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LOL arts: Dark Crusader Mordekaiser REWORK by MAD-project LOL arts: Dark Crusader Mordekaiser REWORK by MAD-project
We knew that RIOT stopped that skin due the fact that they didn't think that skin is epic enough for Morde.
So I decided to do an attempt to redo it in the pourpose to submit it to their attention, with the hope to make this skin come true, because I think it should be a great alt skin for Mordekaiser.
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Discussing the concept alone, I just love this piece for giving Mordekaiser something that fits him extremely well. Those who have read the lore and have taken a good look at him ingame know about his noble stance, the way he walks around reminds of a general (lore) or king (personal observation.) In every skin so far (including the concept for the Dark Crusader skin), Mordekaiser looked just like an extremely armored knight. In this piece however, not only his pose but his entire outfit has the aura of a mighty emperor, both in military ánd physical strength.

The first feature I'd like to discuss is the cape. These days capes are often used for superheroes or fantasy characters to make them seem cooler, here however, with its fur lining it is one of the greatest features to show of his 'royal' nature that I described above, extremely well executed. Things like the ropes, shieldbanner and the tabard hanging down are also features which give this design a so much more medieval feel than the original.

The armor itself has a lot of interesting features. First of all, you were not afraid to go for an asymmetric design (unlike former skins) which turned out surprisingly well. The shoulder guards are gorgeous to look at, especially the red padding/plating on the left is something that keeps catching my eye.

The gauntlets look strong, the cross guard/decoration is nicely applied on them.

From the waist down you have the best examples of the bulky armor you made, this looks like someone just bolted steel plates to some giant's legs. if you stand in his way, he won't raise his mace, He'll just walk over you and crush you in the process. These legs are also nicely assymetric, which suggests a 'strong half' of him, like he'd charge into enemy line with his left shoulder forward for instance. One thing about the legs I'd like to note is your use of spherical shapes. The upper and lower legs ánd his left kneeguard seem to be based on some (stretched out) spherical shape. Even though you have executed it very well, my eye keeps shifting to it. I think it feels odd because in most Mordekaiser skins, there are curved lines, however they are mixed with more straight lines which give his armor pieces a curve in only one dimension. Like in his original skin, the shoulder guards curve over his shoulder, but also have a straight line with the shoulders. Same for his leg guards, they curve around his legs and stay in a straight line (more or less) with his legs. Do note however that this does not break your design, it definitly has its own charm.

The mace is a cool new design for his trusted weapon. Not counting the skins where he is not holding an actual mace this is a way more detailed and visually appealing design than the standard spiked orb.

The helmet and helmet guard MAKE this piece. If I were to print a Garen face out and tape it to my screen on the location where the helmet is now it would work. There would be a (very bulky) Garen looking like the "knight of justice" he always is. However, behind the helmet guard there rests a helmet, a helmet that clearly is hiding the face of something... dark, making the entire paladin-ish suit seem so much more evil. Only two eyes can be seen and they have a glare that gives away what kind of terrible, evil creature is encased within his metal suit, and THAT is what Mordekaiser is all about, well done.

in short on the design part: Amazing work, you portray exactly what this kind of skin should display and if Riot considered doing their original concept, I can simply not see how they would ignore this one.

While looking at this piece I have become increasingly impressed with the level of artistic skills. When I initially looked I thought it was a quick design of the armor, just barely detailed enough so it would make a perfect copy to the 3D model (saving polygons and such). But as I looked the level of detail was way higher than I expected, and exactly high enough for a person clad in plate armor, armor that is supposed to be smooth.
You score the most points here on the beautiful lighting and shadows. As far as I can see it's very realistic and extremely detailed on its own. The overall level of art is not the same as a splash art, but heck, it's better then any concept would ever need. (which is a good thing )

Overall I think this easily the better when compared with the Riot concept of the crusader skin, I truly hope it will reach the Riot skinfactory, and if it does It is a must-buy for any mordekaiser player. Well done!
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Jackele13 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
:D awesomeness
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acidebob Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You my friend just gave me a new project. It might take a long while to be honest. But one day I'm gonna show up and tell you: "Hey look what I did from your concept art."
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MAD-project Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
WOW make sure to send it on this gallery :iconmad-projectnsfw: :P
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Nycroft-Dyskolos Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
hes a freakin grey knight
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BlackTemplar124 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
Good to know I'm not the only one who was like "that is a badass Grey Knight Termina-MORDEKAISER?"
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amazon211 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
I would love to see this sort of skin for old Mordekaiser. It would be different from his other portrayals as a dark overlord.
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Hexer2 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014

Yes!

YES!

A THOUSAND TIMES YES!

