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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 :icongenocidalpenguin:) 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 :)
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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-

[link]

-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
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This is another thing I planned to eventually do, some higher-res crops of the various fully digitally painted FOIL designs I have done for the TKP project. The FOIL paints have ranged from 300dpi to as high as 400 or 500 depending. The FOILs are painted almost like I was sculpting them from clay so I like to work in high resolution in order to really explore the designs as fully as I can.

There's also a lot of textural detail on many of the FOILs to simulate weathering, combat wear, etc. All that stuff is hand painted rather than using custom brushes because doing so simulates the random nature of real weathering far more effectively. Also, it's just a lot of fun, kinda like painting a model kit and such. I thought it might be cool to see this stuff in higher resolution so doing cropped wallpapers of some of the FOILs seemed the way to go.

First one is the Ileman-Loch Sobeq 1024 wide wallpaper size (original post here): [link]

More to come ;)
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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.
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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 :iconnidaram: 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 ;)

Cheers!
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Here's a pile of walker tanks, with a couple of bi-ped gerwalk light tanks as well. Most of these tanks are, clearly, based on German assault guns so many evoke the earlier Blid Wolfspinne quad tank I designed which was also an assault gun based on German armor:

[link]

Obviously we have a "Hetzer" type in there, a few pseudo Jagdpanther/panzer kinda deals, etc. The legs on these things all have, more or less, similar covered style designs as the more recent 5th generation FOILs. Again inspired by the creepy feel the US Army's combat robot Big Dog has. Many of these tanks have reactive armor plates and they're pretty obvious on the designs to those of you familiar with what reactive armor is. It's been awhile since I did any walker tanks and frankly they're a ton of fun to come up with. I really should have done some sooner :)

These are all really small thumbs overall, an inch in size or smaller. As with the last two batches of FOIL thumbs I added some quick and dirty colors to pop em out a bit. I have a feeling I'll end up doing a few more finished paints of some of these.

Pencil thumbnails sketches with digital color in CS3

Once again this is posted as a main gallery deviation to alert watchers that these roughs and thumbs are actually all in my scraps gallery. All this kinda of stuff ends up there. More work is coming soon. I hope everyone had a Happy Turkey day. Cheers!
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And the last post for 2009...

a batch of new 5th gen FOIL rough thumbs. I finished these several days back, along with a bunch of other stuff (some more walker tanks, props, etc) but I held off posting till today. These guys re pretty rough doodles with some quick colors in CS3. Again none of the original thumbs were much bigger than an inch high.

Posting as a deviation, once again to alert watchers that these kind of roughs are actually to be found in my scraps gallery (there's a lot of them) and the Theos Ke Polemos rough concepts sub gallery:

[link]

Also cross posted this in :iconplasmafire3000:'s new DA group :iconmechadesigners: to share with all you new meca peeps :)

Pencil with digital color in CS3

There will be plenty more to come in 2010. See you all next year!

Best!
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Heavy combat Taedus concept design for :iconvulnepro:'s Theos Ke Polemos mecha anime universe.

The size is roughly human scale, just a lot bigger. So, smaller than a landmate, bigger than... let's say Batou.
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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

hmmm...

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 :)

Cheers!
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This has been awhile in the coming, seeing some actual FOIL action stuff. I know a lot of you following the TKP work have been waiting to see thing kinda thing so here's the first ;)

This one was a total blast to do. I started it last year but shelved it due to other work. Of course I wanted to finish it so that I did.

Here we have a shot of a Polemon Dies combat FOIL blasting over the jungle haze with a pair of recon/targeting sendai drones. The sky is filling with AA flak and, quite possibly, a few more of those drones just got blasted to bits. The FOIL and the drones Icar drive rings are glowing due to high speed, hight output flight.

Digital inks and cell colors in Photoshop CS3

More to come down the line...

Cheers!
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