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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
Mechanubis Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
AmrasFelagund Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
Probably my favourite of your Doom monster redesigns.
Mechanubis Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. Glad you like it :)
antcow Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
The fact that it wears clothes at all denotes intelligence.
That makes it scarier.....
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.
antcow Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
I wont ask what led up to that XP
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.
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!
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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