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Akula III by Tabnir Akula III by Tabnir
Isolated from the rest of Humanity, the Sovereignty developed along different tech. The pod mech was an attempt to create a "universal mech" capable of fulfilling mechanized battle roles in all environments. To allow such a high degree of battlefield independence, the Akula was the first vehicle to be completely propelled by field-induction arrays. The superior maneuverability comes at the cost of an unimpressive maximum speed during atmospheric operations compared to its contemporaries. Atmospheric flight requires constant shifting between lift phase, where the 'wings' are oriented upwards, and a thrust phase, giving the Akula a unique flight pattern, similar to that of a sparrow.

Depicted is an Akula III; this iteration has a chisel-like nose suited for ramming enemy craft and breaching walls. Before any ramming attempt, the front gimbal retracts into the "mouth," which closes.

Like most Sovereignty armor and vehicles, the Akula is stealthy, but does not possess active camouflage [in contrast to URSYN which makes common use of 'cloaking' systems].

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I had wanted to make the Akula more whale-like and so gave it a more streamlined but stockier build. Overall I felt it should look more like a pack-hunting predator, like orcas.
This particular unit is dressed in urban camo and bears House Spaeta insignia.

Earlier Akula for comparison: [link]

PS CS4 scanned linework

EDIT: Fixed perspective issue dogging the design for years.

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elijarman Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Artist
nice work
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martfam816 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
thats a classy chasis!
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nobody00000000 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what is it?
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W4RH0US3 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist
Is it just me or am I the only one who thinks this kind of looks like Metal Gear Ray?
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Neoconvoy Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Student General Artist
Excellent painting man !!!
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SABAHN Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Student Filmographer
Very impressive! I'm loving the design at the front of the ship :la:! *faves*
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Loone-Wolf Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
nice!
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Silverlion Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
Very nice.
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krassnoludek Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
Thought it was 3d when I saw the thumb!
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vshen Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
nice design really feels solid. You can almost grab it.
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Urartskillz7 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010   Traditional Artist
the way ur able to look at animals and then draw mechs based off of them is amazing
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Max306 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
awsome work man. makes me wanna draw stuff.
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Saipias Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Solid work, as always. I like how you really fleshed out the areas between the external plates.
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Nirdian Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Hobbyist
This is pretty awesome. I see some very interesting designs.

Faved for reference.
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Ragaru Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thought it was a gun when I saw the thumb.

Anyway, I really love the design!
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SchneeKatze09 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow thats pretty cool I like your art style it feels organic if that makes sense :)
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