit special - a piece for the Faction focus for the month of June, which was won by Night Watch of Darkshire

   The Duskwood is a dangerous place, and the town of Darkshire, located deep within its confines, has been plagued by various dark dangers lurking in the woods for as long as the citizens could remember. At one point in its dark history, the town lost the protection of Stormwind through shadowy machinations of forces that sought to sow dissent and chaos. Unfortunately for its citizens, the regular Stormwind garrison was pulled out and the citizens had to fend for themselves. The numerous undead sightings and with the hostile Nightbane and ogre populations in the woods on the rise inevitably lead to the creation of the Night Watch militia. Critically undermanned and under-equipped, the militia sought allies wherever they could be found. Among the local populace, Alliance veterans,  passing travelers and inevitably the Brigade. The two factions joined forces on numerous occasions, and soon became close allies.

   One of the first joint operations begun, when the Brigade lent its resources and engineers to build a system of simple elevated guard posts along the dangerous roads through Duskwood. While simple in design and offering limited protection against more focused assaults, these platforms were perfect to counter one of the most common problems that plagued the region - the roaming bands of undead, that kept rising from the ancient cemeteries scattered through Duskwood. These platforms were usually manned by small teams of guardsmen and mercenaries alike, many of them accompanied by trainees as the need for recruitment was constant. 

   This is the case of Harry Langston, nowadays the 'sharpest eye' of Duskwood as he would like to present himself. Harry joined the Night Watch in its infancy, singled out by one of the Stormwind veterans who were helping to train the militia for his exceptional skill with a hunting longbow. While initially resentful, Harry has soon warmed up to his new role, as it allowed him to hone his archery skills and more importantly - flourish his newfound 'authority' among his peers. As the time passed and Harry's mentor has moved on, the young archer took his place and begun to train others, as despite the continued joint operations between the Brigade and the Night watch, the Duskwood remains a dangerous place to this day. 

    I have to admit that I have spent quite some time on this piece. I wanted to challenge myself and also open the Faction focus for the Night watch in a bit 'grander'way than just a simple portrait of one of its members. I will try to do the same with each of he faction focuses, we'll see how long it will last ;).  I hope you like the final result!

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ChristopherLineHobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing ^^ glad to add it to favs
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GalderProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad that you like it!
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Douglas-Maxwell-Myer General Artist
Incredible job!
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GalderProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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JohnTheRHobbyist General Artist
Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children.
I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls.
I am the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.
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GalderProfessional Digital Artist
jon snow 
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PolgoraHobbyist General Artist
This is fantastic! A job well done!
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GalderProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad that you like it. 
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GalderProfessional Digital Artist
No
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GalderProfessional Digital Artist
No, go away
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Look! That one hand afront is Oriko :P
He lost his gun. Could you please hand him a bow XD
Nono not an arrow!! a bow ...
Duskwood in all his glorious uhh fogginess :D
I knew where this was at first glance so although the scene happening in that splendid torchlight steals the uhhh torchlight,
the surroundings certainly also 'shine'.
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GalderProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm certain that Oriko will survive even this misadventure. It's summer
after all and he should be heading to the new vacation resort he found in the
goblin magazine :D. This time it'll work out!
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FuryQuantminStudent General Artist
Everyone all gangsta till a giant lifts the gate open. www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtI7-a…
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GalderProfessional Digital Artist
Ah, the good old siegebreaker giants ;)
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PukingUnicornInkHobbyist General Artist

Wow It's Awesome...

U really catched the Darkshire atmosphere in this piece...beautiful :love:

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GalderProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm happy that you like it :)
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LAN0RA Digital Artist
Ouuu nice background, Galder! Super detailed! :heart:
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GalderProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! To be honest, this time I tried to stay disciplined and spent good 8 hours on the background 
first. It worked nicely when I finally got to the characters, plus I wasn't left with the age old dilemma of
'GREAT, got the characters down and now what with the bg?' :D
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LAN0RA Digital Artist
I've done that before XD
Feel your pain lol
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ZiptoZaptoHobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful! The lighting brings all the attention to the very detailed archers, and everything else being less detailed helps enforce that. Keep up the good work!
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GalderProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad that you like the piece :)
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Oh Night Watch... what has happened to you in Legion.  Thought they would be great, not some weird murder cult.... (I hope, that, since Legion is long over, that "spoiler" is ok). I miss the dudes from Classic, and from Cata.

Love your picture however. :)
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