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IMK-05 Rampage by Grebo-Guru IMK-05 Rampage by Grebo-Guru
This is a study I did of the second Kargan Mekton, the Rampage. I came up with an original shield for it, which I've used a standard accessory for a lot of Kargan mecha. I might do more with this down the line.

I also designed it's unusual, multi-role weapon: [link]
And I did a fully-equipped, colored version: [link]

Oh yeah: Mekton, Karga, and the IMK-05 Rampage are property of R. Talsorian Games. No infringement intended nor implied.
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Kynewulf Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Very Cool. I hope you continue re-doing the old Algol mecha--especially the ones from M1 & M2.
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Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I very well might. :-)
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Metryq Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Out of curiosity, why would an armored mecha need a shield? Awesome illustration!
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Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Heh, you don't watch a lot of anime, do you? ;-) Tons of mechs have shields.

In the case of "Gundam" (the biggest name in mecha anime), a shield is one large solid piece of armor, and thus it can be treated to diffuse the heat of energy weapons. The armor on the surface of the mech is in many smaller pieces and segments, and thus is not good for diffusing the heat of energy weapons.

In a broader explanation, an armored mech would do well to carry a shield for the same reason an armored knight would be wise to do so -- greater protection. (Especially in the case of close combat.)

Also, it looks cool, which is the ultimate reason. Giant armored mecha are impractical and unrealistic, so using realistic, practical explanations for their design is -- in my opinion -- rather an unecessary effort. :-)
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Metryq Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Actually, I do enjoy a fair amount of anime, but never got into mecha genre. (The only exception is Neon Genesis Evangelion. Although the Evas are not really mecha, they are cyborgs, and symbolically so much more.) My comment was rhetorical. As you noted, mecha are impractical and unrealistic. Most of the designs are so chunky—at least the humanoid designs—that in real life they'd have a range of motion of only a few degrees. Sure, they look cool, especially to a younger, less critical audience. I run into the same off-on-a-tangent mindset from many sci-fi fans concerning humanoid robots, or people wishing that we had robots today. Well, we do have robots today, lots of them. They simply do not walk or look human because such designs are highly inefficient.

At least this design is better than the "pepper pot" Daleks, who somehow terrorized the galaxy even though a staircase or a gravel path can stop them in their tracks. (To say nothing of that toilet plunger they carry.)
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Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Heh, well, alright. Glad we're on the same page. In any event, thank you for the compliments!

(And I agree about the Daleks. Indeed, it's their ridiculousness which makes them so compelling... I think.)
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