And another new FOIL to round out the posts tonight.
5th generation (very early period as to be argued it's late 4th gen to early 5th) Jeindel Schnellgail Special operations multi-role combat FOIL. This is an example of a 5th gen covered limb design with various add on customizations by it's operating crew (the leg armor and various bolt on parts, etc).
The Schnellgail, depicted here, is a multi-role machine in the sense that it's not a standard cavalry or infantry FOIL nor is it a front line machine that operates within the restrictive rules of engagement and code of combat the primary Polemon campaign follows. The war between Indus and Polemos is something more akin to contests of skill, such as the Olympics, than the familiar notion of modern warfare we have today. However this is still warfare in every possible way in regards to the loss of life incurred. Both sides fight in arranged engagements, under certain conditions, to achieve the highest point spread. The higher the lead in points the more advantages the leading faction has, politically, economically, and tactically. Depending on a variety of rules and a lead in points, from engagement to engagement, certain wild card plays can be employed. The FOILjaeger Gottheitzerstorer was such a wild card play but long ago banned for use in the Polemon theater due to the Reince incident. This Schnellgail, and other specialized FOILs, would be lone wolf combatants that would be sent in to attack at the time and place of their choosing thus playing a specialized role in FOIL warfare. Specialized because they operate outside the primary rules of engagement but their actions are sanctioned through the advantages of certain point spreads and occurrences in the primary engagements by both sides.
The Schnellgail, pictured here, has spotted cammo for the regions of Polemos that are similar to the Savanna and deserts in Africa. There's vegetation and stretches of desert with smatterings of foliage where this machine is in operation thus the choice of markings. Granted hiding something this big is rather absurd FOIL cammo is as much for functionality as it is intimidation. The weapon it carries is a rail shettier for ranged and close quarter use and rather effective at killing FOILs with minimal rounds required for take down (this weapon is more powerful than standard infantry FOIL shettier weaponry). The FOIL is capable of carrying bladed weapons but none are depicted here (omitted to showcase other details). On the left thigh there is a curved bar bolted to the side. Immediate speculation might be it's a form of reactive armor plate and this is close but it's actually a repulsor field plate that performs a similar function of deflecting bladed attacks. The 3 smaller plates are indeed reactives and the curved T shaped plate is simply a reinforcement plate for attaching additional weapons and such. On the right leg there's an added curved armor plate with a pack of reactive armor plates attached and a trio of smoke grenade launchers on the far side.
The FOIL has a nose art depicting a wolf jumping over Polemos while breathing fire. On the left arm over the black TAC band are kill markers (cool little Jolly Roger Skulls provided by
) The TAC number is 115D. On the head it says, in greek lettering, Jeindell and then Dynamic Combat Systems in English. Once again, in terms of visual aesthetics, the head sculpt has some distinctly futurist (modern art style with ties to cubism) evoking lines and flow. The Schnellgail is a fairly current Jeindell design so this example isn't a particularly old machine but it's seen a good deal of action in the field and thus has a great deal of wear.
This crew also employs floating sendai (these are independent sendai lifeforms but have a consciousness more in line with an animal but are extremely intelligent none-the-less)) that provide recon, targeting, and tactical data to the FOIL crew (human pilot and sendai faedai) in the field. Only one is shown here but they can employ multiple "floaters" sometimes called "voyeur cans" as a derogatory epithet.
This one is still a fully 2D fully digital Wacom paint so no 3D assistance on this one. As most of you following the gallery and TKP and seen I will be doing more FOILs in 3D in the future.
Fully digital Wacom illustration using Photoshop CS3 and Painter X
I'll probably sneak in some edits, there's still some bits I need to tweak and polish, too tuckered to mess with it now. It's done though, for the most part