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Jeindel Gavil Strumgeist FOIL by VulnePro Jeindel Gavil Strumgeist FOIL by VulnePro
Starting out the new month with yet another new FOIL, this one again more futurism inspired in the aesthetics primarily the head and torso (clearly many arcs and intersecting sweeps on the head. This one's very heavy with that vibe) . This is pretty much complete but I prob will go back and add more little details.

It has a big sword and stuff, and it’s sharp and pointy, but I digress.

I dig this FOIL a lot, really got into it. I showed a few WIP process previews to :icongenocidalpenguin: and he lovingly named it Zoolander due it’s haughty fashion pose, I found that amusing and apt. The markings on the left leg armor say Gavil and Jeindel respectively in Greek letters and the FOIL has 10 duel kills indicated by the little red swords. I should also comment on the armor plates on the shoulder and leg armor, those are reactive style explosive armor. On Cav FOIls the pilots use them actually more for protection in duels (to deflect sword blows) rather than projectile fire so these are custom add-ons by the pilots. This machine has a rather confident sendai control entity and probably a seasoned veteran human pilot. Cheers!

Full digital Wacom paint, Photoshop 7.0 & Painter 9
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JamesMorrow07 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Student General Artist
I truly love the blend of the samurai and medieval knight with the exotic, if not alien-like, design of this FOIL. I don't know anyone else who has taken on a different approach to mechs other than you or :iconnumioh:. You're one of the most respected mech artists ever on dA, or just about anywhere.

Truly awesome!

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VulnePro Featured By Owner May 5, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Wow, some very, very kind words. Thank you very much! Sorry for the slow reply, it's been crazy busy and I'm behind on messages. I appreciate the comments though and recognition of the work that's put into this stuff. Mecha are a well covered genre so it's worth the efforts to try to find something new to say visually. We all work hard to cover some new ground.

Also know of :iconnumioh:'s work and we both watch one another's galleries. He's been doing some fantastic work.

Cheers.
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Psalms01 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008
The reactive armor would come in handy if some “nut-job” tries to blow your legs or arms off with a RPG… It’s head and torso are so odd I over looked them. :lol: I wouldn’t mind getting behind the controls of this FOIL.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Aye, reactive armor has a few application in this setting but primarily is there to deflect sword blows in bladed duels, and yes projectile based attacks as well :) It is an odd looking machine indeed but the aim to to shoot for strange yet elegant following a sense of flow with the design while retaining a sense of classic mecha look as well. Thanks for the comments man!
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Ochichi Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007
Wondrous piece. Love the protruding midsection, most suitable for the ramming maneuver, I suppose. Strangely enough, this piece reminds me of a certain nun I had as a teacher in Catholic school. Anyhoo, truly enjoyable. :handshake:
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008  Professional Filmographer
My thanks for the kind words :) From you gallery (fantastic stuff) I see you're clearly a fine artist so I imagine the flourishes of Futurism and other art movements sprinkled in these designs are not lost on you. I appreciate the comments a great deal!
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dragnahawk Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
o-o.........................................................................................................barely speaks english
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Well thanks, I'm guessing you dig it? There are others like it floating around the gallery if you poke around. Cheers!
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varnavas Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
hey nice drawings but your greeks its wrong its ΘΕΟΣ ΚΑΙ ΠΟΛΕΜΟΣ and means god and war
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Thanks for the comments man :)

Yeah that's something I have been aware of for awhile and had tried to do further research to determine if Ke in usage for "and" had any validity at all. Originally I got Ke as a usage for the word and in an English to Greek textbook at the bookstore I used to work at. That was how I ended up with the original translation. Years later as I did more research it was clear kai is the translation for the word and but I saw ke pop up here and there as well related to it. I've been so crazy busy I simply haven't had time to update all the art and change it. Being you are from Greece (surprising how rarely I ran across anyone from Greece who could comment on the translation and the one person I did encounter did say it was still translating as God and War but clearly kai should be the accurate translation from what I can see) what does ke, if anything mean in Greek usage? I have run across it referred to "and" but I don't know if there's specific structure usage to determine that or if the source material I had seen was simply plain erroneous. Thank you again for commenting on it, I appreciate it.

