These are some of the sketches and component studies I've done in the past few months, within class and whenever I had a little free time.
I've become re-attached to Rapidograph technical pens despite their high maintenance requirements. The consistent lines they can produce and the "fast" feeling are simply astounding, especially with the smallest tips. It's been a lot of fun experimenting with loose and tight methods; perhaps there's a middle ground where I can finally settle upon...
And oh yes, I really like the Five Star Stories manga series--particularly their Mortar Headd designs! Take a look at them; maybe you'll find some inspiration from Mamoru Nagano's chivalrous universe too.
So I've been gone a while to say the least. During that time while I have not worked on my mech design like I used to, I have not remained stagnant artistically. Recently though I have been looking through the works of other artists here on DA and the mech art has resonated with me and made me long to work again on the lines I love so much.
I have more designs but I liked the look of this particular head design and decided to do something with it.
and in specific have inspired this post. Two great artists that hardly need endorsements from the likes of me.
Revisiting an unnamed universe that I haven't touched for years, meet the Judgement, aka. the Serpent Queen, and sometimes referred to as the Naga Princess. This machine is tentatively placed at about 70 metres in length, weighing close to 250 tonnes. Melee weapons consist of a polearm as its main weapon, along with a stinger on its tail, retractable blades in its forearms, and a pair of crab-like 'feet' hidden within its hip armor. For range, it is equipped with a pair of cannons within its forearms, as well as produce a large beam emitted above its head, and several missiles from its chest. This giant mech was designed with its pilot in mind, specifically for royalty. Fast, agile, yet very strong.
Previous mechas within this unnamed universe include one Solsaint and one Heldread. One day, I do eventually want to give that universe a name and shove some proper characters in there. Until then, however, the giant robot will do.
So, I says to myself, I says, "Hey! Set! You should totally take your instructor's advice and fix up the lighting on that there giant robot drawing yous dids." So I dids.
And a scant 3 weeks later, I present to you, the new-and-improved Summus. Just in time for New Years. **All photography used herein is of my own creation**
DF/CWS-04RR Summus (Traid Rassano Rell Custom)
The Summus was a triumph of technology and research, brought to life by the Dunwich Foundation and one of their top pilots, Rassano Rell. Carrying a high standing within the Foundation's ranks, Rell was provided with the full extent of their secretive and expansive collection of technologies. This made the Summus one of the most feared warsuits to ever enter combat. The Summus was built to be able to operate in all environments, and was equipped with an advanced RLT powerplant that provided it with a virtually unlimited operational range. This, coupled with an effective optical camouflage system, allowed Rell to scout and spy on the various conflicts of the Homeworld War without fear of discovery. When needed, Rell alone would carry out the Foundation's will, leaving terrible scars in the minds of those present. The Summus was built on a custom frame layered with a network of inter-connecting armor plates, providing it with superior protection from attacks, as well as an incredibly sturdy structure. Endurance was one of the Summus' strong points, as demonstrated during a battle between the Foundation and Sentinel Mobile Armies (SMA), a rival corporation. During this skirmish, the Summus withstood a glancing blow from a 26 centimeter land cannon- an act of defiance that established the Summus as something far above and beyond modern technology. Protected by newly-developed force-field systems and inertia dampeners, Rell could survive such massive attacks and still complete his mission, allowing him to dig an imprint into the minds of all enemies of the Foundation. Rumors spread like wildfire, of a "Golden Golem" that couldn't be stopped. This led to the Foundation using the Summus as a psychological weapon as well- instilling an unshakable fear in opponents foolish enough to challenge its power. Even more disturbing was its nature of reflecting truly human movements, a feat made possible by the first form of neural-interface control. This prototype system allowed Rell to control his suit through purely mental methods, making him a fiercely deadly opponent in combat. Although not the fastest suit of it's time, the Summus was amazingly agile and balanced in flight, giving it the ability to out-perform most suits on the present battlefield. It boasted incredible firing stability, thanks to a pair of powerful stabilizers fitted on either leg, which provided the same stability as standing on solid ground while firing. It's weapons compliment was something to behold- as a main offensive weapon, it carried the Advanced Fusion Rifle Type-3, or AFR3. This weapon was a powerful energy rifle equipped with six "Channelers", three on each side of the barrel. These devices funneled and compressed each shot fired from the rifle, while also adding to their power rating. The AFR3 was an imposing weapon even by itself, as its power was often close to that of ship-class fusion weaponry. On the left arm, an enhanced LMB15 laser blade provided the melee tenacity needed to compete with modern warsuits. Mounted on either side of the torso were smaller fusion guns, wired to auto-targeting systems that allowed them to designate and engage enemies without direct pilot control. To increase its ability to evade enemies, the Summus sported twin "beam lamps", which bombarded opposing targeting sensors with intense light and laser wavelengths, preventing most lock-ons. For heavy firepower, the Summus mounted a compact version of the Harper Gun on it's left hip. This weapon simultaneously fired a modulated fusion blast and a deep-impact shell, evaporating armor, then striking the target with powerful explosives. The Harper Gun was, itself, fitted with several channelers in a web formation, giving the illusion of a bright wing of energy emanating from the suit when this incredibly destructive weapon was fired. As a trump card, Rell had a large 40 centimeter mortar tube fitted into the chest, complete with a 3-round auto-loading magazine. This gave the Summus the capability to launch devastating sneak attacks. This weapon was used quite often to catch the opposing force off guard, leading to the destruction of several ships throughout it's active career. A single round from this mortar was equivalent to a 340KG bomb of the most advanced explosives at the time, leading to yet another exaggerated rumor of the "Golden Golem" and it's fearsome powers. The capabilities of the Summus were kept mostly secret throughout most of the Homeworld War, with it's only actions involving quick and precise interdiction in scattered conflicts. Every one of these operations were demanded by the Foundation's top brass, in a plot to become the most powerful corporation within the Big Guns. However, as the war reached its final phases, the Foundation was forced to build an army to match every other faction on the battlefield, turning the Summus into more of a commander-type unit. By the end of the war, GOTS technology allowed the Foundation's foes to surpass the abilities of the Summus, ultimately leading to it's destruction.