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Hard Target by zulumike Hard Target by zulumike
Two P-47's attack a troop train somewhere in Germany during WW II. The German locomotive is a Series 55.

This composition is dedicated to 2nd Lt. Russell H. Oplinger of the 390th Flight Squadron, 366th Fighter Group. Russ was a friend of my dad and I had the privilage of meeting him and being a friend. He graduated from our local H.S. in 1942. As a 20 yr.old 2nd Lt. he was flying P-47's during the fierce fighting of the Hurtgen Forrest.

Credits: AC model from www.colacola.se
Train model from my personal book B/W photo: "Deutsche Kriegs-lokomotiven 1939-1945
BG consist of four layers of media. Mayyang skies and other various free landscape sites.

The P-47 gradually became the USAAF's best fighter-bomber, normally carrying 500 lb bombs, M8 4.5 in or 5 in High velocity aircraft rockets (HVARs, or Holy Moses). From the invasion of Europe on 6 June 1944 to VE day on 7 May 1945, the Thunderbolt units claimed destroyed: 86,000 railroad cars, 9,000 locomotives, 6,000 armoured fighting vehicles, and 68,000 trucks.

Thanks for Looking, Cheers, Mike
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zulumike Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Its Digital Art, I have been involved with art when there were no computers.


 But I think I have a feel with computer art's brushes and other techniques to produce the artwork that look likes oils and other media.


All my tools are free, I used GIMP and Paint.Net for this work.


Thanks for the feedback. It also helps to know your subjects and good research. I grew up around aircraft most of my life. My dad was a pilot in WW2 and met other pilots as stated above.

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JohnnyBigoud Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Astonishing, sincerly, Mark ! I see this painted classified in 'Digital Art' but it looks like oil paint. Is it an oil paint with a touch of software ? Cheers
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Lovely sense of action, great capture.  The Americans can only make refrigerators and razor blades.
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Rol-n Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I would love to learn how to do overlays, beautiful work! I enjoyed reading your profile, nothing like heavy equipment romanticized in art!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, appreciate the feedback.
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NyanPuppy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm in love with your picture. ^-^
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.
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CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
epic scene!
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zulumike Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I appreciate it.
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