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Kicking off the return of the older generation full armor style FOILs is the full color paint of the Dies Quattra Val. The line art version was the last work posted and can be seen here: [link]

The Dies Quattra Val was a 3rd gen medium CAV (cavalry) FOIL of exceptional performance and flexibility. These were fierce machines with proud faedai and human pilots wielding them in battle. The Quattra Val was an agile combat platform and extremely well suited to it's role wielding bladed weapons making it a formidable foe in close quarters. Dies manufactured considerable numbers of this machine with various refinements throughout the seemingly unending years of FOIL warfare.

The example pictured here is an alpha (a) Quattra Val. The machine was in service with the Polemon Vulne Consortium forces. The faded red ringed planet graphic depicts The Polemon "Crimson Trust" blid krieg (12 FOIL squad. A mutation of ancient German Blood War. Earth and much of human history has vanished). This machine is also flying banners on shoulder flag mounts. The segmented armor plating on the arms allows the ability for extending the reach the machine has and more flexibility and close quarters (also in deploying the shoulder mounted swords). 112 has clearly seen a lot of action and, going by the kill markers on the right leg armor plate it looks like this crew has gotten 14 duel victories. The machine's classel armor and faded paint has a great deal of wear during its service.

I've been wanting to return to doing some of the older style FOILs for some time. I've also been looking forward to painting these older style FOILs because, naturally, due to being older machines they would be a lot more scuffed up from their extensive years of service. Plus, I love beating the crap outta them during the weathering paint pass.

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Detailed and refined ink based off of pencil thumbnail (likely to be posted in a batch later). Colors on Photoshop CS3.

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First full paint Theos combat FOIL for 2013... for Febuary we get the Oshen-Dies Mana Vishu in sexy red with go faster stripes livery.

The Mana Vishu is another 5th gen high performance combat FOIL. The, now familiar, visual cues are all to be seen here; covered limbs with customization ports, aggressively sleek aeroframe body with an emphasis on speed and visually implied forward momentum (some fractal futurist/cubist surfaces), an enigmatic sensor array (the device with the forward antennae behind the head cowl), and performance stats tailored toward a mysterious new looming threat. This is another example of renowned taedus and FOIL manufacturer Oshen teaming up with it's former main competitor (in terms of sheer quality though still unmatched by Oshen) in order to meet this looming perceived threat with the best technology Polemos has to offer in order to confront it. Oshen was a proactive force in developing the 5th generation evolution of FOILs. Many suspected Oshen had inside information regarding the threat that was coming and, thus, took bold steps to prepare. Another example of the Oshen-Dies partnership is the RES CM Nal-Farbute FOIL seen here: [link]

I had fun working on this one, been wanting to do another red one for some time and this seemed perfect for it.

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Detailed out digital ink refinement of this FOIL thumb (middle right row): [link] with digital colors in Photoshop CS3.

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Kicking off March with the next wave of TKP combat FOILs and a return to the earlier generation full armor design aesthetics.

Here we have the line art presentation of the Dies 3rd GEN (mid period) Quattra Val CAV FOIL. I actually havent posted the batch of thumbs this design originated from but as with others it's a hi-res ink finish of a thumb blow-up. Full color version with details to follow.

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>>> Transmission start... June's full color FOIL: Ileman-Loch's Tromos Impactra dropping now...

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The 3rd gen Ileman-Loch Tromos Impactra (Tromos; Greek for Terrible so a hodgepodge naming of Terrible Impact)was a hard hitting medium multi-role combat FOIL. This Vulne Consortium forces (Polemon forces opposing Indus) example is occupying a sniping role. The FOIL is carrying a high velocity shettier using anti-FOIL SABOT rounds. Considering the size of a combat FOIL (they can range from 45 to 55 feet high depending) this rifle is essentially a long range cannon with devastating power. This FOIL crew's role is long to medium range target acquisition (for straight infantry they would be equipped with close range shetteir weapons) so they are using targeting and ranging sendai drones. The drones, amusingly named Nick and Nack by the pilot, would assist in a wide range of combat data assessment but their primary job would be target acquisition assistance and windage/ranging data. The pilot, or even possibly the Faedai (sendai control entity that is the biological consciousness of the FOIL) have added various personalizations on the rifle. There are kill markers and a rather direct message to their Indus opponents scrawled along the barrel grip. There is also a sun charm bit of jewelry hanging from the barrel of the weapon.

