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Crayven Command APC Cross-section by PenUser Crayven Command APC Cross-section by PenUser
Hi!

This one has been much too long in making, but I found some time here and there to finalize this one with colors. I decided to make this into an infographic with numbered points accompanied with descriptions written with information from the Ground Control field commander's manual which was sold with the game and patching some holes with my own imagination and deduction. I also tried to emulate the game UI's look for the text boxes, which I think came out ok. Fans of the game will no doubt find many details from the original Ground Control- I hope others will find this piece of speculative sci-fi fan-art interesting. All critisism and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

Enjoy! :)

Original A3, Micron fineliners colored with Photoshop CS3.
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Dafuqer7 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gotta love the detail of Sarah Parker being in the command room.


You gonna make one of these cross-sections for a vehicle from GC2? Maybe one of the Terran Hoverdynes?
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PenUser Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, there's a lot of little details like that in these GC illustrations, mainly in the text. Many sentences have been taken directly from the little booklet GC came with back in the day and there's references to some characters for example.

I hadn't thought about GC 2 but yeah, the terran empire designs we're really nice for the most part. I didn't really like the walkers all that much, but the hoverdynes we're very nice. We'll see.
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Dafuqer7 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, the Striders were a bit boring, but the Hoverdynes are some of the more unique designs I've seen in Sci-fi.

I get the feeling that if you make a cross section for a GC2 vehicle, it's gonna be the Destroyer Hoverdyne, due to it pretty much being the most iconic vehicle in the entire game, aside from maybe the NSA Dropship.
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levitan71 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
i love this style of illustrations, one of the reasons i have all the starwars incredible crossections books :)
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PenUser Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you like it! I'll be making more of these in the future.

Those star wars books are really neat!
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RUshN Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2018
Reminds me of Tiberium sun and RedAllert series. Way cool! Will keep watching your gallery!
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HoaryStar Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2018
"An Officer and a movie!"
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Ancharite Featured By Owner May 31, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Spectacular.  Was always a fan of the game.  You have fleshed out the detail very well.
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LibertyWings94 Featured By Owner Edited May 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The nostalgic feels are strong with this one :'D

Please, tell me you're going to make more of these because they are incredibly outstanding!
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PenUser Featured By Owner May 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm working on the OND hoverbike(sketch is in my gallery) and Crayven Artillery terradyne right now, I'm just having a bit of a hard time making time in the schedule to work on them. I plan on making more of these in addition to those but schedule on completion is a bit hazy. I am planning to work on the infantry next after those two but that might be some time away.

I am also working on a cosplay suit of the Crayven Marine that was featured on the boxart, there are some pics in my scraps folder. I should really make a decent gallery post on that project...

Thanks! :)
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LibertyWings94 Featured By Owner May 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Looking forward to see more of your works! Keep going!
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creationstar Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
That is hyper cool.
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xiaorobear Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
This is fantastic!
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PenUser Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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hammerghast Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016  Student General Artist
And then I found this. I had hoped your cross section might eventually get colored haha, came out as great as I expected. Love what is clearly Parker in the middle, talking to what appear to be Jaegers? LOVE IT!
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PenUser Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course it is Parker, I wouldn't have drawn Dwight there. :D Her sidearm is actually from the dark conspiracy cover art, but the hairstyle is from original GC. I just liked the ponytail style better.
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Joachim-Berger Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
This is of highest quality. I can't critizise it, I'm just too amazed.
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Mjolnir13621 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
GROUND CONTROL!!!!! OH MY god! I haven't seen anyone even think of this game in YEARS!
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PenUser Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Some people still play it too- there's a small multiplayer community that regularily sets up games. They have their forums here: www.gcvets.net/index.php

If you like Ground Control, you might want to check out the few pics I have of my ongoing Crayven marine costume build in my scraps folder.

Thanks! :)
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Mjolnir13621 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, I will definitely have to do that. I, unfortunately, don't really have time to doing multiplayer games, but man, I have some great memories from back in the day with that game.
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USSZumwalt Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016
Looks awesome dude!!!  Bit confused by your explanation though.  Is this merely a fan drawing of something from a game or your own original design?
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PenUser Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Kind of a mix- the game in question is really old, and the unit models are low in detail so I've had to interpret a lot when considering the placement of modules inside and outside the vehicle. You can check from google how the oroginal APC model looks like by searching "crayven apc".

