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Showdown At Ghazni by Shimmering-Sword Showdown At Ghazni by Shimmering-Sword
I don't want to become one of those artists that endlessly teases cropped art / censors etc on DA to drive money to my Patreon, but this is a piece I enjoyed to much to keep hidden for long. So here's a somewhat cut down view of a painting I just finished for my book and patreon subscribers. Most of the goodness is still on display :P

Here's Elemental Kristin Marx again, in her first combat engagement against Parvam forces. This is also the first time another faction encounters the Protectorate and their Ranger forces, baffling military analysts as groups of large combat mechs fall to mere power armor.

The elemental's energy shields are able to push incoming rounds off path enough to either miss completely, or detonate on a defensive bubble that slows shrapnel down enough for the suit's armor to stop, usually.
Likewise, a special shield technique is used to accelerate her own gun rounds beyond normal muzzle velocities in order to penetrate mech armor that would otherwise be too thick.

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thenotsowelltaught Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2018
Kicking ass and being stylish at it. I guess that's an Elemental trademark. I love the detailed colors of the molten metal on the mech and the flashy impact of the projectiles on the shield, very dynamic.
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MJFSL427 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
I looked at some of the comments here. theres apparently some lore here that I'm not aware of. Any place i can read up on this?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
My fans who know the most have simply picked it up from the little bits of info in most of my art posts on DA, but I also have my art/lore book almost completed, which anyone can access by pre-ordering (also ran a kickstarter).
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MJFSL427 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Well I’ll see about preordering. Got a link?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
The $15 option bottom of the page here: therangersproject.blogspot.com… can get you it.
Or you can subscribe to me on patreon, and once you've racked up $15 of support you get the book for free.
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MJFSL427 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
I'll think about it. i love your art, really, but money don't grow on trees... I hate money. Unless you're born with a silver spoon up your ass, its gonna be nothing but a hassle.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Money is just something to help manage for those of us not interested in living a self sustaining life in the countryside :D
But I get what you mean.
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MJFSL427 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
XD thats sounding more and more tempting by the day... the country side life.
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biometal79 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2018
Not bad, not bad at all.
Love to finally see some dramatic perspective and foreshortening in your work.
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dragonrider364 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Huh, so all along she was secretly the white ranger from wild force, who knew :P
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BishopSteiner Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
  Briareos has a sister?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
lol.
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Cpt-Cuttlefish Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there anywhere we can go to learn more about this universe with elementals and such?
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i-might-be-a-brony Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
this is going to be my comp. backround this is fuckin amazing
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Dantedesertfox Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018
Look at all that shiny and the shoot bangs. I approve of this.
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CaptViper Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018
awesome
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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Sekitonbo Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018
Bloodstain on the floor reads: "Bare-handed asskicking ahead."
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
lol
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AsBeyondSoWithin Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018
If the barrier can accelerate her own rounds, can it accelerate her physical movement? Not just her raw speed but also limb movement; enhancing physical attacks. 
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Technically yes, but also not very necessary, as the power armor itself can already accelerate the user beyond human reaction speeds. Of course that requires a lot of synchronization and built trust/understanding between the user and the suit AI, as similar to how Halo's Mjolnir were described, you'd be injured quite badly if you tried to move your body one way and the suit itself forced you another way. Wouldn't break and kill you like Halo, but injuries yes :)
Getting an extra push in movement while running is a common use of shield force, and a combination of force and suit movement can quickly dodge the body out of a rounds path if it's something the shields can't block (then hope you've successfully fried its proximity fuse).
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AsBeyondSoWithin Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2018
Hm, would this slowing barrier she's project affect say, direct energy weapons? Would explosions taking place inside of it be slowed down in it as well? 
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
These shields, and some lower technology types mounted on ships and vehicles do disperse lasers and particle weapons yes. It's fairly handwaivy, plot device so that I don't just have the logical future of energy weapons dominating.
And yes, the main unique effect of the shields on an Elemental suit is the friction/force component, so dampening shots, explosions, and shrapnel, help keep the user alive.
It would unfortunately intensify an internal explosion too.
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AsBeyondSoWithin Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018
I've always thought "laser"/"energy"/"plasma"/direct energy projection weapons wouldn't necessarily be that great. Can lose a lot of lethality based on atmospheric/air conditions (ie. lots of certain particles in the air), give off a really notable heat signature, might simply bounce off certain metals, lack physical impact/concussive force and so on. 
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MariaEnzianiaKober Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018   General Artist
Nicely done, I quite like the textures - and even though it's not the whole picture (I hope I got that right), you chose a very good part speaking of composition.
All the best for your patreon account! It's nice to see someone here who goes there with pictures that are not "very censor-worthy" (or almost) by DA-policy. I only saw a few people like that yet.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Haha yeah. Sadly a lot of people will desperately throw money at nude versions of art, so many artists have been sucked in. I'm mostly disappointed in the ones that are so popular that they don't need to, but do it anyway to get rich. A lot of potentially creative artists are just churning out generic nudes as fast as they can for quick money. It's a free world in the end though.
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MariaEnzianiaKober Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2018   General Artist
Well, yes - everyone as he/she believes it to be "the best"... but I agree with what you wrote - I also already recognized lots of those points. I also watched a few of those people for other pictures - and de-watched them again when I recognized they hardly draw something else than (almost) nudes, and/or pictures that should get people to their patreon pages... nothing against that - but those people often have huge drawing skills, and they hardly use it for something else :/
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TerraxLorche Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018
Personally I hate watermarks on pictures, but I 100% endorse them.
You are entitled to fair compensation for your efforts.
You're also more than allowed to share as much goodness as you please.

