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Marathon fanart: The Pfhor by juzo-kun Marathon fanart: The Pfhor by juzo-kun
Some of Marathon bad guys. From left to right: a Fighter, a Hunter and an Enforcer. As my usual, I tweaked a lot on the original design. I made the backgrounds using some of the game wall textures as reference.

I think I gave the Hunter too much of a human shape (the guy under that armor is supposed to be a sort of insect like the other two). In the game, the Enforcer is the one that kindly lends you his weapon, if sufficiently persuaded. Useful persuasion means in this case are fists and every non-explosive weapon.

I don't know why but I always figured Enforcers as females. Which is probably senseless, because the Phfor are a sort of aliens bug and as far as I know gender might not apply in the same way as humans. Or maybe they are intended to be similar to bees or ants... making all the combatant units technically female, hehe.

...I'm on a Marathon binge, lately. I suspect that installing Marathon:Rubicon and managing to get stuck in nearly every switch-point level has something to do with this. :paranoid:

Characters: 2B pencil for sketch and lineart, Photoshop coloring.
Background: Photoshop layer effects and patterns overuse.

[If you don't know Marathon and are curious of the reference, here is the page -> [link] (Italian text, but nearly all the characters name are in English)]

--JK

Disclaimer: Marathon and related logo and characters (c) Bungie
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:iconsnowy-aegis:
Snowy-Aegis Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish they'd remake the Marathons. And not Aleph One, I mean a complete 3d remake. It'd love to see how the Phor look like with modern graphics, and all the guns.
Anyways, awesome pic man!
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juzo-kun Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013   General Artist
To me the pixel-2.5D look is part of the charm :D But anyway, I'd like too seeing it made in a slightly more modern engine... keyword being -slightly-, something like the Unreal/Unreal Tournament and such. I'm one of those old curmudgeons that thinks too much realism kills the experience, heh!

(If I recall correctly someone made exactly that... Marathon in Unreal Tournament engine. I should look more into that.)
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Snowy-Aegis Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is quite a nice feeling. A lot of more recent games focus far too much in visuals and not enough on the danged story, which is why I love the Marathon trilogy so much-The ridiculously complex story. Actually, yes you're right, some group is making Marathon with that engine, and calling it Marathon Resurrection. Although in that, I think the ship should be grey, not brown.

Also, the assault rifle's model kinda sucks. They replaced the grenade wheel with a magazine!
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juzo-kun Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013   General Artist
I might take advantage of some discount and buy a copy of the Unreal set to try it... after I managed to be sure it's possible to make it run under OSX or Linux, I mean.
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Snowy-Aegis Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty sure it can.
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Jallerman569 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Nice pic one question why do juggernaut have teeth? They don't eat!!!
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xX-Alloy-Xx Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Got the series. Don't know why they haven't remade the series yet. Hate todays shooters, theres no puzzling objectives. Nice pic. Don't know if I commented on this.
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xX-Alloy-Xx Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
Love this picture!!! My fave guys were those enforcers. Didn't cause to much trouble and gave you an awesome weapon.
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oobidoobi Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
Hehe, Yes. marathon doesn't get enough... eh.. I guess Respect is the right word. ^^ This is great!
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Misanthrope0 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
i love your marathon work
good to know that some people still remember this classic
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CaligulaClone Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008
FUCKING WIN! Marathon forever!
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TheSpiralAim Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008
x3 Great job on the Enforcer, tbh that's quite a good interpretation of the three phfor troop. Missing the trooper but.. eh, they are boring anyways. alls ya need now is a S';pht.
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juzo-kun Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008   General Artist
Thanks! :)

[the S'pht is already here -->[link] ;) ]
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Durandal-Thoth Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
I thought enforces had four eyes
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avastandwhatnot Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
Great interpretations, especially considering the generally pixelly nature of the originals. I especially like the fighter and the effect on the enforcer's cloak/robe. I like it : p
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juzo-kun Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007   General Artist
Thank you! :)
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CytoToxicBlade Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007
Woah, that's awesome! I love it! =D
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juzo-kun Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007   General Artist
Thanks :)
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Durendal5150 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Stuck with Rubicon too, eh? >.< My save got wiped halfway through, so...either way, that bugger gets hard!

Oh, and kickass work, too....insta-fav stuff, this. Pulled it off very well. The characters are amazing, and the background is simply stunning. It looked enough like the background in-game that I didn't notice till I read that it was. ^_^
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juzo-kun Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007   General Artist
Thank you! :)

I usually keep a second or third save in places where the game get difficult because I'm always afraid of lose it... with Rubicon I went a little overboard and now I have about thirty saved games around. And I'm still stuck. >_>
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Durendal5150 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
I got in Tycho's to where you go back to that research station.....P'fhor are one thing, but bobs and those new Maser bobs......arrgh.

Don't recall where I got stuck with Durandals.....I should really start playing again.
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juzo-kun Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007   General Artist
Me too... ^^;

I have to nerve myself to redo the whole thing from the beginning (and taking notes on the level sequence, this time...)
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Durendal5150 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
I got bored and went to look up some terminals for the quotes just now, and found the level flowchart for rubicon.....so if you want to b cheaty....(I've only looked at the guides for levels I've done....swear it.) Either way, heres the link: (Whadya know it was on the Rubicon Site. *Shrug*)

[link]
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juzo-kun Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007   General Artist
...thank you for the link :) I completely forgot of the spoiler guide!
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Durendal5150 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Welcome. ^___^
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juzo-kun Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007   General Artist
:paranoid: must... resist... clicking...

(I wonder if it's about the old version or the new one...)
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Durendal5150 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
The old one, methinks, It mentions stuff they hope to do "when Aleph One Comes out," so....
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Durendal5150 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
>_< never thought to take notes....I'll have to do that this time around....
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twtmaster Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O_O I just don't know why this is so good :o Nice, very nice (especially the pose of the fighter XD) Fave it up!
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juzo-kun Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007   General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Zott820 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007
Now this is the kind of concept art I would expect for some sweet Marathon mod. Its very well done, and I like the style, cartoonish, but in a powerful way, due to the details on the characters. I love it. Wonderful!
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juzo-kun Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007   General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Popcornking Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007
Like allways, your Marathon fanart fu**ing rocks! Keep on drawing them please! XD
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juzo-kun Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007   General Artist
:bow:
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metalformer Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice drawing! The background blends in perfectly!
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juzo-kun Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007   General Artist
Thank you! :)
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angelfra Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007
very cool!
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juzo-kun Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007   General Artist
Graz' :)
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angelfra Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007
di niente :D
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Deimos-Remus Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Yay!!
I love all your Marathon stuff!
Instant :+fav:
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:iconjuzo-kun:
juzo-kun Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007   General Artist
Thank you!
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Deimos-Remus Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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ImaginaryGoddess Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007
Hooray! zomg they look so fantastic. You are the shiznit, juzo-kun! :)
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juzo-kun Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007   General Artist
:bow:
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morpheu5 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Professional General Artist
L'Enforcer è fighissimo. L'Hunter però non è un po' impacciato sotto quell'armatura?
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juzo-kun Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007   General Artist
:paranoid: magari è un'armatura di gomma
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morpheu5 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007  Professional General Artist
Così se cade rimbalza :P
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GregorytheImpaler Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007   Writer
Hey! The Hunter and Enforcer! The two enemies that were probably tied for my favourite enemy. You did a very good job in the art, colouring, and shading.
Plus that shock-staff is unbelievable!

Another great Marathon piece. Well done!
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juzo-kun Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007   General Artist
Thanks! :)
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lateralsnowflake Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007
!! I remember Marathon! Sort of!
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