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The Wrath of the Drahk by Colourbrand The Wrath of the Drahk by Colourbrand
This is a fleet of ships from the Sci-fi show Babylon Five.

The sole surviving Victory Class Destroyer, the Excalibur, has received disturbing information that a large task force of Drahk has been sighted near a world not far from the Minbar system. The Excalibur has been responsible for numerous defeats of the Drahk, including assisting in the destruction of a Shadow Planet Killer (where its sister ship, the Victory was destroyed) and finding the cure for the so-called Drahk plague.

All that they know is that the Drahk have massed in significant force. To assist the flagship of the Interstellar Alliance, a combined force of Alna’shok and Minbari vessels have joined them; these include a pair of the mighty Sharlin Class War-Cruisers, four WhiteStar Class Monitiors, a pair of Enfali Class Cutters, and a Valen Class Transport.

On arrival however, the fleet discover nothing. It is when they arrive that the Drahk appear and in the classic quote from Admiral Akhbar “it’s a trap” spring it. Along with their vast fleet of ships, the Drahk have brought along their version of the Victory Class, a gigantic five limbed monstrosity that on arrival opens fire with five powerful beams that inflict immediate damage to the Excalibur – including crippling its front neutron blasters.

Despite being few and the flagship being damaged, the fleet prepare to engage the Drahk.

I did this for a friend as well as doing something different, with the hopeful chance that this will improve my skills in doing space combat scenes.

I also did this because I wanted to make the Drahk feel like a threat; after all they were allies to the Shadows so they would/should have learned a thing or two from their masters – the same way that the ISA did from the Vorlons.

Let me know what you all think :D

Enjoy!
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ShishBaobab Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student
Looks like Citadel is firing
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmm - interesting thought :D

Cheers sir :)
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AkindioStudios Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
...and that is the ship that Drac built! (or was it a house?)
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL!!! Well done sir :D!
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AkindioStudios Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
:D
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Majestic-MSFC Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is brilliant, I'd love to see more B5 stuff from you. A great series and it's great to see you've done some fan art on it. :D
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I may do some more - need mojo - but watch this space :D
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Majestic-MSFC Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I will and look forward to when you get your mojo back. Babylon 5 would have to be one of it not my most favourite series. :D
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well sir, thanks to this, I am looking into doing some B5 Pics :D

Cheers for the stir :)
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Majestic-MSFC Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome, I am actually looking forward to see what B5 stuff you do. 

I think after my own Trek projects are done I might do a B5 project. :D 
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heyyyy!!

And who says great ideas cannot be shared ;)?

Excellent :D Wow us matey :D
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Majestic-MSFC Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah to be honest I really hope JMS will so a Dilgar war movie or series, I think that would be great doing a prequel before the Babylon Project was started. A little like the "In the Beginning" movie. 

Indeed, sci-fi and art are a very sharing place in my opinion. It's one of the things I like about sci-fi the unity and striving to be better as a species and as individuals. :D
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I doubt a movie will ever be made; there was a possibility of bringing B5 to the big screen but JMS dug his heels in on the cast idea - as being youth orientated. He wanted the cast in the series on the screen and him in command; did not go down well with TPTB and so it has never surfaces - so I am told...

Wise - VERY wise words sir :)
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blacklion68 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
This feels like a storyboard, or even a screecap from the show. Too bad the spinoff series only lased a few episodes.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it was thanks to the last series and that Excalibur despite NOT being a Star Trek rip off made people think it was a Star Trek Rip off.

I still think it had potential, just needed someone at the helm with more backbone - especially now.

Cheers for the kind words sir :)
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edge8400 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Nice!
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cheers sir :)
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kiml42 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful.
As always, your explosions look great and pretty realistic. It's really nice to see that realistic near absolute shadows in space scenes can yield such effective results.
What's happening to the front of the Excalibur.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey amigo!

Long time no hear :D!!! and nice to hear from you!

Well one tries sir, and I am glad you are loving this - all the shading I got from the actual model pic.

The front is where the neutron guns are hit and there is a surge/backblow of energy.
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joulester Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow, love that explosion effects! I can't help but stare at the rendering of the front part of the stricken ship - it makes me wonder at the dangerous but beautiful strangeness of the alien vessel and its technology. Those very small chunks of ship fragments really does justice to the immense size of the vessel and to the whole scene. I feel a deep pain after reading your description of the exploits of the Excalibur, and seeing it suffering like this. The Excalibur is surely a write-off after this venture, but I hope not!

Love your space battle renderings! They all have a 'weight' and a certain high degree of realism in them that I can feel but cannot explain. Keep up the amazing work! =D
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I tried to model the effects like they have on B5 - very glary, almost like fireworks!

