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Heavy drop troops by PenUser Heavy drop troops by PenUser
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The Ares Enterprises heavy assault infantry make up most of the rank and file of the Ares Security, and they are the cannon fodder of the military conglomerate. Within the Ares Security Forces that comprise over 7 billion people, the heavy assault divisions make up for 5 billion out of the total. Whenever there is a conflict, or a "planetary government restructuring" in corporate terms, these are the troops that are sent in to deal with the issue.

While they are not the most sophisticated and well- equipped of the military forces in service in the 26th century, the heavy assault divisions can overrun most other corporate forces by mass alone. The Ares idea of choosing high quantity over high quality has paid off, as more colonies submit to the Ares Enterprises invasions every year.

The flipside of the enormously successful strategy is the high death toll that falls on the massed ranks of Heavy assault divisions, with 5-15% per mission. Even with orbital drops claiming most of the troops, a large amount of troops are exhausted due to the usage of combat stimulants used to improve the conscripts physique and mental state before entering service or battle, making older combat veterans a rare sight. However, this seems to be of little interest to the Ares corporate leaders as it is still inside the range of "acceptable losses". What's more, the rapidly expanding corporation has a nearly inexhaustible source of new recruits from which to form new divisions, with over 55 billion people living in Ares-controlled space.

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Finally got the free sketch done for Qwertydesign, here it is. Actually it's not really a sketch, I got a bit carried away and made this kind of info sheet thing. I haven't tried one of these before, so the format and style are probably pretty crappy... but anyway, enjoy.

And the comic... well, it's coming along, although with studies, a bit of work and general exhaustion slowing down the progress. I'm getting there though, and a new batch of pages should be coming within either some days or some weeks, depending on the previously mentioned things.
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:icondarklord86:
darklord86 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014
Awesome!
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:iconmkxx:
mkxx Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
AWESOME!
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:iconscdeluxe:
SCdeluxe Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Nice armour.
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:iconscarfield:
Scarfield Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Drop as in "drop-pods" or as "drop-ships"? Anyways, this one is WICKED! Can't wait for more from this comic!
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:iconmisterartmaster101:
MisterArtMaster101 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Wow... played Ground Control much? This looks a lot like Cray infantry.
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:icontounushi:
Tounushi Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
The CHAW reminds me of the main infantry weapon in Ground Control. Combination of a ballistic shield and high-powered automatic rifle.
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:iconpenuser:
PenUser Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, no wonder it does. :D GC was one of my favourite games back when it was published, and I drew a lot of ideas from that when I started my comic, like the similar world as in the game plus some design ideas(like this concept).

Glad someone still remembers that game, because it was really excellent. Thanks! :)
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:iconmisterartmaster101:
MisterArtMaster101 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
I remember it too!
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:icontemplar127:
templar127 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
NICE!
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:iconpenuser:
PenUser Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :)
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:icontemplar127:
templar127 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
sure thing!
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:iconknightofspades:
KnightofSpades Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
This looks really cool! Awesome work!
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:iconpenuser:
PenUser Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconukitakumuki:
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Might not be the intent here, but it seems to combine two of my aesthetic favs together, mospaeda and Ground Control :D Great work in any case man!
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:iconpenuser:
PenUser Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha, you're the first to notice those! Mospaeda was unintentional though, I noticed that only once I had the whole thing done and thought the helmet looked similar to their designs. :D Ground Control though, that was completely intentional- I played the crap out of the first part and the add-on back in the early 2000. One of the best strategy games I've played, and I adored the designs and storyline in those games very much. So a lot of the designs for my comic have a bit of a GC flair to them- like the weapon in this pic that is pretty similar to the Crayven Marines' assault weapon. My comic also has some similarities in it's world and story to GC too, but not that much- mainly the corporate world and such.

I'd like to see Ground Control as an updated version like they did with Black Mesa, but I doubt that'll happen... it's a shame most people have forgotten about that game, because it was very good.

Thanks! :)
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
haha, aye! I think certain games should definitely be remade... but i doubt anyone with todays tech would want to remake GC the way it was, 'as is'. Far too laborious just to serve up something for the new generation of gamers, that might very well find the game style dated to begin with... seems more like an indie mod effort ya know? Maybe if they find a worthy engine thats easy enough to mod..
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:iconpenuser:
PenUser Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Quite true. It did have a few good ideas that I haven't seen around anymore, like not getting your troops replenished after the whole unit has been destroyed(that made the campaign pretty interesting). Anyway, a remake would probably seem outdated in comparison to newer titles. Of course if it had new features and mechanics it would be a whole different thing, but then it would probably be too much of a job for an indie developer.

Maybe that's just something I'd like to see because of nostalgia reasons, but yeah, I'd still like it. :D
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:iconlevitan71:
levitan71 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ohh i want one for xmas
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:iconpenuser:
PenUser Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You could always write to Santa, maybe he'll bring you one this xmas... :D

Thanks! :)
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:iconmagnumi:
Magnumi Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Have you read the book "Armour" by John Steakley? I highly recommend it for inspiration! [link]
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:iconpenuser:
PenUser Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope, actually I haven't. Better add that to the reading list then...

Thanks! :)
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KARAMANZULEA Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A piece of art!
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:iconpenuser:
PenUser Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks man! :)
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CryonIndustries Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
I quite like the helmet design, as it provides a pretty good peripheral vision. How dense is the faceplate? How does it protect against the munitions of your universe?

It's a very believable design overall.
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:iconpenuser:
PenUser Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Probably against shrapnel and light handguns(pocket pistols, other weaker arms, etc.). At least that would fit the comic.

Thanks. :)
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:iconseukonnen:
Seukonnen Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
fucking ballin'
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:iconpenuser:
PenUser Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D
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:iconsilverlion:
Silverlion Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Very nice. Makes me think what the armor from Starship Troopers should look like.
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:iconpenuser:
PenUser Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Starship Troopers is classic! :D Thanks for the praise!
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:iconflaketom:
flaketom Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Great design!
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:iconpenuser:
PenUser Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :)
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:iconmuddychickn:
muddychickn Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work
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:iconpenuser:
PenUser Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconchaos-sandwhich:
chaos-sandwhich Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome design! , acceptable losses indeed, sounds like corperations
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:iconpenuser:
PenUser Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Money and power are what matters to corporations, in comics too. :D

Thanks.
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:iconchaos-sandwhich:
chaos-sandwhich Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
money ,power, women/men thats pretty much all that the execs are interested in
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:iconqwertydesign:
qwertyDesign Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012   Digital Artist
Wow, that is AWESOME!
Thank you so much!! :-)
I hope you had alot of fun drawing it up.

These guys look like they would be quite good at "asset actualisation". Great work.
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:iconpenuser:
PenUser Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It was fun coming up with the design, a bit less so when I decided to make the shadings- but that was for the sake of practice, so it's good. :)

Thanks!
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:iconqwertydesign:
qwertyDesign Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012   Digital Artist
Well, it certainly paid off.
I know detail can be a real pain, but this works well!
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:iconkodyyoung:
KodyYoung Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome suit design
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:iconpenuser:
PenUser Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, man! :)
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:iconbroadshore:
Broadshore Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is freaking cool.
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:iconpenuser:
PenUser Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :)
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:iconblindfuture:
blindfuture Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Great work with the detail! :)
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:iconpenuser:
PenUser Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :D
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