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Tarkavian Despoiler by jflaxman Tarkavian Despoiler by jflaxman
These super-heavy bombers have become a much-hated symbol of Tarkavian expansionism. They carry vast destructive payloads deep into enemy territory, striking vital targets such as factories and command centres. While not the fastest aircraft, Despoilers are heavily armed and armoured and notoriously hard to bring down. To counter more modern enemy fighters, Despoilers have been fitted with stronger armour, more powerful engines and upgraded weaponry, but the basic layout remains the same.

Design Features:

- Despoilers are powered by eight engines housed in four wing-mounted nacelles. The push-pull layout lessens drag, increasing the bomber’s range and top speed. While prototypes suffered from overheating, this problem has been solved by fitting larger air intakes and more efficient cooling systems. Despoilers often fly on four engines to increase endurance, reserving full power for hostile airspace.

- The primary crew of two pilots, a navigator/bomb aimer and a radio operator/flight engineer act as the Despoiler’s “brain” from inside a well-armoured “skull.” While at least one has to fly at all times, the others can leave their posts to conduct in-flight repairs or replace lost gunners if need be.

- The Despoiler’s five gunners act as observers and provide defensive fire. Standard armament consists of eight machine cannons (four fore, four aft) and six heavy machine guns (two dorsal, two ventral, two caudal). The gunners have less protection than the Despoiler’s primary crew and their casualty rates are higher. For especially dangerous missions some squadrons replace their regular gunners with transfers from penal legions, whose sentences may be reduced if they survive enough flying hours.

- Despoilers can carry up to 12,000kg of bombs, though lighter payloads extend range. Standard bombs are high explosive, though chemical, cluster, incendiary or massive ordnance variants are available for specific missions. Despoilers normally use carpet bombing to annihilate their targets (and anything too close to them). When accuracy is paramount, their bomb bays can be modified to house a single Immolator – a rocket-powered suicide plane.

- Despoilers fly in tight formations to increase defensive firepower, which can be co-ordinated against targets via radio. Flying at high altitudes reduces the threat posed by surface fire, but decreases bombing accuracy unless Immolators are deployed. The bombers’ best defence against fighters comes from their long-range Thresher escorts, which operate in small groups independent of the main formation.
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TiPoDiRaMartin Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow!
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JDunk1971 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Hello, Mr. Bear.
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Jesse220 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
Can you make a jet version?
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
It's time I did a jet bomber, but I'd use a different airframe (probably with raised swept-back wings and underslung engines).
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Jesse220 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
OK
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Vladimir022 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just marvelous

I wonder how much it'll cost to have you draw something out for me
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James-Polymer Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Very nice design you have. :) One question though: is this a free-hand drawing? Because if so...
O_O
...Holy bajeesus, have you got talent.
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blueace1986 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
WOW WOW WOW GREAT AIRCRAFT
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Commander-Fillmore Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
awesome bomber dude
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Aliskus Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Whoa,excellent job!!
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ARI4PHANTINEXX Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
they are badass bombers. :iconbadassplz:
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wuestenbrand Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good Work .. :-) ..
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Tank50us Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
that is one big-ass bomber....
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NanoAngel Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Im just visioning what would happen if the Nazis had these type of planes in WWII (i know they probably did, but not as powerful as these) and decided to do a run over America :O


These planes are by far the most wicked i've ever seen. It makes me think what would happen if you ever gave your aerial crafts a more futuristic cyberpunk look.
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
The Nazis' failure to develop a first-class strategic bomber helped ensure the Allied victory. A few long-distance "Amerika Bombers" were designed during the war, but these were scrapped in favour of fighters as the Allies gained the upper hand. The Messerschmitt Me 264, Focke-Wulf Ta 400, Heinkel He 277 and Junkers Ju 390 are some of the more conventional designs that might feature in a "what if?" narrative. The Daimler Benz Project C is one of the strangest, while the Horten Ho XVIII looked very like the B-2 Stealth Bomber.

