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Title: Killroller
Pixel Artist: Manupix  (Level 11 Godfather :: 67954 points)
Posted: 2/19/2010 13:36
Palette: 23 colors
Statistics:  24 comments    81 faves    0 avatars

This started ages ago as an attempt at the Final Boss mockup challenge. Didn't go further than the boss basic shading though.

In this game, you'd be in charge of a team of road workers whose job is to fix a cliff road. You would start with a supply of tools, explosives, building materials and weapons. You would need to clear obstructions, build bridges across chasms and consolidate cliff walls while being harrassed by enemies, thunderbolts and rockslides.

When you'd see the end coming near, this huge steam roller of a boss would catch up blocking the road behind you. Your tools and weapons are powerless against it. Explosives would destroy it, but chances are your supply is exhausted. You might build a large wall to block it, or dig a hole to make it fall, but time is short, and you also have to build that final bridge across the last gap to safety, before it crushes all your team to death.

Will you make it?


I've stopped counting the days I spent on it. I've abandonned the mockup idea and concentrated on a new direction for the boss. Got huge inspiration in this piece by Ilkke.

The title is a reminiscence of Killdozer. The book, not the band, nor this story which I discovered today.

Used those for refs.

Wip here.


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kuznetsowski (Level 3 Hatchet Man) @ 12/12/2013 00:52

Epic style...!!

Jetrel (Level 1 Intern) @ 12/15/2010 01:54

 Man, how did I miss this?  Amazing!

Niss (Level 4 Deputy) @ 11/4/2010 01:55

This is awesome!

You set a great mood with the brown/dark background which lets the light pop out nicely.

avo (Level 8 Cannibal) @ 7/12/2010 11:09

I liked the vehicle design especially

TheZakMan (Level 2 Kukyu) @ 4/29/2010 20:10

good work!

Manupix (Level 11 Godfather) @ 4/17/2010 02:27

Thanks, glad you like it!

I've learned lots by checking your work, and still do.

iLKke (Level 9 Nidan) @ 4/13/2010 08:22

Wonderful. FAVed!                             

1ucas (Level 5 Soldier) @ 4/4/2010 05:17

Holy shit, this is awesome! I'm in love with those color ramps for the metal.

snowk (Level 7 Mass Murderer) @ 2/26/2010 23:11

ooooo! nice texture! Is rust what you were aiming for? if so, you pulled it off nicely

Manupix (Level 11 Godfather) @ 2/26/2010 16:59


@ Manjaman: good points!

I had tried yellow specs on the saw, didn't work. I should try again...


Just found this lovely Tomi Ungerer picture btw. <3!

Slemsvamp (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 2/26/2010 02:00

Small yet so heavy. Cool!

blueleds (Level 1 Rookie) @ 2/26/2010 00:30

 My reaction to this was just... wowwwwww

Excellent colors and shading.

bonehead11 (Level 2 Quiet One) @ 2/24/2010 11:07

This is just so friggin beautifull  ... the shading is + the design 

Manjaman (Level 8 Cannibal) @ 2/22/2010 00:45

Please stop doing progresses. That's too much. The roof seems a bit unfinished though. I definitly love all the small details you drew, especially the cap. And I love you. 6/6

edit : one thing's disturbing me : you overAAed the cowls of the chimneys, they are a bit blurred.

edit2 : should add a few yellow pixels to the saw, it doesn't shine enough...

Stickman (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 2/21/2010 05:41

Excellent vehicle design! I especially like the front parts.

Dr D (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 2/20/2010 21:39

o shi-

In the vein of unethical nintendo games, this would make a great addition!

Manupix (Level 11 Godfather) @ 2/20/2010 18:10

Thanks guys!

@ DrD: for sale.


Wait, no comment about the cap? Now you disappoint me...

Ivy00 (Level 1 Rookie) @ 2/20/2010 14:28

so steampunk :D love it

yrizoud (Level 6 Aquamarine) @ 2/19/2010 18:55

Very nice. The mechanic cracks me up, it's like a lion tamer who puts his head in a lion's maw.

zi-double (Level 9 Necrophiliac) @ 2/19/2010 16:27

Very fun work like always :)

RollerKingdom (Level 7 Mass Murderer) @ 2/19/2010 14:56

WOW im in love with it, amazing colors!!!

Dr D (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 2/19/2010 14:39

Great work, I too am really enjoying the colors. I especially like the little shine on the front of the vehicle. Sign is unreadable to me, tho.

Also, nice story. I now know what I will do shall I ever decide to go on a killing spree.

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 2/19/2010 14:37

Very nice job. Looks kinda thin and skinny tho.

Robinhood (Level 9 Boss) @ 2/19/2010 13:43

Woah, did not see this coming man.  Amazing textures and details.  Nice use of colors, really digging the palette you used, nice, rusty, and realistic. :)  Keep this epic stuff. 'v'

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