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I have been staring at this plan sporadically for the last few hours, trying to make heads and tails of this intricate drawing which is...

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Alexandru
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
Romania
Current Residence: Romania, the wilderness of Eastern Europe.

Favourite genre of music: You know those guys with the mohawks and weird piercings? Those guys. Well, and a lot of others, but mainly those.

Favourite style of art: Bauhaus & Constructivism.

Operating System: Apertures 3+4

Shell of choice: Armour-Piercing Ballistic Cap B-420 for the 107mm divisional gun M1940 (M-60)

Wallpaper of choice: 18th century hand painted

Skin of choice: Human female

Favourite cartoon characters: Tank Girl, Spider Jerusalem.

Personal Quote: When in trouble or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout!
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Quite on the contrary, I have lot of stuff to do, and very little time to do it. Unfortunately, a lot of that stuff is currently under NDA until it gets published, so it can't be shown online. Yet.

In the meantime, please enjoy a few things I've done recently and that can be shown in my gallery, most of them themed around WW1.
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: "White Rabbit", Jefferson Airplane
  • Reading: Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian, Eoin Colfer
  • Watching: Exploring the Universe: Crash Course Big History 2
  • Playing: Portal 2 Coop
  • Eating: icecream
  • Drinking: Lipton Yellow Label

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The cosmic lagomorphs by wingsofwrath
The cosmic lagomorphs
Another birthday piece, for one of my girlfriends who always had a soft spot for Peter Rabbit and spaceflight.

The story of cosmonaut lagomorphs starts pretty early on, with the rabbit Марфуша ("Marfusha", or "Little Martha") making a flight on a R-2A Rocket on July the 2nd, 1959.

Because there is little chance of a Soyuz going up without a Russian Cosmonaut at the controls, I decided pretty early on that Peter was going to fly with a Russian rabbit - I briefly considered Marfusha herself, before I realised that, rather than a relatively unknown real rabbit (even if it actually flew into space), it would make better sense to have the other rabbit be a Russian children's icon, like Peter.

What other candidate then than
Заяц ("Zayats", or "Hare"), from the popular Soviet era cartoon " Ну, погоди!" ("Nu, Pogodi!", or "Just you wait!")? I mean, even though I'm not Russian myself, I am, however, from Eastern Europe, and I still remember seeing them on the television before the fall of communism...

When it comes to the actual spacecraft and the spacesuits, I tried to be as accurate as possible, by studying a lot of post-flight imagery from the the current Soyuz missions. The capsule herself is the descent module of the
Soyuz TMA-M, the current generation space capsule manufactured by the firm "Ракетно-космическая корпорация «Энергия» им. С.П. Королёва"("Raketno-kosmicheskaya korporatsiya “Energiya” im. S.P. Koroleva", "The S.P. Korolev Corporation for Rockets and Space "Energiya" [Energy]"), the main Russian manufacturer of spacecraft. It is recognisable from the earlier Soyuz TMA by the extra wiring in the antenna bay at the upper left. 

Also typical of the current spaceflight recoveries are the fact the astronauts are sitting on wooden rocking chairs, in distinctive nautically themed sleeping bags (this is as close as I could get to the actual pattern, unfortunately, without drawing it from scratch) and covered with blue blankets with the "
Роскосмос" ("Russcosmos", or "Russpace", the name of the Russian Space Agency) logo. They are wearing the KV2 version of the "Cокол" ("Sokol", "Falcon") space suit introduced in 1973 (1980 for the KV2) and still worn by all cosmonauts who fly the Soyuz spacecraft.

Traditionally, one of the first things the cosmonauts do once on the ground is sign their name on the capsule in chalk, along with the mission name and the date. In this case, though, each of the two also wrote a birthday wish in their own respective language - "Happy Birthday!" from Peter Rabbit and "
С днём рождения!" ("S dniom razdhenya!", lit. "on your day of birth", a contraction of "поздравляю с днём рождения", ["pozdravlioiu s dniom razdhenya!", "congratulations on your day of birth"]) from Zayats.

