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The Flying Battleship (Ver.2) by SoFDMC The Flying Battleship (Ver.2) by SoFDMC
Version 3 with new propulsion: Hammerhead ver.3 by SoFDMC

Version 1 and description here: sofdmc.deviantart.com/art/Flyi…
Hammerhead in the Battlefield: fav.me/d4saxik

For the aircraft kills score, Left to Right:

34 Destroyers
3 Aircraft Carriers
4 Battleships (Dreadnaught/comparable to Iowa Class)
18 Tanks
9 Interceptor-type Jet Aircraft
4 Helicopter Gunships

New additions:

1)Main Battle Tank with tank busting gatling gun. Inspired by a comment some years back on some website (in 2007?) about putting an A-10's Avenger Cannon on the Abrams. For longer sustained fire, this tank has 3 drum magazines over 1 carried by the A-10.
As usual with other vehicles, signs of brutal battlefield conditions featured.

2)Armor texture on Hammerhead featured

3)Features sharpened where possible with expanded size of drawing

Update 10/10/2012: Added detail to port side of aircraft

Design of guns and role in the Counterstrike Allied Forces originally inspired by Black Cats mission of Call of Duty: World at War:
sofdmc.deviantart.com/art/PBY-…
and others in Scraps
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:iconmarzipanzers:
Marzipanzers Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dang, engineering that behemoth must have been a thrill!
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SoFDMC Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.
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JustAveiwer907 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
That is a huge gun.

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:iconsofdmc:
SoFDMC Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the comments. Right now I am just doing mostly sketchwork as having a job has taken away most of the time needed to do a proper drawing with colour. 

So right now I am contributing to the Scraps folder here: sofdmc.deviantart.com/gallery/… if you want to see what I am doing these days.
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Lucus-FeriaaA Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist
Dude, the amount of details are impressive. The background feels a bit sketchy, but otherwise one badass of a picture !
How long do you need to color such things ?
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SoFDMC Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Took about 6 months, mostly from redrawing and readjusting at a major level after all the colours and shadows were done, when the perspectives got out of line, and obsessing over the flow of the edges of the joints and lines when those got out of line as a result. 

On top of that I was trying to keep to engineering realities while forgoing others (like for example the question whether an office building sized vehicle could actually get off the ground) so that I wouldn't end up with a fancy looking Apache because of a limiting belief based on 'realism'. Besides art is supposed to be about breaking the rules of realism, if not all rules.

Those were the days when I did it really inefficiently and at the same time obsessed with every single feature in the drawing. Then frustrated with the slow progress with such a method I would do a sham job with the background as a last minute thing just to upload the thing and get over it.

That's the story of Version 1, from mid-2011 to last day of 2011, and this Version 2 was done later when I felt the drawing needed to be more, 'I told u I was hardcore'.
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Lucus-FeriaaA Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist
6 months ? That's pretty hardcore, haha. But I especially agree with this:

"Besides art is supposed to be about breaking the rules of realism, if not all rules."

- Or like I always say, art is about expressing yourself, not about perfection.
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SoFDMC Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah the part about 'not about perfection' was something I didn't realize until I realized I wasn't enjoying the process of drawing it, and no matter how 'perfect' I tried to make it the views and likes were the same. I still try to aim for a standard I set for myself but I don't obsess as much as I used to.

Have a good Oktoberfest.
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TNGM Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
if you are on this thing's list of shit it wants to fuck up, you've had a bad day
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Coffeebean2 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
it seems that it doesn't like boats.
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synersignart Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
what sort of monstrosity is this? it has more guns than any aircraft of its class.
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JazzLizard Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
What sort of antiaircraft defense-defenses does this thing have? I'd image something so large and probably not that maneuverable would be quite vulnerable to a barrage of AA rockets or sustained AA machine gun fire.

Also, what is its power plant like? Helicopters are notoriously fuel-inefficient, and something this large and heavy, with six sets of rotors would be even more son.
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synersignart Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
who needs AA defense with guns that size in can fire shells over the horizons like a battleship does.

bet even other aircraft wont even come close to this thing when armed

the sort of aircrft we wish to see on Expendables 3
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JazzLizard Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well, modern aircraft have air-to-air missiles that can strike targets over the horizon. All it would take is a single AA missile to destabilize the rotors, cause them to impact one another and this helo would fall from the sky like a crumpled paper airplane. Also, artillery, no matter the range, wouldn't be very effective against massed interceptors, especially if they were designed to combat and kill vehicles like this.
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SoFDMC Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good question.

I am still trying to come up with a name for it, this being an alternate universe I try to avoid using labels coming from our world like 'nuclear fission'.

Its power would be above a nuclear fusion engine and perhaps below anti-matter engine in terms of power output. Either way it enables deep blue water operations that allows it to last out in the middle of the ocean for as long as the crew's food supply runs, i.e. like a nuclear-powered sub patrolling the ocean looking for trouble. The massive power output from the engine would also overcome the issue of powering a hypervelocity gun lugging six foot caliber shells.

The issue of 'personal' defense is more complicated. In this alternate universe, one can expect bullets and explosive shells as well as proximity fuses, and from the enemy, these things and including high powered lasers and dumb rockets. Heat-seeking and fire-and-forget missiles are relatively uncommon due to the long running nature of the war making repeated use of expensive expendable 'smart' ammunition prohibitive.

Before this flying battleship, navy engagements involved air to air attacks. However even if the Allies won air-to-air engagements, their conventional aircraft couldn't sink enemy ships which were armed with gigantic ship based AA laser defenses that would vaporize them out of the sky while their standard navy guns would be used in combination with the lasers to severely damage friendly ships attempting to sink them with their weapons.

