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How did you manage to survive?
Who said I did?
Here's the essential soundtrack to this piece that helped me as I drew it:
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But personally, I'm one of those people who has minimal qualms about anything... For the worse - or better.

Anyway, this is my finished fanart for Spec Ops: The Line (a GotY in my opinion, if for the amazing direction of this game), which I'd like to tribute to my buddy and another big fan of the game, a soldier like meself, :iconsemperfitrex:. And to anyone actually, that can relate.

Here's Captain Walker and Sergeant Lugo after the infamous willie pete scene. I screwed up the right arm of Walker but lets say it's warped perpective.

One of better pieces from the latest batch, and one that was a delight and relaxation to paint.

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Update: Fixed minor issues according to watcher feedback, mainly Lugo's head, Walker's gun arm and the mask.
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:iconwalking-maelstrom:
Well first off I'm flattered that you added me into the commentary. I know I'm a bit fanboy with this game but frankly very little has actually impacted me the way this game has. I thank you, Yager, and Take2 because now I won't be touching a Call of Derpy/Medal of Doorkicker game for a long time if not ever.

The big bonus goes to how you changed Walker's look. I personally like the whole two-faced post-Riggs look where he's literally developing a side of him that's half-monster, but this really does a good job conveying just how weary and mentally struggling Walker is. I think the vision is good because while I would've done something more after the game to further illustrate Walker's descent into the pits of darkness from amoral survival, you illustrated the immediate looks of the White Phosphorus scene and that still makes it all worthwhile.

The only real gig is the technique where Lugo's head looks sorta off kilter and Walker's arm is a bit bungled up from a perspective viewpoint. When I say off kilter for Lugo, I mean that the right side of his head looks like a straight line and lacks any real contours to display emotion. There's more detail to his gear and Scout Tactical than his face/hat. You see the hate in his eyes but the face doesn't quite show it especially for a character such as him. But hey, you said it could be considered warped and considering how fucked up Spec Ops: The Line is, it could very well work. That's the beauty of the game. All three of them got broken a little bit after all that.

I noticed complaints about the greenish background. Anyone who played the game noticed what the atmosphere looked like when you saw your handiwork with the Willie Pete. So bravo for that too.

Definitely the GotY and a nice tribute piece to it and anyone else who acknowledges shit sucks in war and you're (player or soldier) no fucking hero in the end.
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J25TheArcKing Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
To be honest I never knew in the cover the guy with the mask is Walker. I thought it was a regular soldier or something. But actually it was Walker.

The quote you put at the description, that was the ending I got in the end of the game. The game was horrifying. NEVER JUDGE A GAME/MOVIE/CARTOON/ANIME/SHOW/BOOK/COMIC BY ITS COVER OR TITLE. This is not Counter Strike, Battlefield or Call of Duty. Spec Ops: The Line is horrifying. It talks about how war is terrible and being a soldier is the hardest job in the world.

Also the radioman made me laugh a lot.

Good title, and excellent dark fan art of this game. Good tribute. Walker's eyes, so evil like Nightmare's 2nd outfit in Soul Calibur III. Blue eyes man.

"He turned us into $%#!ing killers!" - Lugo
LOL slow motion till the end, normal motion. Haha....

But that scene was shocking...
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Kellkrull87 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Can I usr this as my FB cover?
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MasterSegos Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I finished the game instantly when it was released back in the first day..................Needed almost one year to realize its value...Replayed it around 4 times in the week and heck yes its was totaly worth it
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Shoah-Survivor Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Why did you leave out the person of colour?
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Person of crap. Dunno, Adams pissed me off.
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RedDeadRezzy081 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Just finished the game today. Afraid to say I crossed the line as well...
Excellent game and my GotY too. Would love to see some more Spec Ops stuff from you :)
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ask... and you shall receive)
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BiGFooT-y2k Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
I've just bought this game at Steam holiday sale. Hope it's worth it.
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Walking-Maelstrom Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
As long as you pay attention to the narrative, the environment, and the story, oh it will be.
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BiGFooT-y2k Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Already finnished the game. The artstyle, soundtrack, story and those intense moments were awesome though the action part was a bit dull after some time. It was pretty hard at some places, especialy the final battle when you have willie pete halucinations was insane. I think the gunfights were just secondary to the story, at least it seems like this to me. I wish there would be more mature-oriented games like this. I'm sick and tired of those Battlefields, Call of Duty's and other 'Murica biased games (no offense).
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Walking-Maelstrom Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It's fine...the whole world gets off on the Michael Bay masturbatory films of unrealistic American military...and Spec Ops decided to take that notion and stick Americans as villains or in some cases tragic basket cases.

