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Murk - Rebel Marksman by Illogical-Lynx Murk - Rebel Marksman by Illogical-Lynx
"We're only gonna get a brief window of opportunity to make this work, do you think you can hit him before he gets under cover?"

"At that distance? Sir, I could give him two .50 calibre eyebrow-piercings before you could say 'liquidated brain matter'"

~Murk and his dark sense of humour


This is my occasional character Mercutio (Aka "Murk"). Murk is a Freedom Fighter Sharpshooter I created for *SteinWill's Guerilla storyline.

Based on the velociraptor, he's a cool-kid right to the heart, a popular if somewhat hot-headed party-animal. However, his friendly social personality hides a instinctual fighting spirit that only surfaces once he gets behind the scope of his high-powered 12.5mm anti-material rifle.

Standing quite a bit taller than most of his comrades, he has a heavy build and solid muscle structure, which although somewhat unbecoming of the small sneaky types often found in sniper units, allows him to comfortably fire the heaviest anti-vehicle sniper rifles in quick succession even from a standing position.

Anyhow, I decided I'd revamp his design just a little to straighten out a few things that I wasn't happy with. Firstly I wanted to change his colouration a little bit. Murk has a fairly limited ability to change the shade of his skin-colour to better fit his environment and I wanted to make it a bit more of a realistic hue.

Headgear was a bit of a problem, he used to have a helmet, but I changed it out to a hood sorta thing, since as a sniper, one of the most important things to camoflage is the outline of your head and shoulders. I had thought of trying to draw a ghillie suit, but really, those things are impossible, and not exactly the most likely choice for a partially funded private militia.

Background was also an absolute pain in the arse. I hate doing backgrounds, absolutely hate them. In the end I decided to go with and abstract one like I often o when I can't think of anything. I started on a shipping port background, but it wasn't really going anywhere and I figured it would over-clutter the picture.

This time around I decided I'd do some more work on muscle structure, since it's one of those things that while rather hard to get right, looks very effective when done properly. I'm quite happy with the result and I'm pretty keen to draw some more pictures where I can do lots of heavy muscles again in future.

Righty-o. Long description has gotten long again so I'll stop talking. Despite the slap-together background, I'm happy with this, hope y'all like it! :)

All comments and criticisms welcome. Unlike a street magician, I'm more than happy to give away my tricks to anyone who asks.
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ScubaproNicRegler Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think he is in love with his Barrett M82. ;) (Wink)  But of course it could be I'm just jumping to conclusions.:D (Big Grin) 
AaronThomason Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

Quick question:

How would he react to an anonymous offer of (an insanely high price) to take out this individual:…

ACEnBEAKY Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Oh ho! Good point on the idea of him being a big sniper has both pros and cons. Yes, he's not as fast as the smaller types of snipers, BUT he has an easier time sniping with big anti vehicle sniper rifles. He would be good at sniping small vehicles. This is how I would place a wookie sniper in a Star Wars game. This is also what I would give the modern/futuristic warrior class a point in using a sniper rifle that's less good for precision rogue hunter type classes but actually benefit the warrior class, or somewhere between warrior and ranger.
I had a ghillie suit when I was in the army. I wasn't combat, but I had that, and when I cosplayed in Germany, a friend of mine that was also in the army (he was a sgt, but he wasn't directly over me) took me to both. The one in a hotel was OK, but the first one I went to was in the court yard of an old Cathedral (I think) and it was nice.
I hate backgrounds, too.
Good call on blade on his tail-at least I think. Reminds me of Cluny the Scourge. Probably strong enough to support it, but would it be practical? Like, will is stay on there, shouldn't he have some light padding on the rest of his tail so he doesn't stab himself, would the blade be too big or dextrous enough? 

The design and partially the personality remind me of extreme dinosaurs show. Now, I gotta ask, is this guy like a huge jerk, or just too cocky for his own good?
Dynamo-soldierBB Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He'd make a badass soldier
Dynamo-soldierBB Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He looks cool
drake54 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
always can't help but love the snipers
Illogical-Lynx Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agreed to that! :D
drake54 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
so how do I join this lil Rebel alliance?
Illogical-Lynx Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, the idea is *SteinWill's. He has a club for it as well, #PT-Revolutionary and he's always looking for new people to contribute. :)
drake54 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
the thing is I do things more sci-fi though, I'll have to redesign some characters

here's an example
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