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The Battle of the North Cape by zulumike The Battle of the North Cape by zulumike
This artwork represents the Scharnhorst leaving its base at Altenfjord, Norway December 25, 1943 and setting course for attacking the British Convoy JW 55B. A Heinkel He 115 seaplane also assists in locating the convoy. Heavy gales and storms were prevalent that day and radar on the Scharhorst will be a factor for its survival in the next 24 hours.

This will be the beginning of the end for the Scharnhorst as she is sunk the next day, known as the Battle of the North Cape, which was a WW II naval battle which occurred on December 26, 1943, as part of the Arctic Campaign.

The German battlecruiser Scharnhorst, on an operation to attack Arctic Convoys of war material from the Western Allies to the USSR, was brought to battle and sunk by superior Royal Navy forces—the battleship HMS Duke of York plus several cruisers and destroyers—off Norway's North Cape.

The battle was the last battle between big gun capital ships in the war between Britain and Germany. The British victory confirmed the massive strategic advantage held by the British, at least in surface units.

REF: Scharnhorst
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:iconmidway2009:
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Edited May 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The last stand for the Kriegsmarine! :pride::salute::salute::pride:
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kuckuk333 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
Great pic, but one nitpick: the bow of the Scharnhorst depicts the original bow as it looked when the ship left the building yards. when the ship sunk in 1943 the bow looked different.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you , I appreciate it.
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fishofglass Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
very nice!
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nimitz4145 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Very realistic and well done. You just forgot the specific camo

www.casimages.com/img.php?i=13…
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, good eye. 
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MacPaul Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Too bad that she has her old bow here…
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
Excellent picture, great details, lining, faded colors... I can't help but enjoy how she set out to slaughter helpless ships and found... Nemesis.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Appreciate the kind words. I am happy with sky which has evolved over time.
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warrior1944 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Awesome drawing there of one of my fave ships :D
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, appreciate the feedback. It is a beautiful ship, I always liked the shield crest on the bow.
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Super6-4 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Shall we be expecting an action shot in the future? However this looks very nice, and has been in the "Featured" folder of All-Military for awhile now, if you haven't noticed-congrats! 
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the update. Sure, let me do some more research. Thanks
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Super6-4 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem!
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Hunter2045 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Nice.
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! This work is very interesting and impression! I like this style!
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Appreciate the feedback. Thank you.
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Distantstarr Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
wonderful work. 
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, glad you like it. Appreciate it from such at talented artist. cheers.
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Distantstarr Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
I could not find the vid, in case you do not know this method of making light beams, here is this cool way that I learnt:

1- create an empty layer over the image you want add sunbeams to.
2- The empty layer selected, go to filters-render, then clouds, make sure the selected color is white.
3- Now the original image will disappear under that cloud which we just created on the empty layer, It is ok. Go to filters-blur-radial blur. set it on zoom and increase blurring level to maximum (100). press ok.
4- The cloud layer will turn into some kind of vortex with black blemishes, that is ok. Repeat zoom blurring 7-8 times with maximum setting until the black blemishes in the cloud layer disappear or become straight lines.
5- Now the cloud layer selected, click on Linearlight. The vortex-like cloud will turn into sunbeams radiating from the center of the empty layer we created.

6- Now we are done and only fun is left. press command+T (if mac) to free transform the layer with the sunbeam so you can rotate it-enlarge it and choose the beams you like in the corner of the image you desire. ta da. that's all. Let me know if you face any problems. Step 6 is best done when you minimize the images so you can have a greater perspective. :)
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I will try this process in a future project. Cheers.
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Distantstarr Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
:)
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Distantstarr Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
You are the talented artist, I am only a hobbyist, a simple one :D  by the way, I know of a very fun way to make better sun rays in photoshop. I will try to find that tutorial and send it to you :)
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your work is very impressive and dynamic.

I look forward to the tutorial, always looking to improve and learn more. Cheers.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a prelude to the battle, trying to introduce military historical event of the Scharnhorst.
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tomek69 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013   Filmographer
What the battle ? I don't see  any battle above ! The one ship and one plane only ! :O:facebook:
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
is looking good
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Antonis, appreciate it.
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Passatio Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thats amazing!! wonderful job!
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, glad you like it.
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UrsusAureusHistorias Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Your water effects are phenomenal! I also really like how you did the sun rays through the clouds in the background. 👌🌊🌞
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the feedback, the sunlight is something I learned recently using "soft light" brushes provided with GIMP. 
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SwiftFlyer Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great picture!  You sea and sky really make it.
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, appreciate the kind words. I wanted a cold winter effect and sky and water to complement the ship.
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SwiftFlyer Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hit it on the head!
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Sev808 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome!
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:iconzulumike:
zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you much.
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