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DCOMMO Vikings and Barbarians oh my! by Chuckdee DCOMMO Vikings and Barbarians oh my! by Chuckdee
One of the most fun things about having worked on DC's MMO was the insane design-range the game had.... one day we'd be designing high-tech vehicles, the next we'd be doing your classic spandexed SuperHero, the next lo-tech prison guards, the next Barbarians and Vikings... you get the idea! :)

To all young designers out there, I highly HIGHLY recommend you do your homework and research before you jump head-on into a design... creativity is only as good as the 'facts' you are building it on. Let your 'Muse' fly as crazy as you want, BUT try and always have a solid 'starting point', after that, it's all GRAVY!!!

In the case of these two bastards... what informs my choices? needless to say that there's a HEALTHY doze of B.S. on both of them, BUT first I researched what kind of armor and what 'era-limitations' these kinds of warriors had... take the Barbarian dude for example: most pre-Roman armor HAD to be done in small segments (instead of big solid pieces) out of necessity... the metal was too crappy and brittle to allow for bigger pieces to be hammered into bigger shapes.. it wasn't until much later that 'Smithies' got better at making alloys that were stronger, lighter, and more flexible.... the Vikings weren't that much different... and although they came post Roman-empire, much of the Roman-technology had been lost during the Dark Ages... so again, for the most part, they dealt with 'segmented armor' out of necessity.

So go nuts in your designs, BUT make sure you add some 'believability' in 'em!

p.s. and yes, I do realize that that vikings never wore wings or horns on their helmets, BUT it looks cool!!! :)
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kskillz Nov 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Love the detail in this!
spikdsktchrt911 Nov 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
bad ass viking king

andreibressan Sep 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is the perfect point: killing a super hero with a viking axe! :D
Emerson-Fialho Jul 2, 2012  Professional Artist
RigelatinKing May 27, 2012
God, what lovely futuristic Vikings you have there!
Great stuff man!!!
Redmist81 Feb 9, 2012
AlanKlug Feb 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
sick designs
jmqrz Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't care if vikings wore horns or not, it looks freaking cool. By the way people also don't fly or shoot beams from their eyes, but that's freaking cool also, so don't sweat it my friend.
Chuckdee Feb 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
heheh... believe me, I've learned not to sweat it.. it's extremely important I think to 'sell' the idea of 'believability', and that can only happen through research, BUT once you take care of that, GO NUTS and juice the imagination as much as you can !!! :)
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