While remotely-operated drones have proven to be obsolete due to advances in ENWO (Electronic and Network Warfare Operations), semi-sentient AI-driven robots still have a place on the battlefield as a force multiplier. While not as cunning or adaptable as a meat-body soldier, they make excellent front line battlefield combatants and garrison/force protection units.
Deep in the hills and sticks of Eastern Ohio, during a cold mid-November rain storm (A little GNR reference another, eh!), the stillness of the hills is awaken to the distant sound of steam locomotives. One to the east and one to the west.
To the east, a Holloway humper crawls upgrade with a beast of a locomotive, a 7600 series 2-8-8-4 EM1, the largest on the Baltimore and Ohio. Behind it, 100 cars of West Virginia real estate, destine for the dock at Lorain, Ohio along lake Erie. Pushing on the rear is a P3 4-6-2 Pacific, downgraded from passenger service and serving its last few years pushing coal out of the Ohio Valley.
To the west, a 8000 series Wheeling and Lake Erie 2-8-8-2 mallet has an easier task with empty hoppers destine for the coal mine at Saint Clairsville to load another train of Ohio real estate.
And so, in the cold soaking rain, under thick dark clouds, the two came together in perfect unison. The B&O crew waves and gives the whistle a few hoots as the W&LE crew returns the greeting. All too soon, the caboose on the W&LE mine run comes into view, over the bridge over the B&O mainline, and out of view behind a hillside. A few minutes later, as the loaded hoppers slowly trudge by, the pacific on the rear of the humper pushes forward in one last great scene. All too soon, the stillness returns and all your left to hear is the constant sound of rain. But oh what a great moment has been rewarded to you! Forget the rain, theirs a smirk on your face as you walk back into town soaked to the bone.
Fast forward 60 years, both lines are gone, the steam engines are gone, and coal is no longer mined at St Clairsville. The CL&W went in the 1980s while the W&LE line lasted until the early 90s until the mine was closed.
Maynard, Ohio, 1953. Pencil, 20 hours. <---I really should write that info down, Im guessing!
The party of PCs from a Twin Peaks-inspired Eberron game I've been playing for the past several months. We just wrapped the whole thing up yesterday, and I drew this as a parting gift for the players, at the request of the DM.
The Characters (from left to right):
Terios - Minotaur Cleric of Dol Dorn. Ashterothe - Valenar Elf Pursuit Avenger, follower of the Blood of Vol Argonnel Vanderhausen - Half-elf Ardent/Warlord (played by me) Niall d'Medani - Half-elf Monk and Inquisitive of House Medani Sariel - Eladrin Fighter (played by ~Dustin-Lechery )
The smaller the LEGO creation, the bigger meaning individual parts have. Black thin elements in the middle are in fact motorcycle body, and slightly slanted side modules are made out of minifig upper halves (de-handed, obviously).
Alan Turing is rightly regarded as the father of modern computer science. He was also gay, and suffered terribly at the hands of 1950s British intolerance. After being charged with gross indecency, he was forced to take oestrogen in an attempt to quosh his libido. The side effects included weight gain and the development of breasts - a dreadful result for a world class marathon runner. Shortly after this time, he committed suicide by eating an apple laced with cyanide.
The composition is influenced by the early renaissance painter Lucas Cranach, the elder from one of his many paintings of the garden of Eden.
Here is one of my most recent drawings that I have been workin on for the past few months.... It's a Ferrari F430 that I did on an 18" x24" Strathmore Paper with a variety of pencils that I don't really feel like mentioning because it took a lot So Enjoy Everyone!
The Carmine Brothers. Each has been customized by me. Anthony's helmet was put on to the new cog soldier body and repainted and Ben's helmet was repainted. The most work went into clay. I repainted the helmet to make it more accurate, put A swivel elbow joint in so he can hold his gun properly, I then changed the entire mid section to get rid of the swivel upper body and changed the legs to get rid of the over articulation. hope you like them.