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Higgins Flying Trasport by Shimmering-Sword Higgins Flying Trasport by Shimmering-Sword
This one was fun, a fantasy take an a critical WW2 classic, the Higgins boat.

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DerVulf Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is awesome.
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nordicberserk Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
I want this!
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The-Real-Evil-Steve Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
I do like the match of style and practicality to this design.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
But...how can it fly? It doesn't look aerodynamic enough, and it also looks quite heavy.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Lighter than air method and maybe some magic.
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Magic is always good :)
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Pixel-pencil Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Student General Artist
Coolest. Thing. Evar.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:D Thanks.
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CaimanR Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
This is gonna be the boat of my oldest Shadowrun Character! Thanks for that great pic. ;)
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You need to ask Lionel for permission to use the image first, and be sure to provide propper crediting. It's art theft otherwise :)
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CaimanR Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
Its no official round.

IŽll just show the picture to a private audiance to get them more immersed in the game. ;)

Just for a pen&paper-rpg-session(Shadowrun). ;)
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Lionel23 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
As a courtesy, drop me a note next time Caiman and just let me know, and definitely do give Shimmering credit as it's his drawing of MY world, afterall ;P

I don't mind it being used as a reference for the game you're running, just don't be claiming it's exactly from Shadowrun or anything when it's part of my alternate WW2 fantasy world... ^^
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It's still part of general courtesy. You would ask a friend to use their stuff, on the internet it should be no different.
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is pretty cool. How big is this thing? Also, I'd love to see a flying aircraft carrier from you sometime.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is just a little bigger than a real higgins boat, in order to fit the engines in the back.
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ArturiusMaxwell Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
When do you ship them? lol Nice work!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
1940s, in an alternative universe. Got a time machine and a dimension crosser?
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ArturiusMaxwell Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
If I did I'd be going forward one week and getting the lottery numbers then zapping to the alt verse to kick myself in the ... ahem well nevermind lol

Good work though! Any other concepts in line with that which you might be posting?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
"with that which", okaaaaay? :noes:
Haha, all the time man.
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ArturiusMaxwell Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
BLAH sorry I've been up for 36 hours nearly. Love security work... Any other concepts or designs of that sort that you might be posting? Flying Battleships? Supersized flying/floating submarines?
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Lionel23 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
Actually I do have those planned too... see my gallery for the flying battleships and cruisers, I have a carrier being worked on by another artist and who knows, if Shimmering isn't sick of me yet, I might ask him to do some airborne subs... I love airships and naval combat.. ^^
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weremole Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I don't really see the boat, my immediate reaction whas "omg whale!". Then again it can go both ways. Feels very stealthy modern speedboat as well for something that is supposed to be a lumbering seige machine to deliver troops but again that can also work both ways.

Good one!
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Lionel23 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
*makes Whale Noises* You know as I read some of these comments, I'm starting to see the whale! XD But it's a streamlined airborne transport, but able to carry the heavier troops of my story ^^
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
It's ok if it looks like a whale too :D
It's not too fast, but not too slow either, definitely faster than a higgins in the water.
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xxxDarkShinobixxx Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
I love the higgins transports. If only they had this sort of design during WW2. A lot of lives would have been saved!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
If we had flying gunships (like the AC130 now) it would save even more. Breaking the front with a wall of infantry can't be done without cost.
Heck, almost any modern day aircraft could have cracked the beaches for landing all on it's own.
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
The artwork is awesome!

I think the guns would be better suited on the sides as opposed to the top.
It's still a delivery vehicle.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
But the higgins has em on top, just something more to play the similarity off (change too much and you lose it). :D
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
Yeah and the Higgins was restricted to one plane, you're new version is still a delivery vehcile, but has multiple levels of approach.

Basically what I am saying is that if you're dropping altitude, the top mounted guns cannot fire on any enemy positions until after the vehicle has landed. Unless the vehicle is landing in front of a fortified mountain or underneath an airborne target.

No matter, the art is still cool.
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Lionel23 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
Heh I'll explain the reasoning on the design. The entire interior of the hull is designed to carry troops, there is no room to have gunners sitting with troops in the bay area (think like the interior of the dropship from Aliens). Also, having a vulnerable opening on the sides would risk bullets ripping through the troops inside (the ship is more up-armored in order to ensure delivery). Also, it lands on the ground and the main 'crew' area is in the rear of the boat, so when it lands and opens up, it doesn't threaten the crew of the boat while the troops (usually armored or with shields) disembark. To board another airship, the rule of thumb is that the bottom of airships is the 'weakest' area of any ship (as they land in water to 'dock' for maintenance, they can't fly forever you know), so hence the hatch near the pilot's station in the rear.

The turrets are mainly designed to fend off enemy fighter attacks that may threaten the boat as it goes in for the landing and providing support fire once landed (or act as a gunship circling an area). In general, fighters and other airships would be covering the boat's landing or it deploys troops in safer drop zone areas to prevent it from being torn apart. Anyway, my reasoning on it so far ^^ Thanks for the question!
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Anderty Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Oh, i like this one! Looks so cool!
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grimrecka Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Very cool
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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Militant-Jester Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010   General Artist
This is super rad; can I ask the size? Because from the turrets it looks tank-sized but from the command box thing it looks... much bigger.

and how is it supposed to fly O.O
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Size it by the turrets and front hatch size. About twice as tall as an adult. For flight, it uses light materials and lighter than air gasses. Kind of bending the limits there, but who cares :D
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Militant-Jester Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010   General Artist
Ok, thanks :D
And personally I love that it's a flier... it looks the part, like a super heavy blimp.
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Lionel23 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
Or as some say.. a whale! XD Heh, thanks though. Yeah it's designed to be 'bulky' in my world.. being an offshoot of WW2 meets fantasy!
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Militant-Jester Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011   General Artist
It looks great, and very WWII :D
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Lionel23 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
Thanks a lot! I'm glad for the interest shown ^^
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Militant-Jester Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011   General Artist
More than welcome! :D
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Swordfish244 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
Quite different from when you first started it on livestream, but its awesome as usual!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man.
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madspartan013 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
oh snap, i'm lovin this
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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Wingnut55 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
i am guessing this a WIGE craft ? thinking about this, it seems surprising that WIGE did not take off :-) sooner.
it seems to be about design rather than technology, the materials would be Mosquito/Horten level.
D-day with WIGE...?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, it needs some wing space to be one of those. This one bends some rules on light metals and lighter than air gasses. So it's more of an armored troop carrying blimp.
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ZEROresolution Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Love the design of this thing. :)
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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ExevaloN Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Seriously, you should work with the developers that make the Advance Wars games becuase your artstyle kinda goes that way. Your military vehicle and ship design are cool to look at and probably alot of fun to actually see in action.
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