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The Battle of Unnumbered Tears by Tulikoura The Battle of Unnumbered Tears by Tulikoura
The fifth battle in the wars of Beleriand, Nírnaeth Arnoediad, as told in J.R.R. Tolkiens Silmarillion.

"The last reserves of Angband under Glaurung the Dragon attacked between Maedhros' and Fingons forces, and the army broke and fled in disorder.

The Dwarves of Belegost helped them as their forces formed a rearguard, holding off Glaurung and allowing the Elven Lords to escape. Glaurung was vulnerable to the Dwarves' axes, while the Dwarves themselves wore fire-resistant iron masks and were naturally able to resist fire better than Elves or Men.
Pen & Ink - work. It took long to finish this, but I'm happy with this one. Not a single mistake with drawing ink, and it's exciting to try something totally new.

Bad sides; I drew many versions of dwarven armors and gear, and eventually I ended up drawing them from the back... Well, I think I can use some of 'em when I draw "The Fall Of Azaghâl" in near future.
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Pandachan2012 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Nice!  Dwarves to the rescue!

Right up there with the battle of azanulbizar,
Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Impressive view :)
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
rinthcog Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Glaurung looks big and bad, I like how the armies are arranged-distant from the flame, except the dwarves , saved by there technology, which you designed really well. Sturdy looking shields and helmets, in contrast with the fancy elvan gear. :clap:
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the comment! Glad that you like this. I had so much fun while I drew this, because I get to draw elven and dwarven soldier into a same drawing, and here the significance of dwarven strategies can be seen. Quite crucial moment in the battle, I say.
Artigas Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
I love tolkien dwarfs, and you give them so much character and depth.
Love the way they siege the dragon.
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It seems the history Tolkien wrote to dwarves appeals to many!

It's interesting to see how people imagine these races or characters who only exists in form of words. They also might have strong "viewpoints" on what aspects relates to them. For example, some people think stereotypically that dwarves dont use spears or swords, which is funny.

Thank you for the comment!
Artigas Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
You're welcome friend.
A3ulez Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009
All your work is so incredible! I love how in the masses of people, you might be able to lose the sense of individual identity and importance, but you always have characters at the front with such expressive faces.

And the smoke/steam with the dragon in the background looks so great! I envy you! My pen work is so bad D:!
Tulikoura Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the in-depth comment of yours.

Technically, when drawing and using this view angle, all you see is basically just backside of helms and armours. No individuals, just bunch of steel and iron, "a cold machine of war". Might be a bit boring to watch too, so characters looking at different direction helps with that problem.

But the main reason was to include some Fingon's routed soldiers there, watching as their allies have started to protect their retreat.

Glad to hear you think that 'smoke effect' works here. I had some luck when I drew that smoke/mist, and now I think it was a good decision not to draw darker smoke with graphite pencil - so far I havent managed to do it without facing problems.
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