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Lun by Hydrothrax Lun by Hydrothrax

Yet another one of those things I’ve been wanting to post for a while, sheesh! One of my older characters, based off of one of my absolute favorite vehicles on the planet: the Lun ekranoplan.

Anyone remember this guy? ;D

I have somewhat of a part 2 in mind for this (with a cutaway) but we’ll see how long it takes for me to actually do it. Lun is a spooky character but what is hiding inside is even spookier! 

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:iconpmbster:
Pmbster Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2017
Juggle I would think one would have to be pretty darn good at "normal" work to be able to transform it into such "biomechanical monsters" -- and I believe you therefore *are* pretty damn good, because these are amazing and fun pieces!!

Thanks for your efforts! :happybounce:Fish:happybounce::happybounce:Fish:happybounce:
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:iconhydrothrax:
Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thank you!
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AniutqaART Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mostly like giant creatures *O*
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:iconhydrothrax:
Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
There was a reason the US Navy nicknamed these ekranoplans "Caspian sea monster" in their time! 

hague6185.files.wordpress.com/… This was the original "sea monster." If you squint, you can see people standing on it!
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regigigas43 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
A monster ekranoplane?This is the coolest thing I've ever seen.
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DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2016  Student Filmographer
can these guys bend their 'elbows' like all creatures do? this guy's wings look fully extended, but his 'arms' are bent~ 

how stiff/bendy are your biomech's wings? I understand that they operate and move like their base vehicle=p 
When I make vehicle monsters, it's hard to find the right balance of creature-y movement while maintaining the heavy metal mass of the vehicle...though you've probably noticed I go for a bit more of a bendy noodley look haha;p
I can kinda see in your sketches the left Lun's just got shorter wings...I don't really know aerodynamics so does that benefit this fellow?

but I really like Lun here, it looks a bit...GHOSTY XD and that doofy engine-y stuff on its head looks so fun to draw!
ooooh I can't wait to see an internal anatomy study-thing for these guys 
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
The material can be deceivingly flexible, however yes, this one has a more "locked" anatomy geared more for flying and semi-submerged swimming. Giant ekranoplans are clumsy on land so they generally avoid it.

If you're referring to the wings being stubby in general, it's because ekranoplans don't exactly "fly" but use the ground effect to stay in the air. Short, broad wings are better suited for this kind of flying and let more air be trapped under them. (plus, long wings would really limit the turning abilities of these things when they already fly so close to the surface.) The advantage is efficiency, and being able to carry higher payloads than a transport aircraft of a similar size. The down-side is that they're limited to relatively calm sea states and flat land. The bigger they are, the higher the ground effect threshold is, but it is still usually only mere meters!

s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/o… you can really see how close they'll get!
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i.imgur.com/Zxsdn09.jpg
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DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017  Student Filmographer
woah those are really cool! 
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:iconthezeppelinpassenger:
For a few years, I gave briefings on developments on the other side of the planet.  The CASP-A and CASP-B "Seamonsters" were a couple of those line items that made RADM Rich and RADM Adams actually pay attention for a few minutes.

We saw them as infantry assault vessels on steroids.  One day, the "high oblique" cameras revealed this critter smashed on the beach.  We relaxed a bit after that but the threat, particularly to Turkey and Finnland, remained for two more decades.  

Love your work - really well done as well as original.  KUTGW.  
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
That's really, really cool that you saw involvement with these things. I heard they made a few people in military shit themselves until they realized the limited nature of their use, however impressive they may look from above! 

Interesting to hear. Were the smaller "Orlynok" types considered to be more of an issue? They could make hops of actual flight as far as I know, and still carry armored vehicles, even though there were smaller than the original "Sea monsters."

Thanks! :D
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cykid100 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016
Big😐
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Leave-Noone-Alive Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016
Oh my god yes! Love ekranoplans!
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zoidsfan77 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Inside? Have we ever had an internal view of a character of your's before?

I am looking forward to it!!
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:iconhydrothrax:
Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, been meaning to do some "anatomical" drawings of these guys for ages now since they have some pretty unique structural shit going on. Plus to explain that these guys are indeed mechanical but to show that their level of biomimicry can seem so organic at times that it can be mistaken as such!
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Androsov Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016
Super-super!
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CatPersonman2 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016
Run for the hills!
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IWESWTDH Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016
It's an organic vehicle that swims and flies?
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:iconhydrothrax:
Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
These biomechs are 100% mechanical/synthetic beings.
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IWESWTDH Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016
Ohh interesting.
Remarkable design.
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alorix Featured By Owner Edited Sep 16, 2016
Adorable! Much love!

This might be a weird question, and not sure if you've said before. Doe these things mate or are they built?
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:iconhydrothrax:
Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I've probably mentioned it somewhere but they're definitely 100% synthetic life forms. Their initial variants are built/created. Some CAN reproduce per se, but super unconventionally - via parasitism or if a larger more complex biomech turns itself into a factory/hive of sorts - and these are cases unique to the more "evolved" biomech types, as a side effect of them being able to fundamentally modify themselves in a fluid manner. I'll do some sketches on that sometime.
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alorix Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2016
oh. sweet. Sorry for the late reply, but yea, i'd love to see the origins of these guys
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DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Student Filmographer
ok taking a closer look here; Love the double mouth! I see a lot of those on deviantart! And I agree with the below comment, the water looks amazing' too!
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Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
So, she's articulated in the midsection? Interesting.
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ColdBlod23 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Student General Artist
Man i love how you make the water.Its just so bootyful.
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GloomShroom Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
so amazing
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DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Student Filmographer
Oh my god dude it looks great! Haha I remember your derpy plane dragons, gotta love em! Keep up the great work, hydro!
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
The goofy dragon ones were for a friend, the Lun here is unrelated to those ;)
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:icondracophobos:
DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Student Filmographer
Oh haha! I'm using my phone at the moment, I wanna take a proper look at this fellow when I get home from school. Cheers!
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