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'Golem' Hardsuit- sketch by Tekka-Croe 'Golem' Hardsuit- sketch by Tekka-Croe
A quick reference for the powered armor featured in that manga-style test panel I uploaded a few days back: [link]

There was a bit of confusion as to the shape of the helmet. Hopefully this clears it up.

The "Golem" hardsuit is the smallest powered armor deployed by Karic's military. It's typically worn by fire-support specialists attached to infantry squads. The most common armament is a heavy machine gun, with an under-slung grenade launcher or shotgun mount. It only adds a few inches to the operator's height, but drastically boosts his strength and damage-soaking capabilities.

Karic (c) :iconthe-crimson-wolf:
Design, artwork (c) :icontekka-croe:
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mivpus Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
Where can I buy one???
Snowy-Aegis Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn that's a nice suit...
I just love powered armors of all sorts, but this one is just fantastic.
Looks tough as balls but at the same time realistic and feasible.
Although, where would a soldier holster a secondary weapon? Or is this just without any added equipment?
Snowy-Aegis Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you know where one could get a grey base pose like the figure on the right?
Sabreur Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
Another nice design!  Definitely looks like it could take some punishment.
GrLemon3 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Looks like a cerber soldier from mass effect :)  
GraveJudgement Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
zenith0014 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
I can only favorite one of your pieces at a time! Why you have so many good things!!!
MaelwysSC113 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The helmet reminds me a lot of this [link]
Tekka-Croe Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Indeed. Talros' work has been pretty inspirational for me, and you're right on about the helmet: "Full Head Protection" is the inspiration behind pretty much all of the helmets for my Karic designs.
Wolf-of-the-West Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
flaketom Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
509freak Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's odd but I'm reminded of appleseed's landmates. The helmet looks much better.
Tekka-Croe Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Well, good eye. Appleseed has hugely influenced the way I design smaller battlesuits like this (the larger counterpart to this suit, which I'm currently calling the "Yeti" even uses the same sub-arm / main-arm layout as Shirow Masamune's Landmate designs).
509freak Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Masamune is great inspiration source. Can't wait to see the "yeti" class battlesuit.
Lanc3rZ3r0 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Id love to have me one of these!
Eihort Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Ah! Now I see it perfectly. I was confused by the shading you put on the shoulder behind the head in the previous comic panel.

Of course, seeing it out of context like that was half the problem. In a real comic, you'd have had the standard establishing shot of the armor at some point, then it would have made more sense to me. Love the design!
Bajireyn Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh damn!

That powered armor / hardsuit is sexy!
Zerg170 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
nice, I whant one.
SKILLZ001 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very cool, like it.
Shima-Games Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
I dig it...
zackBlack16 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
am i the only one reminded of the cerberus trooper suits in mass effect 3? hehe awesome suit mate
fed0t Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of the most awesome power armor concept i've seen!!!
BlutigeHandPlus1 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist
I dont see a problem/confusion with the helmet. Looks awesome, but how do they get in and out of that thing? Mainly the shoulder part seems to be "unaccessable", like it needs to be welded around you.
Tekka-Croe Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The torso armor sort of splits down the middle, with the arms connected to back half and the helmet connected to the back half of the neck. The front half of the torso armor slides forward and down out of the way, while the shoulders rotate out away from the operator, allowing him to slip his arms out of the suit's.
BlutigeHandPlus1 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist
Sounds interesting :) do we get to see a picture of this happening? :D
Tankman95 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Love the colours!
Would love to see a kind of guerilla version of it!
hexicateonline Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I really love how bulky it is. Suits like the Iron Man armor look like something a hot-rod-loving futurist would build, but this looks like military equipment. It *looks* like it's built for power and durability, and like it has ablative/reactive armor packs and modular parts for field repairs.
ijustloveit619 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awesome 0_0
L04D3D Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool design
ScrewfaceRomeo Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You might consider Starship Troopers style hardsuit tactics (and, no, I'm not talking about the fuckup that was the movie). Robert Heinlein recognized what noone else did at the time, and what few have done since; smart munitions are the future. He also invented the concept of power armor, so far as I can determine. The primary weapon of the original Starship Trooper was a multiple-shot guided missile launcher mounted on the back, which could be swung up onto the shoulder with an arm movement and used to engage structures, vehicles or infantry with ease. Combined with grenades, a flame-thrower for close quarters brawling, and a jetpack for maneuverability and better positioning to chuck grenades and other explosives, the trooper was a highly mobile, efficient and versatile tool.

