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Siksakubur - VI - Kata Sebagai Senjata
oil on gessoed paper
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KOMUNAL – Selebrasi
Oil on canvas board
65cmx50cm

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The Sacrifice of Elizabeth the First

I recently watched the movie "Elizabeth" starring Kate Blanchett, and was compelled to do a painting of the Queen. She sacrificed her entire life to England, was known as The Virgin Queen, and her reign known as The Golden Years.
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Oil on canvas 30"x40"

This was a commissioned painting for 1st platoon A company 2-27 Infantry Regiment 25th Infantry Division.

In this painting you see the Battle of Gewi Ridge that took place 4-6 June 2011 in Northern Kunar Providence Afghanistan.

Depicted in the painting you see SSG Choo fully exposing himself to fire an AT-4 after identifying one of the enemy machine gun positions. SPC Hayden fires devastatingly accurate and heavy machine gun fire on every enemy position that is called out to him by SGT Manoa. SFC Broe, recognizing that this machine gun is crucial to the survival of his Platoon, runs desperately needed ammo to the machine gun position, exposing himself at the heaviest moments of the battle. As supporting aircraft identify and destroy the hundreds of enemy fighters threatening to mass on the small patrol base, the tireless efforts of the supporting observation posts and their pinpoint accurate mortar systems ensure that the platoon will be victorious.
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I should like to make clear that this is a sketch copied from ~JesusFood, a far better artist than I. His sketches are beautiful, extremely well drawn - they inspired me to draw again after many years having not. Go see how his are -- and where I'd like mine to be -- and note how far I have to go... ~S!
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British Soldier with Lewis Gun, 1916


So, another Tommy, this time in 1916. He is therefore likely a member of one of the service battalions, one of Kitchener's Army. By 1916, after a year and a half of training and preparation, they were ready to be blooded in their first major action, the Battle of the Somme.

Despite months of meticulous planning on the part of Douglas Haig and his staff - much maligned, quite unfairly, after his death - the first day would go down as the bloodiest day of the British Army with 57,470 casualties in total. Tactics had a long way to go before they would reach their zenith during the Hundred Days campaign of 1918, but an intensive week long bombardment crucially failed to cut the German wire. A pause between the bombardment and H-Hour allowed Germans to re-man their positions. A lack at this point of heavy artillery meant that many of the german dugouts had withstood the bombardment reasonably safely. As a result, the promised walkover never happened and in many places the troops failed to reach their objectives and were torn to pieces. Facing withering machine gun and rifle fire, they were also subjected to the German artillery, which had not been heavily targeted in the week-long preliminary bombardment and not enough British guns were allocated to counter-battery fire on the day. By mid-afternoon, the Germans were launching desperate counter attacks and those units who had achieved success found themselves often disorganised and assaulted on 3 sides. Many were hard pressed and would soon find themselves obliged to withdraw.

"Trench practically untenable, full of dead and wounded... Sap absolutely impassable owing to shell fire. Every party that enters it knocked out at once... impossible to man parts of our Front Line and digging quite out of the question... I have as far as I can find, 13 left besides myself. Trenches unrecognisable. Quite impossible to hold. Bombardment fearful for 2 hours. I am the only officer left." - Major Cedric Dickens, 13th (Kensington) Bn, London Regiment, 168th Bde, 56th Div, over the course of the early afternoon.

HOWEVER, for all the malignment of the tactics, in many places they worked. The souther sector was successfully taken, and the middle sectors mostly taken. As evening fell, the 18th (Eastern) and 30th divisions had managed to achieve all their day 1 objectives. Next to them, the 36th (Ulster) Division had achieved the majority of their objectives and were also holding them. Despite this, a breakthrough was not possible - the Germans had an entire second trench system behind the first which remained unbreached.

"We didn't know the first of July was a disaster. The only success was where our Division and the 18th Division gained all their objectives. We thought the war would soon be over as our men were flush with success." - Pte P. Kennedy, 18th Bn, Manchester Regiment, 90th Bde, 30th Div.

Nonetheless, the first day of the Somme was a disaster for the most part, and one which even now forms a part of the British mindset. By the close of the battle in November, over 420,000 British troops would be casualties, for paltry advances rendered all the worse by a German withdrawal of 30 miles to the Hindenberg line in 1917, done successfully with complete secrecy.

Nevertheless, the battle would provide important operational experience which allowed Kitchener's Army to transform into one of the most effective and advanced armies in the world by the Hundred Days' campaign and the end of the war.
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This tommy wears standard uniform - 1907 pattern tunic and weabing, with an 08 pattern bayonet. As a gunner, he should have cylindrical ammo pouches rather than the little sets of 5 for rifle clips. The small haversac on his left would generally not be carried later in the war. He wears a MkI Steel Helmet, recently introduced and generally called by the troops the Tin Hat or Battle Bowler, or simply lid.

