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SCARAB AU-A5 Illustration High-Res by MrJumpManV4 SCARAB AU-A5 Illustration High-Res by MrJumpManV4
The first ALICE military variant.
favorites and construction criticism is always appreciated!

This was an independent project (aside from some helpful criticisms) made with google sketchup, adobe illustrator and a little photoshop.
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Scifiwarships Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Dude, this is sweet!I love the level of detail and thought behind it. I have to agree with zoomzoom though it is kind of dark. I reckon it would look stunning in desert or snow cammo to bring out all the lovely detailing and hard work.
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zoomzoom Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
looks complex, but hard to see any details on the front due to the style of render you chose to go with. Why such a dark image?
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bugfacegard Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Is this using any plugins or just standard sketchup that is free download. I just recently got sketchup but am hopeless at using it. My 2d is ok but I want to expand into a 3d program.
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zoomzoom Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
try Zbrush... if you have good 2D skills u can use them well in 3D
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bugfacegard Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
Zbrush would be my preferred option and I am still weighting up wether I should move to 3d, thanks.
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MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use plugins, if you're interested in getting into 3d design then i wouldn't recommend sketchup unless you just want something to get a grasp for 3d modelling. Sketchup is actually not too bad for starting out. It would be worth your time to get into 3ds max (or maya) since it's free for students (If you're not a student you may be able to find a workaround to get the student version somewhere). The problem with sketchup is that it's only really useful for architecture and to an extent static models like this which require quite a few years of experience. Sketchup does have advantages, mainly that it's super fast and relatively easy to learn (especially when compared to 3ds max) but after a few years it becomes obvious what the limitations are.

Anyways if you do choose to go with sketchup here's a list of the plugins that i use, you can find most of these on the Sketchucation.com forum

Twlight Renderer ($100 and not on sketchucation, cheapest renderer I found for what it has)
Round corner by fredo
Artisan for sketchup ($50 and not on sketchucation)
Fredo6_fredoscale
Fredo_JointPushPull
Curviloft by Fredo
vertex tools for sketchup ($20 i think and not on sketchucation)
Fur Tools, (not exceedingly useful for me)

One of the most useful things I've found in terms of educational value for sketchup is this list of shortkeys, if you memorize these and at least basically understand them you should be able to go lightning fast.
www.sketchup-ur-space.com/2013…

If you're really interested in getting into 3d modelling don't stay with sketchup for too long unless you only want to use it for architecture. I've been using mostly only sketchup for 8 years or so and i haven't even been able to animate something until recently. If you're messing around or wanting to get a good grasp for 3d then like i said before sketchup is a good place to start.

oh and don't buy sketchup pro, it's not really worth it.

Let me know if you have any specific questions about sketchup.
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bugfacegard Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Thanks for the info. 3ds Max looks great along with Zbrush which I'd rather since I think it's easier to use. I will continue to consider it.

