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ME weaponry - Gurthang by Shockbolt ME weaponry - Gurthang by Shockbolt
"Gurthang is the name of the reforged sword Anglachel. Anglachel was re-forged by the expert smithies at Nargothrond, and was renamed by its new keeper, Túrin, to Gurthang, which means Iron of Death, or Wand of Death"

Taking an artistic liberty, I added to the blades story:

"When the blade was reforged into Gurthang, Túrin added a perfectly shaped heart to it's pommel in honor of Beleg. To make sure Túrin never forgot what he had done to Beleg, he made the smiths add 6 golden thorns to the grip, large enough to draw drops of blood from his hand as he held the sword in battle."

Painted during a few hours today, several layers, no reference used.

Photoshop & wacom tablet used.

Do not use for any reason without my written permission. That also includes posting to other galleries.
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KnightofSpades Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Cool looking sword but the hilt is a bit short for a hand. Great design and look.
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Zousha Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Only thing that could be improved, I think, is that the grip looks a bit short. Like you couldn't really fit your hand on it to hold it properly. Other than that, looks like a great rendition of one of the first and greatest black blades.
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Shockbolt Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the feedback :)

I based the grip on old viking swords, their grips tend to fit just one hand.
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Zousha Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I see that, yes, but from my perspective it looks like that grip's too short to even fit one hand. Like if I tried to, the bottom of my hand would be covering the pommel. I'm not an expert on sword construction, but my brother has a replica viking sword and the handle looked a little bit longer than what I'm seeing here.

No disrespect to your work, you understand, I'm a big fan.
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Shockbolt Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No problem :)
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Zousha Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, I just found myself recalling a comic I read here once about proper etiquette between artist and critic, which I can't seem to find now for some reason, so I can't actually link to it for a better explanation, but I wanna try very hard not to be the kind of asshole critic who insults someone's work because I personally take issue with something in it. It used rabbits to make it's point, I do remember that.
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Shockbolt Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No problem. I got a large collection of weaponry here myself, and medieval helmets, armor, even a large collection of united cutlery replicas of the swords, helmets, shields and whatnot from the lotr movies. I even create armor/weaponry/medieval clothing/banners etc myself, so I feel confident this sword concept is solid :)

But thanks for commenting, and I don't take that as an insult. What might trick your perception is the oversized guard and the fact that the blade itself is a broadsword. I imagined the elven longsword was reforged to fit the hand and bodysize of a dwarf, which is why the blade was shortened and the grip,guard and pommel reforged.
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Zousha Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hmm...now that you mention it, yeah, that did throw me off a bit. I didn't realize that. Thanks for clearing that up! :)
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TrevorMichel Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
You should definitely do a piece involving Túrin at Nargothrond or facing the dragon Glaurung.
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Shockbolt Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
We'll see :)
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