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Blue Crab Suit by thomastapir Blue Crab Suit by thomastapir
A "counter-Chimerape" suit, designed to survive an altercation with enraged (territorial, hungry, horny?) xenopithecoids--ideally by discouraging an attack, and in a worst-case scenario by temporarily immobilizing the aggressor. The numerous spiky thorns not only mimic native fauna, hopefully affording the operator the luxury of moving about unmolested, but also make him a thoroughly unappealing potential target. Should more drastic measures be required, the suit is equipped with EM discharge studs on the disproportionately massive "smashing" arm, as well as a gun mounted on same. (The gun itself may very well fire disabling stun shells rather than lethal projectiles.) The uropod-like signal lamp appendages can be triggered to flash a biomimetic "neutral" or "submission" message, defusing a conflict with potential rivals (though hopefully not arousing the advances of a lusty conspecific). These devices have a secondary practical purpose in guiding aircraft and ground vehicles.

Definitely an aesthetic and conceptual relative of
thomastapir.deviantart.com/art…
and
thomastapir.deviantart.com/art…
Put the similarity down to limited imagination. : /

I think of this one as sepia with blue highlights--i.e. canopy bubble illumination, LEDs, and perhaps painted strips on spine tips. I don't have any real rationale for that beyond "it would look cool," though I suppose it could go some ways towards camouflaging the operator amidst similarly colored native fauna.

If you like this, please see
thomastapir.deviantart.com/gal…
for MO' MECHA

Not to be confused with
www.blueman.com/

Dedicated to
:iconjuniorwoodchuck:
for his nod to Tapir Enterprises under juniorwoodchuck.deviantart.com… and also for being a generally cool and talented guy.
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commander-salamander Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful mecha goodness :D
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Hee, thanks!  XD  You know, I should take another crack at this one...I didn't quite nail the vibe I was going for the first time around.  It reads as more "NASA grows thorns" rather than "sinister arthropodian killing machine."  If you see what I mean.  : p
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commander-salamander Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I do. It has a sort of "bubbly" look about it. And it would give you a chance to re-orientate that ambiguous arm.
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
"Re-orienting that ambiguous arm" is always high on my list of priorities first thing in the morning!
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commander-salamander Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Bahhh, so late in getting to the commenting! A few quick impressions:

- "I used to fight, until I took an elbow to the knee." - if you developed this piece more, some simple shading would fix this :3
- Signal Lamps! I noticed these last, but they make a really awesome addition to this as a painting, in my mind!
- I also see something of the manta ray about the main carapace!

Fantastic design, Tom - all the spiny goodness! :D
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Thanks, Ben!  I do think the signal lamps are a rather evocative little throwaway element, definitely something that could be further exploited in the future.  And you know me, it's impossible to escape the Shadow of the Manta--not to mention the Mantis.  : P
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ethan-k793 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
as cool as it is I cant tell whats going on with the left arm... it has like two others sprouting from it?
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
I know man, it's terribly ambiguous...The arm is resting its elbow on the knee of one of the legs, but because of the vertical alignment of the forearm with the lower leg it looks like the arm splits (if you scale it up you can even see that I wrote "ELBOW" and "KNEE" to clarify it for myself : p ).

Needless to say, this was a drawing that "grew" organically rather than being planned with great care ahead of time.  :B
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ethan-k793 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

eh that's usualy how I draw stuff.

I saw the elbow and knee things and it helped alittle but I see it now! thanks!

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