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'Big Steel Gorilla' by Tekka-Croe 'Big Steel Gorilla' by Tekka-Croe
So you may be thinking "What's so special about this? It's just a suit of powered armor." But that's the thing- this isn't just a suit of powered armor. This is the suit of powered armor. That is to say, the one created by Robert Heinlein, in his sci-fi / military / philosophical masterpiece Starship Troopers.

The most description Heinlein gives of the armor's physical appearance is that it has a bowl helmet, and that when wearing it "...you look like a big steel gorilla." He does, however describe the armor's various functions and armaments in great detail. I've based my interpretation of Heinlein's powered armor on the information given about it in the 1st and 7th chapters of the novel.

Notable features from the book: Bowl-visor helmet, flip-up/down night vision optics ("snoopers"), backpack-mounted mortars/bomb launchers, arm-mounted flame thrower ("hand-flamer"), mini-nuke rocket launcher, and jump-jets throughout.

Oh, and Heinlein created this in 1959. You might notice that as being pretty much four decades before the concept of powered armor started breaking into the mainstream (Warhammer 40k is the most notorious early-adopter, which jumped on the bandwagon back in the 80's). Honestly, his descriptions of the powered armor are more high-tech and plausible than half the stuff in current hard-sci-fi.

Design based upon Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein.
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KingOfCopper16 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
awesome!
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ForgottenRealm Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you.
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
Very nice.
I always pictured it as being WAY bulkier, but I honestly like your interpretation better.

Bonus points for making it actually look like, well; like a suit of armor--something that an actual human is *wearing*, rather than a robot.
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moto-jahk-fwah Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
needs longer arms to be more gorrilla like, but still awesome.

did you have pictures of actual gorillas up when you drew this? I always thought it would be the dimensions and the pose that made it gorilla like...
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EdXCal Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Also, I'd like to point out you forgot his grenade belt! They carry hand grenades on their belts, in the first chapter he throws one that screeches in skinny.
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EdXCal Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
FANTASTIC! I read the book back in the early 00's and was blown away by how good the book was and how aweful the movie was! I was hard pressed to find anything that matched the books power armor, even the anime made in the 80's still has fire arms. This is very impressive! I take my hat off to you good sir!
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WithintheMechanism Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Looks very hydrocephalic. Good job.
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Silverlion Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Awesome. Might have bulked the helmet a bit, since I think the snoopers were inside...but ah well :D
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BETA368 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
No machine gun for light targets? BLASPHEMY! I say!!!
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BETA368 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Other than that, cool.
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HaroldPotter Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
A suit isn't a space suit - although it can serve as one. It is not primarily armor - although the Knights of the Round Table were not armored as well as we are... A suit is not a ship but it can fly, a little - on the other hand neither spaceships nor atmosphere craft can fight against a man in a suit except by saturation bombing of the area he is in.

I liked that the anime had the suits, even if they didn't look very practical.
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yoda711 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Bless you for acknowledging that this is the source of so many power suits we know and love today.
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Nullcast Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
The lack of actual mobile infantry in the movie always bugged me. Those suits were the most awesome part!
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LRonTupperware Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The last thing those wishy-washy Skinny turncoats ever see!
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Nocte-Vagus Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Tekka, you always amaze me.
I remember when the movie came out in '97.
Sadly I've yet to read the original novel.
I'll probably go buy a hardback, when I get the money.

As for your work, i think it's a great depiction,
and very well drawn as always.
Especially love how you kept the 50's style look,
but added some more curves.
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monkey226 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
I can die now.
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The-SKA-King Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
HOLY FUCKING CHRIST DICK THAT'S THE DAMN SUIT. I think my life is now systematically situated now. Thank you.
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ARC-K-80 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Woah, I really like this. Great job translating it. Would you mind if I digitally inked and colored it? I'm trying to find new pieces to practice on, and this looks like it would be a great one. I'd obviously credit you for the original art and give you a link when I'm done.
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Tekka-Croe Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Go right ahead. Always happy to help other artists out.
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bioazard Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Amazing, never someone draw on of thos suit, and it look pretty much like the one i pictures reading the book. Thanks for that !
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unspacy Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
epic mecha
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Pheenix42 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
The reason why Heinlein has plausibility? He had a background in engineering, that's why.

"BUGS, Mr. Rico! Bugs--and I'm burnin' 'em down!!"
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Tekka-Croe Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Indeed. I think he was in military R&D during WWII.
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FancyLadtheCourteous Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
I feel like there needs to be more emphasis on the legs, the one thing I really got as an impression of the armor was definetly the air it gives the wearer. Jumping kilometers in single bounds with the help of the jets. It does look like a gorilla and pretty awesome indeed but throwing in some honest critique it needs to feel more, "jumpy"
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QuantumCrab Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
At first, I was like "Oh, it's Jorge, from Halo REACH". Then I started staring at it, read your description, stared at it again. Great drawing man. Still looks like a Spartan II IMHO. I wonder if we'll see a rendition of the power armor in the new Starship Troopers.
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Blazbaros Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
While I do like it, the arms seem a little stunted
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Eihort Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Iron Man came along in '63, but that design wasn't what Heinlein came up with at all, only in the sense it was 'powered armor'.

ON THE BOUNCE SOLDIER!

(wish it'd been given a proper movie. :( )
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Eihort Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
(Starship Troopers. Not Iron Man.)
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hotwaxonlobsters Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Yes. YES.

The power armor of Starship Troopers. I can't believe how many people are ignorant of it. I love this.
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LRonTupperware Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Most people think it's a movie by Verhoevan and that's it, sadly.
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Keydan Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
A real cutie.
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