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LadyHepp Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Warhammer op!
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guilhermegold Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Student
WOW, is drawing is AWESOME
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warwulf95 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
we can try to post it on league of legends community and vote on it so they see people like it very much 
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:iconharringtonvo:
harringtonvo Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I like this... I think I'll wear it.
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Querpo Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Maybe if the Armor were darker they would addet it, it just doesnt fit with Morde's attitude, but still an awesome, awesome,  AWESOOOME Skin.
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DarkWrath77 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
I have to say, for being a Warhammer 40k fan and a player on League of Legends, I will honestly say that this is the best piece of work of him I have ever seen. And for him to be this badass looking plus his personality and abilities, I am simply amazed by this. You did an excellent job.
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Lestat663 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
10/1000 would buy for my mordekaiser
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DavionX Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
i would like that pure epicness
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Jet-Sensei Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Artist
i feel as if there is something lacking on his helmet, maybe not a horn, but something like golden little spikes around his head so make it look like a crown, still, everything else is awesome :D
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LGRXXML Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Im actually buying RPs right now for when this skin comes out, because if pool party ziggs came out and astro nautilus came out too, I can't see why this would not
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dragonbaas Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
spehs mahrines, today the enemy is at our inhib
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:iconlord-mandible:
Lord-Mandible Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We are the Summoner's chosen! We are the Sphess Mareenz! For the Emprah!
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gulgolet2000 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
JUST... GENIUS.
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zibzero777 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Can riot put a warhammer 40k character or hero in league of legends? i wish its a custode or a primarch... anyway nice skin idea! I already got lord mord but i love this one! very nice sir..... :)
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skoltrubaduren Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
And just look at the so call void, thats clearly the foul taints of chaos.
they must be purged!
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:iconmad-project:
MAD-project Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
actually warhammer 40k inspired character there are: the Commando skin serie is inspired by imperial guards.
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Ormille Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012   Artist
oh god hell yes <3
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:iconfaithfeather:
Faithfeather Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
FOR THE EMPEROR !!!!!!!!!!!!
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Firemaster1 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
I rather think they scraped the original crusader mordekaiser skin because they simply dont care about him any more :( they only nerf him now, but hes still the best all round bruiser mage out there.
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Firemaster1 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
I must say this is very nice work, but it looks a bit to much like a grey knight from warhammer 40k, not saying its a nice look but since it is a copy right by games workshop Riot cant brake that copy right. And every one here who is a fan of warhammer will agree with me. But still i remain with my first oppion it is a very nice piece of art.
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MAD-project Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
I do admit that I played Warhammer 40k 'til a pair of years. And surely it left me a mark in drawing armors, but I tried to avoid any direct recall in the design of the Space Marines. Surely this will look similar at what should have looked a Space Marine in a medieval contest.
But I don't see the problem: it's an alternative skin, not an original champion. Everybody knows that the Commando skins series is already inspired by WarHammer 40k universe (imperial guards) and a lot of alternative skins are often inspired by something popular or well-known (example: Crimson Akali inpired by SC Taki, Yellow Jacket Shen inpired by MK Scorpion, and Augmented Singed inspired by Bane, and the second skin of Kennen inspired by Deadpool)
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MAD-project Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
I do admit that I played Warhammer 40k 'til a pair of years. And surely it left me a mark in drawing armors, but I tried to avoid any direct recall in the design of the Space Marines. Surely this will look similar at what should have looked a Space Marine in a medieval contest.
But I don't see the problem: it's an alternative skin, not an original champion. Everybody knows that the Commando skins series is already inspired by WarHammer 40k universe (imperial guards) and a lot of alternative skins are often inspired by something popular or well-known (example: Crimson Akali inpired by SC Taki, Yellow Jacket Shen inpired by MK Scorpion, and Augmented Singed inspired by Bane, and the second skin of Kennen inspired by Deadpool)
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Anaximenes666 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
fucking grey knights more than epic enough for morde
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MonsterKingOfKarmen Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
GJ
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OBDspro Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
OMFG!!! It's glorious!!! I see him like a Saxon or Manowar style!!!

Very very good job!!
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blacktastic69 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Epic, i'd buy it in a heartbeat
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HanzoOni Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
this is the best skin i have ever seen you should submit this idea since league has been doing light based skins for dark character lately such as varus and syndra.
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GLAD0Sisaspy Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Writer
Gray Knight from Warhammer 40k skin...so awesome
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kingofthedededes73 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
as a player of mordekaiser when he was available (must buy him XD) I have to say this would be an awesome skin to use, though to me its a lil odd a whiteknight being called a dark crusader, but considering the phantomof modekaiser it makes sense since he aready is a black knight XD
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Chroniclerofshades Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Fucking awesome....
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Yfronus Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
MOTHERFUCKING GREY KNIGHT TACTICAL DREADNOUGHT ARMOR BITCH!


HOW IS THIS NOT AWESOME ENOUGH?
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Siimediim Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Need this skin NOW!
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ShadowMikku Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I could dig this skin
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Bewoolf Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i love it, nice idea
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