Ok, it looks like I've rated this piece very highly, but to some extent that's because it's pretty technically superb, with the huge level of background detail, seemingly holographic roadsigns, the very clear direction of the primary light on the sniper, the smoke wisp from the firearm's muzzle brake, the very natural way that the chain link fencing has been broken...
There is one glaring flaw with it though. No-one could fire a weapon with that sort of barrel length relative to themself accurately unless it was supported by both a barrel support along most of the barrel length to prevent barrel droop and a bipod or tripod mounting to prevent muzzle shake. References that show what I mean include the first 15 minutes or so "The Expendibles 2", various episodes of Mythbusters (search YouTube for Mythbusters, Kari, and sniper rifle), and the first couple of episodes series 1 of the Anime "Black Lagoon".
As ever, if you wish to discuss this further, I'm open to helpful comments.
Well I do agree with paws4thot on most of the points he brings up. I do however need to point out one thing, for the sake of realism. The way the character is Kneeling with a rifle like that. It is an improper stance to fire that weapon. Mainly because that stance doesn't prevent the recoil from transferring the energy into unsupportive stance and causing the character to land on thir back from the recoil. Stance is a really important factor with guns, especially with a gun of that sizes. Even with a recoil suppression system, the stance is not supportive. That's all. That's my one issue I had to add for realism's sake. If you want to correct that issue, study proper stances for firing weapons. Look at various positions you can fire from. With a weapon this big though, the character would have to lie on her stomach to best use the weapon.
Thanks for the support.
If you're not familiar with my references, the point was that they show the correct use of a bipod (and in Kari's case a prone 'stance') with real World sniper rifles.
"I know, I was just saving people the time it would take to realize the error and point it out to either you or the artist behind the illustration. I am a big fan of anything involving the military or a sci-fi feel, I just happened to notice the error. Even with bionics though the recoil would land the character on her back.
If I wanted realistic I would have been looking at photos not Sci-FI art!
Not a flaw in any way at all :>
This is maybe where we differ; I can do "willing suspension of disbelief", but sometimes something is so glaringly wrong that it hurts my enjoyment of the whole.
The gun is made of an extremely light material, some gyroscopic mechanism stabilizes it and provides artificial inertia to counter the action of the bullet, the bullet system is designed with a delayed firing rocket propulsion (like a tiny RPG) and glowing neon signs float in midair to direct air traffic through the city streets, its the future, and it looks badass.
Interesting thoughts; rocket-assisted rounds have already been done (but for much larger calibre guns).
Similarly with gyroscopic stabilisation, so I can say confidently that this technology relies on the gun being fixed at one pivot.
and if the shooter is a cyborg? given the clear influence of 'ghost in the shell' on this piece?