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First Strike by FacundoDiaz First Strike by FacundoDiaz
"The real battle starts with those who strike first...!" ;)

This was kind of my first real battle painting ever. It was difficult to balance composition, and perspective aswell, but I think the result is decent.

This is a submission for TheLuminarium exhibit: A Soldier
check it out here: [link]

Hope you guys like this work and the exhibit aswell :)
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The flames and destruction of combat. Countless soldiers fall upon the battlefield against immeasurable odds and enemies. Not knowing what could befall them with every battle, they bravely move forward hoping to come closer and closer to reaching their goal, their enemies breathing down their necks with every single step they take. Constant fear of who will picked off in the night or watching all of your friends killed right before their eyes. These paranoid stricken soldiers begin to start asking themselves questions. How many of us could die during this mission? Are we ever going to see the end of this war? Will I be able to see my family before this over...if I live? These are only a few of the many questions whizzing through their minds like stray bullets through the air of battle. We may never know when or how a conflict may end; sometimes they end themselves, other times countless individuals are lost before a truce can be made. One thing is for sure however, be it mechanized soldiers powered by man, or men marching with guns armed, war will never change. First Strike, created by luminarium front-man =keepwalking07, gives us a proper depiction of what war really can look like from the eyes of an onlooker.

This picture really shows off a great sense of action as well as dynamic motion. Each of the mechanized suits look great, their metallic frames reflecting the light from armor of their firearms and the dimming flames in the distance. The single arm firing in the top left of the screen give a cool sense of perspective as if you are watching the battle unfold right behind the subject. Each and every single scratch upon their titanic armored plates, really bring out how damaging and taxing this battle can be on the soldiers in play. Watching as each of your comrades fall beside you; the enemies bullets ripping through the air like lead spears. You look around everywhere and discover that you of the few soldiers left. You and your remaining associates must brave through the difficult battle alone...not knowing if this will be over soon for them or for you.

As much action as the piece presents to the viewer, there are some other elements that just come up a bit thin. Some of the background elements look a bit plain and could really use a bit of the destruction brush that gracefully painted the rest of the characters and foreground. Don't be afraid to add that extra bit of detail to all of the elements in a piece, as that is what makes artwork shine forth. If you ever revisit this piece, that should be a pretty nice place to start with the redux.

Slight complaints aside, this is still a great piece that wordlessly speaks the great tale of a war with flawless immersion. As with many of this artist's pieces, it still contains that wondrous story element behind its brushstrokes, enticing the viewer even further and allowing our imaginations to spin forth. Great work, keepwalking! :clap:
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SuperStormtrooper501 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome dude, love the mech! ;)
Dracklore Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
That helm looks disconcertingly like a Tau helm. Any reference drawn from WH40K? Also, nice.
asoldier Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This piece is fantastic. Absolutely breathtaking.
prodigyzx Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
This is fantastic, do you have a bigger (1600x1200) version of it?!
FacundoDiaz Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot :)

No, sorry, this is the only resolution I have
Noitusan Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
Very cool!
Lordvraider Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
I like it! The robot/mech in the left center of the piece looks like the big security mechs in Mass Effect 2.
Mrkirby2 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
You should do these scenes more =D
Rezec Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
dat's fantastic!!
FacundoDiaz Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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