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FOIL evolutionary lineup by VulnePro FOIL evolutionary lineup by VulnePro
A visual time line of the evolutionary periods of FOIL development through over a century of FOIL warfare from...

1st generational period: Inception
2nd generational period: Development
3rd generational period: Development (continued) and Experimentation
4th generational period: Refinement
5th generational period: Final evolution stage (shortest period and occurring in the time line of the TKP TV series story arc)


I've meant to do a lineup for some time, if nothing else, to get a sense of scale between the behemoth FOILjaeger Gottheitzerstorer and the standard combat FOILs. Doing a timeline that shows the aesthetic evolution of the concepts seemed like a cool idea. I would have added more of the other designs that fellow DA illustrators have contributed (the big guy is designed by :icongenocidalpenguin: and I did the paints so I have a hi-res of this one) but I don't have hi-res files of all of those as yet. Possibly in the future I will whip up more of these and I'll add more information later. For now, I hope fans of the FOILs will enjoy this. More to come...

Cheers!

02/11/2010: Submitted to :iconmechadesigners: I should have added this one earlier. Line-ups like this are always cool to see :)
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:iconkevin1278:
kevin1278 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
How much does a commissioned piece like this one cost? 
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:iconurakhai:
Urakhai Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
The Mechs are OK, but their names sounds strange to a german like me:

Herzin Flüg = Did you mean 'Flying Heart'?
Gottheitzerstörer = Is it 'Destroyer of god' or 'God of all destroyer'?
'Sturmgeist' sounds good!
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:iconvulnepro:
VulnePro Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Professional Filmographer
My thanks for the comments!

Yeah some of the names are gibberish or mutant German-ish so they would sound pretty weird to a German speaker. In the setting for the story human history is incredibly fractured, even more so than are notion of history today. What records did survive are mined for the formation of the current culture, therefore mutations and inconsistencies such as this. There's no longer a Germany, nor even an Earth but all kinds of fragmented ideas and pieces of culture remain. Some of it is us having fun (little tongue in cheek) and some just to add some strangeness to the broken history.

The Gottheitzerstörer was named by :icongenocidalpenguin:, who is Swedish. If I recall he said it roughly meant 'Destroyer of Divinity' which is pretty much the same thing you're noting here.
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Telestrian Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
Really impressive artwork...

but i'm not sure about the mecha names...should those be german words ?

Because if its meant to be so, you've made some funny mistakes ^^
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
LOL

Indeed you're right, there are some tongue and cheek mutant/fake/fictional German-ish words mixed with some real ones (also mixed up Greek and other languages). It's, more or less, an homage to the hardcore Japanese mecha modeling crowd as they tend to do oddball stuff like that too.

Beyond that there's actually some reasons in the story narrative as well though. Without going too detailed I'll simply say humanity has a very mixed up picture of their history (in the story narrative) so you might find odd combinations of real and mixed up words like this. Just having fun with it really ;)

My thanks for the kind words and comments :)
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:icontelestrian:
Telestrian Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
Okay...that makes sense...in a way...

But anyway, "strum" sounds terribly wrong...for german ears ^^
The correct german notation would be "sturm"

Sturmgeist -> stormghost
Sturmblatt -> stormleaf

but

Oma-Quattro
-> granny (the)four
-> granny (the)pair

sounds a bit odd for me...just my to cents :-)
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TsurukiMaehara Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
awesome designs nicely done
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:iconvulnepro:
VulnePro Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
My thanks :)
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epill Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
this is one of my favourites of all the mecha art on DA, it showcases a very dynamic selection of mechas!!
so inspiring, also the layout and composition of it is beautiful!! from when i view it as a small preview to its full size,
it never ceases to amaze me!!

thanks for adding this to the gallery!! i kept feeling the gallery was missing something.. and i wanted to fav it into the group too,
but thats your thunder..

thanks for sharing this amazing work!!

it makes me want to surpass myself as i see i need to work hard to achieve the level i see here!!

:D :O :)
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Sorry for the delayed reply, just been crazy busy.

Thank you so much for the kind words man, I appreciate it. I had meant to do one of these for some time and when I finally did it seemed everyone really dug it.