I'm a sucker for retro airframes and have more planned for the "Warbirds" series, but more futuristic designs will probably appear in the "Scorched Earth" or "Hardware" galleries at some stage.
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LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014   Digital Artist
same here about the "retro" frames ;D

Horten-229 i <3
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Deorse Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I remember looking a scale replica of the Horten, made up of real plywood just like the real thing. If it were mass produced, it would have been 1 of few nearly invisible aircraft on the radar back in the day due to its overall shape and sturdy plywood construction.
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AnthropomorPhillie Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Very interesting and intruiging. Though with a full set of eight motors I'd be concerned about fuel efficiency. Also, rather than suicide planes, wouldn't it be more practical with a pulse-jet bomb, similar to the V-1? Admittedly I know nothing of this verse of yours, so it's just my own oppinion, but you've risen my interest.
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Like others in the "Warbirds" series, this aircraft belongs to an alternate world whose technology is roughly on par with ours in the early to mid 1940's. The Immolator might more properly be thought of as a piloted bomb like the Yokosuka MXY7 Ohka the Japanese used in WW2. Ernst Junger envisioned similar weapons in the early 1930's but the Germans opted for advanced but inaccurate missiles like the V1 and V2 instead.

The Daimler Benz Project C took the giant aircraft/piloted bomb concept much further but advances in missile technology have made weapons of this sort redundant.
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AnthropomorPhillie Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Ah, I see. Thank you for answering.
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Rau-Le-Creuset Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Publius was apparently a much smarter man than you OR Keys.
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AnthropomorPhillie Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
About that (out of all things), I do not in any way condemn war or genocide. I just want to define what's real and what isn't. You don't prepare for war because you want peace. You prepare for war to prepare for war. You do it because you're scared of the power of others and so want to be more powerful. To try and twist that to "if I'm powerful enough people won't attack me" is not only hypocritical, but it's distasteful. All I mean is that certain people should be honest in their claims defending their actions. You never prepare for war because you want peace. You prepare for war because not only do you want to defend yourself, but you want to be able to attack others. That's what these quotes are really about - honesty.
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Rau-Le-Creuset Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Indeed? I believe both of my quotes then are quite honest.

"Those who want Peace, must prepare for War." Is in no way dishonest, distasteful, or hypocritical above all us.

That ideology is the basis for most world powers that be in regards to armed conflict.

Being prepared for War can insure that it never arrives, simply because any who would think of attacking, know they will receive as good as they get.

Human beings are cowardly by their very nature, they say one thing whilst doing and/or thinking another.

Conflict is no different. Their will always be those who prey upon those weaker than themselves, however, when they see q "sword" at your side; They know you are not weak.

A sword never need be drawn, in nearly all cases, just it's presence is enough. And that is the basis of that quote. Mind you, Publius was a renowned military general and statesman, who knew full and well the value of such words, he did not speak them idly from an armchair.

"Only those who have seen War, have the privilege to speak of it; Be it ill or otherwise." - Julius Caesar

"Power is whatever one makes of it, foolish are those who seek it in excess; Yet equally foolish are those who disdain it for no reason. Think of it as a sword, for protection." - unknown
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AnthropomorPhillie Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Very good arguments and I'd like to answer all of them, but we both know how this will end, and I'm not pathetic enough to have an argument on a comments page.
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Rau-Le-Creuset Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Then send me a message. Profile or Note.

By the way, this called a debate; so long as it remains civil and flame-free.
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joeyalphabet Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Inspired by Convair's B36 Peacemaker?
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ant1907 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 5, 2014
Maybe Tu-95?
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
I haven't based this on any one plane, though the B-36 is a good example of a real bomber built for the same role. The manned gun emplacements recall those of earlier bombers like the B-17 and B-24. The push-pull configuration was inspired by the layout of the Heinkel 177, though the 177 had two advanced but unreliable engines driving four propellers. The Immolator concept is similar to the Yokosuka MXY7 Ohka and I'll probably depict it next.
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Pyrotactick Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
"I MAKE IT RAIN ON MAH HOES!"
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The-Last-Dragon-Kni Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WOw man this is epic. Can i ask to add this to the Vault
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
For sure!
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The-Last-Dragon-Kni Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, Your other arts? And would you like ot join?
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