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Another cheap paper / HB concoction.
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Allatar and Pallando (no doubt known by different names at this point) meet for a chai, somewhere in the vast expanses of the East.

The blue wizards fascinate me. They are perhaps the two most significant absentees of the events of the third age in the west in middle-earth, having ventured off east and never returning; theirs was the only (remarked upon) excursion of the ainur into the east, and in them and their story (what precious little we have of it) as with little details like the oliphants or the "apes of the southern juggles," middle-earth is expanded out beyond being merely some pseudo-european mythical world and comes to feel more like a fictionalized version of, well, the whole world. Tolkien changed his mind a few times about the blue wizards; his original concept, presented in he appendices to the Lord of the Rings and in the Unfinished Tales, placed them as the last two members of the istari, who went far out into the east of middle-earth and never returned, founding cults and magic traditions, but in this early concept, generally speaking, the blue wizards (like radaghast and saruman) are supposed to have failed in their larger mission (to inspire the people of middle earth to action and contest the rise of Sauron) becoming terminally side-tracked in their journeys. His later conception of the duo was less critical, placing their arrival in middle-earth midway through the second age, several thousand years before Saruman Gandalf and Radaghast, and in this version they are remarked to have had a great impact as missionaries to the east, successfully combating the influence of evil and instilling in the peoples and cultures of the far off eastern lands some much needed knowledge of the Powers in the True West.

personally I can't make up my mind as to which concept I like better. I definitely prefer the notion of the five Istari coming to middle-earth as a unit, and the concept of maiar spirits being sent to middle-earth to do a particular job and instead becoming lost in the vastness of the world is really interesting to me, much more interesting than them simply carrying out the rather narrow task of missionary work, but at the same time it's nice to think that the Valar would give SOME thought to the children of men outside of the edain (the case has been made elsewhere - and I think it's a sound one - that it's just a little douchey of both the elves and the Valar to hold it against the "evil" men of the south and east that they came to worship the only one of the divine powers who actually bothered to show himself to them) and if the blue wizards were sent to middle-earth with stated purpose of going east, it is reasonable to believe that through their influence the peoples and cultures out there gained some awareness of the creator and the divine truth of the world they live in.

It was suggested to me that the Blue Wizards should look ethnically like the people of the farther regions of middle-earth who they would be interacting with, which seems especially fitting if they were indeed MEANT to go east (and provided a great opportunity, artistically, to draw on "wizards" from non-european cultures). I was going for a very central-asian feel to their rendezvous setting, and also to have them look like they've been living apart, among different peoples in different lands (the "East" always reffered to as one unified, villainous entity by westerners, is infact far bigger and more diverse than the west). it was a matter of some debate for me whether or not they should still retain their blue robes (leave it to the valar to be tone-deaf enough to clothe their two emmisarries heading out farthest into hostile territory in the rarest and therefore most conspicuous dye color, because it's "the color of the sea") but finally i thought they should retain their colors, reworked and re-tailored as cultural stylings dictate, and finally hidden (like gandalf's white) under less attention-grabbing garments.  imagine the two meeting for the first time in many, many years, possibly to discuss the reemergence of sauron, (or maybe just to catch up over a nice bowl of hashish)

this was a really fun picture to do and to think about. maybe there's an inherent fondness for those tantalizing little side characters we only get to hear a word or two about, but I've got to love the blue wizards for going out east and becoming immersed. i see them as the sort of rebellious ones; they came to do their mission but got kind of floored by how huge and awe inspiring the world is, and came to develop a personal affinity for the under-cared-for people of the east, as both inherently good, empathetic children of illuvatar, and as a people under constant pressure from the forces of evil. I like to think that in attempting to undo things like dragon-worship and curb the spread of ruthless mordor-supported warlords, they had alot of work cut out for them - not the least of which being relentlessly hunted by servants of sauron - and came in time to relish the task (saruman is of course rebellious as well, but more like the ivy league educated success case who crashes and burns in his mid thirties, they "failed in different ways" as tolkien puts it)
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McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F-15E Strike Eagle is an all-weather multirole fighter derived from F-15 Eagle. F-15E was designed in the 1980s for long-range, high speed interdiction without relying on escort or electronic warfare aircraft. Strike Eagles can be distinguished from other U.S. Eagle variants by darker camouflage and conformal fuel tanks mounted along the engine intakes.
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Keas! They are worse than those thieving monkeys!
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Medium Chavant
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