Templar Assassin - Deadly Nightshade
Full set can be found at the Steam Workshop here:
Steam Workshop :: Deadly Nightshade
Work-In-Progress information can be found below:
I was notified by my friend and co-worker about this contest and I thought it would be pretty awesome to join in and contribute.
I'm only vaguely familiar with the Dota universe so I had to read up, using the resources provided, and ask some of my friends who actively play it for advice and extra information. Though the roster was packed with so many visually interesting characters, I ultimately decided to choose the Templar Assassin.
Here are some inspirational images I gathered so I can get some ideas running through my head. Some of these images directly influenced my design choices, some didn't and some are just characters that I was reminded of when reading up on Lanaya, the Templar Assassin:
(All image credits belong to their respective owners.)
Here is the original design for the Templar Assassin:
I really dig the angular design with the huge shoulder pads as well as the insignia being pervasive throughout the costume. Though it seems very signature to this character design, I felt I should conceptualize something in contrast to that, just to play around with theme and possibly come out with a design that is just as aesthetically appealing.
And here two variants of the concept sketch I made on top of the in-game model.
2: (Changed the pouch to a tome, the mask to a veil, and added pants.)
I will most likely go with the second variant, unless the poly count goes too far, then I'll probably opt for the first or a mix of the two. My main concern is the poly count, so I'm hoping it turns out well, if I can get that far. If I do finish, the final design may vary from the concept sketch.
Also, as a question, if anyone knows--is it possible to add extra bones for the rig? Like if I decide to add a cape or flowing cloth for this design, how will I go about doing that and having it implement properly in the game? If it's something I cannot worry about, then I don't mind--I just figured the character would look pretty cool with a cape and it would be nice to have that addition.
Any questions or comments, requests or suggestions, please fell free to let me know and thanks for looking! (And apologies for the large images!)