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Bust: Combat Weapon PX-0 by LucrataNexarii Bust: Combat Weapon PX-0 by LucrataNexarii
Thoughts: This is a sculpture depicting Bartholomew Kuma, Shichibukai, and weapon of the World Government.

A figure of massive stature, he and his Pacifista counterparts are the loyal, destructive force of cyborg Combat Weapons directed by the governing hierarchy of the World Government.

Thus far, little is known of Kuma's history, and what effect his cyborg modifications may have exacted on him, whether physically, mentally, circumstantially, or otherwise. In his 45 years of life, he appears to bear a powerful history and mettle which belies his quiet demeanor.

Unlike the former sculpture, Bartholomew is no longer looking upward, but instead farther left and slightly downward, as if tracking a target. In addition, his jacket is not as symmetrical as it would appear in most of his source material; his left shoulder is also slightly more raised, such as if he were in motion - be it destructive or defensive.

As a few notes, some details of his appearance are not clear, so some license taken include that his ears were meant to be like those of the Asiatic Black Bear, and for stylistic purposes, the lenses covering his eyes are faceted (even though that cannot be seen in these images). I also made the eccentric (though respectful) choice to inscribe the following passage onto the inner surface of Kuma's hat:

"But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen, and of the things which I have yet to reveal to you."

(Passage taken from Acts 26:16, selected without looking, at random, first quote found. It appeared quite suiting to Bartholomew.)

The full sculpture is about one foot one inch (33 cm) wide by about nine inches (22 cm) tall, and weighs about 19 pounds (even though it is partially hollow inside). No armature was used.

Details: This sculpture is the second phase of a set of bust-style works meant as studies of Bartholomew's figure... The effort originates from having no solid reference to use in the creation of a sketch for an ill friend of mine.

Materials: Demco brand plasticine (gray), and steel-tip modelling tools (ball-tip and needle).

Cynicide: Lack of definition over some elements of Bartholomew's design, such as unsettled or as-yet-unclarified details, have left room for license which may be later refuted. In addition, plasticine can be notoriously difficult to smooth.

NOTE: Bartholomew Kuma, the Pacifista, and the PX-series originate from the anime/manga material 'One Piece,' and are intellectual property of it's creator, Eiichiro Oda.

I see this has received some attention:

First, I offer my quiet gratitude to those responsible. The voice and creations of the community, and the actions of the many staff and coordinators of DeviantArt, are who enable certain works to come to light. Mine is only one among a great multitude.

Where most would react with joy or speechlessness ... In honesty, I am much more interested in going humbly about my way. This creation is neither of great technical expertise nor immaculate material - but to those who read this, bear in mind:

It was made with simplicity. It is just one creation along my path in life, and much like a stone carries the essence of mountains, it holds for me all of the thought that went into it's patient creation. There is much which preceded it, and there may be far more to which it will be a predecessor. It is that way with any person or artist - and I hope that those creations that we set to the surface of the world hold our thoughts like banners: with voiceless pride - for though a creation cannot speak, they possess something read through the heart and resonance of the mind. As artists and people, this binds us.

I am a firm believer in hard work, patience, and cultivating an openness of those objects and symbols which become pillars of our growing understanding of the world. My gratefulness rests with others, and how they help me continue to see.
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Given 2012-11-27
Bust: Combat Weapon PX-0 by ~LucrataNexarii ( Suggested by genocyber and Featured by SRudy )
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areliusmars Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
My hat to you sire! This is an impressive piece with such elaborate detail that itīs hard to notice the excellent work of research on the human body, the character depicted which is one of the most interesting ones in ONE PIECE, and your faithful adaptation of him! 
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Thank you most kindly, Areliusmars.

People take to many adaptations, and I can't claim to formulating this one with exacting detail so much as I did simply allow intuition to take it's course.

Unfortunately this one work is made of a non-enduring material, and it will eventually have to be replaced; perhaps in that time, it's next incarnation might take on a more diverse or meaningful appearance - or, perhaps just a different degree of workmanship. I find that the factors, symbolism, or significance of Bartholomew Kuma can be read deeply in many directions, and I can only hope that those factors might weave their way into my next work sometime in the future.

Thank you for voicing your thoughts, Areliusmars. Your time and compliments are much appreciated. :nod:
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areliusmars Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
I meant to say hard not to notice!! Sorry! :)
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is some seriously impressive sculpture work. :wow:

The work on on the hair is just mind blowing.
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Greetings, ColonelYeo.

Yes, it was a long time spent, detailing his hair. Some reasonable texture experimentation went into trying to find something that would both be detailed, but also reasonably accurate as to his depiction - but also without overpowering the overall sculpture image too much.

