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Dwarven Upper Class Warriors by Artigas Dwarven Upper Class Warriors by Artigas

The starting idea here was to depict two upper class dwarven Warriors. The one on the left is a professional Warrior of some prestige, maybe a field official. The one on the right is a nobility member, a person with considerable wealth and power.

Both wear ancient styled armor, being the nobledwarf's one of a foreign style maybe from the eastern dwarven houses. The professional warrior wears the kind of warmask that the dwarves developed in the first age to fight dragon's fire. It is grotesque and frightening with very exaggerated features and proportions. A beastly heavy and strong piece.

Many historical helmets and masks were as grotesque and exaggerated as this one, and I took my inspiration to create this one from the African tribal masks as well as from Samurai armor. The features resemble a wild boar, and the proportions are so massive that some features do not match the exact size of the face underneath. The mouth on the mask for example is well below the dwarf mouth inside. The plate that represent the mask's beard is long and broad and doubles as a neck and chest guard.

He wears a very sturdy full suit of mail and plates, those darker stripes you see I imagine as being of a different pattern, for example 6x1, for added sturdiness without compromising the overall flexibility and reasonable weight as well as being a decorative feature. He carries a pair of axes as well as a single bladed sword (the hilt is off center because of this) and a chisel bladed knife, very useful to shove into taller opponents' armor gaps. He also carries a medium shield on his back. A very complete and versatile gear fit for most of the situations a warrior could face.

The nobledwarf wears a fine gear, with a crested open faced helmet. He is expected to be seen and to give orders not to fight in the front lines all the time. His armor was inspired by historical Indo-Persian armors, and this early plate armor design is very simple but effective without compromising much the movements. It is not as gilded as a ceremonial or parade piece as it is meant for actual battle, but there is plenty of gold and even a plating treatment that flaunts his wealth. The mail underneath also sports a pattern of different colored rings. He also carries a complete gear including a poleaxe, a short Seax style sword and a slender and pointy dagger. He carries on his back a small rectangular shield with a boss in the middle.

It all was done with my trusted Noodlers fountain pens and watercolors, in my tiny Moleskine with some later PS fine tuning.

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Raulvitor Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2017
My friend you art on dwarves are just amazing!
I wish they had you on the new Amazon Tolkien TV enterprise! 
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Artigas Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2017
Eu tb gostaria :D Estou tentando, me deseje boa sorte!
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KaprosuchusDragon Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
would love to have a replica of that mask and for that i would also love the dragon helm
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Artigas Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017
Thanks my friend. I would also love to have a full metal one on my desk. That would be the coolest thing ay?
Have you seen my take on the dragon helm?
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KaprosuchusDragon Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yup thats the one i ment think that design is much cooler than the one Alan lee made
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Artigas Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017
Oh man this is a massive compliment! Thank you!
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KaprosuchusDragon Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NP Man
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BerSverk88 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Nice Design.
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Artigas Featured By Owner May 6, 2017
Thanks mate!
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KaprosuchusDragon Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
could you draw your verison of Durin I?
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Artigas Featured By Owner May 6, 2017
Follow Turner Mohan for that.
Cheers!
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KaprosuchusDragon Featured By Owner May 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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I am writing additional rules (free & amateur) for the Lord of the Rings game by Games Workshop. Would you mind if I used that image (only the warrior on the left cause he makes my point very well) in a Pdf to illustrate the part about Bulk & Weight in the equipment (in the game a guy covered in plate and mail runs as fast as a light-armored warrior and a miniature can have as much equipment as they want : we tried to make it more realistic but with bonuses for the Dwarves and the Dunedain who can carry heavier weights) ? :)
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Artigas Featured By Owner May 3, 2015
Of course man you can use it! I just ask you to give me credit for the illustration! And I'm interested on your final rule set being a GW fan myself. When you finish it and its available for download, send me notice bro.
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ElrondPeredhel Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
Thanks a lot for your approval. ;) And don't worry : I allways credit artists, contributors, etc. when I publish something on the internet.

