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AR-36 Valor by jflaxman AR-36 Valor :iconjflaxman:jflaxman 186 15 KL-9 Pioneer by jflaxman KL-9 Pioneer :iconjflaxman:jflaxman 225 32 Tura Satana vs Stephen Winchell by jflaxman Tura Satana vs Stephen Winchell :iconjflaxman:jflaxman 43 36 Blood and Oil Regional Map by jflaxman Blood and Oil Regional Map :iconjflaxman:jflaxman 130 10 XB-7 Sunbeam by jflaxman XB-7 Sunbeam :iconjflaxman:jflaxman 237 33 Social Justice Wars by jflaxman Social Justice Wars :iconjflaxman:jflaxman 374 187 Gb-16 Falchion by jflaxman Gb-16 Falchion :iconjflaxman:jflaxman 170 36 The Cyclowns by jflaxman The Cyclowns :iconjflaxman:jflaxman 359 47 Easter Smackdown by jflaxman Easter Smackdown :iconjflaxman:jflaxman 81 19 Happy Easter Hotaru by jflaxman Happy Easter Hotaru :iconjflaxman:jflaxman 58 8 Storm Angel by jflaxman Storm Angel :iconjflaxman:jflaxman 179 35 It's Nearly Easter by jflaxman It's Nearly Easter :iconjflaxman:jflaxman 135 16 She's Mine by jflaxman She's Mine :iconjflaxman:jflaxman 134 42 The Chihuahua Slayer by jflaxman
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Throw and Catch by jflaxman Throw and Catch :iconjflaxman:jflaxman 118 15 The Ankylomorph by jflaxman The Ankylomorph :iconjflaxman:jflaxman 119 8

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M803 Heavy Infantry Carrier by MikeDoscher M803 Heavy Infantry Carrier :iconmikedoscher:MikeDoscher 638 27 Forever by Gloom82 Forever :icongloom82:Gloom82 220 11 Walk in the countryside by Tbonemeister Walk in the countryside :icontbonemeister:Tbonemeister 38 10 Boy And Robot by Eemeling Boy And Robot :iconeemeling:Eemeling 192 22 Veeblefitzer Ve-712B  Flying Tank by Jimbowyrick1 Veeblefitzer Ve-712B Flying Tank :iconjimbowyrick1:Jimbowyrick1 61 20 The Faceless Man - Kickstarter Horror Film by AustenMengler The Faceless Man - Kickstarter Horror Film :iconaustenmengler:AustenMengler 491 16 ZOMBIE CORN by AustenMengler ZOMBIE CORN :iconaustenmengler:AustenMengler 240 12 XMAS SALE 2017! by AustenMengler XMAS SALE 2017! :iconaustenmengler:AustenMengler 107 1 Trophy of enemy, decorated object 03 by torvenius Trophy of enemy, decorated object 03 :icontorvenius:torvenius 110 9 Red eyes - headhunter trophy skull by torvenius Red eyes - headhunter trophy skull :icontorvenius:torvenius 189 9 Necrodragon Premade Book Cover by Viergacht Necrodragon Premade Book Cover :iconviergacht:Viergacht 19 0 Skellinton Grotto Premade Book Cover by Viergacht Skellinton Grotto Premade Book Cover :iconviergacht:Viergacht 7 6 Aten by Vincent-Covielloart Aten :iconvincent-covielloart:Vincent-Covielloart 259 11 When you do not have lips, but you need to smile by kumpan When you do not have lips, but you need to smile :iconkumpan:kumpan 214 14 Thylacine by deskridge Thylacine :icondeskridge:deskridge 356 27 Curtiss JTN Rocket Bomber - Cutaway View by MikeDoscher Curtiss JTN Rocket Bomber - Cutaway View :iconmikedoscher:MikeDoscher 297 30

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AR-36 Valor

Although the Hassadian Empire had been losing ground for centuries, the disastrous Usurper’s War – which saw mass-produced Istarian aircraft, armour and artillery crush Sardassus’ largely unmechanised forces – stressed the need to modernise. Along with a shattered, demoralised army, Sardassus’ successor Nahammin was left with a weak economy, impoverished, resentful subjects, and the prospect of another war on the empire’s northern borders. Nahammin’s sweeping reforms came as a boon to engineers, but corruption, graft and class divides meant funds were often misdirected and production all too slow. When the expected northern war broke out, the AR-36 Valor proved one of the regime’s best assets, being the only Hassadian aircraft that could face Tarkavian fighters on approximately equal terms.

