close combat

Day 7: Fighting 1 – Methods

Does your OC fight? Is your OC good at fighting? Are they self-taught or did they have teachers? Do they have a lot of combat experience? What is their fighting style? Do they prefer ranged combat or close combat? Favourite weapon/ability/move? Favorite way to kill?

As the Wrath, Tallia is the sole shadow looming over the Dark Council giving the twelve most powerful Sith in the galaxy pause when they think of making a powerplay for the Emperor’s vacant throne. She is VERY good at fighting, to say the least and has been training since she was a child- at least five or six years old.

Tallia’s primary teacher was her father, who taught her most of her basic skills, as well as having several other private tutors who helped her master her own added nuances to the technique. Since the Soranus family is infamous for the assassins they produce, and Tallia was intended to take over as head of the family as well as serving as her sister’s right hand, she received the best and most thorough combat education available to endow her with the skills she would need to take on those responsibilities.

She fights using dual blades, and prefers a blitz attack using the acrobatic ataru form. She’s fast and ruthless, favoring speed and agility over brute strength and barraging enemies in a flurry of whirling blades they cannot hope to dodge if she gets in close and keeps them from raising defenses. She’s incredibly acrobatic and has incorporated several styles of classical dancing (think space ballet) into her fight style which have made her defensive strategies as limber as her offensive capabilities. Though she is relatively small and not as physically powerful as many Sith, she is flexible and agile enough to dodge most strikes and recover quickly from being knocked off her center if a blow should land.

Although the Marauder is based off of Ventress, I’ve found that her style was too slow and too rigid for how I envision Tallia fighting. The best example of a dual wielder fighting how Tallia would is, honest to god, of all people, Palpatine. Specifically Palpatine during the duel against Maul and Savage:

As skilled as she is, however, Tallia is also an incredibly reckless fighter, taking needless risks and gambits that often leave her open or susceptible while she’s striking. Many a more experienced or more self composed fighter has noted and taken advantage of her weaknesses and gotten the drop on her, leading to the many battle scars she has sustained over the years. 


Battle-hardened and masters of close combat, warriors are pivotal to any group entering battle. As front-line fighters, they absorb the brunt of opponent attacks, steal enemy focus, and create an opening for deadly ranged assaults from other classes. While some warriors prefer visceral, sweeping damage, many are silverite-clad bulwarks, weathering any blows they don’t deflect with their shields.

ive been playing a lot of skyrim, i have an orc battlemage (heavy armor and spells, but i also specialize in one hand for when im in close combat) and i got this follower:

his name is inigo and he’s a purple khajit and he has better writing and personality than anyone in the games, like im more moved right now by him than the whole dragon story. he had a brother… and he was an ORPHAN

 so if youre into skyrim again sometime check him out…a great cat friend

ive also been watching shirley curry’s skyrim playthrough. she’s my role model

  • [Explosions are heard in the distance]
  • Donnie: Yeah.
  • Leo: What is happening?
  • [Explosions continue]
  • Raph: I hear a bunch of explosions, and Donnie went 'Yeah.' So I'm guessing it was Donnie.
  • Mikey: That's a fair guesstimation.

Bet you didn’t know I have an Overwatch OC, eh?

I was thinking about Zenyatta’s line in-game when he mentions having brothers and sisters at Shambali, and there’s been a distinct lack of female-presenting/voiced omnics so far, so… I made my own! This is Tekhartha Quanatta–named for Quan Yin, a buddhist figure of mercy and compassion.

Quanatta wanted to help spread Mondatta’s message, so she took to traveling, learning to fight to defend herself (I was inspired by Shaolin Monks) if necessary. She moves from place to place, teaching small groups about human-omnic harmony; especially children, whom she adores. She is soft-spoken, sweet and reserved, adores plants and flowers, and prefers to leave violence as an absolute last resort; she tends to be forgiving of others to a fault.