I didn't know you were a GW fan ! What faction do you play ? I'll send you the pdf when it's done (not likely soon since I always have so much to do and find myself so often doing nothing) but it will be in french (since I'm french and working with french and belgian people on a french forum). Do you speak french ? I was planning to do (or ask interested people to do) an english/spanish version but it will depend of the time I'll have... may be in the summer.
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Artigas Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
Hey my man! I don't actually play because there is no GW in my country, but I read everything and am very interested in Warhammer and Warhammer 40k universe. I used to play the tabletop RPG from Warhammer fantasy too.
Unfortunately my french is really weak but I think I can read the article quite ok. I think I'll give it a try :D
Thanks man for asking for my art, see you.
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lord-raymond Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015
Uma das melhores artes de um anao tolkiniano que eu vi. Parabens
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Artigas Featured By Owner May 3, 2015
Obrigado bro! Fico feliz em ler isso!
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bjlu0900 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
The right hand gentleman seems to have his shield suspended at his left side by means of the straps so that he can wield his poleaxe with both hands, am I right? As someone Said about the low class fighter, a shield is perfectly sensible to use😊
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Artigas Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
Yeah it is right! It's true, a shield will be of great use!
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Fyre-Boryn Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015
Really like all your armor designs, especially the darves. I find maile,scale and lamellar to be much more interesting and fantastical than standard late medeival plate. 
Just curious, whats your take on the dwarves of the iron hills wearing metal mesh leggings? Is that even possible to make?
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Artigas Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
Thank you very much lad. I really think it's something possible, just imagine very fine maille like a modern sharksuit for example. Or another uncommon type of mesh. I made some sketches about the theme that I posted here somewhere.
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
These are some marvelous heavily armed Dwarves, a counterpoint to the lower-class warriors you have done before. The axeman is definitely a warrior of high standing, or an experienced adventurer who has done well. :) He is pretty much everything I could ask for as a Blue Mountains or Grey Mountains Dwarf from the Elder Days in terms of equipment. The bearded boar-mask is mighty! Clap  The commander in his gilded armor looks appropriate for a Dwarf of high birth and great renown. The Indo-Persian look really works for him, as if he were a king or prince of one of the Eastern houses, letting the Darkness know that the Light will shine on him, and reflect off all his bling! :D  You put the shields in this time, very nice! :)  The shields look appropriate for their owners in terms of decoration and utility. 
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Artigas Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014

Thanks man, it is so nice to know what specifically caught your attention. I'm really glad you like the mask, I'm working hard on those concepts and I like the masks from the books since the first time I read about them, but most artists just ignore the theme so it's good to see it's been well received.

Thanks for your chritics about the shields. As you see, I do heed wise words. :ahoy:

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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
terrific work man. naturally the one on the left is the real attention grabber, i think you've done a great job with the influence of theose huge, bizzare african masks, the way that the slope of the nose gives the whole face this animalistic back-thrust angle, while providing what i expect to be a pretty subtantial little chamber i their for breathing, like those conical, oddly birdlike "bellows masks" on alot of medieval bascinets. you're really getting a firm, convincing handle on the "hideousness" of the dwarven masks; having them be these beautiful pieces of workmanship but at the same time presenting these distorted, grotesque faces. also those maille/plate harnesses of yours are getting better all the time, this guy really looks like he would be hard to hurt on the battlefield.

the nobleman on the right is great aswell, that helmet crest really works. somehow dwarves without mustaches always look more classically german fairy tale in my mind, like quaker influenced almost (this was especially the case with balin in the movie, who looked like something straight out of an arthur rackham illustration) it's an artistic call i have a mixed relationship with, for the dwarves. it's definitely not the "classic" but in the right context it works. the armor is beautifully detailed and that pattern in the maille of gold rings is really beutiful, patterned mail being something i thing the dwarves would be big into.

it's funny your designs are actually making me think i should be a little less conservative with my own attempts at dwarf armor, they lend themselves well to really heavy pieces of armament.

well done, as always.
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Artigas Featured By Owner Edited Dec 13, 2014