Great models you have anyway.
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MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Zbrush is good too but if i'm not mistaken it's mostly only for making static sculptures, I'd imagine it works great in conjunction with Zbrush.
Good luck!
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TheP4GAN Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love the whole thing, especially the blueprint!
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MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks =D
that's pretty much my favorite part too.
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grid-gunner Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Nice! It has great details & aesthetics! ^^
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MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks =D
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NOMANSNODEAD Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
badass man!
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MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks =D
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BlutigeHandPlus1 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist
Cool idea. A Problem i see with the Construction is the small "feet". The pressure on the tipps, even more when lifting things would be to high for most type of grounds. maybe it would sink into normal streets too. That would limit it to military bases with high compressed grouds only, like airforce bases. You could solve this Problem by giving it the option for bigger feet. Size being somewhere 4-5 times as big as they are now. Naming the feet part "Low Impact Treads" doesnt bend basic Physics, sry ;) and the Rotatable HIgh Impact Treads would be still to small for a Lifting job.
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MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok
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BlutigeHandPlus1 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist
Talked about it with a friend of mine and he thinks the same way. We are mechanical engeneers so i guess it really wouldnt work XD But we both really like your Design and whished we had something like that standing around :D
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MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're right to say in your previous statement that the feet are too small. the main reason i chose small feet was for personnel aesthetic preference but in reality, if such a mech could even exist, the feet are way too small. I've already implemented bigger feet on the next (A6) variant but i'm unsure of the exact size it should be. Would you be able to refer me to a minimum pressure threshold for roads so i know how big to make the feet? also what would you guess the weight of this thing is (you can see dimensions in the blueprint for size)? from my calculations comparing the volume (74m^3 aprox) to an abrams (32m^3 aprox) the weight should be somewhere around 120 tons or more which is probably way too much. i may be overly simplifying it though since it has more to do with surface area of the armor, armor thickness and internal utilities.
I'm glad you like the design =D
unfortunately i don't have any formal training in engineering or even physics so a lot of this is self taught information, imagination or intuition.
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BlutigeHandPlus1 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist
So i started learning for the exam and found the listing of N / Mē for different ground types. I will be writing it down after im done with the exams. needs a little converting because its ment for something else. about the weight. The Prof has two things he likes to say "Dont know how to build it/ explain it?... Too expensive, we cant do that!" and "Doesnt look build light? ... Of course, its all super light on the inside!" ;)
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MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can see here the pieces fit together
mrjumpmanv4.deviantart.com/art…
If it were a contemporary design it would definitely be too expensive for almost anyone to produce, and it would have a very limited use.
Keep in mind this is a fictional piece and it's very common to see vestigial details added to a design (just look at star wars designs).
The AU-A7 was designed with cost effectiveness and transport-ability in mind. It's also more compact since it doesn't have that huge thing on the top.
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BlutigeHandPlus1 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist
okay okay :) So you dont want the listing? its not magic. itsonly N/mē compared to your footsize in mē ?
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MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love reading comments and critiques, especially if they're well educated.
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013

I like it! All you need is a keg somewhere near the cockpit:bucktooth:





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MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i was thinking about putting an emergency capsule with a grill with various BBQ supplies in there, maybe for the next one.
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Quesocito Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
with a beer holder as well?? :P
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MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not a beer drinker but i'll put it in there for the spirit of BBQ.
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
That's a good idea too.:iconhungrylaplz:
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Quesocito Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i dont think u gonna get ur beer dude...
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
I have pockets:bucktooth:
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Quesocito Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahaha expect u to say something like that!! ;)
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
I'm always thinking ahead:P
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MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Ha! Dude! Awesome!:iconhead-bangplz:
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MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
=D
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Quesocito Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
for when the fighting is over?
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Why wait?

I would at least have a microwave and minifridge in the cockpit.
If I am strapped to a 75 ton war machine that's going to be the target of everything on the opposing side, i am at least going to go into battle well snacked.

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MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
and during, if you're going to have fire superiority you need to keep the soldiers well fed.
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Zip101 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love heavy duty mechs! How is the manipulator's tool change from the revolving compartment done?
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MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I built in the mechanics for how the compartments switch the tools, i just ran out of room to illustrate it. basically the drum you see on the fine manipulator has 3 compartments that open up and the arm has enough joints where it can move backwards all the way to reach it and switch.
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Zip101 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool :) Now I can visualize it, thanks for the input!
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MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no problem
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Tank50us Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
where do I get one?
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MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
call 1-555-BUY-SCARAB-NOW, that's 1-555-BUY-SCARAB-NOW
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Tank50us Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
w00t! I ordered one :p

it will take approximately 3 months to get here... uhm... this thing does come with a warranty right?
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MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i'm just the designer, marketing should have offered the warranty.
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Tank50us Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol

anyway, I like the design, too bad nothing like this exists in reality :/
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Quesocito Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just saw how few views u have.. its ridiculous that something this good isnt that popular! people are just mad...
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MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
heheh, thanks. this one seems to be getting a lot less views than i anticipated.
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flaketom Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Totally agree!
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