During the Crowdfunding campaign for Vol 01 - and throughout subsequent ventures - a tier for commissions was offered, in which backers had a chance to get 9x12" fully painted commissions. Rather than doing the run-of-the-mill Character posing shots, this presented Marco with yet another tool to tell the story. So, each piece then became a look into the turmoil that is Astrid's soul. Exploring through hints and body language, some of her pain and its potential causes. In this album you can see, in sequence, how this bit of story-telling develops.
Each piece a new insight into our protagonist's struggle.
Astrid was a fearsome and fearless leader. She was revered by her companions, respected by her superiors and reviled by her foes. Now she has no army to lead, no friends to count on, and can't quite trust herself to determine what is real nor whom to rely upon anymore. Astrid’s journey brings her from harsh wilderness and into valleys of guilt, self-doubt, and loss.
"RDW" is a tale about coping with the burden of command, the camaraderie and friendship found in times of war, and the consequences of failure. Astrid’s first steps into loss, addiction, withdrawal, and PTSD are just the beginning of this hand painted, visually striking voyage.