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Captain Bathory

By michalivan
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This is a cover for a fantasy book(J.Cervenak: Dablova Pevnost [link]). Published in Czech Republic.

The theme was a classical fantasy fight between the main hero and a black arabic deamon warrior. For the weapons and the armor I did get reference from the author.

I wanted to try more realistic approach and use less saturated colors than usual. Was really fun to do and I learned a lot as well.

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BirdThatWhispers's avatar
The guy on the right dies, he swings his sword at an armored dude instead of stabbing. No way that's going to do anything against a vertical axe swing.
michalivan's avatar
hehe, you are overthinking it. If illustration would just copy real life it would be boooring ;)
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meanus's avatar
good work, the book must be another Solomon Kane clone judging by the hero's look...wish it were in english
butterscotts's avatar
Would have been more awesome if the guy in the hat had that flintlock pistol drawn whilst swinging his sword.  Lol epic work by the way:D
theoristunlimitedx's avatar
Reminds me of a scene in pathfinder! Great job!
ThiaminaTenn's avatar
very cool scene, I especially liek the design of the helmet! :3
543Bs0Za's avatar
that pirate is is owned
GrimvaarWolfthane's avatar
Very cool, makes me want to see this battle!
WayneKelly's avatar
Simply Beautiful.
XavierLardy's avatar
Congratulations ! "Captain Bathory" has been elected "Warrior of the Week" !
Terenbas's avatar
Excellent work. But while we're on the topic of realistic...Why is he using two hands on a basket-hilt sword? They are swords designed for one-hand use.
Hope this constructive criticism helps.
Concibar's avatar
yeah, was thinking the same here. Also no one who learned swordfighting would get his sword "that" much behind him. You want your sword in front of you, becuase otherwise, well you are dead. Same with the axe guy. The horns are the next thing. They serve absolutely no purpose and would weight too much for a human. But that doesn't annoy me quite as much, because, heck, he's a demon(also: who needs to see the enemy when you can look at pretty chainmail all the day) ;) The cloak is kinda useless, but again quite badass. The weapons and armor in itself are fairly realistic though.
Malaikh's avatar
Good work, excellent scene.
philorion7's avatar
what technique do you use to paint chain-mail?
Frost7's avatar
this is fucking bad ass!
Creative-Games's avatar
Breath taking. A black arabick deamon warrior! It's almost too cool to comprehend and you did an amazing job. I'm smiling just looking at it.
Mangatellers's avatar
Amazing cover! Excellent art work! The poses of the characters are amazing and their outfits are great. Well done! :D
karichristensen's avatar
Very cool. I like how the trees look like they were done with watercolors. It's all digital? Really nice lighting on the armor.
KnightofSpades's avatar
Cool characters and great battle dynamic.
BummerForShort's avatar
This looks great. Like a clash between two civilisations, or ages. I enjoy it!
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