Design Features

- Unlike earlier Hassadian fighters – which typically had radial engines, fixed landing gear and externally braced wings – the Valor has an inline engine, retractable main undercarriage and streamlined cantilever wings. Its light alloy construction further raises its top speed, gives it more responsive handling and an impressive rate of climb.

- The Valor’s enclosed cockpit is a small and cramped affair; more concessions have been made to streamlining than pilots’ comfort. It blends with the rear fuselage, reducing drag but also restricting rearward visibility. The seat is fixed to an armoured bulkhead which protects the pilot from enemy fire and can double as a rollbar if the aircraft flips in a crash landing. The first Valors had hinged canopies, but as these were hard to open in flight they were quickly replaced with sliding designs which made baling out much easier.

- The tapered wings are light but strong; their relatively narrow chord and rounded tips help lessen drag. These benefits come at the cost of reduced internal space; small fuel tanks limit endurance and range and the additional wing armament fitted to some variants has to be carried externally.

- Most Valors are armed with two 12.7mm machine guns housed above the engine block and a 20mm autocannon that fires through the propeller hub. As these weapons are placed closer to the aircraft’s centreline they can be aimed more easily than wing-mounted equivalents. They also place less stress on the airframe, have less noticeable recoil, and allow slightly faster turns. This system’s drawbacks include less ammunition space, harder access during maintenance, and a greater risk of engine fires setting off the magazines.

- Though the Valor is best used as a light fighter/interceptor, its designers included features that would help it serve in other roles – a decision that stemmed less from its strengths than its competitors’ deficiencies. Two underwing hardpoints can be fitted with external fuel tanks, machine guns, rockets, cannons or bombs. These let it act as a long-range fighter, bomber destroyer or ground attack aircraft, but the added weight and drag reduce these variants’ performance.

- This Valor’s paint scheme – dark smoke ring style camouflage on a light tan base – is typical for aircraft based in the western Parangean desert. The axe and shield motif is used on most Hassadian military aircraft, though as a symbol of attack and defence it is as old as the empire itself. The tail recognition number and letters on the fuselage identify the aircraft and the squadron it belongs to; the additional stripes on the rudder and exhaust pipe show this is an elite unit. The pilot’s current kill tally of six Tarkavian aircraft – represented by black lightning bolts – suggests his post is well deserved.

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KL-9 Pioneer

The Namidian Union’s history owes as much to the foundations laid down by ancient Selengean traders as it does to new technology. Owing to abundant rainfall, the east coast has more fertile soil, but its rugged terrain makes land travel difficult. The western desert is much flatter but can only support small populations, so large cities are only found on the coast. Sea trade helped to bring them together and address natural imbalances: the east coast provided timber, grain and medicine in exchange for iron and gold. The KL-9 Pioneer is a medium transport/utility aircraft that follows well-established trade routes but also serves the small communities large cargo ships and planes bypass.

Design Features

- Like other flying boats the Pioneer can take off and land from any large expanse of water including rivers, lakes and harbours. As well as helping its users avoid the congestion that builds up around major airports this lets them operate in areas with little or no infrastructure.

- The Pioneer’s parasol wing provides excellent lift, low stall speeds and good downward visibility; it is also cheap to build and can hold large fuel reserves that extend the aircraft’s range. As moving parts like flaps and ailerons are kept well above the water they are less prone to damage and corrosion. A stationary aircraft’s wing can even provide extra shelter from western sun and eastern rain. All these advantages come at a cost: the wing’s external bracing adds drag and makes the Pioneer slower than most aircraft with similar powerplants.

- The Pioneer’s twin inline engines are mounted above the wing. Their push-pull configuration makes handling easier if one fails because thrust remains symmetrical. It also creates less drag than two separate engine nacelles and placing the engines over the hull gives them more protection from spray during takeoffs and landings. This design also has drawbacks: Pioneers rely entirely on their rudders to turn on the water, while conventional twin-engine aircraft can also use variable propeller pitch. The Pioneer’s rear engine is also more prone to overheating, though later models’ larger air intakes and radiators have improved reliability.

- Two cantilever winglet/floats improve stability on the water and can serve as mooring points for boats and/or platforms for divers. The Pioneer’s standard equipment includes inflatable rafts that can double as transports between an aircraft and the shore if no others are available.

