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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 )
Docmagnus111 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Superb image!
Alpha-Squid Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
KerensaW Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional 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!
Sabra74 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Once again you have blown me away!!Trophy 
Dinofuzz 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.
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