Since as long as we can remember, we have always imagined what our first experience with extraterrestrial life as well as our first face to face encounters would be like. Some of use hope that there would be purely good will toward the respective races. We would be able to share our technology with them....our philosophies and various other states of knowledge perhaps even some levels of entertainment, forever bonding each race together like rivets in a spaceship's hull. Alternatively, others would believe that interaction with other races would bring forth a conflict like no other. Countless souls would be lost in the ensuing wars and untold damages would be done to our societies. Flames would engulf and lick at the environment like devilish tongues tasting the destruction around them. Our soldier would fight in a constantly losing war against an opponent with far superior technologically advanced machinery and weapons as well as untold knowledge of our civilization's defenses and would perform countless surgical strikes before we are either dead or deadlocked. First Contact created by conceptual artist Moonchild, aka *moonxels, gives us one such look at a battle with an extraterrestrial opponent. With such visceral imagery as well as a great amount of action, it really immortalizes the dark struggle of us versus them.
The more I look at this piece, the further I'm enticed into its world. Each and every explosion is highlighted excellently in the light of the tanks firing. The various scratches and damages on the tank further display how much destruction and the taxing nature of combat is, especially with an enemy we've never encountered. A good use of particle effects on the explosions and flames as well as a great use of lighting over the entire area, with the clouds simulated darkness and shadow effects to cover portions of the objects in the background and foreground. All these elements have genuinely capture the tense atmosphere of the field of combat before this image and the destruction it can invoke.
Watching this piece further immerses the viewer into the ensuing battle. Tanks firing into the air as the unseeing opponent hovers ominously from above. Lighting scarring the sky like bright knives slicing jagged cuts into the atmosphere as a powerful laser cannon from the enemy spaceship slices into the Earth and through the tanks and other Earth defenses that litter its surface. It’s only a matter of time before the world becomes one large piece of intergalactic scar tissue.
At the moment, one thing could still be altered with the piece. Some parts of the piece could use a little alteration in its sharpness. However, since its only in very minuscule areas of the images, there really isn’t much to go into in regards of this issue.
With a rather small nitpick, it barely detracts from the stellar presentation of the image. Bringing a large scale war with the classic clash against an unknown enemy really looks great in both presentation and execution. Good work as always, Moonchild!
i just looked at this and then looked at the critique, I realized i am not much of a critique i dont comment unless i like the picture so when i do comment it is usually positive, when we have our first contact with life from another world i wonder what would they look like, whats their weapons, motive, will they use us as food, enslave us, or my favorite bring us into a galactic alliance or war with their enemies
the eternal question. I've numerous times broached the topic of an invasion of alien origin with my cousin who is a fanatic military enthusiast.
many a time i would ask "how would modern military forces fare against an alien force like the covenant" or another established alien factions from a number of science fiction genre like say warhammer 40k or various movies. he has seemingly unwavering trust in the capabilities of our armed men and women, particularly in regards too ground warfare. and for the extra-terrestrials he is forced to accept would sweep away our infantry(and to a lesser extent our armored vehicles and tanks) he assures me that there are other ways and of human adaptability.
i don't agree with him alot mainly due to that fact that if a powerful alien race attacked i feel that most if not all nations would have to come together. and that is where i see the main problom
yeah but it could equally be our downfall if we fail to work together. there are so many things that divide us. history, religion, language, politics, greed. most of us could probably look past that temporarily but who is it. it could be the people who want to unite but the leaders only want to think of retaining power or it could be the opposite. the leaders seeing the logic in working together for the better, whether temporarily of long term with the citizens holding onto old grudges