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Sister of Battle WIP 2 by saint-max Sister of Battle WIP 2 by saint-max
Greeting friends and followers.

Yeah I know its been a long time since I posted anything, but I am really busy working on game art project atm, so just little time to get to my own stuff ( would do much better if I am not wasting my time playing Dota2)

Here is my second WIP for the Sister of Battle, just to show you some progress on the painting. So you know that thing where I sketch something then it turns out to be totally a different thing, well I think it is happening all over again >_<

I worked a lot on the pose trying to make it read good and feel real. I changed the face a couple of times (learn to never love your painting, suffices..suffices). I added deep red to the image to make the character read better on the dark background. Fixed the shoulder pads and armor. and much more :P

C&c are more than welcome :D
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mg1342mg Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
I think you nailed her face perfectly (that doesn't sound right...). I would expect them to be haughty and arrogant. Heck, in the Rogue Trader days they quality controlled the Space Marines!
saint-max Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it. this is an older version, I did work more on it and did change the face a couple of times :P
I never actually finished the illustration :S
Prohibe Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
Ave Imperator
Saladanel Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
I <3 this one :D 
saint-max Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
one day I should finish it .... one day :(
Saladanel Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
To me... it looks really nice already.. a bit roughness gives it that feeling.. :)  I <3 This ;)
LydiaKitten Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely stunning technique, and I love what you've done with the lightining anf the face (fair features, but really damn intimidating). The shoulder pads especially are just stunning, and I also really like the minimalistic colour palette, I don't art that overdoes it with contours and multicoloured details.

However, I have a tiny little complaint. Boob armour makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. It's obviously not your fault this weird fetish is all over sci-fi and fantasy art, but frankly, a female in huge and heavy plate armour would not have boob casing (for example, remember how surprised we were when Samus Is A Girl happened?). You can still give something a feminine shape (narrow waist, so on), even a slightly portruding chest area, without unreasonably and illogically creating metal boobs. And frankly, with all the rigorous physical training they undergo, I am not sure the Sisters would have anything more than cup As. Boobs are fat, you know.
saint-max Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hey :D
Glad that you liked the work so far. This piece has changed so much since this stage, I almost changed everything about it (no not the boob armor, that still there :P ) but I am struggling with the face. You see, I dont want to throw a random face there and call this image done, I want a face that ppl can relate to, a face to reflect a story and emotions. I repainted the face 6 times and I am not happy with it still, so when I decide to get back to it for the last time it better work out for me.

As for the boob armor, I totally agree with you, at first it didnt really matter to me if a character wears a boob armor or fighting armies with bikini armor, but now everything changed. I think I am leaning towards more realistic take from reality into fantasy and sci-fi. I do understand why the boob armor is there in the first place but I want to change this in the future.
LydiaKitten Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, frankly, a strong and relatable face can make the difference between a simply nice piece and a piece that is actually striking, especially in a fandom like 40k, that is meant to inspire strong passions. (preferably, of epic proportions) But I think you're already in the right direction. It's a great face compared to some inappropriately kawaii faces I've seen in other sisters artwork, that make them look like hentai maids with guns.

As for boob armour, my main issue with it is not "blah blah disrespect towards women, objectification, blah". I mean, have they seen space marines? They are even more gender-stereotypical in their physique and their masculinity is exploited to ridiculous levels. Which is all sort of fine, and to be expected in this sort of subculture.

My issue is that I just don't buy it, on a WAAAGH level. You know, your thin, molten, shapely boob plate will not stop these damn bullets, lady. In a fandom where we are here mostly for the "there is only war" part, the "war" part has to work on a believable level. Boobs are secondary to pew pew pew pew pew pew pew BOOM.

Anyway, you're a great artist. I'll watch out for your next attempts.
saint-max Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I agree with everything you have written here. actually its the same way of how I see parts of the 40K universe, a lot of the armors are not functional and are just made for the wow factor. Maybe once I paint the final portray of the sister I will go back and repaint another one with no boob armor.
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