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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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2dumb2die Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
then you heard wrong. the first game was amazing, and the second one was even more!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Down to opinions :)
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sarnish Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
love the armor design and i also like the design on the helmet
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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Sareth1337 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome work! reminds me of Blacklight: Retribution, the blue lights in the relativly heavy body-armor, the unusual shaped helmet...
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Mine came first, and they probably referenced me :D
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jam20 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
looks almost like a krogan
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Except human :P
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Yagamiseven Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
cool
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gotta love tracer rounds...they give otherwise boring normal guns a whole new world of awesomeness. Not that this guy's gun here is boring or anything.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha yeah.
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Nemo54 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
amazing :)
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:la:
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Dantedesertfox Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
Looks like the kind of guy you don't want to mess with.
Awesome picture.
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templar127 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Something like this reminds me of those ex-soldiers in the army disavowed. I suddenly feel kinda bad for this guy. But still, Awesome artwork!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
But he's still having his fun :)
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templar127 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
and gets paid for it! LOL!
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MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If i may recommend something, your characters seem to lack a bit of character, not to say aren't the coolest thing ever. If they just had some unique decorations to them it would be alot cooler in my opinion. For example St. Theo makes similar things but each suit he makes is easily distinguished from any other.

in the unlikely case you aren't familiar with St. Theo here's a link
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Again, not saying your things aren't cool, your work is some of my favorite on DA.
regardless of that, this one is pretty sick, seems alot more military style than future magic style.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
He does good work though most of the additions, particularly the ammo spam, I find a bit over the top. My view on things is more toward realism rather than flair. I get what you mean though, and I plan to make actual characters distinguishable, most of my suits are just designs currently.
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MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see, well it is your story so i should just leave it to you to decide and it will turn out incredible regardless. it would be interesting to see your concepts mixed with St. theo's style in my opinion.

Anyways, i can't wait to see your characters, designs and storyline progress.
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Universe12 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
At first I saw the name of the artwork but a enemy from Uncharted 2 Among Thieves came into mind. The one on a big, bulky armor suit with a shotgun though and the large amounts of pockets like this one except no back piece and no face like this one has.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Ah
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z3r0m1nd Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Fantastic piece. I like the additional gear and armor details. Great work.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man.
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Fighterrr Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Very nice!!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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irasus Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011   Digital Artist
Something that I really like about your art is the amount of background details you openly describe in the descriptions of most of your art. It gives depth to the beautiful artwork.
Your Elementals have got to be one of the best power armor designs i've seen in a while.
...But I digress from this particular image, so let me say a few things about it.. :la:
I'm loving the overall extra bulkyness the "merc" elemental has compared to the "real" ones showcased in your gallery.
and I love decals on military gear..It's a soft spot for me..So A+ on the extra detail you put onto the helmet.
The background is simple but showcases the drawing exquisitely. I love the contrast of the orange\blue. Really shows off the glowy (shield generator?) things on their back.
Gotta ask. Who is wearing this particilar battlesuit? One of your OC's in your gallery? or someone nondescript?
Hope my comment isn't too tl;dr. lol.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wall of text are all good :)
This particular soldier is non descript, or at least open for options. I only have a couple characters so far, and a few Elementals which have their design and style set but no person themself designed. Blue orange color combination is easy street for visual appeal, you have it a bit too in your Dr.Who piece :D
Also are you feeling better yet? I read your journal, life is tough being forever alone. I don't always chat much on my own initiative but if you wanted to add me on msn you can.
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irasus Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011   Digital Artist
Ahh, so your storyline is still in it's developmental stages?
I've seen one of your OC's; Her name is Kristen, right? Is she the main character of the plot?
If you ever getting to designing more people; it would certainly be sweet to see.
Yes, I agree. Orange and blue are fun and easy colors that certainly compliment each other on images..xD
Hey, thanks for asking. I've been feeling a little better since I made that journal..But I would certainly love to chat if you're up to it. :]
My MSN address is irasus@hotmail.com, and I just added you as a friend.. :la:
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I don't take my story too seriously, it's more of a loose universe to base my art inside, and people who see my art keep pushing me to make more out of it. My main problem is that I'm not much of a writer, I just don't have much of any desire to do that kind of stuff.
Kristen is my main character yeah, though I'm not decided on time line structuring yet, so I'm not sure if my other characters all exist in her time, she is at least the first primary character though.
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irasus Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011   Digital Artist
Ah, that makes sense...You're an artist who loves to design concepts and give life to them; but has little interest into writing an expansive universe for it..? :D It's quite funny you say something like that...'cause I have the same preference too! Creating the art for something seem much more appealing than working/writing out all of quirks in the narrative..
I really like the design for her; she would make a great protagonist if you ever actually decided to make your series a game or something legit like that.
..And I gotta say; I totally love the burn mark/scars on Kristen's eyes! In my opinion, characters with visible flaws can be some of the more in-depth and interesting ones. :}
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XenoFrobe Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
lol, orange and blue.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Free ride colors.
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RedVolk Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
very good concept!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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GreyAreaRK1 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
Sweet.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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Sciocont Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I love how stocky and utilitarian it looks.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:) Thanks.
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AnaithnidEsblenin Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
Neat, and guess whose back? This guy. Any who, I would love to do an edit for you sometime. :3
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