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'NOE Afterburner' by FeralLion 'NOE Afterburner' by FeralLion
Phase: Beta Concept.
Medium: Pencil & blue line.
Chronostamp: Circa early 2000s

A flight element of two FB-57D Strike Hammers (VF-899 War Horses), based on the airship battle carrier Sarnera (CVFA-42) in a high energy burn on the deck roaring between the twin islands of the Yalsol Republic's southern coastline. This mission required them to fly a nape of the earth infiltration profile in order to deliver their direct strike munitions, with maximum shock, onto inland enemy positions somewhere in the Northern Mountains.
This shot was captured by an inbound Marine Corp AV-28B Super Peregrine squadron that had just successfully engaged and destroyed enemy coastal ground defenses in that area of operations. The Hammers were cutting across the Peregine's previous flight path.

Inspired by the Cold War era FB-111 Ardvarks of the USAF these Steel Hammers are advanced versions of the fighter bomber concept.
The rooster tails of water being thrown up by the energy wash is dramatized but just looks too cool to not have in there.

My focus for this illo was speed. When I was very young I had received several books about trains. One in particular had several pics of Japanese bullet trains or shinkansen. The picture that still stands out in my mind was a lateral shot that nearly captured a clear shot of the engine but the forest behind it was completely burred. That was the effect I wanted to capture here.
Contrasting the sharp images of the fighter bombers against the unclear blurred images of the water and passing islands hopefully makes the main focus (the aircraft) stand out.

Design Aspects:
These Steel Hammers have 4 supercruise tier 2, afterburning engines. You can't see it in this shot but in addition to the two on top of the wings there are two underneath as well. Unlike their fighter attack cousins the slightly larger fighter bombers were never intended to dogfight. Thus they were given much more speed to egress out of a potential air to air engagement and equipped with the latest in stealth, electronic & digital counter measures, as well as direct attack digital weapon systems (IE digital warfare in the form of hacking, viruses, etc to disable or destroy an enemy).

FB-111 Ardvark, GR-1 Tornado, and MIG-27

Blurring speed effects.
Eventually I'd like to apply this effect to the rooster tails and the aft end of the tactical aircraft to attempt to give more of the impression of speed. I think the effect has the potential to be applied to dogfight banking shots to communicate the heavy G forces and hopefully make people feel like they've been slammed into their seats and must hang on or be thrown off. Concussion shots could benefit from this effect as well to make people feel like they've just been hammered by a heavy shockwave from an explosion.
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adony Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
NICE perspective!
FeralLion Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thx. I was playing around with perspective by having the flight element cut across the normal perspective lines. Wanted to see what kind of effect it would have. Not sure if I pulled it off or not.
Budmaloney Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the perspective
FeralLion Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thx. Speed lines are a lot of fun to work with. I'm thinking of different ways to employ the special effect. One thing I want to try and achieve is using them to get a camera shake effect.
Budmaloney Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't wait for what you come up with next.
FeralLion Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thx thx =^^= I have some other ideas in on the drawing board. Have to get them done and posted heh.
Great-5 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Veeery nice sketch! Reminds me of the old arcade game Afterburner. And I'd love to see the Sarnera sometime very soon. And I can't tell, are the planes skimming across the water, or across a layer of clouds up in the sky?
FeralLion Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Over the water but the clouds idea is cool. Now I have to try that heh
Great-5 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
go for it!
xxVectorZeroxx Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome angle and look, requires working with depth preception, not always easy to do, im diggin it
FeralLion Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thx thx. I love sfx in today's illustrations and comics. This is part of a study to learn how to manually illustrate effects to get shaking, speed, etc. It's a challenge that would be cool to figure out.

There's another version of this composition that I want to try out that would involve the edges of the aircraft and water spray are blurred to achieve a look of high Gs impacting the air frames.
I like the sharp contrast in this illo.
bboymuse Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
most action shot you've got as of right now :)
i like it alot!
FeralLion Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Woot, thx bro! I have more coming, ones that are actual action shots. I've been really learning a lot about priority responsibility. Been trying to get these commissions done but I have some cool ideas for the spider armor.
bboymuse Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
nice! i cant wait to see them!
yeah commissions first but yeah it'll be too cool to see the mecha fight against stuff :)
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