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Numenorean Royal Guard by Merlkir Numenorean Royal Guard by Merlkir
Trying a different style. It's based on my old sketch. Just an idea. For fun.

The bodyguard could fight both on foot and on horseback with the spear or use the sidearm - eket in extreme close quarters fights. (inside the palace halls for instance). He also wears karma - Númenorean helmet made of overlapping metal scales covered in leather. His armour and (especially) the helmet would look much more ornate and decorated if he was wearing a parade dress. This equipment is more war-suited.

(and yeah, I know I spelled Númenorean wrong. I'm too lazy to fix it.)
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
 Beautiful work!
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ElrondPeredhel Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Wonderful ! (even if I will consider him more like an early Arnorian cause of the warm coat which doesn't really fit the warm weather of Numenor and southern ME)
But you made an "historical mistake" :

"The bodyguard could fight both on foot and on horseback with the spear or use the sidearm - eket in extreme close quarters fights."

In fact Numenroreans didn't really use horses in battle : Tolkien said in the Unfinished Tales that if they were really found of horses they didn't use them in battle. They took this behaviour from their early days, when they were fighting overseas, a travel that their horses were not able to handle.

(and excuse my english, not my english language and I'm not practicing that much usually).
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Merlkir Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, I did forget about that. It's an old drawing. ;)
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:iconelrondperedhel:
ElrondPeredhel Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Yeah, I was surprised to take you off guard on something too :D
By the way I want to precise that a common critique on your Dunedain (I saw that on your battle ready Dunadan and on numerous other drawings from other artists) is wrong : Dunedain do have beards. Tolkien only wrote that the men of Elvish descent don't have beards and all Dunedain are not concerned. Furthermore we know two examples of "persons" with elvish blood how have beards :
- Théoden have a long white beard and is of Imrahil kindred by his mother.
- The statue of the Gondorian King on the Road Crossing do have a beard.

Now Tolkien made this notes about Imrahil lineage but didn't say anything about Boromir or Aragorn, so everyone can still depict them the way he wants.
So keep going with bearded Dunedain :)
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TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
wow gorgeous. i love how it has a sort of "late antiquity" flavor, like a soldier from roman-era spain or carthage. perfect silhouette, and a perfect "dunedain face" stern, clean shaven. sorry to gush, i just love this picture!
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Yule-Lord Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
very interesting strokes. Like the style and colours.
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Baratheonerus Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
His armour and (especially) the helmet would look much more ornate and decorated if he was wearing a parade dress.

This parade dress would be awesome to see. Everytime when i look at this artwork, i think this guy is a Man of Dale. No idea why. Awesome work.
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Qitian Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great sketch and design! Doesn't suit "my" personal idea of the Númenoreans (it looks so WARM!), which goes more into the Mediterranean/Egyptian direction, but it's still a very impressive drawing!
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herr-garrett Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
Great, altough the helmet looks a bit modern for Númenor :D Anyway.
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elviella Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
Wonderful work in the detail!o.o I like the sepia colours, too, and his expression=)
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Merlkir Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :) not much to see of that face though :D
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xenos60 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009
Awesome as always.
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Merlkir Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:aww:
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Caroots Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
But the Karma had not 2 wings on it?
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:iconmerlkir:
Merlkir Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
nope. The description implies that there might've been a leather plume shaped like a fish or a fish tail. And Tolkien's own drawing doesn'T have wings.
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Caroots Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
Ok Thanks I'd tought so... By the way I like the style of the drawing
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Merlkir Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thanks ;)
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goat89 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
AWESOME!!!!! The true Men of the West.
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Merlkir Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:) inded.
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Merlkir Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
indeed. damn, I spilled tea in the keyboard :D
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Taladas Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
I really like this sketchy stile, and the sepia colors ;)
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:iconmerlkir:
Merlkir Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:) thanks.
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Destichado Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
Is... is that a figure-eight shield?
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:iconmerlkir:
Merlkir Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
well, it's not the bronze age/ cow hide typical figure-eight shield. But the shape is similar :) (I have another sketch of it, maybe I'll post it later.)
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Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome work, like the others. Style fits this perfectly.

It's quite pointless to argue if the armor or gear is suitable, everyone has their own point of views. Your works look very realistic to me. Even if Numenorians had access to iron, they weren't very militaristic in the early days.

Your interest and familiarizing with the different kind of folks in Middle-Earth is simply enviable. You really effort in these works.
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Merlkir Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
Tolkien's works offer me a huge amount of nations to imagine and concept, that's why I come back to ME all the time. And the incredibly long and well described history also offers many things to choose from. Since I haven't drawn any Númenoreans before, I felt I should give it a shot ;)
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ArchiCrash Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
Neat. I like the texturing.
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Merlkir Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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Slawin Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
Last clicks before German :+fav: :D :D :D
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Merlkir Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:hug: now run, you German! ;)
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beregond3019 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
quite impressive one. Like the attire, but a bit more metal would be my fav :D
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:iconmerlkir:
Merlkir Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
hmm, yeah. I didn't want to over-armour him and maybe I gave him too little metal.
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fgesn Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
not bad :)
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Merlkir Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
gee, thanks! :rofl:
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