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Let's do Doom Pt2: Archvile by Mechanubis Let's do Doom Pt2: Archvile by Mechanubis
Archvile was without a question the most badass of all the monsters in Doom 2. To me, they are one of the finest examples of enemy-design, not because of their looks, but because they actually changed the entire flow of combat. Not only can they set you on fire with their will alone (which forced you to stay ot of their line of sight) but they also resurrected the enemies you spent so much time, affection and bullets to slay. This put them on top of the target-hierarchy. It was crucial to wipe these bastards out at any cost as soon as possible. That's some top-notch enemy design.

I went for a different look altogether. I wanted this guy to have sort of a clergyman-thing going on, so I made his skull resemple a pope's or a bishop's hat. I also added a huge skirt made from human-flesh, to create a sense of some type of disturbing fetishistic insight, so that he's not just a beast, but a sentient and self-aware entity. This also gave him a more distinguishable silhouette from rest of the humanoid beings.
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Boomstickboy99 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
although i dont think the archviles are the most badass of the demons (for me, that spot would go to the barons and cyberdemon), this is still an amazing piece of work. you finally did it justice, instead of it's bland look in doom 2 and 3, just being a suitless slenderman with pyrokinesis. now it actually looks like a necromancy sorcerer strait from the depths of hell
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
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AmrasFelagund Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
Probably my favourite of your Doom monster redesigns.
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. Glad you like it :)
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antcow Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
The fact that it wears clothes at all denotes intelligence.
That makes it scarier.....
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed. Last halloween I learned that not wearing clothes in the public is neither smart or scary.
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antcow Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
I wont ask what led up to that XP
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slade-exe Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
I just had a crazy idea! Okay, there's the Archviles that do it's normal thing and then there's this bishop-looking Archvile in Hell that summons a few waves of demons like it normally does. And at the end it gives you something (maybe a key item) to help you end the invasion.
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winddragon24 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is best redesign of the Archvile I have ever seen, the bishop look to him plus his robe of human skin makes him a much more of a dangerous threat, not to mention his intelligence as well. I can imgine the doom guy walking into the main hall of the Black Unholy Cathedral, then he see the Archvile sitting on his throne waiting for him. Before the doom guy knew it, he being Burned alive!  He got a whole army of the undead right behind him...and the doom guy is DOOMED!
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow. Such kind words :3 I rummaged through your gallery and you have some really cool works there. Live the exaggerated forms and the Darksiders-esque characters. Also, your depiction of Archvile seems a helluva lot like mine o.O And I thought I was being original, yet I somehow managed to rip someone else off... again : D
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winddragon24 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww thanks.:D (Big Grin)..actually the archvile drawing I did was inspired by the "Death", Vulgrim, and the Watcher from the Darksiders series, plus I based of my own style off from Darksiders and various of kick ass comic styles.
I absolutely love your archvile, you an add bios to your doom monsters. Love:la: choir
I did that to some of my versions of them. and I get really creative with them :) 
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Darksiders is a good source of inspiration. It has kickass character designs, except for War, who I found to be rather boring :/ My personal favourite are the Abyss Serpents from Darksiders 2 <3
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winddragon24 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My favorite I would  say, is the demon warriors designs in Darksiders 2, War's demon form, Samael, and that one goat-serpent demon. 
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ArchVile68 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Always loved the Arch-Vile, from both Doom II and Doom 3, and the this picture does the monster amazing justice! Fantastic Job!
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. Archvile is one badass creature :) Cheers o/
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Awebster7854 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you designed this as well?
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yup :)
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Awebster7854 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You rock!!
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gakusangi Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
It's interesting that you went for a clergyman look, because literally the Archvile was supposed to be a sort of demonic cleric that brought back the demons you'd slain and therefore views itself as a sort of benevolent being, which is why its soundbyte upon death is a distorted recording of a little girl screaming "Why!?"...that's haunting o.o;
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Really? A little girl? Cool. Learned something new today.
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gakusangi Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Yeah, that's part of why the Archvile is so disturbing XD
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armaina Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*SCREAMS*
*CONTINUES SCREAMING*
OH GOSH HE'S SO GORGEOUS AND AMAZING AND I LOVE THIS RE-ENVISIONING AND WOW
WOW WOW WOW
THIS IS SO GOOD
I LOVE THIS SO MUCH
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Whoa! o.O Calm down darling. It's only a painting.

But thanks :3
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armaina Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hahaha Unfortunately, Arch-Vile is kiiiiinda my favorite of the doom monsters, I got a little excited
You're welcome :D
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SpawnFire88 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
The least scariest monster in the game for me. Because every time I faced them, they pissed me off so much I wasnt even scared of the game anymore. Cheapskates >.> Great work though. I want to see your version of the Hellknight, or more of your own monsters that could have been DOOM related.
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Are you talking about Doom 3? You must be talking about Doom 3, or you simply haven't played the Archvile-maze level in Plutonia Experiment. If that level didn't make your buttocks pucker up, then you are one cold blooded, badass motherfucker o.O

Thank you very much. Currently my computer is on it's last leg, so working has become very exhausting :/ But the Doom-related stuff should continue this December.
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SpawnFire88 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
 Thats too bad. And yes DOOM 3. The other DOOM archviles are scary. But DOOM 3? They just piss me off to no end.
And I wish you the best of luck :la:
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks brother. I'm gonna need that ;)
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Nakamura Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
I think this is my favourite one, I like how you added a more visual element to the whole idea of an "Unholy Healer."
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :3 That was the intention. Although the head still need some more work.
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Methelina Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wooo! Nice one! That's how the sharlath/Vore must looks like at Quake I =))
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KuznyaDragonOfBaa Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Or it probably looked like before being turned into spider-esque horror.
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanksies ^-^
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MaKuZoKu Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow ,the "pope-style" is very original ,and creepy in this one :O
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks ^-^
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MaKuZoKu Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
You're welcome :D
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Dyceman Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
I preferred the arch-vile when it looked like a taller paler imp...this thing looks like some sort of witch with a dress made of flesh...great idea for a new Doom monster...but not as a make over for the Arch-Vile IMO. the arch-vile was just a taller, stronger imp which could cast flames and summon weaker demons
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Okay, cool :) Thanks for the feedback. Cheers o/
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Dyceman Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
no problem...it could be a great new Doom 4 demon though like....I don't know...the Succubus or something.
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CandleLightDoodles Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice spin on the ole' archie!
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the kind comment ^-^
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chronolexia Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Wow, mah favourite in Doom <3
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Archvile is indeed a badass <3
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chronolexia Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Too bad he got degraded in Doom 3 :/ He was a three-shot kill (I played on Veteran difficulty) and his fire attack didn't hurt you for ~70 percent like it did in the original Doom :D Sad story, haha!
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed it was great injustice upon the gaming kingdom ('-'*) What I missed the most was his ability to resurrect the dead. But that would have been very difficult to pull off with the tech of the time.

Thanks for the faves :3 Cheers o/
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chronolexia Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Right, I forgot about the resurrecting since you only meet him alone (or almost alone) in Doom 3, maybe there were just a few spiders around but ofc you're aiming for the Arch Vile first, haha :D
And you're welcome! \o :D
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
He just summons a one or two imps or whatever to gnaw at your neck for a bit. And it seems that if you don't kill him fast enough, he gets bored and leaves for tacos or something : P
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chronolexia Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Lol, dafuq :P
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Mechanubis Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah. Apparently I'm so lame that even the enemies in the game just wander off
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Saican Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
The archvile and Hell Raiser meet...
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