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Tomb of War II by Aikurisu Tomb of War II by Aikurisu
When we got the tip-off that something big was helplessly floating about in space, without the Alliance's watchful eye, the team quickly assembled with nothing but big credits on their minds. True, it was not often when a smashed tracer beacon was restored to working order by a less than honest cartel, and kept hushed from their own ilk, but my hunch and well-expended creds to the usual insider had given the cords needed to see just what the big deal was.

Big it was, and if my history lessons served me any good at all, it was remembering about the galactic scaled media coverage on the lost ANS – Kastanora. Back then, for something to go missing wasn’t exactly big news, unless it was the pride of the Old Alliance’s ‘Dominion Legacy.’ Nastasha could hardly keep herself from breaking silence. ... Not that anyone could blame her. The Kastanora was something best compared to locating an un-escorted Treasure Fleet on the Baeren Sea. Everyone knew that it was priceless, and the myths that surrounded its disappearance struck horror to many whom were affected by it… not to mention the peace between the nelri and humankind.

It was easy to assume in that way that what we discovered was a relic that would allow us to retire for good, and maybe buy a small uncharted planet, on the side. We wasted no time. We deployed and began what would be a routine salvage operation. No such fortune. Somebody had already beaten us to the prize, and with their greater numbers, it was safe to understand that it would take a while to put them in their place.

Of course, the bastards didn’t know much about quick surrenders. Bloody pirates.

-- A excerpt from the captain’s log of the ‘Sheyenne’, Arden Breyenth.

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I have too many ‘big’ projects in progress, so I thought I’d unwind with something that just comes naturally to me, without having to worry about anatomical details and the such. This was created roughly in 10 hours. No reference, except for being inspired by the likes of Macross II's soundtrack, and the first episode of 08th Team. (Shiro is still a legend for taking on a souped up Zaku with a lowly Ball.) Good stuff.

Artwork and all details included - © Kristopher P. Love
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ronggo Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful artwork, I decided to link this image as a part of my blog complete with your copyright (linking here) as part of my poetry.
But let me know if you don't allow me to, i will take off the image
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Xhydralisk Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
'Still and quiet as death...'
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XullraeZauviir Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
You are so talented Kris. :worship:
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008
lol, thanks Lisa. =P
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Maddy02 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
First thing I thought of when I saw this was 08th -- and it's freaking good. And I know you spend forever on projects so for 10 hours this is beyond awesome.

I like, but then you could have guessed that ^~
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008
Hehe, thanks, Maddy. =)

And it's probably a very good bet that I'll be drawing a lot more Sci Fi inspired works, this year. I figured, seeing as it's the year '08, I'm bound to the notion that this is the year of the 08th. =P
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[[ My english is bad so I couldn't understand the description very well...... anyway, good jooob!! It's dark, I like it! ]]
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008
Thanks. =)
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wraith11 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
That's awesome. Really cool lighting right through. A more sketchy style than what you usually use?

I think the little orange points of light are what really set this off. If it had been just the plain blue it could have looked quite dull (from a lighting point of view... not a detail one of course :P )

Nice.
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
A sketchier style? Nah... but I guess I didn't bother with the main ship's intactness as much. =P That's one reason why drawing damaged stuff is so appealing to me. I don't have to adhere to as many rules with it... or rather rules that require me to be exact.

Agreed on the orange points of light too. (Yay for explosions! XD) I was tempted to go for something without any battle involved, to paint a grimmer 'dead' feel about this work, but you're right. Something would have been missing without it.
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Dunne Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
It was a RB-79 K-Type Ball! It was orange had two pairs of arms, a Dual 15 Calibre gun mount and a Tow Cable!

This was sweet, it was almost like reading one of my own pieces!

This gives hint of a Zentradi cruiser in its hinting of that inspiration as you mentioned from Macross. I can see that the debris field also comes from the 1st episode of 08th MS.

Sweet job, especially drawing from Mecha anime!
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
lol, well I forgot to mention that it was the soundtrack from Macross II I was talking about, so the thought that this was sparked by a Zentradi ship is unlikely. The only detail from the Kastanora that bares some semblence to my fandom of ships from anime, is its less undamaged side. I was thinking of the Tallgeese III's Mega Particle Cannon design, as I wanted to make this ship one heck of a fleet/planet killer. I'll draw more attention as to why it ended up like it has now, eventually, but it's safe to assume that its end came at the hand of sabotage.

You're spot on about the debris field from the first episode of 08th though. That had plenty of awesome atmosphere. There's something about destroyed ships that always catch my interest. To me, it's equivalent to exploring a forgotten catacomb or an abandoned city. So many tales and misfortunes to be had in them. But yeah, that Ball rocked. The only one I'd ever dare pilot. =P

Glad you like, and thanks for the fav!
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Dunne Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
Sabotage!? Wow, betrayal and mystery. I need me to look up Talgeese III, as I only know of the one that is white with the Dober gun. Planet killers, man, then it either has a huge cannon or that ship is so incredibly large to be labeled as a class such as that. It would be sweet to see schematics too, I love readng hose.

