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War of the Worlds Thunderchild

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Published: July 18, 2005
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War of the Worlds - Thunder Child

"The little steamer was already flapping her way eastward of the big crescent of shipping, and the low Essex coast was growing blue and hazy, when a Martian appeared, advancing along the muddy coast from the direction of Foulness.
Then, far away beyond the Crouch, came another, striding over some stunted trees, and then yet another, still farther off, wading deeply through a shiny mudflat that seemed to hang halfway up between sea and sky. They were all stalking seaward, as if to intercept the escape of the multitudinous vessels that were crowded between Foulness and the Naze. In spite of the throbbing exertions of the engines of the little paddle-boat, and the pouring foam that her wheels flung behind her, she receded with terrifying slowness from this ominous advance.
A vast iron bulk like the blade of a plough tore through the water, tossing it on either side in huge waves of foam leaped towards the steamer. Big iron upperworks rose out of this headlong structure, and from that twin funnels projected and spat a smoking blast shot with fire. It was the torpedo ram, "Thunder Child", steaming headlong, coming to the rescue of the threatened shipping. The "Thunder Child" fired no gun, but simply drove full speed towards them. It was probably her not firing that enabled her to get so near the enemy as she did. Martians did not know what to make of her. One shell, and they would have sent her to the bottom forthwith with the Heat-Ray.
Suddenly the foremost Martian lowered his tube and discharged a canister of the black gas at the ironclad. It hit her larboard side and glanced off in an inky jet that rolled away to seaward, an unfolding torrent of Black Smoke, from which the ironclad drove clear.
Another Martian raised the camera-like generator of the Heat-Ray. He held it pointing obliquely downward, and a bank of steam sprang from the water at its touch. It must have driven through the iron of the ship's side like a white-hot iron rod through paper.
A flicker of flame went up through the rising steam, and then the Martian reeled and staggered. In another moment he was cut down, and a great body of water and steam shot high in the air. The guns of the "Thunder Child" sounded through the reek, going off one after the other...."

H.G Wells (1898)


About the scene :
I modeled Martians and Thunder Child in Cinema 4D. Scene was assembled in Vue 5 Infinite. Sky is a bitmap made from several photos, water is a procedural terrain with "open ocean" function applied, smoke was made using numerous spheres with fuzzy material. Distant paddle boat is from 500 3D Objets Encyclopedia by De Espona/Taschen. Radiosity lighting was used in this scene.
My apologies to all my supporters for not posting scenes since several months! Modeling of Martian War Machines and ship took quite a long time. But now I can use my own Martian Walkers for new War of the Worlds scenes - if you like this series!

Take care & be prepared! They are coming!

With compliments to British Royal Navy!
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uygfniudrugyeruh's avatar
uygfniudrugyeruhHobbyist Digital Artist
Fucking Bactria ended them 
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RokeykokeyStudent Interface Designer
They should've taken their antibiotics
cullyferg2010's avatar
And the sidewheeler in the background holds the author's brother who was escaping to France when this scene happened.
SpaceInquiries's avatar
Still one of my favourites!
mreiof's avatar
Amazing shading and detail. And a very imaginative rendering of the Martian tripods.
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Expect-DelaysStudent Traditional Artist
Nicely done.
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peculiarjotaro7Hobbyist General Artist
RIP Thunderchild
johnnyharadrim's avatar
Ullaaaaaaa!!!  Ullaaaaaa!!!
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AlexR1derHobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow awesome!
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straitjacketcomixHobbyist Filmographer
This is incredible.

But I got one question:
Did you see the Timothy Hines/Pendragon WOTW movie? These look like the martians from that.
SpaceInquiries's avatar
OMG love the faithfulness to the book! Excellent !!
AtholTheDestroyer's avatar
"All ahead full, and GOD SAVE THE KING!"
zagoreni010's avatar
farewell thunderchild
Sret's avatar
THe crew on that ship dies like heroes. I like your take on the martian's war machines.
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xenomega101's avatar
There goes the thunder child lol well the humans lost at sea
sergiorr90's avatar
You did a nice job
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Alpha-SquidHobbyist General Artist
FAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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KerensaWHobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing - looks so real! :)
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Really like War of Worlds, and finally, I see this. Thanks for making this.
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