The mission number is Soyuz TMA-14M, which happens to be the number of the current Soyuz flight that launched September 25 carrying
cosmonauts Aleksandr Samokutyayev, Yelena Serova and Barry E. Wilmore. It is the 123rd flight of a Soyuz spacecraft and it docked with the ISS six hours after launch, being scheduled to return on March 25, 2015. The port solar array initially failed to deploy, but this was fixed after docking with the ISS.

In my alternate reality, the mission carries only two cosmonauts rather than the standard three, because I wanted to bring to mind the
"
Интеркосмос" ("Intercosmos") goodwill flights of the late 70s and early 80s which were designed to give nations on friendly terms with the Soviet Union access to space, the first of which were held aboard the second generation Soyuz spacecraft, Soyuz 7K-T, which could only carry two passengers (it had been redesigned so that the cosmonauts would be wearing spacesuits during launch and reentry following the Soyuz 11 disaster in which three Russian cosmonauts, flying the original Soyuz 7K-OK, asphyxiated on reentry as a pressure equalisation valve was jerked open in the upper atmosphere by the separation of the service module).

Amusingly, the final mission flown with the 7-KT was Soyuz 40, which ended the first phase of the Intercosmos program by carrying Romanian cosmonaut Dumitru Prunariu and Soviet cosmonaut Leonid Popov to the Салют-6 ("Salyut-6, "Salute-6") space station. The descent stage is currently displayed in the National Military Museum of Romania, one of my regular haunts.
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Quite on the contrary, I have lot of stuff to do, and very little time to do it. Unfortunately, a lot of that stuff is currently under NDA until it gets published, so it can't be shown online. Yet.

In the meantime, please enjoy a few things I've done recently and that can be shown in my gallery, most of them themed around WW1.
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: "White Rabbit", Jefferson Airplane
  • Reading: Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian, Eoin Colfer
  • Watching: Exploring the Universe: Crash Course Big History 2
  • Playing: Portal 2 Coop
  • Eating: icecream
  • Drinking: Lipton Yellow Label
Tommiez Cover Dark by wingsofwrath
Tommiez Cover Dark
More work for :iconinrepose: and his upcoming 15mm WW1 tabletop gaming rules "Tommiez"

This is the final, "aged & distressed", version of the rulebook cover, after the first one was deemed to be too light: Tommiez Cover Light

The drawing is loosely based on a sequence from the movie "War Horse" and shows a couple of German 21 cm Mörser 10 firing towards the distant British lines during the Battle of the Somme.
Like the sequence it was based upon, some artistic licence was used in the fact that one can look from the artillery position directly onto the trenches - in reality such heavy weapon emplacements were located several kilometres behind the lines and expertly hidden through both natural and artificial means to avoid aerial detection to save them from the wrath of enemy counter-battery fire.

The "Tommiez" logo also features the same German 21cm mortar, this time with shield.

The pricing text is lifted off of a period Australian newspaper.
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Tommiez Cover Light by wingsofwrath
Tommiez Cover Light
More work for :iconinrepose: and his upcoming 15mm WW1 tabletop gaming rules "Tommiez"

This is the first version I did of the cover of the rulebook, which was deemed to be too light and I subsequently altered into this: Tommiez Cover Dark

The drawing is loosely based on a sequence from the movie "War Horse" and shows a couple of German 21 cm Mörser 10 firing towards the distant British lines during the Battle of the Somme.
Like the sequence it was based upon, some artistic licence was used in the fact that one can look from the artillery position directly onto the trenches - in reality such heavy weapon emplacements were located several kilometres behind the lines and expertly hidden through both natural and artificial means to avoid aerial detection and save them from the wrath of enemy counter-battery fire.

The "Tommiez" logo also features the same German 21cm mortar, this time with shield.

The pricing text is lifted off of a period Australian newspaper.
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Tommiez vignettes by wingsofwrath
Tommiez vignettes
Keeping with the WW1 theme, here are a few sketches I did for :iconinrepose: for his upcoming 15mm WW1 tabletop gaming rules "Tommiez".

