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Front Mission: Infiltration by ukitakumuki Front Mission: Infiltration by ukitakumuki
Hi all! It's been so long since I've been able to post work that I've done!

These concept artworks were done in late 2008 for the game Front Mission Evolved. Front Mission is a cult-classic mecha franchise by Square Enix that inspired my love for robots when I was a youngster. It was an insane privilege for IFS and myself to have been able to contribute to it.

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[EDITED: higher res file + sharpened image]

Image info:

This one depicts an assault on a jungle base. A second Wanzer detachment prepares to flank a distracted line of defenders. This image uses some 3D as a base (images of models that I re-cut-and-pasted and then painted over). It also contains my favourite personal 'design additions' thrown in at the painting stage, such as the ERA-tiles on the green approaching Wanzer arms, as well as the dual pile bunkers on the Frost with its back against the rock.

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Credits/Additional info:

-This artwork is Copyright Square Enix and Double Helix Games.

-These images (and more) can be found on the Free-to-Download Digital Dossier here: [link]

-Skan Srisuwan for his wonderful Wanzer redesigns.

-Verawat Verasunthorn who translated Skan's designs into 3D models, over which a number were used as 'bases' for me to paint over in these artworks to maintain accuracy and as a time saver.

-With Skan's permission, I'd taken design liberties with some of his designs, throwing in my own ideas and flavour to the mix; hopefully providing an extra layer of 'grounded-ness' or grittiness that I felt resonated with the spirit of Front Mission. ;)
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MegaAuthor Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013

Private: we're going to need a bigger gun to take that fortress out!

Major: That's why we have Wanzer, Private!

Private: Oh... right O3o

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goeliath Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
dude ur mech pictures are the best!
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numbertwentyfour Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Even with giant Mechs, hiding behind the rock is still a viable tactic!
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
always is :D thousand year old natural armour :D
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elijahwan Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
you are my idol! you gallery is amazing
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derekdavalos Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do like the grittiness and realism you have added. I know the subject matter is different, but when I look at this, I see a Frank Frazetta painting. That’s a good thing! I like a lot of your work here.
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, that is high praise indeed. Though I don't see it myself (ha!) I shall accept graciously :) Thank you!
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WolfsHonour29 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
You did good work. I played FME and liked it, mainly because I like mechas like Gundam and such. Good work altogether
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thx!!
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Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Total bad-assery here..
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RazzorLife Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
OMG! You plaint a LOOOOOOOOOT !!!
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sergiorr90 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
nice
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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AnonymousAgent Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
The USN? Smart of them to hide below a turret.
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TranquilRuins Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely base, chichiboy (below) says it best though
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chichiboy Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
so sexy its dorkgasm
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6nillion Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a cool picture!
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Shikuru Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011   Photographer
Fantastic!
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GODzillaGSPB Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
I'm currently playing the game and find it, and especially it's art style, very cool. So I guess it's fair to also thank you for inspiring the graphic artists who worked on the final models, textures and game design. :)

PS: I've also seen all the other Front Mission pieces, just commenting here...by chance. ^^
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
why thanks man! I don't know how much it was inspired by the work we did, given feedback from other friends. I guess I'll take your word for it or till I try it out for myself :)
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Caboose941 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
I have that game, I wish it was as good as this art is.
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
ouch! :p
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Caboose941 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
Seriously, your work is inspiring enough that you should have your own writers. I could look at an any one of your amazing Works and write stacks of story ideas. The Visuals you create really make whoever sees it wish the content wasn't confined to the four edges of the frame, and you pack alot of depth into everything you do. I'd rather see New intellectual property spawned from your spectacular art than the same recycled garbage. you sir, have a gift.
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Mosspoint Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This awesome the mech looks pose has human qualities
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks.. I felt the need to bring more emotion into the posture since they have little way of expressing the pilot's intent.
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Tanuu Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
ho man, this makes me think of the in game intro video to front mission 4 where they attack a base similar in shape. That is except for the super cool never ending wall of cannons. I have to ask though, is that sniper prone on the rock a human and not a wanzer? He seems so small and flexible and sportin' the ntw-20 (or a lookalike) it would seem. hahaha very very cool though, I've been a fan of your stuff for years
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I hoped to bring some nostalgia back as a fan. Even the cannon design is reffed from the FM3 game! Those naval guns look badass anywhere! And yes, that's a human sniper perched on the rock and sporting an NTW-ish AMR. Another homage to being able to dismount from your wanzer in the games and attack wanzers with like... small arms haha. Insane!
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Tanuu Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
hell yea, that's part of the reason i like the size of the wanzers over a lot of mechs. They're big enough to be a serious badass threat, but small enough to have to worry about things like tanks and anti-armor. I was surprised with how much trouble my wanzer had against a single battle tank in the game when i first played haha
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
they really ought to make a simulation type FPS Front Mission game with some pseudo-structural dynamics involved. Like being able to bust certain ligaments on the Wanzer and limit its mobility. That would be insanely cool. Then you can really see how tactics and manoeuvering plays a critical role in such scenarios! (Like evading tanks)
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Tanuu Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
oh man, those tanks would shoot the head off, wanzer fires heatseekers in all possible directions, hoping to hit it haha. knock out a leg, have to crawl and scrape the ground. Hit the arms, cant hold your gun straight. it'd be nasty. I remember a friend of mine told me armored core last raven was supposed to have a feature where your head could get shot off and you had to play with a static screen. I thought it was awesome. turned out to be a lie. I agree though, shot placement always makes games more fun. Force players to aim for something other than the head for once
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ElysianTrooper Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Like the style of the fortress and the weapon turrets...nice.....
Nice inspirration...;-)
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! They are inspired by naval guns :)
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ElysianTrooper Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes , but the idea is great and I love the style...;-)
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Boxful Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011   Digital Artist
Front mission 4 was the best, the new one sucks :)
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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mehdiravan Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Student Filmographer
wowwwwww, Great Env and Idea. wow!
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mehdiravan Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Student Filmographer
wowwwwww, Great Env and Idea. wow!
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Tjorvi Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
god, you have no idea how long I've been looking for mecha like the ones on the left there, So Long!!

I love the detail and color in this piece, very nicely done :D
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The team felt that gritty, yet elegantly functional design is lacking nowadays; I'm glad we helped to bring some of that good feeling back :)
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Matt-Stokes Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
I really enjoy these front mission ones, hope you don't mind me adding a few of them to my faves for inspiration for my book.
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Salvador73 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
Amazing job, as always!
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Setzuo Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's incredible work... I love the suspense in the scene, the background details... the gritty and realistic appearance of the wanzers... kudos!
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks man :D Its great to see a similar aesthethic in your gallery! Totally dig it!
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Setzuo Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting you should say that, since a lot of the work I've seen in your gallery really reaches that bleak war scenario feel I've been envisioning for my own stuff... especially Wonderful Days.

glad to have you as a watcher!
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silva018 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i really love mechanical suits :) i am also hoping to have time creating one :meow: :heart:
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Looking forward to them :)
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AnubisJoe Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
Ah yes, the Manzers right? I just rented this game and immediately recognized the dashboard art from this pic!
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talicaDk Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
hey ukita, are u going to make more drawing like this ? i will look forward to see more, there somthing with this drawing with mech i like , most new mech drawing that are made, doesnt really have that mech feeling when u look at them , but wow u hit the spot! great work!
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Zaoneth923 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010   Writer
Dude, badass mechas
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mighty5cent Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
All of these Front Mission works are incredible! Great job!
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