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Manta Knight by HectorHimeros Manta Knight by HectorHimeros
POLL RESULT
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I originally made 2 versions of this. And based on the poll result, many favor the one with fire. So I choose this a the official version of my Manta Knight. Thanks for voting.


SAINT SEIYA - HIMEROS VERSION
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This is a fan art about Japanese manga/anime Saint Seiya (SS) drawn by Masami Kurumada. My version is very different. The story happens in Greek mythological era. When the Olympian gods fought the Titans, each god formed an army of knights. Hephaestus created all the armors for them. Athena only had 48 knights (according to the number of ancient constellations). When the war ended, half of Athena's army was dead. The survivors became rogue knights because their service was no longer required. Just like the original Greek version, Athena chose to mingle with other gods on mount Olympus - leaving humans at the mercy of mischievous gods and dangerous monsters. Each ex-Athena's knight then handed down their armor and power to their descendants or relatives. Although the war against the titans had ended, people still needed savior because sometimes Olympian gods caused havoc. Hence, the knights were still in business of saving lives.


CHARACTER INFO
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Tecton is my original character. He is the Manta Knight, one of Poseidon's 7 generals. Like Speudon, Tecton also has a giant pet monster named Kraken who could shapeshift his lobster pinchers into octopus tentacles. However, Tecton prefers to harass ships.

During one event of ship destruction, Tecton runs into Carpus, Gemini Knight. Carpus is aboard the ship because he is chasing a man who steal his jar of heart. Naturally, when Kraken is trying to destroy the ship, Gemini fights it. Tecton knows that his monster can be easily beaten, thus he challenges Gemini in a duel. But in a bizarre twist of fate, when Carpus is almost beaten, Tecton admits that he's the one who arranges for the theft of Gemini's jar of heart. He does it in order to stimulate Carpus' buried memory.

Like the constellation it represents, Gemini Armor causes Carpus to have personality distortion: Carpus the warrior and Carpus the peacemaker. It turns out that during the fight against the titans, Carpus and Tecton became a team and fell in love with each other. However, Carpus forgot all about it when he threw away his warrior life. Hence, Tecton deliberately provokes Carpus, hoping that the duel will bring out the memory of Carpus the warrior and rekindle their lost love.


MANTA vs KRAKEN
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Officially, the armor of this knight is named Kraken in Saint Seiya universe. However, the name and the shape contradict each other. In history, Kraken is often associated with giant squid-octopus (sometimes whale). But Kraken armor in Saint Seiya is a manta ray. Hence, I named my knight Manta Knight, instead of Kraken Knight.



Model: Mike Matters - Next Door Male
Sky: Thy Darkest Hour [link]
Sea: Dark Rose 42 [link]
Monster: Cheyenne75 [link]
Ship: Alegion Stock [link]
Rock: Maerocks [link]
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Naruttebayo67 Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow nice background :clap:
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HectorHimeros Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :) Glad you enjoy it. Which one do u prefer btw? Without fire, with fire, or both?
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Naruttebayo67 Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
with fire :nod: i like this effect :nod:

but the other with thunder and lightening on the sky can look good too ;p
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Thy-Darkest-Hour Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I like the one without the fire, but both are awesome!
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HectorHimeros Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't decide LOL Hence I put both side by side.
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ravery12 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
they both look good. However, logistically how would a kraken set a ship on fire?

Thus I have to vote for the blue one.
If you really want to include the reds, maybe a sunset sky would fit.
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HectorHimeros Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In my thought, when I created the fire version, the fire actually came from something flammable aboard the ship like lantern. I made the blue version first before making the fire version. I myself prefer blue but the fire looks dramatic.

Sunset sky sounds good. But I have to re-work the monster and the knight as well to fit the new sky because I already turned them bluish.
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ravery12 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Yes they both are very striking. My take is that making the sky a sunset would put the sun behind them. Strong back lighting produces a silhouetting effect.

So the current blue tint would work. Paint the clouds with appropriate reds and oranges, and add an edge high light to emphasize that the light is striking them from behind.

But then if you like how that turns out, you will have three to choose from. :D
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HectorHimeros Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I might try that :)
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CHEYENNE75 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool
thanks
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