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    la-fairy: there is no mention in the rules that it has to be a male god, so i guess the choice is yours. And there are many norse goddesses to choose, one important one is Freyja, who would often ride in a chariot pulled by big blue cats, or on a golden battle boar.


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    LA-Fairy - There's also Frigg, Odin's wife. You could use her as kind of viewpoint and discuss the events that take place around her, mainly the death of both her son and husband.


    Some slightly off-topic inspiration: this is a compilation of all the legends in Brütal Legend, the backstory of which is largely inspired by Norse mythos. Very epic.


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    Awwwww man... you guys come up with the most amazing, awesome, impossible to resist topic ever on a week when I have a million things I have to get done pld: I've been wanting to do some Norse mythology stuff for a while... I guess I'll just have to go without sleep again and try to get it all done!

    Here's some scribbly sketches to start out with... I can't decide if I want to do Thor vs. Midgard Serpent, or Odin vs. Fenrir!

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    If I remember correctly, the various events that take place during Ragnarok (such as the individual duels) are just key event markers of one single event, a major battle. They are just storytelling elements to depict a single point of time. So although they don't all happen at exactly the same time in during the course of the battle, the events could be portrayed as such for the purpose of the cover. Illustrated book covers for Fantasy and Sci-Fi (and any genre for that matter) typically don't depict a true scene from the book, but try to capture the essence of what's inside. So I might suggest trying to capture the essence of Ragnarok instead of one particular element.

    I've always been a fan of Loki sailing a ship made from zombie toenails and laden with the army of Hel and the Frost Giants into the final battle. But Fiery Fenrir and the lashing worm Jörmungandr are too tempting not to illustrate.

    Thinking of doing a version laid out like the old Dinosaucers theme song ending (except it will have Fenrir, Loki, Thor, Odin, etc)
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    Sweet I love Norse Mythos!!! I'm in!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dierat View Post
    LA-Fairy - There's also Frigg, Odin's wife. You could use her as kind of viewpoint and discuss the events that take place around her, mainly the death of both her son and husband.


    Some slightly off-topic inspiration: this is a compilation of all the legends in Brütal Legend, the backstory of which is largely inspired by Norse mythos. Very epic.

    Is there anything like this for Ragnarok? I would love to not have to READ all about it frankly lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artfix View Post
    Is there anything like this for Ragnarok? I would love to not have to READ all about it frankly lol.
    lol I know, it's a bit much to digest. I started by reading this page (http://www.thorshof.org/ragnar.htm), which summarizes each step in ultra-simple format. You can pick out some events that sound interesting and read about them in further detail on the wiki page.


    Last night I came up with an idea that I really liked which is to have the image focus on Heimdallr blowing Gjallarhorn to wake the gods, and the negative space around him would portray the various events of Ragnarok, like Fenrir eating the sun and Yggdrassil burning, as carvings in a runestone. But now that I'm looking at it again, I'm not sure if I like this idea enough to continue with it. Hmm..

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    Dreoilin: looking epic so far, will be interesting to see these rendered

    Dierat: neat idea, some of the best norse artwork comes from stone and wood carvings, will be interesting to see how you execute this idea

    I seem to be having some problems drawing a muscular dude with a big hammer fighting a giant serpent, this calls for some Frazetta referencing!!! The arms still look very weird, but you get the idea of what's happening...this illustration stuff is harder than it looks
    I originally wanted to have thor hold the serpent by his throat, but thought that would be too easy for thor, so I made the serpent bigger with thor holding his mouth open, as mentioned his arms look a bit small, I may even make thor smaller to give the midgard serpent an even bigger scale.
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    Not sure if I will attempt the finished piece, but here is a character sketch.

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    Hopefully I can find time to finish this as I was upset I couldn't finish the last one. Anyway, here are some initial thoughts. A little generic so far. Heh, and although i wasn't looking directly at Frazetta it's a little too obvious I was thinking of him!

    The first one is supposed to be Loki after he breaks out of his chains.

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    Quick rough, still got a lot of working out on this, so many different ideas. But most likely going with this one, scene of thor's death after killing the midgard serpent. Valkyries over head, with war still raging on in background, and what ever else i can do if i get time. Also hoping to add some sort of norse style border, probably an old metal look, depicting certain characters and objects from the story, that is if i get time, and dont sleep this week. lol

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    dierat: That sounds like a really cool idea. I can't wait to see it!

    I tried combining some things... BTW, that's Vioarr trying to snap Fenrir's jaws.

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    My first rough. Jötunn vs Heimdallr.
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    Jadger: Nice work! I like the composition.

    Jpacer: I think I like the tighter composition with the snake. The snake's body provides a nice flow with it running in and out of the frame.

    Here's what I've got so far!

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