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Nightmare by sledgeviper Nightmare by sledgeviper
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*WHEW*... after much procrastination, and 13 variations (and many armor variations off to the side of the page), i've completed the Nightmare enough to my liking. why so many variations? because i needed to whittled down any concepts to get to the final design.

this concept was very complex and required many, many, many, many hours to tweak-it jusssst right... if at all...

but, if art has taught me anything, is that one can rarely be 100% satisfied with the final design, so no doubt in the future i'll be redesigning it again. but, for the moment, it's done, and i'm pleased =D

The Nightmare is a medium-heavy mecha, sporting a splitting sword that when combined creates a Big sword. because of this, the suit lacks a shield, though the forearms have an "arm guard" to block any in coming attack if need be; much like the Knight of Gold (KOG [FSS].) As for performance, it's well balanced between speed, weight, and strength; a good Mech for the fray.

the pilot is a mercenary, and not a happy fellow at that. in fact the Nightmare is the rival of the Agave; in fact while designing the Agave heavy armor, this Nightmare suit came to be.

it's not an ancient suit either, more or less modern in the time frame of the story, where-as the Agave has been around for several hundred years; earth years, for all you FSS die-hards.

though heavy and strong, it cannot go up against the Agave heavy armor, or it will be decimated with one blow from the "mach 1" slash (cause the Agave H.A. has a generator/power booster on it's back.) the Agave (not the HA) has another advantage over the Nightmare, it's built better because it comes from a Nation, while the Nightmare comes from a mercenary-for-hire, so it doesn't get the nice attention and funding the Agave gets; which is why the pilot of the Nightmare has got a grudge against Rico (pilot of the Agave.)

later on, the suit becomes a true heavy armor, but has switched allegiances because the pilot (no name yet) got bought-out as a full time Knight to a rival power (the bad guys), but once realizing that he gave up his freedom for power and greed, the pilot turns against his evil masters and aids the good guys in the destruction of the power hungry nation.

here's the suit before i added the arms, so you can see what the side skirt looks like:[link]

here's variation page 1:[link]

and page 2:[link]

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spicy-baconroll Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Ya know pencil smudges usually look bad but it worked out nicely i believe, looks like a dense dark aura! :jawdrop:
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sledgeviper Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Funny thing about those smudges, they're invisible to the naked eye, but when you scan it in and then adjust the "levels" then they show up. They can be erased easily, but often after many hours of drawing one just wants to scan it and get it over with; especially when you want the damn thing to be done XD. Sometimes I photoshop them out, sometimes.

Yea, it does look interesting, and helps the Mech pop out of the page. Before too awful long I'll be rescanning many pages after cleaning them, but things are tricky at the moment between 2 jobs and being tired, so I'm not exactly motivated. I more or less keep pressing forward, and anything else can be fixed in the future (once the design meets my diehard approval.) In the meantime, the smudges, ya like 'em or don't, either way they're staying for a bit longer ;D
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spicy-baconroll Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Well no worries, might as well focus on the fun of drawing and coloring right? Da good stuffs :relax:
yup smudges can wait :)
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Sotetsu Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
That is the sickest mecha I have seen. Nicely done
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mikecharles Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
very nice!
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Aerozopher Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
holy shit mate, that's amazing =)
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NoviceArtist487 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
Are the lines in the armor supposed to be air vents for cool-down or are they there for aesthetic value?

I also like how the arm-guards are curved, creating variation which helps it stand out from the sharp-edged armor plating of the mech :dance:
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sledgeviper Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
mmm, they're like the slits on the face of a knights face shield. like a grill. they also help reduce the weight a little as well.
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Daeouse Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful to see this thing finally finished! Excellent form all around! I think a Veil (shield) would be an excellent piece of optional equipment, but that's just me. ^_^

Excellent work!
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Zoxesyr Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
dramatic and beautiful design!
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FabioDeus Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
Looks like Magiking from Magiranger (it's a Sentai).

Nice drawing anyways! Congratulations...
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sledgeviper Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
hmmm interesting... i don't see the resemblance. thanks though =)
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Steel-Avatar Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Student General Artist
You should totally clean up that line art. What program are you using?
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sledgeviper Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
welll... i might clean it up a little...
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Daeouse Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
From what he's told me when we talk, he hand-draws everything. He rarely uses the computer for any of his Mechs unless he's coloring them.
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sledgeviper Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
he's right, everything is drawn by hand. coloring is done on the computer, but i'm steadily losing desire to use the comp the color my drawings or to add my own hidden watermarks.

i'm more than likely gonna pick up water colors at some point cause i can paint faster than i can do it in either photoshop or illustrator; and yez, i do have a wacom tablet, but i'm not a fan of it.
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Daeouse Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
waste of a good WACOM. . . j/k ;)

Still going to look good!
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sledgeviper Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
i use photoshop, but i'm really not interested in cleaning the background up cause it's a ton of work, and i like how rough and smudged it looks; cause it looks raw, like a sketch.
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Zerion Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
Exact same feeling here

Great job on the pic!
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Steel-Avatar Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Student General Artist
I don't mean to sound like it's bad - I haven't done stuff like this is a while, and I know it takes lots of hard work to make it look good - I just think it could be even better.
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sledgeviper Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
no prob, i know you weren't dissing it =)
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