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Harma Bhatra MJ-11a FOIL

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2012, so far, has been rather productive, I've been quietly studying new tools to work with and working on new material. The big thing is I'm returning to Zbrush in a significant way (expect to see some peeks of that work some time soon-ish... FOILs maybe? Mmmmmaybe) and trying to get work rolling I had to shelf due to events last year. You can expect to see a lot of new stuff so stay tuned ;)

To kick things off for '2012 The Mayan UFOcolypse of un-time-en-ing... ing' we have a full paint of Harma Bhatra I had been dying to get to for some time.

The Harma Bhatra MJ-11a was developed by the Waimanu FOIL Works, the company also responsible for the dreaded Gottheitzerstorer FOILjaeger's of the wildly experimental 3rd generation of FOIL development (Waimanu is the company Karl :icongenocidalpengion: coined for his FOIL designs and derived aesthetics/design collabs). There are some clear visual cues that nod back to the Gottheitzerstorer. Though the Harma Bhatra is a very formidable Faedai combat frame it's nowhere near as massive as the Gottheitzerstorer was so the similarities have more to do with the manufacturer's distinct visual design cues than anything. Begining service toward the very end of the 4th gen period the Harma Bhatra might as well have been a 5th gen. Clear design cues point to what was to come in FOIL development; the covered limbs with equipment ports for customization, the appearance of enigmatic sensor equipment, the more streamlined aesthetics. The FOILs were changing before anyone, not in the know, knew why. Change was on the horizon as the sendai moved more, and more toward spiritual and political concerns, more freedoms. As such the Hindai movment (derived obviously from Hinduism in name and some core concepts but also having aspects of Buddhism and Taoism as well) spread and it's influence began to inform the naming conventions of the FOILs, Harma Bhatra is certainly an example of this.


It was cool to finally paint this beast because I knew it would really look ace in full color. It seemed doing the familiar military O.D. green would look great on this guy along with a hefty caking of dirt and dust to show it's been out there kicking ass for some time. The markings on this one are sparse with just the 40 r TAC number being identifiable (this machine is stationed in the Rience territory, the same Rience razed to the ground by a Gottheitzerstorer. Yes that is a biiig ass weapon, absurdly so... indeed I just wanted to draw a big ass cannon shettier for this one. The weapon would likely be fired from fixed positions with weapon mounts created to support the thing. To move from position to position the weapon would also employ an Icar field (anti-gravitic drive) in concert with the FOIL's field.


As I noted in the original line art postings for this thing...

Harma Bhatra FOIL line work by VulnePro

www.vulnepro.com/2011/03/new-t…

the design was a very direct collaboration between :icongenocidalpenguin: and myself. Karl's original design I launched my new FOIL interpretation off can be seen here: modular mech by genocidalpenguin Full details of how I went about creating the new design can be found in the line art posting (see link above).

I felt it apt to post this one as a really hi-res image so click download for full view, the beastie be loaded with all kinds o textures, parkarization, and details. More work is coming in due time ;)

Stay tuned...

Original design concept foundation by :icongenocidalpenguin: (Karl Östlund)

New pencil illustration, digital inks, FOIL concept re-design/re-imagining and colors by Mike Majestic Photoshop CS3
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678091Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kinda reminds me of Armored Core 4 designs, nice work
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VulneProProfessional Filmographer
It wasn't inspired by Armored Core (regarding either of us as this one was a collaborative design with :icongenocidalpenguin: and myself) but I'm more than fine with that compliment :) My thanks for dropping in and commenting!
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678091Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Any time
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llamb-sauceHobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a question; are the FOIL mech-like vehicles, or are they unmanned?
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TJANGEL20202Student Artist
ive seen your artwork and I have to say I like the design of it all. the way in how its coloured as well as the imaginative outcome of the work itself. I too am in to this style of artwork and would appreciate it if you could have a look on my page and see what you think of my work. place if you like watch my page as well as comment as it helps a lot. but again very good artwork. I look forward to seeing what you do next.
sheperdsfireworks's avatar
What's the weapon?
AchenarSirrus's avatar
I'm looking for a 3D modeler . to make an exact copy in 3d of my sketch.
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wolfgang-111Professional Digital Artist
this guy is awesome looking
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chrislazzerProfessional Digital Artist
Love the design, but those elbow and finger joints are bugging me. There's no separation, so I'm unsure as to how they would rotate. Check out Honda's earlier Asimo prototypes for some good joint reference.

If it's more like a flexible, skin material, that's cool too, but some little wrinkles and folds would really help sell that. Perhaps a smoother more rubber looking texture could help as well. Either way is cool, but as it is now, it wouldn't function. It's a minor flaw in an otherwise awesome design.
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VulneProProfessional Filmographer
They are, indeed, a flexible membrane covering which accounts for lack of visible joints. The hands would be almost like a gloved hand but the material is something less conventional and tends to retain it's elasticity without wrinkles. Yes adding those would make it more obvious but omitting those cues was an aesthetic choice that, so far, is reading fine with people overall. Not going rubber smooth is, again an aesthetic choice to keep the look more military in feel and non reflective. Ditching visible joints was something that seemed interesting to me as I had done the exposed guts look for decades. Your observations are utterly reasonable crits though so I don't have a problem with them. My approach to mecha is somewhat tongue in cheek as to the nature of the whole thing in the first place, they kinda push reality regardless of how much you work to make them believable. I'm fine with that air of fantastic as that's part of the fun.

Great comments and sound crits though, my thanks :)
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chrislazzerProfessional Digital Artist
Yeah, looking at the rest of your portfolio, I soon realized that you had no problem taking either route. I like your thought process :)
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ZabithWolfStudent Traditional Artist
how long do these take you, foil sketch and color preperation. how much time total? a month? i just love how its all so legit!
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VulneProProfessional Filmographer
It really depends. I've done some designs in a few days (full paints), others taken longer because I was having fun noodling with them. Being these are being done on our own time there isn't always a rush to do them.
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ZabithWolfStudent Traditional Artist
ah true, artwork must never be rushed.
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VulneProProfessional Filmographer
When you have a deadline it does, otherwise it's done when the piece feels done or you do ;)
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ZabithWolfStudent Traditional Artist
very true
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ZabithWolfStudent Traditional Artist
this is one out of many favorite designs you've created, one question... is that an advanced sniper cannon hese holding?
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VulneProProfessional Filmographer
My thanks but also send some love to :icongenocidalpenguin: because his original design, noted in the posting, was the basis for this Theos FOIL version. Aye that would be a long range sniping weapon it be holding... or just an absurdly hyooge-ass gun ;)
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ZabithWolfStudent Traditional Artist
nice! i love the screen like scope.
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VulneProProfessional Filmographer
Aye, it is indeed optic gear the FOIL can see through as an additional "eye". So the FOIL doesn't look through it like a scope but, rather, points the weapon in whatever direction the field of fire is. The weapon sees for the user.
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ZabithWolfStudent Traditional Artist
ah, ive heard of that, it is much like an additional "eye"
EgglyBagelface's avatar
Pure awesomeness.
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VulneProProfessional Filmographer
Thank you kindly :)
NuclearConvoy's avatar
That gun is just sick!
Have I told you yet that I'd buy model kits of your designs? Reasonably priced, mind you... for now i am poor.
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