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The 3rd gen Ileman-Loch Tromos Impactra (Tromos; Greek for Terrible so a hodgepodge naming of Terrible Impact)was a hard hitting medium multi-role combat FOIL. This Vulne Consortium forces (Polemon forces opposing Indus) example is occupying a sniping role. The FOIL is carrying a high velocity shettier using anti-FOIL SABOT rounds. Considering the size of a combat FOIL (they can range from 45 to 55 feet high depending) this rifle is essentially a long range cannon with devastating power. This FOIL crew's role is long to medium range target acquisition (for straight infantry they would be equipped with close range shetteir weapons) so they are using targeting and ranging sendai drones. The drones, amusingly named Nick and Nack by the pilot, would assist in a wide range of combat data assessment but their primary job would be target acquisition assistance and windage/ranging data. The pilot, or even possibly the Faedai (sendai control entity that is the biological consciousness of the FOIL) have added various personalizations on the rifle. There are kill markers and a rather direct message to their Indus opponents scrawled along the barrel grip. There is also a sun charm bit of jewelry hanging from the barrel of the weapon.
This FOIL has seen combat, off and on, for nearly a century so it's been re-painted, re-outfitted, and re-crewed many times over. Here it's in a mottled jungle/forest camo pattern that it's worn for decades and the wear and tear is becoming evident. The pin-up girl on the right shoulder say's "G' Golly Miss Molly" and was certainly put there by the current human Pilot Glend Anders. The markings are more tribal in vibe and sparse, just as there are minimal TAC markers and identifiers. The Vulne Consortium V (our studio name came from the fictional Vulne Consortium of Polemos) above the 213 TAC number, left shoulder armor, clearly indicates this is a Polemon forces unit though.
I went to town on this guy just beating the hell outta the surface with dirt, grime, rust, dust, chips, etc. As odd as it might sound I find myself in a very zen mode when painting that stuff. More and more I find how I paint these is likely similar-ish to how modelers paint armor, sci-fi kits, etc. Pretty much all of the weathering is done by hand, rust, chips, and so on. Added washes of grime and dirt I use various custom grunge brushes I made myself and a few found on the internet. The markings and pin-up girl (drawn larger and shrunk) were done by hand as well (the TAC numbers and various bits of text are Photoshop fonts of course). The kill markers on the rifle were created by
(which he amusingly titled Kill Yar for the file name) originally for the Schnellgail FOIL. This one has layers of dirt and a lot of subtle erasing away (with those custom grunge brushes I made) of the camo and markings in order to sufficiently fade them for more added wear and tear. The lighting is not what I'd call overly dramatic but more soft and slightly overcast dusk so the details of the design remain clear.
This is a full color version of the previously posted line art Tromos Impactra to be seen here: [link]
This is also a fully realized update of this earlier FOIL thumb to be seen in this collection of rather rough props thumbs: [link]
Detailed and refined ink based off of pencil thumbnail (to be posted in a batch later). Colors on Photoshop CS3.
I've been crazy busy on something very cool for the future of TKP so posts might be a bit random for a bit but there's a really good reason
More work pending without question though. Transmissions to continue... >>>