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HORDES - Blackhide Wrastler by Inkthinker HORDES - Blackhide Wrastler by Inkthinker
This is one of several pages created for Privateer Press back in 2010, a figure design for the Hordes series of wargaming minis. I only did the linework here, of course... the sculpt was handled by another artist, and I love how it came out. You can check out a full 3D rotation of that figure at the official Blackhide Wrastler page. Hit the DL button up above to see a 1200 version.

After the first round of rough sketches, designed to ensure I was in the right territory, Kris (the Art Director) suggested that the Wrastler be wearing some sort of mask slightly evocative of a luchadore's. Extrapolating some from a design I did for Crafty a few years back, I set it up so that you could see the mask was made of human skin with the face and the hand sewn into the patchwork (I also did a more traditional mask just to see if that was more what they wanted). The human mask was approved, minus the hair tufts that looked too much like poofy eyebrows, and we went with the twisting lunge pose for the final drawing. The rope-wrapped arms worked better than the broken chains, partly because of the easier sculpting and partly as an evasion of cliche.

This character also appears on the cover painting of the Forces of Hordes: Minions gamebook (illustrated by Andrea Uderzo), and in another painting of just the Wrastler itself, looking utterly fierce, illustrated by Carlos Cabrera. Both artists did some really wicked work, and I'm glad I could be a small part of it.

This set was my first gig with Privateer, and for a while I thought I'd flubbed it... I completed the gig, but I bobbled the deadline, and I had some trouble nailing the overall design aesthetic. However, I'm happy to say I just wrapped up a second series of designs for them a couple months ago, and I was a lot happier with the finals. I look forward to sharing some of those later this year.

Drawn in Manga Studio EX v.3 using a Cintiq 21UX. 2010 Privateer Press.
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MamaBearMarket Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The wrastler is one of my favourite characters in the Blindwater congregation, you did an awesome job!
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! He was a favorite of mine, I wish I could have done more like that. :D
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hadesillustrations Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
That's pretty awesome. I love Privateer's mini designs. You working on some of them explains why. :)
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thanks! I've only done a handful, but I really enjoyed them.
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Gapf Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
NICE!!!!
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lhs Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
Killer work, dude!
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!! Send me a Note sometime with good contact info, email or something... it's been far too long since I've caught up with you.
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adony Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
This dude is FIERCE! Great work!
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UrbanMelon Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow it's really cool !
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graphyt Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
Love the design of this model, I really love the more bare early version with broken shackles. The thickness you give it with muscle size really brilliantly drives home the whole grappler look, shame that didn't come through in the final model. Might redo mine to be more like the early sketch.
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