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Combat Armor: Raijin UNIT by emersontung Combat Armor: Raijin UNIT by emersontung
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.


Raijin Unit-

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
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D-Arm Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome design :)
MEXICAN4111 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
damn good work! dig the back story too!
protoassassin1 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
I like, very intresting.
Blood-Hawk-531 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Cool. Wouldn't the feet be too small to balance the armour and/or support its weight, though?
Absolutely beautiful
emersontung Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you.
AarondaImmortalSaint Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
you welcome
ChaosTamed Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
This is a very interesting concept! I'd like nothing more to see it in a 3d movie or a game!
chichiboy Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
now that is a battle suit, kick some stinky towelhead terrorist ass
543Bs0Za Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
extra mags in the legs
nice touch
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