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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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:iconunluckyelite01:
UnluckyElite01 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
USS Johnston. The Destroyer Escort that fought like a Battleship.
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Sinsajoart Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
That was the Samuel B. Roberts.
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Testicular-Disco Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Makes no difference to me. That day, they all fought like battleships. And they both went down in glory befitting only gods among men. Ships that fought with the hardest of wills.
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Sinsajoart Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
Exactly.
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:iconunluckyelite01:
UnluckyElite01 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I do not remember posting this, but you are correct.
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:icontesticular-disco:
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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:icondystatic-studio:
Dystatic-Studio Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional 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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:iconweetle:
Weetle Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
*cough* destroyer escort*
Anyway still good. Better than I could ever do.
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:iconluches:
Luches Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
huh destroyer escort?
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:iconweetle:
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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wyoairbus Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008
wow amazing!
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:iconkajuah:
Kajuah Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008   Interface Designer
I love the detail and thought you put into your pieces

The men on the deck - shouting and waving, the birds above disappearing placidly out of view watching the scene with idle interest...the detailing of the flag on the USS Johnston, the detail of the splashes of water around the bow.

I fav a lot of your work because it is all my favorite, though don't think i don't look critically at your art because of it :) I enjoy and love the depth in everything you create
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:iconluches:
Luches Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
hahah thanks man :)
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:iconkajuah:
Kajuah Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008   Interface Designer
Thanks for replying back ^^ i really like it in an artist that our comments are appreciated as much as we appreciate yours'
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MangaSupreme234 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008
Oh thats cool
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:iconel-fio:
el-fio Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
zomg is amazing I love it
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:iconcoolke:
coolke Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Professional Filmographer
amazing work!
well done!
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mayooonaisse Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008
cool.... nice style!
really want to see it hit the flying dutchman hehehe
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:iconarf:
arf Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
wow man this is really coooool!! :w00t:
looks like a crayon stroke too! nice!! :)
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Jonpa Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008
You're so good with colors. =]
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LoneWolf6155 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008
They showed the battle in great detail on the show Dogfights on the History Channel. I believe the episode was called the Death of the Japanese Navy. I was wondering if you saw it?
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:iconluches:
Luches Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
unfortunately i missed that episode :( but will try to wait for it's retelecast
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:iconlonewolf6155:
LoneWolf6155 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008
You have to see it. It was an amazing battle.
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meeowx Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008
holy crap this is amazing! :O zomg!
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:iconluches:
Luches Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
haha thanks :)
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:iconmangasupreme234:
MangaSupreme234 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008
This is awesome
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peaches9d Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008
That's amazing! My grandfather was in the navy durring WWII and he was at the invasion of normandy and fought over in japan as well.

I showed him this picture and he said it was amazing.

Thanks for making such an awesome picture! :D
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:iconluches:
Luches Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
what a honour :), thank you
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:iconangez:
angez Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008
and this is a ';practice'....

u're good. -looks up to u-
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:iconluches:
Luches Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
:D

Hehe must put maximun effort even if it is a practice, or else no point practicing will end up the same. :)
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:iconangez:
angez Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008
roger that!
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:iconluches:
Luches Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
hahaha sound like I am giving lecture here
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:iconangez:
angez Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008
wow great details !
after the edit!

hahaha.. good lecture..
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clayscence Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
th water is amazing! i love it hun nice job
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:iconluches:
Luches Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
thanks man, water had always been a weakness I try to conquer
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mehmetaydin Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008   Interface Designer
oo its good
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somethingodd1 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008
Awesome pic :thumbsup:

This one is going into favs :D
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:iconluches:
Luches Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks again for the support :)
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:iconphoenixbrothers:
Phoenixbrothers Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008
Wow, great piece! Very dramatic and cool :D
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:iconluches:
Luches Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :D
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