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Corwyn, Superstitious Mercenary by Rhineville Corwyn, Superstitious Mercenary by Rhineville
done for paizo publishing's NPC codex
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Natasel Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
Ok, on one hand, that is a beautiful picture. You are a gifted artist.

On the other hand, here's what a SCA will spot right off.

1) Judging by the size of that cross bow, its a war sized cross bow and there is neither a windlass nor a stirrup in sight. Winding that thing is going to be very hard and very exhausting.

2) The crossbow man is wearing too much armor and the wrong type to boot! Plate is NOT very flexible while you could forego the stirrup and just step on the bow itself (idiotic) to pull the bowstring, trying to do that while wearing heavy, inflexible plate is just asking for trouble.

3) The spear is redundant. You can be a crossbow man or a spear man. You can't be both at the same time so it would be far more practical to stick with either the crossbow or the spear and let an ally wield the weapon you didn't pick  for you.

4) That is not a pavise shield. While it might be a pavise, it seems far too small and would have made wearing plate armor largely redundant anyway.

5) While a person could certainly be superstitious and want to festoon one self with all manners of charms, wards and whatnot, doing so while wearing metal means its going to bang about your body every step you take. Far more practical and better for stealth if they were kept wrapped up in a pouch and tucked in tight instead of flopping about.
Spydrouge Featured By Owner Edited Oct 10, 2015  Professional Writer
Ok, on one hand, that is a highly detailed analysis. You are a seasoned historian.

On the other hand, here's what an amused INTP-watcher will spot right off. 

1) Judging by the detailed content of your post you are attempting to be helpful; Usually a critic of anything should first understand the medium he is critiquing. To supply an even remotely condescending sounding (even unintentionally) historical breakdown of a character who was commissioned by a company for a fantasy setting, in which any of his armaments might be justified entirely by virtue of being enchanted, is visibly silly.

2) The first step to offering one's specialist knowledge on a subject which one enjoys, presuming one actually wishes that knowledge to be useful to anyone as opposed to dismissed out of hand for its bewildering presentation, is to establish a relationship with the intended recipient, usually by Note (or other more personal and less public forum). One then establishes one's expertise, the desire to share it, and requests whether or not the intended recipient would like to partake of the expertise.

3) this step is optional.  Once consent has been established, one may elect to sense out whether one is dealing with Fi-dominant individual (someone who reasons with feelings, and thus has a tendency to be more sensitive to criticisms) by offering a gentle analysis of a single piece and observing the reaction.

4) If all social clues point to go, one then attempts to begin to cultivate a friendship with the intended recipient of one's knowledge, and as the friendship emerges, one offers an analysis of several pieces that were of interest, and gradually gets to the point where the new friend seeks out one's expertise before pieces are finished- which, of course, is the only time one's expertise is actually of any use to anyone. 

5) Note that if expertise is not desired, expertise should usually not be given. This is not because there is anything wrong with critiques, but rather because it is usually best to place expertise where people will absorb and make use of it, which simply requires a more meaningful relationship (professional or personal) with a content creator at the beginning of the content-creation process.  Otherwise one enters, spouts off a bunch of information, and leaves; with everyone else watching on bemusedly, shaking their heads, and then going on with their business as if the episode never happened.  This is terrible, as clearly one's expertise is quite excellent and ought to be made available to someone who will appreciate it. 

And after all, this fella was clearly designed to fit a personality, not a historical paradigm. Characterization, not realism, was the driving force here. His crossbow is strung with a rope. Alas, but it seems here is a work of stylized fantasy. 
NathanDespain Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015
He's a mercenary, not a specialist or an assassin, although if he wanted to be silent for a specific mission he could wear less plate. This is him in his ensamble. Constructed battle is different than mercenary work, and whilst what you say works for a specialist, it does not apply to an all-around. Mercenaries need what they need and rarely carry one type of weapon.
TheWittenburger Featured By Owner Edited Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel that someone could write a story just based off of this picture, and it would be a great story.
saloniko Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
love all the protection charms
Sierau Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student General Artist
I love all of his trinkets! xD
wachileirinpei Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That is freaking cool
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