This is my banner for the upcoming con season. It's design to push my book The Calling and myself. It's still has to be lettered but i just had to post it. Thanks to scruffyronin [link] for bring life to my lines!
The Sunflower space colony was the first of the three to be completed, to serve and assist the construction of the other two space colonies of Project Earth. In spite of the failure of that global effort, Sunflower remained and became one of the economic hubs of the late 2400s.
As the UEPC gained prominence on the earth, some of the leaders on the Sunflower satellite began to fear that the earth would turn their military attentions to space. With no experience in constructing Axels of their own, a low-intensity project was started to create an axel design of their own to serve as one part of a space defense force. Even though Sunflower managed to ultimately become part of the UEPC, the Axel designs were completed and put on file. It remained indexed under the Sunflower manufacturing production code- SP (Self-produced) design 338. Model-A was the completed blueprints.
Over the years a few private inventors found the design and created their own models, which are broadly classified as B models. C is given to a half-hearted design to convert the unit into a construction assistance machine for the Veladus plan on Palifca (which called for the placement of huge solar pannels in an effort to export microwave energy).
The Mydeea would have remained a fantasy if the Agitators had not risen to power on Sunflower. The Magnate called for the formation of a self-defense army on the justification that Sunflower would have to protect itself from the rising global unrest already causing the UEPC problems. The Mydeea plans were revived and brought into full production.
The D model is considered the most modern version of the Mydeea and is the 'true' version. It lacks some new innovations in Axel technology within the past twenty years (ballistics jackets, gloves), but in performance trials it appears to be a balance between the land-only KR-14 series and both versions of the MN-18.
Actually found this axel in my files and decided to clean it up and finish it off.
As promised here is the full color posting of Gumbinnen Sems.
I posted the line art version of Gumbinnen a week ago and it can be seen here: [link]
Additionally relevant and noteworthy the recent Vulne Pro blog post covering Gumbinnen's development history (with examples of original Gumbee art from the 90s) as a design and, actually, the very first sendai: [link] If you're following the TKP work the blog is worth a look or follow.
This color version was actually completed at the time but I didn't want to bunch up the posts and wanted them to be separate presentations.
The concept of the taedai is pretty straight forward, they are the forward shield to the human partner in law enforcement and military applications. They are the forward investigations, the scout, the protector/body guard to their human user. A "use system" is the symbiotic neural bond between the human and taedus and often this bond is sent up in a way that benefits the human user more. In Gumbinnen and Heath's case it's a bond of mutual respect and Heath's relationship with Gumbee is more like a close friend.
With the colors we get a better sense of the varied materials and surfaces on Gumms (the bakelite textured mustard parts far more apparent in color now). It's clear he's a product of the late 4th gen to 5th generation of FOIL development so he falls somewhere in early 5th gen and R&D actually having begun in the late 4th gen period. Gumbinnen Sems is really Oshen's masterpiece taedus design and his record of service with Heath proves it. Both Gumbinnen and Heath have had a rather prestigious and storied career with the I.P.I.O. (Inter-bloc Private Investigations Organization).
Gumbinnen is a top of the line Myrmidon Phoenix combat Taedus use system. He has 360 degree full visual awareness with several neural streams managing the visual data so it's not simply a confused and jumbled mess. You can see some of his additional "eyes" on his shoulder armor and the center of the torso belly section. His head also has eyes in the rear not visible. Additionally there are optics built into the sensor/interface bars located on the shoulders. These sensor bars can interface with Omnisense terminals accessing data from the Omni-network, they can break into locks and systems (kinda like a hack but not in the cyberpunk sense), and they have additional senses of smell, touch, taste, etc. These devices can be swapped out with other specialized gear.
Also unseen on the illustration Gumbinnen has two additional sub arms built into his back capable of being armed. Being a 5th gen design the various circular "caps" on the limbs are covers for connection ports he can add additional gear and weapons. the shoulder has on of these ports, in the center, with the cap off. The bar hanging from the right rear calf is an additional sensor and there's only the one equipped as pictured. Again this kind of gear can be swapped out and customized to fit the situations at hand. The extra "toes" on the back of the writs are precisely that, additional climbing gear and hand to hand weaponry. The toes have built in lighters (taser like shocking weapons) to stun other sendai if need be. Gumbinnen is shielded from lighter attacks which is another indication of how high end he really is.
Due to his wide design (this would apply to Gedai Ya'eel as well) some doors and tight spaces can be problematic for Gumbinnen to physically explore himself (standards on doors etc. do exist but Indus is so old it's impossible for everything to comply) but this is't as much of an issue as it may seem. In situations a taedus can't proceed they will always send smaller drones that are just as capable in dealing with threats. Indus always presents frustrating problems to those in law enforcement anyway so they try to find clever solutions whenever possible. As noted in the postings regarding Wallriders those in Policer work hate the damn things. This is another important reason those in law enforcement work on Indus need taedus partners, they can get to locations of crime ahead of their human partners and many do fly. Being a high end custom model Gumbinnen does, indeed, have a facsimile of an Icar drive built in, so he's capable of flight. You can see intakes for his thrusters on his torso and in the thigh armor housings.
Gumbinnen Sems and his use partner Heath Wuthering are major characters in Badan Song so we'll be seeing more of them in the future. more to come...
Don't expect a lot of uploads in the next time. :/ I'm currently having a creative blockade and therefore focusing on other things like product design. This is a little robot friend, ideal for carrying lightbulbs as head, as mobile miniature greenhouse or aquarium. It was inspired by Nerd-Scribbles Terrarium Bots.
He was impressed with the OU series that he wanted a robot of his own. Took a while, but here it is, with three different armament configurations.
From L to R, LF-2X: Lunar Frame Experimental (The prototype) UGI-2'P': Pirate Lunar Frame (like the P7 model Axel, used by insurgents). UGI-2M: Military-use version (Task Force Damocles colors).
Alex tells me the design was created by bored engineers on the moon who watched too much Anime. The parts are crafted out of processed lunar rock by a 3D printing machine. With fuel assistance they can reach orbit, but unassisted they can leap pretty high. Most fighting done with the Usagi is hand-to-hand though.
This is the FSMG-12 Raptor. Also known as the buzzard to the Zygotian military. This is a Symbiotian unit thats tasked with a combination of ground and air roles. Its integrated flying packs keep the GA flight capable while external and internal hard points keep the Raptor well equipped for any situation. It's main weapons consist of a variety of arm mounted armament; such as the retractable claw pictured above. The claws unique ability of being able to fold out and then be "thrown" makes this the best medium/and CQC weapon available for this GA. When thrown it has a pair of thrusters that are attached to the base of the blade propelling the blades forward, while the thruster's thrust-vectoring capabilities and fins keep it stable in flight. It's reeled in by a tow cable attached to the weapon and the arm-mounting platform. It's size and weight allow the Raptor to have a range of about 2000 miles and the top speeds tend to be around the sub sonic areas. But pilots have been known to modify and equip the Raptors with stronger thrusters and flight units so that they have a range closer to 2.5k miles and break the sound barrier. this is the primary unit of the Symbiotian Air Force.
Performance: Land- 50 MPH Air- 600 MPH (With a range of 2000 miles) (When modified: 900 MPH with a range of 2500 miles) Marine- None (sinks)
slightly modified Heavygun I like the new era in UC you can see the advancement of mobile suit, miniaturizing and employing new technologies. The idea is cool in my opinion, it makes them lighter and faster just like in mobile suit gundam victory anime.