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Coleopter by Abiogenisis Coleopter by Abiogenisis
A combat coleopter for the Galkgrokst species, commissioned by a client.

The aircraft is designed for low speed loitering attacks, the two manned pods able to rotate for limited horizontal 'dash to target' flight.

Peripheral vision is provided by immersive camera systems, crew access to the pods is either via gantry or micro-cable lifts, and pyro-ejection systems are provided.
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TSofian Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
The AAFSS project in the late 60s and early 70s that was won by Lockheed with the AH-56A had this as a contender

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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
Yep, that was my main reference :)
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:icontsofian:
TSofian Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
It was second favorite AAFSS contender, But my love for the AH-56A Cheyenne is still pure!
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TSofian Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
It was an interesting concept and I love how you turned it around
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DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
The paint design reminds me of Space Invaders:XD:
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
I see it!
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DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
:XD:
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Berylliumwasp Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
that could be an really awesome security defense system
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:iconartserge:
artserge Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sick. Want one.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Sadly they are quite terrible in real life :P
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Shirakei Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Hey are these bolts?To stick people to walls?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Missiles methinks :P
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:iconshirakei:
Shirakei Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Oh yeah right.

Those are rather small missiles.
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Shirakei Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
RAWKETS!

RAWKETS EVERYWARE!

BOOM!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Bada-bing!
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snarfevs Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I believe it was John Carmack who said something like 'the difference between artists and everyone else is the resolution of their imaginations'. You have an eternally enviable skill for coming up with totally off-the-wall concepts that are nevertheless totally rationalised and functional. Do you iterate these designs or do they just pop into your head fully formed?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Oh no, they change constantly. While some do flow from sketch to final easily, most look absolutely nothing like the starting point :P
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TFSakon Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Wow that's really cool, it looks so in depth, and the design is so logical.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Thanks, was a challenge, since no one ever really made one of these that worked XD
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Almaoscurecida Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Wow, good army, I love all of them!
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cloudskimmer Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
Is the digital camo pattern based on Conway's Game of Life?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
Not sure! It was provided by the client, though I have seen it used on real military vehicles recently
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cloudskimmer Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
I know about "pixelated" camo, but I meant the pattern itself - it's quite similar to what you can get using Conway's GoL cellular automaton.
Would be a neat easter egg if true.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Actually I have no idea, the client provided it ready to go ;)
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Kalgrost Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Hey there. Creator of the galgrokst here. I'll be happy to try to answer any questions the excellent Mr. Ries has not over at my profile.
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LittleBigAias Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Can a SAM Battery put it down?
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Kalgrost Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
You bet!

The GCS-1209 is super-tough, and incorporates some active defenses, but it is still vulnerable to SAMs. Most of those the vehicle is likely to face pack a 3-5 kg warhead, and a direct hit typically forces the vehicle to abandon the mission or causes catastrophic failure. A near miss usually means the vehicle will have to undergo extensive repairs on return to base, but rarely causes crashes or is outright destroyed. Losses due to pilot death have been greatly reduced in this vehicle by complete duplication of controls in each heavily armored cockpit.
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LittleBigAias Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ooh. Really interesting species... Can it withstand shots from a SPAAG like this?:
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:iconkalgrost:
Kalgrost Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Almost always.

Flying in the face of AAA is what this bad boy was designed to do. At distances of over 400m, it's very survivable. Numerous GCS-1209s have survived heavy fire from 19.92mm rounds (the most common size of AAA in the past), completed their missions, and returned to base for refit and repair. The cockpits themselves are designed to protect against numerous strikes from rounds of this size, and the windows can withstand up to 3 direct hits at distances of 100m!

Unfortunately, the proliferation of SAMs, including infantry-portable models, and the advent of powerful anti-aircraft lasers mean that the 1209 no longer enjoys the relative immunity it did only ten years ago. Still, in the hands of skilled pilots and a knowledgeable commander, it serves a vital function in combined-armed operations and is widely employed in the internecine battles of the galgrokst polity which manufactures it.
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LittleBigAias Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Cool. So... Where exactly does the pilot stay? I'm seeing a lot of possibilities.
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Kalgrost Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
See the two dark structures near the top, under the wings? Those are the two cockpits. Normally one is for a pilot and the other a gunner, but each has a fully duplicated set of controls, and both pilots are trained in both roles.
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LittleBigAias Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
No offense, but... It looks vulnerable.. Are the cockpits armored?
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wardude69 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
looks like it could level a city-block
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TedShatner10 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013

OK, let me rephrase my comment:

 

You have a habit of making alien tech eerily so similar to contemporary human technology on present day Earth, despite the aliens coming from a completely separate tree of life, with a drastically different body plan and their base DNA having different chemistry to Earth DNA.

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Skofnung Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Some things will always be the same.  There's basically just one possible body plan for a fish, and it's likely all fish, everywhere will follow it --  aerodynamic, with fins and tails.  Likewise, think about it this way: assuming Birrin grip objects like we do (and it seems they do), can you think of a better design for a sword than what we already use on Earth?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
Internal chemistry wont change the way an animal interacts with the large scale world necessarily. A missile will still be a tube filled with propellant.
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TedShatner10 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
You have a habit of making alien tech look eerily different contemporary Earth technology, despite the completely different body-shape, completely separate tree of life, and slightly different DNA of the aliens.
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EVLWNS Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013

Nice, and interesting. I couldn't tell at first where the pilots went. In fact I'm still unsure. It's the grey pods under the upper 'wings', right? But kudos on making it look mechanically and physically plausible, yet still inhuman.

 

I wish I could commission you to reveal something like this for the Birrin.

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malgrumm Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
i see that it has quite a versatility use......everything looks extremely modular
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Whachamacallit1 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
This is for a book, right? Do you happen to know what it's called if I'm correct?
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ornel82 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
The armament doesnīt look very alien.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
What does alien armament look like?
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ornel82 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
More strange looking stuff ... I donīt know. Of course you could say it is something like convergent evolution ... similar solutions to same problems.
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Whachamacallit1 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
I think the idea is that since the machines are engineered, they're going to be made in the shape that functions the best. And for a Coleopter, what you see here is it. No sense making it look strange if its just going to cost you more resources or even hamper your machine's ability to function.
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow, awesome design...  coleopters are an interesting concept. :) Love all the different weapons and attachments you designed for this craft.  And I still say those aliens are really cute, ha ha.  Is that thing with the folded wings a drone for reconnoitering and so on?
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THesla Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Does it fly like a plane, or more like a helicopter?
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ONI-Defense Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I really love this unique design. I recently made an annular wing aircraft my self, but it isn't a tailsitter coleopter like this one.
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34A7B Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
Either that thing is HUGE or those are some tiny rockets.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
Its HUGE
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