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River crossing by DarkCloak River crossing by DarkCloak
This drawing is based on a fictional battle in a campaign me and my brother are playing. I drew it mainly to practice with backgrounds, and to practice a bit with writing After Action Reports. :P

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The battle report:

Birdy forces had long been planning a massive attack on Cloak held positions in the area along the Nal River. The original plan had called for a two hour preliminary artillery barrage to soften up the Cloak defenders who had dug in along the southern bank of the river. The Divisional commander rejected this idea, as they had wanted the element of surprise. Instead of an artillery barrage, the massive 105mm guns would be brought up along the northern bank of the river during the night. Cloak soldiers could hear the guns being moved into place during the moonless summer night and reinforced their positions along the opposite bank, setting up improvised machine-gun bunkers, stringing barbed wire and laying mines. With a reinforced rifle company, they were expected to repel any Birdy assault.

General Brady, commander in charge of Birdy forces had planned for the assault to commence a half an hour before sunrise, giving his men time to assemble and cross the river while still under the cover of darkness. Once his men had made it to the other side, his forces would establish a perimeter and await for the light of daybreak before commencing with the attack. The 105mm guns would remain on the opposite river bank and provide direct fire overwatch.
From the start, the plan ran into problems. Birdy soldiers, while attempting to get their little rubber assault boats into the river, made such a racket stumbling around in the dark that the Cloak forces could clearly hear them from across the raging river. And just as the men had begun to ferry themselves across the river, a flare went up and lit the night sky. All along the river, Cloak machine guns opened up with a hail of fire, their bullets shredding the little rubber boats.

It seemed as though the assault was going to fail before it even truly began. General Brady, watching from his command post several hundred meters from the river, jumped up in horror and immediately ordered a retreat. But just as Brady gave the order, the 105mm guns which had been covering the amphibious assault, opened up with a deafening volley. This direct fire barrage proved to be the turning point. You see, the Cloak machine gun emplacements hadn't time to properly range their weapons, and as a result, they chose to use tracers to improve their accuracy. These tracers in the twilight sky, though devastating to the amphibious forces they were aimed at, revealed the position of each Cloak strongpoint, which the Birdy 105mm gunners could sight in on. After five minutes of constant shelling , all the Cloak forward positions had been silenced. General Brady pressed the attack forward.

By sunrise, General Brady had pushed two battalions of Light infantry across the river, and began to set up life lines. His casualties had been light, having only lost 22 men in the initial crossing. Cloak forces, on the other hand, had lost all their company's heavy machine guns, with 16 dead, 20 wounded, and 6 missing, including their artillery forward observer, a loss which would effect their performance for the rest of the day.
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:iconodstriman:
Odstriman Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Running With Rifles right?
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22raven2002 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
dude... running with rifles came out 8 years after this drawing was made
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madness3200 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015
What game were you two playing?
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iIsMe95 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Other people asked already, but I haven't seen an answer, so now I'm gonna ask!  What game were you playing for this?
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TtheLeviathan Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist
Looking back through my favorites, this is the kind of stuff that makes me want to learn how to draw. It is like Men of War was put into an awesome drawing.
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AlexTJ10 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Artist
What is this game. It is on PC?
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FantomMasterOfSouls Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D LOL,znalazłem cię! 
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AlexTJ10 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student Artist
Witoj :D
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:iconz1ppo:
Z1ppo Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing...the depth of the scenery is so strong and god damn those trees look amazing :O
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TtheLeviathan Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist
You should get Men of War: Assault Squad, it has an easy to use (once you get used to it, use youtube tutorials) building system, and you can either use the wide variety available in the game or even re-skin or mod in your own units, weapons, and vehicles. It is a very realistic RTS game and... well, it is just epic xD
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DarkCloak Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Yeah, many a sleepless night has been spent playing Men of War: Assault Squad. I sort of wish it had more co-op missions or skirmish maps.
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:iconttheleviathan:
TtheLeviathan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist
I rarely skirmish, Gem Editor for me xD. Have steam btw?
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:icondarkcloak:
DarkCloak Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Yeah, I have Steam, but it's a family account. So, you're more likely to catch my sisters than me. It's Reshig.
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:iconttheleviathan:
TtheLeviathan Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist
Kay den, talk to you on steam, and all of your artwork is the kind of stuff I like to have imaginary battles about xD I actually have my own imaginary factions with a notebook full of uniform, weapon sketches, military manuals, etc
Trastlobünstovakia, auf dem Wünderreichs, Der Wünderreichs ist der reich über stimmt! xD
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human72 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Looks like a WW1 pic to me. Almost a WW1 pic.
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SgtPossum Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
Love the after action report, too. Describes a very realistic combat situation.
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iBenyBoy Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
what game were you playing may i ask, great work :)
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Horanzon Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009
Oh shit!!! Great work dude!!!
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WWII33 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
Great work man! It kind of looks like the Rhine River crossing during WWII. Anyway, sweet artwork!
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:iconmrlovelessss:
MrLovelessss Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That's what i thought it was before i read the action report.
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RalphMarx666 Featured By Owner May 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
DUDe i lov yur art style

