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Celeborn armour upgrade by Moumou38 Celeborn armour upgrade by Moumou38
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Hello people, I hope you’re having a good time for Christmas and all of the celebrations at the end of the year.

I play waaaayyyy too much, I recently spent my nights leading the Sylvan faction in “Medieval Total War : third Age Mod” which is the best game EVER ! (the symbol on the little banner is not mine but comes from a Sub mod :D Gosh it looks so awesome ! )
Anyway, I found that it was a shame that only Legolas and Haldir (in this faction) actually had a personal look while all of the other elvish commanders looked the same (dark hair and golden armor like Elrond).

So I decided to correct this injustice and was planning to make some new battle illustrations but I needed to “upgrade” my armour design for Celeborn. Moreover, I just bought “LoTR : Weapons and Warfare” which is full of awesome ideas so I made a lot of doodles. (I only picked few drawings but I have other stuffs if you’re interested).

I’m gonna give you an explanation for this one because I made some research and had a quite constructed idea to find a good design for Celeborn’s armour and accessories.

First of all, I needed to gather different informations that I considered as useful = who is Celeborn :

-He is an elf from Tolkien’s Legendarium
-He’s a sindar * who originally came from Menegroth in Beleriand (ruled by Thingol and Melian).
-He married at the beginning of the 1rst Age Galadriel, a half Noldor half Teleri princess who adopted the sindarian way of life (that gives the Noldorin knowledge/craft with the Sindar style…close to nature and such).
-He is a very old elf (one of the oldest of Middle Earth along his wife).
-He’s ruling Lothlorien, a sylvan kingdom (and also adopted the Sylvan way of life, like living on trees).


*I like the version where he actually is a Sindar and not a Teleri from Aman like in the Unfinished Tales…because it explains better his staying in Middle Earth during the 4th Age and it made him be more different to Galadriel which is cool… (and it’s also the 1rst version I read)



As you can see, I keep the axe with the “Foe of Morgoth” written on it. Again, it is a weapon that goes well with my dear Sindar Lord.
I used different design from PJ’s movies that I kinda changed depending on informations I have.
For the armour itself (chest), Celeborn being an old elf I wanted it to be close to the 2nd Age design but not totally because it was worn by Noldorin warriors. So I tried to make it be a little bit different, moreover, since he is a Lord (like King) he deserved something less common. I also added elvish patterns, very curvy and art-nouveau like so it can look like leaves or something natural (elvish) which fitted well with the idea I have of the Sinda…
Under the armour, he has a chainmail but made of scales (which is like the 3rd Age design in the Two Towers, it’s a good way to bring the character closer to the Sindar/Sylvan inspiration).
The gorget reminds me Gil galad in the Battle of Dagorlad at the beginning of the 1rst movie and I found cool the fact that it was a very recognizable think, that’s why I kept it for Celeborn and put the same pattern of his necklace but I may change it, perhaps I’ll put something like his emblem or heraldry.
The helmet is the demonstration of this duality, the Sindarin refinement of the Noldorin design which gave this result.I don’t like drawing characters with helmets, I feel like it prevents me from having fun with their features and faces but I think I’ll get used to it…I really liked this one with those curves…
For the rest, the drawing speaks for itself I guess...

