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Iron Dynasty Weapons by Inkthinker Iron Dynasty Weapons by Inkthinker
A collection of weapon illustrations created for Reality Blurs RPG setting "Iron Dynasty". The client wanted the weapons to be unique but historically accurate, so most of the fun I had lies in the tiny details, things like the patterns of design in the tsubo or hilt, or the caps on the scabbards. Make sure you check out the full-view Download version to see all the fiddly bits. Even when I had a weapon fall into the same category (for instance, hand axes and throwing axes were effectively the same thing) I created a unique version. I've left out the couple of firearms I designed for 'em, as those were more unique, fictional designs.

Each weapon is in scale to the others (I used the base katana to establish the scale), with the exception of the polearms and the bows... in order to make them fit on the page, I had to shrink 'em down by something like 75% in comparison to the others.

I had a surprising amount of fun with this job, it wasn't particularly difficult but it let me play around. I should hunt down more gigs like this.

:D

All drawn in Manga Studio EX v.3
2010 Reality Blurs/Ben McSweeney
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JasonFrost7 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2017
nice
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Moon-Shadow-1985 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2017
:);):happybounce:
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artfighter Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017
Good stuff, and almost accurate, you need to give the proper name to the "ninjato." Chokuto in the period of Jokoto around 900 C.E. (ancient sword.) 
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KaribuXY Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016
Wow I really like how historical accurate these things are. I wish you would do something like this for other zones like medieval europe or china.
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cha0somega Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I know it's for a game, but ninjato aren't historically accurate. Ninja didn't use special straight swords, they used regular katana or wakizashi. Using a sword that looks different from everyone else would likely make you stand out, something a ninja would not want.
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Aellostriker2 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hi! sorry to bother but I find your topic-conversation interesting. so, to be frank; the ninjato is just a made-up sword & there is no such thing in real-life Japan?
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artfighter Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017
Hollywood gave birth to the ninjato to save money. They could not afford to buy more authentic wakizashi for there giant ninja fights soo...... They bought some flat steel, cut it short and at an angle. Though these swords did actually exist, they could not have been used by trained ninjas. No ninja training started until the 12th century and these sword stopped in the 9th. Though earlier accounts of ninjas exist, they are scarcely seen in history and are mostly used as spies. 
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Aellostriker2 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
would it be possible that, let's just say a ninja-trainee got a weapon that was pass on from his grandpa/dad, who also claims that it was pass down from generation to generation?--:o no wait! it's metal, right? it should be rusty by the time he receives it...rendering it useless...so I guess I could agree to your logic ^^;
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artfighter Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017
If you had taken good care of the sword it would last, but it would be met with superior small swords, like the wakizashi. The reason why wakizashi are bent is because of the quenching technique they use, this made for a great cutting edge quenching . If a ninja was any good then they would have killed a person with a better sword or stolen one, or even been rich/skilled enough to have one made. (Always pick the better tech.) The chokuto, is the name of the straight sword you are probably thinking of if you wanted to look it up. Maybe say the sword proves some ancient royal bloodline, an heirloom, or protected by magic that would justify it's use practically in the same era as a wakizashi.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Historically speaking, absolutely correct. They also didn't wear black pyjamas and leap from branch to branch. But yeah, try having that conversation with a client who just wants you to represent content for his Asian-pastiche fantasy setting! They don't want to hear it. :D
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ElysianMoon Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
You have some really great art. :D  AWESOME !
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Masa-Mima Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful!
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MestreTartaruga Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Wooooooooow..
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ixbranna16 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I want these weapons. So amazing.
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adony Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Nice lines. Makes a great reference, too.
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mase0ne Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012   Digital Artist
These are GREAT.
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AzabacheSilver Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good!
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cinemajack Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
awesome!
*looks up 'Iron Dynasty'*
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VeloriumCamper3 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
O.O whhoooaaa look at all those toys!!! (like a 5 yr old kid)
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Journie Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Cooollll.... I love weapons haha. But seriously, I've wanted to know what the different kinds or oriental swords were called (since I read those mangas sometimes and see them a lot). Is Iron Dynasty based off a book or video game or is it on its own as just an RPG?
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think it's an original setting, but honestly I don't know much about it. I just did the job in front of me, I'm not sure how any of is it applied.

:D
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Journie Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh, okay. Thanks :)
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KeithVaughn Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Yeah, it's fun playing with imaginary weapons even though they must look like they function. I did illustrations for the weapons of Barbarians of Lemuria a while back. I got to do everything from North American Indian carved warclubs, babylonian hatchets, Mongolian recurve bows and some other oddballs.

Anyway, nice looking illustrations and some sweet pen & ink work.

Keith
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marvelleftw Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
man this whole project is truly magnificent. I love the comic-y render. SO on point..
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ashigaru Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautifully done. Lots of details; fun to see how many of the weapons I'm familiar with, yet have a different spin on them! ;)

Love the tessen with the tines shaped like knives. That made me think, "Oooh, I want one!" Neat that you put nicks in the edges; tells a cool story.
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Bohvey Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Wow... The armors were equally... wow...
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narcoticdream Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
this is completely awesome!
I love the fine details and texturing, the spots and stains definig the iron on the kanabo, the wood grain done so finely *_* your inked pieces are so inspiring!

How did you go about reserch in this project? didja find nice resources online? any links to share? @_@
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I have a couple of good books on Asian weapons, and then the rest was basically Google and Wikipedia. They were especially useful for tapping the more exotic/obscure names.
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