- The fully enclosed forward cabin offers crew more comfort and protection than the open types on older aircraft. Side doors provide normal access, but gull-wing hatches can be opened for fast exits in emergencies. A similar aft cabin brings more light into the hull, helps crews monitor the rear engine in flight, and gives them another path of escape if a damaged Pioneer is quickly sinking.

- This Pioneer’s white colour scheme helps to reflect the sun on hot days and make the aircraft more noticeable – and less prone to accidents – at night. Dark paint on the upper nose and tinted windows lessen glare. The flange on the lower nose deflects spray from the cabin when landing, and the small red bars on the hull help the crew make sure the aircraft is properly balanced and not overloaded before they start a takeoff run.

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Tura Satana vs Stephen Winchell

For cult movie and web comic enthusiasts: no introductions necessary.

For cynical misanthropists: a hard case from the 1960s deals with a bleating beardlet of today.

For liberal idealists: after a difficult upbringing, a strong woman of mixed heritage deals with one of those human caricatures whose shrill support (?) for worthwhile causes makes them look ridiculous.

For anyone who’s still confused (and I imagine there’ll be lots): remember Google is your friend.

PS. Happy Birthday Curt!

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It’s been too long since my last post, and I’ll have to apologise, once again, for being so slack at correspondence. At the end of last year/start of this one I took another break from drawing, as I’d done the year before, to start another renovation project. The last one saw me – and the woman I love – turn a house with a bad past into something habitable. This time round we got to turn a comfortable but dated house into something more in line with our tastes. Frances had a very clear vision of what she wanted from the start, and as a team we made it real – I generally did the messier work while she saw to finer details. For too long my idea of a home was the cheapest room for rent I could find with a bed, desk and power point, so I’m glad I had a bit of help from someone who desires more. Among other changes, the old colour scheme – pastel pink and powder blue – was replaced with black satin and gunmetal grey and an old floor got retiled. This might sound thoroughly bourgeois, but if you can do it, why the hell not?

The whole city of Hobart’s seen some big changes. As some old comrades may recall, my first impressions in 2014 were of a quiet, laid-back place, and while it’s still that way compared to larger mainland cities, it’s seen a lot of growth this year. Cranes have gone up all over town but the new construction work hasn’t met the demand for new housing. There’s also been some friction between new arrivals from the mainland and locals who are struggling to find vacant and/or affordable homes; meanwhile, on the city fringes, obviously empty buildings still get torched with depressing frequency. A brief xenophobe’s guide to state capitals: vacant buildings in Sydney are quickly surrounded by razor wire. Vacant buildings in Melbourne are quickly covered in dazzling street art. Vacant buildings in Hobart quickly attract petrol bombs. Apart from that it’s been great here!

Moving on to stranger things, I’ve read a lot more books this year. Instead of just going to secondhand shops to find the odd diamond among so much coal, we’ve bought books online as well. I’ve always been a fan of Chris Bunch for beer-and-pretzels entertainment; his writing clearly benefits from his time as a US Army Ranger and outlaw biker correspondent, but besides a lot of fast-paced action his books contain some surprisingly thoughtful and even enlightened views of the sort you get from someone who’s known a lot of very different people. Walter Jon William’s Dread Empire’s Fall was (despite its title) a light and fun space opera; Chris Wooding’s The Fade was set in a richly detailed, well-imagined, mostly subterranean world, but I felt it had some pacing issues, and I never really warmed to its oh-so-badass but not-so-convincing narrator/protagonist. Ed McDonald’s Blackwing was by contrast the best piece of grimdark fantasy I’ve read in the last ten years. Most of the action takes place in a heavily fortified border city on the edge of The Misery, a nightmarish no-man’s land from which even greater horrors come. The almost constant sense of dread is occasionally lightened by the mordant humour of a similarly tough and resourceful, but for me much more relatable, narrator/protagonist and excellent supporting cast. I’m still neglecting non-fiction to a greater degree than I should, but O’Connor’s Resurrection Science should be an interesting read. There’s still hope for the thylacine!

As far as my own projects go I’ve spent a lot of my free time mapping an alternative world (as opposed to an alternative Earth) and outlining its history. It’s going to provide a backdrop for a new dieselpunk series called Blood and Oil, which could be viewed as a Warbirds reboot – but unlike my old Scorched Earth series (which could be set in the same world at a later date) it won’t be grimdark through and through. I’ve been paying more attention to the way history’s been influenced by populations, resources, culture and environment. It owes more to Jared Diamond (especially his Guns, Germs and Steel) than any recent fiction I’ve read!