This FOIL has seen combat, off and on, for nearly a century so it's been re-painted, re-outfitted, and re-crewed many times over. Here it's in a mottled jungle/forest camo pattern that it's worn for decades and the wear and tear is becoming evident. The pin-up girl on the right shoulder say's "G' Golly Miss Molly" and was certainly put there by the current human Pilot Glend Anders. The markings are more tribal in vibe and sparse, just as there are minimal TAC markers and identifiers. The Vulne Consortium V (our studio name came from the fictional Vulne Consortium of Polemos) above the 213 TAC number, left shoulder armor, clearly indicates this is a Polemon forces unit though.

I went to town on this guy just beating the hell outta the surface with dirt, grime, rust, dust, chips, etc. As odd as it might sound I find myself in a very zen mode when painting that stuff. More and more I find how I paint these is likely similar-ish to how modelers paint armor, sci-fi kits, etc. Pretty much all of the weathering is done by hand, rust, chips, and so on. Added washes of grime and dirt I use various custom grunge brushes I made myself and a few found on the internet. The markings and pin-up girl (drawn larger and shrunk) were done by hand as well (the TAC numbers and various bits of text are Photoshop fonts of course). The kill markers on the rifle were created by :icongenocidalpenguin: (which he amusingly titled Kill Yar for the file name) originally for the Schnellgail FOIL. This one has layers of dirt and a lot of subtle erasing away (with those custom grunge brushes I made) of the camo and markings in order to sufficiently fade them for more added wear and tear. The lighting is not what I'd call overly dramatic but more soft and slightly overcast dusk so the details of the design remain clear.

This is a full color version of the previously posted line art Tromos Impactra to be seen here: [link] This is also a fully realized update of this earlier FOIL thumb to be seen in this collection of rather rough props thumbs: [link]

Detailed and refined ink based off of pencil thumbnail (to be posted in a batch later). Colors on Photoshop CS3.

I've been crazy busy on something very cool for the future of TKP so posts might be a bit random for a bit but there's a really good reason ;) More work pending without question though. Transmissions to continue... >>>
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>>> Transmission start.... continued FOILology as we drop the updated Kunst Flam FOIL in full color paint. The line art version can be seen here: [link]

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The Jiendel-Gavil Kunst Flam (Artful Note or Drumbeat) 3rd gen models were built during a time of technological experimentation and visual flamboyance in FOIL design. The Kunst Flam were medium CAV FOILs with a sleek light frame built for speed and lighting strikes. The Kunst Flam was labeled a CAV (Cavalry) FOIL but was more than capable in multiple roles and infantry duties (FOILs, in general, typically were but those specifically carrying the CAV moniker were often upheld as true stars of combat; political maneuvering by the edge of the blade in the fog of war).

The machine pictured here is T.A.C. number Alpha 42 decked out in a forest/winter style camo pattern. The nose art shows a blue "Fire Wolf". Right behind the yellow nose marking, under the Fire Wolf, is a faded collection of kill markings (Yellow Eye of SOL suns, thus making this a Vulne Consortium machine, though unmarked as such). The custom head cowl on this model is one of the Jiendel Gavil fixed style. Often these custom heads would have some kind of visual flourishes derived from long forgotten art movements of humanities past mixed with the trends current in SOL at the time. Here we have some slight touches of futurist cuts and curves in the forward face area. Staying true to it's name, the "artful notes" are present.

The Kunst Flam was a very popular combat platform with FOIL crews (both faedai and human pilots alike) and the 3rd gen models were still in service all the way into the 5th gen period, so many Kunst Flams had over 100 years in the field (not nonstop mind you). Many of these FOILs were gobbled up by aristocratic collectors and FOIL pilots that acquired enough wealth to move into collecting in their retirement from the field. This was a very coveted model.

The example here is a Kunst Flam that participated in the Siege of the Black Son. Many older FOILs were brought back into service to help face the terrifying threat the faced Polemon's during that time. Equipped with many new sensors and devices to combat their mysterious new enemies quite a few of these older generation FOILs fought ferociously when the siege began.

This is an updated version of the original Kunst Flam full paint design (it needed an update pretty badly): [link]

This one was a blast to paint so there are a lot of subtle details in the weathering, markings, etc. Please hit DOWNLOAD for a full resolution view.

Detailed and refined ink based off of pencil thumbnail (likely to be posted in a batch later). Colors on Photoshop CS3.

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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...

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the design was a very direct collaboration between :icongenocidalpenguin: 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 ;)

Stay tuned...

Original design concept foundation by :icongenocidalpenguin: (Karl Ístlund)

New pencil illustration, digital inks, FOIL concept re-design/re-imagining and colors by Mike Majestic Photoshop CS3
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I've actually been pretty busy with various things so far in yonder 2012-opolypse much of which is working on mastering 3D. I have managed to sneak in some new FOIL paints, Harma Bhatra being the first and now this bad boy. Expect others to follow ;)

The first posting of this FOIL was a mono-chromatic pseudo-ad kind of presentation.

