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AWESOME PIECE, TIM!!!

 

The A-10 was up for retirement actually, but it got a reprieve. I don't know how much longer though. It's Navy contemporary aircraft , the S-3 Viking (ASW, same engine and similar performance), just had its last operational flight. The military continues to focus on multi-role hybrids rather than dedicated platforms like the A-10. Obviously the most unique feature is the GAU-8 Avenger 30mm cannon, that is over 19' long and over 4000lb. The aircraft was actually designed around this weapon. There is no other air-mounted weapon that can match its anti-armor firepower and no other aircraft to carry it. Another unique part of the A-10 is the titanium "bathtub" the pilot sits in to provide armored protection.

 

BTW, I had a several of the Renegade Legion game books at one time.

 

Mike

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Mike, last I checked it was it's ability to chew sand that saved it during the second gulf war. The Army was also pissed because nothing comes close when it comes to CAS. Well...the AC-130 is a close one. The 130 is another plane that will never go away.

 

Tim, I noticed the tech after looking a bit more on the post of this on facebook. It's just BAD ASS! Makes me want to dig out my guns, my kevlar and my tac vest and go play. :)

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Concur with AC-130, but more for mass anti-personnel. Likely the A-10 will be the last of its kind and the CAS role will be assumed entirely by rotary wing aircraft. IMHO the Harrier is far too fuel inefficient for the role. It's crazy how much the military is reducing the total number of airframe types to reduce maintenance/support costs. I could keep going, but gonna stop before I go WAY TOO FAR off thread.

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For some reason people get nervous when I'm around deadly weapons.

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Digging the Hell Patrol stuff. Can't wait to see more. At first I was thinking that it was stuff for Devil's Commandos, then I saw the new tech.

 

Franchise? ;)

 

Keep it coming Tim.

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Damn, am I that easy? Throw in some gear and weapons, and put "hell" in the title and a lot of black on the board, and Noeland will love it?

 

I must be, because I'd be lying if I said I didn't love it.

 

There is always something about work like this, that you do for your own satisfaction, that resonates for me.

 

I mean come on, kevlar plate armor? I love that kind of shit. I have boxes of web gear and literally a workshop full of guns in the basement.

 

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Freaking lovely piece Tim. You are simply the best.

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Damn, am I that easy? Throw in some gear and weapons, and put "hell" in the title and a lot of black on the board, and Noeland will love it?

 

I must be, because I'd be lying if I said I didn't love it.

 

There is always something about work like this, that you do for your own satisfaction, that resonates for me.

 

I mean come on, kevlar plate armor? I love that kind of shit. I have boxes of web gear and literally a workshop full of guns in the basement.

 

 

You're never easy Noeland, I just have a good idea of what kind of subject matter trips yer trigger ;)

I suspected this might be up your alley.

We've known each other too long for me to be that off.

Naturally you're first line is more of a rhetorical question but I had to answer to it nonetheless.

 

Soon as I put the current Rogue Angel cover to bed I'm going to gear up something else along these lines before Comicon.

 

Also - Here's a copy paste of the 3 covers I just added to the native Hot Off The Boards Thread -

 

Luke Cage Noir #2 -

 

CageNoir2F.jpg

 

 

 

Luke Cage Noir #3 - Just finished this one.

 

CageNoir3F1.jpg

 

 

 

Punisher Noir #3

 

PunisherNoir3F2.jpg

 

Cheers all.

 

- TB

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The Punisher Noir #3 looks similar to MAX #39, but I won't hold it against you ;)

 

Joking aside, it's a cool cover. I like the fact that Frank (he is named Frank I'm asuming) is just sitting there, thinking, "Hurry up, amature, so I can kill you and get back to work" I also dig the use of the, well I'm not sure what the technique is called, but it looks like the image was screen printed on a white sheet of paper.

 

I'm also digging Luke Cage #3. The city background is amazing, but I have to ask, whats with the flaming crotch? ;)

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The Punisher Noir #3 looks similar to MAX #39, but I won't hold it against you ;)

 

Joking aside, it's a cool cover. I like the fact that Frank (he is named Frank I'm asuming) is just sitting there, thinking, "Hurry up, amature, so I can kill you and get back to work" I also dig the use of the, well I'm not sure what the technique is called, but it looks like the image was screen printed on a white sheet of paper.

 

I'm also digging Luke Cage #3. The city background is amazing, but I have to ask, whats with the flaming crotch? ;)

 

 

Yeah, the shot I used from Punisher Noir 3 was from the same photo shoot, not the same shot but similar.

Didn't have a lot of choice, I just didn't have time for a fresh shoot and in a way I enjoy the connection.

 

The technique I used for that is just me using a big sloppy, large flat brush to create a big black inked canvass with rough edges and drybrush touches.

Then I just screened it over the shot. Wherever there is white on the piece remains white, the rest becomes a window you see through to the rest of the art. I started messing about with this on El Borak (cannot wait for you all to see that stuff). It's so simple yet so effective.

 

The background on Cage 3 took FOREVER but it was worth it. Yeah, gotta check with my editor about flames around the crotch area.

I got the color back from Grant today and loved it but didn't really scrutinize it or notice that the flames above the crotch were so suggestive until you mentioned it. It looked harmless on the black and white version. The color version looks like he may have a screaming case of jock itch ;)

Thanks for pointing that out. I'll probably tone that down or omit it altogether.

