Finally! Mecha galore is back and I got 2 here for show and tell! First, we have here a VRE Executioner unit: Batou, which means horse head in Sanskrit. The Batou is a super type assault unit, which serves as an artillery unit with powerful firepower and capable of transforming into a tank. She can also carries 4 mechs together with her tank form in order to provide mobility and deployments.
oddly, i have little words to say after many hours of work... but i can say this, i won't be doing nearly as much detail in the future XD... well... maybe.
people have asked me why i do so much detail. the answer is simple, i do enough detail for 1/100 (7.5 in) or even 1/60 (1 ft tall.) this way when i sculpt this guy into a kit i don't have go back and figure out what new details i have to do; cause they're already done.
this guy posed several challenges for me -(i can hear you laugh, shhh,) the right toe was challenging cause of how it's tapered and slanted. infact i had to study Hajime Katokis' Wing Zero customs' feet to see how he dealt with such a challenge. the solution was to give the outlines closest to the viewer a slight bend.
the next challenge was the forward-facing right thigh, and i had to remember to wrap some of the shapes on the side of the thigh to the front. luckily, the "inside" of the side was designed accurately, so i didn't have to change the design. and with eastern mecha theory, what exists on the front, must exist on the sides, whether it's rotated, scaled, or different-but-similar.
one minor note, this version has the missile packs on it's shoulders. the suit has "hard points" on the shoulders and shirt for attaching weapons, boosters, or even extra fuel tanks; etc. sorry i don't have a model number yet for this guy; you know like gundam: rx-178 gundam mkII.) another option is the re-enforced knees; (shown.)
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HOPSI-5 Manticore (Heavy Orbital Power suit--- least that's what it is in the RPG book)
Another Robotech Masters illo from the batch of Southern Cross mecha (both and I were charged with) that apparently had little to no images published. Once again the illo was kept in that 80s style and based off what little model sheet art we were provided with from Palladium.
Finally I'm done with this. Been taking too long with it. Rough drawings were marinating in my sketchbook for about a year now lol. Supposed to have drawn in the vehicle mode in the background but I'll leave that as something separate for now. Now for a try at a bit of the story to go along with the pic.
The "Phase Phoenix" is a prototype "Armored Mechanical System". Only a few were built. The first prototype was larger but not much is known about it since it mysteriously vanished and the other prototypes are thought to be destroyed by sabotage.
The Phase Phoenix includes an ability known as "phasing". Phasing creates a field that causes any matter within it to vibrate at a particular frequency. This vibration is so intense that it can cause matter to shift in and out of this dimension. Phase tech is unpredictable and can have unexpected results.
The Phase Phoenix is also capable of (ridiculously) separating into 4 smaller flying vehicles; 2 main ships that are piloted and 2 independent drones that have an artificial intelligence system built in to assist the two pilots.
The pair of pilots are some of the last remaining members of an organization called the "Galactic Hounds"(?). At its prime, the Galactic Hounds were filled with mercenaries and treasure hunters from around the galaxy.
[Edited 6-8-09:] Edits to contrast/brightness and other bits.
Upgraded Blue Bioriod Soldier (TBr-I Mk.Ia Neue Nous' dohl)
and myself did a considerable chunk of toned artwork for Palladium's Robotech The Masters Saga (Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross) RPG game book. Southern Cross mecha never seems to get the love so I confess it was fun to visit them, even if it was for Robotech and not the original Japanese show.
This guy was one of a batch of Southern Cross mecha that apparently had little to no images published. Though it does appear in Robotech Art 1 and some web sites as a model sheet illo this is a newer more pimped out toned piece. Nick and I really kept the retro style and feel of the art as much as we could so it was my intention to have it look sorta 80s in style I should also note how this one totally has a Gundam Zaku/Dom vibe to it but I suppose that makes sense as all this stuff was done during the same period in the 80s by a lot of the same designers.