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In the vanguard by PenUser In the vanguard by PenUser
"The Menoan noble lords are known to be cheapskates, but really- having to ride into battle yourself as a condition for payment? Me, a skilled mage in hand-to-hand combat? Luckily, I have just the ride to carry me."

Here's a little piece from my fantasy world project, which I try to work on every now and then. It's a great way to have fun drawing harnesses and medieval gear, weapons and the like, though I really do go overboard with the detail too often.


Depicted here is a mage controlling her golem, a magical construct mainly composing of local materials like dirt, clay and earth fused with "seeds" used to bring motion into the lifeless body. Location of battle is on the Drimani peninsula, a border skirmish between the cities of Menoa and Cusa, in the peak of summer on a dry riverbed. The two forces are mainly composed of some nobles having a nice day out showing off their fancy armours and playing at war and under their command, mercenary legions employing mixed formations. The men carry mainly long polearms and are fairly well armoured, but some have crossbows or are heavily armoured "formation breakers" who sow chaos in the opposing line with warhammers, swords and shields. Some rich mercenary companies even employ the newest technology: hand-held gunpowder cannon.

The battles fought between the city-states of the drimani are rarely consequential and mostly ceremonial in nature, even if they are very bloody. They are mainly used to bolster the nobles' standing in the intra-city power struggles. However when a city simply has to battle seriosly or face losses, they usually seek to employ a trump card- an extra company of mercenaries, regiment of cannon or better yet, a skilled mage specialized in combat arts. Many of these mages are proficient in constructing golems, since they are relatively simple and precise to control unlike, say- lighting strikes brought on by mage who can control weather phenomenons. Controlling such combat beasts is a great strain on the nerves of even a veteran mage, which limits their size to generally around 2,5 meters tall- this one depicted is one of the largest, reaching nearly 4 meters tall. The combat golems are usually armoured to protect them from cannon, siege engines and fire used to destroy them. Seen on top of the golem the mage is armoured as well, with a fitted, stylish export harness made my a master smith, unlike the banged up and cobbled together gear seen on the troops below.


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Enjoy!
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Enoa79 Featured By Owner May 12, 2018
Great work
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achildmind Featured By Owner May 9, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks awesome !
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shanylatroubadoure Featured By Owner May 8, 2018
Nice work it's so good
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UltraEs-Pii Featured By Owner May 7, 2018
Onion knight
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alstn0816 Featured By Owner May 6, 2018
That armors. You drew REALLY well
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:iconsugarqubes:
sugarqubes Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Student General Artist
Beautiful! There are so many nice little details.
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:iconpenuser:
PenUser Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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commanderjonas Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow!
This is very neat :nod:

The coloring and everything is really good.

You did good :D
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PenUser Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you like it! :)
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Wolfguard22 Featured By Owner May 6, 2018
Very cool piece.
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:iconfeedington:
Feedington Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice! Will you be making more in this series?
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:iconpenuser:
PenUser Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes. That said I'm working on another historical fiction comic "Foederati" right now, so progress on my own projects is quite slow for the time being.

Thanks!
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DeadKnight1 Featured By Owner May 6, 2018
The robot reminds me of Maximilian-style armour.

i.pinimg.com/originals/da/2d/e…
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:iconpenuser:
PenUser Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, that's the inspiration for the "ribs" and the contours of the golem's armour. Late 16th century german armours...
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DeadKnight1 Featured By Owner May 6, 2018
If I were to give one criticism about its design, it's that the cuirass is too large. It seems to go from the shoulders all the way down to the hips. Historically, they would go from the shoulders down to the waist, and faulds would cover the hips, or indeed, in continuation of the 16th century stylings, it would go down to the middle of the chest, with a plackart overlapping it from atop and going down the rest of the way to the waist, with faulds covering the hips. But of course, he's a golem, so there's no real anatomy to worry about.
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PenUser Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I'm aware of the waist placement on harnesses since I make them myself (in process of making an early 15th century milanese one). Considering the golem it's a bit of a moot point though, what with it being just vaguely human-shaped mass of clay and dirt. I took the aesthetics first-approach with it, namely it should look imposing and heavy-set with its big gut singalling a low center of gravity. That's just lost with a cut in waistline, looks to sporty and nimble for a big beastly creature. Some other golems I have drawn have an actual waist and a different type of harness, like this one: www.kvaak.fi/keskustelu/index.…

I take it you have watched KnyghtErrant's vids on youtube? They're quite nice!
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DeadKnight1 Featured By Owner May 6, 2018
I see.