But you played it right. The game was meant to be a deconstruction, an artistic masterpiece that prompted you to think and mindfuck yourself.

I mean after all...do you feel like a hero yet?
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BiGFooT-y2k Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Feel like a hero? Not at all. And my ending was totally appropriate to my feelings. No hero, just a madman set loose.
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Walking-Maelstrom Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
And that's the beauty of the game...it's unapologetic honesty.
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BlueShadesComics Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student General Artist
It's one of the only games I played all the way through without losing interest once. My hands were literally shaking at some points.
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Psycho1407 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
I'm happy that there's more art of this game (it took a while, but seeing this as the result, it was worth it).
Love how you made walker stare at the ground (Dead bodies? Or is he thinking about the whole mission?)
Shadow on Lugo kind of resembles how Lugo's starting to show dislike towards Walker for me.
Background gives a hallucination like feeling (Because in the game, the air/atmosphere becomes more white during hallucinations).
Nicely done, we need more art like this.
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kenfan0206 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Prob the most underrated game of the year.
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Walking-Maelstrom Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Got that right.
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KittyTheSilence Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist
Теперь все перффект
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SuperApartmentBros Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
!Pretty cool, nice work!
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CadianConcript Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
The game has some serious character progression - something I find lacking in most (especially) modern shooters. A very underrated game for sure. Also, great drawing with plenty of detail and all in your distinct style. It is always interesting to see your vision of something other than 40k stuff... but don't wander off to much, ok? =)

P.S. I'm pretty sure I commented on this deviation of yours, but somehow my comment vanished in the perills of the warp that is DA :lol:
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tbh, character progression lacks not only in modern shooters, but in most works of literature and cinema, in that respect Spec Ops are a breath of fresh air pan-medium. and one of those rare works of fiction were i found myself identifying with the protagonist.
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CadianConcript Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
'character progression lacks not only in modern shooters, but in most works of literature and cinema'

I wish you weren't right, but you are. Modern cinema is downright pathetic when it comes to scenario & acting. CGI alone can't make a good movie, but try to explain this to the graphic whores.

Ever had that feeling that everything has become mainstream soup of shit? When you walk the streets, watch TV, listen to radio and even at your workplace you are surrounded by it, swimming in it... every... single... day.
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metalzerofour Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Fantastic work. Absolutely loving the attention to detail.
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you. sometimes im a detail freak.
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metalzerofour Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's by no means a bad thing. Keep up the good work.
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GhostDemon915 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The setting in this picture also sort of reminds me from its main influence Joseph Conrad's The Heart of Darkness (which I'm reading right now). I think this game should also win Game of the Year since it's something that we haven't seen a lot in modern military shooters. Great picture btw
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah thanks.
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Marsuwai Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Really good picture composition, brick hard and oddly peaceful at the same time (the latter might be because of the green backround). Your lighting work is great, and the little details in the foreground look really nice.
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah, its supposed to be calm cuz its the aftermath, yet i strived to achieve inner tensness with the pic, juxtaposing Lugo and Walker, and the lack of expressionon the latter.

thanks mate.
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TheNecco Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Looks great now! :)

Love the different color pallet
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:icontd-vice:
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
still gravitating towards warmer hues lol.

thank you.
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TheNecco Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student General Artist
I prefer using warmer hues as well xD Figures feel... well... warmer and more alive
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productno49 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nice work man. Like the textured gritty feel of the characters :thumbsup:
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
and all those textures done by hand too.
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mosobot64 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Student General Artist
The only thing I can think of for this pic is that maybe some of the weapons could benefit a little from picking up some of the eerie green lighting in the background as part of their highlights.

