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Protectorate Wars - Kristen Marx by Shimmering-Sword Protectorate Wars - Kristen Marx by Shimmering-Sword
Long time no post DA, I've been hard at work on my first book, Rangers Project: The Protectorate Wars. I've been keeping most of it's art held back for those who backed, pre-order, and in the future purchase it. I've been itching to post something though, and this is a good one I just finished, enjoy.

The Isles Protectorate has commenced it's war against the established super powers in the core of colonized space. Here, Kristen Marx leads here Elementals as the tip of the spear in a strike against Haenkel-Parvam Conglomerate worlds. In a trial by fire for the untested Protectorate and their Elementals, experimental shield technology proved pivotal as otherwise conventional power armored soldiers overpowered Conglomerate combat mechs. All eyes are now on this new force, and the great powers scramble to meet it.

For those interested, you can pre-order The Protectorate Wars digital art book on this blog page: therangersproject.blogspot.com… which along with netting you the digital PDF edition when complete, you also gain access to regular progress updates including a look at all artwork done along the way. All profits support my continued efforts on the Rangers Project. Thanks for everyone's support, I wouldn't be able to pull this stuff off without all the funding provided so far.
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:iconagentbladelock:
AgentBladelock Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016
So who are the good guys in this war?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Other than the more tropey bad guy factions in the setting, everyone thinks they're a good guy. They're all super powers (or failed powers) that either want control, or go to war fearing others will gain control if they don't first.
I wanted that to be something deliberate, no good guy vs bad guy plot. The Rangers/Elementals of mine that everyone loves are some of the most terrifying forces on the battlefield.
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JohnnyTeoss Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
hotly awesomely badass 
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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:iconjonup:
Jonup Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
nice
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:iconandrew-lim:
Andrew-Lim Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014   Digital Artist
Amazing work!
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:iconpotatoealloy:
PotatoeAlloy Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
how much would this cost
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:iconwolfblue13:
wolfblue13 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
badass
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:iconwhazizname:
Whazizname Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014   General Artist
:thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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:iconclynac:
Clynac Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Wonderful. I like your armor/helmet style. Sadly i did'nt know that you have a kickstarter campaign. :(
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
When the book is ready you'll still be able to buy it. You could pre-order it now if you wanted, but I'm not sure when I'll have it done.
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:iconrandomeye713:
randomeye713 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
This looks like a lot of fun to read
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:iconjumpspark:
JumpSpark Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
Your stuff is super sweet! Thanks for posting!
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JWright-3D-Graphics Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
cool
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:iconblitzjaeger:
BlitzJaeger Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Nice to see some of the cleaner polished pieces arriving.

How much of the Ranger book work will never be on Deviant? Or are you going to post it, just much later or whats the plan there?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I usually don't post my least favorite pieces, but over time likely a good portion of the best will be posted.
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:iconblitzjaeger:
BlitzJaeger Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Good to know some of it will stay exclusive, until someone leaks it of course. Cheers friend. :ahoy:
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mel-danes Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
As a fully finished piece this is wonderful. It has a solid design base, this whole series you have been knocking out of the park!
Do I detect a little Orc inspiration from Appleseed Manga 3? Its subtle and your personal style make it completely your own.
I have noticed your helmet aesthetic has shown up all over Deviant Art, so congrats on your contribution to the language of mecha/cool.
Again great piece, keep it up sir.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I've never read the Appleseed manga, so I don't know.
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:iconmel-danes:
mel-danes Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Appleseed is a good read, and is full of great design work. Its from an earlier period in the artists life so the rendering is a little lacking in the first 2 volumes. I found the story more interesting that GitS, and far more serious that Dominion, or Orion.
Regardless this is a great piece, so thanks for sharing it with us.
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Shadowdymond11 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can't wait!
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:iconthevampiredio:
thevampiredio Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
very nice mate!:D
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RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hell yeah ! I was waiting for this since months ^^

And I can't wait the release of your art book !!!
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thenotsowelltaught Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
AWESOME!it's quite relaxing to see an elemental basking in her glory.
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LTDragoonIII Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Cool :D.
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Shima-Games Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Fantastic! Make a wargame.... God I want to own these as models
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AmericanWolf016 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent job! B-)
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bioazard Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
woah ! very impressive
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:iconicefalcon29:
ICEFALCON29 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student Artist
AWESOMENESS!!!
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Shadowslayer159 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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FlightlessGhost Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
That looks fantastic!  I really want to pre-order now.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I'd certainly appreciate it.
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ha ha, that is a very big gun.  What would you say it was- a 20mm cannon made into a battle rifle? :D How does she even hold it to her shoulder?  Or does fit over the shoulder, like a bazooka?  That would make sense if it is a recoilless rifle.  

Anyway, nice work Shimmy!  I especially like the battle damage on the mech Kristen is standing on- I can almost feel the force of the grazing hit that must have plowed through that ripped up armor on the bottom right. 
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
More like 25-30mm, fired from the hip, AI assisted aim, and the arms can distribute the recoil nicely in combination with some brake porting.
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A 25-30mm hip-fired BFG?  Nice.  Is it a variation of the .338LM Modular Rifle that the Rangers use or a weapon exclusive to the Elementals?
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templar127 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
Been awhile since I've seen this! :D
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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Natebros Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
You are slowly making me want to purchase things. And I don't have that much money...
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
All according to plan :)
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DreadHaven Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Looking good good lookin' 
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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Philip-027 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome :D
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:la:
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acebird1234 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Impressive.This will be the way to win future wars.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
In Speeeeehs.
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acebird1234 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes
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DarkghostX Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Good to see you posting again man. I wish you the best of luck on the book.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I wish I could post more, but I also feel obligated to those providing monetary support to keep the book content exclusive to them for a while.
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