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Poison Fog 1917 by Mitchellnolte Poison Fog 1917 by Mitchellnolte
This is my entry for the Skribble competition; my first thought when i saw the pattern was 'Gas Mask' and nothing else came to mind and so in particular the gas masks of the Great War always interested me in how they were often so mishapen looking and gave the british lollipop like heads.
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2dresq Featured By Owner 23 hours ago
Great piece.
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Stolicus Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
just..wow..
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PeaceKeeperd Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Brave men come from all eras and all walks of life.  They put so much on the line for the thing they love most, whatever that thing may be.  Maybe for country.  Maybe for family.  Maybe for love or maybe for honor.  War is ugly, but what men fight for is beautiful.  The enemy government may fight for the wrong reasons, but its soldiers thought they were fighting for the same things their enemy was.  These are the bravest kind of men, men that will forever prove that though war may be ugly, sometimes, the reasons why they are fought, are more beautiful than the battlefield it was fought on.
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Hyginustus Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student
nice
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himymRobinStinson Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm always interested in the thought that WW1 modernized military tactics and brought it in the 20th century and brought an end to centuries of Imperialism.
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HailMyself Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
WW1. The only war that everyside wear a mask that make them look like a monster from hell.
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thedoraemons7 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
ALL THE KING'S MEN!
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Enrico1946 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That moment when the early methods of warfare was tested with the upcoming modern warfare
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DanielBrooksLaurent Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional Writer
Very powerful, and incredible work.
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themightyfrenchmen Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
that whistle and someone yelling "OVER THE TOP" is the last thing so many of them ever heard
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TheUniversalUnion Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Terrifying... I don't know whether to be disturbed, or proud that they did this for their- and my- country...
Excellent work.
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
It has a very bleak feel, appropriate for the war. well done.
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Dxxel Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Like the concept very interesting
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SuicidalArtist000 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013   General Artist
imo this could never be considered a "Skribble" but a genius work of art.
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Mitchellnolte Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you !
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kfaber97 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Officers in the great War would have terrified me. Retreat? Blam shot to the face.
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privateroberts19 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Very good
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Mitchellnolte Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much
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GentlemanlySoldier Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
I always loved learning about the world wars, especially WW1. It always interested me. Nice work on this it's very well done.
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Mitchellnolte Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you for checking this one out!
regards
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VassKholzovf Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
There's a lot happening in this picture, it's very good. Reminds me almost of some of the art you get in warhammer 40k books, in a good way. You've nicely caught the Small Box Repirators, a very strange shape they are compared to later models.
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Mitchellnolte Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much - i do appreciate that you notice these details. Admittedly the picture was something of a fantasy in the vein of warhammer pictures, but at the same time there are alot of historical paintings from the war artists and artists afterwards that certainly have soldiers going over the top in somewhat epic styles - though no one is of course glorifying war and no would i ever like to as interesting and evocative and symbolic the subject is.
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VassKholzovf Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
You`re most welcome, mate. It wasn't a criticism, it's an interesting take on the subject and you're very right, it's a fascinating and evocative subject. I think you did the picture very well indeed.
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Mitchellnolte Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much - your comments are always most welcome also!
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Scholar-of-Wastes Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Fucking awesome!

I've seen war drawings before, but this blows away everything I've ever seen for WWI. What a strange war it was. So much death just to warm up for the real world war twenty years later.

Still I think it was important because it was what taught people to at leas try to avoid future wars. I read the history books, and it just seems like the nations of Europe did everything they could to make sure the war would happen. I guess it was the same with WWII, but I think they set it up to happen without even realizing it.
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Mitchellnolte Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
hi - thanks for your comment. yes it was a war i read about alot as a child and for some reason i just as a child used to sit in my backyard thinking i was a soldier in a muddy trench on the western front - perhaps i was in a previous life... but you are right and unfortunately it was the case that like some giant steam tractor wheels, each country had mobilisation plans that had alot of momentum and so once one started, they all started and their inertia would crush europe through 4 years of death and stalemate before there was no longer enough blood to fuel the engine of one side or another - in this case of course the entente powers. - a war that was horrific in that soldiers was being just walked into confrontations like something from the 19th century despite the fact that artillery and machine gun technologies were well ahead of this tactic - shocking that on the somme, i think the germans just couldnt believe men were just wlaking right into their machine guns
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VassKholzovf Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
For what it's worth, the troops on the Somme walked because the week-long prelim bombardment was expected to have annihilated German resistance. Instead, too many shells were duds or High Explosive (which would throw up and scatter the barbed wire, but not, crucially, cut it in most places) and there were too few heavy artillery pieces at this stage with the power to destroy German strong points and dug-outs. The troops hit the dirt very soon after the german Mgs opened up. In the South of the sector, however, it really was a walk-over. The 18th Division achieved all its day 1 objectives and men reckoned the war would surely be over, as they had swept away resistance. Unfortunately, it was in the Northern part of the battlefield where the majority of casualties were incurred, as the German lines had survived better, as had the wire, and the British had further to advance. Nonetheless of course, the huge numbers of casualties, 56,470, were the worst casualties on any day of the army's history.

