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'Goliath' Heavy Artillery by MikeDoscher 'Goliath' Heavy Artillery by MikeDoscher
Towards the end of the war, improvisation was the rule rather than the exception. Their sleek wings of the ballistic interceptors had long since taken their last flight, and this left a surplus of tractor chassis. Some of these were used in the final defense of the capital, including this example. It's been fitted with an outmoded field gun and its associated fortress mount, giving a marginal degree of mobility to weapons salvaged from the bypassed coastal emplacements.

Sighting would (ideally) be done by an associated survey team, or forward observer in the case of tactical targets. In the end, the Goliath serves as more of a monument to Protectorate desperation than as an example of a useful battlefield asset. Most of the thirty or so examples completed were either destroyed by counterbattery fire, or abandoned after mechanical failure or running out of fuel.

The depicted example was abandoned and overrun in a cornfield just south of the capitol, near the Palace of the Engines. The peculiar mechanism above the barrel is for muzzle loading two-piece rocket projectiles instead of normal shells.
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Unb3kann1 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
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blackhunter28 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
looks like the Dora from the 2ww
cool!
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KissSatsuki Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
amazing !
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Reventon23 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
beautiful and robust!
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Alberthein1 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Would you also have a 'David' counter-part vehicle/cannon/mech in your gallery somewhere?
Just say yes if you do, and I'll try finding it myself if it bothers you ^^
(I'm saying this because of 1. the obvious reference in title 2. it'd end up being a name with interesting attributes to it that will also have to apply to the structure that carries the name. Attributes like fragility, precision, size, speed and virtue's(for a color scheme maybe) should all probably effect the outcome of the 'David', which is exactly why the outcome should be very interesting.)
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ShaozChampion Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
omg this is amazing o.o
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MrTBSC Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
is that supposed to be a haevy dora/gustav equivalent?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
There's a lot of that in the gun itself, but for the mount I was thinking about various types of improvised mounting, and how strange they could be. Particularly, I was thinking about German fortress mounts that utilized captured Browning and Maxim guns in the east, as well as how mounts for early water-cooled guns were adapted to use MG13s in the anti aircraft role. Mostly it was a study in mixing things up.
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MrTBSC Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
hmmm i see
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Mistikfantasy Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nice nice nice...
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panzergrau Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Must. . Resist. . . Temptation to. . . build. . . Too much under construction . . Already . . . .

. . . I'd probably change the orientation of the firing spades though. (No! Resist!)
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Zanslev Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Is this from a larger setting?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
There are a couple different storylines this could be dropped into, but I wasn't thinking explicitly of anything when I did this.
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Zanslev Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
'Palace of Engines' is such a interesting sounding place!
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Cujonuke Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
Makes me think Little Schwerer Gustav
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
There's a lot of the German rail guns in this, along with a good amount of the P. 1500. There's also a lot of postwar Russian launch vehicle bits in there as well. The biggest inspiration was reading about WWI Maxim gun sled mounts being converted to fortress mounts for the MG34 and captured Polish Brownings by the Germans in WWII.
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Tecmopery Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
The name really tells its freaky power...
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Kerl-of-Fox-County Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Very cool!
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StridersStrikersTeam Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Another excellent design. Well done! Looks nostalgic and ground-breaking all in one...
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks. I noticed a while back, if you combine four or five things you know, you'll wind up with something you don't know. :)
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changingcactus Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
wouldn't want to be on the other side of that.
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HELLGATEMARINE Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
love the design great fuckin job
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kalebthrift Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
If you think that's big then Google this: Landkreuzer P. 1000 Ratte. Just sayin'
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh yeah, I did an illustration of that for a book a while back- the P. 1500 Monster, as well. I think the Paris Gun was cooler though, and had the advantage of actually being built.
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kalebthrift Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
P.1500 Monster was cooler to me, bigger, has the look that if it drove by you stop look and feel the ground rumble.
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demosthenes1blackops Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
well designed mechanism, well rendered.
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist
i just love enormous guns!! the sound this would make when it fires would be beyond deafening.
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Aralepus Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Bloody hell, wonderful details and construction.
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gomzZz Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
superb!!!
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Durnstaros Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Now you're talking! To me it doesn't look terribly improvised, but I guess someone spent far too much time designing the conversion.
Hm, and it reminds me of a gun from C&C: Generals.
As someone pointed out the outrigger legs look a bit odd there, but they look like they can swing around so it should still work.
Also, that's a mighty big muffler!
Overall, a nicely technical design. Now, if I can just finish my own siege guns...
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BadassBlastoides Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
SHIT! WE'RE DEAD!
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CrazyAsian1 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Beasttttt. Looks great man!
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, awesome work!!!
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TheSprunk Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Total Annihilation!
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thatdude17 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
screw heavy missile pods!
GIANT CANNONS FTW!!
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CadianConcript Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
Awesome artillery piece =) Reminds of WWII railroad canons.
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RaishaGS Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful siege weapon I'll give ya that!
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cptawesome19 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
"improvisation"

equals:

"How big of a gun do you think we can fit on this thing?"
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ksleet Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
Very nice. I especially liked the snippet of alternate history in the description... it's the sort of thing I'd like to hear more from.

(I am also reminded of a book about impractical WWII weaponry entitled "My Tank Is Fight." Worth checking out.)
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks. :)

As far as 'My Tank is Fight' goes, it was a pretty cool project, but that Mike Doscher guy was a huge jerk. ;P
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ksleet Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
:wow:

Heh. I had no idea I was talking to one of the illustrators of MTIF when I said that! But nonetheless I stand by my position that I really liked the book. :)
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Heheh, I'm glad you liked it. :)
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TypeProton Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So they're all going back to basic eh?
Nice job.
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Ovni-the-UFO Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
Shame it was developed out of desperation, it looks like it could actually work very well with the proper training and development! x3
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Crafty-Jack Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great. I love the picture, but I especially love the well-thought-out fake history snippet with all the pseudo military speak. You've created a window into a reality that's much more than the sum of the picture and text parts.
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Keydan Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
I can see the countermeasure now... an attack bomber P17 "David"
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ModalMechanica Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
baddass
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LockeLockeRevolution Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
Everything seems so much more vibrant and contrasted - I like it! Is there any particular reason for having that, or are my eyes deceiving me because I haven't seen your work in awhile?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks. :) I think it might look more vibrant because I finally calibrated my monitor properly. ><
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karanua Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looking at it to begin with it appeared to e more a sort of mobile drilling platform what with the outrigger stabilizers but reading your text certainly gave credence to the moveable artillery emplacement. Excellent job, very well done :)
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