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An original character I made, for once.  Read about her adventures on Pastebin.

As her story is set during the 30 Years’ War, I mostly patterned her design off the outfits of the landsknecht mercenary soldiers whose efficiency was matched only by their flamboyance.  But to add some unique flavor of her own, I added the swooping shoulders and fluting characteristic of Maximilian armor, as well as a short cape and a front cloth thing.  Her breastplate is based on the Japanese muneate and adds an asymmetry that makes itself felt in small ways through her whole design.  Her sword, too, is nontraditional—rather than the small and agile rapiers favored by real soldiers of the period, she uses a stylized executioner’s sword.  When you’re a magical girl in a time of chaos and brutality, you do what you want.

Another OC of a friend!  I messed with the color scheme a bit, added some meaty contrast and dialed back the saturation slightly.  All to make her boobs pop more, of course.

You may also notice the shading looks a bit different—this is because I used a technique borrowed from freezeex where I paint in all the shadows in black and white and then superimpose colors over that on Hard Light layers.  It’s interesting, but I think I prefer a little more control over my lights and shadows…

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