Monday, March 29, 2010

Welcome to the Mobile Infantry! 7

I finished the weapons.*

*Nearly. I still need to figure out how the bomb launcher on the y-rack works..

Friday, March 26, 2010

Welcome to the Mobile Infantry! 6

I spent some time on the part which I've been dreading since I started this project: The actual weapons that an M.I carries into battle.

I went through the first chapter, (the best described of the three battle sequences in the book), and wrote down every instance of weapon use:

"tossed a bomb"

"(atomic rocket launch.) Carries a total of four"

"y-rack lauches two bombs"

"hand flamer in left hand(which implies that there is one on the right, too.)"

"scatter fire pills"

"sets y-rack to automatic, launches a pair of bombs every jump"

"reloads y-rack"

"heavy flamer off back, knife beam on wall"

"squaker-bomb on belt"

And that's it. There's no mention of any kind of rifle or cannon at all, just bombs thrown by hand, bombs launched automatically by the suit, three(!) flamers, and a nuclear bazooka. Everything finally clicked when I read this line on page three, one I've probably read dozens of times:

This is just a raid, not a battle. It is a demonstration of firepower and frightfulness. Our mission is to let the enemy know that we could have destroyed their city-but didn't-but that they aren't safe even though we refrain from total bombing. You'll take no prisoners. You'll kill only when you can't help it. But the entire area we hit is to be smashed. I don't want to see any of you loafers back aboard here with unexpended bombs. Get me?

There's no need for a cannon because that's not the kind of job the Mobile Infantry is there to do (explode things and set things on fire). Which means that their equipment is modular, and that they can be outfitted for different missions quickly and easily.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Welcome to the Mobile Infantry! 5

I just finished the rear-view armor. Next comes the weaponry and then finally all the ammo pouches and pockets and stuff.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010

One last thing....

Did an updated version of the Forever War piece:

Welcome to the Mobile Infantry! 3

I did some more work on the M.I. suit.

And just for fun, here's some earlier sketches of the suit:

Welcome to the Mobile Infantry! 2

Started from scratch on the M.I. powered Armor:

I'm waaaay more excited with this one. This is the null configuration, which is only the pseudo-musculature, the frame, and the jump-jets.

I'm going to render this out fully, front and back, and then do the armor configuration, and then finally the full kit.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Welcome to the Mobile Infantry!

Did a bit more work on the M.I. Armor. Still haven't started on the back view yet.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Welcome to the Mobile Infantry!

I figured that since I was already thinking about powered armor, I might as well go ahead and design the gold-standard of powered armor, the Mobile Infantryman's suit from Starship Troopers.

This isn't to say that I've never tried to design this suit before. Oh no, I've tried plenty of times. The problem is that the MI Armor is has a lot of shit tacked on. Going by the first chapter, we see four atomic rockets, grenades, fire-pills, a beam-knife, a Y-rack that automatically launches ordinance every time the suit lands from a jump, and multiple different-sized flame throwers. Weapons are "unslung", there's a specific line later about how letting go of your rocket launcher causes it to "snap back into place'', and I haven't even mentioned the jump jets yet!

The only description in the text about the suit's appearance is "looks like a steel gorilla," and later a line saying that the helmet in particular looks like a "hydrocephalic gorilla". Using all of that and ample reference of modern military forces, I've got this:

I been focusing on the basic design of the suit so far, but I'm going to have to figure out where other weapons attach and how. Also, I'm going to do a shot from behind, to show off the jump jets and weapon attachments.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Forever War Fighting Suits Through the Ages

Maj. Mandella, 2458

Got this one finished after a few starts and stops. Figuring out the legs really got things moving.