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Harondor ambush

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By Merlkir   |   
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Something I've been working on for quite a while. Many hours spent. I've been learning patience on this one. If I find something to adjust, I'll upload a fixed version. But I have to take a break from this.

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"A southern Gondorian noble is ambushed by a Harondor (north Haradrim) raiding party.
To the left is a Karka cavalryman - Karka is probably a name derived from Carca in Quenya and it means "fang". Young warriors trying to prove themselves join the light Karka cavalry to serve as scouts and raiders. To the right is an officer of a heavy infantry regiment. Archer from the same regiment is hesitant to take a shot as he might hit his friends."
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ToraachHobbyist Photographer
I like this picture. How you draw their armor, horses, whole situation. I'm interested in Harondor, this region always seems interesting for me. I plan to write a fanfiction about the gondorians, and some plot will take place there. Also in Divide and Conquer a sub mod for modification Third Age: Total War, I've played a lot of time as Dol Amroth, and fought there :) So this picture matches my experiences with that region. 



It reminds me great Angus McBridge's ilustrations for Osprey Publishing. 
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MerlkirProfessional Digital Artist
We had more ideas written down for Harondor, sadly due to limitations of the Mount and Blade engine, we only got to implement little bits. 
Some of it is still here, I think:

docs.google.com/document/d/1Ff…
Libra1010's avatar
 If this knight of Dol Amroth is half so formidable as his prince, one can only suspect that his thoughts on this little affray can be summed up as "Only THREE of them? Haradrim ambushes just aren't what they used to be!"
Zeonista's avatar
This looks like a plate for an imaginary Osprey book. Good job on all the detail work. :) (Smile) 
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MerlkirProfessional Digital Artist
Yep, that was pretty much the idea. Thanks! ;)
Sedeslav's avatar
AWWW! Eyecandy painting! I like it. great dinamics, anathomy and colours! two thumbs up!
DarioTW's avatar
good one, an Osprey material! One comment on the horses eyes - they roll their eyes away from something or someone moving menacingly in their direction - so your 'palomino' would look away in fear, terror or just roll them in rage :) Some horse anatomy mistakes, but overall a great piece
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MerlkirProfessional Digital Artist
Oh, I didn't know about the eye thing! That's useful. And boy oh boy, this one was done long ago :D Can't look at it almost.
DarioTW's avatar
well, with horses you got to look at their photos a bit (or go to the stables), like you do at people's faces so to speak, but since they are the prey animals they behave differently than us, humans, they look away from danger and flee, flee .. even if only mentally :)
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super :) kdysi jsem nějaké tvé obrázky našel někde na internetu,tedka jsem rád že jsem to našel i na deviantartu :D :) jaký program používáš na vybarvování?
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MerlkirProfessional Digital Artist
Tohle bylo myslím celé v Painteru, momentálně ArtRage.
Jaldithas's avatar
a máš nějakej touchpad či to děláš jen myší?
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MerlkirProfessional Digital Artist
Wacom Intuos4 Large. ;)
Jaldithas's avatar
něco podobného má kámoš a já to už dlouho plánuju..ale zrcadlovka,airsoftka a akvárka maj přednost :D
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MerlkirProfessional Digital Artist
Njn, priority.
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taivaansusiHobbyist Digital Artist
Splendid work, very much like colour plates in Osprey Men-at-arms publications.
Eriagon's avatar
its flawless!! expect from the gondorian helmet=) fave incoming
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MerlkirProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks ;)
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mr-nickProfessional Digital Artist
very nice Jan,

Its obvious that you aproach this fantasy piece as if it were a historical one, and it it pays dividends. Osprey so needs to hire you. Oh and i like the horses, lovely animals, but so hard to paint convincingly.

cheers,

nick
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MerlkirProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you, Nick! You're too kind. If only Osprey thought so. ;)
jezviking's avatar
Very impressive Merl! Yeah patience is a dandy thing to learn!
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Very good. I like the motion in the picture. And the details. And everything. The pattern of the Gondorian's vest just rocks.
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MerlkirProfessional Digital Artist
Yeah, after I painted the pattern I found out it disappears completely when I downsize the image. I had to sharpen it quite a lot.
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GaliusHobbyist Digital Artist
Wow you have improved since I started watchin you. this is excellent. very well done and the horses and armor look great
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