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With a line art presentation to follow:

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I had always intended to do a full color version and, along with a lot of other works soon to drop, it's finally here. This would be the combat painted version of the Nal-Farbute featured in the original fictional ad.

The design of the FOIL is all me, however I consider this one somewhat of a a collab as :icongenocidalpenguin: provided it's name.

Nal-Farbute: (Fierce striking needle) sorta old Swedish/Danish/Norwegian/Icelandic

As I've noted before, naming conventions in TKP straddle from accurate meaning to mixed up and inaccurate (which is intentional to keep their sense of history fractured).

The Nal-Farbute is not quite an ECM or EWAC system but something more specific to events unfolding in Theos Ke Polemos during the Siege of the Black Son. This machine is a 5th generation FOIL, through and through. Nal-Farbute is also the result of Oshen and Dies going into partnership in order to deal with the new threats facing the Polemon theater. So having the two most respected FOIL manufacturers behind this machine means it's a formidable beast indeed. This places the machine in the Siege of the Black Son period when FOILs, and Polemos itself, are in a fight for survival.

For the new full color version I went with a base of Dark O.D. greens in two-tone adding a faded, weather beaten, layer of camouflage over some of the surfaces while maintaining the two-tone look in others. All the marking are the same as the original monochrome posting because this is the same FOIL only in full combat paints and with a few years worth of wear and tear weathering. I didn't change the line art much, save adding a slightly beefed up extra calf surface on the legs with the nano tube armor mesh.

There are, of course, added textures and parkerized armor surfaces all over the machine so, by all means do the full view download to see it more clearly. As with the previously posted Harma Bhatra this is hi-res

Pencil illustration digitally inked with paints in Photoshop CS3

Still more pending...

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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.

Gumbinnen's partner Heath Wuthering: [link]

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...

Digital inks and color in Photoshop CS3
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Recovering from an evil cold that kicked the crap outta me last week so this guy was actually planned to go up some time ago.

The Kharma Actura is another 5th gen creation of the collaborative efforts of Oshen and Dies. The result of their efforts continued to yield sleek and aggressive beasts such as the Kharma Actura. Aggressive lines with a minimalist approach. The efforts of Oshen and Dies resulted in some of the most refined and effective FOILs ever to grace the battlefields of Polemos. Unfortunately these faedai were of the last of the era of the FOILs as their time was approaching it's close.

The name Kharma Actura is the result of the growing influence of the sendai Hindai movement. Obviously with some connection to Hinduism of humanities ancient past the Hindai movement is something that began entirely with the sendai and with them the first pangs of the return of some form of tangible spiritualism in SOL begin.

On the design of this guy I have to cite :icongenocidalpenguin: as influencing aspects of it's look as I decided to mash up some visual cues between the two of us on a few of the current FOILs I had been working on. Obviously it's the legs with this fella that has some aspect of GP's touch though I did my own thing, as I always do, and what resulted was this :) There is a pretty epic Vulne/GP FOIL pending posting so stay tuned.

Blown up light boxed pencil thumb with digital ink clean ups. Color in Photoshop CS3.

More pending as my brain recovers it's lucidity.

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Ileman-Loch's 5th generation Light Strike FOIL Aetarius was produced in the same time period the previously posted Ileman-Loch Auaris-SOMR (Special Operations Multi Role) combat FOIL. They both share some slight cosmetic similarities and are both high mobility machines designed for combat operations requiring speed and precision. Beyond that though the Aetarius is more of a workhorse front line machine. Slightly heavier on armor than the Auaris-SOMR Aetarius is quite capable of taking punishment. Aetarius is somewhat of a beefed up high speed infantry FOIL at heart though quite capable with bladed weapons.

The example pictured here is a Polemon machine in service of the Free SOL allied forces that stand in the face of the Siege of the Black Son. It sports pattern breaker on the covering on the limbs and tonal variation breaker on the blue gray body panels. It's carrying an assault stein shettier rifle manufactured by Dies. It's highly likely the FOIL also sports a good deal of Dies parts as well.

The Latin text under the FOIL is actually on the FOIL, placed there by the Pilot and Faedai, it say's, "Reality is an illusion. Awaken from the dream." I also should note the name Aetarius was coined by :icongenocidalpenguin: as a play of Aquarius. He thought the FOIL's legs had a bell bottom vibe so the name kinda spawned from there :) Also will note there are GenoPeng/Vulne FOIL collabs coming soon ;)

Blown up light boxed pencil thumb with digital inks clean up. Colors in Photoshop CS3. Background "star field" is a copyright free image and the only element I didn't draw.

More work to come...
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