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Object C by MikeDoscher Object C by MikeDoscher
The war ended, the tide rolled back. Left behind were countless tragedies, and not a few mysteries.

The First Lord referred to *this* mystery as 'A jester to the Court of Mars' in a letter to his son, and most of the high command referred to it as Object C, when they referred to it at all. It was found in the desert, at some sort of research facility. The documentation was never good, and both the war and the circumstances of this discovery clouded things further. It had started life as a heavy cargo tractor of the sort converted to artillery duty in large numbers some years ago, but had been fitted with a novel weapon system. The nature of this system has been a source of discreet research and speculation since the end of the conflict, but to no productive end.

It would seem to fire some sort of liquid, though a plasma based system had been theorized at first. Tantalizingly incomplete, a number of design features and a novel use of materials suggested that it was based on some sort of rediscovered Founder technology, though this was impossible to prove. Indeed, when the base was searched for documentation, not only was none found but it was discovered to be not just deserted but devoid of all life (down to the bacterial level) and bereft of all organic matter. A lengthy investigation yielded nothing, but was the subject on intense speculation by all involved. Evidence of anything from an as of yet unclassified apex predator to interdimensional travel was rumored, but never materialized.

Currently Object C is in storage at Base South, awaiting restoration.
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:iconjazzlizard:
JazzLizard Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic work, and an awesomely designed machine as well. I love the potentially terrifying history behind this thing.
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Dru-Zod Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Great looking half track.
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SultanOfAwesomeness Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm. Another amazing and annoyingly mysterious description. You really seem to have a knack for writing those as well. :>
I'm guessing that the Founders were some sort of precursor race to mankind? :P
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well, the simple version would be some sort of colony world without complete manufacturing facilities that got cut off from the civilization that founded the colony. If the colony wasn't designed to be self-sufficient, then they would need to reinvent certain things if they wanted to survive. A 23rd century civilization could spawn one with a mid 20th century level of tech, with odd discontinuities depending on what was remembered. The abilities of the former colony need not be uniform across the world, either. The universe would seem very mysterious if you lived in such a place, I think.

Please excuse my intellectual perversity. It's the idea of a worldwide, multi generational game of 'telephone' that drove this piece. :)
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sadyVONschattig Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
that description completely projected me into a new universe
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Very good. Has elements influenced by the German Sd.kfz 251 half-track, eh? But similar to German WW2 doctrine, an obsolete chassis is used to carry a heavy gun, used as a self-propelled artillery piece or anti-tank gun. I like the front wheels. I built a lot of models of German armor when I was young, sure brings back ideas and memories...
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you. Yes, the influences here are pretty obvious I suppose. :) I'm glad you like it.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Why not take what's great and make it better? I do it too.
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nykgmr Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
I love half-track combat vehicles and this one is awesome!
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GamerKnightTut Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Looking good. some great detail on the metal and rust effects.
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IvanRostoff Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Nice take on a half track
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RynoZebz Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional
That's awesome, Mike! Probably my fave of all the ones you've done.
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Cool painting, bro!! :) I like the jury-rigged "tractor-turned-bizarre-weapon" idea and the little story you put with it. I imagine that whatever "plasma" or "liquid" this weapon was to fire has something to do with the complete lack of life in the the base down to the bacterial level, and without knowing what this ammo was it may be quite difficult to figure out how Object C was to work...
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Great one ... excellent work!
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beltminer Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
just killin' it mike, as usual. beautiful work man
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ndgmtlcd Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Ah yes, a Mark XXXV Kesla projector, if I can believe my copy of "Jun's Weapon Systems".
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PunchieTheNeko Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student Filmographer
Cool.
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Clayman8 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
I love the idea of a "cyber-steamed" Idkfz (i think thats what they were named,the flakk track basicaly),it still fits within your universe yet doesnt seem too alien in nature. Its grounded to past memories we all have,and really helps it bring itself to reality :)

My only problem is the idea of the re-purposed tractor,the gun part and body seem too same-toned for a vehicle that should be some what slapped together :S Also the cab on the side-end of the body seems very impractical,maybe lifting it over on a small tower-like structure (im thinking of the WW 2 D-Day boats,with the cradle lower and command post put on a higher plane of sight).

However,im still in awe at your work every time you post
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
It is pretty impractical, but I wanted a certain feeling of awkwardness to the design. The color might have been less uniform once, but sitting in the desert and then sitting in storage for this long first stripped most of the paint then gave it a good coat of corrosion.
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Clayman8 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
good point...
didnt think of this :P
Is there more to your story,like maybe a book of some sort retelling the arc of all your works?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
This piece is associated with this one: [link] There really isn't much else to this story yet, or rather this part of the story. The whole matter of this war and the places it affected is tangentially related to my 'Iron Road' universe, which I go into a little here: [link]

There's a lot of hamsters loose in the Habitrail of my brain, but they should all find their way out in time. :)
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Candy-Janney Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Gawd I love the texture on that thing. You're so friggin good!
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks. =) The texture thing is pretty simple once you know how. I should do a tutorial.
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Baryonyx62 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Reminds me of World War 2 halftracks, especially the SdKfz. :iconthinkplz:
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
I've been somewhat obsessed with the SdKfz 251 pretty much forever. Something about the angles I always found interesting. I suppose that was done for both reasons of ballistic shaping and making the hull more rigid.
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templar127 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
I love it! It has that WWII feel!
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work, I love the textures!!!
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Avoan Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
O my gosh!O my gosh!O my gosh!O my gosh!O my gosh!

Finally a project that I adore in 100%! I wouldn't change a thing.
I freaking love it.

A freaking howitzer on a halftrack. And a big one to. I can't see how this could be bad idea.
Well... one bad thing. Is it amphibious?
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KajiTetsushi Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
tl;dr, an alien M3 Halftrack that uses what is basically World War I mustard liquid on nonorganic steroids. ;D

Not sure you agree with me: I usually look for the glowing parts that is common in Hollywood to depict alien artefacts, so when I read your description, I couldn't tell what part of the gun is storing all that unusual ammo.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh, it's incomplete. The real MacGuffin is what *isn't* there. It would be like finding a missile or gravity bomb that carried a nuke, only no nuke. Just a lot of connectors that suggest what was missing. In this case, the connectors suggest something far stranger than what was known to the civilizations involved in the war.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Absolutely! :)
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Whoops, didn't mean to reply here. ><
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KajiTetsushi Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Which goes back to the "A jester to the Court of Mars" situation.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yes. :)
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Commander-Fillmore Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Ok that an awesome design and a great story to go along with it
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional Filmographer
That is damn sexy Mike. Love the front tires and the muted monochromatic paint with the rusty hues (but I would dig that of course). Really cool design, as always!

Cheers!
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you. The front tires are something I'm pleased with and will probably explore further. I liked the idea of very large wheeled vehicles having wheels covered in overlapping plates. It give the opportunity to do something with metal that has a paradoxical feel of softness to it, rather like those articulated feed chutes you see on automatic cannons. So glad you like it. :)
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Welcome and love it! I quite dig how you described it in the reply too. Always love seeing your work, always interesting and distinctly yours visually.
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