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She saw him still moving and about to grab his rifle while she was rappeling down. As soon Captain Fujiwara touched the ground she unholstered her Mineaba 9mm and put the ending shot to the KPA soldier's head.

"You missed one" she said with a cold-blooded stare to the rest of her platoon. The rest of her platoon knew then for sure, she was no longer the young spirited woman that was stationed in Okinawa when the war arrived. After the loss of the island at the hands of the Chinese she came back a different person. Not a person, her soldiers thought to themselves, she came back a demon.



AND FINALLY! After three years of having this lineart gathering virtual dust on my computer, I finally got around to finish it. :D Took me a good week to actually finish it. :O Many layers and details to look after. And I'm not kidding. This had like about 60-70 layers at most. Each for a different aspect from textures, dirt, shadows etc etc etc.

This is also by far the most bloody brutal picture I've ever make. Doing it on pencil and inks was one thing since I did not draw the blood then. But when I started coloring all the blood I surprised myself to how brutal this scene really was. AND I HAD A LOT OF FUN DOING IT! :XD: But well it was long overdue that I made a picture showing a bit how aweful war can actually be. I will sure try to make more scenes as this but of course will not do that exclusively from now on.

Also please remind me in the future to lay off the Lens flare plugin a bit because I'm starting to abuse it like JJ Abrams. :lmao: It still looks really good but I should start making more pictures that don't call for the addition of a lens flare effect, at least not as intense as this one here. And I did downgrade the brightness of the lens flare effects considerably.

I'm pretty happy with the way the helicopters turned out. Overall I'm pretty happy with this picture and I had a lot of fun doing it. I do hope you guys like it. But any criticism, specially constructive, is always welcome. :aww:

I will get to all your comments during this next weekend. Next project should be something more light-hearted 'though I'm not sure if any less brutal. :rofl: I'm pretty sure you guys will like it 'though. Shouldn't take as much as this one but I'll get on it after the weekend. I'm also going to start thinking and working on new linearts to draw, aside from the next project, I don't have anymore linearts to color so I should get my pencils and papers out.

See you guys in the Battlefield! :salute:
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GOGOSanford Featured By Owner Edited Apr 24, 2017
Oh yeah!
This is similar to my story of a mysterious force invading a military base in Japan (JSDF allied with Chinese mercenary called Alkaid Security)
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farhanrizal Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017  Hobbyist
First time I saw this I immediately thought, " I HAVE to follow this guy" and now as I am viewing this once more, I just can't help but think "Perfect." Anyway, can you name the guns present in this marvelous piece of yours? Would appreciate it so much.

Oh yea, love that splattering effect you did, cuz war is bloody and media sugarcoating the horrors of it is a freaking liar.
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Well cheers. I will be trying to make similar pieces in the future 'though wary of not deviating too much into the gorish field.

All soldiers here are carrying Howa Type-89 assault rifles. Standar issue in the Japanese Ground Self-Defence Force. In fact the Japanese military is the exclusive user of it. Kahoru here is firing a licenced copy of the Sig Sauer P-226 if I'm not mistaken. The North Korean soldier getting shot is/was wielding a Kalashnikov rifle that I based on the AK-74 used mainly in the Russian Military. I do think the Northkoreans are using AK-74s (Or a korean copy anyways) in greater numbers so it's not innacurate.
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RolfPlus Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Holy shit!  This is pretty awesome!  The splatter effect had me like O_O
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha I'm glad you got the shock effect. :D I have to confess that I had way too much fun painting that bit. Perhaps more than I should have. :O
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Ashofthewilliams Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Student General Artist
China's gonna intervene, even if North Korea is all pissy about it. They wouldn't allow the concept of being surrounded by American allies. Of course, Russia isn't one to neglect an ally in a war.
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
If they see North Korea as an ally. Kim Jong Un is way too paranoid and reckless to have any allies. Only his anti-americanism makes him any palatable for the russians and chinese but if North Korea gets too dangerous then Russia and China might have their hands tied for this one.
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Ashofthewilliams Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Student General Artist
true, but then again., china did intervene in the actual war, so what's preventing them now?
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
60+ years have passed. Different leadership in both countries now.

I think China would prefer to have North Korea still around to prevent having US allied forces on the border and a pretty close range of Beijing.

But with all the shit Kim Jong Un is pulling, I don't think the Chinese are looking forward to deal with him for long. The little shit wacked his older brother who was under Chinese protection. And North Korea has been fairly hostile to China in the last few years. China still supports the north korean government through trade just because of convienence but North Korea is seriously making them wonder if it is worth the risk anymore.
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Ashofthewilliams Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Student General Artist
that is very true. I wonder, would they use the war to implant their own influences into Korea, and make North Korea a chinese puppet state? or bide their time and propagandize the idea that South Korea has become too powerful, with their military now controlling both parts of their country. either way, I believe you have a point. I just think China wouldn't like a entirely america backed country ruling, whether they help Northern Korea or not.
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TheDARKWOLF Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Clearly she became a demon because of PTSD.

 
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That stuff can make even the once most innocent person become the incarnation of Lucifer.
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TheDARKWOLF Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
They say 'War is Hell', so yeah, not surprising.
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed.
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idislikecake Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Desc. says North Korea, multicam uniform says... IDK but not korea lol. Sorry, I'm sure you have reasons, making them actually look like a threat...

"When history witness a great change, Razgriz reveals itself. First, as a dark demon..."
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
haha what? it's not Multicam. But it's not a real camo either. I used my Flora camo patterns and borrowed the colors from this photo: camopedia.org/index.php?title=… Which I think are nearly identical to those used in  the US Woodland camo. I probably could have used a more appropriate camo but considering the fictional setting I decided not to sweat it too much about that.

