Some painting practice + aerosaur weirdness
Playing with the "subtle biomech" thing more - I came across a cool shot of a pair of aggressor F-5s taking off and couldn't help but see the landing gear like the outstretched claws of a bird of prey.
As mimics of the modern world, they would spend a lot less time blasting around as these draconic monsters and generally keep their presence a little more clandestine, in their vehicle form. That said, it's kinda hard to mask a roaring pair of jets
The F-5 is such a neat aircraft. It may not have been the biggest and baddest thing out there when it was made, but its simplicity has a beauty all on its own.
Reference from: airwingspotter.com/kafw-spotti…
In this particular world too, an un-piloted (but still intelligently controlled) target would be even more difficult to fight against, since not having a pilot allows that aircraft to pull much more extreme maneuvers that would knock a human pilot out. It's also more representative of what they might end up fighting against - in this case, the US military isn't the only power to have biomech technology being used for defense purposes. Which also means that yes, these autonomous biomech units also have a safety feature built into them - they have implanted explosives (and in some cases, a nanovirus that is designed to attack the biomech processor directly) that will detonate/release if they threaten humans and/or human-piloted biomechs.
And if these biomechs are originally made by man, what gives them individuality, personality, and sentience? What's your 'ghost in the machine'?
And it gets more complicated than that. The more animal-like rogues are the ones who are the most short-lived, the smarter sentient machines know how to stay under the radar and mask their presence in plain sight. It actually benefits many of the machines to keep their bond with mankind, for resources. But at some point the tables turn.
Their origin is actually more complex, the originals are created by the Drekir, their spacetome-history "woven" from the Aether into their material forms. Mankind just took what they found and went crazy with modifying them, initially because of their uses for warfare, later as an opportunity to create autonomous transportation networks far earlier than in our timeline.
Ive always been a big fan of the US agressor squadron aircraft and their color schemes so I love this piece so much
And yes!! The aggressor colors are fabulous and so varied as well. They were a joy to paint!
And truthfully...on the thumbnail, I thought it was a photograph at first...and even after clicking, I still had to do a bit of a double take lol.
Those toothy maws are awesome.
TOOTHY FACES ARE GOOD. Thanks!
"ACT LIKE A PLANE. THE HOO-MANS WILL NEVER KNOW!"