One medium-length black leather glove of the fingerless variety, with a tribalistically styled flame insignia. I'm really happy with it, which is proof, I think, of the veracity of that old adage concerning practice and one's eventual improvement. There's a lot more detail in this one, for example. Under most of the fingers you can see hints of the underside of the glove, and I've added holes to the knuckles that would allow the hand to 'breath' while the glove was being worn. Overall, I'm pleased with it. But let's hear what Kyrian has to say.
Comments, critiques and perhaps another request or two?
Okay, I think that it's time to pump some life into my thread.
It's a shortspear, though admittedly it's an unusual one. I really tried to combine an air of efficiency with an appearance of grandeur; a merger no-nonsense function and whimsical form, if you will. The haft is hardwood bound in strips of bronze affixed to the wood with iron studs. The use of metal studs as an unorthodox grip is something that I've experimented with before when I did Axl's sword, and I think that it looks really good here. The base of the haft is capped with a sharp, leaf-shaped blade for use in emergencies, or to secure the spear to the ground. The blade itself is just about half as long as the haft and rather heavy, needing to be secured to the wood with more bronze and iron. The spikes on the blade are rather nasty, I think, and the shape of the blade allows for thrusting and powerful sweeps. The rubies are there because I wanted more color, though I think that I should have made the lines thicker, and the strange script on the blade cyphers to "Bonehewer", which is not a name that you would expect to call a spear by, but is glaringly fitting in this instance.
Comments, critiques and, most importantly, requests?
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I have been informed, by someone who will remain nameless*, that the most recent weapon is more akin to a halberd, or naginata, than it is to a spear, due to the shape and intended function of the blade. So, if that interests anyone, there it is.
I've also edited the gemstones on the... polearm..., making the lines thicker, though for some reason they still look lopsided. Maybe a result of the blurred lightspot? I don't know, but I like them better now.
Okay, that's done. Anyone have any requests? I could use the exercise.
Okay, so I'd like to request the sword of Sir Loss.
As of the moment I haven't described it very thoroughly, mostly because I don't want to give too many details (lest it ruin the artistic license of anyone who attempts to make it).
However, what is known is this:
The sword is made of three main types of materials and pieces:
The pommel and crossguard are of a classic design. They're crafted of metal (possibly a steel color, but that may be changed if a different color looks better). Leather wrappings are probably around the handle for grip (preferably black). The cross guard is of no particular make, but likely is symmetrical and not overly flashy.
The sword blade is divided into two pieces, which mix and merge into an effective whole. The bottom half is predominately made of some darker (probably black) metal and generally has an ominous look and style to it, edgy, sharp, and vicious. The upper half is made of a very light metal (possibly white or silver) and is more of a noble design, like something a crusader or paladin would use.
While I'm not sure how to make the sword look like one blade and not just a jumble of pieces, my hope is that it will not look like a collage, but will smoothly integrate all of the sections into one style (if noticeably different in parts). As such, I don't want each style of the sword to be wholly separate, and I don't want it to cut cleanly between the hilt and two sections of the blade.
If you want to put runes on the sword, that's fine, but I'd like to have a hand in what they say, so just talk to me about it.
As requested, as delivered, at least as the best of my current abilities will allow. May I proudly (and I am proud of it) present the result of four and a half hours of work:
The Sword of Loss
A classically-designed hilt made of a metal with a steel-like consistency and color, ornamented with darker indentations and the occasional flawless sapphire, with the grip wrapped in a dark and supple leather stitched to fit. The hilt I drew to look both smooth and sharp, in an attempt to make it better compliment the shapes and styles of the dichotomized blade. In essence, the hilt is neutral when compared to the more unsubtle alignments of the rest of the sword.
The bottom half of the blade is dark and twisted, designed to saw and tear at the flesh of an enemy in a rather nasty, painful way that's sure to be crippling if he's lucky, deadly if he's not. Not at all a nice piece of work, this bottom half of the sword. As a side note, all of the little scalloped edges here were fun to draw, though their purpose in a weapon in far from amusing. I would imagine that the wielder would use this half of the sword for blocking the blade of an enemy, hoping to catch or deflect their weapon in or on the scalloped edges.