I like the history of this piece as much as the piece itself.
It helps ground the art and highlight items I might have missed the first time I looked at it.

If I could afford to support you on Patreon I would, alas all I can afford is a moment of my time and a few words...
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Haha yep, I'd usually have more more subtle initial stamp on my work, but closed mouth doesn't get fed, etc :P
A lot of re-sharing happens to art, and the vast majority of people on DA don't even read the artists comment , so weblinks within art are becoming more common.

But glad you like it, and I understand on the support end, not everyone can afford to spend and that's totally ok.
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RyanThunder Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018
This is amazing.
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Kviesgaard Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018
Even the cut down version has me intrigued.
Nice work.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
And you're not missing much, just her lower legs and full view of the background mechs.
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Freezepl Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018
Absolutely fantastic! Every single piece showing Rangers powers in action is like a shiny gem.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thanks. And the other guy's reply was just an accidental comment on yours, he was aiming it at me :)
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weilumaumatika5 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018
Bruh ..you just roasted those that censored thing on DA just for patreon ..salute to you ..although I do understand the necessity to do so
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I find it pretty predatory, at least most of the time they're only targeting the pockets of pervs with money to throw around. But still, I wan't patreon to be for voluntary support with a little perks, not paywalling my art.
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Freezepl Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018
I have no clue what do you mean.
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Rookie425 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018
Guarantee I'm gonna buy the hell out of your book when its ready. This shot looks amazing. Your blend of mechs and armor is everything I've loved in science fiction/military, and your detail quality makes everything look gritty and real.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. At this point the only thing holding it back from "complete" is an editors pass to improve the text. All required art is in, so I'm just adding extra art now while waiting for my guy to work through tax season.
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Rookie425 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018
I know that feeling. This is the first year I'm going to have to claim my commissions, so that's going to be fun.
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VonEyEzine Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
looks alot like briarios from appleseed
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Haha. Check out Nightmare from Soul Calibur. That was my initial inspiration, didn't know about appleseed yet at the time :)
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templar127 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018
Love dat pose!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I would have liked to go more dynamic, but I was struggling to make those poses work with an eye catching composition.
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templar127 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2018
That's cool I guess :)
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John-Stone-Art Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
This is one of your better pieces. Great lighting and the rendering is a bit more polished. Great work mate.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. It'd been a while since I did such an intricate personal piece, so I wanted to do my best, even if the overall scene complexity isn't too impressive.
I may not rocket forward in skill like some more dedicated artists, but at least I slowly improve my lighting and cleanliness :D
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RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, Kristin
the best of the bests, ahah
Nice piece of art you made here! Congrats!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
It certainly helps being on top if you're one of the first :D
And thanks.
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Heretic1311 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018
You write about two different shield bubbles, are they usable at the same time or only one, forcing to switch between hat´s best for the situation?
And are they compatible? I mean, can one bubble exist with another overlapping?
How long can the Elemental project that bubble, and can she move while doing so?
Are the power suits equipped with jusp/flight devices and am i asking too many questions at once?
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