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Apollonian Drop Frame by Keithwormwood Apollonian Drop Frame by Keithwormwood
The accident on the Apollo 21 Lab Station couldn't be contained. Rescue missions sent to the station disaster hurriedly collected the lab's most recent studies of the sun's relations to a quantum vacuum. Unexpectedly the teams broke all protocol and transmitted this data openly and unencrypted. The data was a garbled mess of obscure information and bizarrely outdated language. What could be gleaned from it though were very clear specifications for angles and spectral configurations for viewing specific parts of the sun. Attempts of following these directions using remote viewing from earth through space telescopes ruined the orbital equipment. All other manned orbital stations that attempted it immediately cut off their contact with the earth.

After a prolonged silence the medley of military presences in orbit unleashed themselves unilaterally unto the earth. Orbital kinetic bombardment weapons carved strange symbols across the earth's surface. The attacks on heavily populated areas however were primarily carried out by manned reentry drop-frames: armed suits intended for quick reaction force insertion. Millions of these orbital drop frames blazed through the atmosphere, unfurling into their squat insectoid shapes upon landing. The were covered in hastily painted glyphs. Downed drop frames always proved to have dead pilots hanging limply within.

Their only communications were being piped back and forth between the millions of drop frames: an endless loop of a synthesized voice saying

"Burn a path to earth. Prepare them for the Sun's arrival."



Prints can be ordered on this page: Apollonian Drop Frame art prints
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:iconvictimthefailer:
VicTiMtheFailer Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
look nice :)
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Faided1 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The Apollonian story just gets better and better. The wight is one of of your pieces that most haunts me and now the story continues! I love it! More please!
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N0b1eRebe1 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  New member Student General Artist
The Sun.
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MjP-70 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
Awesome! Looks really great...
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TheLastOmnitect Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent work as always, good sir. Your talent is impeccable! I was hoping to ask you:

I love your writings on this and the Apollonian Wight, and was wondering if you would mind me using these two pieces as a story seed for a World of Darkness Campaign I want to run with my friends?
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flumenlimia Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
The backstory makes the art even more interesting!
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MetalicSoul Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
From the Apollonian Wight to this, I have to know how this story goes and what comes next. Whatever is causing this isn't going to encounter any resistance since the planet will be too ravaged from all this.
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Centurion6755 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
All of your work is great, but this is one of my favorites.  I think I like it as much for the background history as for the piece itself.  There's a very Lovecraftian flavor to the whole thing which I like.
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SharkaBlarg Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Is this from a book? Or is this your original art? I'd love to read a book with the drop frame in it! I'm finishing the leviathan series and i'm wondering if that is the only book series you drew for. Great art by the way!
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Keithwormwood Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Professional
It's a personal piece.  It will get more detailed and expanded upon when I get my first art collection book complete.
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Scruffly-Sojourner Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Very nice. It's all about the implications here. What have they seen? What's the message? Is there some intellegence behind the Wights and the attacks, or is it all just a peculiar form of madness that afflicts peoples' minds? Questions, questions.
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RADIOACTIVEBUNY Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Lol the feet just hanging. I'd totally kick someone.
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:icondemialc-neeb-sah-em:
Demialc-neeb-sah-em Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Pure awesome as usual.
Reminds me of this boss...
[link]
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:iconsuperturnip:
SuperTurnip Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Dark, mysterious, and terrifying. I'm impressed by this, and how you create a new take on the sci-fi mech. Very, very cool.
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Snoopyc Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
oh! Like it!
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deeparms Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
I remember reading the Zombie section on your website. I was hoping for you to expand on concepts you've merely hinted at, and the expansion on the Apollonian Wights was something I've only dreamed of until now.

I'm thrilled that you've decided the explore this further.