From left to right, top to bottom
1) British Vickers MG firing from a shallow trench at Ovillers-La Boisselle, on the Somme, in July 1916. The gunners are wearing gas masks. 
2) German sniper wearing an M.1916 "coal scuttle" helmet in a communication trench, during "Operation Michael", March, 1918.
3) Vickers 2-inch 'toffee apple' medium mortar, with attached periscope post, in action on the Somme.
4) ANZAC soldier peering through trench periscope, Gallipoli 1915.
5) British command dugout. The characters are meant to resemble the main characters of "Blackadder Goes Forth"
6&7) French soldiers in trenches on the east bank of the Meuse river during the initial artillery bombardment of the battle for Verdun, February, 1916.
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:iconthespikeandkey:
TheSpikeAndKey Featured By Owner Edited Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
greetings friend I would like to invite you to join the group :...::::iconpropagandacenter::::... we would be honored to have some of your art in our ranks :D (Big Grin) 
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decophoto32 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Very cool gallery. 
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Oh, you're on WoT too?
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alexandtrevorcomic Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
excellent folder, wingsofvlach!
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Flying-Snake Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
I took a quick look at your gallery and few works and I must say that I like your style and works and want to see more :)
So I will watch you :)
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AkatsukiRocket854 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
For your Shadowless Comic will there be Germans as allies of Britian
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope, the Germans will be neutral, at least for the first part. They are focused more in unifying their country (in this timeline, France managed to barely scrape a victory in 1871, so Germany never actually unified and there is no French resentment over Alsace and Lorraine) and keeping a weary eye on Russia.
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AkatsukiRocket854 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
Since Germany isn't united as a single country, there could be a few germanic states taking advantage of the Anglo-French War to try to claim Alsace. However there is still the Austria-Hungarian Empire. Meanwhile in the Pacific, Japan would be seizing the French Colonies such as Indochina just like they did with the German Pacfic Colonies in Real Life WW1. If the British manage to win your AU WW1 then expect to see France not only to loose all its colonies but also some of its provinces to be seceded, including Brittany and Normandy
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, the Austro-Hungarian Empire and "Germany" (Actually, the "Norddeutscher Bund", or "North German Confederation" led by Prussia) don't see eye to eye on a lot of things and their relationship to each other is rather strained since in this universe the age-old rivalry between them is pretty much still ongoing (it's a question of religion that first arose in the Thirty Years War, with Austria being Catholic and Prussia being Protestant, and since, in this universe the Berlin conference of 1878 didn't happen the conflict was never solved) and the Austrians still kind of resent Prussia for defeating them during the Austro-Prussian War.

Besides, both are courting the remaining German states of Bavaria, Württemberg, Baden and the Grand Duchy of Hesse  and trying to draw them on their side, with Austria having a lot more success, especially since they're also Catholic and because Ludwig II of Bavaria is married to the Austrian Empress Sisi's youngest sister, Duchess Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria (in RL they were engaged, but never married, and by the time the comic is set both of them were also quite dead).

The only thing they have in common is the fact both view Russia with alarm, but so far Russia has also remained neutral due to it's troubles with the Japanese in the far east (in RL the Russo-Japanese War  of 1904–1905) and revolution brewing at home (Also in RL the Russian Revolution of 1905, which will play a role in the comic).

There are two very good reasons for the Japanese to keep well clear of French Indochina right now: first, they are are at war with the Russians, and second, the territory in question is already seeing it's fair share of fighting, because The British Commonwealth and the French Empire are at war on all fronts, including their African Colonies and East Asia. As such, it's obviously a smarter move for Japan to maintain its neutrality vis-a-vis the two empires and hope that later on, after the two combatants have exhausted themselves they could take over with a lot less fuss and no fighting at all if possible.

I know exactly what will happen in the war between the two empires because I've worked it all out, but unfortunately I am not going to tell you just now and you'll just have to wait and read the comic when it comes out.
One thing that I can tell you though is that neither Brittany and Normandy secede. Besides, that is a rather silly notion, because, after being under British occupation for most of the war, their patriotism is at an all time high and they can't wait to be under French rule again.
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1914guy Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Do you do requests?
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