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Prickly 'n Bristly by thomastapir Prickly 'n Bristly by thomastapir
Preliminary studies for what I'm tentatively calling "Echinosuits" or "Megacanthid mecha"--spiky powered armor designed for fighting Fleas, Chimerapes, Alternasaurs, Jovian Plankton, or other such extraterrestrial monstrosiites.

:bulletblack: The top three were done first and were sketches for the Blue Crab Suit (q.v. thomastapir.deviantart.com/art… ).
:bulletblack: 4 and 5 are based on the eurypterid "sea scorpion" Mixopterus. The right upper arm spikes were omitted for clarity on 5 (they are fixed, static structures, not retractable spines).
:bulletblack: I didn't really nail the vibe I wanted in terms of aesthetic styling until 6--that's the first one that really has the savage, imposing look I'm going for, rather than "NASA meets blackberry bramble." 7 was done after a scanning electron micrograph and represents an attempt to give bristly arthropodian setae to a machine...Those could be poison spines, pressure sensors, sample probes, radio aerials, or whatever.

These are all really rough, crappy sketches, but I like the idea and want to do more with it. Will Scrap very soon.
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:iconmatushyzny:
MatusHyzny Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice Nice Nice! Look forward to see these ideas more developed!
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
Thank you sir!  So do I, lol!
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
Yeah marine invertebrate bauplans for the win!

I actually like 1's arms better without the spines. 5 is my favorite overall. There's a very cool tension and suggestion that he might spring into action at any moment. 
"NASA meets blackberry bramble."!

>>Those could be poison spines, pressure sensors, sample probes, radio aerials, or whatever.<<
Obviously they are hyperspace impellers.
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
Yeah, these done during that initial spiky frenzy of enthusiasm when my inclination was to compulsively add spines wherever they'd fit...Since then I've learned some restraint, some nuance, some finesse, some sensitivity, I dare say.

re:  obviously they are hyperspace impellers

These designs emerged partially from a dream, the premise of which was even crazier than that--I'll notecha!  : )
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
Note me note me!
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Done.  :)
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mr-author Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Number Two and Five are my favorites, but they're all awesome.
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Thanks man, I do appreciate getting feedback on particular favorites.
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mr-author Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Specifically I love the hands on number five so much.
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
Oh, cool...Thanks, that helps.  You know, that one is very heavily derivative of a Shirow mech from Appleseed, Book 3; the "Pan" or "May Queen," ummmmm...Hm, I'm not having any luck finding a picture of it online but let me know if you're sufficiently curious/interested and I'll be happy to scan it for you.
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