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The Charge Redux by AdamBurn The Charge Redux by AdamBurn
A print of this painting can be bought here [link]

After I submitted my Halo: Reach image last week I received a lot of critique regarding many aspects of it, I haven't attempted something on such a large scale before so I learned a lot whilst making it, and even more during the critique sessions.
I went through a good 8 drafts for this revised version, weeding out tangents, fixing composition and bringing the action closer.
I will leave the original up in my scraps.
I think this image is the real tribute to Reach I had in mind, and learnt a lot painting it.


Original: [link]
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William-312 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016
This reminds me of the Tip of the spear level on Halo:Reach. Awesome level.
spartan38 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015
That is both cool and scary battle scene.
Sidewinderstriker Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:zomgwtf: :zomgwtf: That's a lot of Scarabs. I love the type-47, but it looks like someone decided to go overboard! I counted 11 of the buggers and those were just the ones I could make out!
P0MG Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
Oh my... I love it.
DHBW Featured By Owner May 6, 2015
Spectrum-Charge Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
As the greatest fan of Halo
(No exceptions)
I say this picture is fucking awesome.
MistValkyrie Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Wow! I just love this!
NecromorphAssasinn Featured By Owner Edited Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
To many scarabs... Time to turn the orbital platforms around.

I really liked the Tip of the spear level. I would always sit on the cliff and gaze out at the battle, wishing I could be down there. I was surprised at how well the UNSC was doing. Actually winning, and what looked like would be a surprising victory was turned upside down when that stupid super carrier came... I didn't expect the UNSC to be winning so effortlessly as it had been.
Wesker86 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Wow! This is awesome!!
cannonfodder14 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Love it.
BulletsForBlue Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
So freaking epic, awesome drawing!
Sev808 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
drackendarck Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
that is really amazing
Faithful-Templar Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it :D it looks like one of the backscreen menu pictures :)
plaguedlord Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Durr0694 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
First thought I had: BACK THAT F'N SCORPION UP!

This is great, if only we were able to experience something as epic as this in the game.
SultanOfAwesomeness Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah, i know... I love halo and all, but I really want some more chaotic-battle-action than lone wolf, which we've had pretty much throughout all the halo games.
Randomman187 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why have they not hired you?
GUILTY-SPARK343 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
such a great scene :love:
oldkaff Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Student Writer
Fantastic! I love the landscapes in Reach :D
Joshels Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Didn't catch your first draft, but this is astounding in terms of atmosphere! One of the things I always felt sad about in the video games is bungie created an amazing sci-fi military universe with a staggering amount of content surrounding it, but I'm guessing due to hardware limitation of the 360 or just simply lack of vision in terms of game design, you never feel anything near the scale of this image. I just kept wanting a huge battlefront like this that made you freeze and not know whether to soil your pants or just start firing madly, even if you were going to be assigned a precise objective your mission is going to operate in, just to have this chaos raging around in the background would've been insane!
But no... only visionary artists such as yourself give us a window into the expansive war-fronts like this. Bravo good sir!
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I was equally disappointed about the lack of huge scale battle in Reach, you could see them but were never in them. I get that you were a small team of Spartans tasked with high risk missions on a smaller scale that effected the larger points but when reading the book Fall of Reach and hearing about how epic the battle for Reach was I felt the game didn't portray it very well, its still a damn good game but lacks the epic scale I was hoping for.
Earthpatriot117 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
dude this is Damn EPIC! Even when were outnumbered and outgunned we still charge with everything we have with these words in our mind "No Retreat, No Surrender, No mercy!"
jackallf88 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
amazing amazing amaziiiiing saw this 3 times and 3 times i got a b@ner Q.Q
TheDirtySanchez Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
It didn't take long for Reach to fall... Our enemy was ruthless, efficient... But they weren't nearly fast enough, for you had already passed the torch, and because of you... we found halo. Unlocked it secrets. Shattered our enemies resolve. Our victory... Your victory was so close... I wish you could have lived to see it.... But you belong to Reach! Your body, your armour, all burned and turned to glass... Everything, except you courage! That you gave to us, and with it, we can rebuild.
aDinoSupremacist Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is how Tip of the Spear should have been.
RuskiTheCommie Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Holy Shit.
GameChanger017 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Nightmarecl Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Well done, the sense of hopeless of the attack is definite, it is well made, a great piece all round. The lighting, the details, vehicles, the looming corvettes and cruisers, this is Reach. What chance did they even have? Anyway, well done.
jokamo Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Student
i love you, and all of the other work you have done :)
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe thanks :ahoy:
QuirkyWallace Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I hope the guy riding the mongoose in this cut scene have plenty of back up for his sake...
Triumviratus Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
That is a very unfair fight. One of the great things I admire about the Halo universe is the persistent sense of overwhelming odds and desperation that it displays throughout the story. But that same inequality of forces and technology is what makes the story great as it shows us what it is to be human. Ironically, the books I write are just as brutal, and share the omnipresent sense of resistance and defiance against the enemy's seemingly mythical status of invincibility. Being human is that exactly. And to commemorate that virtue, I intentionally started one of my books with these words : "To describe the human essence is suffice to say that the entire universe in its unfathomable greatness and brightness of luminaries will fit into a single human cell."
Gods-warfighter Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Hobbyist
just wow. all i can say!
AlphaX10 Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
This is so amazing.
halonut117 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no way in hell would I roll up to a scarab in a warthog.

excellent work, my friend
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Ha I have, Fortunately only around 60% of the time did it result in a fiery, plasma induced green death.
halonut117 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I tried with a tank once in halo 3. the damn thing stepped on me and me and my vehicle were violently propelled across the level into a distant mountain range. the marines riding aboard the tank were fine though
dakilla816 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
Man, I wish I could do this, But hey, I'm only 12 but I'm on my way.
Spriggs272 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
Two UNSC Frigates, Scorpions, Rocket-hogs and hogs vs. a CCS-Battlecruiser, Banshees, Phantoms and Scarabs

My money is on the Covenant for this engagement
Great art by they way =D
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Well if all goes tits up for the Covies then they will just glass the place haha. They are sore loosers
Spriggs272 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
They say they have honor, Pah!!!!
StarBattalion Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Student
love it
Morderishen Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
HOLY SHIT those are a SHIT TON of scarabs. Really nice work here.
Hemlock-Sholers Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
this realy embodies the spirit of halo reach
spartanprodigy Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
this redefines the term "tip of the spear" very good.
WordBearer Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
I groaned with pain at how strategically unsound that assault was in that game, but its was awesome to watch. Looks awesome.
GoldenLegionnaire Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
This is an absolutely epic piece of art. It's extremely awesome to see such amazingly created depictions of the Halo world that you wouldn't see anywhere else. Deeply amazing work.
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