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MSZ-013C1 Z-Cannon by Grebo-Guru MSZ-013C1 Z-Cannon by Grebo-Guru
The "Mass-Produced Gundam ZZ," or MSZ-013, only ever saw limited production -- four, to be precise -- because the whole project turned out to be impractical.

Well DUH.

The idea of making what is, essentially, a super-powered GM is bass-ackwards, if not downright ridiculous. Okawara's designwork and drafting on it wasn't too great either. Oh, and its color scheme is horrendous. All in all, the MSZ-013 stands among my least favorite ZZ MSVs. However...

Out of idle curiosity, I've tried recoloring the MSZ-013 all sorts of ways: Gundam ZZ proper colors, Nu Gundam colors, Titans colors, New Desides colors, etc etc etc. None of them offered much improvement. For some reason I kept casting around for more options. After I tried (and wasn't too thrilled with) the GM's colors, I realized one of the few schemes I hadn't tried was the Guncannon's. I liked the idea. So I did it. And I LOVED it.

Once I'd stumbled upon the ideal repurposing of this damned machine, I became obsessed with it. I tweaked the art all over the place: I took out all those dumb holes, replaced the ugly hands, modified the elbows to work more logically, put its rifle in its hand, swapped the derpy little hip launcher for another set of beam sabers, angled said sabers backward, refined the color scheme... there are a TON of layers in the photoshop file). But here it is, the final result. The MSZ-013C1 "Z-Cannon."

I envision the Z-Cannon as a more effective, adaptable, and survivable design than the Guncannons and GM Cannons that precede it. It would also be cheaper to make and easier to maintain than Task Force Alpha's artillery unit, namely the FA-010A "FAZZ" MS. As an added bonus, it offers a convenient "missing link" to the F71 "G-Cannon" seen in Gundam F91.

It's truly amazing what a difference a new color scheme can make. I used to be annoyed by this design. Now I'm quite fond of it. Go figure.

Credits:
I didn't draw this. It was drawn by Kunio Okawara. This, and anything Gundam related, is the property of Sunrise, Bandai, Yoshiyuki Tomino, Hajime Yadate, etc. No infringment is intended nor implied. I ain't makin' any money from this, it's just for fun.
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Crosswire40 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
Wow! I like the Mass Production ZZ Gundam in Guncannon colors! It looks so much better then the original color scheme it had. And now that I look about it, maybe you're right, maybe this is the missing link between the F71 G-Cannon. 
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Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yeah, I was blown away by how well the colors work, and really highlight what the concept for the MPZZ could have been.
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rriyaw Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
but at first glance , i see gun cannon here, well but this is awesome
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Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That's the idea -- the Mass Production Gundam ZZ modified to accent its inherent similarity to the Guncannon. And glad you think it's awesome. Thanks!
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RyugaSSJ3 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is just ingenious!!
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Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :-) It seemed so obvious... once I'd actually thought of it. (Only took me like 15 years or something.)
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RyugaSSJ3 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yikes. XD That must have paid off. All 15 years of it.
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acg3fly Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
this work came out very nice
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Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks, sir.
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acg3fly Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Most welcome! :)
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NuFinalSaber Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Very, Very Cool.
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Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Gracias!
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Blayaden Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Shweet! My bro was telling me that this suit would look cooler with a better paint job... ;)
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Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, your bro is a smart dude!
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Blayaden Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD You wouldn't think that with his normal behavior... he's a goofball.

THEN he puts on his military uniform...
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ReddArimori Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Well you can't be too surprised by the impractical design. To be honest though at least it retained some of the prototype it's based off of power. Look at the GM, GM Custom, Re-Gz, etc. All were based off of gundams but dumbed down to make ends meet. "Mass producing" gundams in reality is near to impossible, at least from a financial point of view. How can you make something equal to something that cost a vast amount of resources for half if not less than the original cost?
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Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, I'm not surprised at all. And really, at the end of the day, the GM has turned out to be a very successful and long-lived line of mobile suits.
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ReddArimori Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Gotta agree with you on that one.
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ADVENTSEND Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
This is awesome, never actually saw the original, but this is superb. The beam sabers are very well placed, the angle makes them perfectly suitable for easily retrieving and deploying them. And with four at the pilot's disposal, no big deal if one if last right? The only thing I don't like is the rifle/beam gun in its hand, but i've grown to deal with them as their design is typical of the 80s early 90s style. Purpose consider doing a machine rifle for it? Haha
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Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like it! You can see the original MSZ-013 here:
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ADVENTSEND Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Should have figured it would be on MAHQ haha
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Losrandir Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Professional Writer
I always thought that your Mekton artwork was strongly inspired by the early 80s "realistic" approach to mecha design in anime (mainly Gundam/Macross/Armored Trooper VOTOMS). You managed to mantain that essence of realism, of mecha portrayal as a day-to-day war machine, no more strange in the battlefield than a tank, but with your own style. And I think that must be hard to achieve (as Stephen Hawking said "to be at the shoulders of giants"). You must be very proud of it. Your work is not a mere copy: you have your own identity as artist and that makes very interesting to see you getting back to "classical" mechas, but displayed through your own talent. Congratulations and thanks for sharing your artwork with us.
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Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
WOW. Thank you very much for the glowing compliment! (Not to mention the well-thought out observations and commentary.) You're right about me being influenced most of 80s real robots... That's something I'm actually wanting to change. Or rather, I want to expand my portfolio of styles, do designs that are a bit more baroque. You've inspired me to get the heck to that!
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Losrandir Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Professional Writer
What I love of DA is that I keep finding artists from the time I started to play RPGs. And R.Talsorian Games were a perfect mix of great RPG design, awesome storylines and cool artwork. Even after so many years I can come back to Cyberpunk or Mekton and still find myself amazed as the first time I saw those games. Changing as an artist is natural (at least that's what I think as a writer). I would love to see what can you design going baroque (perhaps with some Mamoru Nagano's The Five Star Stories flavour?).
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Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm right there with you, man. And I too am curious to see what I do. ;-)
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ADVENTSEND Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
I just recently looked into Five Star Stories because of a love of its mech designs. Produce your own Golden Knight and I shall bow before you. Haha
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Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Heh. I definitely am not on the same wavelength as Mamoru Nagano. His stuff is amazing. I'll have to see what I can come up with.
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