Unlike Stratus, I've never made a proper version of Shadow. Nari Varayana is the pilot for this Craft.
Shadow is the codename given by Nari after he acquired this Craft. This Heavy Artillery Craft Series 10 (HAC - 10), has a right arm rifle port, and the unit is built for heavy recoil and endurance, which allows it to carry missiles and a heavy artillery rifle.
After Nari acquired this Craft and was not able to sell it to an arms dealer. He later adapts this Craft as his main and replaces the previous rifle attachment on Shadow, which was damaged during the raid. The new rifle is a custom nameless attachment designed by Winston - Nari's engineer. The rifle has been known to hit targets over 21 km, and shoots standard tank shells with slight modifications.
The Shadow can replace its lower legs with land tracks and be converted into a FORTRESS class Craft. The legs and arm + rifle port can be replaced by flight capable attachments and parachutes and be converted into a VALKYRIE class Craft.
Basic concept idea is a tank that can walks. Before going with some scribbles a friend request popping in and i thought it is pretty good to use his cool idea, so then I decide it's going to be the Russian T series. It's not so bad to make a little drama in it so I put some dirt, sky, and a little Antonov Mriya up there just for dropping this so called "tank".
The Mars Military Mech shares a similar frame to the Earth Military Mech, with added Martian technology. It mounts a variety of sensor pods and gear, and each arm can be equipped with punching blades for close combat.
This continues the tradition of "no human hands." The blade unit slides onto the forearm and then the grey clamps at the end of the arm grab onto the back of the blade.
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
A return to some color work with this pair of sendai saedus (SADUS) types.
S.A.D.U.S. (self aware defense utility system) as noted in a few previous postings are not the most stable types and this pair is no exception. Clearly they've both been engaged in violence and the path of blood wake. Though, typically, smaller than humans SADUS can be extremely violent and dangerous. Unless you're armed with AP SABOT rounds in your shettier things can get dicey. Best to have a taedus use partner around to deal with these edgy things.
The Gavil fellow, on the left, is a late 4th gen period body style. The one of the right, a 5th gen Jeindel. The designs of sendai can often verge on the absurdly weird and these fall somewhere in that territory. SADUS often verge on the visually strange which has also been criticized to potentially effect their behavioral issues. Even the 5th gen SADUS are prone to erratic behavior so one wonders why? Apparently they forgot their bib when chowing down on the pasta... oh, wait, that's blood. DOH!
These two were actually sitting in the hard drive for awhile now and I finally got round to finishing them off. They were based on the original roughs in these thumbs: [link] You'll see them both in the lower left side. More work pending...
Digitally inked blown up pencil thumbs digitally colored in CS3
Morning folks! Another brand new full color 5th gen FOIL beastie happinin' now! Here's the full paint of the, previously posted as line work, Atra Satus. You can view the earlier line art posting here: [link]
The Atra Satus is an early 5th generation FOIL so this example has actually seen quite a bit of action, which is evidenced by the amount of wear and tear the machine has. As many of the late 4th gen and 5th gen FOILs have this machine has the nano-mesh armored covering that acts much like a flexible fabric but is actually incredibly resilient and resistant to many of the previously employed offensive FOIL weaponry. This isn't to say the FOIL can't still be damaged in an attack, it's just that this mysterious new form of armor was quite effective and soon became one of the defining visual cues of a 5th gen machine. It should be noted though that most of the 5th gen FOILs that have been shown so far are, more or less, the stock configuration. All of the circular ports you typically see on a 5th gen's limbs are actually caps for equipment ports for adding custom armor or additional gear. If the FOIL crew wants additional armor beyond the nano-mesh then they can deck the FOIL out even further. Examples of this will likely appear later this year.
Also of note are the reactive armor plates on the shoulders, hip armor, and calves. These plates look relatively cleaner and newer than the rest of the FOIL, this is due to the fact that the reactive plates are often rotated out once they reach a point of instability (if they aren't detonated in an attack first of course), thus they must have recently added new plates to this machine. Another thing of note is the apparent lack of swords seen with many 5th gen FOILs, this is due to the changing nature of FOIL warfare and the new threat that the 5th gen machines were designed to counter. FOILs began to shift to shettier weaponry and other forms of gear, however many 5th gen crews still retained their love of the blade so the sword was, by no means, abandoned as a FOIL weapon.
This guy got the full scuffing up treatment and has a pile of layers of just dirt and rust tones, both opaque and in multiply mode. Also a return to more military paints rather than the kicky-go-faster vibe of the Mana Vishu. There's a lot of subtle and obvious textures on this one, so a full view is best to see all that, again...
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Detailed out digital ink refinement of this FOIL thumb (Top left): [link] with digital colors in Photoshop CS3.