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Frontier Buccaneers by johnsonting Frontier Buccaneers by johnsonting
Finally get to finish this piece after soooo long, just for fun. Initial idea was that there was this bunch of space pirates, they have these helmets that is also a screen that can project 3D images to make them.. well, scarier. Imagine seeing the 3D skull projected in the dark when your spaceship is being boarded, all you can see is a glowing blue skull that can talk D: i think thats intimidating.. for me at least :P

And I kinda got realllly lazy half way through and yes those are some old parts I've used from my other paintings >.> I dont feel satisfied with this piece, it feels unfinished and i dont feeel the mood, guess thats what happens when you leave a painting for more than half a year, parts and bits feels different when i started it. Anyway, I'll leave this here for now..… On artstation as well!

Photos used:
Combat Hoist by MilitaryPhotos This awesome photo was the inspiration and plate i've used! And many thanks to Reid's compilation of Nasa stock photos,… He took the time and effort to compile it and its free, also, buy his australian Pack to show your appreciation! The australia pack is very awesome and has tons and tons of great photos to choose from. Also, the image is non profit and its for personal uses only :D
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fresheasy Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016
Hey, a friend of mine made a pretty amazing Warhammer 40k model squad that was inspired by your artwork! You could check it out here: Keep up the amazing and inspirational work! 
Magura88 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Student Writer
Love this one the most out of all of your gallery. Just to ask so I don't get into trouble: can I get permission to use a part of this image (the helmet part) as my profile avatar on another site? Just wanna ask so I make sure. I'll credit you it needed be. 
Depardokai Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016  Hobbyist
First of all, love all of your work I've seen so far. I hope to be close to being on your level someday. Maybe to finish this piece you could draw the victim ship out of the jump window, like they are commencing the mission. Right now it just looks like they're floating just outside of a planet looking for something. just ideas. Great/creepy concept/execution. I love the series/s!
cofresi1 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016
IkkoMcGregor Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016
Very nice, I need on my wall !!!
lemmingscanfly117 Featured By Owner May 22, 2016
This very obviously took inspiration from Halo Reach's haunted helmet did it not?
Depardokai Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016  Hobbyist
I don't think it did, but its basically the same image only not a screen. I see the similarity
bloodcurse121 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't think I can favorite this enough
H8Leech Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016
PC Wallpaper!..... check!  Thank you bro
JonNickDeviantArt Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Came here from the fan community of the game Star Citizen, it seems they really love your idea :D (Fans of the games and the Game developers :P)
Neframe Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016
I think they would be scary. Great pic!
Puella-Januaria Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is so cool *_*
TheRenegade01 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Incredible! Very well done!Clap 
Concibar Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
Looks Awesome

The Gun strucks me as beautifully executed and the hologram arm display looks practical too. The Exosuit is also nice down.

The whole thing hits that sweet spot between realism and SF/F.

But Gravity in space -> Why would he hang in that rope?
Oh and Trigger discipline. look how the original soldier places his finger to be sure the gun doesn't go off. ;)

Just! Awesome! :)
carsten-j Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015
Nice one. To me it feels finished.
MARCO-E Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015
very cool concept!
Automatism72 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
very cool! :)
Topaz-Highway-888 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i like this artwork
it rocks
Guitar Player revamp GUITAR Guitar -Rock on- 
wojtek-mazur Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is awesome!
R0ck-n-R0lla1 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Just too cool amazing work :)
NT-121784 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015
I was scrolling through popular pics and just happened to see the original.
I was like "Wait a tick, I've seen this before..."
NavJAG Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Most awesome - these dudes would really scary!
Duper Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow dude. This set is an awesome piece. What a great idea for future tech. Wonderful ref image too!
dechowmedia Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
The amount of detail is INSANE!!! - Holy moly I love this
Where there any photo bashing involved making this at all? - Besides the photo used for the plate?
thecatsaid Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
the way you made the skulls are SPECTACULAR
OldSoldierOfNowhere Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015
This is awsome! But i guess, this is an open space, and it's zero gravity there. So I think this space pirate cant hang there like that medic on helicopter
Sovereing2027 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
LorenzoAndre Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015
I know nothing about 3D rendering or pictures, but how you guys made this ? This is so cool.
fluff-lynn Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome concept! And details! And everything! ABSENCE OF MIND. 
man0fmanyfaces Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
duuuuude, I love it! such fantastic style, it shows the fear factor, and solo, mercenary vibe of the buccaneers! it seriously looks like there is a skull behind the helmet, fantastic work sir! fantastic!
you definately have the style to show unique characterization in your work.
jakeclub Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This is so good!
GodKingErebus Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015
That is epic, love the skulls there amazing
O.O This is awesome!
lovetina0726 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
amazing work!
Hybrid-Mango Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Student General Artist
Haloassissan403 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
And with this, Emile's legacy lives one
(halo reach reference, if anyone didnt know)
applejackbestpony Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
Yes he's legacy will live on forever as long we remember it 
ASkinnyWhiteGuy Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015
He will live on in every Halo 4 player who wears a black-visored Orbital helmet.
Haloassissan403 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
Spartans Never Die, They are just Missing in Action

Truer words have never been spoken
applejackbestpony Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
I agree with that 
Kissakisan Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome concept :D

And is that the Soyuz and a bit of the ISS's observation dome/Cupola in the background?
loki223 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 24, 2015
I love this piece. As a former Marine and Soldier with a hardy fondness for sci fi and pirates. I think this piece is just awesome. I'd love to see more of this idea. Maybe the view from inside the ship being taken down by these guys or someone hiding as they do a room by room search. so many possibilities. I already follow your work but this just makes me want to see more. Great job.
violetmirage Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Damn, this is really good - nice work! 
Bone4Brains Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015
You are a genius!
The-Brade Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd hire teams of these guys for my sorties.
AlcoholicHamster Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015
how do you make this holographic monitors?
btw its awesome, very inspiring!
Nemesis-Virus Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Better not drop your gun on the way down
Chrisman664 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 14, 2015
I dig the little pin up girl on the armour, too.  Jaw-dropping.
pushpenpro Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks amazing, well done. 
sync85 Featured By Owner May 24, 2015
+fav.... Very well done mate =)
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