The upper half of the blade is a lighter metal, almost white, and straight. Noble and proud, it is the blandest part of the weapon, without ornamentation, and seems to me to be almost modest; it's a sword, it cuts things, it doesn't have to look pretty. Moreover, it doesn't have to look dangerously, devastatingly sharp because it is dangerously, devastatingly sharp. This is the business end of the sword, the one that cuts into your enemies like butter so that its darker compatriot can shred their innards to gristly ribbons.
I really tried to make it so that each and every part of the weapon flowed more or less seamlessly into the proceeding part, so that it would appear to be a smooth and uninterrupted process. I don't know if I actually accomplished that, but I gave it my best shot and I'm proud, as I said, of the outcome. As for putting runes on it... well, you know me so you know how much I love putting runes on things. If you have anything that you want to be put on the sword, just tell me and the style that you want used and I'll do it. It's a simple process.
And that's it! The Sword of Loss. Comments, critiques, further requests? Come on, show your characters that you love them by having me draw their weapons! I'm the gift that keeps on giving!
I'd like a spear made of wood and iron; though it's of good quality, it is a little simple and definitely man-made, and it shows some natural flaws. Around the top, where the tip would be tied in, there's a leather cord wrapped around it, and a small series of charms (or a single charm, I leave it to the creator) dangles from it. It does dangle, but not loose enough to give an opponent much to grab onto or detract from it's usefulness. _________________ E's Song Choice of the Week
I have a request. I'd like Vivian's laser rifle made, please. First off, here's the basis pics.
I'd like it to combine the styles of the first two pics with futuristicness of the last one, if at all possible. I'd like the main color to be dark blue with whatever other colors you need to throw in to make it look good. It's a heat-powered rifle, so some sort of charge meter would be appreciated as well. Other than that you can take creative liberties. _________________
I would greatly appreciate a javalin. The tip gold with some kind of spring loaded barb system, three barbs preferably but if it doesn't look right it can be as many or few as it needs to, and a wooden shaft. Anything else you can have fun with. It's for my Dark Elf, Dranas. _________________ My Characters
Death by poison can seem natural. Harder to claim that his head simply fell off - Jamie Lannister, A Song Of Ice And Fire
I'd like Calpurnia's longsword and shortsword, Thundersong and Icesinger. They're a matched pair, but the longsword is shocking and the shortsword icy. They were made by a master, but that was a long time ago, and though they have been maintained with great care and skill they should have a few battle scars- nothing too big, though. They are killing weapons, but also works of art- high value is placed on a blade that balances beauty and effectiveness in Calpurnia's society. Though they are a pair, there should be something, perhaps on the pommel, that distinguishes them and denotes they respective abilities.
Thanks in advance! _________________ There is no signature.
I'd like a spear made of wood and iron; though it's of good quality, it is a little simple and definitely man-made, and it shows some natural flaws. Around the top, where the tip would be tied in, there's a leather cord wrapped around it, and a small series of charms (or a single charm, I leave it to the creator) dangles from it. It does dangle, but not loose enough to give an opponent much to grab onto or detract from it's usefulness.
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A simple spear constructed of a hard, pale wood and strong, sharp iron, with a hide grip wrapped tightly around the part of the haft used for gripping. The haft is slightly curved in the middle, a natural flaw of the wood used in its construction, but not one with an impact on performance. The head of the spear is sharpened iron, the tip of which is worn smooth and shiny through much use. There is a small chip of metal missing from the spearhead, the result of some battle or another. The spear is decorated with roc's feathers, tastefully bound to the haft with thick strips of leather, and beaded leather cords tied near the tip that terminate in charms of the "skull" and "wooden man" variety. Based on an aboriginal/native American design.
Ms. E: Is there anything that you would like me to change before I move on to the next request? I would be happy to make alterations for you, if you think that some are needed.
Everyone else: Comments and critiques?
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I absolutely adore the feathers! I wouldn't have thought to put those on there. Although, I'm not to fond of the bead coloring. It just seems a little out of place to me. Not to mention I forgot to add the bit about the charm being made of tusk when I transferred the request from MSN to here. >.< That was totally my bad.
