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November Mud by MikeDoscher November Mud by MikeDoscher

An experimental anti tank unit based upon an arctic rescue vehicle. An unusual design, designed for low ground pressure combined with good speed.

The example depicted here is near the southern border of Germany, sometime in the November of 2054. It's accompanied by a mixture of regular PanSoc infantry and local militia as part of the 'October Banner' incident. The knocked-out BTR-20 is a drone command vehicle destroyed that summer.

The whole incident will likely be debated by scholars for some time, and even the basic outlines of the event are sketchy. Combining elements of mass hysteria, memory editing, and armed insurgency, it was the basis for Granaud's thesis concerning the emergence of fifth generation warfare. Both absurd and disturbing, the central idea was that individuals would participate in events without real motive, and sometimes without basic awareness of their actions. While widely ridiculed, Granaud's ideas would find some adherents in the coming century.

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RJAmakusa Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018
(Sees Rad symbol)

Are you telling me this sucker is NUCLEAR?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018  Professional General Artist
No. The radiation warning is for microwave emissions coming from the radar antenna underneath, kind of like this: cdn.airplane-pictures.net/imag…

Usually these sorts of markings warn about ionizing radiation, but other sorts can be dangerous too. :)
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cullyferg2010 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017
Pretty much the Granaud concept could be applied today to incidences around the world.  And looking at this vehicle reminded me of an old photo from the Great War of an experimental truck the Germans were working on.  It was a wheeled vehicle, however, the rear wheels were replaced by a set of small tracks to handle the muddy terrain of the Western Front.
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gummy-gundam Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
interesting design
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Deviator101 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016
Love how you take retro tech and make it futuristic.
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RRaillery Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016
Pompadour halftrack? Elvis would be proud.
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CerebralError Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016  Hobbyist
Dude I always love your designs. Probably one of my favorite artists on this whole site. Keep up the good work!
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you. That's quite a compliment. I should have more to show soon. :)
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CerebralError Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2016  Hobbyist
I can't wait!
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool vehicle design!
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Mechazoidfallen Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016
What does PanSoc stand for?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Professional General Artist
Pan-European Social Republic, though the pretentious (and foreboding) name belies the fact it's little more than rump state following the events of the previous two years. It's all a little complicated, I'm afraid.
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Mechazoidfallen Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016
Do you think you will ever write a book or do a comic in this setting?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Professional General Artist
I might, but I want to get my current project done first.
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Gromgorefiend Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016
what is it that makes me love your art .
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blacklion68 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016
Well... If that half track ends up for sale. Mud bogging will never be the same...=P (Razz) :) (Smile) 
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StugMeister Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work Mike. :)
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Traf-al Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016
That sounds like the anime Stand Alone Complex.
The title is a deliberate oxymoron:  A situation where unconnected people with similar motives will perform similar actions, delivering the illusion of planned and concerted effort. 

This reminds me of Challenge magazine, when they ran covers relating to Twilight: 2000.  A squad-level unit going about its business and hoping for a nice quiet day.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Professional General Artist
It's a little like that, but involves some other factors.

If anything, it's a little like the tower of Babel done on an installment plan. Ethnic and political tensions were inflamed via the implanting of false memories by unknown parties. These memories were of personal and political events that never happened, interspersed with leaks of classified information concerning war crimes in the previous conflict. A mixture of internal and external misinformation led to rumors of a popular uprising against PanSoc by the EU successor states. This in turn caused a cascade of events that they're still trying to understand. The widespread use of embedded expert systems with inadequate security has further complicated the post mortem as the records themselves are suspect. 

It's a sort of game of Chinese whispers, or a Baudrillardian replica iterated through many generations. Quite simply, nobody knows what really happened, or where. Even the source of the false memories was never identified, though there are many suspects.
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Ponentguy Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wip wip?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Professional General Artist
Yep yep yep yep
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templar127 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016
NICE!
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SlingBlade87 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Professional Writer
Huh, I love the lore embellishment you've given this. It goes very well with the imagery and paints am interesting world for us the viewers.
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Epistellar Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016
Your description of October Banner Incident touches on some ill-defined yet recognisable corner of fiction there isn't quite enough of. The only other places I've really seen 'it' is in the works of Jorge Luis Borges and u/9MOTHER9HORSE9EYES9, with a bit of Peter Watts (Echopraxia's an awfully appropriate soundbyte for this) and (most niche of all) VoughVindicator's 'New World' narrative. I'll try to put a finger on it. Crushingly believable with one fundamental thing changed, and all weirdness stemming from that. Doubt of one's own mind, or of the very fabric of reality. A pensive, detached and dry and factual (But what are facts here?) presentation. I will kill for a genre name. 
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you, that's high praise.

I'm familiar with some of these sources, and I'll be sure to look into the others.

If there is a useful classification, it may be related to Magic Realism. 

Structurally, I could see this related to Through the Looking-Glass. Alter one set of assumptions or input, and watch the cascading effects. Without sounding (hopefully) too pompous I think a lot of fantasy suffers because it lacks the details and wonder of the ordinary. This is fine if you're using some sort of framing device for narration, but if you're right there in the middle of it there should be those things that make one small moment different from another in the real world. If popular histories are a sort of recreation (or even simulation) what happens if we put that same filter over the fantastic?
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Muddy wheels look awesome.. That AT vehicle looks awesome!! Is this still part of that WW1 in Space universe? I'm sorry i kinda forgot what it was called.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you- it's actually part of a different continuity that's much more like our own. :)
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aahh . Thanks for the answer, and keep up the great work!!
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TheSangson Featured By Owner Edited Nov 22, 2016  Professional General Artist
This one looked like a diorama with miniatures in thumbnail! That's an awesome light job, imho.

Hey, whenever you got something takin' place in Germany, I can try and make you some custom landscape reference photos, if you like.

Does also belong to the spacecraft of WWI verse? I'm so looking forward to when it all comes together in a story one day.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you- I saw some of the old photos from Exercise Reforger in the 1980s and I knew I had to try and capture the look.

That's a very kind offer, I'll keep it in mind. Thank you. :)

It's a different continuity, but it may connect in a meta sense. I should be back to the book soon, as my situation stabilizes.
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TheSangson Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Professional General Artist
Man, I wish you well. Hope all's going in your favor, Malaveldt.
Although the stabilization could as well just refer to new job, new state. I still suspect you're busy with Star Wars.
Is it Star Wars?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you. I really can't say what I'm working on, but it is public knowledge that Disney has brought all Star Wars work in-house following them buying the franchise from Lucas.

So, no Star Wars I'm afraid. :)
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TheSangson Featured By Owner Edited Nov 22, 2016  Professional General Artist
Well, ok. I'll have to believe you then...although you'd be perfect for those spaceship technology cutaway books...


Philip Fry (I'm not sure if) [V2]
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