Sunday, December 2, 2012

TESV:Skyrim - Daedric Armour and Weapon Set

For the Daedric Armor the design called for a rather unearthly and unconventional approach. I want to hit all of the notes of the previous incarnations of the design but wanted to give it a distinctly asymmetrical silhouette and a bit more high fantasy. In my little back story, I felt it should look like it was forged in some other hellish dimension to empower and torment it's user for the amusement of some elder god. I felt like this is a powerful piece of equipment but almost too powerful for any mere mortal to wear. It should look painful to wear as if that cost was worth it.


The weapons needed to convey the same feeling of being almost as dangerous to the user as it is to the users opponent. Lots of reversed point bits and humming red plasma/magma just under the surface of the steel. 


The shield felt a little obtuse and out of place with the rest of the gear to me so I asked to do a quick redesign...


Thanks again for stopping by and stay inspired to create!

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6 comments:

RogerH said...

Looks epic Ray! I was wondering, what do you usually look at for reference for your armor, or your mages (in the previous post)? Also related: Do you start with a story idea, or do you start with a cool visual first? Thanks.

Ray Lederer said...

Hi Roger, It depends on my mood. Sometimes it's pure free form. I prefer to craft an idea from a good nugget of an idea or story. For ref of course the internetz but also several armor books including the Eyewitness Guide to Armor, and also finding real armor to look at in museums and friends who have bits and pieces. I tend to study things down to the rivet when I'm researching. I want to know how it articulates and what sorts of materials are used. For the Daedric it was all of that plus looking at meteorites, pumice, and lava. I like having story ideas. It's the quickest way to an image for me. If I don't have one it's harder for me to just free form something. I can but I wind up working out some sort of story in my head as I go. Not like a narrative per say but more of a history and psychology if that makes sense.

Jason said...

Hey Ray, I'm no artist, but only a longtime fan of the fantasy setting. I just want to state what an awesome job you've done on the entire Daedric armor and weapon set. The design for them is simply awesome. The armor looks fantastic as both a 3D model and on paper.

P.S. Redesigned shield looks much better. ;)

RogerH said...

Thanks so much Ray! Very detailed reply, and yes it makes total sense. I didn't get a chance to read this until now.

Corbin Merkel-Evans said...

One I absolutely love the Daedric Armor! Easily the BEST looking armor for Skyrim!!! And two, will Bethesda release any new DLC for Skyrim that includes new armor, weapons, quests, places, houses, etc? Or does Bethesda plan on making another Elder Scrolls game for video game consoles such as X-Box or PS3/4?

Ray Lederer said...

Hi Corbin, Thanks for the nice words. As for future unannounced plans of BGS I cannot say but stay tuned and I'm sure your questions will eventually be answered.