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Destiny Gundam's Akatsuki by sandrum Destiny Gundam's Akatsuki by sandrum
Series: Gundam Seed Destiny (Destiny Astray, etc)

This deviation is actually half of a larger image that I cut and decided to submit in this manner. The Akatsuki half is here.

This is the Destiny Gundam I built some time ago. Unlike the Strike Freedom (WOW FROM LAST YEAR) I didn't do much to this machine. Some extra nooks and crannies and a little more "pseudo-frame" detail under some parts but other than that it's somewhat similar to the master grade which came out last year. In general I'm not very fond of the Destiny as it is -- for some reason the lack of symmetry in the backpack doesn't sit right with me. It's interesting how the Destiny Gundam has less optionally equipped armament than the "Impulse Destiny" -- though the latter has "available onboard" power than the former.

Developed under the direction of Supreme Plant Council Chairman Dullandal Gilbert, the beginnings of this machine were rooted in the Impulse and its ubiquitous "Silhouette System" - for which weapons laden backpacks could be switched out mid sortie in order to extend and broaden its versatility. The base Impulse featured the Force, Sword and Blast Silhouettes which allowed for various mission specific ablitlies and it was thought that combining them into a single silhouette (ala the I.W.S.P striker for the x105 and its variants) would = profit and so (it is known that) 4 of those experimental packs were created for trial purposes and dubbed the "Destiny Silhouette" thereby giving the installed system "Destiny Impulse". All 4 were less then phenomenal as they drained energy from the Impulses capacitor very quickly - the Impulses backpacks each employed 2 of every weapon and put additional strain on the Impulse's design. Thus development for the Destiny Impulse was scrapped and designers decided to start fresh, creating a mobile suit from scratch that would be built to withstand the demands needed to cope with the design elements posed in the Destiny Silhouette system. Dullandal requested that the engineers develop the suit with the best technology developed at that time -- technology that was prohibited by the JUNIUS TREATY which prevents certain technologies from being used in Mobile Suits -- Specifically Nuclear Reactors and Mirage Colloid. They created a Nuclear / Hyperdeuteron hybrid system and applied a different form of Mirage Colloid stealth technology. A version of the propulsion system originally developed by the DSSD for the mobile suit GSX401FW-STARGAZER (see Mobile Suit Gundam Seed: Stargazer) called Voitre Luminear was successfully constructed and installed into the new unit giving it the ability to sustain high speed movement at which time it would be able to spread "Wings of Light". Further weapons developments allowed the evolution of even the beam gun for this new machine which uses a design not yet seen by mobile suits until now solidifying the new Gundam's system as that of a completely new generation. Though the machine is labeled a "2nd Stage system", judging on pure performance it is technically more correct to label it a 3rd stage or higher. ZAFT designers intentionally removed the [A] from the model number -- ("A" implies the use of a Nuclear powered engine) and instead replaced it with [S] which meant that the machine was a 2nd stage system -- thus, instead of ZGMF-X42A it was relabeled ZGMF-X42S. The "Legend" model number is similarly modified. The "Destiny Gundam" was subsequently presented to ass pilot Shinn Asuka, who previously piloted the Impulse Gundam. It is explained that due to Asuka's increasing skills the Impulse was unable to adequately keep up with the pilot's ability and so battle data obtained from his piloting that machine are used in the design and programming of the Destiny -- which is charged with being more than able to keep up with Asuka's speed and ability. Although the unit is more than enough for an ordinary pilot to handle, because of combat data obtained from Shinn Asuka's time in the Impulse being used as reference for the Destiny the unit is at its absolute strongest if Asuka is the pilot -- and in this it can be said that the Destiny is a "custom built" machine (as opposed to the Legend which basically anyone could pilot).


Anyway, I never put anything out for the destiny so here "something" is -- even if it jerks ya for being too "full of stuff" again. By the way, the "Murasame" in the rear I didn't do much to.... Just threw them in.