I love the wood flaw, too, and the tip is very nice, if it narrows a little too sharply where the head and the connecting piece meet. It sort of makes me think it would just snap off. _________________ E's Song Choice of the Week
I have a request. I'd like Vivian's laser rifle made, please. I'd like the main color to be dark blue with whatever other colors you need to throw in to make it look good. It's a heat-powered rifle, so some sort of charge meter would be appreciated as well. Other than that you can take creative liberties.
Hoo-boy, I love drawing guns.
I attempted to follow the basic shape of the first two guns that you showed me, while taking cues and influences from my earlier assault rifle, so much so that you might as well assume that they came from the same "manufacturer".
Here's the rundown: to load the weapon simply press the gray button on the clip to release the latching mechanism, at which point you remove the spent clip and insert a new one. At this time the user should deactivate the "safty" by pushing the red button on the clip; this allows the following to occur:
To charge the weapon, pull and hold the trigger closest to you. This will cause the charge-meter to begin filling. The charge meter is the segmented yellow meter on the body of the rifle. When the charge meter is fully red, the bulb at the right-hand side of the meter will glow red. At this point the weapon can be fired, and the operator should pull the second trigger to do so. A round will be removed from the clip, slid up into the firing mechanism, and launched with great force from the barrel.
The scope has two knobs with which the operator can adjust his sight. One knob is for heavy adjustments and the other is for lighter, more subtle adjustments. The scope is also equipped with a red laser-sight, to help the operator achieve the perfect shot.
There are no runes on the weapon, because none were requested, but I would be happy to go and add some for you. Are there any changes that you would like me to make?
It looks absolutely awesome, Soph. Two things I would like changed though, and they were my fault for not mentioning.
One, the rifle isn't clip-loaded. It turns into a hat and absorbs heat from the wearer's head, hence the charge meter. After each shot fired, the meter goes down and when empty, it returns to hat form to be charged again. So no clip needed. My fault for not saying so.
Two, could you add a couple small, cool buttons to the stock. The gun has a fingerprint identifier on the triggers so non-friendlies can't fire her gun. You don't have to change the triggers unless you want to, but if you could add the buttons, that'd be great.
Other than that, it looks amazing. _________________
Hey, no problem. I've removed the clip and extended the gray grip to take up some of the empty space. I've added a "safety" button to the space over the charging trigger. We'll assume that it's green when off and red when on. I've also added three red buttons to the stock of the rifle, corresponding to the fingerprints of the pointer-, middle-, and ring-finger respectively. Triple the security is always better, right? And now we'll just say that the meter shows how many shots are left until it reverts to a hat.
I haff a request. A single-shot flintlock pistol, dotted with various tiny gems and decorated with neat grooves, swirls, designs, etc. (feel free to be creative.) The barrel is shaped like the open mouth of a roaring dragon, with little sapphire eyes. I know that it's kinda vague, but the main idea I had was the dragon barrel and the gems dotted over the gun, so like I said, you can take some creative liberties. _________________ "If this was Discworld, you'd hear little bells and a Computer Damage Fairy would be spontaneously called into being."
Here's a bow that I drew for Hawkeye. You may recognize it from one of Wukei's wonderful drawings; I did not post it here earlier because I am sometimes rather forgetful. It's a compound bow of an odd design based on one that I saw on Google Image.
As of this moment I am working on catching up on those requests that I neglected while I was busy with schoolwork. I apologize for the delay and hope that you understand that no offense was meant in any way.
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I would greatly appreciate a javalin. The tip gold with some kind of spring loaded barb system, three barbs preferably but if it doesn't look right it can be as many or few as it needs to, and a wooden shaft. Anything else you can have fun with. It's for my Dark Elf, Dranas.
It's not heavily ornamented, I'm afraid, other than the golden tip, but the wood is bound on either end with crisscrossed steel wire to prevent breaking and capped on the back end with another point for those "just in case" moments. I added gemstones for color. The prongs on the tip of the javelin can be armed and disarmed with a push of the red button near the grip, which is dark leather wrapped in gold wire.
If there is anything at all that you would like changed please don't hesitate to let me know.
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