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Miracle of Life by CrimsonMagpie Miracle of Life by CrimsonMagpie
I had the idea to paint a series of half-size portraits of various Mooncalf characters. This actually the only mooncalf character proper that I've created, the only one with a name. She's called Amethi - yes, I suck at inventing names. :stare:

I deliberately kept highlights to a minimum and used fingers a lot to blend the paint. I wanted to try to give the dual impressions of a formal eighteenth century portrait and a war-photographer's snapshot. With the former in mind I semi abstracted the background,

Kudos and a cookie to whoever can tell me what kind of gun she has (it is real). :aww:

Acrylic on paper - 43 by 30cm / 17 by 12"
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Questknight Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Actually, some did and the barrel was modeled after the MP40 machine pistol. However, because of the caliber size it was found to be ill suited for the deflection. Same with the 9mm MP40. I have seen examples of both in the former location of the US Army Ordinance and armour display and building on Aberdeen Proving Ground. Though, it was prone to jamming when it was fired due to cleaning issues as well as its simplistic make. My grandfather was offered one on the night of the Normandy assault and declined because he did not want to be that damned close as he put it. Instead he carried the M-1 Garand battle rifle in canvas sack across the front of his harness just behind the reserve chute. However, his bundle was lost that being dropped too soon. He was a machine gunner for his unit.
Questknight Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
grease gun, .45 cal acp. 1943-55
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That it is, although the real things didn't have bendy barrels like here. :B
preslyelvis Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
kudos exctremly good piece but fact check women werent allowed in the military in ww2
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :dummy:

Don't worry, I'm well aware of the kind of restrictions on WWII service, but this isn't strictly WWII, more a self-indulgent fantasy thing. =p
postapelly Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I like the portrait you painted. And I like the name you gave her.
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool, thanks! :meow:
no-name-here Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
M3A1 Grease Gun. Designed as a cheaper, more accurate alternative to the M1, and M1A1 Thompson sub-machine guns. It was manufactured mainly by General Motors corporation. It was popular among many troops during WWII and Korea, but found the most use with armored units because of it's small size, and the ability to be brought to bear inside the hull of a tank.
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
On the button! :iconeweplz:

I had no idea the Grease Gun was meant to be more accurate than the Thompson though, if anything I'd have thought it'd be the other way round. :p
emperorkirkwall Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
i like this and the guns a "Grease Gun" very commonly used by Paratrooper units from america in WW2
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