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cheddarpaladin
Matthew R. Fleming
Artist | Student | Digital Art
United States
Current Residence: On the Road to Nowhere
Favourite genre of music: Rock and most of its subgenres
Favourite photographer: Victoria Fiske
Favourite style of art: Romanticism
Operating System: Windows XP Professional
MP3 player of choice: Winamp 5.52
Favourite cartoon character: Daffy Duck
Personal Quote: "To live and not to breathe is to die in tradgedy"
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Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake by cheddarpaladin
Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake
Counting down to the Phantom Pain, I'm submitting one piece of fanart every day in the week before release. One picture for each canon entry to the series.

This one is for the second game in the series, 1990's Metal Gear 2 for the MSX2, not to be confused with the non-canon NES sequel, Snake's Revenge. To continue the comparison to the Legend of Zelda, this is the series' "a Link to the Past" as it takes the original formula and improves on it in every manner. It's far more accessible than Metal Gear, with tighter mechanics, prettier visuals, and a full plot with meaningful twists and political and philosophical themes.

The plot revolves around a miracle microbe that can solve the energy crisis. The Czech biologist responsible for the microbe, Dr. Kio Marv, is kidnapped and held hostage by a military nation called Zanzibar Land, seeking to control the organism and subsequently the fate of global economics. This is where the Metal Gear formula is truly defined and it's very much worth a look in spite of its age.

Like with the characters in the first game, I had very little concept art to go off of. Thankfully, every main protagonist has profile pictures (most based on actual actors from the time) but everything else was sprite artwork. For the bosses, I went for a more GIJOE feel to their designs, which felt appropriate to the late 80s feel the game has.

From left to right starting with the portraits of the support crew.

Colonel Roy Campbell is Snake's commanding officer and the current leader of FOXHOUND.

Master MacDonnel Miller is FOXHOUND's drill instructor and your survivalist contact.

George Kasler is a mercenary and your main contact for information on the bosses.

Johan Jacobsen is an environmentalist and an expert on the flora and fauna of Zanzibar Land.

Dr. Madnar is once again a hostage for Snake to rescue.

Dr. Kio Marv, Czech biologist and creator of the OILIX microbe.

Gustava Heffner, once of Snake's contacts who has infiltrated Zanzibar Land as a soldier.

Holly White, another insider and a journalist.

Solid Snake, once again called in to make the impossible possible.

Gray Fox, former college to Snake, now working for Zanzibar Land.

Big Boss, former head of FOXHOUND, now the leader of Zanzibar Land.

Black Ninja is one of Zanzibar Land's mercenaries and someone from Snake's past.

Running Man is a master of using his great speed to set traps.

Red Blaster is former GRU spetsnaz and a master assassin. He employs grenades.

Jungle Evil is a guerrilla tactician and a master of the ambush.

Night Fright has a form of optical camouflage and no one has ever seen his face.

Five more to go until the release of the Phantom Pain.
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Metal Gear by cheddarpaladin
Metal Gear
Counting down to the Phantom Pain, I'm submitting one piece of fanart every day in the week before release. One picture for each canon entry to the series.

This one is for the very first Metal Gear game, 1987's Metal Gear, specifically the MSX version. The very basic plot is defined in this game. You control Solid Snake, a rookie agent of special operations unit FOXHOUND on a mission to infiltrate the enemy base, Outer Heaven, rescue fellow operative Gray Fox, and destroy a new secret weapon known only as "Metal Gear". The game defined the stealth genre and otherwise plays like Zelda with guns with a hint of Metroid's atmosphere, which is interesting since all three games were in development at the same time.

The characters in the first game had very little concept art to go from, and the 8-bit pallet left lots to the imagination when going off of the sprites. So I did a lot of character design here myself using information about the characters from the manual, the wiki, and their actions in the game.

From left to right, starting with the pictures for the radio support team:

Kyle Schneider is the leader of the resistance at Outer Heaven, and one of your main contacts throughout the game.

Diane is a former new wave artist who familiarized herself with the members of Outer Heaven and primarily gives Snake information about the bosses.

