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Old World Obstinance by Corvalian Old World Obstinance by Corvalian
So I've been working on this off and on for like... three or four semesters and it's FINALLY FINISHED! This is Fallout franchise fanart, (more specifically Fallout 2 and Fallout: New Vegas) of a weathered Enclave soldier who dawned an old world flag as a cape.

I've always thought the Enclave made for some awesome villains, especially considering they have better technology than the rest of the Fallout factions. Their story is even more compelling when it comes to *spoilers, (if you care)* how they were pre-war American, Neo Conservative Politicians who waited out the nuclear bombs on an offshore oil rig. They saw (maybe knew) it was coming, prepared for it, and as a result they've been in the most advantageous position of all. They still consider themselves to be America despite the fact that it was wiped out along with the rest of the world in 2077 (hence the word "obstinance").

However, the MOST interesting thing about them for me is how they are arguably the most 'evil' faction in the game despite how most of us (at least here in America today) would normally expect them to be portrayed. They're a perfect example of how a society can have such great humanitarian ideals, have them written down, studied, practiced for centuries, yet still wind up perpetrating the opposite. The Enclave is an exaggerated reflection of many societies today and throughout history (less exaggerated there). They are a warning that the possibility always exists for a government to become corrupted. As time goes on, leaders will inevitably find more loopholes and other ways to further their own agenda while hiding behind their society's doctrines. No society is safe without constant vigilance.

Blah Blah Blah, enough rambling about philosphies, it's a damn video game. Anyway, I hope anyone that see this enjoys it. Feel free to give me any feedback if you have any.

Shit I learned on this one:

-Learn to draw capes, maybe look at references or something... something ain't quite right with the mid-ground cape in this image.

Resources utilized:

-fabric texture from for the foreground part of the flag
-reference images from my own gameplay screenshots as well as from [link]
-the brush pack from *Knockwurst (freaking awesome brushes, btw) found here: [link]
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Slaughterox Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
Gorgerous art, the armor looks great, love how it looks properly beaten too, and the cape is sensational!

Mind if I use this for the Fallout Doomsday's for Darkest Hour mod?
Corvalian Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
Thanks :)

I had to look up what that was. I guess that's okay. Are you like the author of the mod or something? or does it just allow you to put artwork of your choosing into it?
coldblood11 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
"Blah Blah Blah, enough rambling about philosphies, it's a damn video game." :D I actually posed myself that same question a while back. The Fallout video games are perhaps the most philosophical of its kind. They're very smart, and they really make you care about what'll really happen with the in-game world. *SPOILERS* For example, I started out trying to help the NCR, as I figured it's the most "sane" faction out of them. But after speaking with a few certain people (Mr. House, Caesar, Elder McNamara), I realised that the NCR leaders' corruption and greed, coupled with by-the-book imperialism would ultimately lead it on Old World America's path, and we all know how that turned out. But after hanging out around Mr. House a bit, he also proved himself to be the sort of totalitarian dictator that led Old World China had. Caesar sounded promising, but his "utopia", while with good intentions, would be a failure due to the neglection of a human's rights. *END OF SPOILERS*
Corvalian Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
It is really smart, you're right. I see other post-apocalyptic works of fiction from time to time, and none of them have ever provided the same intellectual stimulation that Fallout has. I've been watching a lot of "The Walking Dead" over the last few years, for example, but it always leaves me wanting. I always feel like there are so many missed opportunities in it where they could have made up some interesting factions or towns that aren't what they seem, but ultimately settle into a bland cliche. I mean, it's the end of civilization, there are so many, many opportunities to make unconventional characters, settings, and plots, but the writing always falls back on zombies and petty character squabbles. Whereas Fallout realizes its entire potential in writing and subsequently explores every aspect of human nature, on scales both grand and small, when faced with rebuilding from the "end times."

Like you said, about the *SPOILERS* NCR, Mr. House, and Caesar's Legion is a great example of this. Society is beginning to rebuild itself and recolonize while still within the shadow of the old world, fighting over its scraps and leftover wonders like the Hoover Dam. As a player, you're not only challenged with survival in the wasteland, but the opportunity to help shape humanity's future is also presented to you. You're then allowed to pick only one of four possible futures for the region (fourth being taking control of the dam/vegas for oneself, which I think you can do if I'm not mistaken), none of which are perfect. Even the arguably "best" option for all seems doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past. This ultimately speaks to the imperfections and futilities of life, but you also realize that hey, people are still around and going in the right direction despite all that may be wrong in their world. You wouldn't get the same message, on the same scale, from anything else in the genre, that's why Fallout is the best. */SPOILERS* B-)
coldblood11 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Sums up my thoughts about Fallout Nod . Anyway, the fact that I was thoroughly deciding over whether to kill Mr. House or not for 3 real-life days says something. =P (Razz) . Now, good sir, we must have courage today, or we won't be victorious tomorrow. Long live the Enclave. And long live America.
Corvalian Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
I know it. When I played it the first time I think I spent time doing as many side quests as possible, hoping I'd come upon something that would convince me to go with one faction or another. :P

Same to you, good sir. :salute:
cory27 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hope you dont mind i shared your art on my page
Corvalian Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Not at all as long as you gave credit. Thanks!
kaikaku Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is quite cool!
Corvalian Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Thank you kindly.
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