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Aviation Autocannon 27Rmk.1 by Shrinecat Aviation Autocannon 27Rmk.1 by Shrinecat
"Though originally designed as an armament for interceptor aircraft and bomber defense turrets, the robust 27x series cannons often found their way onto terrestrial mountings where they excelled against moderately armored ground targets. Lacking optics and normally fed by automated systems, examples extensively field modified for unmounted squad use (as here, incomplete) were quite rare."

This was a faster exercise to see if I could conceptualize and draw starting on the tablet and skip any paper sketches entirely. It still doesn't feel quite as comfortable though...
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Cmndr-Vaughn Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
Have you thought of a way to make it man-portable yet? Or is it too big for that?
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Cmndr-Vaughn Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
Never mind. I spoke too soon. ^^;
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Kvlticon Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Indeed. I've been drawing tablet only, no paper for the most part, but lately I've attempted a few sketches on paper just to see how it was. Even after 4.5 years of using an Intuos 3, coordination still feels funny when I think about it, not to mention I haven't found any nib/paper combo that seems to have the same response/feel of a pencil.
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Shrinecat Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Professional
I recently got an Intuos 4 - which has the purportedly "paper-like" feel to the drawing surface. While it does feel nice, it eats the pen nibs up like popcorn and anyway, there is still that sort of 'disconnect' between what you're looking at and where you're drawing. Have you gotten a chance to try one of those Cintiq monitors that you draw directly onto? I wonder if that would close the gap.
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Kvlticon Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
I'm now working on a Cintiq 12WX. After getting used to it, I say there's less of a disconnect (work seems to be slightly faster, less trial and error is involved), but pen and paper still has a tactile advantage. For me at least, jitter is an issue when drawing lines, since the display surface is pretty slick and the pen is quite thick for its intended use.

But the 12WX has much graver issues. In my opinion for the price Wacom charged, they could have installed a display with better color accuracy and they ought to have included hardware calibration. Word is that the 12WX isn't worth it, though its bigger cousins are. The 12WX is slightly more portable. The display itself is as big as a Intuos 9x12, but after throwing in the cables and converter box, that just multiplies the space it takes up.
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Shrinecat Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Professional
Thats good to hear your thoughts, thanks. One of the big issues I have with the tablet now is getting used to/keeping tabs on the angle its tilted at vs. the screen. On paper I often rotate the sheet or move my hands to different angles but its not as easy to judge that without being able to relate it visually, directly.

I have been mulling over investing in the 24" cintiq at some point since it came out recently (and finally seems large enough to function as a decent non-drawing monitor as well) but figure some time for them to work out the kinks couldn't hurt, as well as time for more hands-on experience reviews to get out there.
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Kvlticon Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Yeah. Oddly enough reviews on those have been sparse, despite the thing being out long enough (1-2 months) to gain feedback.
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Kvlticon Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Wish I had a chance to try a Cintiq, but for the prices they're asking (whether it's the desktop or handheld 21WX) I figured I'd not bother, considering some of the complaints people have had about Cintiqs (color calibration/accuracy, heat, displays getting scuffed up).

But since you mention having an Intuos 4, there's a small company that manufactures a retrofit housing that encloses the tablet and lines up a LCD over the drawing surface ( Their site [link] ). The kit would compete most directly with the desktop Cintiqs, especially the extra large displays, while the savings would be less if it were to be compared directly to the handheld Cintiq 21WX (which is a 12" wide display, though the height is less than 8", compared to having a tablet mod housing a 9x12" Wacom).

But with a little knowledge of electronics, I figure a hobbyist could probably make their own. The tricky part would be getting a near-perfect lineup with the LCD superimposed over the surface, which I think could be accomplished by having a floating display with tension screws to lock down its lateral and vertical positions once the right position is found.
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