After the destruction of Kashgar Hive, a full plan to clean sweep the remaining hives on earth is initiated. Unknown TSFs sighted in battlefield either affiliated by a country or some of them are mercenaries sporting new tech from companies.
Type-97U Fubuki an upgraded version from Japan, equipped with thruster on legs powerful enough to make critical turns its armaments consist of large caliber automatic rifle with bipod and long barrel(long barrel can be disengage for high rate fire and close range combat), type 65 PB knife, and type-74 PB short blade. Cockpit is improved thanks to the XM3 OS now you can pilot with just pajamas and do a barrel roll as much as you want.
This has been something of a pet project during the last month. The Jagd Ashanti follows the naming conventions of Gundam's other Neo Zeon mobile suits: "Geara" means it's a mass-produced model, "Jagd" designates an advanced/unique model. Also, like the Geara Zulu, it is named for an African warrior tribe, the Ashanti. It's design is influenced by both the Sazabi and Sinanju, two Neo Zeon command suits from the UC 90's.
Perhaps a rival mobile suit to my Jegan Custom ([link])?
2012, so far, has been rather productive, I've been quietly studying new tools to work with and working on new material. The big thing is I'm returning to Zbrush in a significant way (expect to see some peeks of that work some time soon-ish... FOILs maybe? Mmmmmaybe) and trying to get work rolling I had to shelf due to events last year. You can expect to see a lot of new stuff so stay tuned
To kick things off for '2012 The Mayan UFOcolypse of un-time-en-ing... ing' we have a full paint of Harma Bhatra I had been dying to get to for some time.
The Harma Bhatra MJ-11a was developed by the Waimanu FOIL Works, the company also responsible for the dreaded Gottheitzerstorer FOILjaeger's of the wildly experimental 3rd generation of FOIL development (Waimanu is the company Karl :icongenocidalpengion: coined for his FOIL designs and derived aesthetics/design collabs). There are some clear visual cues that nod back to the Gottheitzerstorer. Though the Harma Bhatra is a very formidable Faedai combat frame it's nowhere near as massive as the Gottheitzerstorer was so the similarities have more to do with the manufacturer's distinct visual design cues than anything. Begining service toward the very end of the 4th gen period the Harma Bhatra might as well have been a 5th gen. Clear design cues point to what was to come in FOIL development; the covered limbs with equipment ports for customization, the appearance of enigmatic sensor equipment, the more streamlined aesthetics. The FOILs were changing before anyone, not in the know, knew why. Change was on the horizon as the sendai moved more, and more toward spiritual and political concerns, more freedoms. As such the Hindai movment (derived obviously from Hinduism in name and some core concepts but also having aspects of Buddhism and Taoism as well) spread and it's influence began to inform the naming conventions of the FOILs, Harma Bhatra is certainly an example of this.
It was cool to finally paint this beast because I knew it would really look ace in full color. It seemed doing the familiar military O.D. green would look great on this guy along with a hefty caking of dirt and dust to show it's been out there kicking ass for some time. The markings on this one are sparse with just the 40 r TAC number being identifiable (this machine is stationed in the Rience territory, the same Rience razed to the ground by a Gottheitzerstorer. Yes that is a biiig ass weapon, absurdly so... indeed I just wanted to draw a big ass cannon shettier for this one. The weapon would likely be fired from fixed positions with weapon mounts created to support the thing. To move from position to position the weapon would also employ an Icar field (anti-gravitic drive) in concert with the FOIL's field.
As I noted in the original line art postings for this thing...
the design was a very direct collaboration between and myself. Karl's original design I launched my new FOIL interpretation off can be seen here: [link] Full details of how I went about creating the new design can be found in the line art posting (see link above).
I felt it apt to post this one as a really hi-res image so click download for full view, the beastie be loaded with all kinds o textures, parkarization, and details. More work is coming in due time
Original design concept foundation by (Karl Ístlund)
New pencil illustration, digital inks, FOIL concept re-design/re-imagining and colors by Mike Majestic Photoshop CS3
By almost all accounts, the MN-18 design is the UEPC's first serious efforts into dealing with space warfare. It was the first real design based from the spine-up to operate in microgravity environments. Though it was poor compared to its adversaries on the moon, it was significantly better than using KR-14s, which had been designed for ground warfare and were hardly maneuverable in space.
The MN-18 has fulfilled the role of space attack axel largely to satisfaction, though glaring problems remained evident as the years went on. This wasn't to say that the MN-18 was outclassed, but it was clear that other Axels could take advantage of the MN-18's fragility and construction to defeat them. Simulated combat ratios approached equal odds when the curve of difficulty of simulated opponents was matched against equals in MN-18s. Generally, a pilot had to have three years worth of experience in an MN-18 to equal an OU-8 operated by green pilots.
Aware of this problem, an updated design of the MN-18 was conceived to answer the problems and create a better-functioning space Axel. Though some of the structural modifications are radical, it was always classified as a different model of MN-18.
With the stalemate against the moon, the 'V' version of the Ikida was put on hold. Only a pre-production run of five machines was completed as proof-of-concept vehicles, and were assigned to Space Station five.
All of this changed when the UEPC cleanup effort at Palifca turned for the disastrous. One prototype machine, piloted by an Agitator, ruined several squadrons of MN-18s and destroyed two full carriers and a frigate. Such tremendous losses of manpower and material at the hands of one machine was unacceptable. The MN-18's was immediately halted and the new V model was rushed into production. Aside from some minor modifications and tune-ups to the original plans, it is the same design conceived a decade before when the MN-18 was facing performance problems.
The V model is a relatively new machine, but handles a lot better than the MN-18 and is accepted as being a faster model. The cockpit pod has been increased, and while it makes for a bulky target, it contained additional shock protection to keep the pilot comfortable during high-speed maneuvers. Better targeting equipment through the redesigned head model (Adapted from the Bulava-B) allows pilots to use thermal imaging and color, instead of being restricted to the basic unit carried over from the KR-14.
The unit has yet to see combat. Fresh MN-18Vs have been deployed to several orbital stations, though they are mostly being distributed from Space Station Five. They have yet to see battle against the Lunar Units, though the MN-18Vs carry the same armaments as their predecessors (laser cannons, small-arms rifles, rail-guns, etx.)
(Had a sketch of this for a long while, since I thought the MN-18 was too spindly, but none of the sketches I liked. I guess that page from Yamashita's book did wonders eh?)