Regarding the man's legs, it does look a bit stiff, and it does seem they're pointing backwards a bit, but I assumed that was deliberate and the result of rigor mortis. Oh well.
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:iconkeithwormwood:
Keithwormwood Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional
When I finally get my collection book more underway it will have a lot of further details (both art and writing) on all the little bits of mythos.
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:iconsuperturnip:
SuperTurnip Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wonderful! I've been wanting to see more of your fantastic universes myself. I can't wait for your book!
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poehalcho Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The only thing that bothers me is how the pilot's legs are completely stiff like that. Shouldn't they be bent a little under that angle?
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Keithwormwood Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional
The cockpit is vertically up inside the thorax section, not forward inside the head section. So in a standing pose like this, the pilot is hanging vertically.
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poehalcho Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think I worded it right. Here's what I meant with a drawing.
It's more of a gravity issue than a where's the cockpit issue...
[link]
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Keithwormwood Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional
Cool, I see what you mean, but I think it depends on the points of the body where the pilot's main weight is suspended. It's a bit like how they wired up the Baron in Dune: [link] [link]
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Superbum Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Student General Artist
I think it's neat how you readily drew some of your anatomy and shapes from what appears to be a grass-hoper.
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LordSolarMacharius Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
I, for one, hail our new C'tan overlords.
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Gods-Mistake Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student Filmographer
I want one! Brilliant design.
i dont get the legs underneath it? does he hang with the upper part of his body inside the torso?
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Keithwormwood Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional
The pilot's fully contained inside the drop frame when it is closed up in the air. Half exposed when on the ground, the pilot can quickly drop out of the frame to perform operations on foot.
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Gods-Mistake Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student Filmographer
I love the idea, that a legless almost dying soldier could still wreck havoc in this beauty.
Worth fleshing out a story around it. This thing leaves all Battletech Mechs in the dust!
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TheAwesomeIgirisu Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student Photographer
BEAUTIFUL!!
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:iconkerl-of-fox-county:
Kerl-of-Fox-County Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Looks superbly menacing :-)
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V-e-r-b-o-s-e Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Absolutely great. Adds the hint of mystery I love to see. Your stories and artwork may be my favorite ever.
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:iconkomkovski:
komKovski Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student General Artist
What mediums do you use for pieces like this?
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:iconkeithwormwood:
Keithwormwood Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional
Everything's always the same medium. Pencils on paper and digital glaze.
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:iconkomkovski:
komKovski Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student General Artist
I see. Very awesome.
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gensanity Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
awesome
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SemiSecret Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I always love your conceptual robotic vehicles. They're certainly always a sight to see.
By the way, do you write out your own descriptions or quote them? Because any one of these seems like it would be an absolutely brilliant story to read.
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Keithwormwood Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional
Unless obviously referenced or quoted, all the writings would be mine. Will hopefully do more in the future.
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vesiolento Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Always good to see more of your stuff, Keith. And this is a particularly cool design, it's an interesting way to position the soldier inside the suit.
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Airrider1 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What is there I don't like about this? It's a blend of futuristic, tactical and the mystic that I really like.
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Koilungfish Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic!
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grendeljd Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012   General Artist
Very cool - I'd be a tad nervous my legs would get shot off if i were piloting that thing, but it looks really awesome! [unless thats a hapless victim picked up along the way...]
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:iconkeithwormwood:
Keithwormwood Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional
That is the pilot. Design principles in this setting aren't quite as concerned with casualty rates in the way we are now. Also, design wise, the pilot can speedily exit the frame if necessary to enter buildings, etc.
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:iconun7ucky:
un7ucky Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
great stuff
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Agrifex Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student General Artist
I LOVE THIS.
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:iconf4ucorsair:
F4Ucorsair Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
"Burn With Me."
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Synaesthetic1 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
ouch XD.
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:iconf4ucorsair:
F4Ucorsair Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Reference to Dr. Who.
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:iconsynaesthetic1:
Synaesthetic1 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
yyyyup.
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:iconthefirstnotorian:
TheFirstNotorian Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Student General Artist
absolutely magnificent Keith :)
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Liam-e28 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
awesome
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Knight-of-Ishtar Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Both the story and the image are wonderfully creepy, great stuff as always :)
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