Cheers!
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Valtsu Featured By Owner May 21, 2007
wwowh nice design! You've clearly put a lot of thought in this
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dlredscorpion Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006  Professional Artist
Hmmmm ... i notice the recent FOILS are getting very humanoid shapes and the legs and armor are seems to more beefed up.

Anyhow it looks awesome and somehow remind bit of a gladiators touch of design. ^_^
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Thanks a lot man and great to see you drop by, we've all missed you around here :) Yes, in many, many ways they are like Gladiators so that was somewhat intentional in my design choices. Also I always wanted them more humanoid as they are to move with a sense of speed and grace. Considering animation tends to be fantasy I approach it with this in mind (so far as aesthetics driving some of the designs) knowing a good animation studio can make anything happen. So yes they are very much an extension of their pilot’s skills and need to be able to translate that in battle. Being that requires certain design choices and an amount of suspension of disbelief I expect to tweak and refine things as I go.
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dlredscorpion Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006  Professional Artist
Ah so thats the reason. I been meaning to ask you guys? are FOILS going to be hand drawn or are you guys utilizing 3d?

Cause nowadays from most company i seen the are opting to just go 3d straight especially for the mechas while retaining 2d for the characters and backgrounds. I guess its easier to animate especially when comes to a high complex and detailed mech. I imagine it be a nightmare to to draw that mech for like 24 frames in each minute and normally in a series you used at least 20mins for each episodes. XD
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006  Professional Filmographer
My intent was always 3D so yes. The designs pretty much will require it because of the level of detail I have in mind (There's even a cubist one coming which animators would prob kill me if it had to be hand drawn). 3D for mechanical stuff and hopefully some backgrounds and probably 2D for characters unless cell shaded 3D characters really make some massive strides forward. At the moment I'm designing them in 2D simply because I'm comfortable with Photoshop but I plan to step into some 3D work eventually so I can experiment further with complex visual ideas.
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dlredscorpion Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006  Professional Artist
ah cool then, i was thinking you guys must be gods or something if you plan to hand draw all of them. XD

Hehehe cubist design, somehow animators and modellers hate them alot. XD but then again they are not hard to model just super time consuming due to the parts and complexity i guess.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006  Professional Filmographer
God no, not drawing/animating any of this craziness by hand LOL We're not planning on animating the show ourselves, just getting into position to pitch it to sponsors in the future so an effective studio can take over from there. Designing them by hand is one thing animating them with that kind of detail is pretty much a 3D thing to run with.

As for Cubist mecha, I've yet to see anything quite like what I have in mind. It wouldn't surprise me if it's out there but I have not seen one yet. Some close stuff though, like Frankenstein from Argento Soma, that was pushing a Cubist/Futurist vibe :)
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dlredscorpion Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006  Professional Artist
Lolz yeah i can picture the stress drawing frame by frame. Always makes me wonder how those Gundam animation artist crew pulled it off. XD

