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Invasion by wiredgear Invasion by wiredgear
edit: Updated version here [link]

I've been wanting to paint something like this in a while. I know it might seem as if these warriors would die by a heat stroke! Think about it for a sec, have some thoughts about the future. What if these uniforms have some sort of cooling system running underneath? I mean technology is getting smaller by the years, I've read about a new lcd tv thats about 2-3 centimeters thick. I am pretty sure our soldiers in the future will be able to do things like no other :)

Might do a in-helmet hud painting sometime, should be fun with all of this idea that's flowing in my head.

ps cs3. cintiq.
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acebird1234 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pretty amazing piece of artwork.Nice job.
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Very nice designs! I like the near future look.
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VenomEXsoldier Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Really nice work there, those soldiers looks like master chiefs xD
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13Bravo Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
lol I hope the Army issues me that
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zippo-cod2 Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Gotta say I love your work. Feels very real, and that counts for one hell of a lot. Much kudos.
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eyeofthebeholder007 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
Your "climare control" mechanism is actualy in the works. During my first Iraq tour I saw a unit that was fielding 1,200 modular "A/C packs." It was in a case that slung to the side with a hose that ran up behind your body armor. The thing weighed like 15 pounds, and for that very reason; Soldiers didn't wear it. Why carry that when you can carry more ammo right? The army also has a prototype helmet apart of the Solider 2020 program that in theory will be ballistic, have built in NVG's or thermals, climate control, NBC detection capabilities, Comms, Blue force tracker like GPS, and up to date real time video feed back so that a 6 element can see every part of the battlefield. Shoot, move, communicate. I see it taking a little longer them 10 years but I would LOVE to be proved wrong on this bit of technology.
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DarthDLA Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008
Ooh, I like it, looks a lot like I envisioned The Future Force Warrior project.
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Alpha-Dog Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
yeah looks kind of stunning!!!!
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gearhardt2228 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
amazing!!!
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DSJax Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008
WHOA!!! Now that is nice, it's almost like a pre-Halo bunch of Spartans invaded Iraq along with the Marines, but if the armed forces does look into this sort of thing...wow..I hope they do lol.
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KahunaSniper Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Bro, I'll tell ya, that's a bada** pic! You should draw one where the bullets are flyin' and all, that would be SWEET!!!!
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Aeskhari Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The cooling system is a great idea. Since you told me that you were there for awhile I guess you'd know more the most of us.

Looks really cool too. Very authentic looking with the men taking cover and the rubble every where.
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EagleSpartan888 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
this picture looks something out of Halo! one of the soldier's guns looks like a paintball gun. no offence! :) really nice
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shadowharbinger Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
i think i read in popular science that they are looking into a cooling system for suits... seems like it would be far off though sadly... you'd think that they might try harder considering anyone knows that you can't focus and work as well when you're dehydrating just thinking hah... oh well, someday solder suits are gonna mean hard. core. - sweet pics, im watchin now
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Ringo45 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
I love paintings of futuristic designs, especially of military/weaponry. It takes a lot of knowledge about modern weapons and soldiers to envision and create realistic ideas, and a lot of skill to paint them as you have. Great work, and thanks for your service in the military.
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wiredgear Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008   Digital Artist
hey thx dude :)
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Relic191 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008  Professional General Artist
The weapons design...does that M16 have an ammo clip in 2 places?
2 round types in one gun. You sneaky little critter you!!
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wiredgear Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008   Digital Artist
lol, yeah, figured since it was looking more like an m4, I'd make it slightly different.
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bulok69 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
the masks make it me feel like im looking at an airsoft game..oh boy,,,i need to get another hobby other than airsoft.
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CorruptedBrilliance Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008
Dude, this is a sick piece, dont get me wrong, but the soldiers look alot like the ODST's from Halo. Is this the final design or are you still tweaking it?
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wiredgear Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008   Digital Artist
thx man :) never intended it to be like the ODST's in any way, I actually detest them since I think they look ugly :P This was meant to be a quick speedy but who knows, I might just go back to it and add a bit more details :)
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CorruptedBrilliance Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008
:salute: Never a problem :)
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Mrarmageddon8 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008
Awesome job man!
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J-Humphries Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
You're very good at lighting.
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wiredgear Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008   Digital Artist
I try my best to keep the lighting as good as possible ^_^ thx
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AltheTurkey Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
very nice mate, the textures and colours work lovely with each other :) good job
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ijp90 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
wow, that does not look like a speed painting...
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StealthReaper Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
wow man , awesome work , looks cool and very sweet , like the newer more advanced lookin gear
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wiredgear Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008   Digital Artist
thx man, I love advanced gear!
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StealthReaper Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
wow , you must be able to draw alot of military stuff without referenses must be nice , lol. yea advanced gear is cool , just as long as it doesnt go to far advanced lol. the halo helmet looks prety sweet
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SaidinWhitewolf Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sick job, man. Love it.:)
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teemunkle Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008   Digital Artist
i really like how the lighting turned out.you can feel the warmth,sometime in the morning or early evening im guessing from the shadows.
nice sense of tension too,you can feel that they are stalking through a dangerous area and watching each others backs.
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wiredgear Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008   Digital Artist
thx bro, exactly what I was trying to go for here. ^_^ Especially watching each others back.
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teemunkle Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008   Digital Artist
well, you nailed it here.nice one mate. :highfive:
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lebrnjmes23 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
wow thats awesome! it reminds of this place in cod4. i forget where it was... idk. but i remember being in a place like this with walls everywhere and i kept getting lost in all the dead ends.
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wiredgear Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008   Digital Artist
ah I think I know what place your talking about! I don't know the name of it but it's an awesome map... very good for the campers though! Always getting killed by lonewolves hiding in corners.
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X-A-N-A Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
The lighting rules!
It looks like the one guy in the corner is using that OICW thing.
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wiredgear Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008   Digital Artist
Haha, well I could say the weapon was inspired by the oicw! Atleast the back part of it with the ammo was.
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X-A-N-A Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
But the OICW is so ugly and-and boxy!
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origamiace Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
Just can't imagine how hot it is to wear all those gears and especially that helmet in the middle east during summer time.
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:iconwiredgear:
wiredgear Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008   Digital Artist
lol, it's based in the future. Think about a cooling system on the uniform and helmet :P
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botchiball Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
p.s. it would be really nice to have climitized suits though ; ).
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wiredgear Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008   Digital Artist
lol well I updated the description saying how it's based in the future and how like there is a cooling/heating system built into the uniforms and helmet.
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botchiball Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008
its definately something the army needs to do - i've actually heard rumors about something like that, but i don't think a helmet is part of it. it would be nice though - maps which you can move around, zooms as part of your view - lots of cool stuff.
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botchiball Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
this is bad ass dude - looks exactly like the world just outside. i honestly get pissed when people try to show "iraq" or other third world countries and everyone is happy and there is tons of business and animals everywhere... they don't capture the place, they just make what they think is real in their head.
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:iconwiredgear:
wiredgear Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008   Digital Artist
Yeah I hear ya bro, I know exactly what you mean!
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tHs-Acid Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
:wow: That is simply amazing, but what else can we excpect from you at this point? Awesome lighting and awesome texture, just overall an spectacular job! Keep it up!

Lol I see other people would like to see a walkthrough also :nod: hehehe
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wiredgear Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008   Digital Artist
thx man, lighting is a big thing for me, I try my best to make it seem somewhat realistic.
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D3nim Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008  Student
wow awesome work !! :+fav:
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Rahll Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Turned out pretty sweet dude, rock on :D
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