Fairly happy with this one.. but definitely took quite a bit of editing. Was really frustrated at how generic the colours were but I'm better now. Trying to make my personal work more vis-devy for portfolio's sake.. instead of putting in just pretty pictures I'm gonna try to put in more "functional" illustration.. if that's what you call it. Typed out the below descriptions at 5.30am in the morning with only 5 hours of sleep the night before so it might sound a little dumb.. or weird. but yeah. I need sleep.
Second generation main mass produced combat armor for the U.N. Marine forces in the not so distant future. The pilots of the combat armors in this time had to have their bodies and minds surgically modified so to enable artificial motor receptor and efector cables be plugged into the pilot's spine and back of the head (kinda like matrix) into the brain. This is to allow the combat armor limbs to respond as quickly as how normal human limbs respond to the human brain. It can be said that the cables act as external nerves that connect the pilot's mind to the machine, making it alot more efficient than the clumsy first generation combat armors, in whereby the pilots have to manually control the limbs of the unit. In this second generation combat armor becomes the pilot's body. However, there is a drawback to this system. The receptor cables would also channel any damage done to the combar armor back to the pilot's brain. In some cases it was known that the damage to the mind were so severe that it caused paralysis and even brain death.
The main visual camera for the armor is mounted on the chest area, and is quite exposed to damage from enemy fire. To counter this, a backup system, so to say, was installed. If ever the camera is damaged to the point where it can no longer transmit visuals to the cockpit, the armor would automatically eject the front cover of the cockpit to allow direct visuals for the pilot. It may be more dangerous and less effective than the camera outputs, but to the pilots it's better than being immobilized. To them, it's better to die in battle than to be captured by the enemy, or die kneeling. They all were trained to follow the code of honour of the samurai after all.
artwork, Raijin UNIT, Combat Armors (c) Emerson Tung