 

- TB

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They're gorgeous Tim. You need to learn how to disappoint people sometime ;)

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Not trying to bust your balls here ;) I'm just happy to see Tom on a cover again.

 

As for Cage, I'm glad you took the time on the background, it is nothing short of amazing. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this. Looking forward to El Borak. The El Borak stuff is going to be B&W? From what I've seen so far, it would be a shame not to. Keep up the good work.

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This is some exceptional work. I especially LOVE Cage Noir #2. The subtle textures on his fedora and straight lines used to highlight his face really grabbed me.

 

I dig the muted, saturated, layered feel of the color work. I don't have a lot of color inspiration, because I generally don't enjoy working in color, but these really make me want to bust out the acrylics and sharp brushes.

 

I often feel spoiled here at RAW, that we get to enjoy so much insight and work from you and Tom.

 

Thank you for that guys.

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I'm the same way about color Noeland, but I embrace it if it doesn't overwhelm and compliments as it should (as I'm sure you do).

I've always favored muted palettes, earth tones, or desaturated color, you get my drift.

 

Here's a new one I'm pretty proud of.

Figure color by Goleash. Background is all me.

Background design is another example of the black drybrush swatch used as a framing device.

 

Hope you dig.

 

- Rogue Angel Book 24: The Bone Conjurer

 

RogueAngel24CF.jpg

 

 

- TB

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Tim, I love the Rogue Angel cover. That rocks. But the one that's got me droolin' is the Luke Cage Noir #3. That is sooo cool. I love the starkness of the yellow against the B&W. That is just too awesome for words.

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I like the Luke Cage Noir #3 a lot too! Great details in the background and Cage looks cool on fire :)

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Good job on the Rouge Angle cover. I missed the skull the first look around, don't know why. The screen printing thing just looks cool as hell. I like the rough edges, and I really like how her hair extends out into the white in the top corner.

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Under the new editorial regime (and even under the old) it seems like I don't have the freedom I'd like to have with the Rogue covers.

We're kinda stuck with a formula, and that's cool too, it's not like it's suffocating, but I feel like I could do some seriously cool work on Rogue if there were less restrictions. Out of the 17 covers I've done I really like maybe 6 of them, meaning I'm really proud of them and they stand up well.

 

I'd like to raise that percentage a lot more. Bone Conjurer definitely rates with me. I should probably not blame the editorial restrictions too much though. A lot of what ends up on the finished cover is really my responsibility so it's more like a challenge to myself to make a concept rise above those restrictions from cover to cover. Sometimes it's not easy to get the juices flowing on a concept that ain't tripping my trigger.

Some of the problem too is that I don't pick the shots I use and they are photographed by a third party so a lot of the creative process is already decided before I pick the gig up. It's out of my hands. Back when I first started I was flown up to Toronto to direct a big photoshoot with Chrisanne and that was fun. I felt like i was more a part of the whole creative process. But since then they've taken to doing it without me, probably because of the expense involved. Love to do that again.

 

We also changed cover models a while back. Both models have their upsides. Chrisanne had a long lean body from hell that was very fun to illustrate.

The new gal is not so, sorry . . . tight. But she's got more curves and her face requires a lot less touch up to turn her into Annja Creed.

So far I'm enjoying working with the new model a lot but sometimes I do miss Chrisanne.

 

Here are two of my favorite Chrisanne covers -

 

Serpent's Kiss

 

RogueAngel10f.jpg

 

 

 

Gabriel's Horn

 

RogueAngel13f1.jpg

 

- tb

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I'm the same way about color Noeland, but I embrace it if it doesn't overwhelm and compliments as it should (as I'm sure you do).

I've always favored muted palettes, earth tones, or desaturated color, you get my drift.

 

Here's a new one I'm pretty proud of.

Figure color by Goleash. Background is all me.

Background design is another example of the black drybrush swatch used as a framing device.

 

Hope you dig.

 

- Rogue Angel Book 24: The Bone Conjurer

 

RogueAngel24CF.jpg

 

 

- TB

 

Outside of just LOVING the technique of this piece, what jumped out at me first was the symmetry of the faces in the composition. Really effective statement there.

 

This is my favorite Rogue Angel cover so far. Bravo Tim and Grant. Home run.

 

Yes, I used the word bravo.

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Outside of just LOVING the technique of this piece, what jumped out at me first was the symmetry of the faces in the composition. Really effective statement there.

 

Ooh, good call, Noe - beautiful!

 

ETA: Also notice how the pleated skirt and the strokes of the skyline mirror one another as well ...

 

I just love me the warrior chicks and Rogue Angel still manages to look sweet.

 

Really great work that appeals to me directly.

 

And Bravo is right! ;)

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I just wanna take you all to bed and throw in a toaster.

 

Appreciate the gracious comments.

 

- tb

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Now THAT's a derail.

I was a little stunned at first, I thought some mook got in here and threw up some porn, then I came to my senses.

Noeland you must have been in a state of serenity last eve ;)

An administrator, after all . . . you should be asha . . . . never mind.

 

Uhh, yeah, ouch ;)

 

But I'll contain myself out of respect for our female compatriots.

 

Yes, Noeland, that toaster for sure, you pick the model No.

 

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

 

- tb

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I was wondering Tim, if you you have alternate takes from the Stevenson Punisher: War Zone sessions you could post?

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Sorry about that Tim, I removed the posts. I honestly wasn't thinking about it being a derail, but you're absolutely right.

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