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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 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Love the detail in this!
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spikdsktchrt911 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
bad ass viking king

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andreibressan Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is the perfect point: killing a super hero with a viking axe! :D
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Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Artist
Spetacular!
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RigelatinKing Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
God, what lovely futuristic Vikings you have there!
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PJMarts1 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Great stuff man!!!
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Redmist81 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
boss.
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AlanKlug Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
sick designs
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jmqrz Featured By Owner 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.
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner 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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jmqrz Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
art is sometimes like cooking, you add a little bit of this and a little bit of that, but first you have to know how to cook to season it just right.
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Sho'Nuff!!! :)
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Cuestionador Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!
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DaveBullock Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Thanks for the history lesson!
And of course great art!
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:iconchuckdee:
Chuckdee Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Heeeeey, how's it going Sir??? I didn't know you were on Deviant?? :)
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DaveBullock Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
Yeah, I keep a low profile, but not by choice! Ha! I love DA for the amazing talent, and by talent I mean boobies!
This guy is may absolute fav in both categories
[link]
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oooh Man, I LOVE that stuff... I grew up in Mexico 'till I finished elementary school, so I TOTALLY remember those kinds of covers for Mexican Pulp magazines..... ooooh early porn!!! :)
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Devilsmaycry317 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
I want my next DnD character to look like him :D
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Aulbath Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
The barbarian is nice and all, BUT GODDAMMIT THAT VIKING-DESIGN IS SUPER-SEXY! Love it!
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Fang-fey Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student General Artist
holy shizbaz!! very awesome...i wanna be a viking...
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MuriloFernandezArt Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
I really loved the viking visual, remember me the vikings of [link] (movie)!!
Cool!
Congrats ... :w00t:
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Narok24 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist
Am I playing Skyrim or DCUO? I'm confused . . .
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munizjohn Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Vikings might of wore horns for rituals or ceremonies, but it wouldn't make sense to wear something like that during battle, but the eye guard and the helmet look authentic. What ever they actually wore your concepts are amazing and I have to say your art work is inspires me to get better.
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Primal-Lord Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student General Artist
FOR ASGAR...Hey wait a darn minute here! XD
I'm such a fan of epic viking warriors and I tottally agree with you, Vikings look so much awesome with horned helmets!
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Dreaminator Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012   Digital Artist
the left one is SOOO DAAAMN EPIIIC!!!!!!!!!
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ChuckDoodles Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As always effing awesome! I loves me some research but you managed to identify the subtle functionalities that make each respective era's warriors iconic. (listen to me soundin' all book smart) Good advice. I've got to remember to incorporate the functionality as a way to increase readability.
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geeshin Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
stop drawing cool stuff, carlos.
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
hehehe... how's it going Dude??? :)
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geeshin Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
not too bad! just looking for some freelance work. i'm on 'vacation' from sony at the moment.
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
gotcha.... are you still in San Diego?
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:icongeeshin:
geeshin Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yeup still in SD
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Eyecager Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional
Oh man these guy look TONKA TOUGH. Awesome!
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
oooh man, TONKA TOUGH!!! that's the best compliment EVER hahah... thank you very much! :)
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543Bs0Za Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
conan's sword blade needs to be like a foot and a half longer
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chachaman Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
we NEED you to draw a Thor graphic novel or a new He-Man series! ASAP!
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Goregoat Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Man I can't tell you enough how thrilled I am whenever I see you've got something new up. As always, you put a lot of work and research into these two dudes and what they should wear and wield, it certaintly pays off. Your concepts are always a blast to look at. Even their weapons are gorgeous. I was really upset to see your work wasn't used for character bios in Arkham City (since I found your stuff through Arkham Asylum) but geez do I still get a kick out of seeing your designs come to life. You're the best, Chuck! Keep it up! :heart:
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you very very much, glad you dig the stuff! :)
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rolito86 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
the hammer and sword are great
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Monsterbunnyblabla Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
I love grayhorns desing!! :3
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Kingpin33 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Fun fact for you, Viking helms didn't actually sport horns. Usually, they wore just a plain metal helmet, like the grey viking is wearing. It's pretty hard to hear in those things, so sometimes in battle they lifted ear flaps to hear orders. The horn myth came from the foes of the vikings, who saw the ear flaps up and jumped to conclusions. Can't say I don't love the design though.
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
hehehe, I know! BUT they look so damn cool! heheh... that's why I mention that a good dose of B.S. is necessary as well for the sake of 'visual-punch'! :)
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Kingpin33 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Well it certainly works for these two!
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jmringuet Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent piece! but vikings never had horned helmets ;P Or giant shoulder pads ;Px2

It's awesome work anyway :)
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
I know, BUT damn do they look cool.... add some insanenely HUGE wings on there and you got youself some good eye candy! :)
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jmringuet Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hhahaha yeah I agree.
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
that's why I mention that it's paramount to start from a 'believable base', then one can go NUTS and add accessories (or punch up the silhouette) 'till the cows come home! :)
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SylvanSmith Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
When Vikings went on raids, many did not bother with armor. Only the richer ones had byrnies (mail coats), and they were easier to repair because one could mend the rings without having to replace the whole thing. If they had no other armor they would have helms. There are a series of books by Osprey Publishing that have accurate depictions and good descriptions for all ages of warriors. Angus McBride did a good amount of illustrations.
BTW these are cool drawings.
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
I know what you mean, but who wants to play with a naked dude wearing a crappy helmet??? :) ...it's one of those things we just 'visually' take for granted... same with Knights... hardly any of them could afford the damn armor.... isn't it something like the monetary equivalent to one of today's tanks or something along those lines? mofos were EXPENSIVE!! :)
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SylvanSmith Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
XD. Seeing how a lot of Celts would fight naked that is a funny quote- but yes, that would be a strange action figure (to say the least) XD. Yes, armor was fitted to the individual, and it was not cheap- but it would save you. [link] That is a good picture (of the battle of Otterburn 1388) which shows a varieties of protective gear.
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Chuckdee Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you very much! :)
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