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Heavy Gear: Aspic Merge

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Blue Diamond One-Five a P-119 Eagle from the 25th Northern Guard Air Cavalry pulls vapes as he merges with an L-45 Aspic of the Southern Milicia over the Badlands.  Encounters such as this, being rare in the turbulent skies over Terra Nova, were nonetheless as tense as any combat during the lead up to the Inter-Polar war.  Mock dogfights between would be adversaries were still carried out up to the final moment where weapons might be employed, and served as precursor to the violence that would come in the following cycles. 
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:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

I want to be fair and balanced about this, truly, but the fact is that I am a long-time fan of the Heavy Gear Universe, so clearly I am biased to enjoy this tremendously even before I set out on critiquing it.

Nevertheless, allow me to give some points.

1. Vision - Does the artwork present or reflect a point of view, theme or idea?

I have to temper myself with a 3.5 stars on this, since this is more of an action shot rather than conveying 'a theme'. However, the small amount of fluff you wrote underneath conveys what is going on in the picture and enlightens the reader to the tense situation that the South and North were involved in prior to the Interpolar War.

2. Originality - Is the artwork fresh or new in its style, execution or approach? Is it something you haven’t seen before in its particular genre? Does it surprise you?

This is fresh compared to much of the older artwork that has been re-used. It does borrow elements from Macross/Robotech, but since Heavy Gear is a part of the mecha genre this is a bonus for me, and it certainly fits the bill of a high-speed interception. 4 stars.

3. Was the artwork skillfully created? Does the artist exhibit advanced knowledge of the medium and/or bring special focus to the craft of the medium used.

Creation and technique are deserving of 4.5 stars based on the fact that you paid attention to details that others might miss if they've never been introduced to Heavy Gear. For example, the use of the Badlands as the medium underneath, allowing large clouds to show that Terra Nova is a very rough and harsh world all its own. The use of 'plumes' might be improved upon, perhaps by using additional lighting or a 'glow' effect around the ports.

The work on the pilots is somewhat less pronounced, but since this was made to convey attention to the vehicles and the overall tension of the scene I don't mind the loss of some detail.

A solid 4 stars.

4. Does the artwork resonate with you or evoke strong emotions? Does it make you think? Does it blow your mind?

This, of course, is a no-brainer for yours truly. It has maximum impact thanks to my status as a fan, and also because of the time you put into this work. I give this 4.5 stars for overall attention to detail on the schematics of the machines, as well as good use of angles and atmospheric conditions to bring the viewer into the moment.

All in all, a terrific job I hope to see more of soon.
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you still need some work on your technique (the rendering of metal) but the linework, proportion and perspective have a very good fundation :)
Deviator101's avatar
The Aspic is dead meat! It is not a good fighter.
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youtu.be/y0rxpQI0ZbY Damn, this was rolling in my head the instant I saw this. Great work by the way man. I still use a homerule in blitz to incorporate the jet fighters (Rather than just a support call), though it's still a bit wonky.
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Mighty cool !
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great job
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:) (Smile) 
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wow i love the heavy gear univers and this must be one of the if not best of all picks of the two mainstay fighters of north and south.
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Thanks Timberfox!
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What is this from?
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Hi Merman.  This is from the Heavy Gear Universe a RPG & Tactical mini game produced by Dream Pod 9 or DP9.  They've been around for years (since early 90s) and I've purchased most of their books, and followed the story of their universe, though I've never actually played anything other than the PC game.  They produced the Heavy Gear PC game some years ago licensed by Activision which is how most people have come to know them.  The original artist was Ghislain Barbe, whose style really defined the title for me.  The worlds they build are top notch and fun to explore...

here is a link to their site.  You can still get the books which are available in hard copy if you look hard, but mostly in PDF these days. 

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Some of the mech a reminds of veritechs from Robotech, Macross and other anime.
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Okay thanks I'll look later. I hope to see more Robotech later on.
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=P (Razz) 
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Came out nicely. Wonder who has the tighter turning radius!
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No idea!  But it looks like the P-119 is trying harder...
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Thanks Hunter!
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