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Imperialer Adler by Cyangmou Imperialer Adler by Cyangmou

Another character concept which I worked on for a super long while.

Despite I started already early this year on gathering all the reference material and reading up a lot of related things, I had little time next to work.


Since I had some time now I thought this might make a good piece for christmas.


Merry christmas to all of you.


20 colors + cast shadow + transparency

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A very special thanks to Pixel-Jointer osmasker for translating my original German text into English:
(german text is at the end of the description)

Imperial Eagle 

The elite knights and bodyguards of his imperial Majesty are second- or third born sons of an old royal lineage who share strong bonds with the imperial family. Because of their strong beliefs it is their life’s duty to protect the worldly ruler chosen by God and to stand by his side during courtly events which certainly emphasises the general pomposity.

Starting at a young age these boys receive a strictly religious upbringing and are instructed in courtly manners, common knowledge, math, music and horsemanship.

At the age of twelve the lads are brought to the imperial court as pages to complete their education. Following the knightly tradition they learn how to tend to their armour and mounts and are briefed in the art of warfare. At the age of fourteen they are subordinated to an Eagle as knave and receive further education in competitive horse riding and the use of fire arms. At the approximate age of twenty-one their education is complete and they receive their proper armour and are dubbed knights.

Their armour represents the imperial banner - the eagle - and has been masterfully forged in the style of the great Maximilian.

The knightly longsword is a symbol for their strong belief as it is blessed and bestowed by the archbishop himself.

Should the emperor be in danger, the warriors would resort to their modern 3-shot percussion gun and use their sword merely for self-defence.

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Imperialer Adler

Die Elite-Ritter und Leibwache ihrer kaiserlichen Majestät, sind zweit- oder drittgeborene Söhne alter Adelsgeschlechter, deren Bande stark mit der kaiserlichen Familie verwoben sind. Aufgrund ihres starken Glaubens, besteht ihre Lebensaufgabe darin, den von Gott persönlich ausgewählten weltlichen Herrscher zu beschützen und bei höfischen Anlässen an seiner Seite zu stehen, was der generellen prunkvollen Impression nicht schadet..

Von klein auf werden diese Knaben streng religiös erzogen und erhalten Ausbildung in höfischen Umgangsformen, Allgemeinbildung, Mathematik, Musik und Reitkunst.

Im Alter von 12 Jahren werden die Sprössling als Pagen an den kaiserlichen Hof gebracht um ihre Ausbildung abzuschließen. Der ritterlichen Tradition nach werden sie erst in der Rüstungs- und Reittierpflege ausgebildet und auch in der traditionellen Kriegskunst.
Im Alter von etwa 14 werden sie in den Knappen ernannt, einem der Adler unterstellt und im sportlichen Turnierreiten sowie in der Verwendung von Schusswaffen ausgebildet.

Haben sie mit etwa 21 Jahren ihre Ausbildung abgeschlossen erhalten sie ihre Rüstung und den Schlag zum Ritter.


Ihre Rüstung repräsentiert das Kaiserliche Banner – den Adler - und wurde im Stil des großen Maximilians auf höchster Plattnerqualität gefertigt.

Das ritterliche Langschwert symbolisiert ihre Verbundenheit mit dem Glauben und wird zu ihrem Ritterschlag vom Erzbischof persönlich gesegnet.

Sollte der Kaiser allerdings in Gefahr geraten, würden diese Krieger allerdings vorher auf ihre modernste 3-schüssigen Perkussionspistole zurückgreifen und das Schwert nur zur Selbstvertedigung einsetzen.

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LordEvrey Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
For that hilt and cross guard, the sword's blade is waaay too short. The blade length is about that of a very long one-handed sword or of a very short long sword. The hilt and cross guard are that of a great sword, however. In addition to that, that style of shaping a blade (making the part near the cross guard blunt) shouts great sword.

Besides that nit picking, that's a great piece of art. I especially like the foot armour.
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed it's a ververy short longsword, perfectly spotted :D
It's usable in narrow interiors and hallways of a palace, this sword is not necessarily a traditional sidearm, rather for demonstration. Also it's mostly designed for stabbing, because swinging it effectively would get very hard once you consider the environment it's used in. And frst they anyways would rather use their firearms.

