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The Lost Generation by tuomaskoivurinne The Lost Generation by tuomaskoivurinne
acrylics 2011,
German artilleryman loading a 15 cm shell with a personal message to his enemy.
I think I was after the sort of vicious circle of retaliation the men were pulled into.

Done for April MGWAT in the Great War Forum.
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NyanPuppy Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fun fact, artillery crews sent messages to each other on their shells, most of the time, they weren't even insults or taunts! :o
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julius1880 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
An excellent piece of art.
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WolfwithGlasses Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
Hehe I think painting the Projectiles of the artillery with nice writings was pretty famous on both sides.
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Seen several photos of soldiers of all nations, posing beside artillery shells with writings and greetings on them. Easy to imagine, little humour to counter all that horrid business. Sometimes mind just works that way.
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Ulfsark Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great work. :thumbsup:
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks :)
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AnneCat Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
So much machinery! I'm a coward about painting non-organic shapes. This is so well-done, especially that delicately-rendered wheel? valve? on the left, with the white highlights. The palette and style of the whole piece made me initially think it was in watercolor, until I clicked on the thumbnail. Or is it mixed media?

This picture made me think strongly of a poem I read yesterday: Ammunition Column, by Gilbert Frankau. The first line is "I am only a cog in a giant machine, a link of an endless chain," and it's definitely about that whole concept of being stuck in a neverending cycle of fighting.
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. For some reason, I find that machines are generally difficult to draw (thus I use a lot of references). And this is just acrylics, it turns very similar to watercolour in places.
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YourFreedomFighter Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very well done!

Yikes, that yellow banded shell looks like possible MG or Yperite. Glad I'm not on the receiving end.
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just shrapnel, (as discussed below) the gas shell had more yellow painted on it. Anyway, nasty to be in the business end... Thank you :)
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