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Johnston's counterattack by Luches Johnston's counterattack by Luches
A piece done during free time as a practice.

Base on the battle off Samar during World War II
when the destroyer USS Johnston lead the
counterattack against superior forces.

She just struck the Japanese Crusier IJN Kumano
with a torpedo that took off the bow of the ship,
before getting hit by the battleships Yamato and
Kongo.

She fought on with her captain issuing command from the rear bridge after the shells from Yamato wrecked the bridge

Major Edits
Major edits after some critcs, tried to make the scene more exciting and more details.

Increased the details on Johnston after getting quite a number of photo referances on the Fletcher class destroyers.

Throw in some of the Avenger Torpedos bombers (minus their torpedos) that also took part in the battle plus flaks in the sky. And the battleship Yamato in the far background.

Photoshop CS 2
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Testicular-Disco Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
May she rest upon the bottom, honored in her watery grave. The sacrifice of her and her crew saved countless lives.
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Dystatic-Studio Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   Digital Artist
One of the biggest, yet most disastrous sea battle that rarely mentioned in history lesson...
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Coolguy92 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
Wow this is amazing O.O fantastic work =)
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wolfofficer Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
this is the reason there called Fighting Fletcher's. The crews and There ships Were at many times the Ones that stood in the way of the Japanese Hammer. and Troop transport and carriers from val dive bombers to Even The Yamato her self. To marines who had to attack the beach heads they were a god send as there 5 inch 38s guns 40mm Bofors and 20mm Oerlikon ripped Into the island defenses. and the soldiers Of Normandy landings These Small Tin Cans like the USS that Dueled with German Shore batteries sometimes at Point Blank range to save the from the slaughter of German bunkers. the War may been won by the carriers and Battleships. But the battles were won by the Destroyers in my mind
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Weetle Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
*cough* destroyer escort*
Anyway still good. Better than I could ever do.
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Luches Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
huh destroyer escort?
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Weetle Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
Sorry im thinking of the USS Samuel B. Roberts
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GodFinger Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
COOL! + fav
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Jimmy-Limma1 Featured By Owner May 25, 2009
Congrats...I loved...Kumano is my favorite ship... Really, the americans are crazy...about this destroyer, is a exemple of honor and courage...
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BIGZ1776 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
They kinda had to have the minds of guys who eat an expired mayo jar, glass and all, just because you bet them ten bucks. So yeah, they were a little bit nuts to have the balls to get so close that the Japanese couldn't get their guns low enough! The only thing they didn't do was ram them and try boarding the Japanese ships! (Which would have been awesome!)
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