It's been awhile since I did one of these straight to Wacom paintings (scenes not concept illos like FOILs) so it's nice to belt one out again.
This started as a speed paint doodle that ended up getting more fun, involved, and polished as I went. I've been wanting to do more stuff like 'As it Falls' so with this one in the can I hope to do more. No thumbnail rough or base illo on this one, just flat out painting and riffing the design as I went. This one went pretty quickly too, a few days working on it off and on.
Depicted here is a Dies combat Taedus blasting away at something off frame with a Dies electro cap Stein Shettier (case-less rounds). Sendai are typically human size or smaller so this guy's about 5 feet tall at best. Not a big fella at all. This is somewhere on Polemos during the time "The Hammer Falls" event occurs. This guy is a free sendai and has apparently added some sponsor logos on his armor indicating he's modded himself.
The logos say as follows:
Dies T.D.S. Myrmidon Taedus System (his parent manufacturer birthplace) Dyna Lock BESH Dampers Fausthammer echo Classel Armor (armor metalized paint that does tend to chip. The sendai has hardened ceramic armor, hence the grayish under color)
Had a blast with this one More to come...
Photoshop CS3 and Wacom Intous 9x12
Just an added note: No 3D was used, it's all by hand, same goes for all the FOILs and Theos concepts in the gallery. I've had some folks think some of these pieces used 3D, but none have, so I take that as a nice compliment as to how well they come off.
Ileman-Loch has carved out a name for itself in FOIL development despite being one of the smaller manufacturers in the continued development of these machines. Their designs are often more animalistic in form than some of the more elegant and artisan driven FOILs but clearly an Ileman-Loch FOIL is driven by it's own sense of aesthetic as illustrated by this rather sleek armor frame here.
This example is a Vulne Consortium Faedai and thus would be in service of The Polemon Crimson Trust. On the FOILs top left veneer fin it reads Val Voso Tems, whic is the region on Polemos the FOIL is stationed. The cammo pattern more in line with the tropical locales of Val Voso.
The FOIL is holding a rocket propelled spear (those of you following the Theos project will note was the first to get an illo out the gate with one of these weapons for his first Theos post [link] ) which is typically more of an infantry FOIL support weapon but CAV FOILs have been known to use them as well.
It's name, Sobeq, is a mutation of Sobek, the Egyptian Crocodile god. Often FOIL names will come from the artisan's little knowledge of what history humanity has left, sometimes naming a FOIL with little regard for the word's original meaning. Here, clearly, they had an inkling as the FOIL's elongated head has a rather crocodile appearance to it, a very Ileman-Loch stylization indeed.
Once again the FOIL was fully painted on a Wacom Intous 9x12 in both Photoshop CS3 and Painter X
Though a lot of things have kept me busy there are more of these guys to come so stay tuned
I had been dying to do a pimped out painted version of it and finally got around to doing one resulting in this, much sleeker, new version. The most obvious change is the legs, which are the same covered type as the previous two Dies FOILs posted. I never liked the legs on the original thumbnail sketch so once I settled on the slimmer look of the legs on the new version the whole thing came together very quickly and that change just made the design.
Like the Dies Deca-Daemos and the Dies Herzin-Flüg this FOIL is a 5th gen evo. Dies (pronounced deece) is a company that makes a variety of products but specializes in Shettier (some of which are peppered in the gallery), Sendai (making especially high quality Taedai) And FOILs (often approaching, or matching, the revered quality of Oshen's FOILs). Dies is a company that goes all out so Dies FOILs are as coveted as the more rare Oshen FOILs. Always distinct and always high quality Dies FOILs tend to be fierce foes as the Faedai and human operator are often some of the best and pilot these machines with a sense of bravado and pride.
