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Guild Wars 2 Heavy Armor Sets by haikai13 Guild Wars 2 Heavy Armor Sets by haikai13
These are some of the heavy armor sets I built for Guild Wars 2. Colored using the game's armor dye system. Accurate as of March 2011.
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RRaymonDD Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Sorry, ment more evil looking, not even.
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RRaymonDD Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
You made these wow!!! Yeah, I am wearing a mix of the draconic armor exotic set. Only changed the pauldrons and helpmet to make it more even looking. Colors black (midnight Ice) and darkred

That last picture with the skimpy set for female chars it's what my wife uses. Colors white (celestial) and pink.

Love your work!!
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haikai13 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cool, it's always fun to see people wearing stuff I made. :D
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ZORIFOUR Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
Thats what im wearing Draconic Armor Exotic heavy lvl 80. Good work!!
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haikai13 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cool! I hope you like it! :D
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Blue-Mace-Lord Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Some truly top quality work, particularly the Seraph armor.
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TristanNYC Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Will that heavy armor set with the tabard on the female middle row to the right be wearable by say a norn or is that human specific?
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haikai13 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That was intended to be a human specific armor, just as the first two on the bottom row are norn specific. I don't know if that has changed since then as I haven't been there in over a year now, but there was the idea that the races should have a few armor sets unique to them.
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TristanNYC Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
I figured since that is Seraph armor. And they are human specific. Makes me sad though cause I like that way better than the Norn specific armors. But love me some Norn haha.
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TristanNYC Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
And that wasn't supposed to be as insulting as it might sound haha. You just made the Human armor so cool it is hard to pick another race! Bastard!
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alloraine Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Student General Artist
iloveyou
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haikai13 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thank you. ^^
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witchingbones Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Not only are these totally gorgeous top quality work, I really also applaud the design policies behind these. I'm one of the people in the camp who enjoy getting to use functional covering fantasy armour, and the varieties in coverage for both genders is so well balanced it just makes me ache to play the game for that reason alone. :) So great job there, I've been admiring the armour designs ever since the first teaser shots came out, and it's pretty much the best I've seen in any MMO so far along my time with the genre.

Very inspiring for my own work, too. :heart:
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haikai13 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, though I should say that there are also armors in GW2 that are quite revealing and non-functional as well (more seem to have been added after I left the company). The idea was to give players a choice where possible.
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NickArtWork Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Proper female armor. You sir have my outmost respect.
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bens1n Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student General Artist
I can't wait for this game, SO CLOSE! :D Thanks for sharing again Haikai!
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Esurio Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
One of the things which I really, really enjoy about your armor sets (and most of the armor set's I've seen Arenanet people come out with for GW2) is that great mix of sets that are inspired not only by different eras in human history (for instance the top type armor and middle type armors would have been worn at different times in our history, had they been worn, because of the materials used) but (often more importantly) for different types of players.

For instance, I think all four female armor sets are fantastic and cool and would happily wear any of them on my character, but there are many people who either want to put their female character in ridiculous, totally impractical (and some would say slutty, all though that is completely opinion based and therefore negatable and debatable) armor sets and some people want their female character in practical, 'modest' armor sets which still retain a cool, iconic look. Even harder to satisfy are those who demand that armor sets for male and female characters look exactly the same or at least obviously comparable with only minor changes.

You manage to satisfy everyone--or you should, since the only people who will complain anyways are those who think that their particular preference is the ONLY CORRECT PREFERENCE EVER and therefore those stupid other people who have a different preference should just go play some stupid other game. In their defence, they probably don't realize how silly they sound when they say things like that.

The moral of this story is that you are a fantastic armor designer and, personally, one of the best I've found for a game to fit my tastes in a long time.
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haikai13 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the comment. When I was working on GW2 one of the goals was to have enough variety for everyone. It's a very tough thing to balance when you have a player base as diverse as Guild Wars.

My personal preference is for very fashionable yet practical armor as seen in the Final Fantasy MMOs, but I don't mind seeing revealing armor if it fits in the context of the game world. I can appreciate a great looking design even if it doesn't make much sense!