The Hammerhead was built to fill in this gap as an airborne battleship platform to shoot from a higher altitude. The Hammerhead's huge size and immense engine power allows installation of special armor that's too heavy for other aircraft that weakens and dissipates the lasers while also taking damage from most battleship shells. The side guns and tail gun pod attack ground targets but can also fire at incoming aircraft below the azimuth covered by the rotors.

The Hammerhead's weak point would be attacks from above and behind the azimuth of the tail gunner from interceptor jets based off enemy aircraft carriers, but its huge blades and massive rotor shafts can withstand up to 200 mm explosive shells which allows for more time to get away from a bad situation.

In ad-hoc 'surprise find' attacks it functions like the mission 'Black Cats' from CoD: World at War, and works in 3-unit teams (shown here: [link] ). The inaccurate part in this drawing is the close proximity for dramatic effect, otherwise their main six foot caliber guns firing hyper-velocity shells allow targeting from afar as fire support, reducing damage experienced by front-line units. However they can't target over the horizon or beyond visual range unless given coordinates by a friendly interceptor.

They are almost invincible once they have friendly interceptors to cover the skies above them. Despite their toughness they function best with a combined air force assault like any other unit.
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JazzLizard Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, I was expecting this to be alt-universe based, and I was even going to suggest a lightweight nuclear powerplant if you hadn't thought it up already.

If I was tasked with destroying one of these, I'd probably implement some sort of concussion weapon that would cause the props to warp enough to collide while rotating. I don't care how armored you made them, they'd disintegrate if they ever came into contact with one another in flight.

Other than that, that's some cool back story and it's a pretty neat design as well :)
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SoFDMC Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Funny enough that was one of the things I thought about when deciding on the coaxial rotor and double rotor (chinook arrangement) design.

But I realized having a large tail gun pod (which is needed so that the craft can concentrate on the frontal assault without having to spin around in a heated battle) would weigh down the rear end. That and the weight of the front weaponry, and the many advantages in coaxial rotors here ([link]) over the disadvantage of mechanical complexity compelled me to use it in the design.

In addition, the tail gun pod's secondary function is to support the rear when the craft has to land on the water. This is so as its great size and weight would disallow it from landing on an aircraft carrier. Its downwash on taking off and landing would warrant the same precautions taken in facing a Category 5 Hurricane which also disallows it from any carrier-borne operations.

At the time I drew this I was hard pressed what to do to work around this using my limited experience as a civil engineer to make it as realistic. Then I realized I had to compromise some realism or end up drawing a fancy looking Apache.

I appreciate your comments and critique which allowed me the opportunity to explain.
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Red wunz go fasta
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marc123456789 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it looks a chinook helicopter
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SoFDMC Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I designed this out I had to keep in mind this was a flying armored ammo dump for at least five major caliber types up to 2100mm caliber shells with enough ammo and 20-man crew's food storage for a six month Search and Destroy mission across tens of thousands of miles of ocean that I imagined this craft was designed for.

So hence the chinook design combined with co-axial rotors, coaxial pusher propellers in addition to extraordinary power sources similar to fusion power.
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templar127 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Now that's a beast!
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SoFDMC Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.
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templar127 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
sure thing!
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StardustXIII Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Thats a lot of dakka :)
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SoFDMC Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dakka: A word or sound a Warhammer 40k Ork says when referring to fire power, or actually firing an automatic weapon.
"Deez gunz got a lotta dakka, Boss!" - UrbanDictionary.

Thanks I learned a new meme.
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:iconzealoussteven:
ZealousSteven Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Reminds me of a metal slug boss. Looks awesome
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SoFDMC Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Final Boss of the Internets? Tune in to find out...
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Cosuin Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
This looks great. you're very good with perspective :)
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SoFDMC Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Any other feedback you might want to add? I sense you have a good sense of art to be able to create appealing art in a relatively short time. Drawings like these take months for me to refine and produce and could be a problem if I choose to go professional.
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Cosuin Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Well if you want to ask me some specifics about techniques I use I would be happy to tell you :) that might help me out a bit with what I should focus on telling you.
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:iconsofdmc:
SoFDMC Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know I tend to take a very long time to do these drawings as the knowledge and confidence of applying color and brush is not quite there yet, and very often I have but a vague idea to go along that I find can only be clarified as I progress with the drawing.
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SoFDMC Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.
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CodWarrior Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Oh lord...ITS CHUCK NORRIS' SCOOTER!
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SoFDMC Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I get a lot of references about him. He's showing up in The Expendables 2.
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CodWarrior Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
then forget killing terrorists..he'll kill everything within a range of 25 million light years....
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SoFDMC Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The A-10 Thunderbolt II was christened the Warthog by the ground crew because it looked badass even on the ground. That nickname has become mainstream.

The Hammerhead might have nicknames in reference to its huge size and growing reputation as a ship killer (being newly introduced at the time of the setting of this scene) such as "Death Lord", "Desolator", "Ship Killer", "Grim Reaper", "Death Machine", etc.

No Chuck Norris references though, this is a different universe to our own, although a movie star like him may exist under a different name.
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daniellandrom Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
BIG MINIGUN...
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SoFDMC Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I tried imagining what it would sound like to launch rounds the size of 120mm tank shells at 3000 rounds/min. I imagine the muzzle flash would turn night into day.
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Oliver1388 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
some one is doomed
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xyz-dbz Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
woooah amazing super cool btw, what happened to the download??
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SoFDMC Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Done. But in any case if you wish to use this remember to credit me.
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xyz-dbz Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
aint gonna use it at all,just to watch how awesome this machine looks and annihilates everything :D
and of course to fave it for sure
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SoFDMC Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You da man, thanks for the support.
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