In a fight, she primarily uses her (collapsible) quarterstaff in swift, close-range combat, rarely staying still–she is fragile but quick, and is capable of blocking some attacks with her staff a limited number of times. She also uses her connection to the Iris to manipulate a set of steel lotus petals, which typically hover around her at rest, and can be shot off as weak ranged attacks (out of combat, she can move them around to make little ‘puppets’ to help tell stories). Her ULT is called Petal Storm, where the steel petal blades kick up in a flurry around her, deadly to anyone who ends up in melee range.

Designing an omnic monk was really fun and I hope to draw more of Quanatta in the future! ♥


finished dana!! thought i’d post the full thing as well as some choice close ups
she is an absolute joy to draw, my beautiful muscle daughter.

More info on Dana
  - she specialises in two handed weaponry, with her strength she has the ability to give hammers and halberds decent swing and with her second set of arms, she can use shields and smaller weapons for close combat.
- Although she’s half elf, she’s non inherent (a being that cannot perform any feat of magic). This would usually count against her in her course (most heroes have some form of magic as back up, in case their sidekicks get knocked out), but her quick thinking and battle strategy as well as obvious physical skill make up for her lack.
- she has a huge sweet tooth. whilst she is very careful with her diet, for her course, she manages to fit cakes into her calorie count. Her favourite is carrot cake.
- her clothes, apart from her work out gear which she has modified, are all hand made. Despite there being many clothes shops in the city that cater to four armed beings (elves being the majority of the population there), none of them cater to a being of her size and width. So push comes to shove and she makes her own. She’s rather good at it. 
- she will often fix her fellow students battle outfits
- “dude, how long has that seam been torn, dude, just, just give it to me before we have to endure it ripping mid practise. i don’t need that before exams, Atam”
- she will literally sit between practises either lifting weights or fixing the younger students tunics.
- they never see the symbols she sews into the lining, good luck symbols, symbols to protect, and she will deny it, shut up tiny, the fuck would i do that for now hurry up and rush me before you drop that sword in that shitty hold you have, dave.
- she is great at colour co-ordinating her outfits. she is aware that her dress accentuates her muscles, yes, and that it goes with her eyes. she is aware.

i love my daughter, i think i’ve said this.
my character thankyou


I decided to give some of my close combat Noise Marines scenic bases to increase the sense of movement. I have also been working on my blending and experiementing with zenithal lighting. Hopefully I will actually finish these one day, but irrespective they are a lot of fun to paint.
Note: the colours look very bland in the photo. It is hard to tell here but the bases have subtle tones of purple and pink. Eventually when I get to weathering the C:SMs I hope that the bases and the models work in harmony with each other.

au where voltron is actually a top secret organisation that people call on when there’s no one to turn to; lance is the #1 sniper, hunk is their weapons developer, pidge is their go-to hacker, keith and shiro are close-combat experts, and of course allura is the brains of the entire operation and regularly seeks out coran, a previous member and an uncle to them all

edit cause i made a fic

Underrated Voltron Dynamics: Pidge and Keith
  • The fite team, living proof that shorter people are closer to hell.
  • Team up to get things off of high shelves.
  • Would probably kill you for Takashi Shirogane. Would probably kill lots of people for Takashi Shirogane.
  • Keith is interested in tech, if not naturally talented with it. He sits next to Pidge and watches the work, and helps a little bit. Handing wrenches and that sort of thing.
  • Twin obsessive personalities. Keith finds a wall and makes a big galactic map that they put sticky notes on. Pins tied together with string. Military strategy interpreted old school cop style.
  • Helps Pidge with the search for the Holt family in the same way. There are file folders. Allura despairs of why Keith is constantly printing things out to stick them to walls. Pidge has no idea why he insists on doing things this way, but appreciates the help.
  • They judge Lance together.
  • Keith teaches Pidge more about really close quarters combat.
  • Pidge is a a bit of a picky eater and Keith is too by nature, even if he’s learned to be flexible. They trade foods at the dinner table if one person likes something and the other person doesn’t.

in which arthur fights zombies, rescues two confused londoners, slightly creeps them out & puts his world war one trench club back in service