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.
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 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
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 Östlund)
New pencil illustration, digital inks, FOIL concept re-design/re-imagining and colors by Mike Majestic Photoshop CS3
Rather than dump a pile of these all at once I'm spacing them out going into the new year. For Febuary we have another new FOIL paint, this one the sleek Oshen Atha Dharma sporting what ended up a sorta Zeta Plus homage color scheme (wasn't the plan just ended up that way) in grays and blues.
This guy is another collaboration, of sorts, between myself and as Karl actually came up with the forward head design (the head apart from the housing cowl. It can pop out and forward). When I sent him an early WIP he asked, "Can I has doodle?" and I was, "Go for it". The result was the head design so I kept it pretty much unchanged.
Initially posted as line art you can see the line-work here: [link]
The 5th gen Oshen Atha Dharma RES-CM is FOIL design evolution at it's apex. The result of over a century of FOIL development all converging on this bold new direction to meet an even bolder and more dangerous threat than ever before. Once again we have a FOIL with the naming conventions directly influenced by the growing sendai Hindai movement. The Atha Dharma is aptly named wedding the common understanding of the term Dharma, as "duty" with the true meaning of Dharma; natural law. The Faedi face duty with the unyielding honor and Oshen has always expressed design philosophy as "in concert with the natural flow". Some of that philosophy is reflected in some cryptic Latin passages on the FOIL markings.
Oshen is a company renowned for the finest taedus systems in the SOL system and their highly sought after custom combat FOILs. Any pilot skilled, enough to bond with an Oshen FOIL, as his combat frame, would be confronted with great caution on the battlefield. Oshen had always been a company manufacturing, one of a kind, custom masterworks but the situation that confronted Polemos during the "Siege of the Black Son" changed all that rather dramatically. As the looming threat, that facilitated the evolution of FOILs into the 5th generation, approached Oshen took a proactive leading role in developing the technologies that became synonymous with the 5th gen FOILs. It could be said that Oshen was responsible for the 5th gen evolution. This was the first time Oshen mass produced their products but they did so with no less emphasis on the finest quality and reliability. Although mass produced Oshen's flair for visual design still shines through as mutated deco pastiches are seen subtly throughout.
One of the few mass produced FOILs by Oshen themselves (not including machines made in collaboration with other companies like Dies) the Atha Dharma is an incredibly formidable FOIL. The machine, like the (previously posted) Nal-Farbute (also by Oshen partnered with Dies) is equipped with a powerful RES counter measures sensor array and radome. A common feature of 5th gen FOILs are these new, enigmatic, jamming devices, but jamming what? That's for another time.
For the hi-res do the full view download.
Pencil illustration digitally inked with paints in Photoshop CS3
Nicknamed the Fiddler, on account of its crablike body and having one weapon significantly larger than the other.
7.62mm minigun as its coax gun. 20mm vulcan cannon. 30mm autocannon 3 shot missile launcher with 1 set of reloads. Missile ammo can be freely swapped between ATGMs, SAMs, and special purpose scout drone scattering missiles. Anti Missile Laser Defense pod. heavy duty winch. manipulator arms active countermeasure deployment system aerial deployment transport hitch fully enclosed cockpit an angry cartoon crab that WILL give you cancer
As land based mecha began to replace tanks and other ground vehicles in the mid 21st century, the need for more versatile designs took shape. The Daitochi, capable of high mobility and target versatility fills the role as a ground supremacy unit un the modern battlefield. Its main armaments include a 40 mm "charged" vulcan cannon, and an anti armour/anti aircraft MIRV system. Its secondary weapon system includes a .50 cal canopy mounted machine gun, with optional direct control, or remote control and various defense and reactive units. The Daitochi are manned by crews of 3, the pilot, gunner, and captain, and all of whose roles are assisted by a combat AI to increase their battlefield effectiveness. First used extensively by the IDF in 2064, the Daitochi proved its effectiveness fighting in the harsh regions of the middle east, and has ever since been used extensively by allied nations across the world.
Been meaning to finish this one for awhile. This one was done completely in photoshop, no scanned line work for once.
Its smaller than the others, more like an exo-suit. The pilots arms are exposed, Hopefully you can make it out haha.
Uhm its intended primarily for law enforcement, riot control, highway patrol lol. Stuff like that. Its claws are extendable and retractable, and weapons on the arms can be switched out between lethal, non-lethal, and teargas canisters or such.
A demo done for a friend. For this sketch, we were designing a companion character for a video game idea. One of our influences was dog from HL2. The basic idea of this was to have a character that would help the player traverse their environment.
The pack in the back would carry supplies, and the appendages maybe can be interchangeable with different tools, depending on the situation.