The main battlefield forces of the same art series also have pistols and sabers, this character however is mostly a representative bodyguard and rather should demonstrate traditional values on the court, the same goes for the symbol of the longsword and the highly ornamented armor
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LordEvrey Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017
For stabbing, I'd rather suggest making it a rapier instead, or at least a very narrow, very pointy long sword. No need for such a huge guard for that purpose. And about the tight space: Half swording is a thing and works pretty well there. In addition to that, historical parade swords actually tend to be very much oversized, making them too unhandy for actual battle situations, but big enough for an impressive display (and more impressive than a teeny tiny rapier). And yes, fire arms first, if they are already loaded. :P

You can be very proud of your armour design, by the way. It is perfectly usable and for a set of fantasy armour very historically accurate. You did your research. A good smith could make you one of these for sparring. Though this suit is rather designed for jousting.

In case you might be interested, here are some nice stabby things for reference:

albion-swords.com/swords/albio…
albion-swords.com/swords/albio…
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Rapiers and Longswords just have a very different "symbolic" value.

Albion Swords are great =)

And yeah I am trying to do as much research as possible, not that I would know everything oregarding everything.
But there are also a lot of actual artifacts in Austria in just an hour travel from where I am living =)
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Blue-Hylian95 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely amazing! The amount of detail is very eye-catching. Nice work. :D
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DatBoiDinkle Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017
My God this is just.. I have no words for how amazing this is!
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
glad you like it =)
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VampireSlug Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous work!
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot
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ragnaveldt Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seeing the detail.....



I cried...

Anyway, i love it XD
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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FXDesignLab Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Great job
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot man =)
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kellyHigurashi Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
Amazin job so detailed 
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot and have a super nice christmas week =)
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kellyHigurashi Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
OOOUUUHHH... Thanks merry christmass too and happy new year
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skylure70 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Student General Artist
Amazing! owo
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thanks skylure,
glad you enjoyed it.
Have super nice Christmas!
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skylure70 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Student General Artist
You too, Cyangmou!
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AerunFE Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing job ! The sword reminds me the Aragorn's sword in LOTR :D
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
It's definitely similar in terms of looks.
Lord of the Rings has super awesome weapon designs.
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AerunFE Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Totally agree !
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Ururuty Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016
nice
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
Have a nice christmas!
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Ururuty Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
thank you!
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soulSmith1 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Student Artisan Crafter
this is fantastic
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot.
Merry Christmas :D
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soulSmith1 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Student Artisan Crafter
np yo
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Another-Person Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016
Really cool. I love the richness of your work.
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot.
Thanks for leaving commments on my work too.
I wish you only the best for your Christmas/New Year holidays.
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Scott-A-T-art Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice details :)
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thanks Scott-A-T-art.
Have a good Christmas week!
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Scott-A-T-art Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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Felixader Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016
That is silly. What you are critiquing is LITTERALLY that it looks like a sword, especially Nordic longswords wich a lot of Lord of The Rings is based upon.

There is only so much you can do to the basic shape and form of swords without it looking like World of Warcrafts impossibilities. :-P


Let me list what this blade has that is missing from Anduril:

Anduil is a Longsword and not a twohander.

Anduil has no Skull on the crossguard.

It has no flat bit on its blade, the sharp edges go up to the crossguard, partially because this up there is a two hander and those not sharp bits were probably used for certain situations in a fight.

Furthermore Anduils fuller (that is the bit between the edges) doesn't go all the way down and has a longer central ridge wich isn't the case with the Two hander up there.
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Edited Dec 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thumbs Up 

to be fully specific, though this is a longsword.
It's based on late high-medieval to renaissance longswords, not on norman (viking) weapons.

I mean yeah in media and games longswords and greatswords get confused because of dungeon&dragons and stuff.
But fact is that this is historically named as a longsword.
And there is nothing bigger than an actual longsword which still can be used with actual swordfighting styles.

The thing which is known by now as "greatsword" in classic games though are actually rather polearms with a very long tip and they were only used to break through polearm-lines in pitched battles of the renaissance.
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Felixader Featured By Owner Edited Dec 25, 2016
I know, or at least i read what we think we know, how and for what they were used and found that really fascinating.

But i really feel that up there looks like a Two Hander. It looks pretty bulky for that, especially with the giant crossguard?

That said, ummm, you are the artist so you certainly KNOW what it is suppossed to be. Perhabs a artistic critique then. ;-P

Also the armor feels like it could fit into any of the Dark Souls Games. :-P
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
also you might enjoy this, the images in the article are great, some of the writing is garbage though.
www.darkroastedblend.com/2015/…
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Felixader Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
Thanks for the Link.
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I just prefer swords a bit bigger and bulkier then what they actually were supposed to be, which is mostly personal taste.

