Hi! Great piece of work. I was wondering.... I'm a digital sculptor and i've been looking to do some hardsurface pieces to practice some new techniques. Was wondering if you wouldn't mind if i used this concept. I'd credit you of course and link back to your work/website.
You succeeded. I'm not so much concerned about the amount of armor that's on it, since the setting that I am deriving already presupposes that personal combat weapons have evolved from slugthrowers to personal directed-energy weapons (fancy name for lasers), and Gauss weapons. With that sort of firepower, this would probably fall into my classification as Security or Marshal armor... designed to soak up a little bit of damage, but not a whole lot. But it isn't as heavy or bulky as Vanguard or Sentinel armor, thus it doesn't impair mobility like the heavier classes do. Even those heavier armor suits don't stop Gauss weapons fully... more like redirect the round away from any vital organs and keep the soldier in the fight with stimpacks, adrenaline and serotonin.
Yeah, weapon advances tend to put armour to shame. Most of the suits I design for this story/world aim for modularity, allowing the armour plates to be removed as needed. Since firearms are still projectile-based, plating has its uses. Not to mention in hand-to-hand combat with other powersuits, cyborgs, and robots.
Definitely along similar thought processes here. Though I will say that in certain cases (primarily armored vehicles) armor does have its uses.
In truth, before firearms, you could say that armor and bladed weaponry often ran in a tight race between one another.
Some folks might question whether body armor is even necessary, but I know for a fact that it's saved thousands of lives overseas, so much so that it's well worth the weight (even if you do have to sweat like a pig to wear it).
Very nice looking. A few critiques from my inner milfag. Needs better protection on the sides, and on the insides of the arms. Just at a glance, it appears the back of the legs have no armor which isn't a good thing. It makes me think of it as a base design that's intended to be outfitted in various ways. Also you could add some armored magazine pouches and the like and it look really nice.
Some of the sketches had pouches and other gear, but i left that out for the final. I never did a finished design for the back of him, didn't have the time; but I would make sure to implement some kind of armour. I was trying to balance protection with flexibility; arms need a lot of flexibility and would allow for as much plating. I figured the synthetic muscles could also have some protective capability anyway.