The green lightning I wanted to do to give a feel that this ship is in serious trouble.

The chunks of matter were added in, in the B5 universe (primarily due to the computer technology) there were little in debris. That as you said is to give drama to the piece.

Maybe, who knows - the Excalibur is a serious ship.

Well sir I am working on a few space battle pics; just needs refinement - and I am honoured by your stirring comments :D Thank you sir so much for your support and time :D Means a lot.

Watch this space - more to come!!
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fletcherc Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Hm, I'd like to get a closer look at the "five limbed monstrosity" there. Looks promising.
It's been a while since I've last seen an episode of Babylon 5 but I remember that I quite liked the show. I really wouldn't mind if you did some more B5 stuff in the future.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really? Hmm will have to work on that - see if I can get my juices flowing on that.

As for this monstrosity...we'll see.

HUGS!

Always a pleasure!
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fletcherc Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
I have complete confidence in you, my friend :#1:

:hug:
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug:
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TrueNights Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Impressive ship design, though the shading seems flat and the explosions seem to lack volume.

So, all in all, excellent.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The shading...hmm...have to work on that but I did go by the actual CGI model and that has not as much detail in itself.

The explosions I tried to recreate the B5 effects but meh I guess - sides, the Excalibur is suppose to have a crystaline memory armour that can deflect upto 80% of the energy from any beam weapon, hence partial explosive energy.

Aside that, I think it works well :)

Thank you for taking time out to comment sir - most appreicated :D
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TrueNights Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed. Keep developing that unique, angular style!
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One will try sir :D

Thank you for your kind words :D
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I-Plexiglass Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, long time no see, good friend! As soon as I saw this, I knew it'd taken quite a while
judging on the detail and composition here in this picture. :)

First off, the threat of the Drahk here looks incredible. I say they should put you on production
for this series, because you really know the scale of awesome intersteller power! The colours
and five lasers in contrast to the dark shape of the Excalibur is masterful.

The destruction here is amazing. I can just imagine how enormous these ships have to be
to withstand that kind of damage, even for a short time.

In short, I'd say you've improved with this exponentially- everything flows.
Cheers, my man! You deserve the praise! :D
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amigo! Long time too - hope you have been well and okay :D

Well nice of you to say but somehow I doubt that - I am one who likes to bend and break the rules - and that goes down well as a tax demand!

Well thank you sir for your kind words and support - I will endeavour and hope to wow you even more :D

Thanks always for your great support :D
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I-Plexiglass Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been very well, in between Math tests of course. What
about yourself? What's new?

Haha! Give yourself credit man- you've done a lot recently
with it! As for the taxes, why does the government get it all?? :D

You don't need to do anything more for me than you already
have, friend! I've been pretty busy recently too :)

Always a pleasure good sir! I'll be watching this space!
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nothing new to report my friend - just note this: exams are nothing.

And keep watching this space :)

And keep impressing us :D

Always a pleasure ;)
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I-Plexiglass Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aye sir :D In the long term exams are meaningless, you speak true
words!

Always, sir, always. :)
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Taena-Doman Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is brilliant! These green beams and the explosions are very impressive (the poor flagship) and the shading looks awesome.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well one tries :D

Thank you very much for your kind and powerful words :D
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Jetzul Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Talk about awesomeness. THis is epic. GO EXCALIBUR!!! Wow, these guys sure are brave. The picture is awesome. The back fin really looks damages, and the beams look real.

Just note on one thing, the electric rays do look like they're coiling around the ship, but they're what look the less real.

INSTANT FAV
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually the electric storm is my idea of the neutron guns' energies being released when hit. A sort of backsurge.

Thank you very, very much for your strong and kind words sir - they mean a heck of a lot :D
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Jetzul Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
I see. Well I'll be waiting for more (sorry for the lack of activivty. School)
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey no worries :D Better to earn a great education than waste time here :D

Good luck!
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Jetzul Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
You bet. But this site still is the coolest place ever.

Thanks. You too!!!
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw cheers man - that so means a lot :D
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Emigepa Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's fantastic. The narrative of the situation is perfect to appreciate all the details of this spectacular image.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir for this powerful insight! I am glad that it has stirred such feeling :D
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Centurion13 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Well done. Talk about the mother of all sucker punches.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And thensome!!

Thank you for taking time out to comment and visit sir - most appreicated :D
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Wisky-08 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
More please!!!
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Space battles?

B5?

Explosions?
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Great backlit energy and FX. I keep thinking about rewatching B5, beginning to end. It's been a long time since I've dipped my toes in that universe.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do - its a nice reminder of great ideas combined with grand creativity.

And thank you sir for your kind words and visit - makes my day :D
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