After all, most of the surfaces are quite smooth, and a sudden riot of textured detail is a bit jarring, so I needed something that would be relatively consistent... Aye, and much time put into it indeed! Luckily it was a simple enough process that it became somewhat of a meditation, rather than the tedious detail of other regions, such as his facial details, or endless smoothing of his jacket surfaces.

Thank you for the thoughts and comment, Yeo. It's much appreciated.
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yang Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Very dreamy.
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
It's curious to see your regard, Yang. My friend has shown me much of your work, and I admire your penchant for characteristic visual expression, and also humorous bent of character quirks. In short, it's an honor to get a comment from you.

As for this work of mine, it bears with it more thought than I can outwardly say. Much thought lies behind it's creation and it's work-process, but just as much is also reflected in all of the humble sketches and work which preceded it: honor, standing, and strength in the mind are what allows for devotion, and creation of monuments and artifacts to such admiration.

Could I create something similar in stone or metal, I would begin toil in a heartbeat, were I capable. Often I have thought of the materials of old, new, or rare: diorite and marble, the ancient set of bronze, and the lofty value of platinum.

Such as it is, I hope your own admiration of Kuma is as deep and strong. That channel of individual spirit, yearning, thought, and contemplation are vital to many an artist.

Good luck to you, Yang. You do what you do very well, and you've helped bring good times to my friend and many others. Could I honor that in some way, I would gladly oblige.

Take care. :meditate:
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yang Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Heh, I'm glad you like my comics. I'd love to be as skilled with sculpture and fabrication as you are, judging by your gallery!

I can definitely understand an artist's obsession, even with a fictional character, and Kuma is a very mysterious (and dreamy) guy. I always like seeing characters with a religious symbolism to their design, and I really hope that we learn more about his past eventually.
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Gelos32 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Esta increible...
Y no solo lo digo por que me guste one piece XD
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
I see, Gelos.

Many thanks. If you can enjoy this work, then that is all I ask. For yourself and the countless others who enjoy One Piece and the character Bartholomew Kuma, this is a humble work to share, dedicated to their creativity and potential.

Take care, Gelos. I wish you much luck in your search for inspiring artwork. =)
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joeltonongkh Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
beautiful. bold and detail.
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Thank you, Joel.

I hope that it's directness and strength serve as an inspiration or reference to other artists. This art works to serve a subject; my goal through sharing is that others benefit. :nod:

Thank you for leaving your regard. An opinion is always welcome.
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SilverZeo Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist
Looks like something between the Terminator and M Bison...
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Greetings, SilverZeo.

While I cannot speak for M. Bison - I know little of his characteristics, and only some of his appearance - I've heard it remarked that the Terminator was a part of the inspiration behind Bartholomew Kuma.

What exact effects or parallels might come about because of that, I cannot say. There could be many ways to read such information, and far more to reflect on the obscure darker shadows, and greater light, of the concepts and world from which Bartholomew comes.

Thank you for taking the time to leave your thoughts, Zeo. Certainly if you've any more to share, I would gladly listen.

For now, good times to you. =)
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OlaJK Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Looks like a dishonored guard ._.
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Hmm... A curious notion, OlaJK.

The concept and standing of a dishonored guard can have many meanings, and many points of depth. I can see some of what that might be; I take my own interpretation... But, if you wished to share your thoughts, I'd gladly listen. :nod:
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OlaJK Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
it's just what I thought of when I saw the work itself, it's not criticism, dishonored has wonderful design, downright beautiful, and I think you've done a really good job. Coming from someone who can't even sculpt a boob, it won't matter much though :p
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Ah, I believe I may see now, Ola. You speak of 'Dishonored' the game? I can see the resemblance, then. And I agree that many a game have absolutely beautiful and interesting concepts and styles of appearance.

As you can tell, I was thinking that you'd been making a reference to something of the cultural surrounding implications of a dishonored person - after all, to be cursed with such a title does not mean that one must have committed a deplorable act; one can take up that title for themselves for a failing, or have it cast upon them by necessity. Marked by the political, or the individually pious, or perhaps a complex net of both - as can happen in any compelling circumstance - that easily becomes the founding pillar of many tales and strong characters.

In any case, I appreciate your regard, Ola. Personally, I am surprised that this work of mine was recognized for a DD. Certainly there are far better sculptures that I've seen as DD work before. Aye, but such is life.

Take care, Ola. Many good days to you. :bow:
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aXsinfulXsound Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cuuuuuuuuuuuute
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Heh, thank you, SinfulSound.