Ah i like Argento style better. To me looks like a one eye cylops with a really big left arm but still a good design no matter what. But it does gives a little of the eva feel when i watch the anime somehow. XD
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wunderbear Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It has a very german feel, this one. Like the reactive armour on the shoulders, makes it feel more realistic. Like something a real mech would have.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Danke man :) I love to add touches like that because, as you said, it makes things more convincing and real. Indeed there's a German vibe, clearly with the Panzer gray with red tac numbers and the German name. Just plan to keep things moving along and keep them interesting. Don't know if you saw them but there are two other FOILs posted before this one. Good to see you drop in man :) More stuff to come.
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dasAdam Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2006
thats some cool design here
yeah as many said...i DOES remember NGE considering his head
but i fell in love with that "tiny" armor shells added to his shoulders.that is a great symbole for the russian military spirit adding more and more armor to the vehicle :D
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006  Professional Filmographer
My thanks. Yes the additional armor was ad-ons, as noted in the post, by the pilot. Both Russian and American modern armor inspired the idea as both countries have used reactive plates on their tanks.
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JereduLevenin Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2006
This is really amazing work! Very nice lines. The head reminds me of Evangelion. Very cool.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Thank you much :) There are no intended Eva influences but I suppose comparisons will happen anyhow.
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JereduLevenin Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006
It's more the lines... the style that reminds me of Eva... It doesn't actually LOOK like one of the Evas. It has a similar feel, though. That's good, though!
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006  Professional Filmographer
No worries. It is supposed to evoke a primal beast-like creature with an artisan driven armored shell so understandable. The Evas were very clean, form follows function, in their design and brilliant I have to say in the simplicity of it. These FOIL creatures are more aesthetically driven with design pastiches from art movements of the past and elements of creatures like Dinosaur bones, etc. Different places but in some way similar impressions I guess and yes it's plenty fine on that level but in the end I have some pretty different things in mind for this project ;)
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JereduLevenin Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2006
That's really awesome! Well, if the design was intended to please the eye, you certainly succeeded. Very nice work! I like that idea... It's nice to see something so fresh and original; you implemented the idea beautifully, too! I'll keep an eye out for more of these FOIL creatures.

Note to self: check out the rest of 's gallery!
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much for the kind words. It's been great to hear that most people find these things very fresh and different, that was certainly the point. Visual aesthetics are important as the story's setting pretty much informs that aspect. Just posted more stuff today though DA has been acting kinda strange and I don't know who has seen it yet. Thank you again, cheers!
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2006
Looks great, kudos on the weathering details.

Whats "strumgeist"?
Geist means spirit but whats strum mean?
StormSpirit?
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :) Spirit or ghost so either would work ;)
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MeganeRid Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
very cool this one :)
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Thanks man :D I have still more on the way but they were delayed as I had a new monitor on backorder. Just got it last week so back to it ;)
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MeganeRid Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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greyhole Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
ill be lying if i say i dont like this! not sure why, but the pose just gives it the awsomness it deserves.. fav+
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Thanks a lot man, I appreciate it. Yeah the Zoolander joke GP and I have going for this one is pretty fitting. Ready for the fashion model runway and kicking ass XD
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timeslider Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2006
It looks 3d but it's not (right?) :thumbsup:
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Nope, all Photoshop and Painter 2D painting. There's no guide illo, it was all straight to the Wacom, full digital. My painting process is pretty similar to physical sculpture, something I did several years of in college :) Thanks for the comments man, it's rather flattering some people are asking or mistaking if they're 3D renders. I think it's my weathering process they gives them that vibe overall.
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BacklashCBD Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2006
Awesome man, I really like the colors and of the amount of detail you put into it. The texture are fantastic and the sheer design is amazing. Excellent job. :heart:
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2006  Professional Filmographer
My thanks, gracias :D
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Octaver Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2006
Out of all of your FOILs you have posted, I like this one the best. It looks much more grunt-infantryman like than your other ones. Very nice.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :) Yeah this one's one of my favs as well, it's just more beefy and still kinda sleek looking at the same time.
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ProcrastinatorMan Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2006
I like this one a lot as well. I see you didn't go with the name Zoolander. XD
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Thanks man :)

Zoolander

LOL, no that I didn't but we pretty much both call him that when we refer to it XD
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NinjaPigProductions Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2006
probably my favorite FOIL yet!
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Thank you much man and thanks for the :+fav:. Dunno if you saw the full paint FOIL posted previous to this one, it's similar-ish [link]
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MrSmive Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2006
noice man
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Thank ya!
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Maw123 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
fuck me side ways and make it hurt thats amazing...truly amazing.....i shall be as good as you one day...ure my insparation in life....i just love ure robts
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Thanks a ton LOL I appreciate the good words and my thanks for the :+fav: :D
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Maw123 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
:salute: any time dude...i was woundering if you had ure own web page i couls go gave at in ore and wounder
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