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So, as I mentioned in my journal, I've recently been re-inspired to start drawing Sailor Moon fan art again with the release of Sailor Moon Crystal.  
Let me give a little back story first:
Long ago, when the original sailormoon.org existed, friends and I used to Role Play fan characters we created called Sailor Knights (I call them Senshi Knights due to my political correctness with anime...I hated calling the Sailor Senshi "Sailor Scouts"). These characters were a group of knightly protectors whose duty was to serve and defend their respected planetary princess (i.e. The Sailor Senshi Princesses). Sort of like giving each Sailor Senshi their own "Tuxedo Mask" in a sense, but not all of them were romantically involved with their respected princess...very few were actually. Most of us avoided those kinds of relationships with the canon Senshi. Also, not all the knights were male. :P

Of all my fan creations, the armor I designed for the Senshi Knights needed a serious overhaul. I never was truly happy with my initial designs, and even "upgrades" when I did try again.
Like this:
Sailor Moon: Senshi Knight by SaturnGrl
And this:
Sean, Saturn Knight by SaturnGrl

No, never really was happy with the armor. So, after several years, my fandom for Sailor Moon died down along with the rest of the Otaku oldies like me...until this recent revamp of the Sailor Moon series was released. Now my fandom is fueled at full blast again. This time, I've actually researched armor components and builds after my adventures with Sonic and the Black Knight Fan Art:

Sonic/Black Knight: King Urien and Morgan le Fay by SaturnGrl

With this in mind, and getting back into the practice of anime style, I've developed armor that I'm actually very pleased with. Some folks may notice there are some elements and themes I kept from my past designs of the Senshi Knight armor. Kinda holds onto a bit of nostalgia while updating with my more modernized art skill and research development.
I did tack on Saturn Planetary symbols on the armor because my fan Senshi Knight character was Saturn Knight, but it also initially shows where any of the knights' respective planetary representation would be displayed.
I am currently waiting on opinions from my fellow Moonies (Yup, we all still kept in touch!), but I figured I'd share it here and get some feedback from my DA friends too.
There may be revisions in the future. This is my digital rendering of my best and most recent design sketch.
Feel free to comment.

Please do not use my Artwork to create your own "custom" base. You're not allowed to trace or use my art for Bases on DeviantART or any other website for distribution. 

Armor Design © Me (DO NOT STEAL! NOT FREE TO USE!)
Bishoujou Senshi Sailor Moon is © Naoko Takeuchi
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For starters the first thing I thought when I saw this way back when was Saint Seiya.

So! Here we are with something I remember ya doin' from way back when. That allows me to skip to the nitty gritty.

The lines are clean (something I've come to expect from you) so it lets me see the details just the way I like it. Form and function was taken into consideration, and it looks like the armor sections around the abs and ribs would allow that. However I find myself protesting what looks like a spinal guard. I feel it should either end before the ab/ribs/lower back portion or should be removed entirely. Something like that would be more fitting for a person of larger stature, a tank, a bruiser, not someone who looks to be nimble and agile as I'd first assume by the model in this pic. Another way of looking at it would be scrapping the tasset, torso armor, and shoulder guards and going with a cyborg-ish look with the spine guard. But that would be too futuristic...

The skin tight portions of what the knight is wearing should remain skin tight everywhere. that goes for the spot around the shoulders/arm I saw the previous pic and thought it was excessive, and I feel the same way here. A knight should be regal or all business, this armor looks more like business, perhaps we could go poofier in a gala outfit but not when it's showtime. This is my least liked part of this armor. Bluntly, It's distracting.

Despite the tasset and and greaves showing some sharpness I don't entirely agree with the Elbow Guards. They'd be fitting for an assassin or even a darker themed knight (like the Sonic work you show in the description), but here it takes away and distracts from the design. Looking at the previous work, I find the round wrist guard or bracelet to be much better fitting. Again it feels extra, the knight would have that bracelet in normal wear, that elbow guard being added just doesn't work here, it's too sharp.

The Transformation gem on the left arm is an attention grabber. It stands out as the one truly round shape. Makes it special, as it should be. I like it.

The Emblem. I would pick one spot. The shoulder sections of armor rule out the usual location for the chest, and that's fine. but it feels excessive, or even tacked on to have the emblem twice, perhaps in lower then where it is, closer to the heart, and removing the one at the waist, or, what I think would look best with this one, maintaining the one at the waist and removing the other. Were this knight to wear a helmet that wasn't a circlet the one by the neck would be blocked. Just one is fine here. On a side note maybe a more effeminate guy could have the emblem like a choker...

Feet and legs look like they wont be restricted.

Overall I like what I see and I think it's evolved nicely from what it was. Now to see it in a more dynamic pose.
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Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
Awesome concept! :D
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
You're welcome! :bow:
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Densuo Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll give this a full on critique later.
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
Later?
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UltraMatt Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Hey I have a question, Jenn. Would all the senshi knights have the same armor or would there be different little unique aspects to each? I'm asking cause recently I've been RPing Hideki as less a "samurai" and more a "Ninja" so I was wondering if his armor would have some differences or if he'd be the same. Also that is a great design!
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
I would assume it would be the same since the Sailor Senshi themselves are pretty uniform with their fukus.
Since you are one of my fellow Moonies, if you want to dabble in altering the design to see about adding a few tweaks to make Hideki more unique, then you can give it a shot with my design.
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UltraMatt Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
hm maybe. I've sort of giving up on drawing in favor of digital art. I got frustrated with how terrible all my Q pics were turning out sadly. Hideki's armor might be the same until maybe like the super form or something.
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
Aww, don't give up on drawing. D:
The more you practice and work to improve, the better you get. If you give up, then you'll never be happy with your work. :hug:

Heck, look how far I've come in 20 years. You can do it, my friend. :)
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UltraMatt Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
I suppose yeah. I just got frustrated with my speed of work and kept comparing my work with my friends. It can be very disheartening seeing everyone's works and thinking on how mine just weren't at that level.
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
It takes time. Like I said, I've been at this for over 20 years now, and I'm still trying to better my work. :)
Don't get too discouraged. Keep at it and be proud of your work. ^_^
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Arkus0 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I was never a fan of Sailor Moon, and I doubt I'll ever be one, I just don't find it appealing. However I do respect how it inspired certain themes and designs in other media I do enjoy.

Your Knight armor design is pretty cool and I could see this in an anime show like Sailor Moon.
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
Well...it is a show directed for girls...but then again, so was MLP. lol
Nah, I've got guy friends (who are not gay) who like the show, and have fan characters too. But, its not for everyone.

Thanks for the comment! Dunno about having the knights added to the show would be a good thing, but it was a fun concept to RP with. ^_^
Would be cool to see the armor animated in some way.
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