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Witch Hunters by Tabnir Witch Hunters by Tabnir

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." -- Arthur C. Clarke

Technological boogiemen, Witch Hunters are essentially scientists who take up the duty of policing tech abuse.
The gestalt of knowledge at this point is so great that most of the populace opt to simply use technology without giving a flying fig to why or how it works [the "It Just Works" syndrome]. Instead, science has developed into a religion [a la Foundation], with a bunch of near-immortal scientists shepherding a large, mortal populace.
One of the most popular pieces of technology is the nanite lattice which happens to be involved in quite a fair number of crimes each year. Granted, since a lattice is but invisible, it can be hard for authorities to quickly and convincingly explain a suspect's association with a crime, especially as most people have believed for centuries that they were simply telekinetic [this has also given rise to a 'low-science' cult popular among youngsters]. Instead, offenders are simply eliminated with conviction on the basis of evil sorcery and all that good jazz.

In order to subdue dangerous baddies with great justice and fury, Witch Hunters are typically armed with a strike lance, basically a pilebunker-missile-mace combo weapon. The strike lance's pilebunker is often employed to defeat armor, but more effective are impact blazers, a percussive weapon that is unaffected by either lattice or field shielding. Smaller impact blazers may be launched from a compression rifle, something of a cross between a grenade launcher and a crossbow. Some armors may mount more conventional weaponry such as autocannons, although oftentimes they are found firing exotic ammunition such as mass-compression shells. Less glamorous weapons include the armor's integral compliment of offensive nanite lattices and viral nanite canisters. Witch Hunter armor itself though, is suprisingly low-tech, both as a final safeguard against viral nanites and to facilitate field repairs. Hunter armor are always equipped with microclaws for field repairs; if not on the hands, then on the support claws. However, support claws are typically used to carry stowed weapons and so hand-mounted microclaws are preferred. Turbowinches are also a common sight, inherited from military battle armor.
Witch Hunter operatives, as scientists, can be assumed to have had extensive augmentation performed but a few individuals are known to have integrated with parts of their armor either due to injury or personal preference.

These two guys here are shown without the cloak that Witch Hunters usually hide themselves in. However, I've become partial to covering armor in fabric so I've only removed one armor sleeve from the lefthand armor's leg. I haven't really bothered to name any of the armors so I refer to the left one as "Inquisitor" and the right one as "Helsing." Also not sure if it's proper to call the spearhead a pilebunker considering that's a FME term, but everyone else seems to refer to the weapon mechanic as that...


it okay Hameru
i know now
must save Megucas

[Additional Witch Hunter artwork]
Witch Hunter by Tabnir

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Commander-Strife Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The left one's helm reminds me of the Havel's helm from Dark souls 2, which is an AWESOME design honestly.

Love this! :D <3

Not because of that wierd(ish) comparison, but it looks so cool! ^_^
Banzz Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
super cool concept !
ShinaRyun Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
Absolutely fucking fantastic work.
angelwashere97 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
There are no words for how awesome this is
GreyMatterExtrusion Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I keep looking and re-looking at this piece.
Really like how much thought was put into the design.

Would love to see more from this world.
BilboobliB Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Great design ")
zeedurrani Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great Concept man!

Loving it :)
Gusindor Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student General Artist
So much amazingness! Really interesting and unique aesthetic, The arsenal of gadgets gives the impression that a Witch Hunter must be prepared for anything.
TheLastHokuten Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so fucking magnificent it hurts.
Gwyvern Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
pissnugget this is incredible
EdgedWeapon Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student Artist
awsm. nuff said.
jlta Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Student Artist
this is so glorious. i can feel the culture D':
jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist
Oh gosh, these two are immensely inspiring.
The-Strify Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This looks really awesome.
The detail put into the armor is fantastic.
Solomonshaman Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
This is the most badass thing I have ever seen!
Epsie125 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
neat design dude
bayul Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Real nice.
honest-optimist Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
wow that armour looks amazing, obviously futuristic but has a medievil look to it to
crazygamerrofl Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is really awesome
excellent job!
DanFry11 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Awesome concept man - how long did it take you to get this good? Absolutely amazing job dude!
Netlizard Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Frickin' amazing! The combo with steampunk, sci-fi and gritty dark-ages in inspiring!
A-James-To-Kill-For Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man they're awesome! Remind me a bit of the Yukes from crystal chronicles.
LaCabezaDelCastor Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Yo, this is some crazy cool artwork! Love the archaic look of them! :D
adazu Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So when will you release a book/comic/movie anyway?
Vladimiravich Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
A game, movie, or book based on this concept would simply be amazing. Kudos! Also, if you plan on drawing any more of these Witch Hunter armors, I think a suit based on medieval plague doctors would be pretty awesome.
mdude009 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
"I got 99 problems, but a witch ain't one"

Seriously dude, this is pretty damn awesome, I mean a futuristic world where technology has advanced to be so high tech it borders on magic but society itself has reverted back to extreme superstition, good god, I would love to see a book/movie/game based off this concept, especially with those badass witch hunters kicking ass and not even bothering with the damn names.
Csp499 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The blend of the renaissance motif and high-tech aesthetics brings Deus Ex: Human Revolution to mind. Although the similarities end pretty short along the line, as you've definitely made these designs distinct. The accompanying bit of literature definitely puts it in perspective too.
AlivanArt Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
i want a graphic novel based on your world or a movie! now!
Cogboy Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student General Artist
Love this! It's so unique!
Ruthie420 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
verry cool!
ZixaxiZ Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Student
Seriously beautiful, the story is gripping and I want more! their armour is amazing and the way you have described the world they live in it seems like they need every bit of it.

Thanks for posting
GoldenArbiter Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
So, I notice that there is a large amount of backstory here. Is there anything related to this? ie: book, comic, game, etc.
Tabnir Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011   Digital Artist
This is my own story -- most of my gallery can be considered related.
GoldenArbiter Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Cool, I'll have to give it a look see later.
keep up the awesome work.
Daedor Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
I have been blinded by the awesome.
VOLOSATICK Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Student General Artist
нереально крутой арт!!
blaesus Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing, good sir!
maumanga Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Ahah, this is like a faraway cousin of Freya, from Final Fantasy 9. The general outlines are similar. :)

Nonetheless, the SKILL applied here is priceless, congratulations. Very good command of details and colours, you have my "Fav".
ExevaloN Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Epic. Loving the armor designs. This part of a personal project?
Tabnir Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011   Digital Artist
ExevaloN Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Xarxemas Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
beautiful; if you go ahead and integrate them into your DEV I think that'd be fantastic
lonebuddha Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Love this, awesome work must have taken hours
ER-G Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
wow awesome
hexame Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
is this warhammer
VulnePro Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Professional Filmographer
These are demented son. I approve of your madness. Digging the dude on the right most but both of them are rather interesting.

icedsnake Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
woa , exellent work ! really enjoy this ;0)
greeni-studio Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wow, these are great!
edsfox Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome concept! awesome design!
Totally love it! +FAV!
GunRave71 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome concept. :iconyeahplz:
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