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Sketchup turret test... by Jon-Michael-May
Sketchup turret test...
I decided to crack open sketch up and see if I remembered anything. This is a rough approximation of the turret for the Vulcan Phalanx CIWS.
It's not that complex, but it turned out better than I expected.

ETA: Decided to go ahead and try to build the whole thing. ;) Also playing around with materials and render settings in kerkythea.
UN BATS infograph WIP by Jon-Michael-May
UN BATS infograph WIP
I wanted to create some sort of visual representation of the Battlefield Tracking System (BATS) that is used by UN forces.

The BATS network is a comprehensive threat/tracking system that is spread throughout the inner solar system, though since the UN is pretty much stuck on Earth, there isn't much use for it beyond earth orbit. The BATS network allows individual users and units to access and contribute live battlefield awareness information to the feed. In live practice, any device that collects data contributes to the feed, be it sensor or individual personnel and in turn can access the feed to obtain a real time picture of the battlefield around them.

This lets individual units have access to information gathered by accompanying units that can 'see' threats and targets that other units can't see. It also allows command and control units to monitor the battlefield and issues orders as the battlefield changes in real time.

BATS, at times, can be susceptible to jamming and interference.
I'm going to be doing a lot of small updates to a lot of my work over the next few days, so if you're flooded with submissions you've already seen or liked/commented on then I apologize. I want to go through and give all of my work that pertains to New Haven a uniform look in terms of how the work is displayed, background, logo, title...see the Recent Bushmaster deviation for an example.
Bushmaster New wip by Jon-Michael-May
Bushmaster New wip
Here's the latest version of the Bushmaster version. I've always envisioned the Bushmaster as something akin to the modern MRAP Combat vehicles, but still in the line of basic squad/fireteam transportation.
Perhaps some lessons learned from various APC's, and more protected than an up-armored humvee, but not something so big that you can't drive it down a single lane road and pull it into your drive way if need be.

Like everything else, it still needs some work.

ETA: 1/13/14 -- Did a little work on the Busmaster tonight. Starting to get the basic green color scheme nailed down. Also change the front end/cab again. That has been the single biggest issue for this design, getting the nose to look right. It's better now I think, but who knows I may change it again. I also increased the height of the cab driver/shotgun doors so that it doesn't look like you have to be vertically challenged to get inside.

The Bushmaster is designed to be driven while buttoned up, meaning that you don't drive it like a car, looking out the windshield/windows to see where you're going. It's more like a fighter jet/helm/hud set up. A host of sensors and camera provide the driver with a full range of vision of the vehicles surroundings, in many places where the driver wouldn't be able to otherwise see with traditional windows.
This sensor/camera-feed/HUD system can be viewed by anyone in the vehicle through the standard set of goggles/glasses that most soldiers wear, or the more advanced combat contacts that AROWS are given.

In the next pass, I'll work on the color scheme more so that it's not so greene and difficult to make out some things.
FLEXI Corp logo - Help me pick one! by Jon-Michael-May
FLEXI Corp logo - Help me pick one!
FLEXI Corp is a tech company that makes one specific piece of tech (and some accessories) which I'll show soon. Until then, enjoy their logo.

Like the title says, I need help picking one of these varriants. I'll give it a few days and which ever one gets the most votes wins.


Jon May
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United States
Facebook: (I'll be changing the Method of Life page, to a general Author Fanpage soon, so that it's not just about the one book, but about everything I'm working on.)

I've published my first novel, Method of Life. Buy it, read it, review it:

The Synopsis:
In The Future:
There was no great war of nations, no thundering voice from the sky unleashing a rapture of judgment on the kneeling masses, and no great extinction level event of cataclysmic proportions. The Fall of Man came incrementally over half a century, in the form of economic and social decay, spiraling civilization into collapse without so much as a whimper.

At least that's the story people believed.

Many had tried throughout human history to control the world. Dictators had conquered half the globe and free men had seen their efforts squandered by the selfish masses. Never had either side done as much to unite humanity in common cause, as Jacob Morrison. Where they had failed, he succeeded, binding humanity in a single effort to halt his reign of destruction across the world.

Together, they repaid his treason with blindfolded gunfire. And after a time, all that remained of his legacy was a son that had never known his father and the broken world left to rebuild.

The Method of Life:
Caleb Johansen has spent his life hidden away from those who might wish to see him answer for his fathers crimes against the world. In an effort to to blame anyone for their poor lot in life, the past has finally caught up with him in the town of Rosa. A resettlement camp abandoned by the government and turned self sufficient community, Rosa is an island amid the wasteland that stretches out between the privately owned Districts, where a lucky few live lives of luxury.

As his ailing guardian prepares him for the next step in his life, Caleb must entrust his future to soldiers of fortune hired to ensure his protection. Harmon McCullough is such a man, though not without a conscience and the understanding of the larger stakes in play and the risks involved for the band of brothers standing with him and friends on the wrong side of his mission.

Creasy is one such friend, and must contend with the one obstacle Harmon presents, a currency not in great supply. Dispatched from the District New Haven to take Caleb into custody by any means necessary, Harmon and Creasy will meet for the last time in Rosa, both with the realization that nothing can stand in the way of completing their missions.

Caught in the middle of their everyday lives, Alaster and Veda Nelthrope must contend with being swept into the whirlwind of danger sweeping through Rosa. With problems of their own, their lives may never be the same as the interaction with events unfolding around them force resolutions from aspects of their lives they both had been afraid to face.

One night will change their lives forever and by the time the sun rises, their worlds will never be the same.
I've been working on what I call The New Haven Chronicles, (my near future military sci-fi universe/series) for the better part of seven years.  It's time for a break.  With any luck, I'm going to be going back to school in the fall, so that seems like a good time to step away from New Haven for a bit and for a lack of a better term, recharge.  I've been so devoted to one project or another for so long, that I haven't really lived.  Everything else has been on hold or taken a back seat to art.  So for at least a little while, there will a noticeable drop starting this fall. 

I have a few things coming before then and I'll certainly check in from time to time, so it won't be completely dead here.

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BlackDonner Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for faving, my friend.
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Jon-Michael-May Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Professional Writer
You're certainly welcome. I thought I had favorited this one when I commented earlier, but I guess I must have missed it.
DonMeiklejohn Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fave of the USS Remorah
Jon-Michael-May Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Professional Writer
You're welcome. :)
darkchild130 Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch mate.
Jon-Michael-May Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Professional Writer
You're welcome. :)
BugraHekimhan Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Student Interface Designer
thanks for the fave ^^
Matsucorp Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the fave!

ProfBathrobe Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you for the favorite, floating-eyeball-man. If you're keen on the shootbangs, I'll be putting out more you may wish to WATCH out for.
Jon-Michael-May Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Professional Writer
Definitely. I appreciate anyone who rocks some detailed pencil and paper work. Keep it up. :)
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