Anyway, with all of those details, I hope it fits well with the characters and I did not miss the target. What do you think ? (if you had the courage to read xD)
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
C'est magnifique :wow: Le casque est vraiment très beau, fonctionnel et esthétique sans être trop grandiose :) Et l'armure :faint:
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
merci beaucoup, ça serait un rêve pour moi que de le voir un jour fait ce casque....rooooh je vais fantasmer, jvais me mettre à la sculpture et le mouler ? xD sauf si quelqu'un de lz Weta veut bien le faaaaiiire
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
et bien s'ils tournent un nouveau film antérieur à la période du Seigneur des Anneaux, tu pourras leur proposer ton design ;)
Ou alors trouver un artisan féru de l'univers de Tolkien :)
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
....honnêtement, j'en rêverais, je me demande comme faudrait s'y prendre !
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it looks great. I love elvish armour. Is the "LotR: Weapon and warfare" a book?
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes it is, it's a book about all of the weapons of the movies and the artistic choices for the design
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That sounds awesome! I want one too :)
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
try to take a look on amazon, this is where I got mine, and not expensive :) :) it is awesome !
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay, thanks :)
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MossyThoughts Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
This is so cool. So jealous of your beautiful gifts.
Thanks for the insperation.
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks very much, I'm glad you like the idea :) (gifts ? what gifts ? you mean X-mas gifts ? I did not get any, we don't celebrate Christmas in my family)
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MossyThoughts Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
Hehe I men talent/skill etc.
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Nefermeritaset Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
J'admire beaucoup toute la recherche que tu as faite autour du sujet ! C'est vachement bien pensé, et à première vue, elle a l'air de remplir ses fonctions : elle est classe, fonctionnelle, et colle bien au personnage. Toujours aussi fan de la hache !
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
merci beaucoup, c'est justement ce travail de recherche qui m'a motivé, j'adore baser mes travaux sur quelque chose et y'a quelque chose de très intéressant....essayer de faire transparaitre ce qui fait l'identité du personnage dans ses vêtements ou armure dans ce cas là.
Je trouve que l'univers de Tolkien est très propice à ce genre d'exercice, il est culturellement très complet et chaque sous-culture a des propriétés qui lui sont propres. Deplus, j'ai beaucoup aimé le travail d'Alan Lee et John Howe dans le design des films (ainsi que tous les gens de la Weta) du coup...c'est une véritable mine d'or.
Par exemple pour le casque, je me suis beaucoup amusée. Il a le design général (haut et fermé) de ceux du 2ème Age mais a des caractéristique des casques utilisés dans "les Deux Tours" comme les protections des joues en formes de feuille qui rappellent ce design là et d'autres trucs plus personnels.

bref, je m'égare xD j'ai passé beaucoup trop de temps à lore "Weapons and Warefare" je crois ...
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Nefermeritaset Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Une vraie geekette... :D Désolée de te l'annoncer si brutalement, mais faire des recherches détaillées sur les armures elfiques chez Tolkien, et créer son propre modèle pratique et adapté, c'est très geek. :giggle:
Du coup, bien sûr, j'adore, j'adhère.
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
c'est un titre que je prend avec philosophie, j'aime être une geekette, j'aime faire des recherches détaillées pour paufiner un dessin :p :p les geeks vaincrooonnnt !

Trève de palabres, je suis encore face à un problème de taille : la couleur... j'envisageais de faire l'armure argentée, vu le gout prononcé des elfes pour le mithril (et le côté Sindar) mais ça ne rend pas aussi bien que je l'espérais.
J'aime bien les couleurs de celles du 3ème âge mais c'est pas ce que je cherche....je suis dans une impasse.
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Nefermeritaset Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Argenté, à mon avis, ça s'impose. Mais ça ne marche que si tu arrives à chopper le "truc" pour la couleur. Sinon, les armures noires, c'est toujours très classe, mais c'est aussi sans doute très difficile à faire parce qu'il faut que le trait se distingue de la couleur...

(et bien sûr que les geeks vaincront : ils sont déjà en train de conquérir le monde sans le faire exprès ! :giggle: )
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(merde bug)


Même pas Mage !
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Nefermeritaset Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Voilà, tu as compris, je n'ai même pas besoin d'expliquer. ;)
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*Moumou sort de sa grotte mathématique pour checker dA*

ouais noir, c'est trop noir enfin bon, je finirai bien par trouver un truc....maintenant reste à trouver le temps...


(sans le faire exprès ?!)
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Nefermeritaset Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Et gris anthracite ? C'est presque noir, mais pas tout à fait... c'est un intermédiaire... :giggle:
Enfin, de toute façon, je pense que la couleur s'imposera d'elle-même à force d'y penser. Un jour. ;)
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arwenv Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
Cool^^ It goes with Celeborn perfectly I think.
Merry X-Mas
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Moumou38 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad it does, he's a very interesting character and it is pretty cool to base a drawing. It's a good experience to be guided by some personal trait of a character so it can fit on his clothing.
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