Going on what I’ve posted so far, reactions have been positive, though in a regrettable first I’ve blocked a user on DA. When I’ve poked fun at pop culture I know I’ve often come across as insensitive or even offensive; but there’s a point at which I draw a line, and this guy crossed it many times. Anyone with a lot of spare time and a high pain tolerance can follow the whole wretched business under my Gb-16 Falchion pic. For those who don’t know me so well I’ll add a disclaimer first: although organised religion isn’t for me personally, I know it’s a great source of strength and inspiration for some, and I’m not here to take that away. I just can’t let some statements go unchallenged. If someone’s going to be that offensive – not to mention just plain wrong – I’m going to hit back with hard facts. If I upset anyone else, so be it.

In much more edifying news, I’ve been almost overwhelmed by the often funny, often smart and nearly always positive feedback I’ve had in the last few months. I owe lots of people lots of replies, but I’m slowly catching up. It’s even better when comments have started conversations between viewers – my recent Social Justice Wars has prompted some related talk which I’ve learned a lot from too. As a wiser man than me once said, it takes all types to make a world – and on DA we’ve got them all!

Thanks again for your time, and good luck with your work,

JF

  • Listening to: An indoor heater
  • Reading: Nothing right now
  • Watching: Scary stuff
  • Playing: Battle Bakraid
  • Eating: Rice Crackers
  • Drinking: Muscat

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James Flaxman
Australia
Current Residence: Hobart, Australia
deviantWEAR sizing preference: L
Print preference: Varies
Favourite genre of music: Metal, classical, dark ambient
Favourite photographer: Archival
Favourite style of art: Surreal, imaginative, visionary
Operating System: Crappy old PC
MP3 player of choice: Loud
Shell of choice: Armed and mechanised
Wallpaper of choice: Skin
Skin of choice: Metal
Favourite cartoon character: Too many to name
Personal Quote: "So much work, so little time."
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MentatAddict Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Writer
DEATH TO THE FALSE EMPEROR! 
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tansau Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fav!
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Brit31 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much for your faves and for watching, James! :D
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Irondoors Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018
I'm loving your blend of cartoonish and macabre, that's not something you see too often. And the stories you attach to some of your pictures are a treat. Best of luck with your art!
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chris-the-sword Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
hello jflax, its me, chris!

i missed you, and seeing your new journal post really cheered me up!
also, its great to see new art from you.

i was very busy with work +irl stuff lately, so i wasnt able to review your latest works properly.
i will do it soon, tho!

be well, and have a nice day!

PS: may i message you again from time to time, or not? (feel free to note me)
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Jimbowyrick1 Featured By Owner May 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey!
Wanna see how insane that I can be?!
Please visit my first site "Jimbowyrick" on Dev'Art.
Note my "Possessed Baby" series, and my take on John Carpenter's "The Thing" movie.
Paint til you faint!
Jimbo 
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Jimbowyrick1 Featured By Owner May 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
FVTHNX!

Check-out www.larouchpac.com, and see how my political friends are fighting against the British/USA "deep state" oligarchs, and their insane efforts to provoke a new world war (!!!).

Also, check-out Wallace Thornhill and the "Electric Universe" and "Thunderbolts Project" on YouTube.  He's an outstanding Aussie fighting against political correctness in the fields of science.

Best, Jimbo
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jflaxman Featured By Owner May 24, 2018
Cheers mate - will do. Keep up the amazing work!
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Minnys-Musings Featured By Owner May 17, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Though I personally do not like the creepy air of most of your gallery, it does emphasize the points that you are trying to make, and I respect that.  I believe that what you have to say is very important and ground breaking, and you have earned my respect (as previously and somewhat redundantly stated) and morbid curiosity. 

P.S.
On an unrelated note, I looked at the Hero/Ninja turtle piece and personally saw in it an allegory for legal and illegal immigrants.
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jflaxman Featured By Owner May 30, 2018
Thank you very much. I know my work's not to everyone's tastes, but I really respect the fact you can see some merit in it - even though a lot of it doesn't have the deeper meanings some people attach to it!

The Hero/Ninja turtle piece started as a humorous take on the UK's old censorship laws, but it turned into something bigger, and your take on it's spot on. When issues get this complex I'd rather give them all some thought than preach one and ignore the rest.
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