"Herr Kapitan, Pixeljoint on sight, three miles to East, closing in fast ! ", shouted the lieutenant, who had just arrived running into the command deck, winded up and his face pale with fear.
"Sound the alarm ! ", shouted the Kapitan, while grabbing his binoculars and rushing into the window. "Load the main guns with napalm rounds ! ", "Turn, turn 30 degrees to starboard, get a fix on the target ! "
And so the Graf Spee started to slowly turn in the stormy waters of the North Atlantic, it's massive main turrets rotating towards the foe, while an alarm klaxon echoed throughout the ship and crew members rushed into battle positions.
"Main guns loaded Herr Kapitan ! "
"Feuer ! "
This is a pixel version of "Admiral Graf Spee", the famous World War 2 German battleship.
And also it's basically a copy of a painting made by Roy Huxley, that I found in a Matchbox model kit catalog. :)
You can see the reference image and all WIP stages here:
As you can see, everything is heavily based on to the reference image, but still, everything was made by hand, and no tracing or other cheats, just a good old "look and copy, until it looks good". :)
Here you can see photos of the original Matchbox "Graf Spee" model kit box, which of course has that Roy Huxley painting in the cover art:
And here is a great Kriegsmarine marsch song to get you in the right mood:
Edit: Updated to version 2, added light reflections and improved the smoke.
Edit: Updated the Preview image.