Jennifer infiltrated Outer Heaven's medical staff and can provide Snake with behind the scenes help, but only if he proves himself worthy.

Ellen Madnar is the daughter of Dr. Madnar and is one of the hostages of Outer Heaven.

Dr. Drago Pettrovich Madnar is a talented roboticist and is being forced to work on Metal Gear as one of the hostages of Outer Heaven.

Gray Fox is the premiere agent of FOXHOUND and was originally sent in to Outer Heaven before Solid Snake, he was captured and is now one of the hostages of Outer Heaven.

Big Boss is the CO of FOXHOUND and your primary contact. He gives Snake advice for every situation and is regarded as one of the greatest soldiers who ever lived.

Solid Snake is the main character of the game and this is his first mission with FOXHOUND. He is highly trained and a former Green Beret, so he has all the skills necessary to get in, complete the mission, and get out.

Shotgunner is the warden of Outer Heaven's prison. He uses a shotgun with great efficiency.

Machinegun Kid is former SAS and uses a light machine gun as well as most soldiers could use an assault rifle.

Fire Trooper uses a flame thrower as his primary weapon. He's outfitted in a fireproof suit.

Dirty Duck is a terrorist who joined with Outer Heaven. He's very proficient with boomerangs and uses hostages as human shields in his tactics.

TX-11 "Bloody Brad" is an android developed by Dr. Madnar. He's nigh indestructible, and very fast despite his great size. Otherwise known as "Arnold" he's pretty much the titular character from "the Terminator" movies.

6 more to come.
One each day until the release of the Phantom Pain on September 1st. Barring any setbacks.

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the Sons of Fate by cheddarpaladin
the Sons of Fate
For :iconsuperogue-kd: for his birthday.

Mega Man fights his brother, Protoman, outside the castle of Dr. Wily as their family watches the battle, unable to stop them.

This is inspired by both the Break Man boss fight in Mega Man 3 and also the song "the Sons of Fate" by the Protomen. I wanted Proto Man to look like an earlier model of Mega Man and not just a pallet swap. He's been wrecked to shit by his fight with Dr. Wily's forces years before, and using clearly less advanced parts.

I don't know where I first saw it, but I always liked the idea that the Proto Buster is a minigun that fires live ammunition as opposed to charged shots. I have the gas from the gunfire exiting out the shoulder to reduce recoil. I wanted him to look like, if he were brand new, his armor wouldn't be too different from Mega Man's, but it's been totaled, so he's got parts missing and is scuffed by burns and bullet holes.

The frame and the background are all Mega Man 3 inspired. The arena is supposed to resemble the Break Man boss fight stage. The castle is also Wily Castle from Mega Man 3.

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Fight Like a Girl by cheddarpaladin
Fight Like a Girl
This is for my friend Mikala on her birthday. She loves superheroes and is a big advocate for Breast Cancer Awareness so I put both ideas together for a cool girl power kinda drawing.

Pictured in pink variations of their traditional attire is Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), Supergirl, and Wondergirl (Donna Troy) wrangling up the arch foes of their mentors. Joker & Harley Quinn, Lex Luthor, and Cheetah are all immobilized by a giant pink ribbon, the symbol of breast cancer awareness.

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TMNT by cheddarpaladin
TMNT
Turtle Power!

For my brother on his birthday.

When we were kids, my brother and I played the crap out of Konami's co-op Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games. The perfect beat 'em ups. Radical music, great enemy and level variety, tight combat system. Best.

The games are what I think of when I think of TMNT.

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COWABUNGA!
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  • Mood: Christmas Spirited
  • Listening to: Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown
  • Reading: Green Lantern (Geoff Johns)
  • Watching: Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!
  • Playing: Age of Empires II
  • Eating: Roast Beef Sandwich
  • Drinking: Iced Coffee
So I now have over 20,000 pageviews.
Tres woot.

December is here, so Christmas painting starts. I have, like, four belated birthday paintings I want to do before I even start painting for Christmas.

