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Commission - Last Stand by Shimmering-Sword Commission - Last Stand by Shimmering-Sword
Another commission for :iconzachg56: ~Zachg56, more of his elite infantry. Link to some fiction to go along with it: zachg56.deviantart.com/art/The…

Caught in a bloody city defense against an onslaught of large insectoids, soldiers hold their ground to the last man. Drenched in his own and his enemies blood, this combat engineer is down to just a sidearm and plasma cutter, virtually building a defensive wall from the body count he's racking up.
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:iconomegathing211:
omegathing211 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
I like the guy in the background he adds a more dramatic effect
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Sniper0092 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Have you ever tried doing a Spartan?
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Quesocito Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool
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I-Am-Madbat Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
Y'know, it would really hurt to get punched inna face by that plasma cutter.
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SIGILSMONOLITH Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is an awsome level of badassery 
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Dantedesertfox Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
I like to keep my plasma cutter close by for such occasions as this. Because you never know when you might be attacked by insectoids!
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Xpac93 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is cool, ur cool.
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Alpha1ance Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
He seems pretty chill haha he's like "I could do this all day"
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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:iconzachg56:
Zachg56 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Given enough ammo, he could.  It's his job in his job description after all.
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Alpha1ance Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
lol, very true
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:iconzachg56:
Zachg56 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
yep
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SirRinge Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Plasma cutters are a lot more useful than most people think xD
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:iconzachg56:
Zachg56 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Same with gravitonic sledgehammers
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:iconsirringe:
SirRinge Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
:D Hells yea!
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:iconzachg56:
Zachg56 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Engineers - using every tool available to them
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angelwashere97 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Amazing :D
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:iconsev808:
Sev808 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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templar127 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Awesome!
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:P
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templar127 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
:D
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:iconjon-wood:
Jon-Wood Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thick green armor? Obligatory comparison to EOD tech.

(You thought I was going to say Master Chief, dincha?)
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White0101 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Well, Technically John (spartan 117)
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol
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:iconzachg56:
Zachg56 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Obligatory reference to Starship Troopers (Roughnecks STC) armor
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:iconmaddog3060:
Maddog3060 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Awesomesauce.
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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Bajireyn Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Winning, as always.

And, it seems, even in the grimdarkness of the future, the M.1911A1 is still issued.
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NightSlayer44 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why not, its pretty good
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Bajireyn Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't have a problem with it, I just find it funny that the M1911, (which is a century old already) is still being used however far in the future.
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Zachg56 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
We're still using Shotguns which haven''t really had their design change since who knows when...You gonna complain about them knowing what works best? XP
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Bajireyn Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, to be fair, firearms internals have changed little in the last half-decade or so, save for some prototypes like the G11.

