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Bolo - We Are Already In Hell by Shimmering-Sword Bolo - We Are Already In Hell by Shimmering-Sword
Destruction anyone? The environmentalists wont be happy about this :noes:
Haven't done a painting on this scale in a while, so it was nice to spend some good time on something. Enjoy.

For :iconmihoshik: *MihoshiK
The Bolo MkXXXIII "Sabellicus"
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The detail is wonderful on the tank, but the vertical layout has one problem: there is a little too much empty space up in the sky. this could be solved by removing some of the fire in the lower half, but mostly there's just too much gray sky up there.

that one turret that's pointing at the viewer is a string element. You might be able to make it better by showing it charging with the blue light the others are shooting.

The other thing here is that the tank is just sitting there. That may have been your intention, but it might make the piece stronger if it were moving along the landscape. Some dust from the treads and suggested blur on the treads could help.
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I am a huge fan of Bolos so i have read some of the books, my faverite is Bolo Rising, you should read that if you have not but let us get the business

I like how it is not as towery as many are and the fact that it has the morters and heavy howitzers as well as the missiles, plus the fact that its not alone ( even in the early parts of ww2 no one tanks moved anywhere alone if they could help it)

though i do have some problems with this, one all the curves are what you could call a SHOOT THERE SHOOT THERE place for it it like shooting a hole but this is fan art not a design for a real things so in my mind this is the best Bolo fan art that i have seen to date!
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novadragon223 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
is it just me or dos the the hellbore cannon look like it aiming at us?
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Thanatosstorm Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Every now and then I put in 'BOLO' or 'OGRE', and it keeps bringing me back to this piece. Suffice to say, Shimmering, you have yourself a winner of a picture here.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, yeah it's already so old and out dated for me, but in the art starved boloverse it seems I did something helpful.
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Thanatosstorm Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
Ever think about creating something else? Or was this one of those few inspired moments that lasts and lasts?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Not so much. This piece was commissioned, not sure if I'd even heard of Bolo before this piece, though it's easy to get the gist of the setting. I've never really done much fanart, especially not in the last few years. Previous to that I just did Battletech fanart, but now I'm an official freelancer for them and all my non official work is paid for by other fans :D
Long story short, I likely wont be doing any other Bolos pieces unless someone commissions it.
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Orkronos Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
Fuck yah Bolos!
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Kahvik Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
This is beautiful. First time I see any bolo art, and it's this? Amazing. Keep it up!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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BladezEX Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
beautiful bolo's always has been one of my favorite series and its hard to find any good art for them
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narrva Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
A review mentioned that we can't see what the missiles are shooting at.  I'm saying that is because the missiles are shooting at ships in orbit; and dropping them like flies.
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mivpus Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
Colonel Quaritch: "That'd be my new favorite tank"
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El-Kortez Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
For the honor of the Regiment.
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sn1985a Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
one tank conquer a country~~
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McqeulinFerenzio Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
That's funny didn't know someone else made a Mark 33, should have done the 20 lol.
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McqeulinFerenzio Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
and by that I mean "I" should have done the 20, great job by the way!
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
And so did the knight, armor gleaming, charge through the monsters to the rescue of the weak and helpless who upon him depended...

Catches the spirit very well.
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Herr-Crouch Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O.O

