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The Lost Ones by Shimmering-Sword The Lost Ones by Shimmering-Sword
Finally done, a big commission for :iconfox-unit: *fox-unit
This one was good fun, being set in my own story, with much of the composition up to me. So well, it felt like my usual work, just with the drive of money and satisfying someone else :D

A trio of ex-Ranger mercenaries, having a rest in an abandoned outpost.
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The only real flaws I saw in this are in the girl. She isn't as feminine as I believe she should be. Now I'm not saying she should have busty breasts, skimpy clothing, and the face of a teen-age girl. I actually find that kind of thing infuriating, it's as if noone has any originality anymore. I grow tired of seeing images of skimpily clad warrior women. What I believe you could do is make her figure a bit more refined is all. Her face gives her the impression of being an older woman, which is good if that was what you were going for. If not try to soften her face just a little bit. It also currently gives her a bit of a weathered feel, as if she has been through alot. I haven't read your story, but I'm guessing she has been.

Aside from that the image is perfect, the soldiers/mercs look worn out, yet still alert. The background makes it appear as if there is a battle somewhere in the distance (Again haven't read it so sorry if that wasn't what you were going for.) The armor itself is well detailed, especially the little latches here and there as well as the lights. The variations in their armor make them seem more like mercenaries than soldiers, which according to the description they are mercenaries so good on you.

I'd love to read this story sometime.
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icepeople Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
uh hi. I do not really talk about art much, mostly because i just like to look at it, that and also i am not really a great art person myself, but sometimes when i c art like this it makes me want to say something about, that and when other people start talking about it as well. anyways hey -shadow mirage legion- i hope you do not mind but i have to disagree with u on somethings that you said, well only one thing really, the other thing is just to clear something up for me. And i liked ur comment about the artwork by the way. now about the armor that u said makes them seem like mercs. i have a question to ask you. did u mean that statement because of how there armor looks different from what a military outfit might look look like or because they seem to stand out as being on their own?, because to tell u the truth these people look like soldiers to me more than mercs. and about what you said of the girl being more girlish well i think that the girl or woman, whatever the artist was trying to go for, looks fine the way she is. the reason for saying so is because, and i hope the artist will not mind me saying this, a woman can look anything form beautiful to tom boyish if you get what i am saying and also that said woman can look worn out or stressed or any expression that the artist was trying to go for to make her look like that. so as for me i think that she looks just fine the way she is, but everyone does have their own opinion right. anyways i am just saying this from my perspective so as i said before i hope you do not mind.     
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Looks like Mirage hasn't been on DA for almost a year :)
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Inabnitt Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
nice detail
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summertime-killer Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Awesome work! :highfive: The girl mercenary looks actually very feminine. She reminds me of Alizee Jacotey. :)
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, that's flattering to the character :P
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mivpus Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
I feel a bit stupid for asking this, but where are all these characters, armors and power-suits from? They look like a combo of Halo and Mass Effect, but I simply cannot place them...

Any help?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
They're for my own story.
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mivpus Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
riiight... sorry, I read that later ;)
Just wanna say, you are one heck of an artist!
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Cogboy Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Out of curiosity, what is the scale between the girl and the suits next to her? They do look rather tall.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's just me being bad at proportions at the time. They're all regular human proportions, though some people are bigger than others.
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Cogboy Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh, here I was thinking they were a bit taller due to bulk
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cptundead Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
The soldiers look cool extra good job.
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Automan217 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! :D Reminds me of Halo
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CaesarsNail Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Can't believe iv never seen this one before! great composition
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Just old and inferior designs :D
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CaesarsNail Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
pft, ur too humble lol
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Cogboy Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Student General Artist
I realy love this piece, especialy the suits. I'm a big fan of power armor and these don't dissapoint
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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Cogboy Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Student General Artist
I'm curious, how tall are the two guys in the suits?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
They're supposed to be normal soldiers, but back then I wasnt the best at proportioning my armor :P
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Cogboy Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Student General Artist
realy? they look pretty good to me
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zachgid Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Student
The armor reminds me of spartans. This is amazing!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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combatsniper Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
cool
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voidking117 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
amazing i love how the one on the left has a animal skull based helmet
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Bitt-Cloud Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
tht guy on the left eats people!!!!!! lol luv it
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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Tansui Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
i love this, btw, the soldier in the back...Ever played Monster hunter? The armour looks alot like a monster of that game. If you havent, look up Gravios Monster Hunter. Looks awesome though, im a Monster hunter nut, so it caught my eye xD Just makes this piece so much more awesome :3
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, I'll check it.
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TheRealC Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011   Writer
You couldn't a picture just of the one of the left could you? Maybe give him a little bio, flesh him out. Like why he wears a helmet so different. Just my two cents.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It's similar to this one [link] but a mercenary unit, so they can customize their armor.
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5thevagrant Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
that dinosaur helmet power armored dude(?) on the left looks like he like to headbut peole in battle, not sure why, that's just what he looks like to me, that said, it's a pretty interesting pice, i like how each character looks like it has it's how approach to the battlefield, also, that's one sexy looking muscle suit
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yep, compact power armor in the front, a medium armor in the back, and the girl could be using anything from infantry gear to more power armor :)
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8492nd-squad Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
These guys would look bad ass in a video game
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed, though I don't know any game types that wouldn't water down their fighting style.
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8492nd-squad Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
whats their fighting style?
they look like regular "super soldiers"
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Well, these guys in particular aren't overly special, but the units they used to be have a complex offensive/defense shielding system.
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8492nd-squad Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
Very nice ^_^
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MatthewJMimnaugh Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Professional Writer
I immediately think: spin off of mass effect.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The types of combat style would be similar, except dished out on a much larger scale :)
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MatthewJMimnaugh Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Professional Writer
I like your style :)

Btw, I am looking to request a commission later on; I am a bit broke now, though (looking to buy CS5 for cash). Just establishing a rapport so you recognize me later :)

I am glad you have also done some work for :iconwes-of-stararmy:, otherwise I might not might not have come across you. Your work is wonderful.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Cool, we'll have to see how I'm doing in the future for commissions, for now I'm pretty bogged down.
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MatthewJMimnaugh Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Professional Writer
Works out for both of us the; in the mean time I have added you to my potential commissions window on my profile-I hope it brings you traffic and publictiy!
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Greylithwolf Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
OH MY GOD DEMON SPARTANS. That is effin' BA. It's like, if the Master Chief was all, "hurr durr dun likez teh covenantz lololol" and sold his soul to SATAN. Now he's kicking ass in YOUR story as one of those badass Ranger dudes! That's awesome. I love the design. Armored muscle suits have always been badass, as Marvel (and other less awesome comic companies) have shown us over the years. Plus, your girl is also pretty smokin'. She doesn't have enormous gozongas, but that's because she has to be lithe, stealthy, and silent. Which is also quite awesome. Haha, all in all, well done.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thar be a lot of nice words son :D
Glad you like it.
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Zenrix Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
I really like the armors, especially the one in back with the skullesque one that features a horn and teeth.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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IAM-ARTIST Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
Is there a reason as to why the girl is wearing the skinsuit? To help her stand out?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Haha >_>
Well, the suit is also worn under power armor and by some infantry.
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Argent-Fan Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
So, i haven't read your story or anything and i would love to read it.
Seems like it'd be a great read.
Going along with your artwork, it should be an excellent read.
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