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    --The War Book, Working the kinks. --

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    Size fixed.

    A little info about these pictures.


    Phot 1: Me, Can't tell you the location but it was working from what is now a American controlled fob, Spotted a group of 3 laying a I.E.D in what they thought was 'dead ground'. this was a river bed at the base of the second tree line from the houses(dead ground = a area that cannot be seen from a specific position at an elevated angle) or if you're American: Deffilation

    Phot 2: Is me again, my roll in the Army permits that I can wear civilian clothing, but this will make you a bigger target to enemy forces, I've had to edit the antennae out, as it would be a dead give away as to what is in the bag, my weapon is also edited out. And you can see on the lower left of my hype I'm supporting a stylish H.E grenade bag, there's around x6 H.E grenades in there.

    Phot 3: Is me and a friend (Steve, Funny every one in these photos who's not me is called Steve... strange) Stood out side our wmik (weapon mounted installation kit) Thou you can't see the weapon on the back it's a quick hide away weapon, A skill you learn in our branch is to not parade the fire power you are using, it incites enemy forces to come at you with a larger force, Surprises are all ways nicer when there un-expected.

    Phot 4: Me, Again in the same location as Phot 1 this time there was some no goods sneaking in and out of an area they shouldn't have been, the map is edited to keep the location hidden.

    Phot 5: Me again, supporting the stylish issued T-shirt from the Army, good for drying out fast if it becomes wet, also in the picture is 'The good news' (G.P.M.G) Brilliant piece of kit, heavy, durable very effective.
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    Good stuff
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    Wow, nice pics! You mind if I use them as reference for my own work?
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    Some more phots to enjoy.

    Phot 1: This is me messing around with my new found way to use a shamag as a face veil, Oh yeah check my kid's body as well, 5 months of rations does that to a man.

    Phot 2: This is me on one of them most illusive things called a 'Day off' crazy, still not used to saying it, I'm just doing some drawing, As for the big white dog there's a little history about him, His names AK, He was abused by the old A.N.A regime as a fighting dog, hence the big scars, after that the Taliban caught him and yet again used him for fighting and carrying kit (this dog stands over 6ft tall on its hind legs) and then we cam across him, took him in and kept him safe, it's not a violent dog, quite the opposite given the past it's had, BRILLIANT if you get it laying next to you for a little warmth.

    Phot 3: Quite early in the tour, as you can see 'Steve' has got the issued tan, issued by the army for the army! brilliant. the weapon has a silencer from a previous night operation, On this tour allot of time was spent in the mountains and cutting through other peoples fobs.

    Phot 4: A little sunset over the Helmand river for you people who like to draw land scape.

    Phot 5: This was a area we was keen to keep eyes on, in a perfect position for the enemy to lay a ambush, this would be ideal for any one wanting to do a scene from Afghanistan, this is how their houses look, not the shanty half tin half wood huts you see in Call of duty or Medal of honour.

    Phot 6: Another scene for you guys, I got a whole load of these. (it's not all about me) lol

    Phot 7: Get to the choppa' lifting off after a supply run.

    Phot 8: Me and yet again another 'Steve' it's all ways a good idea to not only disguise your self as the enemy to infiltrate but as a friendly to get away from the attention.

    Phot 9: Chopper mid supply drop, one of the guys taking cover from debris (this isn't afghan hence the greenery, again location can't be given) bit action packed.
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    Amazing stuff. I think the words Im looking for are "thank you for putting your life on the line."
    I want AK.
    PS the two guys I work with are also both called Steve. Theres no escaping them.
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    Some of you have P.M'd me about the bottle in the sock, This is a good technique to keep your drinks cool in the summer, get two socks, soak them both, and wrap them around your sock, it will keep it cool for that little bit longer, not to mention if you're a sniper it keeps it camouflaged.
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    Just me trying out my new Wacom Cintiq doodled a eye. Crits welcom.
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    Well, I'd recommend using hard brushes instead of the softer fuzzier brushes. Looks good so far, though.
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    I can recommend the smudge tool set about 70%. Paint at full opacity. But the smudge tool is genius, saves so much rendering, takes a bit of time to get comfy with but you will end up with more polished results. Great for merges of colour you wouldn't initially consider.
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    Cheers for the tips guys, got to get back into the swing of digital stuff, Got PScs5 the other day, Lots of good things to use, I'll take it on board and test it all out when I have time.
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    Hey!

    First of all, thanks for commenting on my sketchbook!

    The pictures you took in Afghanistan are very capturing because even if you edited faces out, it tells us a lot about what you and your comrades are doing there. Thank you.

    As for painting, it looks like you're off to a solid start. You've got the concept of form right. In order to improve on painting, I suggest to start off with 100% hard brush not only because it gives you sharp details but you also can use light pressure to shade lightly. That's what I learned and so far, my results look quite sharp.

    Also, don't use black for shading - it kind of kills the colors. For example, if you want to shade the green eye where it's dark at, use the darker green to shade in that area. If you use darker tones of the same color, you can notice the difference.

    Most important of all, just keep playing around with different brushes and colors.

    Keep it up! Would like to see more of your painting sketches. =}


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    So I was doodling for about 20 minutes and came up with this, can you guys give me pointers please?

    Sorry about the scribble on it, I brought Fallout new Vegas and had to remember what not to sell, and the link is for crimbo shopping lol,.. I didn't have a pen or paper to hand... well i did, Digitally but not literally.
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