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Deus Ex Machina "Orchid Armor" by Tekka-Croe Deus Ex Machina "Orchid Armor" by Tekka-Croe
Ever since I posted that reference sheet a few days ago, I've been working nonstop on this. Please, don't click "download," as the full image is about 4500x7000 pixels, and might make your computer explode.

"Deus ex machina" is a Latin phrase meaning "god out of the machine." It is defined generally as "a plot device whereby a seemingly inextricable problem is suddenly and abruptly solved with the contrived and unexpected intervention of some new character, ability, or object." According to Horace's Ars Poetica, a poet "must never resort to a god from the machine to solve their plots."

I disagree. Y'know why? I like invincible battlesuits, that's why.


Height: 6'6" (Karic Standard)*
Weight: 340 lbs (Karic Standard)
Power Source: Cold fusion microreactor
Armament: Condensed-particle Carbine (x2), Anti-armor Combat knife (x2), "Snubmachine gun" SMG (x4)

The "Orchid" series of battlesuits were designed and constructed by Taylor Heavy Industries for Karic's "Warchild" supersoldier program. It's considerable weight is counteracted by a combination of powerful motors and lightweight composite materials.

Fully laden and charged, the Orchid can turn a supersoldier into a nigh-unstoppable one-man army, untouchable to anything short of a concentrated artillery barrage. It's personal energy-shielding system makes weapons as ordinarily potent as RPGs just as useless as small arms fire.

Its primary weapons, a pair of experimental particle carbines, can potentially be used as a mid-long range sniping weapon apart from the suit. The suit has four sub-arm manipulators, two on top of the thighs, and two shielding the elbows
(They're white, and have a stretched hexagon on them). Each of these sub-arms is capable of wielding a submachine gun, and when fully equipped, give the Orchid an omni-directional field of fire. The sub-arms can only be used by Karic's supersoldiers, thanks to their neural uplinks and increased mental capacity.

The standard paint scheme of the Orchid battlesuits is overall charcoal gray camouflage, lacking any personal, factional, or unit markings.

The variant displayed was captured along with Reina Cloude** by the notorious Saldean*** freelancer, "Timberwolfe" (Granted, she was not using it at the time of capture). Reina's suit is presumed to be in lockdown mode, as it has not been reported in any engagements. If suit is sighted and operational, do not engage. Retreat immediately and call in orbital strike.

*In the universe of Novus Imperium, Karic is humanity's homeworld. It is uniformly covered in a blanket of multilevel city, and has an artificial ring, as well as several deep-space colonies in orbit at Karic's Lagrange Points. It is the most powerful planet in the galaxy.

**For a full overview of Reina Cloude, see here: [link]

***Saldea is an enormous solid planet. It is inhabited by humanoids, who are heavily muscled to counter the planet's high gravity. On an earth-like planet, a Saldean will likely seem to possess superhuman powers.

Reina Cloude, Timberwolfe (c) me
Karic, Saldea (c) The-Crimson-Wolf
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MetalicSoul Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
I like the upper body armor designs but the legs, I doubt you can use legs like those in the suit. The legs are more for a full machine then a person being inside of it.
warhammermaster Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
pretty neat, but i gotta ask, how would a WH40k space marine in one on one combat armed similarly? 
DD2111 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Why is there nothing on this planet that looks like this! X((
Etheral117 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
I have to say, I found this for the first time a long time ago, and I have absolutely no idea I didn't favourite it then and there. Of course, I've fixed that problem now. This suit's anatomy makes it probably the most original power-armor concept I've ever seen.
SamuraiBebop105 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Is there a place where I can follow Novus Imperium's story? This looks absolutely beautiful.
elijarman Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Artist
by the way, i noticed that the robots have a resemblance to Rei Ayanami's Plugsuit
DaVinciAirsoft Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
elijarman Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Artist
an interestinf mech,
may i re:draw this?
daniellandrom Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
please make more weapons!
RedW0lf777sg Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I'm guessing that gun was inspired by the beam magnum from Gundam Unicorn?
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