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VAINGLORY: Fly Or Die Baron
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Published: April 5, 2018
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Around mid 2017, I finally got the honour of working with an ol' favourite DA artist of mine, :iconcarlo-arellano: who is currently the Art Director on SEMC's Vainglory! 

Just got cleared to post this up, so I'll preface this by saying this is obviously not the Cherry-red paint scheme that was eventually decided upon, but I am super happy that practically all the other ideas leading up to this point made it into the final product :) I won't get too much into the details of the brief but we had settled on him being a younger, hotshot pilot Baron, with a nod to what I thought was an established John Lennon reference. That inspired me to go for cheeky hybrid Vietnam-era colours, along with a familiar Ion Cannon ingame strike decal that I tweaked ever so slightly...and repurposed into the peace symbol you see plastered against his side.

I'm quite proud of his transformation sequence that I had submitted to the team as I went through sufficient pains to technically not have him -completely- shatter his spine and still 'fly' in relative comfort... while hopefully maintaining a utilitarian and robust construction style to the armour, with hints of brutal weight savings where needed (the swing-out feet/shins double as vert stabilisers). (He initially was proposed with more humanoid 'high heel feet' but Carlo wanted the skids) Also note the thigh-mounted Rocket Launcher that fold out into stub wings during flight and hanging Porcupine Mortars mounted under the engine/tail boom assembly.

Both flight and ground profiles were worked to hint at feline features -which I had inquired about after looking at Baron's armour and lore. The weapon was probably worked over more than the overall suit lol, had to stick to familiar proportions while trying to make sense of it in when presented in the context of an aerial weapon during Heli mode.

Happy bush-jumping! That's all I really wanted to do in his Heli mode. :) Hope the fans out there enjoy this Baron variant!
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2500x1520px 1.46 MB
Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 (Windows)
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Hazzard65Professional Digital Artist
it me 
IamAnAnimefan001's avatar
Just a question. Was this a project for a game or just an art project?
ne0n1nja's avatar
ne0n1njaProfessional Digital Artist
It's a game for mobile called Vainglory.…
IamAnAnimefan001's avatar
Pretty badass. Love it.
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JonDoesArtHobbyist General Artist
This is a better Fly or Die color rendition of Baron's skin!
meisan's avatar
meisanProfessional Traditional Artist
beautiful,nice design
This would make a fun miniature game.
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kratierStudent Traditional Artist
still doing awesome work man, this looks so clean compared to your usual stuff
thenotsowelltaught's avatar
(Pulls out a bag of memes)

I guess he sexually identifies as an attack helicopter.


Jokes aside, I like how clear-cut the artwork looks. Also, I think it's quite impressive to see helicopter parts that were proportioned to snugly fit the human body. I've never heard of a transforming power suit before, so to me, it's a rather innovative idea. 
Ultra-Cole's avatar
Nice to see a new post from you ^_^.  Nice stuff.
BRUCEKRAGERHobbyist Digital Artist
Magnificent concept
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Firestarthecat1Hobbyist General Artist
Where can I find one of these and how much does it cost?
WH1T3F4N6's avatar
Haha! Finally! Love looking at your stuff, this one is fucking awesome!
templar127's avatar
Nice! He looks like a unit from Halo Wars!
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thevampiredioProfessional Digital Artist
awesome design!!!
who would have though a personal size heli suit? :D
HARPSEAL-DEVIANTARTHobbyist Traditional Artist
Sick!! Gotta love mechs
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Gundam1701Student Artist
Now a mobile suit!
Heretic1311's avatar
Considering it´s named "Baron", i´m not surprised they chose the cherry-red version.
Because now they can call it the "Red Baron" and it´s perfectly legit :XD:
I totally want such a suit too, just imagine how much you would safe on parking fees!
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