Damn, I need to get crackin'.

And as always, I need to write more JoaP.
As I live and breathe, I need to write MOAR JOAP.
Yeah, I still haven't given up on it, yet.

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:pencil: :reading: Journal of a Paladin Recap :reading: :pencil:
This is just a list of all the chapters I've done with JoaP so far. Makes reading it a little easier, so you don't have to go hunting for it in my gallery.

:bulletgreen: www.deviantart.com/deviation/1… - JoaP I - Journal of a Paladin
:bulletgreen: www.deviantart.com/deviation/1… - JoaP II - The Misadventure of the Crimson Knight
:bulletgreen: www.deviantart.com/deviation/2… - JoaP III - A Brisk Reception on a Warm Evening
:bulletgreen: www.deviantart.com/deviation/2… - JoaP IV - The Good, the Bad, and the Nameless
:bulletgreen: www.deviantart.com/deviation/3… - JoaP V - Black
:bulletgreen: www.deviantart.com/deviation/4… - JoaP VIa - Confinement: Part I
:bulletgreen: www.deviantart.com/deviation/4… - JoaP VIb - Confinement: Part II
:bulletgreen: www.deviantart.com/deviation/4… - JoaP VII - Princesses
:bulletgreen: www.deviantart.com/deviation/5… - JoaP VIII - Royalty and Loyalty
:bulletgreen: www.deviantart.com/deviation/5… - JoaP IX - Marching Home Again
:bulletgreen: www.deviantart.com/deviation/5… - JoaP X - Bright Lights
:bulletgreen: www.deviantart.com/deviation/6… - JoaP XI - Unusual
:bulletgreen: cheddarpaladin.deviantart.com/… - JoaP XII - Education
:bulletgreen: cheddarpaladin.deviantart.com/… - JoaP XIII - Romantic
:bulletgreen: cheddarpaladin.deviantart.com/… - JoaP XIV - True Sight
:bulletgreen: cheddarpaladin.deviantart.com/… - JoaP XV - the Inquisitors
:bulletgreen: cheddarpaladin.deviantart.com/… - JoaP XVI - the Way
:bulletgreen: cheddarpaladin.deviantart.com/… - JoaP XVII - BOBCOB
:bulletgreen: cheddarpaladin.deviantart.com/… - JoaP XVIII - the Dungeoneers
:bulletgreen: cheddarpaladin.deviantart.com/… - JoaP XIX - Artifacts
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BlimpsAhoy Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
Okay our art trade plans inspired me to make a full-on call for submissions.

[link]

There you can find detailed descriptions of my Pokemon and a link to an image of all of them.

I'll get drawing as soon as I have your team info.
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cheddarpaladin Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Hey, I'm sorry it's taken me so long to respond. I've been working alot lately and it's left me rather unmotivated to do much painting. I didn't want to start work on our trade until felt like I could manage both work and art. I'm getting there.

I have a piece I've been working on for about a month and a half now that I wanted to finish before I started on your pkmn team. I didn't think it'd take me this long. Hell, I still haven't thought of my ideal team, yet.

Anyway, when I finish what I've been working on, I'll get back to you again. I just didn't want you to think I'd forgotten.
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BlimpsAhoy Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
Oh, thanks for the update! I am also busy, but let me know when you have time and I'll make time, too.
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BlimpsAhoy Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
Hey, no problem! Glad to see you're still posting to dA, looks like you've improved a lot since I followed you as ~grilledcheesesemaj
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cheddarpaladin Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Holycrap! Oh, awesome, man! Thanks for watching me with your new account. I appreciate the compliment as well.
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BlimpsAhoy Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
Yeah, no problem! We should do an art trade sometime.
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cheddarpaladin Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Sure, whenever you want. Sounds cool.
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YelZamor Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Go team Edward, go.
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cheddarpaladin Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Student Digital Artist
The Hell is... "Seeker"?

Bah, if that anything to do with vampires, I'm on Team Belmont.
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YelZamor Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I have no idea... Dunnow what a seeker is. X3
Did you go 'wtf' though?
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