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Orbital Battle by LordDoomhammer Orbital Battle by LordDoomhammer
I finally decided my never to be finished (well, I would finish it, but my computer quits^^) Warhammer 40.000 Space Marine Battle Barge to be used within a picture! And as a huge Capital Ship as this one, never goes out alone I kit-bashed a Frigate kind of ship to give it company :)
The picture depicts a bettle within a planets atmosphere, between forces of the Imperium and an unseen enemy among the clouds. I really tried to show the size of that damn thing, but am not sure whether I succeeded.
Ships made in Google SketchUp, rendered in Kerkythea. Rest made in Photoshop.

The story goes on here:

Hope you like it! :)
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LordDoomhammer Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, thank you (I guess) :D
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Nils-Iver Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Excellent scene!
LordDoomhammer Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
PoshPete117 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
You're a halo fan, warhammer 40,000 fan AND A BATTLEFLEET GOTHIC FAN!'re ace =D

Space marines vs......orks I can only guess o.O
LordDoomhammer Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, thanks! :D
And yes, the orks get a beating here ;)
PoshPete117 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
ace XD
BaseDeltaZero Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It's amazing, of course, and I couldn't even begin to criticize the artistry, but since you mentioned scale...

Considering the madness that is 40k ships, shouldn't this pretty much set the atmosphere on fire? This deep in the atmosphere, since those explosions aren't over the horizon, so they must be only a few dozen kilometers away... they shouldn't be piddly little blasts of fire, but gigantic fireballs as the multi-gigaton warheads turn the atmosphere to plasma for dozens of kilometers around. Each engine burns with the fury of a small star, not just small trails of plasma, but huge, huge plumes of fire, far larger than the ship itself, pushing the vessel ahead at such speeds the sky explodes as it passes. It's such a tremendous cataclysm of energy that it really doesn't compare... these things consume more power than the entire modern earth just to accelerate. A battle between 40k ships involves throwing weapons at each other that make nukes look like water balloons...

Also, clouds can be the size of mountains. These things are bigger.

There's a reason 40k ships don't go in atmosphere.
LordDoomhammer Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, what an elaborate and thought-provoking comment! O_O
Thanks man!

To be honest, I haven't given it much thought as of yet, I mean it's 40k. If it isn't over the top, it wouldn't be 40k. And such oversized vessels are a fine example of this!
But for the sake of argument, your points are completely valid. However you have to take into account, that this speculation is based on Earth as basis. Many planets are however terraformed, as such the composition and size as such mustn't be alike. As such this world could in fact have the volume of Saturn and an atmosphere that reaches up much higher than it does here, so the effects would be significantly different. Considering the strategical necessity, using their engines as weapons could prove valuable as well, but their output would be reduced in normal flight within an atmosphere, as the distance to cover are much smaller than in space. And if you decide to fight there, you would take the enemy position into consideration - a falling vessel with several kilometers in length can turn out to be much more of a weapon than a bomb ;)

So, there's always a creative loophole for people like me, despite your reasonable and logical reason :D
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