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In the Line Of Fire by reiq In the Line Of Fire by reiq
The setting of the story takes place at the end of the 21st century, where many countries have unified into supranational powers (like the European Union). North and South America have formed the Federation of the Americas for the purposes of common defence, common currency, and competition against the other powers, such as the EU, the Pacific Union, the Chinese Hegemony and so forth. A squad of the 101st Airborne Division is being sent to the border of the Colombian and Venezuelan nation states to rescue a VIP from a revitalized FARC.

Elizabeth Flanden, a Sergeant in the 101st Airborne Division (an Airborne Ranger) set in the year 2096. She has served for approximately eight years, and been deployed across the Americas and to the Pacific. She specializes in behind-the-lines infiltration and covert action, preferring close-quarters combat.

This time I tried to do something different with a more action oriented composition, and it took several sketches to get it right, and drawing the rifle is always a pain in the ass :D , still I need to improve more the compositions, hope you like it!

Character Commissioned by Dustin Hawk.
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:iconidislikecake:
idislikecake Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The goggles look like the kinds you'd use in airsoft and she doesn't seem to be packing much equipment for any operation.
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Easycompany506 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Dude this is actually a nice story. And don't beat yourself up about the rifle, I think you made that SCAR look perfect.
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JoshawaFrost Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
sweet!!!
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:iconelpachonisimo:
elpachonisimo Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student Writer
Nice place

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:iconcpokashue:
CPOKashue Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
...So it's not Fio then?
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:iconffdp-neko:
FFDP-Neko Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
Awesome looking picture
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:iconargo93:
Argo93 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Epic picture!
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:iconam12345:
am12345 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I met a guy in a guy, stationed in Japan with me, who had this tattooed on his back.
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:iconsev808:
Sev808 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome!
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:icongothold:
gothold Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
Lot of action depicted in this work! The detail is awesome!omfg 
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:iconmadogthefirst:
madogthefirst Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
WOW amazing the picture and details, just wow.
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:iconwillheimus:
Willheimus Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SUKI
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:iconwolfmaster8:
wolfmaster8 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
well this is awsome. i like the details used in this
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:iconpurplemoonfang:
PurpleMoonFang Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its suki!
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:iconbrittgne:
brittgne Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student
I think this is a cool composition and a cool story! Curious to know more! :)
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:iconsakraida82:
Sakraida82 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Interesting.
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:iconkakarotoo666:
kakarotoo666 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Es impresionante la calidad de tu trabajo, espero algun dia poder hacerlo como tu.
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raminhlover Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
im gonna have to agree with ~precinctomega
a person serving for 8 years as an airborne ranger would definitely wear some kind of protective layer. and after that one mag shes toast, maybe a light low profile chest rig would suffice since she prefers CQC.
still I think you did an amazing job with everything else. the details into the scenery really sets the mood.
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ayayay-500 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
The effects were so great, and the SCAR-L rifle that Sgt. Flanden is carrying there is drawn well too.
Very very good!
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:iconthecomedia09:
Thecomedia09 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
amazing!!
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:icon4llgototheh3ll:
4llgototheh3ll Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Rock them baby >3 !!
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:icondanuvis:
danuvis Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
As a former 101st infantry soldier i applaud this pic well done sir well done. perhaps females will be allowed to join the infantry and rangers by that time only time will tell. Woulda been cool to see an XM-8 instead of the SCAR. good job either way.
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xXblackxdirtyxsoulxx Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
a-w-e-s-o-m-e = I <3 IT!!
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:iconrailguntogepi:
RailgunTogepi Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
tiny shroom in the bottom left cornor just got waisted! WOW that is dead fungus If I ever did see it!
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:iconj-027:
J-027 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
wow this incredible!!!
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:iconblack556:
black556 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
wow very awesome and she is a part of the Airborne too now its Epic Win!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconkyuzoaoi:
kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Student Artist
Is she from the former US?
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:iconjames-dark-blue-wolf:
Kool very kool
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:iconhdhdhdhdhdhdhdhdhd18:
love the art
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:iconhdhdhdhdhdhdhdhdhd18:
love the art
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:iconthesunglasskid:
TheSUNGlassKid Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice, she actuall looks like a propper soldier (none of this sexified stuff with blatant boobage).
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shuimulung Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Ahh, combat . . . hot sexy combat . . . I likes it!
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loveablemoggy Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011   General Artist
Ooh, the original sketch link doesn't work any more.
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:iconyikari:
Yikari Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
Well, this is still undeniably REIQ, if a bit less 'shiny' (I'm afraid I don't know the effect's proper name); in fact I find myself liking this rendition of your style more!

As for the girl; I believe there are ways of making a female in an action scene 'seriously' and still get Sick Smokin' Hot - as you have skillfully demonstrated.
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xepowe Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
really awesome work here...nice
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:iconjohn-234:
John-234 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
The FN SCAR she's holding is a little stubby - it's longer and would be pretty awkward for her to carry. But still, it's amazing work. I really like how you drew the grenade burst in the background.
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quentinlars Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow! great action and awesome perspective/ love the bullets zipping by and shrapnel flying everywhere! great job on the body being catapulted by the explosion! amazing!!! dig the backstory on your girl! tres cool!
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:iconfroste33:
froste33 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
This is amazing! Is there more to this story or... cause what you have is great but I was just curious.
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:iconmadpredator:
Madpredator Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
Deberia ser para el metal slug!
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:iconsleepyhazard:
SleepyHazard Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing!
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:iconthomchen114:
ThomChen114 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Student General Artist
awesome work. wish i could do something even close to this
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:iconladymuscles:
ladyMuscles Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Reminds me of Motoko from GITS. Excellent job!
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:iconmstarzky:
MStarzky Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the action in this one
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:iconlarabraddock:
LaraBraddock Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
omg this is exactly what i needed! thank you so much <33
it's hard to find picture's like these
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:iconheartless305:
Heartless305 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
impressive
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:icontorupocoyo:
torupocoyo Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
Short tale, she's a bad ass...
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:icondarklarik:
Darklarik Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
Interesting how she specializes in rescue missions and covert 'inside enemy lines' missions, and yet, she is Airforce, which if you have any common sense in kinda contradictory.
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PHROGman Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
101st Airborne is a U.S. Army unit, not Air Force.

Furthermore, one of the primary functions of an Air Force pararescueman is rescue and emergency medical care (often behind enemy lines).

Do your research before you critique the realism.
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jmintz2001 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very nice! I was part of the 101st so this piece means even more to me! Beutiful job on this!
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