Skaven Battle Line

Skaven Battle Line

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Skaven Battle Line

Title: Skaven Battle Line
Pixel Artist: buloght  (Level 6 Hitman :: 12570 points)
Posted: 7/7/2006 18:03
Palette: 12 colors
Statistics:  245 comments    639 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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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!

VampNadine (Level 1 Seaman) @ 12/10/2010 13:42

Pfew... this is just epic! 

bojlahg (Level 4 Lieutenant) @ 12/8/2010 11:54

 wow! scary!

thumaszz (Level 1 Depressed) @ 11/25/2010 10:18

You should totally make one from the orcs.

Btw I love it

jan kuijken (Level 1 Gangster) @ 10/24/2010 05:26

 that's so fucking epic, i love it.

tsscdacosta (Level 1 Rookie) @ 10/19/2010 06:12

nice perspective effect with colors. excellent work

carrion (Level 6 Made) @ 9/14/2010 03:37

 just WOW!

Losm (Level 7 Mass Murderer) @ 9/6/2010 08:01

 I still think Fool's was better.

But, still, amazing job, none-the-less.

mashimi (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/1/2010 14:37

The depth works great! Better than lord of the rings, @Rain Maker

Talontantalize (Level 1 Intern) @ 8/11/2010 22:45

Only twelve colors and it looks better than a movie! Fantastic Work! :D

Rain Maker (Level 1 Rookie) @ 1/23/2010 15:35

its kinda lord of the ring-ish

Sandman (Level 1 Intern) @ 11/12/2009 13:13

yes only 12 colours an such a really made something out of your own with warhammer's skavens!

Jocher (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 8/27/2009 11:56

 wow, great work

bacara (Level 1 Seaman) @ 8/3/2009 13:25

 One of my favorite pixels ever and only twelve colors:)

berlin2222 (Level 1 Thug) @ 7/26/2009 04:48

Woah. This is amazing.

MrSmiley (Level 1 Thug) @ 7/14/2009 18:48

 amazing. 5 stars for that.

steveworks (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/28/2009 17:19

amazing.  This is  amazing.

NEX44 (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/25/2009 22:50

Wow amazing

ramazing (Level 3 Sergeant) @ 5/27/2009 00:32

this is amazing!

abdelhc (Level 1 Rookie) @ 5/19/2009 13:10

just awesome!!

gameproducer (Level 1 Intern) @ 5/14/2009 07:05

Just awesome!

monotov (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 5/7/2009 12:59


Official-NeoSoft (Level 5 Sniper) @ 4/24/2009 13:48

wow...... only 12 colors..?

ommikoshii (Level 1 Rookie) @ 4/23/2009 05:44


buloght (Level 6 Hitman) @ 4/11/2009 09:13

Hey stickman. It's true I made this when I was relatively inexperienced. It doesn't really do aa well, and I used pure black as the darkest colour, plus some of the colours are "close" together and maybe more contrast would be better, also that metal ball on the rats weapon is maybe a bit attention seeking and pillowish. Plus there is no real sky (need misty clouds). The brown might also be extremish, maybe some cooler (purple/blue) should replace the darker colours. I have even since then made an edit, but after asking big b if I should update it, he said it's better left alone. I think if I did it now, it would look completely different, but maybe that will be a bad thing, because this was made without any pixel "rules" or "restrictions", so I like that about it. Sometimes those rules are only guidelines anyways :D. This picture has many "pixel" faults, but I really like it as it is :D it represents my pixel innocence.

Guys, thanks for all the comments :)

P.S. I'd also not draw something this big with the mouse again.

Stickman (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 4/10/2009 13:51

I still come back to look at this piece, when talking to friends and other artists about colour usage in pixel art. Really is a great pic - but I do wonder if there are things that you see now, that you would change about this picture.

What would they be, if any?

threezeros000 (Level 1 Seaman) @ 4/8/2009 15:55

This is so...AMAZING.

Exquisious (Level 4 Lieutenant) @ 3/24/2009 10:22

You call this horrible? Wow...

Quake (Level 2 Hired Gun) @ 3/15/2009 05:55

one word, brilliance

Malor (Level 4 Button Man) @ 3/5/2009 21:53

Alrighty troll, back in your cage.

Bongo (Level 1 Gangster) @ 2/23/2009 01:13

that thing is horrible ;and i don't know why this got favorites?2/10

Namre (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 1/9/2009 07:12
When the image first loaded, my first reaction was to click the favorites button and give it a five. Just look at the textures, wow. And even the ground. The atmosphere of the piece really does give the air of an impending battle. Very nicely done. I'm very impredsed.

volcom (Level 1 Depressed) @ 12/24/2008 11:57
omg, i love the beasts and the style. This is one my most fav pixels, awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fatalis67 (Level 1 Rookie) @ 11/9/2008 09:23
Amazing work! I wish I was at this level of awesomeness.

jinz91 (Level 2 Dealer) @ 11/7/2008 21:41
Holy crap on a cracker...12 colours?

Loff (Level 1 Rookie) @ 11/6/2008 14:04
This is some of the best pixel art I've ever seen!

Photocopier (Level 11 Godfather) @ 10/31/2008 08:53
warhammer is good! I prefer 40k though, nice work!

matthewcosta (Level 5 Captain) @ 10/29/2008 17:34
great pixel art, i too like warhammer

Baz (Level 1 Rookie) @ 10/1/2008 14:40
Heeee.... skaven invasion !!! I love how you handle the war tower in the background.

RAMTO (Level 3 Sergeant) @ 9/23/2008 00:25

.:Joker:. (Level 1 Depressed) @ 9/22/2008 08:12


Toad (Level 1 Depressed) @ 9/18/2008 08:27
Leg looks like a battle feild

toony747 (Level 1 Thug) @ 9/18/2008 08:22
this looks pretty cool....

Sokota (Level 1 Private) @ 8/15/2008 02:06
Your work is just gorgeous. I didn't know pixelart could be so.....cinematic! This is awesome stuff here! Keep on keepin' on, man!


DoomDoom (Level 5 Detective) @ 8/9/2008 05:45
very Nice!!! in my favs

Pixel_Devil (Level 2 Quiet One) @ 6/28/2008 09:16

Nayelianne (Level 1 Depressed) @ 6/26/2008 15:04
So much detail, so little colors. I'm impressed :)

Love the big one on the right back corner

Chaos Design (Level 3 Stalker) @ 6/15/2008 07:31
Amazing looks like a proper war scene.

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