Theos Ke Polemos is not Gundam but I confess the name of this one is a nod to old school Zeta Gundam's (a show that I did see when I was young and still love to this day) enigmatic character Quattro Bajeena, or more familiarly known as Char Aznabel, The Red Comet. suggested Quattro because I made the FOIL red so I just had to name it the Oma-Quattro. Here's a nod to you Old School Tomino, back when Gundam was ace.
The Dies Oma-Quattro is a design with most of the qualities I, personally, tend to gravitate toward exploring visually with the concept of the FOIL designs; an aggressive aerodynamic frame with sweeping deco/futurist lines to enhance a sense of implied movement indicating a sense of artisan driven craftsmanship. The Oma-Quattro has a rather decorative and colorful sculpt to the headcase and torso recalling the ornamental flourishes on classic art deco architecture and sculpture but again this is Polemos and done though their prism. As noted above the Oma-Quattro is one of the last of the FOILs made before the Siege of the Black Son whereupon from that point FOILs hunted to small numbers. Of all the designs I've done so far this beast is one of my favs. More to come...
And another new FOIL to round out the posts tonight.
5th generation (very early period as to be argued it's late 4th gen to early 5th) Jeindel Schnellgail Special operations multi-role combat FOIL. This is an example of a 5th gen covered limb design with various add on customizations by it's operating crew (the leg armor and various bolt on parts, etc).
The Schnellgail, depicted here, is a multi-role machine in the sense that it's not a standard cavalry or infantry FOIL nor is it a front line machine that operates within the restrictive rules of engagement and code of combat the primary Polemon campaign follows. The war between Indus and Polemos is something more akin to contests of skill, such as the Olympics, than the familiar notion of modern warfare we have today. However this is still warfare in every possible way in regards to the loss of life incurred. Both sides fight in arranged engagements, under certain conditions, to achieve the highest point spread. The higher the lead in points the more advantages the leading faction has, politically, economically, and tactically. Depending on a variety of rules and a lead in points, from engagement to engagement, certain wild card plays can be employed. The FOILjaeger Gottheitzerstorer was such a wild card play but long ago banned for use in the Polemon theater due to the Reince incident. This Schnellgail, and other specialized FOILs, would be lone wolf combatants that would be sent in to attack at the time and place of their choosing thus playing a specialized role in FOIL warfare. Specialized because they operate outside the primary rules of engagement but their actions are sanctioned through the advantages of certain point spreads and occurrences in the primary engagements by both sides.
The Schnellgail, pictured here, has spotted cammo for the regions of Polemos that are similar to the Savanna and deserts in Africa. There's vegetation and stretches of desert with smatterings of foliage where this machine is in operation thus the choice of markings. Granted hiding something this big is rather absurd FOIL cammo is as much for functionality as it is intimidation. The weapon it carries is a rail shettier for ranged and close quarter use and rather effective at killing FOILs with minimal rounds required for take down (this weapon is more powerful than standard infantry FOIL shettier weaponry). The FOIL is capable of carrying bladed weapons but none are depicted here (omitted to showcase other details). On the left thigh there is a curved bar bolted to the side. Immediate speculation might be it's a form of reactive armor plate and this is close but it's actually a repulsor field plate that performs a similar function of deflecting bladed attacks. The 3 smaller plates are indeed reactives and the curved T shaped plate is simply a reinforcement plate for attaching additional weapons and such. On the right leg there's an added curved armor plate with a pack of reactive armor plates attached and a trio of smoke grenade launchers on the far side.
The FOIL has a nose art depicting a wolf jumping over Polemos while breathing fire. On the left arm over the black TAC band are kill markers (cool little Jolly Roger Skulls provided by ) The TAC number is 115D. On the head it says, in greek lettering, Jeindell and then Dynamic Combat Systems in English. Once again, in terms of visual aesthetics, the head sculpt has some distinctly futurist (modern art style with ties to cubism) evoking lines and flow. The Schnellgail is a fairly current Jeindell design so this example isn't a particularly old machine but it's seen a good deal of action in the field and thus has a great deal of wear.
