I got tired of seeing all the "feminine" female Crusaders so far, so decided to portray a true female warrior Crusader - an unstoppable war machine, which fears no one but God. Painted with Painter IX.
"The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked advance against me to devour my flesh,
when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me, even then will I be confident."
Psalm 27: 1-3
Inspired also by the following quote by "Within Temptation".
"Oh Some may call it a curse, a life like mine
But others, a blessing.
It's certainly a lonely life
But a fulfilling one at best.
It's my cross to bear,
But I bear it gladly.
Someone has to take a stand against evil
Why should it not be me?"
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I love the detail put into armour, and how she comes forth (yes yes, her epicness is enough to motivate poetic language) from the dust and destruction and monochrome in light, with that semi-halo over her head. She's righteous and absolutely ruthless, and I love her. She might be set a little (but not much) too much apart from her surroundings, though. I get the feeling of ash flakes whipped around in the wind in the background, and some tiny gust of that sweeping in between her and the viewer might fuse her more with the rest of the picture, but enhance that impression of her "coming forth" through the destruction.
Background is so nice, I love looking at that as much as I like looking at her - the detail with the crucifixion in the upper right corner is great. I get a little curious about the structure right behind that, though. That beam that looks like something from a crashed aircraft. It disturbs the Medieval feel a bit, but I only think it's Medieval because we're talking about Crusades. Maybe it's set in another timeline/universe?
Anyhow, I think this is a great picture.
I like your description of the character and the piece, regarding the structure on the right...well frankly I don't know what it supposed to be... I just placed it there to create a triangular effect for the general composition - in order to add more depth to the picture & to add more focus on her.
it is inspired by warhammer 40k right?
It's mostly inspired by my own vision on how a proper armor suit should look, but yeah I like some of Warhammer stuff as well.
Yeah I know, I usually don't mind sexy girls pin-ups , but imo these days there is just way too much bikini-armor on the internetz.