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I think this is the last piece from the Terror from the Deep book that I'll post. There are a lot of good illustrations in there but I shouldn't post the entire book :D

This is the Barracuda submersible fighter used by Triton. Much like the Omega alien tech fighter this uses an anti-gravity drive as it's main source of propulsion. It's capable of flight in air like a conventional fighter, but is also designed to dive and fighter under water. It's armed with 2 large rail guns, 4 dart rifles mounted in turrets, and torpedos.
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TenvTrue Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
ахуенский шип)
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jmozynski Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
nice
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megadolon013 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
  The teeth are right.  Jaws on steroids.  WOW.  I see this thing I give up.  Youre designs are so impressive.  WOW.
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CalebDark Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013

coooooooooooooolllllllll

 

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Escef Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It looks good. Smooth, clean, nicely contoured lines. I don't think rail guns would work well under water. (Instantly boiling the water immediately around itself and the resulting shock waves through the water? I'll pass.) But I think it can easily enough be Rule of Cool'd.
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EcorynV Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Writer
Nice.
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Blsdesq Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Super cool!!!
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XenoFrobe Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It looks like a shark dual wielding machine guns.  I approve.
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Cool fighter Shimmy, guess you don't need propellers or jets if you have antigravity drives that operate independent of your surrounding fluid environment. :D But rail-guns underwater?  That sounds like a bad idea, does the craft use its rail-guns only above water and the dart rifles and torpedoes when submerged?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
What's wrong with them under water? Everything being relative, when the best we have right now is a slow moving bubble delivery system called a torpedo.
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Escef Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I mention this above in my own comment, but a railgun would instantly vaporize the water it comes into contact with. If you look at the footage and pictures of the US Navy's railgun tests you will note fire around the weapon barrel when it is discharged. Railguns don't use explosive propellant, that is the AIR catching on fire from the friction against the projectile.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Not all air, there are materials that are shearing off the rails and projectile turning to plasma. It's important to not just think about throwing a modern railgun under water and firing it, we all know what would happen there. But instead what happens when a railgun is specifically designed to work submerged including the use of advanced (even alien) technology. Things make more sense that way.
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Escef Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I don't care how much tech you have, when something moving at the kind of speed achieved by a railgun hits the water the proverbial shit is going to hit the fan.
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Well, a very fast moving railgun projectile will quickly lose its kinetic energy on impact with the surrounding water- making for some pretty spectacular bubbles, I'd bet. :D But I am more worried about the cannons shorting out from contact with seawater- the rails have to be in contact with the bullet, and the bullet must be in a barrel open to the outside, thus water will probably get in there, the rails are charged up with a high-voltage high-amp current during firing, and water conducts electricity... which will make a short-circuit at the very least, and water in the barrel will resist the firing of the projectile.  The railgun would probably explode.  If these guys have built water-proof railguns that fire supercavitating bullets, yeah, it probably could work, just like underwater firearms do. :)
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
As for velocity, the dart guns are also firing projectiles into water, the railguns will deliver more power so they should work better. They're not looking for over the horizon performance, just "shoot the guy in front of you". As for water in the firing system, I trust that engineers and scientists who work with nano technology and bio engineering along alien salvage can handle the wiring of a gun and water pressure :P
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MyWorldCreations Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well one would assume that a super advanced underwater rail gun would have super advanced underwater projectile to cut through the water as opposed to impacting with the water and shattering.
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tamirespp Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I envy your clean lines D:
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not a fan of inking myself, but that's what they wanted :)
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tamirespp Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do, right? ^^
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Marzipanzers Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This needs to be in a video game.  An epic one! :D
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paladinstorm Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
It's pretty slick compared to the Barracuda interceptor sub from X-COM: Terror from the Deep. Not sure which one I like better- the original TFTD Barracuda has its charm. Then again, this one sounds like it's supposed to be more in-line with that game's Manta (which uses reverse-engineered magnetic navigation instead of anti-grav), from the description.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's in a game, just not a video game.
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QuantumCrab Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Very cool design! I was kind of expecting you to take the "hydrodynamic" approach, like the Deepflight Super Falcon. Still, alien anti-grav drive is way cool too. They got very lucky when they landed you as an artist!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I could use some cool ideas for propulsion but "we shoot down alien ships and steal their drives" was the order.
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QuantumCrab Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
I understand. It's still a totally kick-ass drawing!
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
If I were an alien, I would attach thermonuclear bombs rigged to detonate if tampered with to the FTL engines.  That'll show those pesky humans.  "Hey, Joe, what do ya' think this big cylindrical bit here does?  Maybe if we just cut this connecting wire..." BOOM!!!!!! :D
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I think the aliens don't have nukes, somehow they avoided that. They do have antimatter bombs though, those are also nice salvage off their wrecks.
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templar127 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
AWESOME!!!
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Heretic1311 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
This one looks cool, and the nose has the perfect form for a teeth decoration :XD:
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeh, I'll do teeth whenever possible :D
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Heretic1311 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Ever considered becoming a dentist? :la:
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lastbullet2 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
I think I need one of these
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sharperofthefew Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok this is my favorite ship so far. AHHH IT LOOKS BEAUTIFUL!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it :)
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sharperofthefew Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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CrimsonCyco9 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Designs like this certainly close the gap between underwater and space.

Seaspace..... that's all I'm thinking of because of this.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Where the term "navy" always applies.
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CrimsonCyco9 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
That it does:D (Big Grin)
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Loone-Wolf Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Now this is what i want to swim around some nasty aliens. Nice teeth, it sure bites.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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Acturis Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Not normally a fan of submersibles, when compared to space vessels at least, but this Barracuda is smexy!  I love how you have the optics situated to look like eyes on the end of the sub ;)
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
With it's seals enhances it could probably operate in space too, at least the original Omega fighter can.
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Acturis Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
I just now noticed that you wrote about a book in the description.  Are you publishing a book?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's already published, but it's German only for now.
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Acturis Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Darn shame, but why German?  (Aren't you in New Zealand?)
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It was written by a german in english and german, but was picked up by a german publishing company, so for now it's only local. I was just the artist.
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QuantumCrab Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
I knew I shoulda picked German in high school...
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Maddog3060 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
I love the teeth painted on the bow/nose. When combined with the appearance of the sensors on the front top it looks like a happy shark-alien thing. ;)
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I like putting faces on everything.
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Maddog3060 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Except for your faceless stormtroopers. ;p
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