This crew also employs floating sendai (these are independent sendai lifeforms but have a consciousness more in line with an animal but are extremely intelligent none-the-less)) that provide recon, targeting, and tactical data to the FOIL crew (human pilot and sendai faedai) in the field. Only one is shown here but they can employ multiple "floaters" sometimes called "voyeur cans" as a derogatory epithet.
This one is still a fully 2D fully digital Wacom paint so no 3D assistance on this one. As most of you following the gallery and TKP and seen I will be doing more FOILs in 3D in the future.
Fully digital Wacom illustration using Photoshop CS3 and Painter X
I'll probably sneak in some edits, there's still some bits I need to tweak and polish, too tuckered to mess with it now. It's done though, for the most part
Long entry (which will get edited down soon) but hopefully interesting (Illustration by with colors and cleanups by me. More info about the collab below history entry)
Forbidden weapons of war: FOILjaeger 3aMF Gottheitzerstörer (Destroyer of divinity) Adjustable Mass Frame Attack System
The feared and terrifying FOILjaeger beasts of an older age of FOIL warfare. These incredibly dangerous FOIL hunting machines were banned from combat long ago in the Genuaa Madreaus treaty of 3156 (Jaamas calender) due to a horrible incident where one lost control and practically obliterated the entire Polemos city state of Reince before finally being subdued. It is because of this terrible event that Polemos city states are now heavily fortified with artillery batteries and often protected by anti FOIL floating rail platforms. The Vulne Consortium coalition was already lobbying to get the machine banned due to it being built in secret beyond the agreed guidelines set in the rules of engagement for Polemos. Due to it's size they were built in space and when they would first appear on the field it would be dropping directly from the sky with a distinct sound indicating their arrival. The attack on Rience was the nail in the coffin for the Gottheitzerstörer machines as they were immediately outlawed after the talks in Genuaa (neutral Indus territory) concluded.
One of the most dreaded weapons ever to prowl the battlefields of Polemos just uttering the name, the cry of a FOIL pilot, alerting their blid krieg one was on the battlefield would send waves of horror though the ranks. At nearly twice the size and height of an average FOIL this machine was one of the largest combat frames built during the endless years of experimental FOIL "warfare". Employing the Icar drive technology, in an even more experimental and mysterious way, the Gottheitzerstörer would change the vibrational frequency of the FOIL's mass itself and essentially phase it's density in and out of our familiar dimensional plane. If the machine struck a normal FOIL with it's giant arms the FOIL would surely be obliterated and if it didn't strike them they better hope it didn't grab them either. The hands of the machine had plasma pulses that would ultimately cripple a FOIL much like an E.M.P. blast. The claws also would heat up to tremendous temperatures which would add to the damage of a connected strike and glow as seen here.
With the machines massive size one might think a smaller FOIL would have the advantage of maneuverability and greater speed. This is true in basic principal but due to the Icar drive being an anti gravitical unit and also allowing other strange properties the Gottheitzerstörer has tremendous speed and maneuverability for it's size which made the machine all the more feared. The machine would phase jump so it could be on a FOIL in an instant with a deadly strike and only the most skilled of pilots and FOIL faedai could evade the attack. When the machine would strike it would phase it's frequencies to a higher vibration and accelerate it's attack out of phase until connecting throwing the Icar into full phase bringing the full weight to bear which would often smash the misfortunate FOIL into the ground along with the arm of the Gottheitzerstörer creating a most spectacular impact explosion and crater. With the FOIL completely obliterated the Gottheitzerstörer would simply kick the Icar drive back to full strength to pull out of the follow through. Using the Icar drive in this fashion proved to be unpredictable in it's effects on the SADUS control entities the FOILjaegers would employ causing the machines to have a rather volatile beast-like nature. The machine in the image isn't standing but suspended by the Icar field, the glowing rings being a visible part of the field. High technology is essentially magic to those who are unfamiliar with it's workings. In many ways the sciences and high technology fields in SOL are closed systems only open to initiates and secret guilds and orders. The general public overall has little interest in how something like this works, to them it's simply pulling a rabbit out of a hat
On the illustration itself. Ever since I joined DA I've been gradually meeting more and more talented artists and creative people and it's simply been a blast. Early on I met as I was drawn to his fantastic mechanical designs and endless imagination, we became friends pretty fast and soon I asked to color one of his illustrations and we began to collaborate from there. As Karl learned more about the Theos Ke Polemos project he asked if he could contribute and, well, I couldn't refuse. In talking about ideas for this project I mentioned how something about this design, what has become the Gottheitzerstörer FOILjaeger, struck my imagination. He didn't have a specific idea for it so we came up with what would be this machine using the original illustration. So the illustration and design was created by originally and can be found here: [link]
Please, by all means make sure you send some much deserved good words as well.
