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Masterwork Dwarven Blades by IgnusDei Masterwork Dwarven Blades by IgnusDei
Dwarven Blade designs for a Dragon Age mod. Nothing special about them, save for their quality.
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These are pretty nice. Both blades share a similar 45 degree angle aesthetic, which makes it cohesive. Now, I'm personally just getting into the DragonAge lore, so forgive me if I cross some internal DragonAge boundaries I shouldn't. But, just thinking about these as a dwarf's weapon, in general, the sword on the left seems a bit long. In my experience, you dont want to carry a blade longer than your reach from finger tip to shoulder blade. But I suppose this is more of a conceptual argument than actually an argument about the artistic quality, which, by the way, is superb. The bronze/copper color looks excellent and contrasts well on the nicely textured cold steel color. I like the attention to detail in this picture. Especially the tip on the sword on the left. That little dot that is imbued to the tip of the sword is neat to look at. Now, no blacksmith would ever do that, in reality, due to it potentially causing a weak point on the blade. But it makes for great show and will work ideally for your game. Very nice work, I wonder what program you made this in?
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Doragon-Shinzui Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Both practical and intimidating. Grip on the sword seems a bit...short, though. Looks like it'd be a bit unbalanced.
ArchonofFate Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work that game needs more dwarven swords ^.^
IgaHanzo Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
dude epic fav
Aristodemus2533 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
Don't suppose there's a link to this mod if it's out?

Great quality work, truly.
IgnusDei Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
sadly, no.
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dubdotherdain Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the designs. the detail in the etching on the blades is pretty slick

the nit picks:
sword on the left could use half a hand taken from the blade and added to the handle length to get the point of percussion more in line. If it's a 1 handed sword, the Fehlschärfe seems a bit odd as that style is more typical of a zweihander.

The handle on the shorter one would need to be slightly thicker, since a stout blade like that would be use in a way similar to an axe with mostly powerful chops. A thin handle would make it a bit hard to keep in control
elyeli Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
fantastic designs!

I've seen designs similar to the one on the right, and even designed a few myself, but I've never found a name for them. you wouldn't happen to know what the right term is do you?
eMDay Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In my opinion, Dragon Age has its own dwarf art. These swords are exactly that style.
Other than the already given remarks, In my honest opinion I think the blade on the right just wouldn't handle very well. I just imagine handing it, and it just doesn't feel right.

Keep it coming though!
Vladdyboy Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Although greatly detailed and of with overall geometric dwarvish looking patterns (made of brass and steel) they're not very "dwarflike" in terms of form, the one on the left is pretty much a zweihander, thin and long, a weapon you'd expect to thrust into someone, dwarves don't practice scaramouche, and they're far too short to carry something like that along, let alone swing it.

Dwarves are brawlers, well, I'm not all that sure about the ones in Dragon Age, but the weapon on the right seems suited for them, although it's too primitive in terms of shape and would have horrible balance, it would seem too barbaric for a dwarf who prides himself on being a noble.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting that you should change anything here, but axes, kukri shaped blades, broad-but-shortswords, and something like a machete would be more appropriate for the stout and clumsy dwarves.
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