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Host Of The Swarm by ArtDoge Host Of The Swarm by ArtDoge
THE BABBY HOST!!! Now they can finally frix back!

My new favourite Zerg unit the Swarm Host, from the upcoming Starcraft II expansion Heart Of The Swarm.

So After getting into the closed Beta this week, I loved to use these guys!!!

I lied, the Terran Warhound is my new favourite unit :D Perhaps that's another painting for another time!

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:iconthearbiterthel12:
thearbiterthel12 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
its one of my favorite units the design is kickass
it sucks how horribly nurfed in the multiplayer only spawning 2 locusts at a time instead of i think it was 4 in the campaign
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kxeron Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Zerg fanart! Love the point of view in this and the blur on the closest brood. The intense purple makes the zergs "pop" :) *goes to gallery to search for more Starcraft pieces*
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:iconartdoge:
ArtDoge Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
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:iconblueradical:
BlueRadical Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
holy hell, your use of colours is amazing and inspiring!! :)
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:icondexistor371:
Dexistor371 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Hi ArtMagix

maybe you will like dark rainy version of this artwork. Just as alternate and design extended version of this artwork :)

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DragonWarriorKirby Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student General Artist
I love the Swarm Host <3
And this painting is pretty awesome.
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:iconkitxunei:
kitxunei Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Sooo friken awesome. I love this piece, and I love the Swarm Host. Only a few more days till HOTS :)
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:iconchaotea:
chaotea Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
is it a good one? I havnt got into the beta, as i dont want to spoil it come march. Nice art though XD
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:iconstarlitdragon:
Starlitdragon Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
I'm getting excited for HotS~ so glad that zerg finally has a ground siege unit. Seriously was getting tired of ending up massing broodlords/infestor/corruptor every flipping game. I was so relieved when they got rid of Protoss replicators too, haha. Though not so much looking forward to dealing with Oracle harass. Haven't played the beta, but I've been keeping up with some streams and casts every so often. Widow mines still terrify me. XD

This makes me want to do zerg fanart too~~
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:iconartdoge:
ArtDoge Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
are you in the beta?
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:iconstarlitdragon:
Starlitdragon Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
nope! I'm not big on betas of any game. I only play vanilla wings of liberty. I just watch a lot of casts. If you want, we should play some time~
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:iconartdoge:
ArtDoge Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
cool add me up on skype!
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:iconstarlitdragon:
Starlitdragon Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
will do lady~ :)
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:iconartdoge:
ArtDoge Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
oops I meant bnet. I sent you a note with my bnet address. but yea I'll also add you up on skype since my buddies and I all use it when playing SC2!
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:iconconnorswift:
ConnorSwift Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
So, instead of an Ultralisk, this is a...Megasuperlisk!?
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:iconestonius:
Estonius Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Wicked cool pose, depth, styley, and colours!
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:iconmax-dunbar:
Max-Dunbar Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional
love your style. Very cool
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:iconshadowisp:
shadowisp Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
awesome! like a deadly mushroom. yur lucky. it was fun watching catz use these dudes in the PHD tourney.
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:iconstephenfauster:
StephenFauster Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have to say, I prefer Tyranids.
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:iconrurokenrox:
RUROKENROX Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student General Artist
... HOLY !@$%TGRD SHOIWTRE%@#$%!!!!!!!!! :iconultimateplz:
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:icontoadking07:
toadking07 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome!
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:icononikage108:
Onikage108 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
I like the idea of this new unit too--though I wish it were a little lower on the tech tree,.
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:iconartdoge:
ArtDoge Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I feel that it's fine for the tier 2 infestation pit tech.
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:iconmr--jack:
Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional
Oh snap man, so coool :D
Enjoying the beta then?
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:iconartdoge:
ArtDoge Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hah hah yea man! We should def play sometimes!
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:icondexistor371:
Dexistor371 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Also I've slighty edited your art to make it a bit sharper, less pinky and closer to purple. Hope you will like that small slighty editing :)

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:iconartdoge:
ArtDoge Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Personally I'm not a fan of this editing. I think by doing something like that, you tend to lose a lot of subtle colours in the shadow, because you are replacing those subtle colours with just black. Also sharpening the overall image tends to lose the general focus in the picture. At the same time it's making the image really grainy.
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Dexistor371 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Well, can it still exist as a veriation of your art? Everywhere where I've posted it, there are 2 versions - your with linking to this oage and your nickname, and sharper/more contrast/a bit recolored under spoiler.

What about more grainy/sharper. I think sharper arts gives nicer and a bit more realistic feeling, like it's an official art from Blizzard rather than fanmade artwork. Look at many Blizzard official artworks, they're sharp, clear, without some "fog", and zerg units mostly have glowing eyes, especially Kerrigan.

I'm not talking about your artwork, it was really welldone and sadly that there are not much artworks with Zergs, especially with HotS stuff. This one artwork is the best for now (using it as avatar on forums), and I'm a big fan of Swarm Host units. Also I've calling them "Siege Mushrooms", because they're so cute and really looks like mushrooms on legs
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ArtDoge Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well im not saying you can't do this, but I'm simply offering my artistic standpoint on why I believe it should look the way I intended it to be.

I'm totally cool with you making your own variation based on my illustration, and I'm not going 100% with what blizzard artists do.

Plus just to be clear Blizzard artists do not over sharpen their works either. It may appear so but it's the fact that they paint a lot more details into their works which gives it that sharpened look.
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Dexistor371 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Can you draw something like Swarm Host invasion with Vipers and Corruptors/BroodLords on the sky?
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:iconartdoge:
ArtDoge Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm planning on doing Warhounds next :)
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:icondexistor371:
Dexistor371 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Great art!
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:iconartdoge:
ArtDoge Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconfiredylan:
FireDylan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
YESSSS!!!!!!!!
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:iconthekidkaos:
thekidKaos Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
purpleeeeeeee!! I love how a purple thing can look so menacing!!! Just like life itself :B
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:iconartdoge:
ArtDoge Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
my life is the opposite of menacing : C
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:iconthekidkaos:
thekidKaos Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
we should trade, then :]
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fenrysk-art Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
heart of the swarmhost/heart of the warhound...
:thumbsup:
wish i was in the beta... but then again i'd get even less work done than i already do =\
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:iconkenken2002:
kenken2002 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
swarm host never fails to give me goose bumps
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:iconartdoge:
ArtDoge Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
then we're both trypophobic!
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:iconsgt-sahara:
Sgt-Sahara Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks awesome :D
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Shockowaffel Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Dont get too used to them. It's still beta. ;)
Nice pic, btw.
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:iconartdoge:
ArtDoge Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man! So far people can get away with spamming these along with the new upgraded hydras :D but obviously more nerfing will be coming soon :)
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GilPires Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Thumbs UP!
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:icondanarart:
DanarArt Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
damn your fast, was nice to see the progress when we were skyping, came out great bro;)!
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:iconartdoge:
ArtDoge Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! It was my pleasure man!
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:iconiononemillion:
iononemillion Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
rad!
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:iconartdoge:
ArtDoge Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man!!! :D:D:D
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:clap:
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DestroyErase Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One cannot simply Zerg into the Swarm Host.
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