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Sul, Zero Hour by SamSquared Sul, Zero Hour by SamSquared
A squad of marines attempt to push on a heavily fortified arms industrial complex manufacturing combat drones in the ongoing Sul conflict, aided by an array of high-tech weaponry:

On the left is the Hypercane, a railgun-assisted rocket launcher which uses its onboard fabricator to adapt its warheads for specific tasks

In the centre is the Peltast, a burst-fire railgun which launches semi-guided foam-phase hydrogen rounds in bursts of one to three, with a muzzle velocity of up to two kilometres per second

In the bottom right corner is the Hyperion, a multi-mode free-electron laser which can fire a beam of x-rays or an electron beam guided by the x-ray corridor (electrolaser). It's yield per burst is up to 5MJ.
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BLITZFenix Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Digging the description man, but one question. Did you use other artwork to help build up yours?
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xiaomaochong6463 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
Are you sure this pic was drawn by you own?i think this pic is plagiarism.
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SamSquared Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Student
Fairly sure. The similarities are in the composition alone... I admired the piece for the sense of dynamism it conveyed. The differences are too numerous to list in their entirety...the soldiers armour - their helmets, shoulder plates and mantles - is nothing like Master Chiefs. Their weapons too are completely different. The lighting, structures in background and foreground, corpse, other marines, explosion, smoke, dust etc. all differ...
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miha9000 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
not bad , added to Finished Pieces in Sci-fi Archives  sci-fi-archives.deviantart.com…
btw the anatomy of the second soldier is quite wrong, be more careful next time
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SamSquared Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Student
Yeah, the problem lies in the positioning of the legs. This was my first digital art piece and I had no idea it would take as long as it did - by the second marine (the last thing I did in the picture) I was bored of it and in an attempt to speed things up I copied the legs of the first marine, shrunk, flipped and painted over them. It has annoyed me increasingly ever since. I may come back to it someday, although I doubt it - the scene is fairly generic and not really 'of' anything in particular from my speculative fiction setting. Hopefully as I improve I will get quicker and impatience will no-longer get the better of me ;)
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miha9000 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
patience and practice is the first step to success :)
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0oCHARGERBOTo0 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How are these wonderfully-named weapons powered?
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SamSquared Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student
I'm glad you asked! The peltast has an array of superconductor-based capacitors which it uses to power the railgun; the others are linked to capacitor arrays, in turn powered by compact Metallic-hydrogen fuel cells, based in the suits.
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0oCHARGERBOTo0 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Metallic hydrogen. Interesting.
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SamSquared Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Student
It releases something like 200MJ/kg when decomposed, and the fuel cell works by triggering the decomposition and using it to produce a relatively low-temperature plasma from which electricity can be extracted using a superconductor-based MHD generator
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