This is good!!!!!!!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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MightyBOBcnc Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Ah I love the Bolo series. This is rather different from what I always have pictured in my mind when I read their descriptions though.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I haven't read any of the books myself, only some technical descriptions, so my knowledge would likely be different.
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MetalArch Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very good. Great art work.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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Whoa that's a badass tank!
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Archeopterix2680 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013   Digital Artist
Sorry for the double post. I hit a glitch and thought I would need to re post. My bad.
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Archeopterix2680 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013   Digital Artist
Your Bolo looks great for the most part but one thing I can point out is that your Hellbores (I assume the three largest guns on the upper deck are Hellbores as that's what Bolos are armed with) look underpowered. Keep in mind firing a Hellbore is something akin to taking the blast of a hydrogen bomb and squeezing it through a straw. Other than that the image looks great. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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Archeopterix2680 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013   Digital Artist
Your Bolo looks great except for one thing. Your Hellbores- assume the three large guns on the upper deck are Hellbores- look underpowered. Other than that it's a great image. Thanks for sharing it.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, they can't be made to look powerful enough without whiting out the entire image to show them firing. Definite practical style over realism in this case.
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Archeopterix2680 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014   Digital Artist
Ok.  Point.  But they could look more like Hellbores than lasers.  Some of the very earlier marks of Bolos  WERE armed with lasers you know.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, dat epic 10 months later reply :D
What I mean is an actual nuclear beam is so bright that looking at it will blind you, the image would literally have to be pure white to not look under powered. Alternatively you could wager a properly adjusted "exposure" of the image, in which case you'd only see the beam and the rest would be extremely dark. Other than that an improvement would be to have better effects like shockwaves, but I wasn't such an effects guru back then.
Another note is that while I probably could make the shots look more intense if I were to do this piece again today, no other piece of bolo art exists that has weapon fire as intense as mine shows, so it seems I'm the leader of the pack right now :D
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Archeopterix2680 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014   Digital Artist
You could have made the diameter greater. I studied lasers. I know about intense light sources and scatter radiation, take my word for it. But I'm not focusing on just the hellebores. Its a good image and overall it doesn't leave much to be desired.
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MihoshiK Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
It's a 100 meter long tank, and the barrel bore is *supposed* to be 2 meters. Shimmy's depection is good enough.

Although I might actually hit him up for a redo of this...
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Archeopterix2680 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014   Digital Artist
Fair enough.  Aren't you glad you aren't on the wrong end of a 2 meter hellbore?  I am.
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Lupen666 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
so much gun... I like it >:3
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bigbruinman Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Very good work on the 3, 200 cm hellbores wouldnt want to anger those cannons now would we.?
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ReaveT93 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Holy shit!

In all honesty this makes my Spartan Tanks (see my gallery) look so tiny! O.o Seriously, excellent job.
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MisterArtMaster101 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Dude, its a building block sized, battleship massed, killing machine that can RECITE POETRY if it wanted to.

Yes it would make anything else look tiny... other than Titans from WH40k... and even then there is a 50/50 chance that the Bolo would win.
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R603 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's no tank.. ITS A FORTRESS!

This tank is pure epicness!

Btw, what weight category is that mech that its in the middle of killing?
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AKV-3026 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
that B 'is more of a tank's, I WANT ONE
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LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012   Digital Artist
ive heard fo bolos but never know what they are


could you fill me in? :3 <3
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omegaman255 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
basically self aware autonomous tanks which started out as "continental siege weapons", but as time went on they became larger and smarter, upgrading them to "planetary siege weapons". The main cannon of a Bolo is known as a "Hellbore", pretty much as hydrogen based warhead, flash frozen, then shot out at half the speed of light; designed to take out large ships in high orbit, and the ship behind it. There is a lot more to a Bolo than straight firepower, here's a wiki file on the tanks themselves [link] but if your really interested in a good story look into a copy of "Bolo!" by David Weber, if you love sci fi you've love Bolo.
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LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013   Digital Artist
thank you
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omegaman255 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
your welcome! :)
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I don't know much about them myself, I've never read any of the books.
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LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012   Digital Artist
so a bolo's purpose is to only... "advance" right? XD

cos thats just awesome!
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Okay, That's not a tank.
That's a battleship on treads.
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LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012   Digital Artist
landcruiser :3
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Ever wondered why these things never seemed to sink into the ground from sheer weight as they should? Not to mention how much fuel they use, how slow they must go, how fast they would had burnt out their armaments to be useful etc. etc.

Nice depiction, though.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The majority of it's underside surface is tracked, nice even ground pressure.
It runs on some form of "unlimited" power source (nuclear etc), so fuel isn't an issue.
It also has an anti gravity generator which it uses to drop in from orbit, this would also keep it's ground pressure at a preferred level.
As for ammo that majority of it's weapons are a plasma-fusion type that run on hydrogen. All it needs is water/moisture to harvest and produce munitions.

Not specs I came up with though, just following the reference details.
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Well, that's good enough as it is then.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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