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The Iron Road by MikeDoscher The Iron Road by MikeDoscher
The Iron Road is a strange phenomenon. It is not a road in a normal sense, but rather a extradimensional connection between all battlefields in all places in all times. It may be used by certain beings as a means of movement between worlds. Many seek to control passage along the Road, with varying degrees of success. The Etongi Protectorate is one of the (relatively) successful ones. Here a mounted patrol shows typical Protectorate diplomacy.

Ballpoint is about as slow and inefficient a way to build up an image as there is, but there's something very relaxing about it. I used to do it a lot more and it's sometimes nice to revisit old friends and old ways.
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Stylistically reminds me of Metal Slug :)
MikeDoscher Jan 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
When I did that, 40K, WWII, and Metal Slug were the moons circling my little planet. :)
Reminds me very much of the earliest published artwork for Warhammer 40K. Strange how a drawing that's three years old can take a viewer back twenty years or so. :)
i love the concept of a road that connects all battlefields everywhere.

would you mind if i stole it in one of my comics (using the term "stole" loosely)
Durnstaros Jul 14, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hm, looks like someone took some sherman tracks, a German staff car, the gun from a light recon car and slapped it all together with an extra helping of armour. Nice!
Is that a boltpistol I spy in the driver's hand...?
I suppose its a good thing that the races that have access to the iron road don't have too high of a tech level. As it is, I assume there is a slight arms race in order to maintain superiority over others that can access it.

Nice concept and cool execution of the image.
Lacedelli Aug 15, 2007
I like the line-based shading you used!
DSil Apr 22, 2007  Student General Artist
Awesome! The vehicle looks so three-dimensionally plausible. I also really like the scene, with that vague, smoky background.
mauriliodna Apr 22, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
That's great! Action and creativity!

But I'd like to give an advice, if you alow me to: I'd give put more contrast around the damaged tank in order to pull it out of the backgorund. Everything is very detailed and well done, the hatched shading gives a very good sense of tension, but I feel a little confuse looking at it.

Anyway, I loved it!
MikeDoscher Apr 22, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks. :)

Yeah, they do tend to go gray, gray, and gray. Might retouch this one.
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