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Battle Hamster Raid by ursulav Battle Hamster Raid by ursulav
"Out of the longboat! Take no prisoners! Sack the village! Make fun of Bjorn Squeakersson's exercise wheel, will they? PILLLLLAAAAAAGE!"

Ahem. This painting is arguably the most ambitious watercolor I've done in years, and it about killed me. I used textured clayboard, which takes color really really well, and layers color really really well, but does not lose color particularly well, so I wound up having to repaint the sky in acrylic after several fruitless hours of banging my head against it. The whole thing sat, about two-thirds done, for nearly a month until I finally threw myself at it again, but I'm pretty glad I did, although I'm still not sure how I feel about the textured clayboard for pieces this large--I think I may stick to illo board in the future unless it really wants a gradient. The clayboard does gradients really well. I dunno.

Watercolor/mixed media, 14 x 18. The original is framed and is for sale, and prints--even jumbo prints!--are available. Visit [link] or drop a note!
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:iconrybsasha:
Rybsasha Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015
Valhalla is calling us, guys! Come on, hamstings!
Music Spiritual Seasons - Villeman Og MagnhildMusic 
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:iconzeonista:
Zeonista Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
Warhamster attack begins now!! For pellets and cardboard boxes, forward!! It's a fun picture, this is what good-natured parody should be. Or maybe it's the Iron Age of Redwall and 100% serious, still good. :)

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Yishana8 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Warhamsters rule!
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Kallios Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
...and here I am, having foolishly taken a break from writing a short historical fiction piece about Vikings to browse the Internet...

It was fate that made me stumble upon this. my 6' 2'' Nordic Viking character is either laughing or weeping into his hands, I do not know which. But I am favoriting this. Because I must.
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ceraperduta Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Don't laugh! Hamsters bite! Love the drawing! You have a fantastic imagination.
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:iconparfaitfille:
parfaitfille Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Heeheehee. I like how your mind works! :)
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:iconbrightgirl:
brightgirl Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
I have no words for how awesome I think this is.
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:iconsallyfourth:
sallyfourth Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
Reminds me of the "Viking Kittens" version of Pink Floyd's "The Immigrant Song".
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:iconunrunt:
unrunt Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
I like the concept of battle hamsters. One of the local kiddie soccer team uses them for a mascot. I love your work.
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:iconkytheraoa:
KytheraOA Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
Hello! I wanted to let you know that I included this image in my post "Feature Friday: Barbarians".
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:iconvalkyrie991:
Valkyrie991 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
I added it to favorites... ;P
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Valkyrie991 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
PILLLLLAAAAAAGE!!!!!!!
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:iconsonofgianni:
sonofgianni Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
x3 my they look vicious.
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:iconpink-bang:
PinK-BanG Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool :D
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:iconartchenemy:
artchenemy Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
This is so great :lol:
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:iconmeghanlykewhoa:
meghanlykewhoa Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
All of your animal pictures remind me of the Redwall books.
....But way more fun.
(:
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:iconpollux-pictures:
Pollux-Pictures Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic work ^^
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:iconjeenhoong:
jeenhoong Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god, they are coming for us! XD
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:iconlunykitsune:
lunykitsune Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007
Bitchin.' Totally.
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:iconnevina:
Nevina Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg.. the boat's teeth! *lol* Great, really great. :D
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:iconmila-fairy:
Mila-Fairy Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007
!!!!!!!!
So cute!
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:iconpixiekitty:
pixiekitty Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
OMG. I have to express my respect and love for this painting! I am a hamster freak! *MUST FAVORITE*
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:iconjadedtortoise:
jadedtortoise Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so lovely!, I'm not sure if you do but you really should be a children's book illustrator!!! :D
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Gruselwusel Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007
Hahaha, fantastic! I love it ^^
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:iconadamroberts:
adamroberts Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
Lol its freaking cool!
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:iconsharraunna:
Sharraunna Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007
I love the face on the prow.
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Sturgeonsurgeon14th Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Hobbyist
That's awesome. Haha.
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:iconphoenix789:
Phoenix789 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2007
oh my goodness.... SO FRIGGIN FUNNY!
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:iconrelena666:
relena666 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007
oouuu really cute ^_^!!! the painting is so wonderful!
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HighwindEngineer03 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007
Hehehe, I abosolutely LOVE vikings so this has made my night. 'Bjorn Squeakersson's exercise wheel'? Awesome.
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:iconaelnora:
Aelnora Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2007   Photographer
Awesome! Makes me think of Brian Jacques books.
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:iconjardley:
JArdley Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
:laughing: This is excellant. I need not say how impressive this really is :XD:. I can almost envision the whole scene right now.
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aseariel Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
:lmao: that's wondeful :)
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Ormspryde Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
*points and laughs*
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:iconkabilan:
Kabilan Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006
Awesome.<3
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:iconkarinma:
karinma Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2006
awww, look at the little loin cloth:D

*must fav this*
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Infamous-Bob Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2006
Great job.
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ShikaTheFox Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006
So adorable! Anything fierce that's made cute is awesome! ^o^
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:iconsanoban:
sanoban Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006
The battle hamsters are SO funny, a very good idea, great serie :XD: :+fav:
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German-Pagan Featured By Owner May 31, 2006
hihi^^ hamstervikings^^
cool idea!
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:iconpainsplayground:
painsplayground Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is SO adorable!! It would make a beautiful illustration for a children's book. BRAVO!!! ~applauds~
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:iconmedbie:
Medbie Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2006
Oh my gosh! I adore this one! The teeth. . . the teeth on the boat!!!! I have hamsters; this is so perfect!!
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Bloodlust-Kid Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2006
I think this deserves a Daily Deviation mention.
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:iconverwildert:
Verwildert Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This picture gives me the feeling of hundreds of fuzzy, warm, little viking hamsters treading all over me heart.... I love it.
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Nelhemyah Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2005
WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!! So awesome!!
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:iconbeccca:
beccca Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2005
haha I loove this it makes me smile
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:iconpugsbelly:
pugsbelly Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2005   Traditional Artist
nice i love the second to last ones expression
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:iconlaerad:
Laerad Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2005
that one is just too god ! I'll excuse the horns !
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PandaKnight Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2005
*sigh*...Run!!...but wait there so cute...
Swords RUN!!!...but there so CUTE!!
Pillaging!! RUN!!....man but there so CUTE!!!....
*death by cuteness*...sigh..what an end
nice work!!
:+fav:
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stargirlDD Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2005
What a wonderful drawing!
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