eMysfit - duly noted ; ) i’ve started reworking the armour to try and make it a bit more futuristic… finding it hard to strike a balance yet though : /
and i’m glad you like the slenderness, it’s definitely an aspect of the character i wanted in the design although i’m inclined to agree with the others that a touch more muscle def might be a good plan. thanks for the support so far, you’ve given me a little more hope that i can pull this off!
maje3d - thanks a lot! glad you like
mashru - cheers mashru! i agree, old is acually part of the backstory behind him. going to try and work on ‘de-frailing’ him a touch
so, here’s a little backstory to the design if it helps see where i’m trying to go with him…
[i]"it was a time before the birth of the great civilisations of the ancients, before even the birth of the planets the younger races now cling feebly onto, aeons before their petty squabbles disrupted the natural order of the galaxy. the creatures that grew together to become known as the ‘ancients’ were as humble and primitive as those younger races now spreading devastation across the ancestral worlds.
tribes of nomads, hunter-gatherers deeply in tune with the natural harmonics of life and the cosmos wandered the known galaxy, honing the arts of the great hunt. when the great coalescence of the tribes occurred and spawned the beginning of the great civilisation of the ancients the greatest of the hunting tribes were elected to carry on their ancestral life, sent far and wide across known space as passive observers of the young life that had been discovered throughout the great hunt.
the survivors of the last tribe of the great hunt are now almost impossibly old. living a solitary existence far from any of their own kind, their bodies have wizened and aged beyond recognition. deeply mystic and with barely any need for physical sustenance their life is one of prayer, mysticism and harmony with the rhythms of life. yet they have also honed the art of tracking and hunting well above the capabilities of their forefathers.
their ancient armour plates carry the glowing runes that describe the holy travels of their lost forefathers, their hunting rifles inscribed with meditative symbols that focuses the will of the wielder. devoid of emotion, their heart barely registers a beat…
it was the last tribe of the great hunt who were charged with the honour of guarding the ancestral planets. it was they who witnessed the destruction wrought upon those holy worlds. it is now they who lead the ancients out of slumber, tracking down the strongholds of the arrogant and weak younger races. it is they who will fire the first shot through the hearts of the enemies.
the great hunt begins again…"
so, the design idea was that of a literally ancient alien being, millennia old and still carrying the ancient war gear of their ancestors. i was thinking of incredibly wizened yet supremely agile mystical creatures, a close approximation would be the most ancient of shaolin monks… just with rifles : )
the runes and little tied on feathers and prayer beads are symbols harking back to their time as tribesmen and hunter-gatherers and hopefully reinforces the idea that they have a mystical harmony with life and the art of the hunt. i also wanted the designs of the armour to look stylised and old, pulling parts of greek/babylonian/persian/egyptian stylistic ideas whilst updating it with technological elements that look both futuristic and mystical…
so, that’s my preamble for the design. i’ve probably omitted a few things without realising but i’ll presume it’s a bit of a mission to read through already ; )
so, onto the updates…
i’m trying to tighten up where i’m going with the torso armour design and there’s a quick doodle to see if muscle def will work for such spindly arms
the font is a test for the glowy inscriptions on the armour, might hand draw them still if i’m feeling masochistic enough at the time… next update should be the weapon design ; )