Skaven Battle Line

Skaven Battle Line

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Skaven Battle Line

Title: Skaven Battle Line
Pixel Artist: buloght  (Level 6 Hitman :: 12561 points)
Posted: 7/7/2006 18:03
Palette: 12 colors
Statistics:  241 comments    598 faves    0 avatars

Mouse-drawn and -pixelled.

The lineart took a long time and so did the texturing, everything on and off over the last 3 weeks, I've been working on it very hard in the last couple of days. Well it took a long time summoning the army, getting the troops together, you can imagine.

Reference: I was paging through a book of Adrian Smith's warhammer drawings when I saw a pic called the 'Skaven Battle Line - Warhammer Armies 2001'. I thought it would look cool in pixel art, so I tried to make the same battle line, but in a different more cartoony style. Notice the oversized heads and giant upper bodies. Also I changed a lot of the details since my proportions made some stuff different. A lot had to be improvised and changed. The image was in greyscale and for the duration of this piece the book was on my lap for reference :).

Inspiration: The B.O.B.'s war picture titled 'the Massacre'. And Big Brother since and I am inspired by his work and games, he also informed me about the existence of pixel joint.

Colours: 12

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Julius Cesarius (Level 1 Thug) @ 3/8/2017 04:10

Perfect drawing.

Drozerix (Level 1 Depressed) @ 9/23/2016 08:43

Wicked! I like the atmospheric feel of this. Very nice color choice.

uniquewei (Level 1 Rookie) @ 3/6/2016 05:00

a fantasy world

Zemo375 (Level 1 Rookie) @ 1/30/2016 11:57

love this artist

Zemo375 (Level 1 Rookie) @ 1/30/2016 11:56


Gobbach (Level 1 Gangster) @ 10/4/2015 14:18

WWAAAAAAAAAGHHH!!.....oh wait,wrong place

Gobbach (Level 1 Gangster) @ 10/3/2015 02:27


LanderSolon (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 8/18/2015 16:11

Very fun how the foreground spikes violate the picture plane.

Splurge (Level 4 Team Leader) @ 12/18/2014 16:02

Somehow brings back memories of the Amiga game Onslaught. That, and the last day at Glastonbury.

King of Spades (Level 1 Gangster) @ 10/20/2014 04:09

Groggeneral (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/5/2014 09:53

Quite much dithering but the roughness fits the scene perfectly! love it!

feiss (Level 5 Detective) @ 4/22/2014 06:35

Massive, I love it. The drawing is really good, and it's very interesting how instead of antialiasing the edges, you increased the sharpening by adding highlights and contrast. That gives it a distinct texture and feeling. So many things to praise in this image... Congrats!

Belzenev (Level 1 Rookie) @ 1/7/2014 22:58

 whoaaaaa incredible!

Phexion (Level 5 Detective) @ 11/27/2013 09:23

 The shear amount of time and effort put into this certainly shows and for 12 colours I am pretty impressed. Great work!

PNG (Level 1 Thug) @ 8/22/2013 00:35

 This is one of my favorite submissions.

nedink (Level 1 Intern) @ 8/9/2013 10:56

I think this is the most appropriate use of dithering I have seen anywhere on this site.

Bynine (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 6/24/2013 16:25

 Ahh, that's amazing. I love how gritty and textured it is.

juanillovale (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 5/29/2013 05:52

Wow! Alucinante!! :-D

BatuKnight (Level 1 Rookie) @ 3/22/2013 07:33

T1mePiece (Level 4 Mercenary) @ 12/18/2012 18:49

 The background soldiers' shading style is what caught my attention mainly. Great idea 

hnt6581 (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 7/19/2012 06:15

So much detail it's jawdropping.

beevance (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/30/2012 02:00

 Reminds me of LotR. Very viscious looking.

kkndrip (Level 1 Rookie) @ 5/23/2012 05:12

 Amazing detail&skills.. loved it!

Neela (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 4/23/2012 03:15

Amazing detail! 

chandlerplusbass (Level 1 Rookie) @ 4/2/2012 01:06

 Looks like a cool perspective version of aoe 2. With animals.

Laughing Llama (Level 1 Gangster) @ 3/8/2012 19:44

This is glorious! I can't believe it's just 12 colors!

The fog effect is beautiful! I can't stop looking at it.

vanio_inn (Level 3 Stalker) @ 2/9/2012 18:42

Great job, just love it :)

Brutown (Level 1 Depressed) @ 1/23/2012 18:09

 rly? =o epic epic epic, nice colorsssssssss

Sinister_95 (Level 1 Gangster) @ 9/29/2011 21:05

 I remember seeing this about a year ago when browsing pixel art, it was in the Hall of Fame and I was lurking... This piece has kinda stuck with me through that time and been an influence on me in more ways than one. So glad I've found it again. Can't fave it enough. I love it.

Eco (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/11/2011 06:21

 omgggggggg gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooddddddd

Sublyme (Level 4 Murderer) @ 9/1/2011 04:17

so much depth, i love it

Gabylouro (Level 1 Seaman) @ 8/5/2011 17:58


Hylst (Level 3 Enforcer) @ 8/5/2011 05:33

 Excellent 11 colors Wharhammer piece ! =)

Damcen (Level 1 Thug) @ 8/4/2011 03:16

 I keep meaning to buy a Skaven army xD

Gugaknie (Level 5 Soldier) @ 8/1/2011 07:47

 Looks nice, but some shadows are hugly

jae17 (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/19/2011 07:31

That's simply... EPIC!!!!!!!!!!

KreatorZ (Level 1 Thug) @ 7/6/2011 10:44

Looks like one scene of LOTR

Gabylouro (Level 1 Seaman) @ 6/4/2011 16:42

Very great!

Tmrgast (Level 2 Hired Gun) @ 6/3/2011 14:29



bobowitzbob (Level 4 Team Leader) @ 5/14/2011 09:28

Whoa. Simply awesome.

furansu (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 5/7/2011 07:12

Great atmospheric feel. I can imagine myself in the battlefield.

Advarsky (Level 1 Intern) @ 4/11/2011 03:43

 Awesome work! Epic!:D

Myfault (Level 2 Quiet One) @ 4/7/2011 07:37

 Only 12 colors? :OO

almostpeaceful74 (Level 1 Thug) @ 3/27/2011 21:39

I was taking a drink of water when i saw this, and honestly almost spat it all over my keyboard. This is wonderful. Just the drawing alone is stunning, but if you take into account the shading and dithering, not to mention the twelve-colour palette, it becomes something really special. Also it's Warhammer, so add ten thousand points.


I bet you get sick of it after 5 years worth of adoring comments though, eh?

JuninFC (Level 2 Hired Gun) @ 3/15/2011 09:36

12 colors ? very nice man !

Gugaknie (Level 5 Soldier) @ 3/1/2011 16:09

 Love that canvas!

KalasMannen (Level 1 Rookie) @ 2/3/2011 08:53

Great work! And really impressing with a so small palette! 

Li Dao (Level 1 Rookie) @ 12/29/2010 20:51

Only 12 colors ?! Can't be ! xD Great !

@Gabriel101@ (Level 1 Thug) @ 12/29/2010 20:07


HummingBird (Level 1 Thug) @ 12/26/2010 05:58

I just LOVE the details, and everything! And the big monsters... Scary!

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