While poking around Alan Ackerman’s site, source of those awesome early Diablo III monsters, I found something else of interest. High quality images of 3 of the 5 Necromancer’s totems, the shield-style items added in D2X. You can tell what they are from the in-game art, but looking at the actual images, pre-compression into the game files, is a very different experience.

    Pity that the coolness of the art is largely vanished by the tiny, pixely views that you get in the game. Here they are; click each image to see it just slightly larger, and click through to see them compared to the game art versions.


    The game art versions. They’re stretched up to double their size here, to make them a bit more visual. The files are only 56×56 pixels; originals can be seen here.


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