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TF-Tidal Wave v Broadside by ajremix TF-Tidal Wave v Broadside by ajremix
Tanya finally flipped the radio to Star 101, unable to find another station playing anything better. It’s not like it wasn’t music she hadn’t heard fifty million times, but it was better than nothing, she supposed. She peered through the fog, focusing on following close behind the taillights in front of her. Even if it was close to noon, the thick layer that covered the bottom half of the Golden Gate made it seem more like evening.

She tapped her fingers on her steering wheel in time to Timbaland, cruising along about ten miles slower along the bridge than she’d like. She had stuff to do today, dammit, and she wanted to get it done and be back in Marin County before rush hour started. Somewhere beyond all the fog, something thrummed heavily. It caused a tremor to run through her car. It took a moment for Tanya to realize it wasn’t the bass from the Hybrid in front of her. She recalled seeing some big naval battleship in the harbor as she was returning from work yesterday.

“Oh God.” Tanya muttered with a roll of her eyes. “Did Fleet Week come early this year?” Just what she needed. Jets disrupting her week with their loud engines screaming overhead again. The closer she drove towards the middle of the Golden Gate, the heavier and louder the thrumming was getting. She could feel it vibrating through the entire bridge now. “Shit, what’s going on?”

She peered into the fogbank and could barely see the dark shape of the bridge around her. She crept under one span and saw the tall angles of the next just only visible in front. Except there were other shapes in front of it. And they were
moving.

“What-“

Things flashed, illuminating the fog almost fluorescently and when something
exploded, Tanya screamed and put her hands over her mouth. One of the dark shapes roared and lunged forward, bright flashes coming from around it and slamming into the other. Light flickered in the fog, turning it an orange-red and dark smoke spilled into the air. Tanya’s wide eyes followed the billowing column and there, hovering in the fog were eyes. Bright, flashing red eyes. A bellow like an airhorn times fifty broke the air and opposite those eyes was a glowing band that just barely illuminated what could’ve been a masked face. Tanya thought her heart stopped as her car crawled between them.

Oh, hell no. She thought vaguely. I’m so finding another route home.


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Submitted for Liam Shalloo's pin-up contest. I actually wasn't going to submit anything for it because the deadline wasn't too far after my finals last semester (even though i did spend time toying with some thumbnails for it).

I ended up doing this, though, because I was just suddenly struck with the idea of someone driving along some fog-ridden area of San Francisco and not realizing they were coming up on a giant robot battle until they were practically in the middle of it.

Didn't place (didn't think i would, either) but I got a couple good critics on the piece and if there's any others- go ahead and let me know! Not my favorite piece (as it's not particularly dynamic) but I do enjoy the idea behind it.

If I get around to attempting to color it (or if someone volunteers to color it?) I'll probably scrap it later. Until then- enjoy!

Transformers is property of Hasbro, IDW and whoever else.
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LordofNightsShadows Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
kick ass awesome
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Cafei Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
Damn, just damn. I remember when you showed this to me, but crimany. It's always been hard for me to grasp just how big Broadside really is. I think this displays it very effectively. XD
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ajremix Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008
And now we know why no one ever draws him that big XD
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Cafei Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
He can't fit on the paper XD
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DarkStatic Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks awesome...and holy hell they are big.
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ajremix Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
I'll say. Here's what I realized as I was figuring out scale:

"Transformers has been known to fudge the scale like a LOT. But man, researching in on these two is just... wow. Really wow. As in it would be so totally improbably for them to really just walk around and chill being the so entirely massive size that they are.

Let me put it to you this way. You know the Golden Gate Bridge? That sucker is just short 750 feet tall. The smallest aircraft carrier in service? You stand that up on its end and it would be 300 feet TALLER. The shortest carrier is just short 11,000 feet long. Compared to say, Optimus Prime who is usually about 30ft in height or thereabouts.

Consider the kind of SPACE these guys would need. Walking around, sitting, recharging, being INSIDE? To be completely geeky just to show the improbability of their being able to coexist with mechs that average about 15 feet tall, a Star Wars Star Destroyer? Those huginormous things? You'd barely be able to fit 4.5 Nimitz-class vessels in it end to end. As far as height goes? Yeah, you'd get, like, three decks. So long as you don't want them actually moving around.

At least Broadside can turn into a jet. Tidal Wave is just SOL."
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DarkStatic Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow that's really interesting. Heh though being English the biggest ship I've ever seen would probably be tiny in comparison.

Tidal wave can split into a few 'little' boats so maybe he gets by that way?

Hehe is it wrong that I understand the star destroyer part more than the part about the golden gate bridge?

Thank you so much for your explination though! It really does put things into perspective.
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ajremix Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008
Heehee, I thought some people would since not everyone has ever actually seen it in person. Meanwhile just about everyone has seen a Star Destroying floating next to a planet XD
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DarkStatic Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes after all few people 'haven't' seen Star Wars. Yeah never seen the Golden Gate bridge...seen the fourth road bridge though.
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ToaVeka Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
I might try to colour it... but since I only have MS paint...
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