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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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JustPlainMikey Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Stylistically reminds me of Metal Slug :)
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
When I did that, 40K, WWII, and Metal Slug were the moons circling my little planet. :)
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Anastas2002 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
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. :)
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illusion160 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
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)
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Durnstaros Featured By Owner 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...?
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Daemoria Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
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.
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Lacedelli Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007
I like the line-based shading you used!
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DSil Featured By Owner 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.
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mauriliodna Featured By Owner 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!
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner 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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