Though, your comment does leave me wondering at the reason for it. There are many ways to interpret it, and all of them something of thought. After all, I've long joked at Kuma's silly ears, myself... I daresay, it's as if his creator drew a serious, stoic, imposing figure, and simply placed those there to mess with everyone's collective mind.

Moreover, people sometimes have a perplexing habit of calling rather notably intimidating figures 'cute,' even though there is no context for it. What is this logic?

Thank you for your comment. Perhaps if you could oblige an answer, those would be some welcome thoughts to share. =)
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aXsinfulXsound Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well i said cute because to me kuma looks like a fluffy teddy bear that i wanna hug and that image poped up and made my heart swell so i said cute not to offend but to show my thoughts on your piece *smiles*
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Heh. It's quite fine, SinfulSound.

Thank you for explaining. It's good to see that others hold open and honest views - I was simply curious over your reasoning. =) I find it fascinating and good how relatable people can be toward various subjects, including those which offer them strength or good heart.
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aXsinfulXsound Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^ w ^ and on that note ,keep up the good work ♥
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supermanwich23 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
fantastic
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Though it's one word, I can gratefully offer my thanks, Supermanwich.

All artwork speaks in it's own way to those who view it. Some types of art are more lasting than others; some have more substance, some have less. Many can speak through types of culture and medium - what does the canvas reflect like a mirror, or whose shadow does a sculpture cast?

Hopefully this work has been enjoyable and inspiring, Superman. I wish you luck in your efforts. :nod:
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supermanwich23 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
brilliant! XD
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ProffesionalZombie12 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is that a TREE growing out of his head? O.o
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Heh, amusing. Though, in all honesty, ProffesionalZombie, considering that the character/concept of Bartholomew had originated with the artist Oda ... A tree growing out of someone's skull would be entirely expectable, and possibly confer some advantages.

... Though not coniferous advantages, in this case. *ba-dum-pssh* :p (Pardon the pun.)

But, relating again to his hair: it seems to both have a very high volume - in fact, it's profile reminds me of a fractal - and a serious resilience.

Considering the way that came about as a part of the sculpture, I wanted his hair to be relatively accurate in silhouette no matter the angle of viewing, but because of it's relative textural complexity in comparison to the rest of his figure, I had to keep the surfacing of his hair rather uniform. That stippling was also the only technique which appeared reasonable overall; I tried others. They did not look good.

Such is the way things go. Thank you for the good humor, Zombie. =)
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ProffesionalZombie12 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No probs.
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SaltESweet Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student Filmographer
I'm not going to lie, from the tiny thumbnail, I thought it was poo. :la: Great job with the expression on his face! He seems so real...
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Actually, you do bring up a good point there, SaltESweet.

First, thank you for your compliments. They are much appreciated. While I don't consider myself a skilled sculptor at all, capturing something of a sense of his stillness, power, and intent was quite difficult, given that his actual expressiveness is virtually nonexistent, and that his design is rather bland compared to his peers.

But, returning to your former comment, I understand how true it is that we tent to leap to amusing interpretations based on initial reactions or lack of information. I often do so myself, those amusing split-second reactions before one actually has a chance to consciously process what they are looking at. =p

But in the same way, it seems true that there are no other 'common shapes' given to our range of symbols an ideograms which are quite the same in form as the iconic 'poo.' I suppose it depends more on one's profession and exposure to various signs and symbols. After all, circles, triangles, rectangles, bold or gradient shades and colors - they can make for a plethora of things... And among them, still many a chance for good humor and different interpretations - or clever graffiti. =p
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SaltESweet Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Filmographer
You did just that. He looks like if I made fun of his poofy hair, he'd punch my face in with a pinky and go on with his day.

I once saw Jesus in a piece of toast. It was delicious.
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
That expression made my day, SaltESweet. :giggle:

I hope your humor continues to ease the times of many. =)
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SaltESweet Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Filmographer
Haha, thanks! :D Keep on keep'n on~
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FlameoftheDark Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist
Wow. This is amazing. :D
Madam. You have done an outstanding job with this. :D :clap:
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Thank you, Flame.

It had certainly demanded enough patience and time of me, but the thoughtfulness and exercise of patience in completing it are it's own value.

Sharing it here is another matter - but if anyone gains a better day or a more keen regard of Bartholomew, then it's purpose is served. :salute:

Thank you for leaving your thoughts. Good times to you, FlameoftheDark. :nod:
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FlameoftheDark Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist
No problem Lucrata! :D

Ah, but if things have had enough time put into them, they always come out wonderful, like this. :3 Was it fun creating this? Because it'd look fun to do.. xD


Mhm :3

Once again, no probs :D
Good times to you too, LucrataNexarii :handshake:
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Cirbane Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
his hair looks like broccoli
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Heh, I can agree, Cirbane.

