I can’t really believe that this is truly happening. That is, me posting in the “Finished Projects” threads. But, there you have it. The attached image is my first release candidate for the Blender World Cup. I may toy with the overall composition a bit more, and I’ll certainly keep you updated, but I think its finished. However, if you have any critiques whatsoever, by all means, feel free to speak up. I’m going to submit it to the judges soon.
A bit regarding the background of the piece. The setting is, obviously, the skies above World War One, in mid 1916. The balloon you see in the background was dubbed lovingly by the Allies “sausage”, and they were often called “Drachen” (dragon) as well. The “moment in time” concept is more or less implemented here, as the balloon is just going up into flames, and the Nieuport 11 in the foreground is making a hasty retreat. Many said that attacking observation balloons, hoisted above the front line to observe troop movements and direct artillery fire, was suicide, as they were invaluable to both sides of the fighting, and heavily defended not only by escort aircraft but by ferocious anti-aircraft gunfire, or, as said in that time period, “Archie”.