I’ve decided to make God of War as soon as I was told about this contest. There are two reasons for me to choose this character. First – the name of the contest – Only God of War could be supreme in Dominance War
Second reason is the fact that I was making casual games last two years and my military hunger should be appeased.
Well, first I used to define (for myself) story behind particular character and the form for its presentation. This time the form was chosen first.
I don’t feel the strength to compete with Chinese artists in the dynamic scenes with huge landscapes and numerous effects, so Old Good Europe will fight with classic arms – the gala portrait in full growth. It isn’t all considering the form. As we know gods are transcendental essences, so its historical appearance is also belongs to formal properties.
I’d like to keep it around XVI-XVII centuries as sign of the peak in chivalrous romanticism, the time of perfect armors ever made by humanity. (But I’ll avoid of the usage of firearms – it isn’t honor for the God of War to use pistols or muskets).
The story behind character.
I’ll make synthetic deity – the mixture of Kali (About Kali
), Hindu deity of destruction and death and Tyr (About Tyr
), Nordic God of victory. I think it is natural to combine Death and Victory in War cocktail. By the way both deities are Indo-European origin – so Northwest (Tyr) meets Southeast (Kali).
Well, I’ll take two distinct properties and naming from these deities and create new one, unique enough. New deity will have 6 hands from the birth (as Kali) and one of them cut off (like Tyr’s hand). That’s basic idea laying beneath all details layers.
About the name.
Let’s take “Kal” from Kali and “Tyr” from Tyr. Got it “Kaltyr”. BTW Tyr is pronouncing like T+”you”+R not like /ˈtɪər/ - so “Kaltyr” is very close to “culture” by the pronunciation. Small, but significant secret sign – Culture means War. Who will doubt it?
Well, let’s start the work!
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First one is horrible, I know, but it is fastest way to see the idea on the canvas. I have great set of epic sculptures so I took one of them as corps and several for limbs.