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Shaman with Army of the Dead by TeroPorthan Shaman with Army of the Dead by TeroPorthan
Ancient Finnish shamans would summon the dead to fight witches and disease creatures.

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Read more about Finnish mythology and folklore on Tiina Porthan's and Tero Porthan's site Mythical Creatures in Finnish Folklore. In Finnish: Kalman kartano

Read more on Finnish shamans here (the site is in Finnish but will be translated into English).

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:iconkami1997:
kami1997 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2019
Would there be anyways for someone to defeat such army?. Other than being a Powerful Shaman yourself.
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:iconteroporthan:
TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2019   Digital Artist
The spells don't tell! ;)
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:iconkami1997:
kami1997 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019
Hmm what type of armor is that one undead wearing?.
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:iconteroporthan:
TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2019   Digital Artist
It was inspired by old Russian style armor with small plates tied together, some Mongolian tradition, more traditional western armor, and the rest from my own wild imagination! :D
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kami1997 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2019
Hmm, I see. One of the far rights seems to be wearing a late medieval armor.
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:iconteroporthan:
TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2019   Digital Artist
Yea something like that! ;)
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DarkOmen94 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2019
Seems like it could have been an excellent scene for a fantasy movie or tvseries where a shaman goes to the anchient tombs of his ancestors to call them back from the mists of the grey twilight to do battle against the foes of their decendants. 
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:iconteroporthan:
TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2019   Digital Artist
Indeed that would be pretty much what it's about! :D
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DarkOmen94 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2019
Sweet!
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DarkDudXD Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2019  Student General Artist
Very nice work on the shaman and his army! I loke this harp thing he holds too, kinda looks like a harp made from a crocodile's lower jaw. Man... Now i want to make a bard with this theme for my d&d campaign...
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:iconteroporthan:
TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2019   Digital Artist
:D It's made of a giant pike's jaws! :D
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:iconmiarath:
Miarath Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2019   General Artist
Looking great!
Love the shaman's expression.
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:iconteroporthan:
TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2019   Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconmiarath:
Miarath Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2019   General Artist
My pleasure. :huggle:
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ChasMandala Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
A brilliant piece of artwork, my friend - I just love the look of "raw determination" on the shaman's face! Superb!  :clap:
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:iconteroporthan:
TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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:iconchasmandala:
ChasMandala Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure!  :manhug:
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:icondracuria:
Dracuria Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2018  Student General Artist
Woah, this looks epic, really loving the action in this scene, great work! 
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:iconteroporthan:
TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2018   Digital Artist
Glad you like it! :D
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:icondracuria:
Dracuria Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2018  Student General Artist
:D 
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WizardlyWalrusKing Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
what kind of brush did you use for the pine trees?
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:iconteroporthan:
TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2018   Digital Artist
Self-made brush - at the top it's more transparent, and a similar erasure, and I use multiple strokes on each tree branch. :D
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Miriel3 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2018
Epic :D Nice work with a colors: they look great, especially on sun ♥
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:iconteroporthan:
TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you! Yea, some color for a change! :D
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:iconkhasdannyanlord:
Khasdannyanlord Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
i liek his music instrument
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:iconteroporthan:
TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018   Digital Artist
Yeah, the kantele is quite cool! It's made out of a giant pike's jawbone!
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:iconhulisti:
Hulisti Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
On kyl badass! Keep it up!
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:iconteroporthan:
TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018   Digital Artist
Kiitti! Thanks! :D
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:iconarlenfram:
ArlenFram Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is one badass shaman ;) I can easily see him playing with Finntroll ^^
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:iconteroporthan:
TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018   Digital Artist
Hehe yea! Headbang! 
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:iconwendigomoon:
WendigoMoon Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Hell yeah! :D
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:iconteroporthan:
TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018   Digital Artist
Headbang! 
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:iconastarte23:
AstArte23 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Professional General Artist
amazing artwork
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:iconteroporthan:
TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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BlackInfinity666 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018   Traditional Artist
awesome, love the skeletons~
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:iconteroporthan:
TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconaneurysmguy:
AneurysmGuy Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Tämän armeijan kanssa Ash (Bruce Campbell) olisi pulassa. :D 
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:iconteroporthan:
TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2018   Digital Artist
For sure! :D
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SoldierOfThe44th Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool I like the Undead troops and the sun with the dark clouds makes it really atmospheric.
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:iconteroporthan:
TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you very much! Glad you like it! :D
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A-D-McGowan Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2018  Professional General Artist
YES!!! Powerful work Tero! I love your take on Scandinavian mythology :) You really bring the dead to life :D
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:iconteroporthan:
TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2018   Digital Artist
Hehe, thank you Allan! :D skull emoticons death 
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:icona-d-mcgowan:
A-D-McGowan Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2018  Professional General Artist
You're welcome :)
Eli Shane. Salute 
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:iconmess0rem:
mess0rem Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So beautiful, from characters to the scene behind :D
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:iconteroporthan:
TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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:iconmess0rem:
mess0rem Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love  :D
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FnkMstr74 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!!!  This is really awesome :D
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:iconteroporthan:
TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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DoctorChevlong Featured By Owner Edited Oct 2, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great :D ! Looks like his lyre is made from a sperm whale's lower jaw :D !
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:iconteroporthan:
TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you! In fact the kantele is made from a giant pike's jawbone! :D
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