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Taldor - Echoes of Glory by RalphHorsley Taldor - Echoes of Glory by RalphHorsley
Taldor - Echoes of Glory

Pathfinder Companion cover artwork.
© Paizo; Pathfinder.

Acrylic, Approx 13" x 16.5".

Original artwork for sale; UK£1300.

The knights battled fiercely, each striving for an upper hand in both their individual fight and endless civil war

To attempt to keep focus on the main protagonists I chose a strong spotlight behind them, in the form of the setting sun, which creates powerful rim lighting. Accompanying this the background recedes through atmospheric perspective and muted palette, whilst the fallen figures drop into deeper shadows.

The two sides in the battle are purposely similar, with only small differences in their heraldic devices, to add to the sense of intermingled confusion.

Details of the product, and a picture of this image with trade dress on, can be seen here:

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knightorder Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
Excellent work. You've really managed to capture the essence of the dying empire quite well.

If I was to make one critique about the picture, it would be that the one knight's mace is MASSIVE. No human alive could swing a mace whose head was the size of, well, your head, for more than two or three swings before becoming exhausted. A smaller mace head would look more natural in his hand.

Minor quibble, I know, especially coming from someone who has not an iota of your talent.
johnslegers Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That looks amazing! :D
AlgaeNymph Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
This picture says a thousand words about how wretched Taldor is. Well done!
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
CaptainZorikh Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
A lovely piece of fantasy art, good and gory and exciting. You have a very strong and confident style and I applaud your bold choice of making your "production design" more extreme than historically accurate. That helps take it out of he "real world" and put it in a place where things can be even more dramatic than real life.
My only quibble is about the right leg of the knight on the left (with the bandage) I am not sure of its anatomy. It seem a little small and attached a little low on his torso. Prehaps his hips should be wider. It looks like a cylinder, the niled bordering it being parallel, but the armor curving around it looks like it is pointing away from the camera. I can;t really tell where the knee is, and it looks like it is in a real difficult position. I would think if you were to put some curves on it where the thigh and calf muckle should be, then it would look more like a leg I would believe it a little more.
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
okay - Thanks :)
JuniorJac Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
Kaithas Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
DEAR GOODNESS! It is absoluty beautiful! Numerous details, a truely epic scene with the right ammount of chaos! To truely create the perfect battle scene requires much hard work and attention to many, many details! I LOVE the armor styles! I love how each soldier, fallen or standing, has a unique suit of armor, or perhaps pauldron, or helm. Well done!
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