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Orbital Mechanics by Regulus36 Orbital Mechanics by Regulus36
In the early days of the Atean civil war, pilots with combat experience were hard to come by, so both sides began a crash course in pilot training. In addition to the physical training (you had to survive the intense G forces) these young recruits were given intensive VR sessions in the simulator modules. They honed their skills in these virtual battlefields, littered with blinking red carcasses of simulated ships destroyed in practice.

But the virtual world is no match for the real, and to give their pilots the training they needed to be lethal in the blackness of space, they had to get their hands dirty. So after thousands of time dilated hours in the VR modules, the rookie pilots were finally given the controls of an actual starship. The objective of this training mission was to use low yield plasma weapons on the target range on the moon. Things were going pretty well until someone accidentally nuked the target moon ;)

Full view is recommended :) Have a great weekend!
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pipper-SVK Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
very nice composition and impact :) but i think those lightnings are bit exaggerated, also the ship is technically very weak ... you could perhaps render it more from behind so there would be only thrusters visible, it would also add a bit more depth into it :) anyway nice work ! :)
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ArghCaptainAnnie Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome piece of work.
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks ;)
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peccatori Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing Work :) Great job :D
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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AstroBoy1 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Greetings my friend,

Splendid work of art and a tantilizing background narrative.

My best,
Michael C. Turner
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks :) the story ties into the story from this image [link] in case you hadn't noticed ;)
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JKelly26 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow, great picture buddy. Good to see something from you again!
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I'm trying to get a bit more art up than I have been :D but it seems like I'm always saying that, I've got a few more coming ;)
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Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Awesome background, like the ships' trails as well.
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