This Beautiful Art is From...Call of Duty: Black Ops? Huh?

Yup. And don't look so surprised. There's more to the Call of Duty series than military hardware, moustaches and door hinges.

The environments in which the games take place are rarely 100% authentic, which means someone had to dream them up. In this case, it's artist Michael Zimmerman, who takes us on a tour of a Cold War too gorgeous to have been sullied by shoe-banging or a Hungarian uprising.

Zimmerman has worked on projects as diverse as PlayStation Home to Command & Conquer to Killzone 3, but it's just his Black Ops art we're looking at today, and how his vibrant colours make the game's locations look a lot more inviting than they end up in the game, when they're full of Russians trying to shoot you in the face.

If you like what you see here, you can see a lot more of Michael's work at his personal site.

To see the larger pics in all their glory (or so you can save them as wallpaper), right-click on the "expand" icon on the main image above and select "open in new tab".

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This Beautiful Art is From...Call of Duty: Black Ops? Huh?

This Beautiful Art is From...Call of Duty: Black Ops? Huh?

This Beautiful Art is From...Call of Duty: Black Ops? Huh?

This Beautiful Art is From...Call of Duty: Black Ops? Huh?

This Beautiful Art is From...Call of Duty: Black Ops? Huh?

This Beautiful Art is From...Call of Duty: Black Ops? Huh?

This Beautiful Art is From...Call of Duty: Black Ops? Huh?

This Beautiful Art is From...Call of Duty: Black Ops? Huh?

This Beautiful Art is From...Call of Duty: Black Ops? Huh?

This Beautiful Art is From...Call of Duty: Black Ops? Huh?

This Beautiful Art is From...Call of Duty: Black Ops? Huh?

This Beautiful Art is From...Call of Duty: Black Ops? Huh?

This Beautiful Art is From...Call of Duty: Black Ops? Huh?

This Beautiful Art is From...Call of Duty: Black Ops? Huh?