I really like mecha, but I suck at designing them. They have vague humanoid shapes so it's harder to design and think about then adding armor to a human figure. And there's so many types... Real and Super isn't just black and white anymore, there are types in between... Well I was thinking of an interesting story. Usually in a lot of mecha stories, alien invaders or some mysterious giants fight the giant robots that mankind has as their last defense. Usually the organization that defends the earth are the 'good guys' though this trend began to change in shows like Gundam where the Earth Federation is often shown to be corrupt and inept. Evangelion went down the conspiracy theory path and made them shady and dark. But I want to go a step further. So here's my idea:
The Earth is caught in the middle of an ongoing global war. And winning this war is a large and powerful military empire based on the Roman Empire but with Nazi/Fascist overtones. Having prided themselves on the strength of their industrial might, they begin to win and expand their borders. The back bone of their victories relies on a series of high end mechs known as Panzer Frames. These Panzer Frames are extremely powerful and only a handful are needed to decimate the enemy on the battlefield. Yet these elite machines are not piloted by ace soldiers but by slaves, prisoners, POWs and members of the lower caste that wish to enter the higher classes of society, forced to fight for various reasons. These frames being experimental, the pilots are treated as expendable beings. Yet in the middle of this global war, unknown invaders with a technology far surpassing anything ever seen begin to appear and destroy cities as if searching for something. So the empire forms a special and highly experimental committee dedicated to studying and eradicating the alien threat. The ace pilot is a man who is a political dissident and prisoner who was to be executed but was found to have a high aptitude with the panzer frames. he is a family man, and his family is placed under house arrest with the threat of execution should he not complete his duties. The promise of freedom is dangled before his eyes as he goes on suicidal missions against the alien forces in his experimental frame, Lohengrin. Meanwhile, the Empire forms tenuous and contentious alliances with their enemies as the world tries to prepare its counterattack against this common enemy before they wipe themselves out.
Now the problem is designing the mechs... I'm sure it'll take me a decade or so heh... The Panzer Frames should be something that look very military (like mechwarrior mechs) and yet have humanoid forms that allow them to move around easily. Hmm, I'm interested in this idea so I will work on it on the side.
Listening to: Donna Burke - Heavens Divide
Playing: Your Mom.
Eating: Your Sister.