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War of the Worlds Thunderchild by TroC--czarnyrobert War of the Worlds Thunderchild by TroC--czarnyrobert
War of the Worlds - Thunder Child

"The little steamer was already flapping her way eastward of the big crescent of shipping, and the low Essex coast was growing blue and hazy, when a Martian appeared, advancing along the muddy coast from the direction of Foulness.
Then, far away beyond the Crouch, came another, striding over some stunted trees, and then yet another, still farther off, wading deeply through a shiny mudflat that seemed to hang halfway up between sea and sky. They were all stalking seaward, as if to intercept the escape of the multitudinous vessels that were crowded between Foulness and the Naze. In spite of the throbbing exertions of the engines of the little paddle-boat, and the pouring foam that her wheels flung behind her, she receded with terrifying slowness from this ominous advance.
A vast iron bulk like the blade of a plough tore through the water, tossing it on either side in huge waves of foam leaped towards the steamer. Big iron upperworks rose out of this headlong structure, and from that twin funnels projected and spat a smoking blast shot with fire. It was the torpedo ram, "Thunder Child", steaming headlong, coming to the rescue of the threatened shipping. The "Thunder Child" fired no gun, but simply drove full speed towards them. It was probably her not firing that enabled her to get so near the enemy as she did. Martians did not know what to make of her. One shell, and they would have sent her to the bottom forthwith with the Heat-Ray.
Suddenly the foremost Martian lowered his tube and discharged a canister of the black gas at the ironclad. It hit her larboard side and glanced off in an inky jet that rolled away to seaward, an unfolding torrent of Black Smoke, from which the ironclad drove clear.
Another Martian raised the camera-like generator of the Heat-Ray. He held it pointing obliquely downward, and a bank of steam sprang from the water at its touch. It must have driven through the iron of the ship's side like a white-hot iron rod through paper.
A flicker of flame went up through the rising steam, and then the Martian reeled and staggered. In another moment he was cut down, and a great body of water and steam shot high in the air. The guns of the "Thunder Child" sounded through the reek, going off one after the other...."

H.G Wells (1898)

About the scene :
I modeled Martians and Thunder Child in Cinema 4D. Scene was assembled in Vue 5 Infinite. Sky is a bitmap made from several photos, water is a procedural terrain with "open ocean" function applied, smoke was made using numerous spheres with fuzzy material. Distant paddle boat is from 500 3D Objets Encyclopedia by De Espona/Taschen. Radiosity lighting was used in this scene.
My apologies to all my supporters for not posting scenes since several months! Modeling of Martian War Machines and ship took quite a long time. But now I can use my own Martian Walkers for new War of the Worlds scenes - if you like this series!

Take care & be prepared! They are coming!

With compliments to British Royal Navy!
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They are coming! War of the Worlds Thunderchild by ~TroC--czarnyrobert is a snap shot of a doomed scene, showing how well C4D and Vue can be used to produce production quality work. ( Featured by zilla774 )
Krvolok Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015
Amazing! :o
RaffaeleMegabyte Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
Nice job! ^_^ Meow :3 
xenomega101 Featured By Owner May 23, 2015
There goes the thunder child lol well the humans lost at sea
sergiorr90 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
You did a nice job
Docmagnus111 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
Superb image!
Alpha-Squid Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
KerensaW Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing - looks so real! :)
Really like War of Worlds, and finally, I see this. Thanks for making this.
Alucard234564 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student General Artist
This reminds me of War of the Worlds 2005, when the in tripods attacked the ferry.
AbyssalDaemon Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
The detail in this is amazing.
BlueYusei Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Farewell Thunder Child! This is really good art!
WolfKroger74 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Once again you have blown me away!!Trophy 
Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS is amazing novelfanart!
INNXX Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
Beautiful - I can hear Burton saying those exact words..Rick Wakeman's manic keyboards....Featured here… Thank you.
spacegoblin Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
dashinvaine Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Very nicely done.
ColinTheP6M Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Come on Thunder Child~!
xotz Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Excellent! Just as I imagined it.
Wheat-Os Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
USSR1 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
was she an actual ship? or what was it based off of, like what class or something of the sort.
WulfgarCyng Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
As with the album art, this ship looks like the Pre-Dreadnaught Canopus class.
AlexDartois Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
The HMS Polyphemus, I believe.
USSR1 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013

It looks more like a Centurion class, or perhaps a Royal Sovereign class....
AlexDartois Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Well, in the picture, yes. But in the book, it seems most like the Poly.
dashinvaine Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Looks like a Pre-dreadnought, to me.
Fyreskorn Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Amazing job! I love Wells' story, "War of the Worlds" and the crew of the Thunderchild are totally my heroes. Kudos to the artist. Totally fits the image I get when I listen to th eradio broadcast.
scorpionlover42 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
One of my favorite scenes in "The War of the Worlds." This is a good illustration of that epic moment. Your version of the tripod war machines is great. Have you ever considered the invaders' flying machine? Wells didn't give a very clear description of it, but I've always imagined a huge flying wing of sorts.

You might consider the original illustrations for ideas. One of my favorites is the protagonist holding his hands up to the heavens. A tripod surrounded by ravens is in the background. It's that moment when he realizes that the world has been saved.
Tulmur95 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
It looks like the martian machine is saying "Smile!" to the ship, even though that camra like device is the heat ray generator.
ColinTheP6M Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I never knew you were into War of the Worlds
Tulmur95 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Well, I am.
aaaaceace Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
I'm confused, if the Thunderchild was able to beat the Martian war machine simply by running into it, why did every other attack fail to even hurt them?
sparky40sw Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
l have listened to this album dozens of times, wore out my cassette tapes version - thanks for the wonderful visual of one of the more poignant scenes.
Aicnelav Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Awesome, Great art!
Kalila-chan Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome!
bigwhitehound Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Fight the good fight and die with the enemies heart in your hand
United-Systems-Navy Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Some ships just die better than others. Three tripods, that's an epic way to go down.
Synapsepilot Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
Come on Thunderchild!
Mighty-Daneaxe Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning work!
dirkdanglybits Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
I am in Awe, I have been a fan of Jeff Waynes Musical version since the late seventies, This stunning image creates the same sense of awe I felt listening to Richard Burtons discription of the destruction of HMS Thunderchild
samwisemc Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love that version when i was little my dad played it to me as i was going to bed it was terrefying
IMPHeavyArtillary Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Farewell thunderchild.......
VVV13 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
"Anything coming from MARS are a million to one but still they come."
dedete Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
What class of a ship you used to model HMS Thunder Child? It's ironclad, right? Protected torpedo ram with additional cannons?
jososo Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
An amazing piece of work and a great extract from the novel to go with it.
SouthernWriter2 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Maalkor Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Student General Artist
This is amazing! The detail and accuracy from the book is top notch. H.G. Wells' War of The Worlds is a classic.
Railwaywerewolf Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Excellent work! You truly captured the action!
Sniwolf Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
JAFNOVA Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Great Work!
TroC--czarnyrobert Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Thank you for all kind comments about this picture.
Please find more of my art from H.G. Wells sci-fi classic "War of the Worlds" on my website : [link]
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