I'm also noticing you drew multiple eras of armour into this, such as the Bascinet to the left, the Barbute to the right, and the 17th century pauldrons the lady is wearing.

And yes, he has great videos.
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PenUser Featured By Owner May 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, since it was an option given the fantasy setting this is in. It's just so nice not to have to adhere to historical era so tightly in every piece I make since I already have more than enough strictness in the comic project I'm making, set in late roman period/early migration era.

I know right? Excellent stuff, I've also much liked scholagladiatoria's vids with Toby Capwell in the Wallace Collection, such a wealth of detailed information.
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DeadKnight1 Featured By Owner May 7, 2018
I didn't watch those. I don't often watch series videos, unless I decide randomly to fit it into my day. But I do expect it was very educational, knowing Matt Easton.
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Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner May 5, 2018
Oh fuck, I would not want to be anywhere near that thing, no matter the side I was.

Top notch quality, both the picture and the story below. 

My only gripe is that, being custom-made, that armor should have something for her to hang on.
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PenUser Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Who would? That flail head must weigh around 200 kilos(over 400 pounds or so) and it won't differ between friend or foe- best keep a distance when it gets going.

The point was that the Menoan lords want a guarantee that they'll get their money's worth for paying the mage so she has to "ride into battle" along with the troops- definately not something a mage usually does and so the golem doesn't have any points to hold on to in its armour. I also imagine if it had such points, the enemy would have brave(or foolhardy) men willing to scale such creatures for extra payment ready to take them out.

Thanks!
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Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner May 6, 2018
I think the chance of the mage falling is higher than the chance of anyone getting close to that beast.

If I understand correctly, the contract was made this way so that the mage is forced to do as much as possible, given that her life will be in peril too.
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PenUser Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I think so as well. She likely opted to ride the golem over a horse since it's easier and since she's directly controlling the movements of the creature.

That's the gist of it. Just escaping and leaving the nobles to a humiliating and costly defeat is less likely this way, but not socially suitable for the mage's position, being a highly trained, rich professional.
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theperuns Featured By Owner May 5, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW, so wonderful!
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:iconpenuser:
PenUser Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.
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DarrielArtwork Featured By Owner May 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AMAZING <3
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PenUser Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks man! :D
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Lotikmac Featured By Owner May 5, 2018
I really want to know how design that armors!
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PenUser Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You should search some good sources for armour information, I recommend starting with the KnyghtErrrant youtube channel which has great videos showing the workings of a suit of armour in great detail:

www.youtube.com/channel/UC1T4K…

Different historical collections also have many armours on display and images are available on the net from which you can pick out pointers to the different styles of armour during historical ages. Combining all this info you should have a good base for your own designs which look functional.

Thanks!
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taemart Featured By Owner May 5, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
i like it i really do 
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:iconpenuser:
PenUser Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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taemart Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
u2 it,s inspiring 
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soulSmith1 Featured By Owner May 5, 2018  Student Artisan Crafter
Love this design
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:iconpenuser:
PenUser Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.
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soulSmith1 Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Student Artisan Crafter
np
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Guilty-10-Games Featured By Owner May 5, 2018
Niiiiiiiice!!!!
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Ururuty Featured By Owner May 5, 2018
nice
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MrSamurai18 Featured By Owner May 5, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
oh, reminds me of Berserk.
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:iconpenuser:
PenUser Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, it's in that vein of "monstrous creatures" similar to Berserk though with not half as much vision!
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Xerxan Featured By Owner May 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
makes me think of the art from Berserk 
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:iconpenuser:
PenUser Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you think so, thanks!
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LaughsLaughs Featured By Owner May 5, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Just mesmerizing. Love the little back story, really helps every piece of art!
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PenUser Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
The descriptions are great fun to write, glad someone reads them!
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shiyiyu Featured By Owner May 5, 2018  Student General Artist
wow soo fucking detailed!
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DGold123 Featured By Owner May 5, 2018
cool~!:)
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insanity-pillz Featured By Owner May 5, 2018  Professional General Artist
Is the big guy related to Onion Knight from Dark Souls 3?
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:iconpenuser:
PenUser Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Might be, but you can't be sure...
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SkyPotatoFire Featured By Owner May 5, 2018
"though I really do go overboard with the detail too often." No such thing.
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PenUser Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha, thanks!
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SilentRow Featured By Owner May 5, 2018
I would love to buy a poster of this.
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