#5 The Host

| November 6, 2010 | 14 Comments

The Host of Hold, or more commonly known as the Northern Host, is more a force of nature than a fighting army. The Host of a dominance is considered to be the most destructive force in the realm and when wars are called for, The Host answers. When two Hosts meet in battle nothing is safe from the malevolence. Faerie wars are few due to the fact that so few Fae leave the battle-field, and then, only the winners of a skirmish. Fae are typically more ruthless than the High Folk and obey without question, their commander in chief.

Typically Hosts are commanded by chariot-driven High Folk, with the majority of the knights, spearmen, archers and bombadiers being Fae.

Made up entirely of Fae, The Northern Host, is currently commanded by Lord Gorn Dance. He is one of the most feared Fae in the known realm. It is a Host that has been growing since the fall of Ruel and the loss of the previous Host. Princess Lorne herself has been instrumental in the rejuvenation of the army, sending her whisperer Chondra Flicker to surrounding lands to gather Fae on the outskirts of surrounding dominances. It is rumoured Princess Lorne suspects a war on the horizon.

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Category: Fantasy, Horror, Steampunk

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  1. Wow…just WOW! Very impressive work, both in the figures and the coloring. This one just screams absolute coolness!

    “Do not stand behind him…if you value your life.”
    –from GOLGO 13 (2008-2009)

    • saulone says:

      Thanks Marc! I think I bit off a bit much with this one, but the challenge is what I’m after. It certainly went over my alloted time restraint I put on myself, but I couldn’t help it. Thanks for the props man!

  2. Violet says:

    Aw man, I’ve been in love with every single thing you’ve posted so far. I am always excited to see what you’ll post next ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Chad Welch says:

    Man, group shots like this are hard to pull off without flubbing the silhouettes and making it hard to decipher what’s going on. Great work as usual, Dan! Warrior faeries FTW!

    • saulone says:

      Yeah – The secret when working with markers (what all of these are), is lighter first then go dark. I think I messed up the shadows a bit with the multiply as you loose some of them a bit, but I had to move on. Given my druthers I would have added even more of a swarm…If I can get this comic picked up I suspect there will be a few massive group shots like this…

  4. King AdBeck says:

    I love the idea of a swarming army – and the concept is very well executed. You’ve impressed me with your ability to go the extra mile with your posts. Nice!

    • saulone says:

      Thanks so much King! Yeah, the Faerie Host in ald fairy tales always made me think of a swarm of crazed minions that swept over the countryside claiming all in it’s path. I appreciate all the kind words KAB.

  5. Jande Rowe says:

    I love this! As I love everything you’ve done that I’ve manage to view, from Azure, etc. I’m wondering about that fae in the very centre. Did he get his armour knocked off in the fray?

  6. justjane says:

    You weren’t kidding about this one being ambitious–you pulled it off and then some! Everything about this is interesting. Everything.

  7. Jay says:

    GRIN – I’m struggling to get one character a day finsihed (in just pencil!) and you manage to get a whole HOST done i one picture.

    I … HATE … YOU!


    Actually – in a perfectly platanoic way, of course – I’m pretty sure that I love you, your work is amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • saulone says:

      Haha – thanks Jay ๐Ÿ™‚ This one kind of broke me though, and put me off by a day or two….that and a busy schedule at least. You’ve been putting them out nicely too, man! Dig the Hobo BTW ๐Ÿ˜‰

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