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Emperor Dagran Thaurissan

By pulyx
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What's up fellas,

Seems like i gots my mojo back! (Yeah baby!)
Third good piece in 3 weeks. Seems like i'm heading in the right direction. Kicking bad old habits (lines. ugh. fuck lines)

This is a piece i've been postponing FOREVEEER. Because i never found a design i liked. So i came up with this one.
Anyone who played vanilla WoW will "remember" (in quotes because he doesn't look like this at all ingame) him for being the Final boss of Black rock Depths.
This is Dagran Thaurissan, king of Dark Iron dwarves. I always loved Dark Iron dwarves. Rogue badasses. It's too bad he was developed during a time where WoWs graphics were primitive and they hadn't started making tons of awesome custom models for the bosses/NPCs (like The new Garrosh and Thrall models for an example).

So i felt this guy, who fathered the Heir to the Dark Iron AND Bronzebeard kingdoms should get a proper, royal treatment.
Of course he was a DICK for casting a "love" spell on Magni's daughter. It makes for good lore though.
And i thought this guy should look badass. He shouldn't be so weak as he is ingame. They should develop him more. But he's water under the bridge.
Still, i always wanted to flesh him out. Plus, i've said it before, dwarves are my favorite fantasy race and i always feel like i'm neglecting them terribly.

To my future comissioners, this is what can be done when you think outside the box! (Looky, he's donning the Crown of Destruction!)

It would be remiss of me forgetting to mention the death stare is TOTALLY inspired by the man, Ron Swanson.

Hope you guys like it.
Dunno how many hours. Some 16 hours maybe ?

Also, thanks to :iconphillgonzo: for some pro art direction.
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Gurdim's avatar
i love the lightning shaped eyebrows :D

well to be fair i like a lot the whole pic but that's the touch of class xD
Lavenderuke93's avatar
God damn he looks so much better here. Nice work :D
LionMane1523's avatar
Love it man! Dwarves FTW!
KooriWoW's avatar
"To my future commissioners, this is what can be done when you think outside the box!" SQUEE!  I'm torn on Moira, in the books they make her look manipulative, but in game she's portrayed as humble and looking out for the good of all the dwarves. As for your Emperor Dagran Thaurissan I love how you draw dwarves,  the spikes in the beard are the best.
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Which books does she figure into?

I've been meaning to catch up on my WoW Lore
UrizenDark's avatar
Hey Pulyx, If I recall correctly it's on the Wolfheart novel where they show her introduction into Ironforge.
pulyx's avatar
Oh, pretty cool!
I'll take a look!
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Thanks bro!
JIYJ's avatar
Oh I remember him well. hahaha! Very nice work man. Yeah you're definitely BACK!
madmax112's avatar
It's impossible to describe how much I love this piece.
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Enforcer84's avatar
Fitting look for the Emperor. 
BalanComics's avatar
Farmed this SOB for my Hand of Justice back in Burning Crusade when it stacked with Sword Spec.  The hours of lava hopping were made worth it when I got a sword spec > HoJ > Sword Spec proc string one time in a battleground and absolutely -decimated- a mage.

One of my fonder memories of the game for sure.  Thanks for bringing me back!
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Hahahah awesome man!
Glad it gave you a trip down memory lane!

Most people never went as far as to kill him. BRD was fucking huuuuuge.
BalanComics's avatar
Oh my god, yeah.  It's so big, there was a raid dungeon inside it.  As impractical as that was, I kind of miss the sheer awe-inspiring size of it.  The dungeons now are just so linear and "wham-bam-done".  A lot of the wonder and interest of exploring a place that wasn't designed for you to finish it quickly has been lost, for me anyways.
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Hippopotamus  ?
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bastler's avatar
Actually he did not cast a spell on her, seems she at least loved him genuinly. Awesome piece.
pulyx's avatar
Cool cool!
Didn't know that had been clarified!
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Wow! He looks damn epic!
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