GP sent me a hi-res scan of the pencils and I went to task, with his approval, of cleaning up the line work and adding various new, but subtle, design flourishes of my own (which can be seen differing from the original illustration in various small ways but overall I wanted the original's spirit to remain), and a new set of nastier hands on his request. Once the line work was polished up it went to color, a Panzer gray with spotted cammo, red, and "bee" marking accents. Being the machine is actually an older weapon, assumed to be mothballed long ago, it's very rusty (the classel armor over paint) and battle worn. From the looks of it this machine has executed quite a few FOIL crews. A terrible machine that should have been forever destroyed somehow kept hidden away on Indus only to return, to the horror of Polemos forces, to spread terror once again. More of Theos Ke Polemos to unfold... stay tuned.
Pencil illustration, design concept, and Gottheitzerstörer name by (Karl Östlund)
Digital clean ups, additional design flourishes, and colors Mike Majestic Photoshop CS3 and Painter X
Slightly delayed due to epic quest to capture pirate kittens. Yar! XD Yes, spent the day wrangling pirate kittens... on a boat... no less. OK, the boat was on land but still a boat, HA!
OK, this one has been a long time coming. Most likely one of my most complex (if not THE most) TKP FOILs I've created so far; the cubist-esque fractal beast Mirari 0. This is actually the 2nd pass on this idea as I have had a cubist FOIL (and have done cubist inspired sendai before as well) in mind from the very beginning of Theos's inception.
Sometime around 2000-2001 I had a notion of a marquee FOIL being cubist themed and a few years later I began the first pass (never posted though I probably should have, it was well before the pseudo cubist stuff in the Transformers movies). That first pass just never clicked with me so I shelved it. Well this current attempt really came together rather quickly, it just flowed.
Lavess SoSo Mirai 0 Combat Cavalry FOIL late 4th generation. (The word mirari was an ancient word for a fantastic wish-granting artifact, tapping into its wielder's desires and making them real. Latin root of mirror and miracle)
The Lavess SoSo Mirari 0 is completely custom machine, there are no mass produced versions. This visually outrageous beast is a one of a kind. The machine was built for Indus's ace pilot Saa Katsual. The Mirari 0 is a visual personification of Ordo ab Chao (Order out of Chaos) with it's highly complex fractal pattern breaking surfaces. Lavess SoSo FOILs are typically custom built, one off, machines. Thus far Lavess SoSo has yet to build a mass produced model although anything is possible.
Saa ends up becoming the primary rival of Endial Koh, TKP's central protagonist, so I had wanted Saa to have a rather "different" FOIL from the get go. Attempting a design with a cubist theme (of course not true cubism, this is the TKP setting afterall) seemed like an interesting idea to pursue.
I expect this will be a work in progress to some degree so I consider this more proof of concept than anything. I'm very happy with the result so far though. My goal was to make sure it looked cubist-esque, looked like a FOIL, and have some sense of visual flow, no matter how chaotic... and maintain my sanity XD
Successful, or not, it gets the idea across of a highly fractal cubist themed FOIL. The result has a rather aggressive aesthetic.
