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Dead Ranger - Merc by Shimmering-Sword Dead Ranger - Merc by Shimmering-Sword
Where do soldiers go after they are discharged from military service? Some go home, some, get back into the fight.

My original incarnation of the Rangers was as a pseudo mercenary unit, I later shifted them into government military but have maintained that there will be military contractors in the story.

This soldier is from a notable merc unit, which largely employs ex Rangers, and has attained the industry and political leverage to acquire some of their restricted technology. The regular joke is "buy everyone's gear and rent it back to them"

This Elemental isn't quite the real deal though. The technology and a skilled pilot are there. Only the lack of highly potent learning AI and it's coupling with the pilot and machine will prevent the suit and pilot from becoming what they're truly capable of. Hence the abundance of additional combat gear.

:: ps, old art throwback included too ::
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DoefCrew Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perfect. Really like the bouncelights and the scieneastic background.
 

Bye the way, do you achieve this type of stuff with greyscale coloring or do you start directly with colors?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I usually start with a sketch and maybe basic shading, then I throw in the color. From there I detail everything. So it's not the greyscale colorization method completely, but uses it early on.
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Epiphany347 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
How do you paint the weapons?  are there certain tools you use or is it all freehand?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Mostly freehand round brush, laying down a straight guideline helps too.
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Epiphany347 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
cool
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jupiter314 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesomesauce!
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milesmak0 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
you do awesome art. def one of my favorites
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ZephyrChaos Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
<3
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2dumb2die Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i don't know if you've ever played lost planet 2, but this armor set really make me think of the bug rancher suit( i believe i have the right suit in mind).
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Never played it myself, wasn't a huge fan of the first and I heard the 2nd was a bit of a flop too.
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