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The Rising Storm

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So, I really liked Silent Storm. It was essentially a bunch of stuff I like about Halo, wrapped in a neat package with a nice bow on top. There's always going to be room for improvement with some things, but as far as modern Halo fiction goes, it was refreshingly good.

The design and painting style here were heavily inspired by Isaac Hannaford's artwork (which I think fits very well with the tone and style of this book, more so than a lot of Halo fiction these days). While this illustration is not 1:1 with the text on any particular scene, it was inspired by the EVA raid above Etalan, and the dude in the foreground is supposed to be Johnson with his M99 Stanchion rifle. The use of the Black Daggers in the book's supporting cast was a very nice way of featuring the ODSTs and I always like seeing Spartans interacting with traditional special forces in a way that doesn't explicitly favor one side (as that's also something I've also been trying to incorporate into my own fanon).

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PrimeMinistine's avatar
This looks fantastic!
K4nK4n's avatar
Too awesome for words.
K4nK4n's avatar
You're welcoooome.
asqwerty3345's avatar
Just a flock of Tier 1's floating along to mess up some covies day. 
Chris000's avatar
What could be worse than a gauss rifle that can ruin your day? The fact that it comes from orbit! I like the sense of motion that this brings with the movement, even if it's a bit subtle. If I had to say something about this, it's that he seems a bit low in the sky for something like this if he's just coasting. Maybe a few puffs on the EVA pack would have helped in that regard, but I love the detail. 

I personally prefer using the unaugmented special forces since they don't have fancy implants or bioengineering on their side - simply the power of raw testosterone, motivation, and firepower to keep them going. I find the idea of normal Humans doing incredible things one of the core concepts of Halo. People don't need to be superhuman to do superhuman things. 
Rookie425's avatar
I like this. The low gravity really shows in the posing. I agree with your sentiment on Spartan and traditional special forces working together. That's something I've had major complaints about with the new Halo narratives lately, how Spartan IVs especially are favored in a story. It bleeds through to a lot of fanfiction and is emulated in a kind of way that only widens the gap between special forces communities in the narrative, as well as out of character between RPers, writers, artists...etc.

I've been trying to mend that gap that I admit I have contributed to with a strong push back against 343i's writing decisions and artistic approaches. It's a slow roll so far as often times dissenting or differing opinions are often seen as hostility for the sake of "hating that one thing," but I'm feeling optimistic. The more quality fan work that gets out there, the more I see people starting to slowly come together. 
The-Chronothaur's avatar

I hear you, and I've long held similar sentiments in regards to 343i's portrayal of Spartans. It seems as though they can no longer be parts of a larger cast but every character has to be a Spartan as if that's the only thing that can keep them narratively relevant (which is best exemplified by what was done to Buck and his squad). It's not just that Spartan-IVs are favored, Spartan-IVs are pretty much the only significant presence in a story, and other forces are presented as inconsequential or worse (as in Spartan Ops).

The very idea of the Spartans being their own military branch (which I'll never cease taking issue with) breeds this kind of exceptionalism that distances them from scenarios where they could be interacting with ODSTs and other traditional forces in ways where both can meaningfully contribute to the outcome of an op. It's ironic that the Spartan-IVs, who are supposed to be most rooted in military tradition due to their backgrounds, and would likely have least issue working with other forces, actually seem the most disconnected from the rest of the UNSC in terms of their organization and culture (instead coming off more like the Avengers or X-Men).

As for the fan side of things, I've also noticed these weird partisan lines where you have people narrowly fixating on one faction or set of characters. Having favorites is of course fine, even I have mine, but the kind of fandom wars and debates that happen between these groups (e.g. Spartans vs. ODSTs, Spartans vs. Elites, etc.) are something I've never really gotten, or engaged in for that matter.

I agree about criticism being seen as senseless hate but yeah, it does seem like there might be a gradual change happening. I do hope 343i are able to incorporate that change on all levels of their process and not just the superficial trappings, however. As for myself, I've mostly focused on making art of the things I like and ignoring those I don't care for. I've engaged in a fair bit of criticism as well but I've kept that mostly separate from my artist persona.

Rookie425's avatar
Took the words right outta my mouth.
websplorer's avatar
The book was amazing :D Reading it made me wish for a ODST-style game set in the early stages of the Human-Covenant war.
The-Chronothaur's avatar
Yeah, it would be pretty cool to see a game in that setting. There were also plenty of setpieces in the book that would work well as game levels; including the orbital EVA combat, which at least would be something new.
C05M0NAUT's avatar
This has gotta be wallpaper quality, man. Nice use of the lots of negative space; you did a very, very nice job with those uniforms and weapons as well!
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The-Chronothaur's avatar
Thanks, the negative space is something I wanted to do to convey a sense of emptiness. Really wanted to make the armor and weapons look grounded and functional as well.
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DerangedGod's avatar
That's a huge railgun! :D (Big Grin) 
The-Chronothaur's avatar
Coilgun, to be pedantic, but yes it is!
jarsh73pettry's avatar
Even though it's Halo this reminds me of the Dáinsleif (Basically a handheld railgun for a mobile suit) team from Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans.
GemmaMarae's avatar
This is excellent!
Epic!!! Yeah love how the Chief became the Chief from a ODST
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