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'Mephisto' Drop Suit by MikeDoscher 'Mephisto' Drop Suit by MikeDoscher
The so-called 'drop suits' of the early 22nd century were the result of not so much advances in surface tactics or materials engineering as applied biology. While the idea of inserting surface-mobile combat assets from orbit had been attractive for some time, the limits of either pilot physiology or telepresence made this difficult in practice. Manned units were subject to deceleration limits that increased approach time and made them vulnerable to ground defenses, while remote units were vulnerable to control lag as well as link spoofing. Autonomous AIs were also not suitable, for both technical as well as political reasons.

However, with the passage of the Sapiency Acts in 2206 the modification of human genetics became a matter of practical concern once again. It was revealed later that many of the Ninth Wave programs had never actually been terminated, but rather moved offworld. Theoretical fears aside, it meant (among other things) that it would be possible to modify pilots to withstand the g-forces involved without jeopardizing their legal status. Typically the suits were carried externally below unmanned booster and weapon packs, but many configurations were possible.

Here we see the 'Daisy Pusher' a Block 10 'Mephisto' suit being used in operations against Trans-C Separatists on Titan. The terraforming of that moon served as a sort of mirror for the strange civil war that wracked the settlements there. The conflict was noted for both questions of sapiency, humanity, and the moral weight of aesthetics.

Naturally, none of these questions were decided to the satisfaction of anyone involved.
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VomitBear Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
I like the compact look of this suit.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
I have a horrible urge to make a joke about loli pilots.

Thanks. I found myself wondering about a mech/suit that could be deployed from some sort of bomb bay or external hardpoint. I really should work out a walk cycle for those accordion legs.
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VomitBear Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
In most sci-fi all the ships are big or oddly shaped. They're always never built for easy transport or storage.

That's why I like the Hornet and Super Hornet (even though it's pretty big), they're built to work on a carrier.

Vipers in BSG are built to work on a BattleStar.

I think the same goes for mechs. They're always flashy and good looking but never designed with practicality in mind.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
I agree. Depending on the mood you're trying to convey, I think there's a fine line between having it look like something anthropomorphic and something practical. I think that the F/A-18 and Viper share a lot of subtle cues both in terms of fittings and a general compactness (though with the Hornet/Super Hornet that compactness isn't so evident unless the wings are folded). The way the rotors and tail fold up on the Sea Stallion was something of an inspiration here as well. I kind of picture the Mephisto as being able to deploy from some sort of containerized hangar on a cargo vessel, a little like the Harriers during the Falklands war.

Even something flashy would be a little better if there were hints of the handling equipment it would need to be launched, recovered, and serviced in some sort of non-magic facility. I kind of like what Giant Robo did here.
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VomitBear Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Harriers are cool
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P0LITICALLYINC0RRECT Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
it looks almost like the invid mechs from robotech or which i like to call it by its original name mospeda
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Quesocito Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really nice drawing and i love the description as well! Great work man!
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P0LITICALLYINC0RRECT Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thats biwinning!
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Kydoon Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always loved how your art was two-fold: Imagery and description. Your matter-of-fact references to concepts and events that the audience isn't aware of give a feeling of depth like you wouldn't believe. Your slice-of-life technical pamphlets are always enthralling.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you for saying so- giving hints of a broader world is central to what I've been trying to do. :)
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