Digital paint conversion, in CS3, of a pencil thumbnail. The light star field BG is from a copyright free collection of illustrations book I have, it seemed apt for this one. The original FOIL thumb is here: [link] Middle top. I rather liked the silhouette and took it from there.
Well, this one out of the way (for now) so more to come
It only seemed a matter of time a FOIL equipped with some type of radome gear would appear in TKP. It was during one, of many, discussions about potential designs and I had that he brought up the notion of doing an ECM/EWAC type of FOIL. Naturally I had planned to do something like that anyway so the design in the thumbnail sheet above was the result. Now it has been taken to a more refined conclusion here
Although the design of the FOIL is all me I consider this one a collab as provided it's name.
Nal-Farbute: (Fierce striking needle) sorta old Swedish/Danish/Norwegian/Icelandic
As I've noted before, naming conventions in TKP straddle from accurate meaning to mixed up and inaccurate (which is intentional to keep their sense of history fractured).
The Nal-Farbute is not quite an ECM or EWAC system but something more specific to events unfolding in Theos Ke Polemos during the Siege of the Black Son. This machine is a 5th generation FOIL, through and through. Nal-Farbute is also the result of Oshen and Dies going into partnership in order to deal with the new threats facing the Polemon theater. So having the two most respected FOIL manufacturers behind this machine means it's a formidable beast indeed. This places the machine in the Siege of the Black Son period when FOILs, and Polemos itself, are in a fight for survival.
Pencil illustration digitally inked with colors in Photoshop CS3
Another new CG color collab with 's imaginative mecha designs. This time I went with a more classic OD green color with the machine with dark maroon-rust-ish accents. This illo is not fully complete as to colors, I plan to do some tweaks and additions. I'm posting this now cause my hard drive gave me a scare last night when it had an error that caused it to disappear with reboot but I got it back and all's good. I just decided to post this now and will just add the edits later.
I've been wanting to do some Theos stuff in monochrome for awhile and these two sleek new FOILs are the first of more to come.
Dies Deca-Daemos CAV FOIL & Dies Herzin-Flüg CAV FOIL
These are both 5th generation FOILs in the design evolution of these creatures. This will be the final generation of FOILs produced before Polemos is thrown into chaos due to the Siege of the Black Son event.
Both of these Dies (pronounced deese) machines are sporting covered armor on the legs and bicep/shoulders which give the machines a more slimmed look. This pair were designed for speed and dueling and thus are light CAV (cavalry) models. The Herzin-Flüg (the machine on the right) has multiple optics in it's forward faceplate and the head, though appearing to be a fixed model, actually pops out and forward for some side to side movement. Again FOILs don't require head movement due to multiple optics on the machines but often they do anyway, a vestige of their human designers anthropomorphism.
Initially done in grayscale from two blown up rough concept thumbs-
-and converted to RGB. I might end up doing some full color variants of these two in the future but for now they're getting the sepia treatment. There are some more FOILs pending so stay tuned. Oh, also should note, there is new stuff in scraps too and more pending.
Converted pencil thumb roughs to digital paints Photoshop CS3 and Painter X
Ola folks, finally had some time to do the next collaboration between myself and This machine is a larger two seater used by the same faction operating the Zidharta mech that was the previous design I colored. I kept the desert theme on this one only this time the cammo is a more angular pattern breaker rather than the organic and spotted pattern on the Zidharta. I really beat this one up, rust, paint chips, scratches, oil stains, dirt, etc. I figure a machine like this would be as roughed up as a tank would with heavy service and that's the feel I gave it. I have to say I love painting GP's designs as I feel they're incredibly imaginative and visually interesting. Overall this didn't take long to paint at all, it took me forever to post it cause freelance has been consuming a lot of my time. There will be more in the future so stay tuned.
Linework and design by and also I need to point out the Eye graphic was rendered by him as well