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Shield and Sword: Armor Up by LeviWasTaken Shield and Sword: Armor Up by LeviWasTaken
The camera slowly spins around the Master Chief as the robots pull off, weld on, and rewire his armor. His helmet is removed too, but the lighting does not allow you to see the details of his face, though his fair hair is revealed.

Cortana: “I’ve had a lot of time on my hands while you were napping, and I’ve made quite a few pet projects with these little toys.”

Master Chief: “What have you got me?”

Cortana: “What were just prototypes when we were last in contact with the UNSC: MJOLNIR thruster pack, enhanced armor lock harness, shield amplifiers…”

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This is a highlight from the latest Shield and Sword update that has been posted, imagining through text and sketches what the first level of Halo 4 might be like. See and read a bunch more about it here:

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:iconwolfblue13:
wolfblue13 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
sweet!!
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:iconew-boi:
Ew-boi Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
What hair?
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:iconleviwastaken:
LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hasn't had a chance for a haircut in half a decade. :)
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:iconew-boi:
Ew-boi Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Lol. Oh well. Maybe the UNSC gave him drugs to keep his hair short.
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AnonymousONIagent Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Cryosleep would've slowed hair growth to a virtual stop just like any other bodily functions/processes.
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:iconthenecrochemical:
TheNecroChemical Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
This is actually kinda how I would've imagined the opening cutscene of Halo 4, or even Halo 2 to look like.
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:iconthatpaperhat:
Thatpaperhat Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thats what i was sort of thinking.....
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:iconturkey13:
Turkey13 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Awesome piece!
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:iconbulletreaper117:
bulletreaper117 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
And when he turns around it's Chuck Norris!
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:iconhalofan2010:
halofan2010 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
the way the chief's hair (which is the only part of his head we, the gamers, actually get to see) is drawn reminds me of hamster fur....it's probably extremely soft...(and Kelly-087 was probably the ONLY Spartan-II to touch it.) ;)
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:iconisidore2damax:
Isidore2daMax Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Starcraft 2 Trailer much people?
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:iconleviwastaken:
LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Never seen it I'm afraid.
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:iconisidore2damax:
Isidore2daMax Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
se this: [link]
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:iconleviwastaken:
LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cool. This was actually inspired by this piece of concept artwork from Bungie during the Halo 3 era: [link]

And since there are no technicians or any humans at all aboard the ruined Forward Unto Dawn, machine arms would have to do.
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Daggerman2009 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Reminds me of Iron Man.
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:iconmandospartangirl117:
mandospartangirl117 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
omgomgomgogogmogmogmgogm this is EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconleviwastaken:
LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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:iconnpact:
Npact Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
I just hope they do something like this to explain the new armor. If he pops out of the tube all upgraded I will be sad.
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:iconleviwastaken:
LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed!
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:iconnpact:
Npact Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
I'm hearing they are not going to explain the new armor other than artistic licenses.... Hope its not true
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:iconleviwastaken:
LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
From the concept art, the Forward Unto Dawn will likely be completely different design as well. :(
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:iconnpact:
Npact Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
I't baffles my mind how they will take so much care to explain graphic changes like Reaches AR and shotgun differences but not his completely new armor. Why even have Cortana explain visor change as a Firmware upgrade if the armor won't be explained. Hopefully its all just rumors and they'll explain it in the tutorial level.
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LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well that was Bungie, this is a new studio. Perhaps the whole Halo Universe will receive o whole new coat of paint. That actually wouldn't bother me.

If they try to keep some things, and change others without any logic, THAT will bother me. But if they give the whole universe a visual reboot across the board, that would actually go over with me better.
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Npact Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
So far it has all tied together so well. Visuals and through story.

That's why your comic is so great! Small example is when you had revealed the ODST team having the 3 different BDUs. It all exists in the Halo world. Not just upgrades in game design. I just hope they try.
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:iconleviwastaken:
LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I hope they try as well. But if it comes down to it, I think a nice alternative to flat out not adhering to the canon would be to create their own. Have a "Bungie style" for the original trilogy, and a consistent "343i style" for the next.
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Matthew040 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awsome!!!
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:iconleviwastaken:
LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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:icondeephurting:
DeepHurting Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Amazing, simply amazing! :)
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:iconleviwastaken:
LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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:iconvictortky:
victortky Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
This is amazing. I can imagine the scene unfolding in my head as cortana suits up the chief in new armor and gadgets.

LOve the details and how the machinery interacts with the Mjoinir armor details. Excellent shading and colouring.

hehe, the chief's face must be hidden XD
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:icondeadcobra:
DeadCobra Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Nice
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:iconleviwastaken:
LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. :)
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:iconghosthuckebein:
GhostHuckebein Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
This is awesome artwork.It looks like he is going need them for the new enemy's.
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:iconzachawee22:
zachawee22 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
JOHN!!
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:iconcommndershepard117:
CommnderShepard117 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
All Spartans prepare to drop!
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:iconec4370:
ec4370 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
You know I wouldn't be surprised if 343i did something like this. Great thinking!
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:iconpurplejub1993djc:
purplejub1993DJC Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
I see. So someone has found there own explanation for the armour differences.
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:iconleviwastaken:
LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I hope there's at least... some explanation.
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:iconpurplejub1993djc:
purplejub1993DJC Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
I'm not really that fussed about it anymore, but I will be happy if there is some sort of explanation.
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:iconschattenlotus:
SchattenLotus Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
... ... seriously... ...? >_>

Master Chief REALLY has an Appaerance under the Helmet? =.=

I really can't claim i would be still interested in him getting a Face. x)
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:iconroxyroo:
RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hmm... interesting.
.. is one of those robots Butterfingers from Iron Man? <333
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:iconleviwastaken:
LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hah, they were definitely in my head.
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:iconroxyroo:
RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Have you ever read 0051st?
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:iconleviwastaken:
LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I don't think so, what is that?
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:iconroxyroo:
RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It's my other favorite halo fan comic. It's absolutely hilarious. It's not nearly as high quality as Fistful of Arrows, but the art style is pretty consistent through the 300+ pages she has, and the story is good. Oh yeah. And it's hilarious. XD

Premis? Master Chief gets a forced vacation. I highly recommend it. [link]
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:iconleviwastaken:
LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hmmm, interesting!
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:iconroxyroo:
RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I just re-read it for the second time. My favorite is the poker scene. XDD
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:iconleviwastaken:
LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Now how far is that in?
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hal0fanboy311 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
cool concept. i wonder what explanation they'll end up throwing at us. your dialogue for cortana seems on par i think! haha job well done!
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DunkleMaterie Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Show us his face :XD: ... ( as if thats possible ^^ ) !!
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