mind blowing man, among other things that ARE happening in the picture
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warman707 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the feel of this, it has a WWII feel but like a futuristic feel at the same time. Nice work, the background looks cool as well.
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zaku0909 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008
do you have any tips on drawing poses like this or big battle scenes you could tell me?

and it looks great by the way.
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PeachBum Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008
Good work, I am impressed as always :)
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Csp499 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aucking Fwesome...
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Poor-Judgment Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, I've missed your work.
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! thats super cool!!!!!
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RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Not looking good for the Cloak forces.

I love the emotion of the piece. Definitely get a sense of the battlefield, just before a really dramatic moment happens, such as when the guy throws the grenade.
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MrLovelessss Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
he doesn't look like he's gonna throw it...
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RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like he's going to throw it to me.  Not that it matters in the end, it's probably going to end poorly for him regardless.
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richard9311 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008
Tight!
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VenomEXsoldier Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008  Student Digital Artist
glad to c your back with this awesome work
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Danny-Haymond-Jr Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Cloak soldiers have no personal firearms? Oops Those guys fell in the river!
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DarkCloak Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008
Oh, they're issued firearms, they just have this bad habit of not actually using them when under fire. Damn cowards. :P
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Danny-Haymond-Jr Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
lol. probably would just jam anyway from lack of PM!
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NicholasWatersArt Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
As always..really nice work.
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Shufly Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008
great work man, sucks I came in to late before all the comments I wanted to say have already been said XD. Anywho great work with your story telling in this one. The colors remind me a lil of battalion wars for the gamecube (or wii). Great work!
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shinogami Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008
a great piece with a lot of detail and depth, along with some great coloring--I really get drawn across the entierty of it, but the focal points in the foreground are still obvious (without being glaring)
the fiction accompanying is also just great!
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AIMASTER Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
Birdy was a coward, but had the right idea to pull back. It was more or less his troops faults: QUIET!

Not only that, I love your work, I need to type some short stories too.
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AIMASTER Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
Oh, and what sort of battle for what sort of game? If it's anything I have i'd love to play you sometime, COH is my best guess. 105's in that game can only indirect, but are WICKED banes, 3 in a barrage kill everything they fire at.
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DarkCloak Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008
We're using a bunch of different strategy games for this campaign, depending on what type of action we're craving at the time. This one was played out with Combat Mission, but COH is on the list, as well as Faces of War.
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ComradeAussie Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Damn.. sounds like fun.. I'll have to blackmail one of my friends into doing something similar
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DarkCloak Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
It was fun. The hardest part was actually deciding which game we would play. I think we ended up playing Men of War the most though, because we were both at about equal skill level with that.
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ComradeAussie Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
I love Men Of war.. I think I kind of suck at it thought
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:iconaimaster:
AIMASTER Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008
Awesome, really should play you some time!
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PnzrKomandant1945 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008
I know,The Hummels are my favorite,But the editors really complicated,so I stuck with downloading things.
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AIMASTER Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008
Hm, so you play COH? I like the game, but against other player, it's almost worthless to make a dug in area: Bombardments, Grenades, ETC. but when you both give each other time, it can be a cool game WITHOUT tanks or Artillery. Hey, if you play it, MSG me your online name, I'll add you and we can tango sometime!
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twitchy01 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
Birdy had the right plan
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks that the guy with the grenade on his hand is ready to take the enemy CO in a kamikaze move. :lol:
Great work!
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