Another artwork about the Akallabeth, it seems I'm still in Tolkien's mood. This time I choosed to paint a particular scene, a withered, old and anxious Ar-Phârazon feels the aproaching shadow of Death. His final victory near, Sauron urges the disperate king to sail West, to Valinor. The armour is basicaly the same that I imagined for the king on my first drawing, but the decoration has changed, greatly. The heraldic symbol on the plate has changed, now an schematic view of Alcarondas (king's flagship), with an overimposed Númenor-shaped star (showing the King's rule over the seas and Middle Earth), as a background a burning, corrupted White Tree. The very same motif is shown elsewhere, as in the manbraces (schematically). The king's has downsized, while Sauron, is corrupter, has grown in both size and physical power, he's mastering the king, both psicologically and physically, his whispering robes wrap the king, shrouding him in lies, fears and dreams of power. I also wanted one thing, if you notice the armour is plain in most of it's surface, in contrast with the other, heavily decorated, why? The Numenorian have desecrated his gods/God, replacing them/him with the oure darkness, and such, in the meanwhile, they have lost many of their symbols, heraldry and such, which now are irrelevant, or offensive to the regime. Also the corrupted, while still numenorian, armour seem to be "feeding" (metaphor) itself from the king, another symbol of how Sauron's corruption acelerated the decay of the golden ruler.
In the background a new heraldic device for the king, a burning black tree, with the lidless eye of Sauron (which is also on Sauron's garments) smartly camouflaged in it.
So, it is the last moment, just before Ar-Phârazon shows himself to the troops, then the decaying king will raise his chest in pride and defiance, and take his boat, to meet his destiny, fate and demise, both his and his whole kingdom.