Commission for xONUAx
and first in a series of four Metal Riders. I had more input on this one than I expect on the other three. I first suggested using spiked armor because-- of course-- of the name Iron Maiden. I then started looking at various album covers for inspiration, but still came up with nothing, until one day at the laundromat my brain screamed "POWERSLAVE" at me and I started sketching.
Maiden's helmet draws inspiration from a pharaoh's headdress, as well as the shape of an iron maiden device's head (like this imgur.com/ANLlfbU
). There's also some Pharaoh Man (Mega Man) in there. Onua and I worked together on the weapons; he wanted hatchets and made a lot of suggestions on the shape.
The armor was largely inspired by Riders Bravo and Kivala. The plates on the hips are meant to resemble an Egyptian kilt, which a quick Google search tells me is called a shendyt.
The gold glitter texture was a sort of happy accident that happened while I was working on a different commission, and now I can't figure out how to replicate it. Sigh!
Of course, NOW I learn that one of the Riders in the new season has a Tutankhamun form, but by the time I found that out, it was far too late to turn back on this.