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Gavil Herzog Doppelhorn FOIL by RyujinDX Gavil Herzog Doppelhorn FOIL by RyujinDX
Gavil 'Doppelhorn' Herzog Heavy CAV FOIL

The Herzog was designed by Gavil, before its incorporation with Jiendel, as a test-bed for a new type of articulated shoulder & hip joint which promised a greater range of movement. The result was a narrower, more humanoid frame with excellent limb flexibility and articulation. While technically a success, the Herzog was criticized as having too tall a silhouette, making it more easily detectable at long ranges. In addition, the curved blades meant for use with its unique shoulder scabbards were also criticized, their lack of mass and a geometry poorly-suited for performing dueling thrusts hampering its ability to penetrate the armor of other heavy FOILs. It was also rumored that its height was to blame on a string of casualties resulting from the destruction of the headcase. Nevertheless, the few examples made have enjoyed success on the battlefield. Its sloped & fluted armor have demonstrated an admirable ability to deflect hostile blows, while its power & flexibility made it the bane of any lighter, weaker FOIL that it encountered.

Depicted is the ‘Doppelhorn,’ one of the few Herzogs still in existence. It has seen numerous campaigns on Polemos in the service of Germane, as evinced by its scars and well-worn, weather-stained outer coating. As worn as it is, the predominantly red coloration of the protective finish has, in practice, blended in well with the reddish soil found in many areas on Polemos. The head is heavily protected, with segmented armor plates that permit it a limited degree of movement. This does not restrict its field of vision, as the main cameras are supplemented by smaller sub-cameras positioned elsewhere on the body. It is still armed with the original curved swords, proof of Gavil craftsmanship. On the left arm is a multilayer buckler shield, used primarily for dueling, sized and shaped to provide the least encumbrance when the FOIL is wielding two swords. On the left shoulder is the motto ‘Tod ist ein Geschenk,’—‘Death is a Gift.’ It should be mentioned that the Doppelhorn’s pilot considers himself a very generous man.

This is a Heavy CAV FOIL design for :iconvulnepro: 's Theos Ke Polemos setting, and created with his editorial & conceptual input.

Hmm...been a while since my last submission; haven't had time to drop by dA of late.
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:iconredwingsdragon:
RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
 Awesome work here
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:iconrenmoraes:
RenMoraes Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Loved concept & painting

Dust and scratches , always make  anything look more Badass


Keep up the amazing work , Ryujin !!!
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:iconryujin10:
Ryujin10 Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Incredible work.
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DaimonHand Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Student
cool work *U*
"ΘΕΟΣ ΚΑΙ ΠΟΛΕΜΟΣ"
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:iconel-bronco:
El-Bronco Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing texture!
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:icondasadam:
dasAdam Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
nice rough brush you hold :)
fits in the fiol universe perfectly!
lovely head design. reminds me of an angry dog :)
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:icontabnir:
Tabnir Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009   Digital Artist
Did you do the weathering manually or with a custom brush? Either way, super job; the skull face is a great touch.
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:iconryujindx:
RyujinDX Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
Thanks!

Anyways, I do the weathering manually with a regular brush (hard round set at 50% opacity) and the smudge tool on a separate layer.
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:iconmetalformer:
metalformer Featured By Owner May 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Killer work! His face has such a killer look that scares by only glancing at it!
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:iconoverheal1987:
Overheal1987 Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Its very metroid :) I like it
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:iconryujindx:
RyujinDX Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
:)
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:icongrid-gunner:
grid-gunner Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
Great work man. This is a cool design. It looks like you spent time on this and it shows. Cheers.
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:iconryujindx:
RyujinDX Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
Thanks, man. Most painful part was hand-lettering the Ye Olde English.
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:iconkentda-x:
KentDA-X Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
Looks almost like a suit of heavy body armor. Which fits the motif I think. Very nicely done way of showing a battleworn mecha. Without the expected laser marks and all that which most people use to show battleworn.
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:iconryujindx:
RyujinDX Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
Glad you liked it.
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:icontoblin:
Toblin Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Student Digital Artist
So awesome coloring!!
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:iconryujindx:
RyujinDX Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
Thanks!
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:iconfrost7:
Frost7 Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Student Digital Artist
WELL DONE! :salute:
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:iconryujindx:
RyujinDX Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
From you, it's very appreciated!
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:iconfrost7:
Frost7 Featured By Owner May 5, 2009  Student Digital Artist
me? why its a pleasure.
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:iconxperimental00:
Xperimental00 Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's one load of awesome! :w00t: Inspired by One Piece's Chopper in any way? ^^
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:iconryujindx:
RyujinDX Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
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That's incredibly close to the mark, seeing as how the head is based on a deer skull (yes, Chopper ddi cross my mind at one point). It even had antlers at first, but I took them off.
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:iconxperimental00:
Xperimental00 Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Deer skull huh? So that's why it looked so organic up close.
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:iconvulnepro:
VulnePro Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Professional Filmographer
It's looks fantastic man, really turned out quite cool :) Also nicely done weathering and color work. If you're still doing this with a mouse it's spectacular :D It should be fun exploring more ideas in the future for sure.

Cheers!
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:iconryujindx:
RyujinDX Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
Indeed. Looking forward to the future as well.
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:iconjomarvirg:
jomarvirg Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
awesome colors
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:iconryujindx:
RyujinDX Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
Thanks!
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:iconyuusei:
Yuusei Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
This is great! I almost thought it was a real model kit box cover! :D
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:iconryujindx:
RyujinDX Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
Much appreciated! I try.
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:iconjavkiller:
JavKiller Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
Wow man, your color work has sure gone a long way!
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:iconryujindx:
RyujinDX Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
It's been a rough road...
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:iconumbracado:
Umbracado Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
Love the Armor and his stance... just enough detail not to overwhelm the picture.. and yet enough to feel for it.. great work..
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:iconryujindx:
RyujinDX Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
Thanks!
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