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The Last Days by derbz The Last Days by derbz
Digital painting in Photoshop.

This started as a pencil sketch a couple of years ago, so decided to finish it off. This is actually the second attempt, the first painting just wasn't working and I ended up well frustrated. But, gave it another go.

It's based on the vicious fighting around Berlin during the final days of WW2, I was inspired to do this after reading Anthony Beevor's excellent book 'Berlin' on the subject.
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Baryonyx62 Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great work. I really like the fire effects.
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:iconmarcn95:
Great artwork here, the flames' vibrant color creates the feeling of a ferocious battle.

Read 'Berlin' not too long ago, It's basically an account of facts, but Beevor manages to develop some sympathy towards Germany in the last months of the war, the Reds were brutal.

Have you read 'Stalingrad' aswel? Great book from Beevor again, and I'm in the middle of reading 'D-Day'. He's a fantastic author, very un-biased which is rare when it comes to the second World War.
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:iconderbz:
Hi Marc, thanks for your thoughts. Yep have read Stalingrad, that's the first book of his I read, I think his sense of narrative is excellent and he manages to bring the facts to life. D-Day was an excellent read as well, especially later on in the book I found. The only book of his I have struggled with was his account of the Spanish Civil War
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Aye, I was surprised by his large pool of facts and accounts which he manages to weave together really well, probably one of my favorite authors.

Never read much into the Spanish Civil War but I might give that book a go when I get the chance.

Your work here also reminded me very much of Sven Hassel's books, gritty stories based on his experiences on the Eastern front. The cover of the books are of a similar style to yours.
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:iconderbz:
Ah Cheers, I know the covers you mean from the Hassel books, I have a few of the older additions that had the oil painting covers on the front and they have been great inspiration in the past, the cover work matched the gritty nature of the books themselves ( apart from Porta been pissed half of the time!)
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:iconmarcn95:
He died just a few months ago, shame.

I liked the older covers but obviously don't sell them anymore. Haha, loved reading about porta's shenanigins.
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:iconderbz:
Yeah same, pass the schnapps! :-)
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:iconvaryllus:
This would have been utter terror, especially for the Germans. I do feel sorry for them for having their city so much destroyed, but that's what happened to most other cities in Europe. Great artwork.
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:iconderbz:
Thanks, yes it was a real cataclysmic time for Europe, if you ever get a chance to read the book I mentioned in the description its well worth a read about the subject
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Super6-4 May 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Dang this is fantastic! Definitely captures the chaos, death, destruction, and all. Thanks for joining/posting in All-Military!
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