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Cover up those Bad Hair Days

This week, three distinct medieval helms are now available within the Headwear Section of the thread.  Along with the base Bluecap that was part of the original Half Kaiser resources, you now have actual helmets for your heroes or heroines to wear!

[Image: T-Helmet%20-%20Templar%20Helm%20-%20DerVV.png] There is a classic, but basic, Knight's Templar Great Helm that covers the whole head. This being different in design and appearance of others that may sport accents on the face resembling a gold cross, or a Crusader helm that may have a conical section above the eyes.

[Image: T-Helmet%20-%20Nasal%20Helm%20-%20DerVV.png] There is a medieval nasal helm. Not far from what would be called a salad helm (shaped like a bowl), but with a fixed nose guard across the face.

[Image: T-Helmet%20-%20Viking%20Helm%20-%20DerVV.png] And there is a basic viking helm. Though one would expect horns on the side, that would actually be a Norman Viking helmet. This classic helm is also based on a Salad helm style, but with a fixed protective mask to guard the wearer's eyes.*

* A variation of the Viking Helm was seen in Conan the Barbarian when guards arrested Conan and Valeria before being taken to King Osric.  Though their protective masks were hinged.

The three styles were made with a basic grey metal color scheme, eye slits given a 50% darkness shade so eyes behind appear darker.  And it wasn't too difficult as there are only four head positions used by the battler:  Standard, struck-like, weakened, face-down-dead.  So if anyone else wished to make helms, I would say "Go for it!"

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Up is down, left is right and sideways is straight ahead. - Cord "Circle of Iron", 1978 (written by Bruce Lee and James Coburn... really...)
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You're becoming quite the spriter :) You'll be taking up colour theory next!
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The main helmets produced are steel workmanship. Granted, I opted for a grayscale-based palette as some helms like the Knights Templar cylindar helms were never anything but steel... with the exception of Crusader helms that have gold crosses across the face.

I can see recolors for the others, making them darker for a more worn effect, or perhaps a slightly dull orange spectrum for brassworked Barbute helms. A Barbute helm is a kind of classic style. You can see some semblance to it used by the Greeks in the movie TROY, or a more sci-fi conical style used by.... The Mandalorian. Laughing Granted, the face is covered by a solid black visor in that case.

And you can sprite stuff here too. Winking
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Okay, I'm crafting this post while listening to the Conan the Barbarian Soundtrack (Basil Poledouris).  Big fan.  Still, I am here to relay that two more pieces of protective gear have been created.

[Image: T-Helmet%20-%20Barbute%20Helm%20-%20DerVV.png] The Barbute helmet that I just mentioned the other day (above) is now within the Headwear post within this thread. An italian design of the 15th century, it has no actual visor. But it has a distinctive T or Y shaped opening for the eyes and mouth.  Betcha didn't expect a history lesson, did ya?

Of the Barbute, there are some helms that have appeared even before the 15th century such as ghe Greek Corintian helms seen in the movies Troy or 300 are recalled. And while initially visorless, it is not too uncommon that someone hadn't fixed a protective guard at some point, even if but to protect the wearer's mouth.  Oh, and then there's Boba Fett's helmet if you want a sci-fi spin.

[Image: T-Shield-Tower-Steel-DerVV.png] The Tower shield is my newest shield which may be found within the Shields post.  A tower shield is a large shield, sometimes referred to as a great shield, seen mainly of steel construction as this one is.  However, there have been tower shields made of wood, fastened together and reinforced by steel, iron or bronze.

The design presented here is a basic steel tower shield with no accents or decoration other than the workmanship around the shield's edges. However, it would be quite common to see more workmanship such as extra steel forming pattern across the face, or a painted standard representing the bearer's allegiance to some lord, or the owner's own heraldry.

Painter Again, I do wish to point out that helmets are not so difficult to design as long as they bear no plumes or hackles to animate. Plumes, the feathered decoration on helmets, were meant to intimidate the enemy while giving the wearer a taller appearance. A trick-of-the-eyes as it were.
Winking If a helmet requires no custom animation between frames, then it's actually quite easy.  Having made four spritesheet resources for helmets, I can easily relay that you only need four individual frames used over and over throughout.  A main sideview frame that is used over and over, a helmet angled to show the actor was struck, a helmet that appears to be facing the game player more, and one that actively doesn't show the face of the user as the actor is lying face-down dead.

Shields?  Well... I use a few more as the bearer's arms move from side-to-side.  I recommend multiple edits with 15° angles, and at least two that appear to be pressing forward (for a defense shield-use pose) and held back.  And at least one set up to be lying on the ground would be good.

Remember. Anyone may contribute to this thread. I can clear space and reorder posts while YOU, the artist, can maintain the contents of your posted artwork.

And it would be so entertaining to have a collaborative package with various artists to release.

EDIT: The CD's done? Did I really listen to the entire CD while typing this? Sweat
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A minor update of sorts
As now I made some shorts.
It took some time
To make this rhyme
Now a Battler pirate can fight at the ports.

I'm definitely not a poet.

Yep, I began working on shorts, the first pairs now available for the male and female characters.  Only denim now of course, and clean cut... no discolored white fringe at the bottom.  And no male shorts ready as yet...     yet.

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You can find this within the Clothing - Lower Section of course.
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Courtesy of Holder of Holder's Animated Battlers

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Kite Shield - Premium Design in Bronze - Holder

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Plate Shield - Ornate Design with Amber Highlights - Holder
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  Starry-Eyed  You basically have the main angles down
for a shield work resource!
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This is my base before base pasting.

The work on that kite shield is pretty premium.  I'd actually hate to mess it up IN combat.  Well, I guess it's filename would be something akin to Shield-Kite02-Bronze-Holder, whereby the one I made will be rewritten Shield-Kite01-Steel-DerVV.  Gotta have standards, eh?

When it has been fully prepped, your (above) post will be altered/moved to be directly under my Shields post in this thread. It being your SHIELD(s) post which you may still have editing permissions. And this post re-purposed and replaced with an official bump! 

Yeah, I can do that.

Still, our content should still be visible for the week at least, so readers can see that detailwork.  Dayum.

EDIT:  I had to do a little editing as the shield angles side-to-side.  Lighting on the proper side ya know.  
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The image of the shield on the top-right began with a horizontal flip.  However, I had to edit the shading and highlights, and I admit that I'm not so much of a spriter like you.  And the shield image at the very bottom left when the battler is holding it behind himself required some lighting tough-ups too. 

I can work with this just fine, as my procedure is to use a 'translucent copy' of the image to find the best placement of the shield for every cel frame (yep, that's tedious), and then replace them with a final solid and opaque product.  And I am beginning the translucent phase right now.  If you can improve on what I did, hey, lemme know.

Again, Dayum!

EDIT: Dayum, you already did. Laughing

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Took your template and altered mine to suit.
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Pleased you like it.

There's a awful lot of frames in the entire sheet, originally I was going to set it up into the sheet, and yeah there was a lot.
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There's a plate I was working, feel free to do all the bits and bobs to it.
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Another tower shield? Rather ornate!!! Oh, please... do the bits and bobs for an above WIP sheet. Starry-Eyed Be my guest!!

But as you can see below in the spoiler, I am done with phase 1, the transparency placement of the shield over a stock 2-color character.
Transparent placement

And now, I begin working on the actual solid work and area removal now that this part has been accomplished. And making a simple handle for the one reverse angle frame that demands it.

OKay... I gotta take a break for lunch. THEN I'm gonna work on Phase2. Ramen

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