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NK223C Akula by Tabnir NK223C Akula by Tabnir
I wanted to do an aerospace fighter that was bizarre looking, so here's what I dubbed the "pod mech." I wanted it to look a bit aquatic, and the design [in aerial mode] bears some resemblance to armored jawless fish of the Devonian era, most notably Arctolepis [you probably can't see it since I didn't do a top view yet]. Anyways this thing as one energy projection weapon on the forward gimbal and instead of 'zapping' the target like your usual ray gun, the energy beam it shoots hooks up like a string and then the weapon pumps the energy through. Closest thing that fits right now is a magnetic conduit guided plasma weapon but I want to look for another alternative. In the end I might have to scrap the idea anyways, which is totally fine.

Very few of these highly maneuverable "pod mechs" were produced.

Made some minor changes; changed the name to Akula, which I felt was a more appropriate name [will change again in the future].

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BlindViolinist Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
Awesome work! Looks very good :D I was wondering if I could use this for a RPG I am part of, ofcourse you will receive the deserved credits and redirect link towards your page!
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inflatedbot93 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
great work id love to make a 3d work of this or an adaption please get in contact with me and well collaborate .... maybe
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Ganguro666 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
Really cool design. I like the idea of the change in configuration. Some really great details in there, a definite fave!
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NamelessManic Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
So cool!
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Iggy-design Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
great concept there...
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greenteen85 Featured By Owner May 20, 2009
yep purdy kewl. not unlike combine's whips in hl2. i like ships that have feet like Vulture droids in starwars n such
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snarfevs Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have fallen in love with this. I can discern the cephalic sutures of the fish in the panel lines. This is great. Very strong concept indeed.
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Tabnir Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008   Digital Artist
Thank you very much! ^^ Means a lot from someone like you xD
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CrispinTwig Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
really nice design! xD awesome colouring
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kika1983 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008   General Artist
very nice concept art. machine desing is not for everyone! you did it with the aquatique look /the main form reminds me this of a whale to say the truth not that much of akula.
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Tabnir Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008   Digital Artist
Yeah, but "Akula" was closer than "Skadi" :P

Besides, Akula sounds meaner than, like, Cetus. xD
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lenavvargo Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool design!
You have been "captured" here: [link]
;)
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Umaseti Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008
this is an amazing job, i love the super original design. this is so unique that perhaps you shouldn't post unless you don't really mind peoplee viewing this very original stuff of yours cuz people do steal. just a suggestion, this is really excellent! keep up the good work!
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Tabnir Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008   Digital Artist
Haha, good point. Maybe I should tag on a label on it then. ^^
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2008  Professional Filmographer
This is hugely impressive young sir ;) You're profile says you are 17 so I foresee you doing some pretty incredible work as you continue progress because this is damn bloody fantastic right now. Unique and aesthetically pleasing design, great detailing. I design piles of this kind of stuff myself so wild work like this always catches my eye. Bravo!
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Tabnir Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2008   Digital Artist
Thank you -- getting attention from people like you is a huge encouragement for me. Yeah, I'm trying to turn out as much as I can while I'm still 17, haha.
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2008  Professional Filmographer
You're totally welcome and man you're off to a fantastic start, believe me ;) This is really impressive and imaginative work. Happy to drop a watch and nice to meet you here on DA.

Cheers!
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ontedesign Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008   Digital Artist
nice ;]
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Vladimiravich Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008
Great work! Definantly like how you made is look simular to the Revenant battle suits! Is this some thing thats made just for them? And as you probebly already know, the best inspiration for vehicals always seems to come from nature. Odd how the more futuristic some thing is the more its inspired by things that lived millions of years ago. The closest thing that humans have to simulated space on earth is water.
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Tabnir Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008   Digital Artist
Good observation; I started the design with ERC's armor motifs in mind, and yes, it's kind of like part of the "system," though normal people can use it too [but they do not benefit from faster reaction times that Guardians with the dedicated neural lace would]. It's supposed to be a largely automated war machine dropped from warships such as the Garm [I'll post it up later] and the pilot-carrying ability is mostly just used to ferry [important] people down to the surface without using cumbersome dropships.

Vehicles tend to get inspired nowadays by animals is kind of a realization that human R&D process is not quite a match for the rigors and refinements that nature's designs had to go through... This time, though, it was kind of just an aesthetic thing.

Also I'll probably rename it to Akula ["shark"] since it would be a far more appropriate dub for this vehicle than Skadi.
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LSSniper Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
And so u made a surprize :D Very good outcome I have to say. And it shows that it can hover in the top left corner, which u didn't show in the preview version, so it's all godd. Again, good job, one of your best so far.
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The-Flying-Fairy Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008   Interface Designer
man that's really cool. It almost looks like a robot or something, with tiny little eyes at the front. Great job.
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Tabnir Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008   Digital Artist
You're right! Those are sensors "eyes" on the front and the thing does house an AI for limited autonomy. ^^
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The-Flying-Fairy Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008   Interface Designer
cooool. Is it like a fighter jet? Where only one person can fit in at a time?
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Tabnir Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008   Digital Artist
Pretty much that's what I had in mind. :D
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The-Flying-Fairy Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008   Interface Designer
cool cool ^_^
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beetum Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
I love the detail work. Looks very cool. Appreciate you showing this.
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Naixoa Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooh it looks like a hardcore version of the Portal turret, "Hello? Is anyone there?" SCARY STUFF.

ANYWAYS sorry, tangent XD the detail in this is absolutely amazing, you've done a fantastic job on this!
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X-A-N-A Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
Very cool! High tech tazer gun >8D
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ZoroSan Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
Great work man! Finally get to see a complete work by you (other than the snipe rifle)
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Tabnir Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008   Digital Artist
Woo! Finally? xD
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DuncanDDante Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow...
´looks so amazing!
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