It is a pleasure to know your opinion on my take of those Dwarven masks. This particular piece of gear has been my design obsession for years now. I never saw many of them depicted, and almost none that I find attractive or good. I have to say that was your own take on the subject that kinda unlocked something in my mind and from that point on I started to have success in my quest to design believable and interesting masks. You know how hard this particular piece of armor is to design, given it doesn't have any real world close counterparts and also this angular design we chose for the Dwarves isn't by any means something easy to come by in a satisfactory way. So I have to thank you for the inspiration and many encouraging and criticism words. I will not lie to you, I hope one day the circle comes over again and maybe you can find yourself enough inspiration on this back and forth to try more possibilities of your own on the theme. I love all of your art you know, but this is particularly underrated stuff. The dwarves need us :D

As for the dwarf without mustache: well I have to say I find this queer and somewhat ugly if you got my meaning, but I also find it very exotic so it fits well the image of a foreign dwarf warrior. Also and I don’t know exactly why, but I think it fits the “nobledwarf” idea well.

The patterned maille is something I would love to explore more, but it is very difficult to portrait it in a simple small drawing and even more for different maille patterns, and that is a special pitty given there are so many different and fascinating historical examples to derive from.

To be less conservative is something that we should allow ourselves now and then, you know our kind of approach is very tied to historical references in order to avoid this horrible and ever prevalent tendency to anchor design on “coolness” alone, so it is difficult to be innovative without going too far. But we have to be watchful in order to not stick too close to real the world or the fantasy world of reference and thus miss the opportunity of creating something unique and great.

A hard task. To be between strict history and wild fantasy without falling from the edge.

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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
 A beautiful work of art that renders its subjects remarkably-beautiful works of craft despite also being thoroughly intimidating! (I also enjoy how distinctive your dwerros are from everyday Human 'little people' of a comparable size - at least insofar as we can see the warriors beneath their war-gear!).Nod  
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Artigas Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Thanks man! I really strive to make them dwarves being a completely differnet race rather than scaled down humans. My main inspirations are the Neanderthals and some primates. I also made some concepts that explain some of my ideas in the past. Take a lookl:
artigas.deviantart.com/art/Dwa…
artigas.deviantart.com/art/Dwa…
artigas.deviantart.com/art/Rac…
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
 I shall certainly have to give your gallery a more detailed inspection when time allows - I have also taken the liberty of putting you on my WATCH list and hope that any stream of comments which may be forthcoming shall be to our mutual satisfaction!;) (Wink) 
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Artigas Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014

This is an honor, I'm flattered. It is always nice when I receive some appreciation for my art, but when it comes from a learned and critical person like you it is really special. I hope to see you around here now and then, your comments are always very wellcome.

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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
 I shall do my best to ensure that they remain so and am quite convinced that your art shall continue to spur me to greater efforts!:) (Smile)  
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jlewenhagen Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
Very nice. I especially like the proffesional. And reading your descriptions are always nice!
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Artigas Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Thanks man! It is good to know that you enjoy reding the descriptions! You know the take some extra time since english isn't my first language but I believe that people can enjoy the art better if it comes with a good text.
I also prefer the professional one, I like this brutish menacing look :D
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jlewenhagen Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
UYe your desricptions are kickass. Your the first concept artist that ive seen that actually thinks trough all the little details. Reading your desriptions it really brings your creations to life. I myself are very much against archetypical fantasty where every one has super intricicate platemail or somesuch. i really despise that.
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Artigas Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014

Thank you very much, this is a huge complement! And you are one of the few that are able to see those details and value it. The world is so full of “cool” art that people just forgot about cohesion and coherence, about solid foundations of research and also a good pinch of reality. I completely despise this current trend and try and do something different. It is a treat when someone like you notice it, appreciate it and point it out. Thanks again for your words, I specially love to hear from you given I admire your work myself.

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Shabazik Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist
loved the  "against the dragon facemask" here!

Very nice designs!
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Artigas Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Thank you! I am very fascinated by the first era dwarves and this particular description of armor always intrigued me: the dwarven warmasks made to face dragonflame! I'm currently working on a scene: Azaghâl wounding Glaurung in his last efforts before dying. Expect to see more iron clad dwarves soon :D
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