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Big Guns of the Pacific by zulumike Big Guns of the Pacific by zulumike
This is a mixed media project and my first nautical artwork ever. I have been inspired by several artist here of their naval artwork. Needed a break from doing aircraft art.
I used several new “wave” and “sky” brushes from GIMP for painting the ocean and sky.
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Cheers, Mike

The USS Idaho (BB-42) powers through heavy seas of the Pacific toward the Iwo Jima combat zone where her large 14” guns will be used to support the invasion of the island. She was awarded a total of (7) Battle Stars during WW II.

With World War II raging in Europe, Idaho was transferred to the Atlantic Fleet in June 1941. Based in Iceland during much of the rest of that year, she helped cover convoys against the threat of German raiders during a period of "undeclared war". Following the devastating 7 December 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, she was sent back to the Pacific, arriving in January 1942. For the next year, Idaho operated along the U.S. west coast and in the Hawaiian area. In April 1943, she went north to the Aleutians, where she supported the landings at Attu in May and Kiska in August.

Idaho next joined the drive across the Central Pacific, taking part in the Makin landing in November 1943, the Kwajalain invasion in February 1944, a bombardment of New Ireland in March, the Marianas operation in June and July, and the assault on the Palaus in September. Following an overhaul, she returned to the combat zone in time to provide heavy gunfire support for the February, 1945 invasion of Iwo Jima. Idaho's 14" guns were again active bombarding Okinawa from late March into May 1945. While off Okinawa, she was damaged by a "Kamikaze" on 12 April, but returned to action after brief repairs.
The end of the Pacific War in August 1945 found Idaho preparing for the invasion of Japan. She was present in Tokyo Bay when Japan Surrendered September 2, 1945.
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AmericanEagle2076 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
QUITE a DRAMATIC image!!!!!
It captures the Drama of War at Sea in a way that photography can't.
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.
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FangMoon-Howl Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
This is an absolutely gorgeous piece of work though
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FangMoon-Howl Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
Might want to read up on the Iwo class friend. They had 16" guns and served actively until the late 90's
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megadolon013 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
   You nail it right on the money on the first try.
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caniswolfe Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
One of the big, bad wolves of the Pacific! Surely superior in fire control and radar to her dreadnaught contemporaries in the Pacific. Would've been more than a match to anything she met. Liked/Watched! 
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Jin-Ghi-Lives Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
Really great work mate.
Now only the Montana class had launched there would have been quite some competition to the Yamato.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I appreciate it.
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Anzac-A1 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
The Iowa-class were enough competition for the Yamato; 5.5 knots faster, superior accuracy (due to better fire-control systems), could travel up to twice as far, and their guns had similar penetration. In contrast, the Yamato never sank a single ship in almost 4 years of service.
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AbyssalDaemon Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
You've done a amazing job on this.
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, this was one of my first nautical artwork. Also most viewed.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
The New Mexicos were holy terrors, a blizzard of shells.  I admit to a fondness for the mighty Marylands, which hit harder, but not as often.
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the old "Pearl Harbor" battlewagons...restored, rebuilt modernized! I have a kit of the Pennsylvania (1/700 scale) I want to build!
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Rotaken Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
I don't know are you a most talented artist or a person who just takes photos and colors them saying he recreated them. I'm not sure if I want an answer, it's just, if you are the first one ignore this comment and if you are the latter one think again what are you doing. dA is already all too filled with copycats and talentless attentionwhores who have no intention of improving themselves. In either case; ease off with the smudge tool, you use it way too much.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have given credit for all my work. Yes, I work from black and white photos and also from game models.

After looking at your work, you have no credibility in critiqueing anyone. I will keep doing what I like its called "digtal art". Yes, I am a most talented artist.

Thank you for your concerns.
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Rotaken Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
I apologise if I have offended you in any way.
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wbyrd Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
Nothing says Do Not mess with me like a battleship from the bow :D

Love the feel of this pic. The waves, the background, the colors you used. very well done.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, appreciate the feedback, lots of horsepower here.
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printsILike Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:jawdrop:, excellent, well done :iconno1plz:
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You for the Thumbs UP. My First.

Cheers, Mike
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printsILike Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:laughing::laughing::laughing:.....:iconnoproblemplz:
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, appreciate it.

Cheers, Mike
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printsILike Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconthumbsupplz:
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DaemonAngel Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Outstanding :salute:
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You. I am working on some ships of the Pacific War now, stay tuned.

Cheers, Mike
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, glad you like it.
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The-Necromancer Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, you've created something that I can genuinely love. I've got a real admiration for the "Castles of Steel", and this is a very good piece of artwork. I cannot say how much I love this piece.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the kind words.

They were castles of the "castles of Steel", Unfortunately they became extinct after WWII.

The world navies thought the biggest battleships would win the wars, but they all becames targets of bombs and torpedoes.

As someone stated during the Pacific War " they will run out of ships before we run out of torpedoes....."

Building thees great ships are another story but the "nuts and bolts" is what I really like also. I want to do some shipbuilding artwork in the future, dedicated to the men and women who built these behemoths.

Cheers, Mike
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decophoto32 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You
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julius1880 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent work. An honor to the USN.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My Dad was a WWII pilot, uncle landed at D-day and another uncle served on the USS Wasp. I wish I could have ask them more question about the war.

I always dedicate my work to this "Greatest Generation".

Thank You.

Mike
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julius1880 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure.
Dave
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TarJakArt Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work Mike. I really like the windswept look and the feeling of the cold North Atlantic waters.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank TJ, always glad to here from you, appreciate it.

Mike
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Andared Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
This is simply magnificent!
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Manduleen Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastique !
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Shay-Tank-Dragon-41 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I thought it was the Bismarck at first lol ^^; but this is awesome XD
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The large battleships of WW II all had similar hull designs, they need that wide beam for stabilization, espcially when firing broadside salvos. Sending a 2,000 lb. shell 25 miles plus might have a heck recoil.

mike
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Shay-Tank-Dragon-41 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol, thats true I guess X3
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fORCEMATION Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student Artist
This is pretty awesome. Good Job^^
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, appreciate it. It was a good project for me. I learned a lot about battleships of the world.
open up a lot of new ideas.

Cheers, Mike
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Ravajava Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very cool, awesome work.

My only complaint is that the guns feel off center.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's based on the reference photo. It's because the forward turret has been rotated 90 degrees starboard.

I wanted to show off the big guns and research for acuracy is based on the actual photo.

Thanks for the feedback.

Cheers, Mike
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Ravajava Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Alright, makes sense.

No prob.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I inially noticed that also.
Also the waves going over the gun turret cause asymmetry to this view.
Kind of spooky and omninous looking.

Mike
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