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Elite Soldier by wiredgear Elite Soldier by wiredgear
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The thought of this is one of my experiences in Iraq. Generally when we have missions, particularly conducting searching routines, we always have to pull security around the perimeter to make sure we have our behinds secured. There was this one mission, sunset had started to peek out slowly and saw it rise, I was ordered to move at a specific position and I remember it like it was yesterday. It was beautiful.

I used reference for the uniform and the m249 (SAW gun) which I finished slightly different to go along the lines of a newer futuristic version of it. The SAW gun was a pain in the ass to paint but I've gotten most of the details there! Even tied down mods (only us soldiers/veterans of this recent war will understand that).

Background Texture was used from I decided to use and modify a bg texture because I wanted to capture more realism and I think my decision to that turned out nice.

For the mask design, I was hugely inspired by the master chief himself

edit: by the way, I flipped the image during the time I was near finished so the ammo feed of the weapon is on the wrong side. I think the light on the right suited the image better.

edit2: I decided to change the overall mask design into something that made more sense and realistic. I felt that the last mask design needed tweaking, mainly proportion wise. Hope you guys still like it, I tried to still keep the master chief influence to it.

PS CS3. CINTIQ. Ref used.
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Given 2008-08-19
Elite Soldier by *wiredgear is amazing well done and not only that but its full of emotion. Be sure to read the artists description when viewing this one. ( Suggested by botchiball and Featured by cosmosue )
ArtAdmirer1-75th Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015
Your Work looks pretty Bad-Ass! My days in the 1st Ranger Bat., ('77-'80), was flooded by VietNam era equiptment, weapons, commo, parachutes, chow & uniforms. Your Work is Fantastic!!!  'HOOOAAH!' :clap::clap::clap: :salute::salute::salute:
Jaime-Gmad Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Good work!
ArtbroJohn Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice work!
Frakor00 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 17, 2015
Nom de Dieu de merde, magnifique Wow! 
AmmoBot-HB Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Inspiring piece.
basilisilk Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
cool kevlar
crimsonthunder1995 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
Denis-off Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
atmospheric happened
Boomerang098 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
What year would an armor system be used?
calwallace2007 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Armour systems would cost Governments too much, so wont be implemented, sadly.
Boomerang098 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
You never know. In fact, did you hear the government is still doing the Landwarrior program for the U.S military? They're updating the block systems every two years, the last update was in 2012. So the next will be in 2014. They're hoping to reach a full realized product by 2032, so I think something like this could be possible by the 2030's.
calwallace2007 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hopefully it's implemented in time to save soldier's lives.
Regardless, this piece is awesome, love your ability to mix real photography with photoshop-type work.
LukeNukemForever Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Looks like something from Halo.
razort300 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
formogfarge Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! Looks like photography ^^
VeraCobb Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hey welcome home bro, i love this painting, its just so realistic and gritty, really high quality stuff (what's this doing on deviantart? :P)
0DarkSoul0 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
o_O f*cking awesome!!
at the thirst look on it i thought it was a real guy standing in front of a wall ;D
tomsymonds Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks for your service man. Glad you made it back safe. Dope drawing. My Dad, Brother, and Cousin served, and inspire me.
templar127 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
KaneTilly Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
this picture is amazing, it looks so real!
Sirius1234 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
is it weird that i thought this picture was real O_O?
CAL4nLA Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Student Artist
GigoXXIII Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Eidzo Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
so realistic! good colors! good work!
14herbertl Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
awesome concept. thanks for your service.
Sid-itego Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Student Photographer
thats pretty awesome dude love it
Sev808 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
DietrichHesse Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
Love this Sir thanks for your service
BuildMyPaperHeart Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Love the silent beauty of this. The light is very well placed. Also love the soldier; plausible and looks right for the scene. Great work!
fiend-cerberus Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
Amazing piece of work!
Oxidizer25 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
omg, I thought this was a photo till I read it wasn't O_O"
Arielis200 Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
hell yeah! this is some seriously nice work here! i like the prospect of the possible future soldier mixed with the modern.
goeliath Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thats a kickass helmet. i want one.
Rabienermann Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
u think im a troll ?
i'd say ur picture is fuckin propaganda shit, an american GI with a master chief helmed
by the way the fingers of his left hand are way so smaller than the ones on his right hand
Epic, very epic!
TheAlphaEcho Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You are an idiot.
Rabienermann Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
la illaha illallah
sons of dogs go to hell
RisingFenrir Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Obvious troll needs to troll somewhere else.
Russianboxer Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
Тhis is photograph?
SergentCon09 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
Epic, very epic!
Joshua352556 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
When talking about the mods on the gun, are you talking about the paracord securing the laser device? Ive seen some soldiers doing that even tho its on the rail, they tie it down for further support .
Joshua352556 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
This is sick. I love the futuristic look, but still very modern. This is without a doubt one of my favorite pieces of yours. It makes me think of the 21st century warrior program. I've always told friends of mine. The soldier might change, but the weapons wont. We are gonna be throwing lead for a very long time. A perfect example is the Colt 1911, It's been in US service for 100 years now. And the only other main pistol we have issued was the Beretta. We are going to be using the SAW and the AR family for a long time to come. So this sooooo fitting. I love this picture so damn much. Two thumbs waaaaaay up
MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the gun looks like a futuristic minimi or M240.
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
He ID's it as the m249 in the artist's comment. ;)
KOGR Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
well done.
EhmLol Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
Wow! Amazing:O
l3ernard Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
Wow, really good job. But the left arm(For the soldier Right arm) looks short.
Pulse-Ultra Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
pretty sweet work
respect to the troops
HeraklesVegeta Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
Love the feeling it emits!!! Congrats
lebedevore Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
Yes, there's a very "real life" emotion in that painting...
CISP Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
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