Ver 1.1 -> Moved Destiny to the right a bit, removed the faulty lens flair, sharpened the BG a little (may not match the Akatsuki deviation anymore

Software: Lightwave (modeling, rendering), Photoshop (UV texturing, throwing everything together), Hexagon2 (some UV's)

Gundam is (c) Bandai, Sunrise, Sotsu Agency
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heavy147 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Badass work
AnimeGero Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Aww Shinn... you would have been such an awesome member of the Three Ship Alliance if you only have used your discretion and didn't constantly brute on about how Orb couldn't 'save' your family (when they actually tried to doing everything they could).
Such good potential too.
GameTagger457 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the Gundam, hate the pilot.
demonokra Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
goodjob! :D
DEVIL-CELL Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
You can't stop this boyah!
Strike805 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Third favorite gundam
gaunt007 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
sweet jeebus...[link]
AllegroRubato Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
Shinn was the worst.

I was so glad when Athrun kicked his ass, yet I still felt like he didn't get his ass kicked enough. In the end, he should have gotten a harsher punishment than he did.
AAHW Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
so cool!!!!!!
lylecore Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
shinn asuka, destiny, ikimasu!
akays1991 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i luv the storyline more!
ErkiB Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
It looks awesome, how do you even create these fantastic images?
WarbossWolf Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
This is so cool! I love Gundam so much!
It kind of looks like it has a energy version of a chain sword from dawn of war
LoneLyAveNgeR Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
So awesome.:wow: Just speechless.
saiho2 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
It's head is ugly
brunodesign1206 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional Interface Designer

really this is very very good...
i love Gundam.. ^^

mobilesuitsoldier Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
dude your art rocks keep it up. :+fav:
ApeCape92 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I allways love this pic very much and keep up the good work
StormCloudSeven Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Very very very professional work. Definitely impressive and inspiring keep it up
mechaddictXD Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011   Digital Artist
If only my gunpla destiny is as detailed as this. great job.
spacezillazon Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome good look,details,colors,effects! that's a cool action scene just amazing good job
Aniulka1126 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
x19a Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Def. Would like to see the Akatsuki and this one in one pic, tho...
Cloud-nix Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
yay Destiny Gundam! :shocked: looks so real. Great work man
LordCastigator Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
Awesome job on this man! I don't think the background's too cluttered, i think it's right where it's designed to be, right in the heart of the battle.

The Destiny's such a cool machine, I used it as the basis for my custom machine, a heavily armed Gundam based off a Destiny kit...
Insaneaphobe Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Just awesome time and time again
Finchzero Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
good god thats fantastic

please come visit my page and see my stuff next time you have the love to have your opinion on what i have
Arachnider Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
wow!!!! please tell me how yo make it!!! how to make such a drawing!!!
angelcloz Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
o man.. this is awesome.. akatsuki will be always one of my fav gundam model..
you done it great!!
yenalartist Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
very nice!
chrisnfy85 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
man...u build all those gundam urself??AWESOME!!!!!! XD
GeroGundam Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009
Wow, nice! The model itself looks so good! It's an MG right?
Agito191 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
You did an outstanding job. The Destiny is my favorite mobile suite.
tsundere-kun Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
Oh hot damn, this is nice.
t0nkatsu Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, each one of your pics surprises me more and more... nice work with the Destiny!
longai Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
one of my favorite gundam n u did such a wonderful job!!
nahumreigh Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
yer getting better and better and better and better and better and better and better and better.....
TWILTHERO Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
Damn, this is frigging awesome!
FeeNixFlaim Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
u do some beutiful work man.....damn now my art sux more
Shinora Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
wow man, this is probably my newest favourite.

keep up the great work, looking forward to more from you
aniphx Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008  Student Interface Designer
Rarely have I seen Gundams looks so good. I like the matte look here. Being shiny is nice, but if you think about it, Gundams rarely stay shiny after fighting. And the intricate detail would make me insane to attempt myself, so props to you for having the ability. ^^
DarkSlytherin Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet work. I like the background immensely.
KurayamiTamashii Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008
I'm more captivated by the smoke than the gundam =X :D
QioDen Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hey! how have you been? is it possible for you to post the two pic in a bigger image joined together?
sandrum Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I decided not to do that for DeviantArt. I cheapened out and cut it in two for two times the fun ;p
aznswordmaster1 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008  Student General Artist
Dang Destiny looks awesome in this, how long does it take you to do one of these?
sandrum Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Somewhere within the span of a month...give or take. Balancing life, work, and family... then gundam. ;p
aznswordmaster1 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008  Student General Artist
Thats a long time, one month. XD
Aldark Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want your skillz. XD

Gundam is the best mecha ever...... <.<
sandrum Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My "skillz" aren't much to speak about, but thank ya! :star:
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