Fact is though, this is a wonderfully expressive piece, and no amount of nit-picking on my part is gonna change that. :D
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no, they wouldnt pick up thd lightining, because the guns are in the shade created by the soldiers' bodies.

well thanks
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mosobot64 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student General Artist
And, I guess with the buildings toward the foreground, no reflective light either. Gotcha.

Cheers. :D
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kyle131996 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
by the end he is just a dead man walking
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Comrade-K-Rad Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
They are both rather dead looking, cool work overall. This game is still on my to buy list.
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, effectively they are dead.

games worth it.
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Comrade-K-Rad Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
So much symbolism. So beautiful, life is death and all.

Probably pick it up in a few weeks after hunting season ends.
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
totally worth it, and yes, its more an interactive firstperson narrative than a viddo game
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tyrannos Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I liked the mindfuck in this game. Plus it was quite rare that you actually run out of ammo. Usually they give you ridicculous ammounts of mags, but not in this one.
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah it was pretty realistic overall, no gamd bosses, competent ai and partner ai... only unrealistic thing is Heavy taking a ridicukous amounts of headshots before he dies, even tho all others die from one shot.

but the dramaturgy of the game and character development are to die for
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zeraful Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist
Well, the Heavy got a mask-thingy on his head, but still you're have to fire at least half of your total mags just to pop that out.

The game was awesome, though the control's a little bit tricky.
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dahksinol Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
I like how all the while his determination to bring Conrad down is obviously still unwavering, Walker seems to have this look of weariness on him, as if he were tired of all the shit that's happening around him. A beautiful way to illustrate how mentally broken he is now that he's seeing people dying all around him all because of his selfish desire to prove himself to himself that he is a hero. With the environment only detailed to a bare minimum, it gives the person some sort of way to interpret it as Walker's way of seeing things: Not his fault.

You're attention to the gear's detail is amazing, though I do find the rifle in a bit of an awkward position for some reason and the red dot sight seems a bit small and a bit too low for the rifle (it might just be me, my failure to grasp perspective and my ignorance however). My favorite parts of the piece might be Walker's eyes, his vest, the magazine strapped to his vest, and that dirty rag he wears around his lower face.

All in all, this piece, like all the rest of your works, is beautiful.
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes. I always imagined him knowing that what he did was necessary, but realizing how it may seem from the outside, and that noone would ever understand his motivations and actions if hed fail to accomplish the big goal.Thats why he couldnt stop, and pushed on despite all - becauss he knew that only accom9lishing the evacuation and confronting Konrad would redeem him to others and himself.

im glad youve liked the piece and noticed my meticulousness with the details)
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dahksinol Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
I agree with you there.

I think Walker pushed himself forward because he couldn't accept the fact that what he did was wrong and knew that people would only see him as a monster, something he didn't want to become. So he tried to justify his actions, his 'evil' if you will, by projecting it as Konrad's fault and that by getting to Konrad everything would be A-OK. So now, to prove that this 'evil' wasn't his, he went on to confront Konrad for his own crimes.

But in the end, no matter how you look at it, he simply made it worse until he either embraced being the 'monster' he had become and accepted the fact that this was all his fault to begin with, or had given up and lost who he really is trying to persuade himself that he's not to blame even when Konrad had given him the 'talk'. It's up to you to decide which one is worse I guess.

I do try to make every comment count, and make a point to appreciate the art for what it is. And besides, wouldn't want to piss off the great white shark of dA especially after he just posted a journal about how pissed he gets when people completely disregard his work effort and bitch about why their favorite 40k faction is better. To do so, I believe, is a death wish.
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Morbus-Bubbonicus Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
"Zombie apocapypse survivor" shoud be written on their foreheads.
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
um no
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