Graf Spee

Graf Spee

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Graf Spee

Title: Graf Spee
Pixel Artist: Master484  (Level 3 Chief :: 1785 points)
Posted: 6/30/2015 01:42
Palette: 43 colors
Statistics:  8 comments    27 faves    0 avatars

"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.


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Master484 (Level 3 Chief) @ 7/8/2015 03:17

Thanks for the compliments and favorites everyone. :)

And I have now updated the preview pic too; an animated gif has replaced the old still image.

Gecimen (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 7/4/2015 16:39

Great piece. Perhaps preview doesn't do justice.

Theoden (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 7/1/2015 02:44

This is so cool.

I am digging the mood, lighting and the sparkly water splash effects.

Master484 (Level 3 Chief) @ 6/30/2015 12:33

I have now posted an updated version; the dithering smoke now looks better, and also I added the missing light reflections from the main cannons. :)

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 6/30/2015 09:36

Die Admiral Graf Spree, sehr interessant.

Very well pixelled and the subject is right up my alley.

Except from what Fundo and CELS said, I can't make out any other major issues. Personally, I would add warm shadows to the ramp you used for the metal parts, maybe even some greens near the mids.

Nevertheless, it's a great piece.

Master484 (Level 3 Chief) @ 6/30/2015 08:15

Thanks for the comments guys. :)

The brownish dithering cloud in the back is supposed to be "light smoke" from the cannon blast, and the other dark gray dithering area is smoke from the ship's exhaust chimney.

But maybe they could indeed be better...I think I'll try to experiment with possible alternatives and will post an updated version when I come up with a better solution.

The dithering idea for the cannon smoke originally came to my head when I thought about some old Amiga flying sims; in many of them the smoke was was done with "dithering circles"...and so I went on with that idea lol. But I think it sort of looks cool, so maybe it's just the shape of the cloud that needs a fix.

And yes, I forgot the reflections from the big cannon too, I'll correct that too in the next version. :)

CELS (Level 7 Lotus) @ 6/30/2015 07:35

I agree with Fundo. The dithering cloud detracts from this piece. I would also like to see the flash from the big cannons reflected on the ship, as you have done with the smaller weapons. Since it's pretty dark, I imagine the reflections of the flash would be very easy to see. Maybe even in the water as well.

Fundo (Level 1 Thug) @ 6/30/2015 05:41

I really like it! The only thing that bothers me is the big oval of dithering in the back. Maybe I'm just not seeing the meaning of it. Otherwise, great work! 

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