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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.


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
Xhydralisk Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
'Still and quiet as death...'
XullraeZauviir Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
You are so talented Kris. :worship:
Aikurisu Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008
lol, thanks Lisa. =P
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 ^~
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
[[ My english is bad so I couldn't understand the description very well...... anyway, good jooob!! It's dark, I like it! ]]
Aikurisu Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008
Thanks. =)
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 )

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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