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Starcraft 2: Protoss Archon

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Starcraft 2: Protoss Archon
Modeled by Phill Gonzales, textures by Ted Park!
Animated by Allen Dilling

The Archon went though some growing pains. The initial designs worked on a basic level but needed extra flair to make it look more unique. Also, Samwise didn’t want a simple naked Protoss floating in a puff of blue popcorn like Starcraft 1. Although the first armor design was cool, we had to push and pull a bit to get it standing out well within all the energy effects. The skirt armor is still really hard to see sometimes, but the final rendition updates the classic unit artwork very well. Also, we cut his legs off. Somewhere I have an early shot of the model with legs that I’ll try to recover. BUT, he’s so strong he doesn’t need legs. So there.

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Codeyellow07's avatar

He is mostly psionic energy at this point, don't need no legs.

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Master-of-the-BootHobbyist Writer
hey, what does a depressed Archon sound like?

Power . . . underwhelming. 
Codeyellow07's avatar

Rage...declining.

PrimalY's avatar
PrimalYProfessional Digital Artist
Archons energy sphere should be blue, red, or purple, based on their original mix, it's stats would be the same regardless, and the DT's version wouldn't be a caster, just warrior archon with the deep crimson of the Dark Archon, anyways, blue = 2 High Templars, red = 2 dark templars, purple = High + Dark.

This was old Blizzards original idea, as seen in this screenshot from Broodwar beta, showcasing Regular blue Archon, Red Dark Archons, and mysterious purple archons at the top right:
home.planet.nl/~aggel005/alpha…

Plus, It would be great to know what kind of Archon is decimating my Zerg forces by the color of it's psi-sphere fluff thing.
Vapolord's avatar
VapolordProfessional Digital Artist
Now finally I know that the Archon, indeed, has no legs...... Always thought about it being covered by the energy, when playin sc2. Good to know now :D
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PhillGonzoProfessional Digital Artist
I'm sad those legs were clipped!
DawnKni's avatar
Got any Twilight Archons?
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PhillGonzoProfessional Digital Artist
I guess this is technically the Twilight Archons. The names change often and I didn't keep track.
kleash's avatar
How come when I look at the alpha version of starcraft 2, the archon's(or twilight) energy effect looks much brighter and vivid? I wish you kept that effect!
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PhillGonzoProfessional Digital Artist
I don't know why the effect artists changed it, but I'm assuming it had to be for clarity reasons. 
vanmire's avatar
I really wanted an Archon with legs though, :C
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PhillGonzoProfessional Digital Artist
Me tooooo!
vanmire's avatar
Is it possible to find him in the files? I can't seem to find in the galaxy editor :<
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PhillGonzoProfessional Digital Artist
He is not in the galaxy editor, the legs never made it.
vanmire's avatar
W-what!? So the model just plunged into the depths of oblivion? I'm curious what other models that shared it's fate. :O
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PhillGonzoProfessional Digital Artist
There are many models that are boiled back down into raw material for other ideas. I don't get permission to post most of them. 
EvilCleric's avatar
Nothing sucked more in SC1 than having a several of these guys spearhead an attack on a Terran base only to have an EMP wipe out all their shields and to hear a single artillery mode siege tank fire once.
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PhillGonzoProfessional Digital Artist
10 health for the loose!
Although it's funny to me that EMP doesn't completely wipe energy in SC2. Pffft.
EvilCleric's avatar
Yeah. Also by sheer luck I found out that I could troll people that love to spam Hallucination in SC1 with the Zerg Queen. Wasn't until I fired Ensnare at a crap ton of Archons only to have over half disappear in a puff of smoke that I figured out that cancels it out. So get rid of the distract and slow the other bastards. useful
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HBrandrProfessional
The ultimate Protoss character in my opinion - can you get any more kick-ass?!
DZkribblerLuiz's avatar
In SC1, the archon was originally a floating unit--who put the legs?
XconceptartX's avatar
thats is his armor not is legs
DZkribblerLuiz's avatar
Yes, I know. We're talking about alpha and early beta version archons--when they had legs and feet. Did you see the sc2 archons before?
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