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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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RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
 Awesome work here
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 !!!
Ryujin10 Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Incredible work.
DaimonHand Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Student
cool work *U*
El-Bronco Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing texture!
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 :)
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.
RyujinDX Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009

Anyways, I do the weathering manually with a regular brush (hard round set at 50% opacity) and the smudge tool on a separate layer.
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!
Overheal1987 Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Its very metroid :) I like it
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