War of the Worlds - The Black Smoke

Vue Science Fiction posted on Sep 01, 2005
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Survivors there were none. The dull resonance of the shots the Martians fired, and the clumsy projectile whirling over the trees and houses and smashing amid the neighbouring fields.

One may picture, the sudden shifting of the attention, the swiftly spreading coils and bellyings of that blackness advancing
headlong, towering heavenward, turning the twilight to a palpable darkness, a strange and horrible antagonist of vapour striding upon its victims, men and horses near it seen dimly, running, shrieking, falling headlong, shouts of dismay, men choking and writhing on the ground, and the swift broadening-out of the opaque cone of smoke. And then night and extinction--nothing but
a silent mass of impenetrable vapour hiding its dead.

Once the tumultuous upheaval of its dispersion was over, the black smoke clung so closely to the ground, even before its precipitation, that fifty feet up in the air, on the roofs and upper stories of high houses and on great trees, there was a chance of escaping its poison. The man who escaped at the former place tells a wonderful story of the strangeness of its coiling flow, and how he looked down from the church spire and saw the houses of the village rising like ghosts out of its inky nothingness.

When black smoke had served its purpose, Martians cleared the air of it again by wading into it and directing a jet of superheated steam that hissed against the walls, smashed all the windows it touched

The composition of the Black Smoke which the Martians used with such deadly effect remains a puzzle. The terrible disasters at the Ealing and South Kensington laboratories have disinclined analysts for further investigations upon the latter. Spectrum analysis of the black powder points unmistakably to the presence of an unknown element with a brilliant group of three lines in the green, and it is possible that it combines with argon to form a compound which acts at once with
deadly effect upon some constituent in the blood.

H.G. Wells 1898

Martian War Machines modeled by me in Cinema 4D
There are some subtle Vue 5 Infinite ecosystems here - fruits (cabbages, grapes, apples), litter (leaves, papers)
Buildings Meshes by Alain Gracia - textured and upgraded by me (ex. completely remodeled roofs)
(Those buildings models are available on e-on's Cornucopia 3D)
Market - free Rolduc model - materials upgraded by me.
Horse, carriage and some small props by DAZ3D
Dead men - Poser 5 male
Other small props from 3D Cafe and DeEspona/Taschen

This time I did not made a lot of modeling, but setting of everything, texturing, lighting of the scene and characters posing took quite a long time.

I hope you'll like it :-)

This is my last one before holidays !
I will spent next two weeks in Tunisia, we will also pay a short visit to Khadafi (to check if he really stopped tinkering on his atomic bomb) :-))
Wish me luck ! I hope to return in one piece ;-))

Comments (118)


Fredy 1:28PM | Thu, 01 September 2005

Once more a brilliant piece in your "War of the Worlds" series! Insane amount of details! Very frightening! ***** Excellent work! ;)


yodaman 1:30PM | Thu, 01 September 2005

it's always excellent very great job ! ;-)


marcfx 1:32PM | Thu, 01 September 2005

Excellent as always, great artwork well done :)


linathy 1:32PM | Thu, 01 September 2005

It's really excellent. A beautifull "war of worlds" interprestation.

azaghot 1:33PM | Thu, 01 September 2005

very very good


kenwas 1:33PM | Thu, 01 September 2005

Wonderful work as always! Super image.


DigitalDream666 1:34PM | Thu, 01 September 2005

This is really excellent i must be dreaming i hope every time one of my Pics has the same quality ;-)


kot23 1:36PM | Thu, 01 September 2005

Superb! Fantastic details! Should be a movie poster!


niandji 1:37PM | Thu, 01 September 2005

Marvellous work, as always - Bravo!

Malstorm 1:37PM | Thu, 01 September 2005

ahhh i got me a new desktop wallpaper cheers!


MarkHirst 1:41PM | Thu, 01 September 2005

Incredible. I don't know how you can get this much out of Vue Esprit. For me, two figures or a large mesh and it collapses in a heap. Excellent work.


Junglegeorge 1:43PM | Thu, 01 September 2005

Excellent work, have a great vacation :-)

Tom-Noddy 1:49PM | Thu, 01 September 2005

I almost swallowed my tongue when I opened this up. There are so many hot things going on in this render that my eyes are having trouble absorbing it all. Stop being this great!


Biffowitz 1:50PM | Thu, 01 September 2005

Wow, this is like so over the top! amazing

zxcvb 1:51PM | Thu, 01 September 2005

Excellent as always, love the Martian War Machines:-)


thefixer 1:57PM | Thu, 01 September 2005

I can't wait to see your uploads they're always stunning and this is no exception! Stunning work as usual, easily one of the best artists here!

Echo1 1:57PM | Thu, 01 September 2005



sackrat 2:02PM | Thu, 01 September 2005

Outstanding !


lemur01 2:09PM | Thu, 01 September 2005

Not often i come back to an image 3 times, but this is that good.


Bugzlife 2:13PM | Thu, 01 September 2005

Excellent work!!!!

Spacefan 2:16PM | Thu, 01 September 2005

Incredible exzellent like all your pics. Do you have contact with pixar studios or others like them? They should appreciate you. Greez from Germany.


cermit 2:21PM | Thu, 01 September 2005

stary...kolejny majstersztyk..pozostawiles wszystkich daleko za soba.. wow..thats another masterpiece...exceptional piece of art...so many details...superb textures, modeling, mood..100x vote :)


zaberc 2:23PM | Thu, 01 September 2005

A nouveau un chef-d'oeuvre ! Bravo Robert !!!

BillyVX 2:35PM | Thu, 01 September 2005

One word sais all! Incredible!!!

bbratche 2:38PM | Thu, 01 September 2005

Damn cool! Did you work on the movie:)


bruno021 2:39PM | Thu, 01 September 2005

fantastic scene with so many details, it's incredible. Love your machines, of course, but everything fits in the right places and the textures are excellent too. Smoke effects are the best feature here, I think. Bring those machines to Khadafi, just in case he might be still at it, but be careful; he might want to use them!


rofocale 2:53PM | Thu, 01 September 2005

Outstanding work!


Arien 2:56PM | Thu, 01 September 2005

Wow this is really impressive!


whirlwind 3:08PM | Thu, 01 September 2005

Whoa. -Keanu Reeves


spetzarv 3:13PM | Thu, 01 September 2005

Outstanding work. The Martian machines are fantastic, as well as the depth and detail of the composition. Excellent.

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