Tech has caught up a bit since Heinlein's time, and there are some fascinating concepts out there that could be meshed into the original tactical scheme perfectly. "Metal Storm" style guided projectiles would give the launcher plenty of capacity without the need for reloads, for example. Alternately, a weapon like the XM-25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System, with guided munitions, would be pretty cool. A caseless or Polymer CTA moving-chamber weapon firing sabot'd depleted uranium darts would make a better close to mid-range PDW than a flamethrower, and grenades now come in many shapes, sizes and flavors that Heinlein couldn't have imagined. A properly futurized Trooper-style unit would be excellent for advancing lines, providing heavy support to light infantry, clearing LZs for dropships, scouting...

Just a suggestion.
Tekka-Croe Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Well, you could've skipped that first paragraph. I just re-read Starship Troopers a couple weeks ago, and even gave my own take on Heinlein's powered armor: [link]

The powered armor in Novus Imperium (the SF universe which some friends and I have developed. It's typically abbreviated "NI") is simultaneously more and less advanced than what Heinlein describes. Within NI, powered armor has been somewhat viable for a couple of centuries, but it's only been in the last decade or so prior to the story that powered armor has become practical enough to take on true combat roles (thanks to the advent of micro-fusion reactors and ultra-compact, ultra-high capacity batteries).

As much as I enjoy thinking about "Smart Guns" and the like, that's simply not the way NI's firearms have developed (personally, I think target-seeking ammo takes some of the fun and excitement out of the action). We are, however, trying to provide our own distinct take on spacy guns. Things like small, high-velocity tungsten bullets (4-5mm diameter) are the standard, as well as plastic shell casings. Rather than giving ammunition self-guiding properties, firearms in NI tend to have highly advanced optics, able to provide basics like range, speed and projected target leading, as well as more advanced functions such as multiple-target tracking and tactical overlays.
ScrewfaceRomeo Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good to finally meet someone who doesn't go "wut?" when you start talking about Starship Troopers being tactically sound :P

I understand. Heinlein style tactics are effective, but they ain't quite as fun as good old fashioned bullet hoses or manually aimed weapons. For my experiments in future tech, I tend to go for a more moderate approach; Trooper-esque units are rare, and they also make use of more conventional kinetic weapons, but the jetpack and rocket launcher are still there, though the launcher is not used quite as often as in a pure-Troopers style. Lighter power armored units make the bulk of the infantry. But for that universe, I use railguns rather than chemical propellants.

Polymer CTA and sabot'd small diameter rounds are the name of the game. One of my concepts, the AIR-550 [link] uses a take on it that I think you might find interesting;

5mm tungsten darts are excellent at penetrating armor. Even better when they're sabot'd. And the larger the diameter of the sabot, the more efficient the energy transfer. So, I use 5mm darts in an 8.58mm sabot. But, large diameter, very heavy rounds like 9x39mm Russian can also be very good at penetrating armor at close range. And they can do it subsonically. So, if one slaps an integral suppressor on the weapon (which reduces the sound of the supersonic round to manageable levels), one can have either an ultra-quiet ninjagun, or a longer range, armor piercing needlegun simply by loading different magazines. See, the optimum barrel twist rate for a 5mm and 8.58mm round is almost the same. So I can get near-perfect performance out of either one, without having to change anything.
Gryffiner Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013   Traditional Artist
Very nice.
Auger-Affect Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the colors and the suit's profile. My curiosity may be piqued about this :)
ChileConCarnage Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
That hard suit needs to go on a diet.
charizardag Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
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