My entry to the 2000AD forum's art competition for October. The theme was "1800AD - Steampunk 2000AD" and under advisement from my eldest brother I want for a war themed picture (he suggested Rogue Trooper, but having done that for the previous competition I said Bad Company would be better). I had a look at some paintings of 19th century British military and got an idea of a basic composition. Then it all started going wrong. I haven't had this much trouble with getting a picture started in ages. It took two weeks before my initial rough sketches started to look good. The whole project has been mired with frustration and disappointment.
Then it was the last week before the contests close so I was up against the clock. This really didn't help matters and I may have panicked a little (missing something obvious I should have done to speed the process up). When it finally started taking shape and looking presentable I was unable to tidy up a multitude of faults that were bothering me from the start. I tried out some new ideas that worked out well and others that were disastrous.
There are some things I am really pleased with in this picture and some I find embarrassing. Lessons have once again been learnt and this is the first time I have ever finished anything like this - so for a lot of firsts, it is good.
Featured are the characters from Bad Company, created by Alan Grant and John Wagner initially although credit should (imo) be given to Peter Milligan for reworking the concept and writing it and to Brett Ewins and Jim McCarthy.
At the back we have Wallbanger. Infront of him (left to right) we have Mac, Kano, Danny Franks, Thrax and Joe Scummer. In front the them (again, left to right) appear Dogbrain, Trucker, Malcolm, Mad Tommy, Shrike and Flytrap.
Bad Company is the property of Rebellion and 2000 AD