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ROBOTECH: VFA-6A Max Type

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So this is a bit out of my comfort zone, but after 30+ years of in-action I thought I'd take crack at some hallowed ground.  Maybe those of you who give a shit can tell me how I've done...Let me know what you think of my take on The REF!  You want to see more?  Say so! ; ) 

Max Sterling, Commander Aerospace Wing Expeditionary Forces (CAG-EF), stands by his newly minted VFA-6A, successor to the VF-1 in RDF/REF service in his CVR-1P Armor  (P for Pilot use).  Performance trials would show the "Alpha" fighter, as it came to be known, outclassed its predecessor the Valkyrie, and blew away the Army of the Southern Cross' economical VF-8 Logan.  The Pioneer mission to Tirol departed supremely confident it had the Mecha it needed to carry its mission the the Master's homeworld.  In practice, the first generation Alpha fighter would acquit itself well, mainly due to leadership and training, despite being designed to face the Master's Bioroid Mecha on the advice of Lords Breetai and Exedore.  In fact they were found to be be superior mecha to the weakened forces of Tirol, but soon proved inadequate against hordes of the Invid Regent's Scouts and Shock Troopers.  Later Alpha developments would see an increase in Mini-missile load-outs and advanced multi-ship targeting that would achieve parity against the swarm tactics of the Invid.  Many early battles between the REF's Pioneer Forces and the Invid's occupational forces would demonstrate the weaknesses of the first Alpha Fighters, and necessary improvements would follow as the war against the Invid continued.

Original Sketch, ink, and coloring in Manga Studio 5.

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RoyalKnightVHobbyist General Artist
Very nice work, sinxe you dont have to comply with big west you could make Max look like his old self.

Again I'm very surprised HG, really the toy licensee, hasn't released VF alphas in Max, Miriya ET al colors & retools. Seems like a wasted opportunity.
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Thanks Royal.  I agree and that was my intent.  Pure Robotech, legal issues aside.  Sad that we'll never see this though...
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Chris-Alvarez General Artist
Love this. My one nitpick is that Max has the shorter haircut during the Sentinels era.
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Thanks Chris! its my own take since no one else at HG seems to care anymore.

Yeah, I hated how he looked in Sentinels.  And Sentinels isn't canon anymore...
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RoyalKnightVHobbyist General Artist
Yeah I know they had to change their looks because of legal reasons but they could've tried other designs!
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tkdrobertHobbyist Digital Artist
Looks great.
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bioscythe2Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!
dredwulf60's avatar
Man, you know and love your Robotech.  I can really appreciate the talent and work you put into these.  Your fan credibility is through the roof!
I am so impressed to see a Skull Squadron alpha with a Max Sterling standing next to it with early REF flight suit.
Pioneer mission insignia and everything.
Outstanding.
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Thanks Dred!  I appreciate the kind words.  I DO know and love my Robotech, my friend...
blacklion68's avatar
Nicely done. Hope to see more!Clap 
LemurianGuard's avatar
Quite good.
moongremmy's avatar
Looks like your armor might be based on uRRG's cvr-1 [from Robotech the movie, I think] mixed with the Sentinels flight suit, nice melding of the two.
What's confusing though is there is an armor, atmospheric suit really, in the Macross Saga which looks a lot like the cvr from Mospeada and Wolfe is wearing another somewhat similar design in a flashback. There's so much of Robotech that HG has neglected or needs some tweaking, glad talented artist such as yourself are taking up the mantle.
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Wow, very slick. Like Max's flightsuit, CVR-1/2/Sentinels inspired?
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Thanks Wraith!  Yes the Armor is inspired by some obscure concept art, and I've applied my own interpretation for a pilot-type CVR-1 or CVR-2 armor that might have equipped an early Pioneer mission.
X1Commander's avatar
Nicely drawn.  The colors are perfect, and fits Max's style very nicely.
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Thanks X1, that was the goal!
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You're welcome.
mangamaniaciam's avatar
I miss watching this show on regular T.V.! Somewhere in one of my dozens of boxes, I've actually got an unassembled model of the Beta Fighter...somewhere...
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ROBOTECH is available on Amazon Prime Streaming, and also Crackle which is free!
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Just "crackle.com", or is it a funky one like"blank.ti"????
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Yes Crackle.com.  Its Sony's free streaming service also available as a free app on PS4.  Though the free service seems to be Standard definition and riddled with commercials.  I've been watching The Southern Cross with my daughter on Amazon and its great quality.  Amazon even has the original Japanese versions as an option too if you can stomach them. 
mangamaniaciam's avatar
Hmmm; okay, I gotta ask: What's the problem with the original Japanese version please??? Besides not having accurate subtitles I'm sure.
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Oh nothing is wrong with them, I just find them harder to watch.  Original Macross is the best, I just find the entire Macross series to be overly reliant on the musical emphasis of the franchise, which in my mind is pretty silly and worn out after SDF and the Macross Movie.  Southern Cross suffers from a bland music score, and fairly boring characters.  Its no wonder it failed in Japan.  MOSPEADA, I had high hopes for until I heard the original voice of Annie, at which point I could only stand about 5 min before I turned it off.  These are just my opinions, my tastes are just different from the mainstream fans I think. 
mangamaniaciam's avatar
No, every fan has a view point all their own!:) Yes, certain types of events Do overlap each other with fans. Yet that doesn't mean EVERY part of the show or book or comic or movie will make EVERY fans day!! I get your viewpoint VERY well!! I have NO love any longer for Disney shows nor movies any longer myself.
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