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Iron Dynasty Armor I by Inkthinker Iron Dynasty Armor I by Inkthinker
Armor designs for Reality Blurs "Iron Dynasty" RPG setting.

Unlike the weapons, I was allowed a lot more freedom to make up these armor designs, though I still needed to base them on historical precedents whenever possible. Each design is wrapped around an invisible figure in order to maintain a focus on the armor rather than the character wearing it. There's a lot of details in there, you'll want to check out the full-size Download version to see them all.

Each armor follows a theme in its construction and appearance. Some of them are more fantastic than others, but in all cases I tried to keep it grounded in some sense of realism.

A) Silk armor, woven fabrics that catch and cushion while allowing full movement.
B) Crustacean-themed, I honestly forget why. Still, one of my very favorite of the whole set.
C) Heavy armor, capable of blocking almost any attack

You might note that some of the designs carry weapons. I based the proportions of those weapons on those on the Weapons sheet, but I never repeated the details. It's too much fun to make up new ones.

:D

All drawn in Manga Studio EX v.3
2010 Reality Blurs/Ben McSweeney
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corruptus118 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
all of your iron dynasty armor is amazing let me know if design anymore.
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Dgarauz Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing!! Great job.
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MestreTartaruga Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, this is beautiful!
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Junkan7 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Sweet....
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Lunatic38 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
B looks really cool, also my fave here. But is that flap there on the groin not in the way?
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sufficiently segmented and loosely (but not poorly) connected, the groin armor should twist as well as lift, so that it doesn't restrict the movement of the legs. I can't think of anything else it gets in the way of... if you think someone's taking that off in order to urinate, historical record states otherwise. :D
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Lunatic38 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
lol! ok, sorry i was just wondering.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nothing to be sorry for, it's a good question!
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Alphanaught Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Professional Artist
Hi, I really like your work and would like you to create a character for me. I have some reference images that I can email you.
Of course I would pay you a reasonable amount, and give you credit.
The character would be a futuristic samurai with off white or black stealth armor.
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ogrebear Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice designs
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LeeReex Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
You pretty much a damn good Character designer!
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doktord Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this stuff. Hope you get more gigs like this!
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adony Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
These are NICE! They'll look awesome in motion!
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MrEdison Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
I love the second design!
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poofler Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
I...I love you...
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cinemajack Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
These are FANTASTIC!
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Lurks-no-More Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Really neat armor designs!
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Shiael Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
ehh, mangastudio eh.... It is brilliant! do you use a tablet? (can not figure ex 4 out for my life)
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I use a Cintiq these days, but I used a lap-tablet for a couple years before I upgraded (and many, many years before that with good old paper and pencil). It takes some time to get used to working with a tablet or a Cintiq, they don't feel the same as drawing on paper. You've got to keep at it for a while before you begin to feel comfortable with it.
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Shiael Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
I see, that makes sense. Thanks!
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Morkt Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
excellent!!!
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serget2 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Terrific
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Brother-Tico Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The one in the middle looks awesome! XD
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Scribblemad Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Sweet!
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destart Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ohoho this give me new ideas
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
whoa those look awesome man!
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MaxTheSwed Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome armour!
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VegaofTheBlackFlame Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
I'm not really one for Japanese themed stuff, but I really like the Silk and the Heavy armors from this set, as well as the Studded & Interlaced armor and the Seafaring armor (minus the hat) from sets 2 & 3, respectively. I also quite like the Ninjato and the Nage-yari (polearm) from the Weapons set; the Tachi's pretty nice, too.
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ashigaru Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Really stellar work! I love your take on this; the equipment looks functional, yet very stylish. Lobster armor! ;P
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DanHowardArt Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
These are wonderful :D
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MichaelLangdale Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
gorgeous designs sir
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Llourn Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work!! :D
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