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Harma Bhatra MJ-11a FOIL by VulnePro Harma Bhatra MJ-11a FOIL by VulnePro
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...

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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: [link] 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 stlund)

New pencil illustration, digital inks, FOIL concept re-design/re-imagining and colors by Mike Majestic Photoshop CS3
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:iconachenarsirrus:
AchenarSirrus Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
I'm looking for a 3D modeler . to make an exact copy in 3d of my sketch.
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wolfgang-111 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student Artist
this guy is awesome looking
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chrislazzer Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
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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VulnePro Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional 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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chrislazzer Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
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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ZabithWolf Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist 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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VulnePro Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional 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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ZabithWolf Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
ah true, artwork must never be rushed.
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:iconvulnepro:
VulnePro Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
When you have a deadline it does, otherwise it's done when the piece feels done or you do ;)
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ZabithWolf Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
very true
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ZabithWolf Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist 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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VulnePro Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional 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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ZabithWolf Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
nice! i love the screen like scope.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional 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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ZabithWolf Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
ah, ive heard of that, it is much like an additional "eye"
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EgglyBagelface Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Pure awesomeness.
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:iconvulnepro:
VulnePro Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you kindly :)
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:iconnuclearconvoy:
NuclearConvoy Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
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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VulnePro Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
My thanks, I appreciate it :) Yeah, that's something we'd love to eventually see as well. As to price I would like to think we could work towards something affordable but we'll have to cross some bridges as to the kits themselves first. Time will tell ;)
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NuclearConvoy Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
I'm excited, lol.
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:iconweremole:
weremole Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012   Digital Artist
Really nifty shapes and silhouettes. Love how textured all the bits are.
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:iconvulnepro:
VulnePro Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you kindly!
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llOmegaNexusll Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Looks like a fusion of Armored Core and Orbital Frames from ZOE, which is a more extensive way of saying that it looks completely amazing :)
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you from both me and :icongenocidalpenguin:, we appreciate the kind words. Wasn't inspired by either but that's some good company to be in ;)
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Willow-Pendragon Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
When brilliant masterminds come together, they form a coalition of incrediblity like no other.
Yes making of sophisticated sounding words, makes me feel good.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks for the kind words, glad you enjoyed the work ;)
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:iconemersontung:
emersontung Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
awesome design!
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
My thanks man, both :icongenocidalpenguin: and I appreciate it :)
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NOMANSNODEAD Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
great work mate! very nice arms..
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!
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TypeProton Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Waittt is the arms kind of synthetic muscle or something? I see you didn't draw a proper joint.
Otherwise, Sick mecha collab. :)
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Aye, you are, more or less, on the right track, the arms are covered by a flexible, yet armored material (something akin to Kevlar or carbon nano tubes).

My thanks :)
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screenscan Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012   Interface Designer
very much great!
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:iconvulnepro:
VulnePro Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!
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ActionMechNow Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
This thing reminds me of armored core.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, I guess the pointy torso is a bit evocative of the AC 4 and For Answer cores with a similar-ish vibe. Wasn't anything intentional though, as much as AC is cool it's pretty far from where we're going aesthetics-wise.

Thanks for the comments :)
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ActionMechNow Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
Heh, my Rayleonnard bought parts vs this!
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NightmareHero Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
A beautiful mecha, I love it.
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:iconvulnepro:
VulnePro Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you kindly!
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QMeciarArt Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
looks like a metalgear but this is truly awsome!
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Can't say Metal Gear influenced either of us in the design though I can understand what evokes that comparison, the hex patterns on the limbs and such. Metal Gear is good company to be in though so my thanks :)
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Tabnir Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012   Digital Artist
4th Gen for the win.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
4th and 5th gen are in it to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and guess what? They're all out of bubble gum.
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SABAHN Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student Filmographer
No matter how many times I see one of these designs, I'm always dumbfounded by the amount of skill and attention to detail that you demonstrate.
Thought I'm also guessing that's something that comes with years of practice.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Really kind words, my thanks :) Aye, indeed a good deal of years exploring this stuff has likely shaped my singular approach, along with little interest in parroting works by others and more of a drive to create things, familiar yet never before seen.

At least that's the plan more or less ;)
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TeuvoH Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
really awesome stuff! but looking at the GP sketch, i cant help but wish you'd kept the 3rd leg turret. I love its FSS feel!
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I did find the crotch turret pretty mad hilarious but GP and I both kinda felt it threw the thing visually off balance, it just draws attention right to it. I have to hand it to him though, it was indeed a crazy out there idea. The base stock FOIL has ports for adding armor and gear so there could always be a crazy add-on super 3rd leg mod for, like, crazy pilots ;)

My thanks for the kind words man :)
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Zero6421 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
:la:
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Filmographer
That's one spaztic smiley :)
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Zaeta-K Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah <3
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