It may appear to be Multicam-ish but that's just mud, dirt and blood covering the uniform. Otherwise it would look too clean given the enviroment.
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idislikecake Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Alright I see it, but that beige combined with those colors as well as black which appears dark brown... They way they're used so conservatively as micropatterns instead of macropatterns on the uniform make it look like a multicam colorway. I own a us woodland BDU, the pattern is very different from that NK helmet. The colorway is the same but the colors aren't exact.
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Broadshore Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brutal.
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Short process on that one. Brutal indeed. :D
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Broadshore Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed sir... Indeed. :D
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Skornie Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017
While the overall picture at first glance looks nothing short but badass. The lightning from the sun dawn, the helicopters its all very good. I love the looks from the comrades faces. The right one is indifferent, business as usual and the left one is quite shocked by the brutality. 

After a second look, the lightning, colours and overall scene becomes less "badass" but more about losing your innocence, for better or for worse
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed. I think the time I left this picture hanging made me forget about the original feeling I wanted to transmit with this picture which is exactly what you pointed out. That this particular OC has gone pretty cold blooded.
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Skornie Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017
Its actually suprising how much an unfinished project can shift in its tone just by letting some time pass. 
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zwimmy Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Daaaamn! 
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
;D
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sunderhart Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017
awesome
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :D
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LazyRemnant Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I think the bright lens flare did its job - it did make me click the thumbnail :)
Nice job portraying the intensity and dynamicness of the field.

That said though, multiple strong point-light with same level of brightness (there are four in here) will compete with each other for attention and might distract the viewers from the overall feel of the picture, or tiring their eyes as the focus constantly move from one source to another. It can be used to guide the viewer throughout the illustration, but care should be taken.
In cases like this, it might be best to decide which part you want the viewers to focus on, give the strongest point-light there, and highly decrease or de-emphasize the brightness of other point-lights as to not overwhelm or compete with the primary one. 

Other than that, the lower legs of all characters kinda feels a bit too short; the long knee pad combined with combat boots exacerbate the perception.
Most artists know that the length of thigh and lower leg is supposed to be equal, but they often made a mistake of measuring the thigh's length from the crotch (because it's the most visible separation point) to the knee; actually it's measured from the hip to the knee. Subsequently, the lower leg is measured from the knee to the ankle (not to the heel). 
If you're feeling something is not quite right with the limb's proportion, especially the outer joints like forearms and lower legs, the safe way is to lengthen it so it's slightly longer than the upper joints (upper arms/thighs).

I hope this can help you improve. :)
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I thank you for your advice. :D I will certainly keep it in mind, specially the advice on leg proportions. That is precisely one of the things in this picture that I've always felt was a bit off. Well that and the perspective on the Huey but on this last part I've since become actually very satisfied with the shape of it. I'm also going to take into account the amount and brightness of the lens flare effect if multiple were required. 'Though I did try make an effort to decrease the intensity of all other lens flare effects to highlight the importance of the sun in the scene.

Thank you very much. :aww:
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LazyRemnant Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure. :)

And always trust your guts. If you are constantly feeling that something is off in your work, most of the time it really is. 
It's much better for the final result and our own skill development to search and fix it until we are satisfied before moving on to the next step.
A critique on a finished work is just useful mainly for evaluation (there's not much, if anything else, we can do to an already published artwork -
well, we can re-submit it, but that just doesn't feel right), and in my experience, there is a higher chance that we may repeat the same mistake
on our next work (it's just human nature to forget things) than if we fixed it before finishing. 

Granted, this'll slow the artwork's progress bar, but as long as there's no deadline to chase up, it's better to enjoy the result of your hard work with no regrets, right? 

If you can't found it, try to leave and come back after a while. Working constantly on a picture can make our eye get used to any errors in it.
If you still can't found what it is exactly or feeling like you can't fix it yourself, try to show the WIP to your friend(s) or other more experienced artist(s).
Basically just keep working on it until that odd feeling is gone. It may not be gone completely, but at least it should be enough for you to move on with confidence.
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davidsnovoa Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017
hacían falta tus aportes. saludos desde colombia
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Jeje si, hacia mucho que no subia este tipo de trabajos en DeviantArt. Espero seguir haciendo mas imagenes asi en el futuro. :D
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KodyYoung Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great job here.
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you man. :D
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Masterix2442 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017
Epic and Brutal!

Is their a backstory to this scene?
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
There always is but I'm lately trying to keep it to a minimum. I want to get down to write it as a story and don't want to spoil too many details. But basically the North Koreans are helping a broader campaign of the Shangai Cooperation Organization against US allies in the Asia-pacific region. South Korea fell and Japan is now in the crosshairs.
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somebodi Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017
Wow, this is as beautiful as it is brutal! You have done an excellent job with this!
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot. :D I'm glad you guys loved this picture.
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somebodi Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017
You're very welcome! :D And once again, you did an excellent job! (Plus, you can never have too much lens flare! XD )
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe cheers. ;D
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somebodi Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017
Cheers, man. :D
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2ndtonone91 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017
Great job!
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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Macmillian-22 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Holy Shit man, Nice Work!
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much. :D I'm glad you like it.
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koushiro1180 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
excellent!
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :D
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Dystatic-Studio Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Fatality move: Gun-slinging.
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Panzerfire Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017   Artist
Fujiwara-san would make the North Koreans running through their money.
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