A man from a family of noble warrior heritage.
His banners bore the crests of his foretold victory.
On his helmet, he wore The Crane.
In his hand, he held The Tessen.
The first hints of dawn rose behind him.
He raised his war fan high above his head for all to see.
The fan that commanded battle and the thousands of loyal warriors before him.
So this is where they would make their stand... then so be it, he thought to himself.
Today, he would take this bloody field from the hands of his foes and carve fear into all those who defied him.
As if throwing it forward, a single swift motion of his arm brought his tessen from the sky pointing towards the already massing forces from across the field.
"SHOURI," His voice echoed only to be drowned out by the same war cries of his men as they began their charge across the field to meet the enemy.
And so it began.
He looked into the sky to see three cranes flying in an almost curved formation forward.
A good sign that fate was on his side to ensure his victory
Then there were two flashes of lightning.
His horse hurled itself into the air suddenly startled.
He wasn’t the first to notice for several of his archers on horseback already had shafts in their notches and the target in their sights. A complete black clad warrior cut his way through the ranks with two blades then sprang up high into the air aided by his war banner towards him. He cursed to himself as he realized that the fool of an enemy he was facing had deployed battlefield ninja to attempt an assassination on him. Brave warriors who volunteered for the task in which no one expected their return from such a futile attempt. At most, it would distract him for only a short time. He frowned upon the fact but thought that it was more to the glory after he was through with this one and had his severed head high on display for the enemy commander to see.
This version took the longest to make because by now, there were so many vectors that it was nearly impossible to keep track of. As you can guess, about 98% of this image is made of vectors with the exception of the clouds, rain and lightning environment.
In fact, even my 512DDR 2Ghz powerhouse could not keep up with the constant rendering of vectors and just moving the damn layers around took like literally five minutes. Everytime, I pasted in like a small stroke to build a character word that you see under my crest, it took about ten seconds to recognize and physically place onto the canvas. The entire image took several days to build due to revisions after revision. Also had to model the new warriors you see in this version. It makes the battle scene look complete now.
This is already sitting on my desktop so I hope you all enjoy this.