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Call in the Assassin Squad by Hydrothrax Call in the Assassin Squad by Hydrothrax
[EDIT 1/9/2017: aside from this being a very old piece, please do note that this not a political painting by any means, as has been assumed on many websites it'd been re-posted to. Just FYI.]

Some characters that have been floating around in my head - Raid many of you probably know, the SU-33 and SU-34 aren't named but they have personalities and a role in my headworld story already :P

These three are part of Zakhar's elite fighter team - most of them are 4+ and 5th gen aircraft, they're modified and armed to the teeth. (as well as posses a special ability to suspend their morphing ability in a "liquid metal" state, giving them capabilities that extend beyond those of others of their type. More on that maybe later, I actually have a pretty detailed description for each of these and the whole "4th form" these guys can have. 

So they all have three forms (this goes for my tanks, ships etc by the way)

- vehicle form
- aerosaur form (or steamwraith, tanksaur, etc)
- "war mode" (a form between the vehicle and animal-like form, intended to reap the benefits of both forms into one - for example for a plane, they'll be something much more aerodynamic and fluid-looking but posess the flexibility of the more "organic" mode - if you remember the aerosaurs with no eyes or cockpit, that's sort of what I mean, except now they'll have less visible "musculature" because it's more blended. Think of NASA's morph-wing aircraft)

yadda yadda this is super simplified but my attention span is short right now...! :P
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zagoreni010 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018
Creepy but  nicely done!
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:iconnikitakartinginboxru:
Is there a Su-34? Because, it's purpose doesn't fit here well - it's a fighter-bomber aircraft, not pure fighter, so he doesn't fight with air targets very efficiently. Still, very cool picture, must say. Good job.

Also, side question - we're running a VK public page "Typical Military", and our administration would like to ask if we could post your pics there? With credit and only if you want to, of course.
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You're absolutely correct! Although this trio doesn't deal exclusivity with air targets (their story differs somewhat from how these vehicles are used in real-life since as sentient creates, they can exist in their own "rogue" groups.) My primary reason for including the SU-34 was actually the concept of it being used for electronic warfare (on top of the fact that I really liked that jet and wanted to draw it in this style hehe! It's a really interesting weapons platform - and I'm a fan of Sukhoi engineering in general!)

And that's completely fine with me as long as there's a source/credit somewhere. It's an honor to have my art featured! [May I have a link to your site as well?]

Thanks! ^^
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:iconnikitakartinginboxru:
Very well then, thanks for your help! Here's our public, if you want to see: vk.com/typical_military
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome, thanks! :D
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InterJim126 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Wow, just... wow! :D
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Sabre471 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love the very even mixture between the "living creature" and "machine" bits on these guys. They truly look alive!
Very unique style of jets overall.
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I try to blend both worlds the best I can C:
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Sabre471 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And you do it well~
considering how hard it is to pull off.
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe! HR Giger's work taught me how to do it :) 
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LightningCato Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA This is super cool as I already told yah :D
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
They be comin to NOM UR FACE
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LightningCato Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!!!

LC will be like NOPE *BOOP* XD

....OMG...I JUUUUUUUUUUUUUUST noticed, is Raid's mouth glowing? 
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
All of them are XD

I'm trying to move away from the organic look. Their insides shouldn't look like flesh. It's all grey to black steel. Sometimes there is a glow that shows trough from the inside (bypass engine bleed ducts, connected to the mouth. Glowy combustion :'D So when they open their mouths to SQUAH or bite something, it doesn't become a giant major drag point (just a reduced one.) Also the air bypass can partially be an intake (think ram-breathe sharks.)
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LightningCato Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
BWAAHAHA, 

AAAAAAAAAAA really like the idea. ...I never really liked the fleshy looking mouths, it didn't seem to go well, anmd made no sense since our machines aren't biological. 

We've discussed this on IM soooo I'll just say MUCH APPROVAL
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I sort of did that I guess because the older ones were somewhat bio (like reeeeally old stuff) and it's a cartoony thing/is clear it's a mouth. It's metal form now on though since I can render it right now XD

lawllllllll
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LightningCato Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
I think our stuff went from bio to slowly more mechanical over the years XD Mine arn't 100% true robots, but close to it. I used to have more bio concepts but they freak me out now, especially since I know they don't make much sense at all XD :iconthemoreyouknowplz:

On my more ROAR looking ones I do make the teeth looks more metal-ish lightningcato.deviantart.com/a…

However, I do, especially for cartoons make teeth have a more white / yellow appearance. Or a light silver... personally not a huge fan of metallic teeth on these vehicles so it's done for that reason. Monster-like vehicles though HELL YEAH \o/
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eightyjet Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really interesting. The anatomy on these guys is just so cool! The fourth form sounds similar to how my living planes work actually, they exist in a state between solid and liquid.
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!

Ahh that's interesting! My guys here are made out of nanites, they're completely mechanical but these machine-cells can mimic biology so well that they sometimes look very organic. This also allows them to morph between forms that these nanites have programmed in - vehicle and "anthro" (I need a better word XD.) The Third war form thing came during the postwar/cold war years where each side was tampering with these living machines and trying to come up with something even more effective - so that in-between "war mode" was born. My living machines don't pass on their genetic code like we do though - it's very modifiable: so soon enough, this third form became a normal thing for mid and late cold war vehicles (mainly those developed in the US and their allies, and the USSR.) The fourth form - that's an experiment going on to try to surpass the "War mode." These guys go into a liquid metal-like state while they morph. The idea was if they could suspend and control this form, they can essentially become partial shape-shifters (in their element and withing the parameters of their previous forms) which would mean their overall efficiency would surpass anything that their previous forms had. (Morph-wing aircraft for example - imagine a wing planfom that could adapt to any condition instantly, and have active airfoil control. It's very hard to achieve but those that master are just on a whole different level.) 
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eightyjet Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea, that fourth form sounds similar to my guys. They can solidify in their standard -in flight- form like any airplane, but the can liquefy which allows for free motion over all of their limbs. Unlike yours, it is rare to use in flight and is more a tool for more fluid motion on the ground. However, where yours can apply it to shape shifting, mine are still limited to the general form of their airframe. Similarly, those which are capable of using it in flight apply it to added efficiency and range.
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ah I gotcha, sounds neat!
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HearseGurl Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
These guys are flippin' awesome! :heart:
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hehehehehe!
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HearseGurl Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
You're funny! XD
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Outlaw2101 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
iuonxhquon9hwxwo Russians! :dummy:
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
YAS. EVERYWHERE
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Outlaw2101 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconamgtouchplz:
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LancetheB1 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very very cool :)
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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bagera3005 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
need to do Su-50
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh absolutely :'D
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purpleshadowbooster Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
oohh awesome  :O  so does that mean i can draw eyes on my?  XP
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
you can do whatever you want, haha! :'D eyes or no eyes, whichever~
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purpleshadowbooster Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
oohh sweet and are there tails i see?  :P
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Tails depend - these aircraft all have tail-booms that stick out like animal tails (SU-33, SU-34, SU-47 has two), most of my fighter jets have short stubby tails or no tail. My B-2's sort of have a ail but it's really more like the wing extending all the way back into a point (so it's like a short, flat tail? XD)
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purpleshadowbooster Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
ahh ok  :)  was wending about them  XD 
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
If you remember that really old Shadow pic I did (the one with the clouds at night) you can see how her wings and tail blend~
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purpleshadowbooster Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
oohh yeah let me look at it again  :3
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KisaCosplay Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Student General Artist
thats really cool
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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KisaCosplay Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Student General Artist
you're welcome :D
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