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    Icon IDW #119: Tactical Bomber

    IDW #119: Tactical Bomber

    Topic: Tactical Bomber

    Background: Since we had the AA-artillery round a while ago, I figured we might want to give it's main adversary a try. There are a few things that should be noted though.

    First of all, tactical bombing is something else than the carpet bombing that has been extensively deployed during WW II by both the Alies and Axis forces, and in wars like Vietnam. Tactical bombing aims to be as effective as possible with the smallest amount of collateral. Smart bombs, guided missiles and improved air-to-ground radar and on-board electronic equipment made carpet bombing obsolete and expensive. Keep that in mind when designing your bomber.

    Secondly, we're talking about the near-future. No flying airballoons or spacecrafts in this round, think 10-40 years from now (possibly up to a 100 years).

    Feel free to add aspects like Navy/Army/Airforce roles for your aircraft, or come up with specific bombs or tasks your bomber is supposed to handle.

    Brief:
    1. Design and draw near-future Tactical Bomber!
    2. Keep it realistic!
    3. That's it... now draw!

    Deadline: Tuesday, March 2

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    Okay been a while since I had a go but hopefully will get a piece in on time

    here is a quick page full of bombers etc just to get some inspiration from!

    happy IDWing

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    Did I get you right?

    You don't want us to draw a strategic bomber in classical way doing massiv destruction deep in enemy territory but something like an commando unit up in the air?
    Something that fits the Role of the F-117, and not the role of the B-2?


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    Cool topic but I find theres quite alot of restrains, atleast for me, it feels like the only way is to "future up" an already existing model of a strategic bomber since fantasy etc is excluded (I want ballons!).


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    I am so in.


    I was thinking this would be unmanned, like the bastard offspring of a Predator drone and a B-2 bomber.

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    Ugh my mistake, I mixed up two different types of bombers in my topic. What I meant were bombers like the F-117 and Panavia Tornado, in other words 'Tactical Bombers'. I went forward and changed the title of the topic title, if anyone has a huge issue with that let me know and I'll see if I can find a better solution. Sorry for the mix up though

    For more info on the difference:

    Wiki: Strategic Bomber

    Wiki: Tactical Bomber

    As for this topic being restrained, yes it is a little Ragnj. IDW does not always have wide open topics like last time, but also topics that are meant to force your own creativity and design skills a little more than usual. If that is not your cup of tea than I suggest you wait until the next round


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    ok, now i just got to get that flying suicide bomber out of my mind.




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    Wooo! Ace topic.

    Here's a start in my lunch break. I wanted to go for a futuristic Sukhoi. So after I've got some shape in there I'll try and add some Nice Russian graphics.

    I ran with the thumbnail mid left.

    John, cool start. Look forward to seeing more.

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    So, here's an update. I think it's going alright.

    The concept is super fast bomber which can fly at high altitudes. It builds up speed then swoops down into the atmosphere to deliver it's payload. After that it climbs back to the outer atmosphere to refuel and rearm in orbit.

    I'm crap at colour, so if anyone's got any thoughts about what I should be doing with the piece, just shout.

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    Wow, that's awesome work man. Great design; is it supposed to be an unmanned vehicle ? I'm working on a UAV stealthy bomber but I don´t know if I'll be able to finish in time

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    Finals thread is up, please post your final images in there before the deadline:

    IDW #119: Tactical Bomber - Finals thread


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    Thanks kosta! Eerm, I'm not sure if it's going to be manned or not. The sensible design side of me says it's unmanned, but a part of me wants it to be piloted by a brave young cosmonaut! I guess he'd be inside with screen views surrounding him, rather than flimsy windows... but anyway, I'll leave it up to interpretation.

    I actually haven't ever finished one of these challenges! This'll be the first. Stick your WIPs up, it feels lonely in here!


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    I would have done it but I have no internet in my place so I´ll have to upload my stuff in college or something. It´s the first in these challenges for me too but I intend to find the time and put up the effort to participate every week from now on ( I don´t know how, I´m already sleeping 4-5 hours/day ... ) - as a complete noob and aspiring concept artist, I really need the trainning. Hoppefully you won´t feel lonely anymore


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