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Deus Ex Machina 'Orchid Armor'

Ever since I posted that reference sheet a few days ago, I've been working nonstop on this. Please, don't click "download," as the full image is about 4500x7000 pixels, and might make your computer explode.

"Deus ex machina" is a Latin phrase meaning "god out of the machine." It is defined generally as "a plot device whereby a seemingly inextricable problem is suddenly and abruptly solved with the contrived and unexpected intervention of some new character, ability, or object." According to Horace's Ars Poetica, a poet "must never resort to a god from the machine to solve their plots."

I disagree. Y'know why? I like invincible battlesuits, that's why.


Height: 6'6" (Karic Standard)*
Weight: 340 lbs (Karic Standard)
Power Source: Cold fusion microreactor
Armament: Condensed-particle Carbine (x2), Anti-armor Combat knife (x2), "Snubmachine gun" SMG (x4)

The "Orchid" series of battlesuits were designed and constructed by Taylor Heavy Industries for Karic's "Warchild" supersoldier program. It's considerable weight is counteracted by a combination of powerful motors and lightweight composite materials.

Fully laden and charged, the Orchid can turn a supersoldier into a nigh-unstoppable one-man army, untouchable to anything short of a concentrated artillery barrage. It's personal energy-shielding system makes weapons as ordinarily potent as RPGs just as useless as small arms fire.

Its primary weapons, a pair of experimental particle carbines, can potentially be used as a mid-long range sniping weapon apart from the suit. The suit has four sub-arm manipulators, two on top of the thighs, and two shielding the elbows
(They're white, and have a stretched hexagon on them). Each of these sub-arms is capable of wielding a submachine gun, and when fully equipped, give the Orchid an omni-directional field of fire. The sub-arms can only be used by Karic's supersoldiers, thanks to their neural uplinks and increased mental capacity.

The standard paint scheme of the Orchid battlesuits is overall charcoal gray camouflage, lacking any personal, factional, or unit markings.

The variant displayed was captured along with Reina Cloude** by the notorious Saldean*** freelancer, "Timberwolfe" (Granted, she was not using it at the time of capture). Reina's suit is presumed to be in lockdown mode, as it has not been reported in any engagements. If suit is sighted and operational, do not engage. Retreat immediately and call in orbital strike.

*In the universe of Novus Imperium, Karic is humanity's homeworld. It is uniformly covered in a blanket of multilevel city, and has an artificial ring, as well as several deep-space colonies in orbit at Karic's Lagrange Points. It is the most powerful planet in the galaxy.

**For a full overview of Reina Cloude, see here: [link]

***Saldea is an enormous solid planet. It is inhabited by humanoids, who are heavily muscled to counter the planet's high gravity. On an earth-like planet, a Saldean will likely seem to possess superhuman powers.

Reina Cloude, Timberwolfe (c) me
Karic, Saldea (c) The-Crimson-Wolf
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CharlieIndigoalpha76's avatar
I was wondering if I could use the armor, but redesign it to be a mech
CharlestheComicArtis's avatar
you have performed a service
PrismDrifter's avatar
Actually gives me a Zone of the Enders vibe, especially with the angular plating set-up. Very, very cool!
hayliffe18's avatar
I LOVE THIS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:happybounce: CURSE YOU! Clap :o (Eek) I am a dummy! Meow :3 

the slim fitting suit 
the colour scheme 
the gun!!!!!!!!!!!!!omg the gun 
and the legs theyre so think but pointed 
as if they skate majestically over the ground
then there is the possibility for it the be aquatic based

the pilots cute but what race
and of what origin
is she royal or a peasant that built this fine mech 
in her shed etc 

this art holds so many questions 

I want to know
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Hamzilla54321's avatar
this seems heavily based on the Evangelion (I think its the helmet) which I think make this mech suit look awesome. 
Wow!!! A very interesting design. Maybe it's just me but it seems like a cross between Gundam, Metal Gear Ray and Macross Frontier.
Is there an updated version of this mech suit? I'd love to see more of that design in your future work.
Looks absolutely amazing! Think the leg design is really cool--just wondering, though, is the pilot holding up that massive, freaking awesome-looking helmet with just her neck? that thing's gotta weigh like 20+ lbs!
Phangorn's avatar
Deus Ex Machina! *ding*

I'm sorry. I just couldn't resist. 
King-Of-Beasts's avatar
Do you do requests?
MetalicSoul's avatar
I like the upper body armor designs but the legs, I doubt you can use legs like those in the suit. The legs are more for a full machine then a person being inside of it.
warhammermaster's avatar
pretty neat, but i gotta ask, how would a WH40k space marine in one on one combat armed similarly? 
DD2111's avatar
Why is there nothing on this planet that looks like this! X((
Etheral117's avatar
I have to say, I found this for the first time a long time ago, and I have absolutely no idea I didn't favourite it then and there. Of course, I've fixed that problem now. This suit's anatomy makes it probably the most original power-armor concept I've ever seen.
SamuraiBebop105's avatar
Is there a place where I can follow Novus Imperium's story? This looks absolutely beautiful.
elijarman's avatar
by the way, i noticed that the robots have a resemblance to Rei Ayanami's Plugsuit
elijarman's avatar
an interestinf mech,
may i re:draw this?
Krag7's avatar
please make more weapons!
RedW0lf777sg's avatar
I'm guessing that gun was inspired by the beam magnum from Gundam Unicorn?
Tekka-Croe's avatar
Indeed. It's probably the most obvious nod to Hajime Katoki's designs in my my work, though his style has certainly had a strong influence on my mechanical design.
RedW0lf777sg's avatar
I kinda figured that, I know that energy magazine anywhere.
Pearl-Shadow's avatar
Legs are really cool, I don't think that yellow and the blue on the helm matches though.
Nice! Loving Unicorns beam magnum!!
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