Thanks! :)
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Mjolnir13621 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
It's from a game called "Ground Control", which is an late '90s, early '00s RTS. A fantastic game, even by today's standards. 
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CRUMB662 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016
That is an awesome picture. :clap:
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PenUser Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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CRUMB662 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016
Your welcome!
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awesomeranch Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016
Man, I loved this game. The second one wasn't very good :(
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PenUser Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it lost much of the originals feel and world. In my opinion the backstory just wasn't as good.

Thanks!
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jalmari Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Hobbyist
Looks SO professional!
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PenUser Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D I try to inch towards a cleaner and more professional level of work for my illustrations... the progress is slow but steady, I think.
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RRaillery Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016
This is absolutely outstanding! The coloring is excellent, but the presentation of the infographic is what really amazes me- the text sections look like they've been pulled straight from the game. I've said this before, but your attention to detail is fantastic and certainly nothing has gone overlooked. You even have security notices and access log documentation along the bottom!

I've never ordered a print before, but this has me seriously considering it. This work deserves more than mere verbal praise.
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PenUser Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :) Making the text boxes look like the game UI was a bit of a chore since I had to simplify the style somewhat from the slightly excessive style of the original game and search for correct looking fonts etc.. It was a load of work but now I can use the same assets for other similar pieces I have planned- I was thinking I might draw a cross-section of the OND scout hoverbike next(or maybe the Crusader armor?). It seems like a nice little thing I could manage on my spare time, much less detail and technical stuff the think about on that. After that, maybe the HOG?

It'd be nice if you'd buy the print- to my knowledge the dA print shop works fine, but I could also provide you with the high-res tiff-file of this and you could source the print from your local print shop.

 
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RRaillery Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016
Just looking through the dA print shop options, it looks like the sides get cut short in the previews. I think I'll look into my local printing locations.

OND cross-sections would probably be a lot easier since you wouldn't need to pay as much attention to mechanical element given their plasma/electrical technology. I look forward to seeing what you come up with, though my vote would be for the scout hoverbike.
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PenUser Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
True, true. I'd still like to make them look somewhat believable, even if it is scifi-tech. We'll see what I can come up with! :D The hoverbike will probably be my pick, since I have a clear idea on the different parts of it, and also because of the small size and lesser complexity of the vehicle.
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RealTimeBrush Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016
Very nice and detailed technical illustration
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PenUser Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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iaolmu Featured By Owner Edited Jul 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hyviä muistoja pelistä.
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PenUser Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Sama, tämän pelin estetiikka ja designit ovat vieläkin vaikutammassa omissa tuotoksissani vahvasti, 16 vuotta sen jälkeen kun ensi kertaa pelailin tätä. :D

Kiitti!
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Dick-Plant Featured By Owner Edited Jul 27, 2016
From what game is this?
Do you recommend drawing in A3 paper?
I've always used A4, but there's isn't enough room for details
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PenUser Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ground Control, an RTS game from 16 years ago. One of the first RTS' to implement 3D graphics.

I'd recommend drawing on whichever paper size fits you and the task at hand. I personally use anything between A7 and A2 which is the maximum practical I can fit into my scanner. Occasionally I also paint and draw on larger surfaces as well, but I don't post those here. So just work in whichever way best fits your workstyle- experiment!

Thanks! :)
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SirBad Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this. 
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PenUser Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Punakettu Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perfection! This was one of my fav games back in the day. So many good memories... Love

I always liked the design of that unit, and you did it great justice. Makes me want to make a 3d model of this. La la la la 
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PenUser Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too! I still occasionally play it and just recently I acquired the dark conspiracy expansion to the original game... it was interesting playing "new" missions for such an old game from my childhood! :D

Thanks!
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KodyYoung Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice to see it finally finished.
Great job on it :)
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PenUser Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks man! :)
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lshack Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016
I want to buy and play the game looks cool and this solidifies it even more.
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PenUser Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
The original Ground Control has been available for free from many filesharing sites for years now so it shouldn't be a problem if you'd like to play it. The thing is, the game was released 16 years ago so most players would find it dated in many ways... for me it is still excellent though- but many would say that's the nostalgia speaking. Gameplaywise it's still top class in the RTS genre, no doubt. I'd recommend checking it out if you don't mind the graphics.

Thanks!
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lshack Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016
No problem and thank you I play the old Command and conquer series and enjoyed it will check it out definitely.
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Wingnut55 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016
Ground Control is available here:

www.gog.com/game/ground_contro…

still very worth playing, imho, and interesting to see as a piece of gaming history. GC2 is also there, but is less exciting, imho,having some very nice features but losing the best aspects of the original game
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