I'd actually tested multiple different ways of stylizing his hair. But, there are many things which barred the way. One, his hair is depicted in his source material as having a very high volume - hell, it's virtually fractal in it's surface area - and in order to have it take on that same appearance from any viewing angle, it required some distinct volumes.

Texturing his hair was another matter, again met with many attempts... But a key problem is that his figure is rather bland, overall. With his hair potentially as a riot of detail, I had to work with something as simple to execute as possible. It had taken long enough to complete as it is.

And, yes, he does have some insane hair. His hair, and that of his Pacifista/cyborg brethren, has stood up to projectile weaponry, slashing blades, and fire.... And for Kuma, the equivalent of a heavy-ordnance detonation shockwave, and all his hair did is just wave gently in the breeze. Damn. That be some mad frizz there, brother. 8-)

Thank you for the humor, Cirbane. Good luck in your days.
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KaburagiKotetsu Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Bwahahahaha xDD I was thinking the same thing xDD It looks awesome though :love:
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AltairSky Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol I was about to say the same thing!
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Heh, don't worry, I've seen the 'broccoli' comment before, and I can easily understand. =p

In any case, I will reply in due time to Cirbane, and likewise to user Alphabetsoup - so my reasoning and humor will be there if you wish to look at a later time. =)
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AltairSky Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Anyway this sculpture looks absolutely great!
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Thank you, AltairSky. I appreciate the regard.

Thank you for taking the time to leave it. :nod:
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Master-Roku Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't see enough love and art of this guy. Well done.
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
I can easily agree as to the lack of artwork, though I appreciate if you have any further perspective to add. I generally do not go about searching for such things, myself - but it does not keep me from being curious about the views others have of Kuma, nor why there seems to be relatively little work of him.

Compared to his peers, his design is rather bland; he is neither expressive nor outspoken, nor has he received much heavy involvement in the story so far - though some of his actions were critical, much of his undertakings can only be treated with possible subtleties as to future or past events of One Piece. And, with a bit of joking scorn, he is also not as comely as some of the other Warlords (I frown on the force and popularity effects of 'teh bishi' =p ).

Thank you for your compliments. I still hold that this work is quite basic. In fact, it's purpose was as much from my own inclinations as it was also meant to serve as a reference for others. Bartholomew's heavy features can pose a problem for accurate depiction when working with heavy perspective angles. Thus, this sculpture is meant as a community resource as well, and perhaps it could prove useful for many.

Take care, Master-Roku, and thank you for your time. :bow:
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Master-Roku Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, that was quite a response. I think people haven't done/cared about art of him so much b/c he wasn't around a lot. He did help the straw hats, but after that his fate is kinda obscured. I hope you do more on this guy.
Personally, I thought he was really cute, and his personality was interesting compared to all the others. if there is one word to describe the show it would b "ridiculous." The actions, physics, personalities, and just about everything in the show file under that word. Kuma's shape and size are about the only odd thing, but his personality and powers aren't as nutso as the others'. That's why I love him.
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
So far as I take to the One Piece material - which is not with such a steep enthusiasm as many - my tendencies are towards the abstracts and reasons behind such powers, and what forces may make them interlinked. Much appears to hinge on the strength of one's belief, will, or creativity.

But, to that same end, I see in Bartholomew the important questions of just what comprises will, how it reverberates and carries force throughout and - well-past - it's initial creator or person, how the effect of consciousness may change any of these, and also how the efforts and intuition of singular people can set great changes into motion.

As you can infer, Kuma carries a weight and presence of philosophical depth - but the degree to which I can incorporate that vane of inclination into my work varies; and still in that way, it acts as an artistic challenge, be it either in concept, or in systematic approach to such work.

... But, yes, I am also well-aware of the ridiculous nature of One Piece. I can only hope that something of a reasonability - or striking, subtle effectiveness - remains with Kuma's portrayal in the canonical material. After all, I am just as susceptible to a certain tiredness of the over-the-top abilities exhibited by many a character.

Aye, 'to all things, a purpose,' I say. Not that it makes it any easier to accept the effect which some Plotonium based weaponry and Scriptonite armor endures or inflicts. =p

Thank you for your time. I appreciate the humor, patience, and regard. Good days to you, Master-Roku. :nod:
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Master-Roku Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I feel like you would be fun to talk to over the phone. I hope you continue your lovely work, I would love to see more. Thank you for your time and words. It's always a pleasure.
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Never-more-enchanted Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The details are amazingly well done (if you get what I mean)
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