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Published: May 5, 2018
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"The Menoan noble lords are known to be cheapskates, but really- having to ride into battle yourself as a condition for payment? Me, a skilled mage in hand-to-hand combat? Luckily, I have just the ride to carry me."

Here's a little piece from my fantasy world project, which I try to work on every now and then. It's a great way to have fun drawing harnesses and medieval gear, weapons and the like, though I really do go overboard with the detail too often.


Depicted here is a mage controlling her golem, a magical construct mainly composing of local materials like dirt, clay and earth fused with "seeds" used to bring motion into the lifeless body. Location of battle is on the Drimani peninsula, a border skirmish between the cities of Menoa and Cusa, in the peak of summer on a dry riverbed. The two forces are mainly composed of some nobles having a nice day out showing off their fancy armours and playing at war and under their command, mercenary legions employing mixed formations. The men carry mainly long polearms and are fairly well armoured, but some have crossbows or are heavily armoured "formation breakers" who sow chaos in the opposing line with warhammers, swords and shields. Some rich mercenary companies even employ the newest technology: hand-held gunpowder cannon.

The battles fought between the city-states of the drimani are rarely consequential and mostly ceremonial in nature, even if they are very bloody. They are mainly used to bolster the nobles' standing in the intra-city power struggles. However when a city simply has to battle seriosly or face losses, they usually seek to employ a trump card- an extra company of mercenaries, regiment of cannon or better yet, a skilled mage specialized in combat arts. Many of these mages are proficient in constructing golems, since they are relatively simple and precise to control unlike, say- lighting strikes brought on by mage who can control weather phenomenons. Controlling such combat beasts is a great strain on the nerves of even a veteran mage, which limits their size to generally around 2,5 meters tall- this one depicted is one of the largest, reaching nearly 4 meters tall. The combat golems are usually armoured to protect them from cannon, siege engines and fire used to destroy them. Seen on top of the golem the mage is armoured as well, with a fitted, stylish export harness made my a master smith, unlike the banged up and cobbled together gear seen on the troops below.


My gallery has more on this project:

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Comments (112)
DugatytheReaperX's avatar
Berserk anyone?
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gakusangi's avatar
Reminds me of the Onion Night (Catarina set), maybe Bazuzo from Berserk :la:
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Hibrid019's avatar
Exactly my thoughts
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Pablo-Tenax's avatar
Looks amazing ^^
Golemancy is probably my favourite kind of magical "technology" as it is incredibly versatile.
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bigdave42's avatar
Nicely detailed! A bit of Kentaro Miura/ Berserk influence, I take it?
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PenUser|Hobbyist General Artist
There's always a bit of Berserk there. :D

Thanks!
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Veeraav's avatar
This picture made me miss Bazuzo , no one actually draw about him on deviantart.
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PenUser|Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, the thirty-man-slayer. He was a bit of a side character but I liked his design.
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Rannic323's avatar
It's like a reimagined full metal alchemists 
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AndyB177|Hobbyist General Artist
Love it :happybounce: 
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KarakNornClansman's avatar
Magnificient impression! Your style is deft and lovely detailed.

I take it you have your plate full, but better ask once than never ask and never know: Please pardon me for asking, but would you by any chance be interested in helping out the volunteer project known as the Ninth Age (T9A for short: www.the-ninth-age.com/ )? It is the spiritual successor of Warhammer Fantasy, run by 300+ volunteer contributors all tinkering in their spare time, and it aims to go even further than Warhammer did along the paths of historically based dark fantasy smörgåsbord setting: i.imgur.com/dlmQkB6.jpg

For one thing, T9A is the perfect way for what used to be Warhammer fantasy fanart to instead become official artwork for an emerging setting, and thus gain much more widespread exposure.

Moreover, T9A is always welcoming artists who want to join their art team, and your skill and distinctive designs would be great to have on board, should you ever be interested in joining and help develop this setting by putting your own distinctive mark upon its art pool. If you would by any chance be interested in donating old artworks of yours, then here is a quick guide for T9A gallery upload of art contributions: i.imgur.com/ORLCncV.jpg

I can get you in E-mail contact with the head of their art team, if ever you're interested.

At any rate, splendid artworks! Evocative to boot, and coloured like a dream. Have a nice day. :)
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PenUser|Hobbyist General Artist
I looked around the pages in the links, it's a nice and interesting project. I always liked Warhammer fantasy but I think I'm more intrigued with the XIth age idea really, there's room to grow in many directions with historical inspiration.

All of the images I have in this gallery are free to use in such projects as long as I'm credited for the work. This is the same for any picture with the "free download" option. That said my time is pretty spare these days but you can send me the email contact in a note, it might be a fun thing to make a few sketches for a noble cause.

Thanks!
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SUPERDEMONKING's avatar
seeing that thing with a cannon as a weapon is a scary thought!
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PenUser|Hobbyist General Artist
The comic I'm planning on this may or may not have this as a plot element...

Thanks! :)
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Enoa79's avatar
Great work
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achildmind|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks awesome !
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shanylatroubadoure's avatar
Nice work it's so good
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UltraEs-Pii's avatar
Onion knight
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alstn0816's avatar
That armors. You drew REALLY well
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sugarqubes|Student General Artist
Beautiful! There are so many nice little details.
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PenUser|Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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commanderjonas|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow!
This is very neat :nod:

The coloring and everything is really good.

You did good :D
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PenUser|Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you like it! :)
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