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Kamikaze Trooper by Rahll Kamikaze Trooper by Rahll
This is one of a bunch of characters I was hired to illustrate for Molten Monkey Toys, who are developing a new action figure toy line that just debuted at the G.I. Joe convention in Providence, Rhode Island this weekend. The toys are being designed by some of the original G.I. Joe guys, which is pretty sweet.

Anyway, if you couldn't tell by the name, this is one of the bad guys, part of the Virus team. I had a lot of fun painting this dude, fleshing out details is always interesting. Hope you like it, more to come soon!

Also, you can check out a video of it here, some of the packaging/prototype stuff, as well as a cool animated video of some of these guys kicking ass. I did some of logos you see during the video too.

Also, thanks to `adonihs for the input.
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Gubernick Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
nice
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IllEatYourself Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is pretty awesome! I like how he has three knives strapped to his chest as well as what is either a larger knife or a sword strapped to his back! It makes me wonder if they call him a kamikaze trooper because he specializes in close combat, hence the large number of knives and almost nonexistent number of ammo clips for that gun! After all, it doesn't exactly look like he's going to blow himself up any time soon. XD *thinks of kamikaze pilots*
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Jaeox Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012   Writer
Love the design.
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Tanuu Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
My favorite part about the design HAS to be the eye. Doubling a kamikaze rising sun headband as an eyepiece was a sweet idea. Not sure if that's what you were going for, but come on!
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Krevan-Falco Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, I watched you paint a small part of this live!

(omg Rahll, Rahll, Rahll, Rahll!) =)
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magicswordz Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Student Digital Artist
is the series going to be aimed more at kids like GI Joe?
Because, I think it could be quite awesome if it was as hardcore as this picture

...
*pew pew pew*
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Imthenats Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
So crisp. The ambient colors really make it live. I like the design. And even the sparks are quite live and wonderful.
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:iconstudioawacs:
studioawacs Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
Great work on the water and reflective light.
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:iconchazimcgee:
Chazimcgee Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Watched you painting the eye lense live. Amazing piece.
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:iconutharas:
Utharas Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
I like how the single circle visor is reminiscent of the Japanese. Looks great man. Digging the new avatar by the way.
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:iconrahll:
Rahll Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot :D
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:iconcharitybecker:
CharityBecker Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Your textures always amaze me!
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Wise-Idiot Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
You are a god! This guy looks unstoppable, and you made him amazing!
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carnivore-art Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This is awesome.I really like the attention to details like the disturbed water or how the light is reflected onto the dude's armor. The pose is badass, the textures fit perfectly. Its a really nice piece.

It reminds me of Quake 4, when you dropped into a Strogg base in coffin like ships, shattering everything in your path.

Nothing like a violent entrance.
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:iconsstarkm:
sstarkm Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Dude looks like he's ready for anything!

You know what would be a cool addition for this? Lazersights from the enemy!
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:iconrahll:
Rahll Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, I actually already used that in another one of these paintings, I didn't want to overdo the idea. Maybe I'll put him up next.
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sstarkm Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Ooh there's more? Can't wait.
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Hubby-N-Dad Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
great work, Reid.
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:iconrahll:
Rahll Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man :D
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:iconhubby-n-dad:
Hubby-N-Dad Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
:beer:
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SquishyChrissy Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
Wow! I've been watching your work for a while now, and everything you do just gets better. I love your art style, the textures and the depth of your art. Keep up the awsome work.
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Rahll Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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:iconsquishychrissy:
SquishyChrissy Featured By Owner May 7, 2010
You are more than welcome my friend! Without sounding like a kiss-ass I find your work insporational!
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:iconrahll:
Rahll Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Rofl, I read "insporational" and I thought, "It must be infectious!"
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:iconsquishychrissy:
SquishyChrissy Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
Haha, well I think you have infected me! (OMG that sounds kinda dirty -_-)But yeah I love your work!!!
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PowaPlaya Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing art,bro, but i'd like it, if you post sketches or something that can be described as traditional art.
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:iconrahll:
Rahll Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
To be honest, working for clients I generally work directly in Photoshop and don't have much time for doing sketches worth showing, and I don't find a lot of time for pencil and paper work anymore. Hopefully with my new project, that won't be the case.
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LI-O Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
that is a cool suit
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:iconrahll:
Rahll Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Pew pew pew.
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:iconli-o:
LI-O Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
lmao my thoughts exactly!!
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Syrae-Universe Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Nice to see some of your art being submitted!

Sorta refreshing to me. I'm always baffled at how skilled you are to making your art look so realistic to trick my mind.

Anyways, Awesome job Reid. Keep up the epic work. C:
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Rahll Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Haha thanks :D

Working on doing realistic renderings, after a while it sort of comes naturally without as much need for lighting reference and such. I find that tackling the whole thing with rough color and lighting first helps a lot in achieving the right look, as opposed to working one area at a time like some people do.
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LOSTSCOUT Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Student Digital Artist
shiz dats cool wonderin wear you been though
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:iconrahll:
Rahll Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I've submitted a bunch of stuff over the past month, have you not been getting it in your inbox? Check my gallery and let me know if you don't recognize a bunch of the newer stuff. If there's another watcher bug, I definitely wanna know about it.
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LOSTSCOUT Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Student Digital Artist
yes I'm just very needy >:)
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7377 Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
LOVE YOU!!! This was my favorite piece!
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:iconrahll:
Rahll Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Lmao, thanks man. I'm torn between this one and Jade.
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7377 Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
You could always combine the two
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very nciely done! Good use of colours and such nice work on the textures and details. the sparks look awesome as well :)
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:iconrahll:
Rahll Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot, glad you like it! :D
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Xerces Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
welcome :)
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secondchancenow Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
awesome!!
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:iconrahll:
Rahll Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thanks man. I'm gonna try and work in a sketch for you over the weekend, trying to get a bunch of stuff done :)
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secondchancenow Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
I just sent you a email, bout the sketch.. lol

I missed this msg..

did you get around to doing a sketch :)

... love your work!!
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AndreeWallin Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
That's badass dude!
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:iconrahll:
Rahll Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank bro!
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milo13200 Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
a really beautiful artwork with a great attention to details!
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:iconrahll:
Rahll Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconangeliclionheart:
AngelicLionheart Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
SOMEONE's getting better at drawing Halo-like armors, mm-hmm.....
:D
:D
:D
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:iconrahll:
Rahll Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Lmao, I still have an epic Halo piece I wanna do.
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