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Shadowrun - Stabilizer

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From the Shadowrun book "Cybertechnology", FASA, 1995
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The commentary for this one had me laughing so hard everyone in the bookstore was staring at me.

"Yup yup, gyromount arms. Been waiting for this baby. Time to get the old arms hacked off. Yup. Yup."

HELLMANIUS's avatar
Adding the brand name made the picture legendary - at least for me...
SteamPoweredMikeJ's avatar
Heh. Glad you enjoyed it! It was a lot easier to do stuff like that, back in the 90s...
Uranus-seventhsun's avatar
Clever composition. I like how you designed the gun, too.
SteamPoweredMikeJ's avatar
Thanks! I was pretty happy with how how it turned out.
CaveGrue's avatar
Ha ha wrists by Sony.
SteamPoweredMikeJ's avatar
Well, it seemed like a trust-worthy brand at the time ;)
sony is a mythical corporation in shadowrun that has nothing to do with the real world ...unless they really do have a dragon on the board of directors? oh nooooooooooooo!!!!!!!
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NikitaTarsov's avatar
And re-printed to the Men&Machine of FASA
SteamPoweredMikeJ's avatar
Wish I'd gotten a paycheque for that : P
NikitaTarsov's avatar
You hadn´t?!
...awful.....in German law enviroment i would advise a lawyer for that....
xD the Sony brand - i always wondered how FASA/Fanpro get the permission to use existibg brands, not even for guns.
SteamPoweredMikeJ's avatar
Well... no, we never got permission to use existing brand names in our drawings... but you can see the same thing in comics back in the 80s and 90s, too. Companies never bothered to sue anyone for that back then, so we were a lot more free.

Whereas by the mid-2000s, I was working on a WWII video game where they changed all the US military hardware... because the legal department was afraid they'd get sued by Colt and Jeep. Ridiculous.
NikitaTarsov's avatar
Yes, was a lot easier i know....i mean, i understand the companys, not shure how good this association with RPG´s or computer games will be on the cassual customers, but it has become a very paranoic scale. On the other hand - i remember Battletech hasn´t mind to much also an so came to the point where they stole complete designs from a Manga series.

Hah, on some early CounterStrike-games, the names of guns must changed to not be more "bad" as other guns - so stupid xD
jen-kollic's avatar
Such a good idea for gunfights. I love how a lot of the Shadowrun chrome was eminently practical.
SteamPoweredMikeJ's avatar
Yeah, some good sci-fi design work there... and of course tons of fun to draw.
CanRay's avatar
A very beautiful and wonderful picture! I love the Sony brandname on the gyrostabilizer as well! :D
SteamPoweredMikeJ's avatar
Heh. These days a legal department would feed me to the fishes for doing something like that, but back in the day it was pretty standard in comics and illustration to use real world brandnames...
Luckily, they are not as afraid to use them in text. Current-gen Shadowrun books still mention Sony products from time to time.
SteamPoweredMikeJ's avatar
Cool. I really appreciate the realism that brings to a game.
Never got why: it's basically a free ad for them!
SteamPoweredMikeJ's avatar
I agree... but the lawyers and the paranoid execs start double-guessing whether they want their brands 'associated' with the drawing, or the concept of the drawing, or the political stance of the publishers of the book containing the drawing, or whatever. Easier just to say no to everything : P
CanRay's avatar
OK, I cannot comment how much I love this pic!!!
SteamPoweredMikeJ's avatar
Thanks! Glad you like it!
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