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Dies-Gund N'vos Tessai FOIL by VulnePro Dies-Gund N'vos Tessai FOIL by VulnePro
Things seems to be settling down with my Father doing pretty well so now I can get to some backlog of work. This collaboration piece has been sitting on the back burner for sometime so it's nice to finally finish it.

Originally drawn by the ever talented :icontabnir: (Charles Liu) I always loved this unique FOIL design of his. Back when he did this I said I'd do a color version, to which he agreed... unfortunately it kinda got shelved. In any event, now it's done and up it goes :) I did some minimal clean ups to the original illo in order to open it up for color, along with adding digital inks to pop it a bit, but otherwise it remains the design Charles created originally.

Here's the write up of the FOIL also found on :icontabnir:'s original posting: [link]

The Dies-Gund N'vos Tessai CAV FOIL model was jointly developed and manufactured by the Indus based manufacturing corporate entities Dies and the Gund FOILArbeiten plant in the political bloc of Germane. A relatively recent model in the line of FOILs by this collaborative union of two manufacturers (much like the Jiendel Gavil FOILs), the 'Tessai' favors more aggressive pilots with its digitigrade stance and lack of shield. This N'vos Tessai, as shown here, is a stripped down model, thin on armor for extra speed and maneuverability.

This machine is tailored to its pilot, a skilled swordsman with a swift and graceful combat style. The thin armor is a weakness, to be sure, of this otherwise elegant CAV design but an effective FOIL operator can always exploit the advantages over inherent flaws. Even with the thinner armor a CAV FOIL in the hands of a capable pilot and faedi control entity is a dangerous and formidable opponent. The standard, off the factory body, has more armor plates and is a little less maneuverable but still an effective machine.

Original pencil illustration by: :icontabnir: digital inks and color, in Photoshop CS3, by :iconvulnepro:
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:iconwolfgang-111:
wolfgang-111 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Student Artist
i love all of your designs!
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BlackDema Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive. I want say something more, but...Just WOW!
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Zaeta-K Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome job with Mr. Liu's design :D You guys make an awesome team.
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
Loved that FOIL sketch by Charles. Your colors take it into an entirely new dimension! Really very sophisticated. Love the moody oxidized palette.

And always great to hear updates about your Dad doing well. :nod:
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:iconvulnepro:
VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional Filmographer
My thanks Rob, indeed I always rather dug what he came up with as well so I had to do a color version ;)

Yeah, my Father continues to do well so that's been a relief without question. Again thanks for the asking and the support :)
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Shiva3d Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Just falen in love in this character. )
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Well coolio to that :) Mine and :icontabnir:'s thanks!
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FlyinMonkeh Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
I recall fond memories of Metal Gear Solid.
I really like this!
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:iconvulnepro:
VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Glad you dig it :) Not sure if :icontabnir: was directly inspired by Yoji ShinKawa's work or not as he designed the machine. Overall the design stands on it's own merits as something uniquely it's own thing.
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hunterkill999 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great art:D , he looks like an Eva from Neo Genesis Evangelion:P
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:iconvulnepro:
VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
My thanks and send some love to :icontabnir: as well being he designed the bot. Eva has never been a direct inspiration for the project but no one can deny it's a huge influential shadow cast on the mecha genre to overcome.
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:icontabnir:
Tabnir Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011   Digital Artist
It's finally here! Looking great, Mike ;)
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:iconvulnepro:
VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Sorry it took so long man XD It was fun to work on so I'm happy you dig it.
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NuclearConvoy Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
So delightfully pointy. Reminds me of one of the Bahamuts from FFVII.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, it's a cool take on the visual cues :icongenocidalpenguin: and I had been exploring for the TKP project. I really liked how :icontabnir: approached those aesthetics in a more angular, yet still organic way.
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ArtCrusade Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I randomly found this and was just about to remove it from my messages until I saw Charles did this :D Very good job on this one ;)
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
My thanks but an interesting piece should garner attention no matter who created it, otherwise a lot of cool stuff can go unnoticed ;) Glad you dig it though!
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Freedom-01 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
:D
I instantly recognized where you got this from. You made the design look even cooler now.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Well, it was something he originally did as his own take on the combat FOILs from my studio's Theos KE Polemos project so I had offered to color it some time ago. I just happened to get shelved unfortunately and I just now got to finish it. It was a blast to color to color and I'm glad folks are diggin' it but Charles gets the credit for the design of the beastie :) My thanks for the kind words.
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BrotherOstavia Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Brilliant collab!
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:iconvulnepro:
VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!
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flaketom Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
Really neat design :tabnir: came up with! And you did a great coloring job! Really love the earth tones!

And glad your father is getting better!
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:iconvulnepro:
VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
My thanks man and a big thanks for the kind words about my Father. He has been doing pretty well :)
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:iconflaketom:
flaketom Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
Good to hear that!
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JamesMorrow07 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Student General Artist
I had no idea Tabnir designed this badass FOIL until I read the description. I really like your colors.
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:iconvulnepro:
VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Aye, this one be his beastie design. My thanks, glad you dug it :)
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blasthardcheese Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Shit is so cash...
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:iconvulnepro:
VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Aight XD

Thanks!
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:iconmikez83:
MikeZ83 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quite interesting.
Seems a bit like an homage to the intricately detailed armors from the original Stargate movie. Coincidence?
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Glad you dug it.

Being I didn't design this one I can't speak with authority whether Stargate was an influence but, as far as I recall, it wasn't. You'd have to pose that question to :icontabnir: as he designed the machine, I only did the digital inks and color.
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ModalMechanica Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
These are so cool haha, you make me want to give one a try.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Professional Filmographer
My thanks :)

You're more than welcome to do your own take on a FOIL, several DA mecha designers have already :) I'm always humbled by the interest in the FOILs and the glimpse, so far, I've revealed of their mythology. I'm always honored folks want to try to create their own homages or designs.

You can find both direct contributions/collaborations to/for the project here:

[link]

and fan art works here: [link]

This might help to give you an idea of other artist's take on the FOIL concept so far. Of course there's the work posted here as well.

Cheers!
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:iconmodalmechanica:
ModalMechanica Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
Yeah I've seen a lot of these, very cool. Where should I read, to like get a better Idea of what the whole foil thing is about? I've seen them around forever, but never really know what the story was.
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:iconvulnepro:
VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Well, the full story won't get published on the web as it's intended for the potential show production. That said, there is info about the project all over in the gallery postings and the main FOIL gallery here (the sidebar): [link]

Also you can find info here: [link]

There will be more info posted as we go as well.

Hopefully this helps but beyond that, feel more than free to ask any further questions. You can pose them in a DA note, if you like, or in comments here and other posts ;)

Cheers!
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:iconmodalmechanica:
ModalMechanica Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
Sounds good mate, thanks ^ ^
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Professional Filmographer
You're welcome :) Again feel free to hit me up if you have more detailed questions. Sorry, bit slow with replies of late, a lot to go through now but I'll reply as fast as I can for sure ^_^;;;
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X-A-N-A Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
tabnir is a pretty cool guy. eh draws robots and doesn't afraid of anything.

Seriously, though, he is pretty good, and you're just as awesome as he is :D Great work, the both of you!
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Professional Filmographer
That he is and my thanks, glad you dug it ;)
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Seraphiczero Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
Oooh, that's a wonderful design. You did a great job bringing it to life in color! Sounds like my sort of combat style, too. =o
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Professional Filmographer
My thanks and, of course, the nod for the design goes to :icontabnir:, it was a blast to paint :)
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