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Protectorate Scout Car by MikeDoscher Protectorate Scout Car by MikeDoscher
To say that the Iron Road is a 'strange phenomenon' is an exercise in understatement. Sometimes a rutted trail, other times a cratered superhighway, always within earshot of ruin and war. Speculation suggests that forces unknown have bound all battlefields towards some unknown purpose. On this matter heaven is silent and hell only shrugs. Whatever the reason for this dubious providence, The Road is walked by soldiers, refugees, and all manner of of other things skulking through the smoke and ruin, searching for either plunder or home. Some stretches are presided over by kinglets and other petty tyrants, but The Road itself has never had a ruler. It may not be one place at all, but rather a charred backstage behind reality itself. The laws of nature change as you travel the road, and change more dramatically when you diverge from it. The Road is littered with ruined and abandoned equipment, cast aside by desperate armies when gasoline refused to burn or U-238 spontaneously turned to oricalcum.

One of the more ambitious powers along the Road are the self-styled Etongi Protectorate. The Etongi themselves were once human, but after a combination of technomantic surgery and ingestion of certain unique agents they are no longer recognizable as such. Most of their armies are human enough, and here we see a conscript of the Arbatel Cohort next to a Type III Scout Car.

The Type III was a simplified version of the tracked Skorpion scout tank, the complex quad-caterpillar suspension replaced with a more conventional wheeled layout. This one is fitted with a primitive infrared illumination system, indicating that the driver and support units are probably unmodified humans. They were produced in large numbers by the Invictus-A complex, but are comparatively rare now. Unlike the Skorpion, the Type III has only a single crew, albeit their load made a little lighter with a primitive electromechanical autodrive system and a revolver autoloader. Propulsion is either bioelectric or nuclear pellet, and some examples are fitted with both systems to counter the changing conditions of the road. Visibility is still poor, and this model still needs accompanying infantry or riders to be used to best effect.
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maxwildcat Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
Valakun Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
A bit of necromancy here...I was wondering if you had any more information you were willing to share concerning the Iron Road mentioned in this pieces description? I'm quite taken with the idea and wanted to get a better grasp on your vision of it. Anything you can share would be appreciated.
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's funny that you should mention this. I'm actually working on a novel set there, which I'm going to try to have done by Christmas.

I have a couple illustrations from the book I did recently, and I've created a subfolder in my gallery with this stuff in it:…

I'm working on another illustration now, and should probably have that up soon.
Valakun Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
I look forward to reading matter when it comes out.

Commander-Fillmore Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Cool dude I like the look of it
RelativeEquinox Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Who are the Etongi a Protectorate of?
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
The Protectorate is the zone of control for the Etongi. It is centered at their stronghold, the Palace of the Engines. It is of variable size, due to the vagaries of The Road.
RelativeEquinox Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ahh, I thought you meant Protectorate in the sense of a government that is sovereign but controlled/overseen by another government.
Mistikfantasy Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Metal Slug tank ispired! X)
weremole Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011   Digital Artist
Tinytank! *hearts*
Augos Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Student General Artist
bloodtrailkiller Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
o3o I really like it...I reeally...rrreeealllly like it ._.
:D it's awesome! I'd love to download it if I had a printer XD
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
You know, maybe I should put this up on Shapeways. :)
nukeita Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
really nice art!! Congrats
squid4428 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009   Interface Designer
protectorate? looks like somebody read the storm thief...
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
Never heard of it. I was thinking of Cromwell's England.
squid4428 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009   Interface Designer
oh. never mind then.
halloll Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009
one of the works that I like the most on DeviantArt!
Max-CCCP Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009
kgraleopard Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
Rather than say "wow, I love it" to all of your design pieces, I thought I'd just say it here. *smiles*

Wow! I love it! You draw some really cool stuff. And I love the detail work. Makes what you draw look less like random scifi machinery and more like something you put some thought into. *smiles*

Thank you for posting!
Av3r Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Metal Slug says HI!

Really lovely piece, congrats!!
calebcleveland Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I like how this vehicle looks inspired by WWI-era tech, without actually being bogged down by reference. Nice piece of work.
cjhaacke Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
Looks cool, though I can't help but wonder if it is crewed exclusively by vicious clowns...
soupcan13 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
geeeeeeeeeez awesome design, style and shading......looks amazing! For some reason I can almost feel the harsh cold that this type of environment must have! awesome work!
z3r0t0lerance Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008
awesome design
TLishman Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Fantastic! So smooth and great to look at!
Genzeo Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008
ScottaHemi Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool story awesome vehicle :)
cactusfantastico Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
I like how thought out the backstory is. The design has a metal slug sort of look to it.
Malcadon Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome work with that WWII-styled vehicle. It would look so cool for a Gear Krieg campaign. Keep up the good work!
Jonat Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008
I love your vehicle designs.
123xx2 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
danielcherng Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
pixeltease Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
Fantastic piece. You really have a way with metal. ;)
bewarethebob Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
Habbex Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
nicely done, a little metal slug spin off version ^^
Logdown Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
Awesome, you should try working on a submarine or something like that, I think that would look pretty cool with your style.
Digger2000 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice, some of your vehicles would make good 3d models
AunShova Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Student
Ohhhh. Shooty! I like it
dartmoor Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008
I want to live inside your head! the universe that flows hence is so beautifully surreal. thank you for the backstory with your work, it really completes the mood.
dead-robot Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ouh the design is great. the gun top is my fav
Unit-1978 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008
freaking awesome man, in a way the short squatiness reminds me of the metal slug tank. Great looking piece man.
knotty02 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008
metal slug tank :love:
CatalanoMedia Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Apotheosi Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
this is sooo cute!
VulnePro Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Professional Filmographer
I love this thing XD Very cool man. Your history entry is interesting as well. Are all these recent posts for an original project of yours or just random ideas? Either way cool, they all have a unique vibe. I digs.
Loone-Wolf Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
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