And, as they say, if it isn't broken, don't fix it.
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Zachg56 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
Xactly....unless it's to add more firepower to it >.>
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NightSlayer44 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well they probably have upgraded it slightly
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Zachg56 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Technically he isn't using a 1911A1...but something closer to an A2 or A3 to take advantage of futuristic materials.... but semantics
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Qeztotz Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
to be honest, unless armour gets better, the guns we have now will be sufficient for war among the stars, especially planetary landings, only in spacecraft would the weaponry differ.
If shields and better armour develop however, anything goes.
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ahandgesture Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Space battles will consist of a ship launching a missile from earth to an enemy near Jupiter or something and just sitting around waiting to see if it hits.
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Qeztotz Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
teh enemy would launch a anit-missile-missile at the incoming missile and disable it for a fraction of the cost that the original missile cost. Firing missiles which will never reach the target would become uneconomical
you appear to lack imagination, what if we develop massive shield generators or something? We are merely trying to have an interesting and engaging conversation.
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ahandgesture Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
mmm, yes, but without an nearly unlimited source of portable energy able to be directed (as thrusters/reaction control systems), Star Wars type space battles are an improbability. It takes an immense amount of energy to move something with a large mass quickly enough for a space dog fight. Space bombardments or ground to space attacks on orbiting enemy craft seem pretty likely, but massive interstellar or close quarters space battles seem improbable. I do see how two "battleships" could rendezvous in orbit and blast each other to bits though. So until we develop a nearly unlimited, portable energy source capable of being directed for maneuvering, space fighters zipping about is not likely. Large ships in orbit using orbital mechanics to get close range shots in and get away quickly is much more likely and still super awesome. So yes, I don't think I lack imagination, I simply look to the more plausible reality. (Which isn't as cool. D: )
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Qeztotz Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh i agree that missiles would definitely sensible for space battles, there is very little choice otherwise as lasers would be ineffective at large distances due to dispersion and bullets/cannon rounds would have such a long travel time that they would be simples to dodge. Missiles could instead follow and aim for the weak points on the armour, such as engines and cockpits. The missiles would still be uneconomic when compared to the countermissiles invariably fired back, but it would be the least uneconomical course.
As for the lack of imaginiation, i thought that by firing missiles from one planet to another we would eliminate the need for a ground invasion. If that is the case, then you lack imagination, otherwise disregard that last.
And about the near infinite powersource, there will never be anything realistically like it, however in the story i am writing some very clever people have made a purpose built set of crystals that act as massive batteries, so they charge these up with enourmous solar panels or something and then use them as the core for a powerful ion drive. The downside is that ships can get stranded without sufficient energy (which also leads to some nice story moments)
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ahandgesture Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The closest thing we have to unlimited power is RTGs and those don't provide much power and only last about 50 years or so (Voyager 1 will be dead soon because its RTGs will run out). Rail gun type weaponry could be very effective in space combat due to the sheer velocity of the round and the (for all practical purposes) absence of friction in space. Orbital rendezvous, line up for a rail gun shot, BAM! I'd love to see a Phalanx gatling gun destroy a missile in space though.. :P
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Zachg56 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Its an arms race between offense and defense....better weapons forces us to make better armor...better armor forces us to make better weapons
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Qeztotz Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah, but armour slows you down and could be more expensive than just chucking another guy into the fray for every, lets say three guys youve already got. Between three guys with combat armour and four guys without, im not sure which i would bet on.
Extra maneuverability could be a stand in for extra armour (especially for armoured vehicles), why protect yourself from being hit when you could find ways to not get  hit at all?
Also there is the problem of overarmouring your troops, the point at which it is no longer worth giving them this stuff. For example a bog standard infantryman's life is not worth a million pound suit of armour.
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Zachg56 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
There are three factors that go into armor/defense, each with a trade off
Protection, Weight, Mobility.

If you want to increase the protection, you either increase the weight, or decrease the mobility.

Want more mobility? You decrease the weight and also risk the loss of protection.

The true aspect is finding the perfect balance between all three for the particular purpose, hence why you don't see your regular grunts running around in bomb squad armor, and vice versa.  As for sending unarmored men into the fray against guys that do, its a sure way to lose a lot of man power and resources.
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Qeztotz Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ehhh, idk, if i pitted a larger number of unarmoured men against armoured targets, sooner or later i would kill them. Its just the later thats im worried about.
Personally when i think of futuristic warfare i imagine a mix of moderately armoured infantry in tanks and fighting vehicles, superheavy infantry in Knightmare style exosuits and lightly armoured infiltration infantry. That is what i would LIKE the future to be like, mainly because it is fertile ground for my writer's mind.
If i had a choice in the armour department, i would go for something about the weight of what we have now, it seems optimal to me.
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Zachg56 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Easiest way to look at it is to pit the basic Star Fleet grunts against your standard stormtrooper or mobile infantry trooper, the results will essentially be the same until the numbers are just mindblowingly overwhelming were it doesn't matter how many die because they are that cheap. If you also look at how personal military armor is going...this or storm trooper armor would essentially be the end result...not your pajama wearing Freddie scum
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rhyj Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Spectacular defense!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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rhyj Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Would you say he won the battle?
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