I've played with a Ball the kind Shiroh uses, and man, I know why they say now "Real Men Pilot Balls!"

Your welcome for the fave!
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008
Well, compare the Tallgeese III's MPCannon to that of a compact version of the Macross' main cannons. Only... the ones on the Kastanora (The right one is still intact, while it’s left one was utterly destroyed and left a large hole in the ship’s main hull...) were notably more powerful. Calling the Kastanora a ';planet killer' might be a little out of context though, but it was certainly a fleet killer. Of course, the ship was relatively new to the service, and was a first for its design. So after its disappearance, there were no other ships made specifically to follow in its footsteps; with the exception of some vessels that used similar weapon systems. On the other hand, the Kastanora's design was seen as a failure in some respects. In a nutshell, it was an energy hog. The ship had to power down in order to fire its main cannons, and the stability of this process was in question. Systems throughout the ship had often crashed or simply malfunctioned after firing, due to power overloads in the ship’s circuitry. Its CPU mainframe could not bring these systems back online in appropriate timing, so the ship was to enter a ‘sleep mode’ before systems could be returned back to normal. Only the basics, such as life support remained operational throughout this time. Thus the Kastanora was considered too vulnerable to be used effectively in engaging battles, and was rather used as an ‘opening curtain shot’ that would wipe out most enemy forces before they came in range of its own fleet.
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Dunne Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008
Wow, literally shock and awe, but I think this seemed more like a Super Blitzkrieg for an opening volley the way you are putting it.

Heavy stuff, can't imagine the reactor requirements since the ship needed to power off to be able to charge the capacitors.

I guess since no other variants where built, they could have made the system independent with its own reactor as well as equip charge capacitors and dump systems to spill all the overcharge effect from firing the cannon.
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008
Both cannons had their own reactors, but even they did not possess enough power to present a maximum energy blast. In the end, the problems the Kastanora faced was very much due to poor engineering planning and lack of research at the time. Its weapon systems were considered still in the testing phase, but the Old Alliance pushed the ship out of its training grounds to become the flagship for one of their more upstanding grand admirals.

Although there was an ulterior motive, and it was a fear tactic, because they wanted to bluff the Phoenix Empire into believing that they were on a breakthrough in creating new weapon systems that could ultimately rival their own fleets with relative ease. And it worked. After the unveiling of the Kastanora and a test demonstration near one of Bravoss’ four moons, the Phoenix Empire considered it an undeclared threat that led them to focus their defence in major quadrants under their control. Much to the Old Alliance’s cheer, when the galactic war did eventually rear its ugly head, it ultimately pressured the nelri to abandon several rich in resource quadrants, because with the fear of the Old Alliance’s new weapons, the nelri gathered their fleets to protect their imperial body and secure the Zarmyn quadrant for refugee occupation.

The Kastanora would never truly enter battle though. By the time of its disappearance, the ship had never come into direct conflict with nelri armadas or anything truly hostile. It would bring about the war though, as an abducted nelri princess onboard went with it to its grave.
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Dunne Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008
It needs DeCulture, the new Protoculture from that new Macross series.


Wow, definitely sounds like how Zeon tried to field experimental equipment, like the Big Zam
"Once the Big Zam is Mass Produced!...."

Can't wait to see some of the machines in their heyday though if you make them in your next piece!
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008
... DeCulture? Macross has finally teamed up with Fantasy Island, eh? De plane, boss! De plane! =P

I often wonder what would have happened if the Apsalous was mass produced. Then again, it wasn't that terribly difficult to destroy...

As for a next piece, I'm going back to my medieval fantasy era, so the machines will have to wait.
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Morgalahan Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooooh wow, this stuff NEVER comes naturally to me. Awesome work, you mannaged to make it look nicely un-starwars and un-star trek, as well as nothing similar to any other space style I've seen. Original looks are becoming more and more difficult to find lately. All in all, it's looks pretty damn spectacular.
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
Hehe, thanks. And thank God that it's un-star trek! =P

Drawing stuff like this is a nice chill time for me. Less to worry about, and I dare say it's sometimes even more fun than drawing female characters.
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Morgalahan Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My chill time is drawing portraits. I dont know why really, I'm just a lot better at them. I love focussing on the face, hair and eyes, it's what personality in a character means to me.

I took a look at the original nelan pic I started, and OMG, I cant believe I drew that such a short time ago! Compared to my more recent pics, it looks like crap! I cant believe how much I've learned in such a short time!

Did I mention that I like the colour scheme of this pic as well? I do :)
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008
It's always good to learn new things. I've been doing that for as long as I remember now. I figure that if I don't learn anything from a new work, something is amiss. Then again, this work's colour scheme and overall style is similar to my 'Space Battle - 01' work. I found I was comfortable with it, so I've kept close to the blueprints of that. lol, that work has a lot to answer for though. A lot of my works after it have been based off techniques I used in it.
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Morgalahan Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, I've found that works well. Building a foundation on your own work does help. I've found that the things I did in the nelan pic have helped me to do things better in other pics, even rough sketches. I have such grand schemes, I hope they all come into fruition :D
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