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Celestial Armor by DNA-1 Celestial Armor by DNA-1
Celestial Armor is the top-tier (T9) reward in the new Paragon Rewards system, which launched as part of CITY OF HEROES FREEDOM. As such, we packed the set with as much cool stuff as we could think of. For starters, it's one of the first 'fantasy' themed sets in the game and one of the first to offer a ton of back details. The set features a large number of weapon options (not all shown here made the final cut), a cool riveted 'tights' layer, and all the latest texture FX (reflection, glow, etc.). As if that wasn't enough, Celestial comes with the game's first energy wings, which flow and undulate courtesy of our amazing FX team. All together, a pretty epic package that's worthy of the T9 distinction.

Artistically, I was inspired by divine/religious iconography--hence the glows, light, and omega symbols spread throughout. Another little detail I enjoy is the power source on the firearms: a tiny pinpoint of white light. I was thinking of the baby universe that powers the Authority's carrier ship when I drew that, not that you'd ever guess it from the art. :)

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:iconwintersedge7:
WintersEdge7 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
That is more than epic and that is more than awesome. I cant even find a right word for this. Great job. :-)
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:iconr603:
R603 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Epicness! I love everything about it!
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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:iconzaya121:
Zaya121 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awsome I like all three can we use these for my group is called commission because we want more art on it and maybe you can also become a admin
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it. Not sure what you're asking otherwise?
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Veraldrisz Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
I'M PISSED they removed the Vet Reward for the Mecha costume... Grrr.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haven't heard about that--what was the reward?
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ScarlettRowan Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this stuff. It's my got some of my favorite costume pieces in the game. (Chest piece and wings!) I really really really hope that bow will eventually come out.... It is rather epic.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You never know...
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ScarlettRowan Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Having another Celestial Armor option/expanded set in the VIP rewards when it returns again would be really sweet. :D I have to go post in the Art thread now. O.O
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WebWalker756 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
A truly impressive rendition of the Celestial armor, my friend...it's really a shame that I was away for a year or so, or I might have access to it, now. :P
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It'll cycle back around. Count on it. :)
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WebWalker756 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
True enough. :) Though I'd probably look at getting the mecha sword first when i23 rolls out.
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J-Christine-Allen Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
Got it all but the pants/ "kilt" . Using the one from Chimara .. oh yes i had to earn mine ;)
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Bravo! :D
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darkevictor Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wat game is this for :D and u epic
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
City of Heroes. It's an armor set for vets.
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AndrewFroedge Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
some of these pieces will complete my human sized Giant robot toon =P ...once I get to tier 9. Dig'in the work David
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
"human-sized giant robot..." Hey, wait a minute! :p But yeah, hope you enjoy the pieces when you get 'em.
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Trueblue02 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
nedless to say the devs got lazy and some of this awesome didnt make it in...

that bow is so sweet and the hammer woulda been nice as a Titan weapon aswell as mace.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's scheduling as opposed to laziness. Believe me, all the art folks want to do everything and more.
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Trueblue02 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
well sadly in the end, i think all this concept turned out better then what we got
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EPICFERRARIGUY Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's SHINY! and totally awesome. but it's SHINY!
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:iconcornocte:
CorNocte Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweeeet! This looks so awesome. :la:
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, thanks!
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:iconcornocte:
CorNocte Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :D
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:iconharoldpotter:
HaroldPotter Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice!
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:iconknightofspades:
KnightofSpades Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
Hey I just bought the celestial armour set but can find the masks that are in the upper right corner.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
They weren't made. What you see here are just concepts, so sometimes things don't make the cut. However, we've got a new pipeline now where the concept and 3D come out closer then ever, so on T9 set 2 (Fire and Ice) you get almost everything shown.
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KnightofSpades Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Thats too bad because those two designs were awesome, we players really lack an option for noseless masks or faces.
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screenscan Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011   Interface Designer
the upper right helmet i dig a lot!!!!
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. Hopefully we can get to it at some point.
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orabich Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
great work!
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DracoEx Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Student General Artist
I love this set so much! It's awe inspiring, and captures the essence of 'Uber-Hero' so much!

My only regret, is that we weren't able to get all of the pieces as intended. The Hammer and Axe look sweet on their own, and both the Shield and the Bow are incredible! I would also love to see a Katana done in this style someday.

Keep up the great work, David!
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BelRhaza4017 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
oh, good god! my eyes fell out of their sockets, this stuff is so cool!
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome, thanks! But quick, get to the hospital--maybe it's not too late to save your eyes! :0
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BelRhaza4017 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
u r welcome, and my eyes are ok, thanks for asking
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RiskoVinsheen Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
This concept art is epic! So sad the bow didn't make it to the game. I would have gladly used it.

Curious though, is it possible to add a costume piece to a pack that people already own without requiring them to purchase the new piece separately? Just thinking how utterly epic a Celestial Titan Weapon would look. Or a Celestial staff.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Interesting question. We've never gone back to add pieces to existing themed sets, but it's a thought. Perhaps a pack with items themed to look like past sets (maybe organic armor claws, or celestial bow). Would be fun to concept.
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RiskoVinsheen Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
I think you all should definitely look into that. Organic armor claws sounds great!

I'm not sure how you could go about selling it as a pack though. I guess if it was marketed as a way to fill in the gaps of previous packs? But then people would be asking why you couldn't just do what I said in my previous post. Though I know personally I would purchase a pack of that sort.

But especially with all of these new weapon-based sets being released, many sets just miss out. The Titan Weapon set misses out on having Vanguard and Rularuu options, on top of all the other options it could have had based on previous releases like the Celestial set. But that's just a suggestion, of course. I'm still loving all the work you guys are doing with the game. Keep it up!
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Leaf-nin Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh dude. I want that bow. (I'm not at tier9 yet. I'm only at 4. sad panda)

I've seen people with the wings and that shoulder ring and they look soooooo amazing in game. They look amazing blue.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Bow didn't make it into the set, sadly. :( But there's a ton of other cool stuff to be had.
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:iconleaf-nin:
Leaf-nin Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:nuu: I'd totally use that for my super sentai archer too!

I'm working up to the set. I want some of the armor anyway
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Fairly soon, it's going back into the 'Paragon Vault' and a new Tier 9 set--Fire and Ice--will be introduced. It's arguably even more stuffed-to-the-gills with unique pieces, but yeah, the Celestial Armor won't be available much longer. It will be back, I imagine, but I'm not sure when or how.
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Leaf-nin Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh gee. I remember seeing those at the summit. Good to know that they'll be replacing the old set instead of adding a new tier

I have a ways to go before I can get the current Celestial armor, though.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, they're not going to shoehorn in another tier. There'll be a rotation at the very least.
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khamya9 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
Very nice. I've seen a few people with the silver on yellow color in game. The silver comes out a bit washed but it's still a great set that works well.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I see it all the time, and that always makes me happy. Didn't think so many folks would be at Tier 9 already, but it's wonderful that they are. :)
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RiskoVinsheen Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
Well... I went and paid a good bit of money on points just so I could unlock this. >.> I'll keep the actual amount to myself but just realize that you guys made a good choice making this the first Tier 9 VIP costume set to entice people to work towards it quickly. Mission complete! :P
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Well, we surely appreciate it, and it's definitely as rare and 'leet' as anything's ever been in the game. I certainly take notice when someone wearing Celestial walks by!
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