But if you look at how both Britain and France had come along, and of course Germany too by 1918, things were very different. In Operation Michael, the Germans, through use of elite infantry units that infiltrated forward before an attack, created a huge hole in the British and French lines and only halted when their supply lines broke down. In the aftermath, the French and British, through the use of modern tactics, advanced continuously for 100 or so days (the Hundred Days campaign) and only stopped when Germany signed the Armistice. They used far-thinking combined arms tactics involving close cooperation between armour, infantry, artillery and aircraft. These were really modern ideas, at the leading edge of military doctrine. Unfortunately, a lot of it would be forgotten between the wars - except by the Germans... (And some red army commanders, but they were killed in the purges).

Technology had overtaken doctrine in the years leading up to the first world war, but by 1917, they had the right idea for the most part, and by 1918 had the means, equipment and training to implement it.
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Mitchellnolte Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
indeed, yes thank you for that excellent detail regarding the whole somme. Indeed the bombardment was massive and indeed i guess it was thought that no man could survive such a barrage.

Yes, the tactics of the war really changed towards the end and started to resemble more like how the second world war post d-day moved it seems, but that may be a gross generalisation - i had a wonderful book on the final year of the war and the accounts and memoirs of allied troops - oh bother, i cannot for the life of me recall its name.
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xXGhostOfShadowXx Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Вау, это потрясающе!
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RedFoxIV Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
This really portrays life in those trenches i feel like im back in the Great War...

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Good Luck on the Contest
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Niki-Smith Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011   General Artist
Wow..I love this. I'm a history buff, especially WWI, WW2 era. Great work.
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Mitchellnolte Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! The Great War has always interested me too - it was less about two ideologically enemies then generations of men on all sides marching into a hell of mud, gas, iron and steel - check out the australian movie 'Under Hill 60' if you havent seen it, it's not a bad film and is set on the Western Front. -
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kfaber97 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Or 'All Quiet on the Western Front'
It's based on the german point of view.
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Mitchellnolte Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
indeed - that's a great movie and story. One of the first i read on the Western Front and also as i child i remember coming home from school about 7 or 8 years old and seeing the end of some haunting movie with a soldier under gray skies dying on the western front and the distant odd rumble of artillery - this had such impression on me and many years later saw that this was from the 1970's adaptation.
It stayed in my mind and in fact i had curious interest in soldiers in trenches in the Great War as a young kid that i would often just sit in the backyard peering over the fence imagining i was in the war - perhaps in a previous life i had been.
The art of Otto Dix also had a strange attraction for me - an emotional one for quite a while

i recommend also the book The Missing of the Somme by Geoff Dyer also as an evocative work which goes into the feelings, imaginings almost mythopoeic evocations brought on by looking back in images from the war and walking amongst the memorials all over the world
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kfaber97 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
I find its kinda sad some people don't care what the soldier went through in that freaking war. Johnny Got his Gun is a nice example of hospital conditions. the book is still haunting me...
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Niki-Smith Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011   General Artist
I did a search and the almighty Google came up with "Beneath Hill 60" (2010). Is that the right one? If so, I'll definitely check it out. Ever seen the older movie 'All Quiet on the Western Front' (1979)? The Great War was definitely one truly worthy of the title Hell. WWI was quite another creature. The black and white footage of the soldiers that came back from that war is humbling to say the least. The way the war was fought...trench warfare...fighting through rats, sewage, blood and as you say, mud, gas, iron and steel. Horrific. Truly something the world had never seen before and hasn't seen the same since. I don't know if you're the reading type, but if you ever see a book titled 'Wipers: A Soldier's Tale From the Great War' by Jeff Simmons (fictional, based on common events/stories of WWI) about the British fighting in Ypres, Belgium, you should pick it up. It's good, even if you aren't the booky type...a fiction that brings you back to the reality of the war in many ways. Many stories that have been told about The Great War come through in the book. Anyway, sorry for the long reply. :) Tend to talk a lot about certain subjects. :)
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Mitchellnolte Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
cheers, great reply - yes the movie is Beneath Hill 60 sorry, not under Hill 60 - check it out, there is also a movie that was done about Passchendaele which is only a few years old - - still i would like to see a movie set around Verdun or the Somme - teh painting by Georges Leroux of verdun titled 'Hell' is one of the best ww1 paintings i have ever seen and since i was young i have been drawn to it
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Echo05 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dang brother, this is downright spectacular. It better win!
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Mitchellnolte Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
cheers! here's hoping :-)
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ArtisticAkuma Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
cool , i like how to suits sort of look like the helghast masks on killzone if your familiar with the game. This is really cool
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Mitchellnolte Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
cheers, - they have "helghasts" on killzone?" the helghast was a nazghul type monster in the Lone Wolf Gamebooks i read back in the early nineties as kid! :-)
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ArtisticAkuma Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
lol the evil group in the game are called the helghast.They were more like corrupt soldiers than monsters. The ones your talking about are cool as well :D
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Twiggierjet Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Awesome. This is my wallpaper now.
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Mitchellnolte Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thank you ! i am pleased that you like it! the western front of WW1 has always held an eery interest for me - ever since i was a child - i may have been there in a past life !
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Twiggierjet Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Your previous life dude probably got gasse or something.
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Mitchellnolte Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you , it was al I think of, I wish I could av done more but anyhoo
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BurgundyPhoenix Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
This has a really surreal nightmare quality to it. It's great how you've managed to incorporate the skribble in different locations too. It looks like a scene out of a movie. Awesome!
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123wbb Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
damn! why i didn't think of that !!!

loooveeee gasmask!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Rodinas Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome, really awesome!
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Mitchellnolte Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :-) i have actually put the pattern in the image in 3 places
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