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Apollonian Drop Frame
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Published: July 24, 2012
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The accident on the Apollo 21 Lab Station couldn't be contained. Rescue missions sent to the station disaster hurriedly collected the lab's most recent studies of the sun's relations to a quantum vacuum. Unexpectedly the teams broke all protocol and transmitted this data openly and unencrypted. The data was a garbled mess of obscure information and bizarrely outdated language. What could be gleaned from it though were very clear specifications for angles and spectral configurations for viewing specific parts of the sun. Attempts of following these directions using remote viewing from earth through space telescopes ruined the orbital equipment. All other manned orbital stations that attempted it immediately cut off their contact with the earth.

After a prolonged silence the medley of military presences in orbit unleashed themselves unilaterally unto the earth. Orbital kinetic bombardment weapons carved strange symbols across the earth's surface. The attacks on heavily populated areas however were primarily carried out by manned reentry drop-frames: armed suits intended for quick reaction force insertion. Millions of these orbital drop frames blazed through the atmosphere, unfurling into their squat insectoid shapes upon landing. The were covered in hastily painted glyphs. Downed drop frames always proved to have dead pilots hanging limply within.

Their only communications were being piped back and forth between the millions of drop frames: an endless loop of a synthesized voice saying

"Burn a path to earth. Prepare them for the Sun's arrival."

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jvgce's avatar
love the vintage vibe......really great work~~~
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pheonixghost|Hobbyist Writer
nice work. you put a lot o detail in your work
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GigaBoss101|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks amazing! :D
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ApparentlyImStupid|Student General Artist
ok, so there are just two random legs sticking out of the mech's frame? Ok then.....
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sheperdsfireworks's avatar
I love the idea of mechs and other War machines being seemingly piloted yb long dead corpses.
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Soulslayer317's avatar
like the design!
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Faided1|Hobbyist General Artist
The Apollonian story just gets better and better. The wight is one of of your pieces that most haunts me and now the story continues! I love it! More please!
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N0b1eRebe1|Student General Artist
The Sun.
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MjP-70's avatar
Awesome! Looks really great...
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TheLastOmnitect|Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent work as always, good sir. Your talent is impeccable! I was hoping to ask you:

I love your writings on this and the Apollonian Wight, and was wondering if you would mind me using these two pieces as a story seed for a World of Darkness Campaign I want to run with my friends?
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flumenlimia's avatar
The backstory makes the art even more interesting!
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MetalicSoul's avatar
From the Apollonian Wight to this, I have to know how this story goes and what comes next. Whatever is causing this isn't going to encounter any resistance since the planet will be too ravaged from all this.
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Centurion6755's avatar
All of your work is great, but this is one of my favorites.  I think I like it as much for the background history as for the piece itself.  There's a very Lovecraftian flavor to the whole thing which I like.
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Is this from a book? Or is this your original art? I'd love to read a book with the drop frame in it! I'm finishing the leviathan series and i'm wondering if that is the only book series you drew for. Great art by the way!
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Keithwormwood's avatar
It's a personal piece.  It will get more detailed and expanded upon when I get my first art collection book complete.
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Scruffly-Sojourner's avatar
Very nice. It's all about the implications here. What have they seen? What's the message? Is there some intellegence behind the Wights and the attacks, or is it all just a peculiar form of madness that afflicts peoples' minds? Questions, questions.
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Lol the feet just hanging. I'd totally kick someone.
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Demialc-neeb-sah-em's avatar
Pure awesome as usual.
Reminds me of this boss...
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SuperTurnip|Student Digital Artist
Dark, mysterious, and terrifying. I'm impressed by this, and how you create a new take on the sci-fi mech. Very, very cool.
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Snoopyc|Student Artisan Crafter
oh! Like it!
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deeparms's avatar
I remember reading the Zombie section on your website. I was hoping for you to expand on concepts you've merely hinted at, and the expansion on the Apollonian Wights was something I've only dreamed of until now.

I'm thrilled that you've decided the explore this further.

Regarding the man's legs, it does look a bit stiff, and it does seem they're pointing backwards a bit, but I assumed that was deliberate and the result of rigor mortis. Oh well.
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When I finally get my collection book more underway it will have a lot of further details (both art and writing) on all the little bits of mythos.
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