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The Archivist by Tekka-Croe The Archivist by Tekka-Croe
While exploring one of the few habitable sections of Installation 01 not overrun by Flood, Spartan Fireteam Indigo encounters a miraculously sane ancilla calling itself "the Archivist"...

A concept illustration for the Halo story I'm working on. I'm starting to get the overall story and sequence of events together.

The ink lines for Spartan Wolf in the foreground were done with Sakura and Copic pens on a tiny 2.5 by 3.5 inch sketch card. Everything else was done in Photoshop Elements 8

Halo (c) Microsoft, 343i
Fireteam Indigo, The Archivist, artwork (c) :icontekka-croe:
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:iconcptwrogers:
CptWRogers Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
I think he sees mee!
:O
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CanisResolutus Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
So... the only Ancilla that is sane, he must be evil.
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Tekka-Croe Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
By what reasoning?  If he is still sane, then he understands that humans are the inheritors of the Mantle, and he will do whatever he can to protect them.

His counterpart, Secretive Guardian, on the other hand...
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SeanMahana Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks like borderlands meets halo
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Sev808 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice.
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509freak Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just out of curiosity: Will we ever see a full body concept art of Fireteam Indigo's sniper?
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:iconamora117:
Amora117 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Student Artist
582...Interesting number.
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Amora117 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Artist
Who's the Monitor?
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:icontekka-croe:
Tekka-Croe Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I haven't finalized his name, but for now I've been calling him 582 Ponderous Countenance.
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megadolon013 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Hey is this story comics or Anime? Also were can I get it?. As for the draw, it is exquisite in detail. What can I say but , Damn You Are Great.
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ProjectXA3 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
You know, this is the first thing I've ever seen that makes the Reach "Mark V" shoulder actually look like the shoulder of a Mark V(a) suit. I really like it!
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SimsDoc Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Oh, ODST how you were remove from Halo 4. I feel sadden...
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loverking99 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it keep em commin
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Gamerwolfgirl Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome. Really cool and awesome detail. I really like this style, it would be great for a comic
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the-gordon-freeman Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
sorry for the double comment, but will you make that story a comic or what?
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the-gordon-freeman Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
the light effects and the visor are neat-o
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Amond-Logan Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
WOW!!! very cool men!!!
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:iconvenezsolomon:
VenezSolomon Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great painting! Keep'em coming!! :D
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:iconlalam24:
Lalam24 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Fantastic work, mate.
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:iconumbraphasmatis:
UmbraPhasmatis Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like how you seem to have incorporated all of the Halo armor styles from 3 through 4. Looks great!
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Unikraken Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Btw Tekka, I sent you a note not too long ago, did you see it?
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Unikraken Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing. Great work!
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otamachamp Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Are those Ranger shoulders I spy on that there marksman? :D
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:icontekka-croe:
Tekka-Croe Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Good eye. Only on the left side, though. He's got pouches for spare ammo on his right shoulder.
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:iconwolf-of-the-west:
Wolf-of-the-West Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really amazing! Nice job!
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ObsidianGrey Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah, epic action shot!
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mandospartangirl117 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg soooo cool!
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Rygartkrasnaya Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome, again that's a Beautiful Mk IV/V with some VI sprinkled on.
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Kebiru Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Great line quality. How long did it take to finish this
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RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Why is there a spartan wearing a Mark V alongside spartans wearing mark VII's? <-- halo nerd. sorry.

BUT over all. This is very well done. Makes me curious to the project you're working on.
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Tekka-Croe Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The guy in front is a Spartan-III who was cross-trained with MJOLNIR armor, similar to the members of NOBLE Team. His armor is a hybrid of the Mk-V and Mk-VI suits he was issued in the last weeks of the Human-Covenant war.

He simply prefers his old armor, and has never bothered to trade it in for a newer model. Though, he has kept the shield systems, fusion pack and software up to date.
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RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I like your explanation better. Probably because you're the artist, and actually answered what i was asking. Thank you. My curiosity is satisfied. :D
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otamachamp Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Though, I must say that the Mk-VII and Gen 2 armors are two different things. It's still under speculation as to whether the Mk-VII is to be considered Gen 1 or Gen 2, but the armors worn by the two SPARTAN-IVs are definitely Gen 2.
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RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Neeeerd. lol. :heart:
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MurderousPandas Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
They're different Spartans. The Spartan IV's are mass production while Spartan III's are not. The Spartan IV isn't wearing what appears to be MVII either, I don't believe ODST helmets were in the plans. And the Spartan far back isn't quite recognizable, but the Spartan III is wearing MV.
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AtlantisOrca Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome! I love the style and the reflection in the Spartan's visor. Great work :)
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natiwar02 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Nice!
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Nocte-Vagus Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Writer
Very nice indeed OPTEKKA.
You art, as always, intrigues and dazzles me.
If didn't know any better I'd say this came straight from one of the official comics.

The way you blurred out the other to characters to focus on Wolfgang turned out great.
I also love the detail in his reflection. So please keep up the great work.
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Nocte-Vagus Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Writer
P.s. It's also nice that you gave us a sneak peek at the third member of Indigo. <3
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:iconbajireyn:
Bajireyn Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well damn!
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Jin-Ghi-Lives Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Nicce work
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Cpt-Slow Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Up until now, having viewed your character design progression sketches and other associated artwork connected to this little project you have going here, I was very much on the fence.
However.
Seeing it all come together like this, is very cool and has assuaged any doubts I may have had about how this was going to turn out.

On seer artistic merit however, its a solid piece of work and looks every bit drapped in halo Lore and style, as it should.
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philorion7 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
haha i was the 117th viewer!
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charizardag Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
ooh, neat
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:iconelijarman:
elijarman Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Artist
great work, its interesting
i love the mark V.
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LEMOnz07 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work!
Looking forward to seeing some more from you :D
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