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12 Rifts Firearms - Vector Illustration by Seothen 12 Rifts Firearms - Vector Illustration by Seothen
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12 sci-fi firearms from the Rifts universe.  All done in Inkscape; I mostly kept faithful to the original designs, making changes here and there where it made sense (are only tiny trigger-fingered people allowed to use your guns, Vince Martin?)

This was further practice, getting me to think about how to approach in-game portraits for items, and see how long it takes for each.

It was interesting for me to see the disconnect between expectations and final designs - the guns I thought I couldn't miss with (pun unintended) are the ones I'm less happy with (Triax Rail Gun, NGR Pulse Laser).  Conversely the ones I wasn't expecting to be able to do much with I ended up being happy with (Manoan pistol, Naruni Rifle, Coalition Rifle).

My wife commented that people are going to think I'm a gun nut.  I said "Please, Jen - they prefer the term ammosexual."

Kyle Murphy, Inkscape, 2017
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Gunnut51 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Seothen Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017   General Artist
Well, the rifles sure do look cool!  But looking at them opens a can of worms.  Why do plasma guns, lasers and rail guns have bullet clips, and vented barrels, generally all the features of gunpowder firearms, but without the mechanical need for them?   (i.e. Do they kick back?  If not, why would they need sturdy stocks?)  

It's like in sci-fi space stories . . . why do space fighters have wings when there is no atmosphere?  Why does the pilot loop-de-loop with his head oriented to the center of the loop, as if he is using the feel of gravity to get his orientation? (i.e. in space he can loop-de-loop with his butt facing the center just as easily.  It's not done by feel; it's done by instrumentation, right?)

Lotta questions. No answers.  :( 
dragonfett Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018
Those "bullet clips" you were mentioning are battery backs called E-Clips. Not exactly sure what that bottle looking thing on the bottom of the rail gun is supposed to be, but that slot on the side is for a clip of some sort to go in (ammo or another battery pack to power the rails for the rail gun). As far as the butt stock goes, it's a stability issue. And I only count two weapons with solid stocks, one of which being the Techno-Wizard weapon.

As for you example of why do pilots do loop-de-loops going up instead of down, there are two very good and practical reasons to perform a loop in that direction. First and foremost, safety. The pilot can see above and often times behind them (depending on the construction of the plane). But they can not see beneath the plane. Secondly is G-Forces. When the pilot performs a steep climb (which is how one would start the loop), they are placed under positive G-Forces from centrifugal force pushing the pilot from the inside of turn to the outside. But with the dive (as a pilot would be doing to start the theoretical loop-de-loop going down), they are already on the turn. It is this very property that NASA uses for their astronaut training Vomit Comet (a large plane that goes through a series of climbs to gain altitude and dives to expose the astronauts to negative G-Forces to give them the feeling of weightlessness that they would experience in orbit around the Earth.

I apologize if my comment seems like I'm being a jerk or some such, I'm just trying to be informative.
Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Edited Mar 23, 2018   General Artist
 No, NP.  I appreciate it.  Battery packs make sense.  I hadn't thought of that.

But with the fighters, I was referring to maneuvering in outer space where the orientation is unrelated to gravity of a planet and where instrumentation fills in for the native senses.  For some reason it "feels" more natural to circle with our heads pointing toward the inside of the circle path, instead of to the outside, same as when we draw an arc, which is easier to do from the inside than the outside, because of the way our body is engineered.  With the latter there is a real reason; with the former I think it's just a matter of superimposing behavior that works in one environment (Earth) on another (space.

In any event, thanks. :D
Seothen Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I hear ya - :)  Yep, there's been a bit of a retconning within Rifts just on the subject of energy weapons alone, with a fair bit of disagreement depending on who you talk to.

Ultimately it comes down to hard sci-fi versus space opera - Rifts goes the fantasy space opera route, no doubt.

Bit of a coincidence, recently I heard or read something recently about lightsabers in Star Wars - why do they clearly have weight, as shown by the way people heft one backwards and then swing it forward?  How does it help to use it that way?  Of course, it wouldn't, but an actual lightsaber fight would look pretty goofy (basically just poking quickly at someone until they're hit).
Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017   General Artist
LOL.  Exactly (i.e. with the light sabers.)   
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