So, I started this little exercise to get myself out of writer-block, and ended up writing a ficlet with Nod and MK as superheroes, and I decided not to finish just so I could draw these, and suddenly I was kicking myself out of artblock.

MK is a benevolent crime-fighter with the ability to manipulate electricity, thanks to some really hardcore SLI phenomenon. She calls herself the Red Bolt (or rather, someone came up with the name and it stuck). Nod’s more of an enhanced superhuman created by the Army, kinda like Captain America (hence the armor), except he was sort of dying for some reason. His codename is Hummingbird and he totally hates it. Then, there’s Ronin who’s still General, Tara who’s, uh, I dunno, she takes important decisions and people in the Army actually listen to her??? Nim (who’s totally black because of the Bigswap AU sew me) is the scientist in charge of Nod, because he kind of lives in a Government facility (much to his mother’s woe).

I kind of went overboard with this, bUT MAN IT FEELS GOOD TO BE ABLE TO DRAW QUALITY STUFF AGAIN.

Pierre Clostermann, DSO, DFC and bar in the cockpit of “Le grand Charles”, his Hawker Tempest Mk. V. The french ace of WWII with 33 victories. He started the war on Spitfires with the No 341 Squadron RAF (also known as Groupe de Chasse n° 3/2 “Alsace” to the free french force) before joining No 274 Squadron RAF in december 1944.

The Webley Mk V of 2nd Lieutenant J.R.R. Tolkien.

According to the Imperial War Museum,

Tolkien was an Oxford University student in 1914 but was commissioned into the Lancashire Fusiliers soon after taking his degree in 1915. He joined the 11th Battalion of his regiment in France in June 1916, shortly before the Battle of the Somme. During the battle Tolkien served as the battalion signals officer. In late October 1916 he contracted trench fever and was sent back to England in early November. He spent most of the rest of the war convalescing. It was at this time that he began to write early versions of his Middle Earth stories. Debate continues regarding the extent to which Tolkien’s war experiences influenced his literary work.

Flying Officer J R Cullen of No. 486 Squadron RNZAF, standing in front of his Hawker Tempest Mark V at Castle Camps, Cambridgeshire. Cullen became a successful Operation DIVER pilot with the Squadron,, shooting down around 16 flying bombs launched against the United Kingdom. Between February and October 1945 he commanded No. 183 Squadron RAF, flying Hawker Typhoons.