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Illustration for the Ion Age wargaming franchise (Alternative Armies).
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ManWithTheMetalArm Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
This reminds me a lot of 40k.
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samuelcroes Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
I can see how any type of powered armour might make people think of 40k (yawn). Though the Ion Age is all about knightly heroics, not grimdarkness. :)
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Meep-and-Mushrat Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I just love her expression. Awesome work!
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samuelcroes Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
Thank you! Ah the expression... Her face was a lot of fun to draw, and actually was what gave me the idea for the entire piece! :)
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DenzelAJackson Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
This is quite a cool concept and design, I love the feel of the future with the electronic display of the small figures, but with a little hint of medieval with the authoritative chair, nice work. =)
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samuelcroes Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
Thank you very much! You really hit the nail on the head there; indeed, the Ion Age is a far future setting with a subtle medieval flair to it. I imagined that while it's a high technological society, it's government is feudal in organization. So you have nobles who have quite a bit of wealth to spend on extravagant decoration such as the medieval inspired chair/throne you see here. :)
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DenzelAJackson Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
Wow, that sounds very interesting, the two different cultures and times, I think, would make for a really fun negotiation of how they would combine, what traits would remain and what would no long. Is this part of a game or story you are working on?
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samuelcroes Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
The Ion Age is a miniature wargame universe owned by Alternative Armies, for whom I'm currently working as lead designer. So as well as sculpting miniatures, I'm also doing artwork for the books and such. This picture was originally created with the boardgame "Firefight" in mind, though the picture really fits anywhere into the Ion Age setting as a whole.
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DenzelAJackson Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Oh cool, I just checked out ionage.com. I really like the small figures, they remind me of some of the games me and my brother used to play when we were younger. Cool job bro!
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samuelcroes Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
There's big ones (28mm scale) as well, they have yet to be added to the new website, but still available for the moment from www.alternative-armies.com. For me personally, the look of those "space knights" was really what drew me into this thing :)
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DenzelAJackson Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
There's some cool stuff there, it looks like you did quite a bit of artwork there? This is the first time I was introduced to awesome figures: boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/67…
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samuelcroes Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
I have done quite a bit of art for them, though most of it is tied to publications that haven't been released yet, so those I can't really show off (yet). But yeah, good stuff. :)
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pelle131313 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow such a wonderful pic :) and awesome details!
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samuelcroes Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
Ah, thank you very much! :D
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pelle131313 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem :)
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MohamadKaaki Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
I love your glowing effects!
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samuelcroes Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
Thank you! I'm a big fan of glowing effects in Sci-Fi art, it does so much for the lighting, and can really set the mood of a picture. :)
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Br0ps Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the lights are beautiful, looks like a chess game
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samuelcroes Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
That was sort of the idea, although, instead of chess, it was based on the Firefight board game (which is set in the Ion Age as well). so what she has in front of her could be either a game, or a holographic representation of the battlefield out there.  :)
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Hidanna Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Very nice picture
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samuelcroes Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Thank you! :)
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LaVioletta Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mmm, great atmosphere to this one.  You've got a gift for mixing futuristic armor with fantasy-like elements like the jewels or engraved pauldron.  And no one can resist a good holographic chess-ish game.
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samuelcroes Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Happy to hear you like it! :)
One of the dominating visual aspects of the human factions in the Ion age is that they have a certain medieval aesthetic (though they are a high tech civilization) This is even more outspoken in the power armour of the Nobles and Marcher Barons, who'd have it personalized with all sorts of decoration. The Noblesse here was actually somewhat inspired by an existing Ion Age miniature www.alternative-armies.com/IA1…
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