A brand spankin' new FOIL design collaboration by
Initially posted on the Vulne pro Blog... the epic Faedai Omni Icar Leviathan beast: Harma Bhatra. One of several delayed collaborations between myself and Karl Östlund
this design is, in every way, a true collaboration of both of us even more so than the FOILjaeger 3aMF Gottheitzerstorer [link]
This new design is based on one of Karl's orphaned scrap designs simply titled 'modular mech' [link]
I had always loved it's look, much like the design that became the Gottheitzerstorer, and during many of our conversations about the Theos material I suggested possibly doing something new with it in collaboration. Karl thought it was a cool idea and agreed so off I went with a notion of seeing what might come out of the exploration.
Karl's original design was clearly a rough he planned to evolve further but didn't get around to it, instead moving on to other work. I've been there more times than I can count myself, I suspect most artists have. What was there was defined enough to launch off of with some really cool new ideas. While evolving my thoughts to paper, as to what it would transform into, it became apparent going with a covered limb style of the 5th gen FOILs would look rather striking on this guy. I altered the torso configuration the least and due to the modular nature of Karl's design it felt like it would be a late 4th generation FOIL with clear visual cues of the movement toward the 5th gen machines. Where Karl's original ends and the new work I did begins is what you will see looking at the two designs. Anything different from the original was where I took it. A list of the significant changes in order to evolve into a FOIL are thus:
Adding fin binders on the back, which are both thrust verniers and ECM/sensor equipment.
Additional sensors, on both sides of the head, and one off the left shoulder armor plate.
A new head design.
Right shoulder armor with dual barrel machine shettier. Strobe bombs (kinda like a flash bang for FOILs) attached.
Mortar or smoke grenade, depending on load out, launcher on right shoulder.
Long range heavy rail gun sniping rifle (as I progressed it hit me this thing needed an epic weapon).
Covered limb 4th gen arms and legs with much longer legs more akin to the FOILs typical design silhouettes while still maintaining Karl's original overall look.
Some adjustments to the mechanical bits connecting the legs.
New added armor plates in the center torso along with beefing it up a bit at the waist.
Various other bits and bobbles and greebles.
Again, Karl's original design can be seen here: [link]
This was a pencil illustration with digital ink clean up finish. It was originally posted, exclusively, on the Vulne Pro blog for a time.
The above entry was taken from my initial post on the Vulne Pro blog. Even more detail on the history and ideas behind this design as a Theos combat FOIL can be found there following the two posted images of Karl's original design and our new creation here. The blog link is below.
More work is still pending in the cue...
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