I also have nothing against the super ridiculous size level of weapons in most Japanese productions, I think it's just fine and one of the cool things you can do if you are not bound by realistic physics.
I mean I grew up with the Berserk Manga - Guts always splitted horses, men and demons apart with his Dragonslayer and I totally enjoyed those drawings.
I just like it and think it's also funny in a way, because it makes it more ridiculous and interesting than true realism ever could be.

That being said I still think that weapons should keep their "elegance" in design and therefore shapes inspired by realism. The dragonslayer would still work to some extend if you would just size it down.
I don't enjoy things which are just big for the sake of being big, but also ridiculous, like... for example Clouds Buster Sword.
This is on a superfluous level a bit similar to the Dragonslayer, but directly compared to it also heavily compromise on overall usefulness.

Souls Games definitely had the knights which I enjoyed the most since Berserk. Souls also heavily references realistic design decisions, while still adding some additional design taste to their stuff which enhances the feeling of a fantasy.
The Lord of the Rings Movies - were super well designed through too.

I like it if fantasy is realistic enough to be believable, but has enough direction to it to be artistically interesting.
And that's what I try to achieve with my art :D
 
It's a longsword ;D
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Felixader Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
Oh, absolutely agree. Do you know Soul Calibur 2. That game had loads of Wapon Designs that had a good balance of practical to ridiculous but visually believeable.

Another great game in this direction i would recommend for that is Dragons Dogma.
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
yo soul calibur... played part 1-3
the second part was my most favorite one :D

haven't looked in Dragon's Dogma, but it' sone of those which caught my interest.
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Felixader Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016
It's like Monster Hunter but with monsters based on Middle Age European Mythology and weaponry, without the time limits and you can change your class and learn another one any time. :-P
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Funny coincidence.
But no, haven't even had Anduril in mind, just a basic knightly longsword.
Which Anduril is as well I guess.

Those were developed to be worn by full plated knights as secondary weapon, because shields became obsolete at this time.
In order of taper, blood groove, etching, general places where those swords are sharpened, terms of how the crossbar is shaped the pommel and so on, there aren't that many differences, unless you go down to the really fine mechanical details.

The sword used in Lord of the rings were all based on realistic weapons in terms of their shape and blacksmithing approach, which also is super important to maintain a good weapon performance.
After looking it up all which is "Fantasy" in Anduril's design are the elven runes, the rest could be an European weapon you will find in various museums.
It certainly weren't the creators of Lord of the rings who came up with all the tricks how those swords worked. It actually were numerous blacksmiths and artists who actually developed swords which sole intention was to be in all their means for a single purpose - being a secondary, highly versatile tool for self-defense, which only got used if your poleaxe, warhammer or mace was lost, got stuck or got damaged in a battle.
So there were a ton of people who runned around from ~1450-1650 with swords like that, minus some tiny superficial detail.
Same goes for most other realistic weapons in LotR.
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
yeah because that crossguard was super common and totally widely used on the continent.
This is a crossguard which is shaped like axeheds, designed specifically to dent in armor if you use the sword for halfswording )which makes sense for a knights weapon)
An axehead has the advantage to put a lot of pressure on a single spot and can disable armor.
If you are forced to halfsword this design is therefore super useful. Because you only would use the sword for halfswording if you already lost your main weapon this would help to make it an even more versatile tool of killing.
So no, it's definitely not "super iconic to Anduril's design"
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Lily-Ash Featured By Owner Edited Dec 25, 2016
Dude, is it really so hard to admit you were wrong? And why are you getting so defensive about this? Is it because he knows more about swords than what you can handle or are willing to listen? Look up 'knight longswords' and similar on Google - you'll learn that Anduril's design ain't as unique as you think, nor was the artist being "original" when he made it. If you're going to ask everyone out there, who draws swords, to pay respect to the artists of the 'Lord of the Rings' or 'Game of Thrones' then you may as well ask those very same artists to pay their respects to the original blacksmiths from the Bronze Age (first blade) or even the Knight Orders (where Anduril's design came from).

People should pay respect where respect is due and this ain't one of those cases.
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Wolfenoctis Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016   Digital Artist
Cool armor man, excellent work as always ;D
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot Ben.
I Hope you had super nice Christmas with your family =)
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