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Warriors of the Air by zulumike Warriors of the Air by zulumike
Two Fokker VIII's battle a lone Sopwith Camel, somewhere over France during WW I.

Credits: The aircraft models from "Rise of Flight" and the BG is from mayyang.com sky photo.

Thanks for Loking. Cheers, Mike
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
really terrific
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Rol-n Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Thank You, I use very little tools for editing. Most people use Photoshop, but all my work is done with GIMP and Paint.Net.

I use the smudge tool and color curve a lot.

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DavoPic Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
Technical and artistic. Beautiful work.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, appreciate the comments. This is one of my favorites. Sometimes thetechnical aspect is never noticed by our members. Cheers.
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warrior1944 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Just amazing :D
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jncarter Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice job Mike
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zulumike Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks John appreciate it.
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BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist
The guys who flew the first fighters like these were totally crazy but you have to respect them for it.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree, thanks for the feedback.
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Panzerlin Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Not getting out of that one! Looks really good!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.
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hugegadjit Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
Bit of a tight spot! So are these 3d models then worked over in p/shop?
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zulumike Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The aircraft is from the "Rise of Flight" flight simulator game. I select and stage a dogfight, including time of day, weather, and "fly" the Sopwith and record as a movie. I then edit the movie when I get the perfect screenshot. I then cut and paste the aircrafts to a background that I paint. The aircrafts are painted using my own designed brushes. I use GIMP and Paint.Net for all editing and painting.

Setting up a dogfight and editing the movie may take 2-6 hours before I find the right scene.

I am an ex-pilot that still enjoys flight simulation games and I have a commercial art background.

Thanks for the feedback.
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hugegadjit Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
Ah, that's interesting, never occurred to me as a resource to provide a source image, but something I should look into.
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AnAspieInPoland Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just how many of these Fokker D. VIIIs actually saw action in combat?
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zulumike Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
During its short time in service, it had little time to prove its worth. It was agile, easy to fly and proved to be an excellent fighter. Some considered it a worthy rival to the bigger and more powerful D.VII.

Jasta 5 was issued a D.VIII. The famed ace Erich Lowenhardt used the aircraft for a short time and scored a few victories in it, but he continued to favour the Fokker D.VII.

A total of 381 aircraft were produced, but only some 85 aircraft reached front-line service before the Armistice. Some reached Holland, Italy, Japan, the United States, and England as trophies, but most were scrapped in accordance with the terms of the Armistice.
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