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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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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 )
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
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