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A middle eastern/ Byzantine inspired concept illustration.
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After its rejection by the RLM, the He 100 became the focus of an intense propaganda campaign designed to deceive the Allies into believing the He 100 was in service with the Luftwaffe. Largely successful, this effort culminated in the famous April 1940 article of Der Adler. No fewer than nine He 100s were painted in spurious "lightning bolt" markings and lined up for the cameras. It wasn't long before these same aircraft were repainted with a shield bearing a bicorn hat stuck on a dagger, an apparent stab at Winston Churchill, the former First Lord of the Admiralty. Finally, at least one aircraft was painted with a moon-man marking and photographed in an apparent night-fighting role.

When its services as a propaganda tool were concluded, a number of these He 100s were added to Heinkel's semi-private factory defense force, manned by Heinkel company pilots. Sometime after these aircraft were taken on for use in this role, the 'First Lord of the Admiralty' badges were repainted with a griffin, the traditional coat of arms of Rostock, where the Heinkel plant was located. This can be seen in an aerial shot of the plant taken later in 1940 as published in Erwin Hood's fantastic book on the He 100. It is one of these aircraft that is depicted in the profile.
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Varnus is one of the biggest dominions in the continent of Exiled Princes, and the one possessing the strongest military there. The Varnians are men of tradition, driven by their faith to either glorious conquests or tenacious defence of their motherland. Their armies, clad in green and red, strike fear in the hearts of enemies. The Varnians used to have the largest army, but as they progressed rapidly in military technology, they decided to develop specialized units, equipped with the newest inventions and the most devastating weapons. Army of Varnus is in the beginning of the process, however, and its standing army of conscripts is still the most valuable asset.

The green landscape of Varnus, rich in rolling hills and clear rivers, is littered with dark, twisted cities. The buildings are covered with a thick net of iron scaffoldings, pipes and chimneys. Except for the temples and places of interest - those buildings are cleaned each morning, so they can shine in whatever sunlight they can get.

Varnians are one of the few peoples still interested in dark magic, and their priests struggle to harness the dark energy and imbue it into an ordinary soldier's weapon.

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This is a uniform concept for my own fantasy setting, in the world called Hirseng. The whole concept is based on mixing Merovingian, Carolingian, Romanesque and Byzantine architecture, fashion and mentality with a fair bit of clock- and steampunk, with World War I as the upper limit of real-world influences. I'm doing it just for fun and practice, though I don't rule out anything more serious.

About 4 hours, A4 sketchbook. 0.5mm mechanical pencil, HB.

Cheers!
Tom :)
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arowana with lotus, 8x11 watercolor on paper copyright: 2007 Kevin Berube
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This is part of an album design I recently completed for "Custom Made Noise", a greek metal band.

Many many thanks to these folks who agreed to let me use their very great stock shots for this project :

`Tommy-Noker
~swelements
`nighty
=bstocked
`dholms
~temabina
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Commission for Petr. Another character of his book 'Carlo Anziano 1944+'. Photoshop CS3.
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GAZA . . .
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Designs for a non-existent 4 player co-op action side scrolling game. All of the character design and weaponry were based on World War II research.

Here were some ideas I wanted to explore for their special attacks.

Franklin D. Roosevelt
Fat Man:
Roosevelt rides a giant atomic bomb on screen and creates an enormous explosion dealing damage to everything.

Winston Churchill
Royal Bombing:
Churchill swoops in on a Royal Air Force bomber and drops a series of bombs dealing massive damage on selected areas.

Joseph Stalin
Cold of the Motherland:
Summons a Blizzard that freezes everything on screen while dealing continuous damage.

Chiang Kai-Shek
Suicide Bomba:
Summons multiple Chinese soldiers that charge at the enemy and explode. While charging at the enemy they also act as shields from oncoming fire.

Hitler
Genocide:
The sky starts raining dead bodies. (Probably mostly Jews.)

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IRAN for Freedom
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