Defenders 020: Doombringer

December 2, 2011


No one really voted in the Pudge thread, so I decided today I’d choose a hero that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time.  <3 Doombringer.

Lately, I’ve been using the model viewer as reference for my portraits.  Originally, I was using the in game animated portraits, but they’re pretty low res.  The model viewer let’s me get in good and close to see exactly what’s going on.  While I was looking at Doom’s model, I noticed it was actually three different model files: body, weapon, and helm.  Now, maybe there’s some technical reason that those big-ass horns couldn’t be a part of the main model, but my first thoughts were:

1. So, those aren’t his horns? :(
2.  Hats are coming, and there’s not a goddamn thing we can do about it.

It is very, very, very likely that there will be in game cosmetic items that you can add to your heroes (a la TF2).  A few such items have even been found referenced in the game files.  Personally, I like cosmetic items.  I never buy them, and rarely use them, but I like that they exist, and I find the virtual economy that they have created (at least in TF2) fascinating.  Seriously.  Read some of this:

The earbuds are a valuable item. It might better to hold onto this item, because the value will only rise. The earbuds are worth slightly less than 2 Bill’s hats. In most cases, the earbuds are sold for 14 keys, 6-8 good vintage hats, or about $20 USD.

But there are those who are staunchly opposed to them, and for good reason.  Some claim they can ruin the flavour of the game, and potentially make heroes more difficult to recognize at first glance.

What say you?  Hats, or no hats?  Aaaand a special prize for the person who can find me the most amazing, epic hat, real or imaginary: a free limited edition Morphling print.  Leave a link to an image in the comments, and be sure to explain what is and where you found it.  I’ll announce the winner on Monday.

Wallpaper.  1920×1080.


  1. December 2, 2011 at 6:59 pm
    supremePINEAPPLE says:

    Thank you for this series, I love ‘em all and have them rotating on my computers while I wait for my key.

    If you are taking requests I’d throw out faceless void, he has a great remake. Keep up the great work.

  2. December 2, 2011 at 7:02 pm
    Mark (woolamander) says:

    I already bought a print and am happy to defer to the 2nd place if I win and the prints are the same as the bought ones, but this is the most epic hat ever:

    This is an Egyptian guy fighting for freedom this January and TAPED BREAD TO HIS HEAD! I assume he did this to absorb the blow from the rocks that were hurled between the supported and detractors of Mubarak. It’s just amazing to me that he was so resourceful and used everything at his disposal to fight for what he believed in, that he taped bread to his head. He looks like a goofball, but he looks like he couldn’t care less, freedom is all he wants. We can debate whether or not Egyptians got what they wanted through the revolt, but while it was happening it was a pure endeavor.

    The point is, guy taped bread to his head to fight police and other people throwing rocks at his head. I want a bread hat in Dota 2. Maybe if the add stats on them like TF2 (OH GOD PLEASE NO), he could have a bonus defense against Tiny’s Avalanche ;)

  3. December 2, 2011 at 7:18 pm
    Steve Legacki says:–files/monk-s-head-collar/monks-collar-screenshot.jpg

    This is the best hat (yes it is a hat) I have ever seen. The game it is from is called Demon’s Souls. You had a chance of getting it after being a boss for a PVP event.

  4. December 2, 2011 at 8:18 pm
    GIROG says:
  5. December 3, 2011 at 6:21 am
    Small says:×250/

    I saw this ages ago.

    I like it because I have never ate spam in my entire life and it looks completely ridiculous. When would anyone wear it?

  6. December 3, 2011 at 7:16 am
    Player13 says:

    If this doesn’t win this, I don’t know what will…

    I just saw this last night, saved by my wife from imgur… The D-O-Double-G himself, smokin’ a phat, err… cigar… wearin’ a hat as our favorite children’s show pimp:

    This link includes another shot of the 2010 hat, as well as Kermit the Frog describing difficulties in working with Snoop Dogg despite their ‘rhymes-with-og’ similarities.

    And Chappelle, relevant:

  7. December 3, 2011 at 7:32 am
    Kawaii says:
  8. December 3, 2011 at 12:24 pm
    CWGM says:

    Grey Fox’s mask. He’s a god damn robot ninja.

    Would it impair vision on the field of battle? Yes.

    Would it provide any protection against bullets? Probably fucking not, but Grey Fox doesn’t give a damn, he stops bullets with his bloody sword.

    Does it look like a piece of plexiglass attached to his forehead? Hell no. (See Raiden)

    Does he look like a sly mother fucking ninja that’d fuck your shit up? Yes.

    Does he look like a bitch? No?

    Then don’t try and fuck him like a bitch.

  9. December 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm
    Ahhpple says:
    I’ve seen hats shaped like animals and hats made from hair, but never both at the same time… and just to clarify, this is indeed a hat, not a hairstyle!

  10. December 3, 2011 at 11:23 pm
    Brendan says:

    Seriously love your work man, It’s just ridiculous how detailed your work is.

    Anyways, I’ve gotta go with the beard cage as the most epic headpiece ever – it’s a cage on the guy’s head made entirely out of beard hair.


    Full video here:


    Need epic hat?
    Why not Zoidberg?

  11. December 4, 2011 at 11:18 am
    Friend says:

    Please the best hat is clearly a Fez.

    Doctor Who wears a Fez.

    Fezzes are cool.

    (Apparently his wife doesn’t like his Fez though)

  12. December 4, 2011 at 11:15 pm
    BlackArtz says:

    the most epic hat has to be this costume festival woman’s large
    feathery head thing:

  13. December 5, 2011 at 6:15 am
    Hannah says:

    Is this not the best hat if not just for the picture itself???

  14. December 5, 2011 at 6:16 am
    Nick says:

    AH! I found one more that I had to put in…

    In the spirit of the holidays…

  15. December 5, 2011 at 7:30 pm
    Socraph says:

    This art is really awesome !! Nicely done !

    Here’s my hat :) I hope it is not too late

  16. December 12, 2011 at 6:51 pm
    tuan le says:


  17. December 20, 2012 at 9:11 am
    Matthew says:

    Hey I just bought this Print, It’s gonna go up next to my Dota 2 Doombringer Kunkka Print (Doom is my favorite hero). I can’t wait to get your’s shipped to my house! Awesome Artstyle! I love it!

    I wish I could buy them all!

    If you ever decide to do a Print on Demand for the Hero’s, Know that I will def. be a customer!

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