Yeah, it takes time and practice but isn't anything others can't achieve. Just keep working at it and never let your imagination falter, keep feeding it :)

Cool everyone has enjoyed this. I will likely do more like this in the future for sure ;)
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El-Bronco Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good evolution.
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:iconvulnepro:
VulnePro Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!
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:iconel-bronco:
El-Bronco Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A little bit late but, you're welcome :)
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:iconvulnepro:
VulnePro Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, sorry bout that, been pretty busy of late and unfortunately don't get to some of these as fast as I'd like.
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:iconel-bronco:
El-Bronco Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem at all :)
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Silverlion Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
Very awesome. I rather like the earlier ones a bit better, but they're all very neat designs.
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:iconvulnepro:
VulnePro Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
My thanks :)
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sykosan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Awesome ^_^
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :D
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:iconkonjur:
Konjur Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
LOve this! Very cool line up. I like seeing them all together and seeing the evolution of the designs.
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:iconvulnepro:
VulnePro Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thanks man :) Yeah, it's always cool to see that so I knew eventually I'd get to doing one.
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:iconawgie:
awgie Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009
um..i'm ignorant...what's this from?
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:iconvulnepro:
VulnePro Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Professional Filmographer
It is from right here ;) More precisely it's all original designs, by my studio and associates, and this is the first posting of this line up.
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awgie Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
nice stuff...i like the 'organic' quality to the mech designs...
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Ladav01 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009  Hobbyist
Cool... Amazing work!~
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:iconvulnepro:
VulnePro Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Professional Filmographer
My thanks :)
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epill Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
lovin your robot timeline!!!
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:iconvulnepro:
VulnePro Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!
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dopepope Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
Amazing, amazing work!
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:iconvulnepro:
VulnePro Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Professional Filmographer
My thanks :)
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
Oh sweet God.. YES! :w00t!: Nothing beats a powerhouse lineup like this. :heart: In one glimpse it's an onslaught of accumulated goodness. So much fun for the eye to dart around and compare. The diversity of design coupled w/ a linear stylistic progression... just love it.

Assembling a solid line up like this is a real achievement. A bold account of the legions you've painstakingly developed. Sort of a milestone marker in the long road of the TKP project. And of course, these guys just scratch the surface, but grouped this way they signify the vastness and detail of the world you're creating.

Almost has a seven samurai sort of effect: So many individual stories summoned in one image.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Again glad you dug this :) I have wanted to do one for some time, just been busy with all kinds of other stuff. These kind of things are always just cool to see and do bring a sense of unity and progression to a collection of designs like this. There's quite a lot of designs now and there has been a clear visual evolution. I felt rather than say, this design is obsolete, this cannon it would be more interesting to look at the whole thing as part of the design time line. The 5th generation period is the only time that occurs in the show but all the back story is always something that helps inform your narrative so long as it's all clearly mapped out. There will be older FOILs still in service so the time line is relevant indeed :)

Seven Samurai, good thing to evoke indeed.
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
Always loved Karl's line ups as well. Any time you've got the inventory sitting around, it pays to just format them all together for a group ogling. All the hard work has been done anyway, so it's just a matter of some presentation design. Big return for previous time investment.

It makes sense that some older Foil designs would still be hanging around w/ later generations. Historically, certain weapons of war have a tendency to linger well past their prime. Like the Russian tanks of Saddam's army (w/ hand cranked turrets) squaring off against fully computerized M1 Abrams in the first Gulf War. Any lesser powers in the TKP world might be in the same boat. And for a weapon like FOILs that have a certain personality and autonomy, the idea of an obsolete veteran struggling to stay viable with endless modern upgrades and augmentations is kinda cool.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Pretty close overall so yes it's in many ways like this among other things :)
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
That's impressiv. Reminds me of evolution pictures in school books. Great work!
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:iconvulnepro:
VulnePro Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thank you, that's indeed the kinda vibe I wanted it to have :) Good to know it comes off that way.
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X-Ray0128 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
Wow, FOILjaeger 3aMF looks real intimidating!
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:iconvulnepro:
VulnePro Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, it's a monster. There's a reason it was so feared and eventually was banned.
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X-Ray0128 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
Wow
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
I suppose they never looked back on the 3rd-gen Gottheitzerstörer given the disproportionate costs vs. benefits?

Very cool lineup of your own machines, Mike. I would guess you spent some time figuring out the relative scales of these fellas while composing them on the same page.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Professional Filmographer
The Gottheitzerstörer was actually banned from combat after an incident where one went crazy and wiped out an entire city state. Cost, not so much the issue, wiping out a city... probably.

My thanks. Aye, the FOILs are typically in the range of 40 feet high, give or take, so they're sizable enough. Going back to FSS as a comparison FOILs are similar in size to Mortar Headds, if I recall their height correctly. So going by this you can see the Gottheitzerstörer is a massive beast.
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
I'd imagine, given that FOIL's Hulk-like arms and its over-built drive system.

However, I'd never flip a coin to decide who'd win between the Gottheitzerstörer and the Jagd Mirage, distance combat at the least. Just look at that MH's huge Twin Tower cannons and its specs! Throw in a few support mechs on either side and you'd have quite the party. :D
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NinjaPigProductions Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
gorgeous work. These are some awesome drawrins! :D
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Professional Filmographer
My thanks :)
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