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Zaeed Massani by matthewmcentire Zaeed Massani by matthewmcentire
My favorite character from the ME series
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TreeWyrm Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a story about this guy and a paragon FemShep that I've been practising writing before working on my own attempt at a sci-fi novel. First Garrus got my attention, but I always had a soft spot for this guy. It was the Shadow Broker DLC though, that just broke me. Reading the stuff about his hopes for 'retirement'... damn.  Screamed 'lonely' so loud I just couldn't stop thinking about it. Never wanted to fall for a hard-ass, and damned if he's not a bastard to boot. But... [ping] that just set a little light on in the back of my mind, which steadily worked through every little thing he says throughout ME2 (yes, I replayed and made sure I paid attention having him on EVERY mission) and decided... there's a guy I might actually learn to love underneath all that grizzle.

I think you painted him really, really well here. His facial features aren't quite *perfectly* recognisable, but you're the  first artist in a very long while, who actually gave him a green eye. I was beginning to think that time I spent 20 minutes running him about and moving the camera so I could see him up  close on Tuchanka one day, that I'd just imagined it. Thank you for backing up my memory: emerald green - his other eye. For definite!

You've  done a great job adding 'used' marks to his armour, and I think you did the lighting and shadow on his face really well. Also note the same about his right arm. Overall, this is  just an  amazing  piece of  work and it's great to see him posed in a not-screen-shot way too. Takes a lot of work to *not* repaint an image you're working from, so really well done on that. Don't know what the hell you've got going on in the background, but it's super cool and well done too.

Let me know if you might be interested in my fanfiction. It's not often I get to pimp it (not so many Zaeed fans out there!).
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matthewmcentire Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot, really glad to hear you like it! Feel free to share your story, too. I might not have much time for reading, pretty busy, but I'll get to it if I can. And I'm sure other people who see it would be interested too.
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TreeWyrm Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright well... just see how it goes. I'm sure it's not everyone's thing and who knows, maybe my way of portraying him is unusual. I know it's a little unusual that I don't put any descriptors in for Shepard other than her character - but on the plus side that leaves you your imagination to at least fill in what she looks like.

Here's the first one: www.fanfiction.net/s/11300389/…
It's follow on (just putting up the final chapters soon): www.fanfiction.net/s/11715379/…

As I said, I'm practising to (maybe) one day write my very own novel (sci-fi). I already have the story, but it needs a lot of reworking because life and one's understanding of it significantly changes between the ages of 17 and mid 30s! So I'm practising nailing my writing with this fanfic. I wouldn't bother with my Garrus story though, since that was the *first* thing I did. Only really one chapter worth reading from that as a stand-alone: Two Moons. The one for Sam and Shep is a lot more recent but I wouldn't read that one unless you've the time to weep.

If you get around to reading it, I'd love to know what you think. I think FF.net lets people leave comments even if you're not logged on as a member. I think. Well anyways... Hope you enjoy!
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Delfin-a Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017
Why wasn't he romancable?  Why Bioware?  Booooooo
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TreeWyrm Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Someone broke my heart by showing in the Citadel DLC that if he's the only one who comes to the party or something like that, (don't know if this is FemShep contingent), he'll say something like:

"Alright I'm only going to say this once: I always thought you were goddamned beautiful. There. I've said it."

... But I don't know if anything more could happen. Drives me nuts. Never got the DLC, really wanted to but... something always stopped me. It seems really really sad, that I'd consider paying £10 just to bloody hear that line. LoL
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Delfin-a Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017
Woah, really?  He says that? Now I've GOT to get that DLC :)
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:icontreewyrm:
TreeWyrm Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Check on Youtube, but I think so.  I don't have it so... let me know if it's more than  just that if you get it, OK?! Because I may HAVE to buy it then. But if he says that, and then I *can't* romance him, I will be MORE THAN UNIMPRESSED. LoL!

By the way, if that turns out to be a bust... I always pimp my fanfics. ;) But obviously it's not everyone's thing.  Paragon FShep, Zaeed, going with the version where she punches him and still secures his loyalty by threatening to leave him to die. Set between ME2 and ME3. The one thing I've  done that might appeal, that is a little different, is that you won't find any descriptors for Shep - what she looks like is up to the reader. Let me know if you're interested and I'll drop you a link.
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Delfin-a Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2017
Well, I gotta get my PS3 and games back before I do that. But when I do, I'll totally get it.  My headcannon is overloading lol

Hmmm, perhaps send me the link and I may give it a looksie :)
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:icontreewyrm:
TreeWyrm Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-d7z1W…

It's a bit... odd...  and I don't think they went anywhere with it. :( Let me know if you find out different!
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Delfin-a Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2017
will do
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:iconmatthewmcentire:
matthewmcentire Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Jessie's all the companionship he needs.
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Delfin-a Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017
Jessie?
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matthewmcentire Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
His rifle. He talks about it pretty fondly in one of his stories.
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Delfin-a Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017
Ooooooohhhhhhhh!!
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Count-Vilanova Featured By Owner Edited Mar 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
RIP Robin Sachs
He and his VA were really great guys.
You did an amazing job here
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matthewmcentire Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! Glad you think so =D
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BLACKMASK-COMICS Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Professional General Artist
"The ole girl..." R.I.P Mr. Robin Sachs...
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matthewmcentire Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Was sad to see him go. Went out with some great work done, though.
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BLACKMASK-COMICS Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Professional General Artist
Yes, he surely that... I can't tell you how many times I'd go to his cabin on the Normandy just to hear a war story... The one about the Hanar is priceless lol!!! Good times :D
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matthewmcentire Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, that one was my favorite story of his. Second being the one about Krogans and their headplate. He was a great character and one of the things that made me like him so much was the voice acting.
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BLACKMASK-COMICS Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Professional General Artist
Totally agree with this... Mr. Sachs will be missed. Excited for ME: Andromeda???
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matthewmcentire Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, looking forward to it. I've read that they are really taking the reaction to ME3's ending seriously which is reassuring. Not that the story is going to end with Andromeda, but still. Glad I don't have to worry about importing choices with this one lol
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BLACKMASK-COMICS Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Professional General Artist
They did say something about Shep's "gender" playing a small role in the story plot of Andromeda... Not sure how much of an impact it will be, but yeah... there's that. Plus MP mode may be delayed at launch... But this is speculation at the moment.
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thehonorablereese Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017
Love Zaeed!  I was really disappointed that he wasn't a full-time squad member in ME 3, but the Citadel DLC scenes kind of made up for it.
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matthewmcentire Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah that disappointed me too (chalk up another thing I didn't like about ME3 lol). I never played the Citadel DLC, I've heard it's good, though.
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thehonorablereese Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017
It's pretty damn awesome, and to me, worth buying ME3 just for that DLC, lol.  The DLC is literally more expensive than the game now, so if you're a big Mass Effect fan, I definitely recommend trying it out!
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Sulkon88 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work. 
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matthewmcentire Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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