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Macedon Depths by Grimdar Macedon Depths by Grimdar
The Macedon battlecruiser is heading to a great war that will decide the fate of future mankind. While the vessel's captains sneak the enormous space vessel behind planets and moons to enter enemy territory undetected, battle crews prepared their gear and aircrafts for the secondary strike. Pictured above is Cpl. Nesson having his fighter-class S24 prepared with a fresh charge of ions and battle data being downloaded. To the right, you can see Alpha batallion's frigate platoon preparing for a sortie
to be continued...
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2/11/08: Updated with new version

Design notes:
I had this idea for some reason out of the blue, when I finished brushing my teeth several nights ago, so I quickly sketched it out and have been obsessed with finishing this since. When I started painting the background.. I realized what an enormous background this was. I had to bring out the big guns: 3d studio max 7. The background, or the battlecruiser itself is entirely modeled and textured in 3d by myself, after which I painted over it.
The foreground ship is not 3d, but rather hand painted.
>>>>Closeup: [link]
>>>>Initial quick sketch: [link]
>>>>Speedpainting/sketch/concept: [link]
>>>>The rendered 3d model: [link]
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:iconpixelsnaxs:
Pixelsnaxs Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing! O,O
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:iconqauz:
QAuZ Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009
This has been featured [link]
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:iconkradious:
Kradious Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008
I love it! The way you did the lightning is just stunning. :+fav:
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:iconillustrativejack:
IllustrativeJack Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I love the ambient lighting in this piece... it makes it all so real and... palpable!
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:iconguitfiddle:
guitfiddle Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008
Great color, great mood, superlative execution... I really admire this and all your work.
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:iconpwesty:
Pwesty Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2008
Very Nice! Please keep it and do more!!!!!
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:iconbiotechbob:
biotechbob Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
fanbtastic work
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:icondvotar:
Dvotar Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008
amazing work :D
great details :)
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:iconclarissab:
ClarissaB Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008
Stunning !! :)
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:icongrimdar:
Grimdar Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008
Well thank you Clarissa! :thumbsup:
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:iconclarissab:
ClarissaB Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
My pleasure :)
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:iconangelofhunger:
AngelOfHunger Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
damn, thats awesome,...incredible depth and technique, great job!!
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:icongrimdar:
Grimdar Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008
Thanks! I'm glad you like it :)
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:iconangelofhunger:
AngelOfHunger Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
welcome, much deserved i assure u...
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazingly well imagined and rendered. Just so atmospheric!
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:icongrimdar:
Grimdar Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008
Thanks as usual Elly! You're a great fan to have :) :thumbsup:
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:iconsouthparkaddict:
SouthParkAddict Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
cool drawing :)
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:icongrimdar:
Grimdar Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008
Thanks! :thumbsup:
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:iconsimonweaner:
SimonWeaner Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
nicely done work mate :)
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:icongrimdar:
Grimdar Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008
Thanks Majora! :)
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chrischanaud Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
very very cool. amazing what gems are birthed in the act of brushing ones teeth. though I sorta agree with dee kej about the 2 planets, at least I cant tell what the thingy is in the upper right corner. And like akajork says the fighter looks kinda simple compared to the rest. Maybe some missiles or laser cannons or insignias would help. Though really its kickass amazing work and you'll have to let us all know how that battle turns(ed) out.
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:icongrimdar:
Grimdar Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008
Thanks! keep an eye out for more on the story :)
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:iconmobek:
Mobek Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
ONce again awesum job
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:icongrimdar:
Grimdar Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
Thanks Mobek :)
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:icongrungetv:
GrungeTV Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008  Professional General Artist
Awesome image! Great use of 3D/2D combination!
:ahoy:
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:icongrimdar:
Grimdar Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
Thanks! Glad you like it :)
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:iconbluemattersoda:
bluemattersoda Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great work man! love the sense of scale. I have to say though, I would like to see more of the massive hangar doors and the planet below however...but still, great work!
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:icongrimdar:
Grimdar Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
Definitely.. thanks for the comment :)
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:iconbluemattersoda:
bluemattersoda Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no probs man!
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:iconz-design:
z-design Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
There is something that bothers me however: The upper right hand corner.

I would advise deleting the entire planet itself, and make a small moon visible through 1 skywindow. Maybe only 1&1/2 cm in diameter on the image would be just about right.
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:icongrimdar:
Grimdar Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
Thanks for the crit.. for the moment I got rid of the smaller planet. Maybe more changes later :)
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:iconsybexmed:
SybexMed Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
would love to see the wires :D
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:icongrimdar:
Grimdar Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
Next time I'll have to remember to render a wireframe too. Thanks for the comment :D
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:iconthevoiceofdoom:
thevoiceofdoom Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Fantastic! I can't wait to see the rest of these.
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:icongrimdar:
Grimdar Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
Thanks! glad you like :)
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:icondailybread5:
dailybread5 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
Awesome, but the ship doesn't seem to fit. I guess I don't really like the textures on it. Seems like it's TOO perfect lol.

The rest of the ship looks kickass though =)
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:icongrimdar:
Grimdar Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
Eventually I'll be changing the ship. Thanks for the comment! :)
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:iconkunoichi-kari:
kunoichi-kari Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
DAMN!!!! It's so amazingly done!
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:icongrimdar:
Grimdar Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
Thanks! glad you like it :)
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:iconz-design:
z-design Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Reminds me of battlestar galactica.
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:icongrimdar:
Grimdar Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
I came across some pretty cool reference photos from battlestar galactica, very cool :)
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:iconrobinvx:
robinVX Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
its amazin how u make it look so detailed and clean !
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:icongrimdar:
Grimdar Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
Thanks for the comment Robin :)
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:iconswoff:
swoFF Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
That is awesme.
Really awesome.
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:icongrimdar:
Grimdar Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
Glad you like :)
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:iconzulusplitter:
ZuluSplitter Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
looks very good :) i like the contrast :)
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:icongrimdar:
Grimdar Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
Thanks! :)
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:iconchromattix:
Chromattix Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn, great use of 3D and 2D aspects here...I couldn't tell where one stops and the other begins, those enemies won't know what hit e'm.
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:icongrimdar:
Grimdar Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
Thanks for the comment :D :thumbsup:
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:icondee-kej:
Dee-Kej Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, love the artwork, as always, and even though it might've been a simple design to the ship, it looks cool.^^ One question though: Is it only me, or are they two planets very close to one another in the background?? It kind of looks to me that they should collide in that case...
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