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The Wasteland is a dangerous place, and even those who know it well are not immune to misfortune. These two lost adventurers have been spotted by a gunship with no factional insignia. Does this mean their trials are over or have they only just begun?
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:iconniks25:
niks25 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018
You have a very interesting universe in your head. I love the style. 
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noble-highlander Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2018
the enclave has come
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Docweb Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2017
That craft made me think of the Smokers from the Serenity movie.
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7EternalLove Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
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thoughtengine Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
If over, then how?
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mustangdor Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
Love it when the picture tells a story 
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DasCheesenBorgir Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
Ohohohoho, I'm just waiting for these jolly wasteland rogues to get ripped to shreds in a torrent of plot armor piercing rounds. 
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
You're mean. :-P
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Gammast Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
To me, this airship, the setting (a wasteland), and the characters' reactions (succuming to sheer intimidation of an armed, flying tank) all screams "Fallout" and their Vertibirds. :P
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rlawodn12 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I like the story on the painting!
and the color is awsome:D (Big Grin) 
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Professional
sweet job
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:iconorionshipworks:
OrionShipworks Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Epic scene you've created here!
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ReVxXProdigy Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
I dont know why, every time I see this piece I get a fallout 3 vibe. reminds me of a vertibird, wait...is there a chance thats an unmarked enclave gunship?? definitely make this into a story, this little twist would make a it a must read for me.
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
I've never played any Fallout games, but I keep being told I should. Some of my work, including this image, has been featured in a Fallout-inspired card game.

This gunship combines traits of the V-22 Osprey and Mi-24, two heavy VTOL aircraft. From what I've seen of the Vertibird, it's a futuristic tiltrotor. The concept seems to have started with the P.1003 Weserflug [link] and while it presents challenges we'll probably see more of it.
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a15godzilla Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Dont fuck with the Desert Rangers.
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zanartfan Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
i love to imagine they are a bunch of vagabonds who are friendly you know the good kinda pirates
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
+1
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
That's the slant I'd take if I used this for a longer story - this scene would mark the end of one part and the beginning of another!
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ArrentKnave Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this, but then I've always been a sucker for post apoc type artwork.
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SoldiersWolf Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
kinda looks like a collision coarse...
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:iconjflaxman:
jflaxman Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
This is a tiltrotor gunship that works on the same principle as the Bell Osprey. In VTOL or slow flight mode the engines are tilted upwards, and tipping the nose down provides forward speed (as with most helicopters). For higher speeds the engines tilt forwards and the wings provide the lift.

Checking out your gallery now!
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SoldiersWolf Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah that's pretty cool
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MouseDenton Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Seems they'll be over either way...
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darkallegiance666 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Really wonderful.
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Lavey1917 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
saved? or fucked?
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MakarovJAC Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Just curious, what do you think of the "twinblade" helicopter model. For more info, look for "Twinblade" in Red Aler 3 or Avalon.
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
This is the first I've heard of the Twinblade (in Red Alert, I couldn't find the Avalon link). Thanks for giving me the lead.

I like the design a lot - like mine it obviously draws on the Mi-24 and serves the same role of heavy gunship/light troop transport. The main difference is rotor placement. The Mi-24 has a conventional main and tail rotor, my gunship is a tilt rotor while the Twinblade uses two closely placed intermeshing rotors. There are advantages and disadvantages to all three. The first is mechanically simple but slow. The second is more complex but allows higher forward speeds. The third has a smaller span than most twin rotor helicopters and would handle the loss of one rotor much better, though without some form of torque adjustment it would still have to make a forced landing. The tail rotor might serve this purpose - it's otherwise a bit redundant.

The angle of the Twinblade's rotors is another intriguing feature - if one were raised it would deliver more lift, allowing faster rates of roll (an unusual trait for a helicopter!) I could see a Twinblade variant with the counter-rotating rotors used on real-world helicopters like the Ka-50 Black Shark.

The Twinblade pattern's been used before - the Flettner Fl 282 was similar in some respects - but we haven't seen it for a while. VTOL's a fascinating science, and it's interesting to see how different inventors have dealt with its challenges.
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savagehenry89 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
epic
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Arabascan Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
We were wandering around for days. There rarely was any ammo left, no food, just some water. We knew we would die here.
Then, Jane discovered the VTOL. We waved, we cried and begged, we entreated the ghosts that the pilots notice us, that we catch their attention, that they help us out of this goddamn lonely wastelands full of wild madmen.
They didn't. They passed us and Jane collapsed, crying out her pain. I told her not to loose confidence, we built a small signal fire. Then they returned. I used one of our last flares to ignite the fire. They noticed the smoke.
Will they be our saviors or are we doomed?
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
I really like your take on this! You've captured the essence of this scene perfectly and your description leaves mine for dead.

This image first came to me in a dream and the finished piece is much the same (normally I start with rough sketches that change a lot as I'm working on them). I'm moving towards a harder and grittier vision of the future and your narrative's inspired me in turn.
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Arabascan Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
You're welcome. :)
To be honest, I was bored in school, wrote this down (inspired by the pic) and didn't want to let it be forgotten. ^^
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return666 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
It's according as to what they have to trade. heeheehee
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SignsOfWinter Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
the bird seems like the pledge of union of Bell V-22 Osprey and Mil Mi-24 :D
is it accidental or it was planed to do?
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Well spotted! I borrowed features from both aircraft (and added a few of my own). After a troubled development, the Osprey's shown tiltrotors can work and we're likely to see more of them. The Mi-24 was a logical choice as I was after an especially large and intimidating gunship - I also think the old Soviet aesthetic works well in post-apocalyptic scenes.
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StridersStrikersTeam Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Excellent work! Its my first pic of yours to see. Off to the gallery I go!
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
What a concept, great work!
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sterlingsinc7 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
has this been made into a book? cuz it should be >:U
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DamonKatu Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
...More like DOOM-ED!
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EbolaSparkleBear Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Nice work! Nice design on the gunship!
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NanoAngel Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
I missed the wastelands you produced. They are truly cinematic & Novel worthy pieces. The gunship is Outstounding and the entire background and overall feeling is tremendous. :D
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sheezor Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Nice. Reminds me of a cross between Fallout and Dune a bit.
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GruntJoe Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
It kind of looks like the helo thingy in the beginning sequence of the movie Avalon. If you haven't seen it it's a moderately dystopian future where people do full sensory game playing and it's just really well done. Great artwork, btw!
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JTHMFrAeK Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the perspective, great blending of colours and tones, and although I don't understand why the woman is on the ground I am not complaining in the least.
Another great job, man.
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Thanks. It's great to get back to the wasteland, I've been away for far too long.

I arranged the human figures this way because it gives the scene more dynamism than you'd get from having both standing or seated. It also adds a touch of narrative - most viewers see the gunship first, and then their gaze is drawn down to the standing man, the kneeling woman and the signal fire they've lit. This is the sort of thing we don't get taught in art school any more.

This year I plan to move away from the single characters I've mostly depicted up until now and depict more large scale action scenes, so you'll probably see more stuff like this.
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JTHMFrAeK Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay, that makes a lot of sense. Again: I love this shit man, you did a great job. There's a lot of feeling and action in this. You've done a good job of conveying emotion and physicality in this.
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