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Fugue by jflaxman Fugue by jflaxman
The Fugue is a cheap substitute for conventional artillery. Civilian trucks – often older models considered ill-suited to frontline service – are fitted with crude rocket rails and used for long-range fire support. The Fugue’s name alludes partly to the “music” of its rocket salvos, and partly to the shock they induce.

Design Features:

- Trucks used in this capacity are only lightly modified. Larger, lower pressure tyres improve offroad handling; simple cabin armour shields the crew from rocket exhaust, stray bullets and shell fragments; and a strengthened chassis and suspension helps support the rocket rails.

- The rails are simpler to build than large guns, have no recoil, and fire faster salvos, but are bulkier, less accurate, take longer to reload and are more vulnerable to enemy fire. Standard armament consists of 16x82mm rockets with high explosive warheads. They are not aimed at individual targets so much as wide swathes of ground, disrupting enemy advances or softening defences in preparation for a strike.

- The rockets’ initial roar becomes a high-pitched screech on descent, increasing the psychological impact of these already terrifying weapons. Fugues usually move after firing as the rockets’ smoke trails leave them open to counterattack. During longer engagements, efficient crews can often reload and fire from a new location, keeping enemies off balance while allies retain the initiative.

- As Fugues are also vulnerable to armoured breakthroughs, strike aircraft, and saboteurs, competent commanders keep them behind their front lines and give them defensive pickets. Fugues can also be refitted with more advanced weapon systems where these are available.
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GTDees Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice Katyusha homage! Well done! :-)
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PrussicAntique Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Student Writer
I do love the fact that you've named this so very cleverly. Stalin's Organ was your inspiration, and what better instrument to play a fugue on?
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Hyginustus Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Student
nice
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chochi Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
I've seen you custom vehicles collection,and have to ask:Do you have planned a support vehicle for the Fugue?I guess it would be  a good idea for evacuate personnel in case of enemy attacks,since the fugue is relatively cheap and expendable.Just sabotage it and run for the hills or ,even better,left a lil "surprise gift" for enemy troops trying to capture it.
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Jesshannes28 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
i think it would fit in just fine in the fallout series
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amazoness-king Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what kind of truck was your model
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:iconjflaxman:
jflaxman Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
It's based on the 1951 Chevy www.lsxtv.com/news/pro-touring… but I've made a few changes (larger wheel wells, deeper body, longer chassis, rocket rails!)
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amazoness-king Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
can you make something with a towtruck?
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lol70720 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
:3
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JackShitNobody Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional Artist
"We Deliver", snort! I am inspired!!
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darkone07 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014

Nice a V8 mod 52 chevy 3100 pickup 6x6 with rockets


That's just whet we need in the wasteland more car mods nice.

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bbtomahawk12 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Ford... meet Katyusha.

Katyusha... meet Ford.
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jano233 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Then they got married, and had a baby
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:iconjburns272:
Jburns272 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool. I like the improvised feel to it.
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Hera-of-Stockholm Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Terrific work! I love the rawness vs the detailism
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VitaZheltyakov Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Good work
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Professional
very nice work indeed 
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farawayforest Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
So wonderful in so many ways, I'm speechless!:)
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:iconjflaxman:
jflaxman Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Thanks! This is the first digital painting I'm truly happy with (up until now I've mostly posted retouched drawings).
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farawayforest Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Are these you're own ideas, is it part of a bigger world?
I'm intrigued.:) I love the idea of officially rigged vehicles, like the conflict has go on so long
it's become the normal way things are done. 
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Dandabug Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
FKKING KATYUSHA ON A FKKING CHEVY PICKUP TRUCK!!??!!?? 
At last, true love is mine!!

I want to sing the song right now in full Russian choral mode just to celebrate the sheer awesomeness of this piece. I owned a 1952 chevy pickup with a very similar body & identical grill/face to this one - my favorite classic truck design in the world. And to see it combined with one of the best, most iconic Soviet military vehicles of all time AND with a superb coating of post-apocalyptic style, not to mention the icing on the cake of a reference to the old Soviet army term of endearment for the weapon itself, the "Stalin Organ" - connecting this brilliant design with my favorite musical instrument as well. How did you manage to wrap so many of my favorite things into one package?? Why, Mister Flaxman, I doubt you could have anticipated how much I would love this piece. My joy is beyond description. I cannot favorite this enough.

Now I only wish I could reclaim my old pickup and build it into a real-life working replica of this mind-blowingly awesome artillery piece (with an overkill stereo system with which to blast brutal compositions for organ while saturating a vast battlefield with cleansing flame).

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jflaxman Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
That's as good a response as any I could have hoped for! The Chevy was pure coincidence - I chose it because I like the styling. The Soviet reference was no accident, as I find the simple but effective approach the Russians often take to armaments lends itself extremely well to a post-apocalyptic world (the often desperate improvisations the Germans used to cover shortfalls have their place in the genre too).

The Fugue's name followed naturally. Something like this would be easy to build - a Sydney group called Mekanarchy completed more ambitious projects in the mid-2000s. Of course a working replica would be too much fun to be legal.
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Dru-Zod Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Great work on making the truck look so old with the rust.
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Thanks! The rust was actually the easiest part - I mostly used imported textures added in Soft Light/Multiply layers. I've got a library mostly sourced from photos I've taken over the years.
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Antarasol Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me a lot of these: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fil…
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
The Katyusha was my main inspiration! I find a lot of Soviet tech lends itself well to the post-apocalyptic genre - it's the simple but effective thing.
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Antarasol Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, other nations often overengineered solutions, and then they didn't even work well.
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:iconjames-dark-blue-wolf:
Awesome ride!
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ScottaHemi Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sweet :D 

do all 6 wheels get power? or only 4? or 2?
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
I'd envisioned 4 rear drive wheels, though 6 would be possible with a forward diff.
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wetcorps Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Dandabug Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Nice link, but Dimitri Hvorostovsky sings it better in my opinion (link).
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wetcorps Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice singing indeed, but I'm still partial to Ivan :D
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wbyrd Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
one of these would just about solve my noisy neighbor parking Space theft issues....

In real life the use of technicals and improvised combat vehicles is pretty common..although this one looks cooler than most.
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:iconjflaxman:
jflaxman Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Technicals are another excellent source for post-apocalyptic vehicles. This one was mostly inspired by the old Soviet Katyusha.
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CanRay Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Professional Writer
Very nice, using what is available!  :D
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Vladimir022 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Seems like my kind of truck :3
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superdimensional Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
So good!
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orbit26 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Reminds me, personally, of the Soviet trucks with the Katyusha rocket launchers fitted on to the back. Nice work.
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Well spotted! These simple but effective weapons were the main inspiration here.
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orbit26 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Danke! Nice. I like your works, and I love Soviet weaponry and devices, like the Katyushas, Tachankas, and Aerosani.
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
What a beast ... what a concept - excellent work!
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