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PHOBOS TACTICA 40K by ukitakumuki PHOBOS TACTICA 40K by ukitakumuki
EDIT: Thanks so much to those who pointed out the crazy "cat-assisted" typo :) Edited some of the other details too while I was at it. I haven't gotten round to reading all your comments but so far I love reading all your ideas and your 40k fan feedback (and some wicked story ideas to boot)! Thanks especially to the fans for tolerating and even encouraging my heretical ideas :p

I've always wondered what it would be like if the Imperial Guard managed to develop a relatively cheaper, weaker but still highly effective multi-role version of the Space Marine armour, and mass produced it. :)

Within this fantasy of mine, I thought that maybe on the further reaches of Imperium space, a different prototype pattern of power armour would be developed to

a) vastly boost the current performance and survivability levels of conventional IG frontline troops, with a focus on armour/gear modularity, especially commonality between parts so cannibalising for repairs while in the field is easy, and requisitioning spare parts out of field are also cost effective and hassle free.

b) Offer an extended lifetime of service to the Emperor for troops that have been crippled in battle. The IG Tactica armour would be able to accomodate amputees via a electronic gel interface membrane, without need to surgically graft the user to the armour. The armour can also switch to an autonomous combat mode should the wearer be killed, and the onboard tactical AI still functioning, in order to continue the fight.

Another feature of the armour pattern is an integrated second AI and servitor arm system inbuilt into the backpack. This both helps with load-bearing, combat multitasking and construction labour. Each soldier could thus effectively perform the role of a combat engineer, medic and stormtrooper all in one.

And no need for commissars to keep the troops in line, when you have an onboard AI that would gladly take over the reins!

Also for fun, I redesigned the Bolter somewhat so it would have, to my mind, a more straightforward layout and construction. At least the chamber, ejection port and barrel line up :x (That's been bugging me for years.)

Google Sketchup + Photoshop
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gumbo821 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
great design and the only major issues i can think of are fluff-related
regiment variants would be a great idea too, imo
InsectSpray Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
The only Issue I can see with this would be the AI. The Imperium banned artificial intelligence before the Horus Heresy!

Abominable Intelligence(A.I. forr short) is a term used by the Adeptus Mechanicus for an adaptive, self-enhancing, factitious intelligence with its own consciousness.

During the Dark Age of Technology, these intelligences rebelled against their human masters, leading to bloody wars. Since that time, and by a personal decree of the   Emperor himself, it has been forbidden to fabricate or service those machines that are able to think and act independently.

A.I. is not to be mistaken for the machine spirit that has parallels but basal differences - namely, no ability to enhance itself.


InsectSpray Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
willm111 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
This is a thing of pure beauty. I found this picture on deviantart art years ago and it gave me a few good ideas of my own but could never find it again until i saw it in one of your other pictures. I've seen some of your work, the Sentinels of Terra in games workshop, you definitely deserve your job. Keep it up!
revitknight Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
Awesome work mate...and btw ingnore the knuckleheads on the Horus Heresy FB page, they're about the fluff, not the art.
ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I actually do not frequent the forums/boards but I really am more flattered than anything when the hardcore fans take an interest in my fan art(heretical as it may be!:p) It is, after all, one of the reasons I landed a working relationship with GW :)
WindScar8 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
*chuckle* You have been listening to those heretical "Reasonable marines" it seems, No one else would have the idea of thinking independently to try and save human lives and make the forces of humanity more efficient. The Emperah demands that men die in ungodly numbers using inferior weapons because we the lords of terra say so!
pendraco Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
uh..Wind? Salamanders. White Scars. Raven Guard. Space Wolves. Crimson Fists. All chapters known for caring about the PEOPLE of the Imperium. do some research. probably my favorite instance of that is what the Salamander's Chapter Master did to a Captain of the Marines Malovolent after he shelled a refugee camp because Orks had managed to get in. Tu'Shan walked over and punched him clean across the room in front of Marneus Calgar, Dante, Commissar Yarrick... and pretty much every other Imperial leader on Armageddon. Best. Chapter Master. Ever.
WindScar8 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
And those instances are few and far between, the opinions of the Marines Malevolent are the ruling sort in the imperium, the Death Korps of Kraig, the black ships, the inquisition, the list goes on. are there good people in the imperium, oh yes, but they are the minority when it comes to people with power, that is sorta the point. The Salamanders are actually my fav former legion chapter. And only the Raptors take my top spot above them because I like the way they fight more. So as i said, some people are looking out for the common citizenry of the Imperium, but they are rare.
pendraco Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
rare, but still there. just shows despite everything, there are still those who genuinely care about the people.
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