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Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Armoured Car 1920 Mk I

This is an illustration depicting an Armored Rolls-Royce 1920 model.

The Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) raised the first British armoured car squadron during the First World War. In September 1914 all available Rolls Royce Silver Ghost chassis were requisitioned to form the basis for the new armoured car. The car was designed with a superstructure which consisted of armoured bodywork and a single turret for a Vickers machine gun.

Lawrence of Arabia used a…


Added by Lejon Astray on September 3, 2013 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments


The Volkswagen Type 2, known officially, depending on body type as the Transporter, Kombi and Microbus, shown here in service with the Deutsche Afrikakorp, DAK, early 1942.

Used primarily for reconnaissance and convoy supply, it saw a great deal of service throughout the North African campaign.

Later it proved popular with Surfing enthusiasts!

This vector illustration was created in Adobe Illustrator with use of gradients and knockout…


Added by Lejon Astray on August 5, 2013 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Type 89 Yi-Go Medium tank

This is a piece representing the IJA medium tank Type 89.

The Type 89 Yi-Go or Chi-Ro was a medium tank used by the Imperial Japanese Army. The Type 89 was a 1920's design, built to support the infantry, and thus lacked the armor or armament to defeat later designs, and was regarded as obsolete by the time of the…

Added by Lejon Astray on March 21, 2013 at 7:51pm — 2 Comments

Char B1 BIS

This is a another in a series of Tank portraits.

This print represents a Char B bis in service with the French Army May 1940.

At the request of General Estienne and on the basis of previous studies worked out by Renault, Schneider, FAMH, FCM, and Delaunay-Belleville, a new battle tank was developed under the code designation of "Tractor 30". In 1929-30, three…


Added by Lejon Astray on October 18, 2012 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Vickers A9 Cruiser Mk I

This is a another in a series of Tank portraits.

This print represents an A9 Cruiser Mk I tank in North Africa with the 7th Armoured Division (The Desert Rats), 1940.

In 1934 Vickers-Armstrong had produced a new medium tank, the A9, which was subsequently designated the Cruiser Tank Mark I. It was the first British tank to have a centrally located turret, but…


Added by Lejon Astray on May 30, 2012 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

Doolittle Raider

This piece is dedicated to the 70th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid.

The April 1942 air attack on Japan, launched from the aircraft carrier Hornet and led by Lieutenant Colonel James H. Doolittle, was the most…


Added by Lejon Astray on April 19, 2012 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

MoraneSaulnier MS406 C1

The M.S.406 was a French Armée de l'Air fighter aircraft built by Morane-Saulnier starting in 1938. Numerically it was France's most important fighter during the opening stages of World War II.

Although sturdy and highly maneuverable, it was under-powered and weakly armed when compared to its contemporaries. More critically, it was out-performed by the…


Added by Lejon Astray on March 22, 2012 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Citroën 2CV

Illustration of an iconic design.

This was a fun piece to do, all the lines of it are interesting, I want one!

This piece was created in Illustrator CS and is entirely vector.

The shading was rendered using the blend tool between different vector shapes, and a some use of the gradient and transparency…


Added by Lejon Astray on March 1, 2012 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Neubaufahrzeug PzKpfw VI

This is a another in my series of Tank portraits.

PzKpfw NbFz V and VI’s designs were very similar to the British Vickers "Independent" tank, Soviet T-35, French Char-2C and proved to be too complex to produce. Only two prototypes were built by Rheinmetall in 1934. In Spring of 1939, Krupp’s PzKpfw NbFz VI was shown at the International Automobile Exposition in…


Added by Lejon Astray on February 15, 2012 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

Military Antiques Museum Logo

Logo I created for the Military Antiques and Museum in Petaluma, CA.

Added by Lejon Astray on December 5, 2011 at 11:42am — 1 Comment

Pearl Harbor Attack

This piece is commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor Attack.

It is a stylized rendering of Nakajima bombers over the harbor during the attack.

The attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Imperial Navy of Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl…


Added by Lejon Astray on July 19, 2011 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Seversky J-9

Seversky J-9, supplied to the Swedish Air Force in 1940. It had a more powerful engine (1065 hp Twin Wasp) a lengthened fuselage, and was more heavily armed (two 7.9 mm machine guns and two 13.2 automatic cannons) than the P-35 from which is was derived.

The J 9’s did a valuable duty during the neutrality watch as successors to the obsolete J 8 Gloster Gladiator and saw… Continue

Added by Lejon Astray on June 9, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Caudron C.460 Rafale

The Caudron C.460 Rafale ("Squall") was a French racing aircraft built to participate in the Coupe Deutsch de la Meurthe race of 1934.

A C.460 piloted by Michel Detroyat also won the Thompson Trophy at the 1936 National Air Races in the United States.

This piece was created in Illustrator CS and is entirely vector.



Added by Lejon Astray on April 20, 2011 at 2:10pm — 3 Comments

Fokker D.XXI


The D.XXI was a monoplane fighter with fixed landing gear, in itself nothing new for Fokker. The D.XXI had an enclosed cockpit and cantilever main wheel struts. Despite inherent obsolesence, the type had considerable success in Finland, but the 39 Dutch D.XXIs had little luck in May 1940. Finland license-built over 140, Denmark 10. Plans to build it in Spain…


Added by Lejon Astray on April 4, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Tanks are mighty fine things!

A re-visiting of an older piece I did.

Inspired by a Spanish Civil War poster, and the industrial beauty of Soviet Tank Design, a stylized T-35 is the theme of this poster!

The Tank is roomier sir!



Added by Lejon Astray on March 17, 2011 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Bell XFL-1 Airabonita

In 1938, the U.S. Navy placed a contract with the Bell Aircraft for a navalized version of the P-39 fighter. Changes included a tailwheel undercarriage, installation of an arrestor hook, enlarged vertical surfaces and restressing for carrier operations. The Navy lost interest in the project and only one prototype was constructed.

This piece was created in Illustrator CS… Continue

Added by Lejon Astray on March 5, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments


The French submarine Surcouf, launched in 1929, was 361 feet long, and at 3,304 tons was, at that time, the world's largest pre WW2 submarine. Two Sulze diesel engines and two electric motors were used for her propulsion, she could cover 10,000 miles at 10 knots, submerged speed was 8.5 knots, but on the surface she was capable of reaching 18 knots.

This huge submarine… Continue

Added by Lejon Astray on January 6, 2011 at 1:02pm — 4 Comments

Gee Bee Pursuit Ship

Granville Gee Bee R-2 racer taken from storage and converted for interceptor work in the days after Pearl Harbor.

It was deployed in the Aleutian Islands and the Panama Canal Zone with some success against the IJN "Claude" fighters.

Added by Lejon Astray on January 5, 2011 at 4:00am — 9 Comments

Battle Of Britain Anniversery

A poster commemorating 70th Anniversary of Britain's finest hour.




Added by Lejon Astray on January 2, 2011 at 3:40pm — 1 Comment

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