At the end of the day, I do think some people take it too seriously. The biggest problem in MMOs is the importance of gear because it forces armor designers to come up with crazier (which sometimes equates to sexier) armor in order to one up the last one. Instead of getting a diverse set of looks that fits into the game world you get a bunch of players running around all visually competing for your attention.
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Esurio Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Yeah, I can't even imagine having to not only come up with multiple armor designs but then having to worry about implementing those armor designs in a game and around motion while symultaneously making sure to create a wide-variety of options for a wide-variety of tastes outside of my own. I would imagine it being very stressful.

I'm much the same way. In my mind, it's only a game, and a fantasy game at that, so a bit of the fantastic and unrealistic is warrented. I don't want to run around in underwear but at the same time I want to maintain fashionability and have a wide variety of options outside of what is possible or rational in the real world.

Deffinately too seriously. If you have ever seen any conversation regarding armor on a site like Guild Wars 2 Guru...the intensity level is just short of insane to me. Either way, I really enjoy every design I've seen from you from both an asthetic and realistic setting. I very much hope that these armors are there upon release.
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haikai13 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, yea, the team often reads up on the Guru threads so we know all about it! There isn't really any conclusion one can draw from all those opinions other than you can't satisfy everyone.

It's inevitable that some of these armor sets will be adjusted or "polished" before release. Hopefully it will still be to your tastes!
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Esurio Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
Yeah, "c'est la vie", what can you do.
It seems like there are a lot of creative people working hard on GW2 as a whole, so I'm sure there will be pieces that I enjoy, but I do definitively hope that there will be pieces at least reminiscent of your style.
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pixelchaot Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
impressive!
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mSkull001 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
hm... title says heavy armor but description says medium... hmmm!

lol looks good :D
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haikai13 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thanks for pointing that out. It was a copy/paste error, I think.
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mSkull001 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
xD
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Draaky Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That norn armor looks like the 1 in the gw2 vid's
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haikai13 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yea, I'm pretty sure it was in the vids as well as on the web site.
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Draaky Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Does that mean they used your design?
or that you make it after seeing it?
Or just Copyed the image :P?
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haikai13 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
What? These are official Guild Wars 2 models. I used to work on the game.
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Draaky Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O.o
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Archaes8 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Lovely work on bringing Kekai's Seraph armor to life. I would proudly wear that in-game. I already wore the one in the middle when I played the demo at PAX. :)

I like the stuff you make, perhaps I shall +watch. ^^
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haikai13 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. It's kind of a shame I didn't get to make more high end armors, but I hope you enjoy them.
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Archaes8 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Hey, if I get my hands on that Seraph armor, I'll likely be "transmutationing" that up. Along with several other armors. I'm a bit of a hoarder when it comes to cool outfits. xD
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lorestra Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
OMGWTFBBQ!!!!!


you make me want to play GW2 so bad now!!! These are amazing! Good work rendering the concepts so well!
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FirstDagger Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
Cannot wait to wear these armors ingame. Great job, especially the top right armor set looks very nice.
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haikai13 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. That's also the armor worn by the NPC of the GW2 storyline, Logan.
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Vorokoth Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
Top row look acceptable for fantasy gear.

Middle row looks practical - even the lady on the right in full armour, nice!

Bottom row look ridiculous - why carry all that heavy metal when it doesn't even protect that much of you? And of course the woman has it even worse.
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Jexxinto Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student General Artist
The characters on the bottom row are Norn; Norn emit a large amount of body heat, and they normally don't wear much armor for battle.
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haikai13 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, well, that's the thing about fantasy games. You have the camp that is interested in more functional and realistic armor, and then there's the other camp that wants over-the-top eye candy unconstrained by reality. The hope is to have a little bit of everything for everyone.
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quickthorn Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
To me the top middle female armour is 'eye candy' as it's so elegant. The middle row one is pretty cool too. So I don't think that functional-looking needs to be in opposition with looking good in any way. Personally I find the bottom row armour tacky but I guess someone else will like it.
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Lacrimiya Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
^ this.It's more of a sexy lapdance suit that armour! hahah
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erenozel Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Very well done.
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