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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
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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.)

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Google Sketchup + Photoshop
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BobbyqUnderpants9945 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
This is amazing.
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SkyPotatoFire Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015
Cool.
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BobBobson38 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015
Everyone keeps complaining about the "Abominable Intelligence" which is something of an oversight in the fluff our artist wrote, but would it really be that heretical? Many machines today and in the 41st millennium have "AI"; that only means that it is preforming a series of tasks under very specific circumstances outlined in its programming. I believe the Tech Priests refer to this as a "machine spirit." Speaking of the mechanicus, they have an army of robots. If you want to just eliminate the need for computer controlled arms, then this pattern could be utilized by tech marines. After all,those are just skinny servo arms attached to his backpack.
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TerranAbassador Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Student Digital Artist
There's an implication that a machine spirit is literally a spirit (which wouldn't be out of place in the world of 40k) rather than an AI, basically being the machine's "soul". AIs are sometimes allowed to combine with Machine Spirits (most commonly seen in Space Marine Land Raiders, which can operate, at reduced effectiveness, without a crew), but are most commonly 'shackled' by combining them with human minds, such as in Servitors.

Apparently, vanilla AIs have a tendency to fall to Chaos. For some reason.

The Machine Spirits of Imperial Titans are actually complex enough to develop personalities.

That said, there does seem to be some overlap.
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DIEMIRIN Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015
badass!!
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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
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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.

:P


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InsectSpray Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
(IT IS SUPER COOL THOUGH!)
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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!
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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.
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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 :)
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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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WindScar8 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I was pointing a finger at the high lords of terra specifically, who I don;t think give one tinkers damn if every other human being in the galaxy died so long as they were still on top of the pile
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pendraco Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
well, to be fair, these ARE the guys who doom billions of people to die due to rounding errors.
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WindScar8 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
"The Emperah's math is never wrong, we shall correct the error in reality." I think that is about how it works *chuckles*
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pendraco Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Reason why Boreale had the Speech impediment in Dawn of War? he was the Sargeant who took the shot to the neck in the opening moive XD (not really, but honestly... that guy and his SPEHSS MAHREENS!)
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Draycros Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
Yeah sadly Innovation is major tech heresy and AI's are out right super forbidden by the Emperor himself.  Heck during the Great Crusade reunited humanity he just wiped out planets that had developed AI tech.
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WindScar8 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
to be fair they had just gotten through a rather nasty war that was waged against advanced AIs who wanted to kill all humans.... so yea I sorta see the point of that.
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FargoneCowboy Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Had the Dark Age of Technology never happened, this kind of thing would probably be standard issue. to PDFs.
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FargoneCowboy Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Scratch that, had the Dark Age of Technology never ended, this would be standard issue. 
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evilcheez271 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
well no wonder it was considered heretical! you have two servitor arms and you want to issue these to imperial guard!
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ph34rth33vil Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
So I faved the full scene you painted a while back. Taking a look at this closer and understanding the full back story, I raise the question of what if the suit had a helmet that resembled less of a space marine and something closer to an IG helmet?
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ThomasKimbler Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Where as that fantasy would be totally badass, you would effectively rewrite the entire history of the imperium from the final days of the horus heresy. I too, by the way, hate how bolters are designed...
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darachusi Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013   General Artist
omgomg. This is so clean-cut and well-engineered! I don't even know which part impresses me the most!!

(that said, i never play the IG. umm.)
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jmorg65 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wait, what are these made out of? Please don't say flak.
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sharlin Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
I suppose something like this could have happened if the Heresy had not broken out or the Imperium had a few centuries of peace to get its rear in gear. Magnificent work though!
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jmorg65 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Also, there is a reason the Imperium does not use AI. Read up some facts about Mars.
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jmorg65 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
um....this sounds and looks like Heresy to me.
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PresidentofAsia Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Interesting and awesome design, though I believe the design for Imperial Guard power armour would look more like this [link]
Those are concept art for the Elysian Drop Troops carapace armour

But for the most part, power armour isn't really that necessary because all of the crazy stuff and the crazy battle constitute only about 1% of the actual battles that go on in the 40k verse( in fact, majority of the time, the Imperial Guard fights typical planetary rebels that don't even have lasguns) so all that extra technology isn't that necessary.

I can definitely see this armour as a reasonable marines armor though!
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Black-Mech Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome! I can only see Imperial Guard Commander wearing these, though, with the whole "Class System" in place...

However, they do like their bling a bit too much...

Great job! :D
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emprahsque23 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
How big is it for humans
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DaLintyMan Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Oh, and what's the second gun on his back?
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DaLintyMan Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Two reasons something like this would be made.
1) A force multiplier, like a Forge World that doesn't have as many people as it used to.
2) A powerful industrial complex, to increase survivability.

Also, it would probably look less like Space Marine Power Armor, to avoid annoying them.
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Standenanian Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so damn sexy.
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GageTemplar Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
awesome
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Solid. I especially like all the technical specs you included. Obviously a lot of careful thought behind this, not just look-pretty! ;)

Looks like both legs and one arm [both hands?] are augmetic/bionic?
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :D I only wish I could rig it up in sketchup... then it would motivate me to do more with it..

Actually all limbs are bionic in this case but I chose to 'undress' the sample limbs to show off the functionality better. :)
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Not familiar with Sketchup, so I'm not sure what that means. ;p

But I would enjoy seeing you do more with this. :nod:
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Rigging is the terminology used in computer animation, where an invisible 'skeleton' is attached to a model of say, a character. This is done in order to make it easier to animate that character by manipulating that skeleton, like a puppet in the 3D space.

On top of that, physical properties like bounciness, hair flow physics, and cool stuff like that can be assigned to it to so that the work is given the the computer to do, as opposed to having to 'calculate/animate' each hair strand and cloth fold by hand. In hand-drawn animation, everything has to be thought up, and drawn in. In computer animation, you can get the computer to simulate ALOT of what I just said to perfection, then draw/render it out for you. At least 50% of what you see in computer animation is the laborious work of the computer, but directed by the artist. The other 50% is pure labor from the artist themselves.

So Sketchup as it is now, is just a 100% modelling program, and has no 'convenient' animation solution. If it had, I would go bonkers with excitement. :)
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I understand about rigging [Went to school for 3D anim. Sadly not very good at it]. Just not familiar with the Sketchup program. Sounds like I should check it out.

Can you export models to Maya or other animating software?
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes you can :D
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic.  I def need to check this out.  :nod:
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emprahsque23 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
on board AI thats heresy unless they call it a machine spirit
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bloodking30 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
with your mind are we closer to me have spare marine armour you know like blue print
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:) thank you
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bloodking30 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yw
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USSR1 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
relatively cheaper?

that looks twice as expensive.
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