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Mobile Suit Design Part 1 by Rom-Stol Mobile Suit Design Part 1 by Rom-Stol
This is my first tutorial. Here i will talk about 'setting, concept & design' of mobile suits, leaving for the future other tutorials about proportions and details in mobile suits. My intention with this is only to guide you trough the progress of making a mobile suit with verosimilitude in mind. These tutorials could be easily used as a way to learn how to design real robots as well.
It is in both english and spanish to help as many readers as possible.
I hope you find this very interesting and helpful.
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
Excellent.

Almost nobody really talks about this stuff so its great to see some sort of info on this subject.
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Rom-Stol Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
thanks! i really want to continue this tutorial but i'm busy with other projects and fighting with my laziness as well.
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
Good luck with your battle with laziness.
When you post it, I will see it.
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zanruos Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
:drool: i love this must find more i am current ly working on gundam comic design ad a model design of a custome unit
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:iconrom-stol:
Rom-Stol Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
thanks. I'll have to draw forces from the universe to continue this tutorial then! But i'm so lazy right now.
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zanruos Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
lol can u lookk art some of my mech design i made please
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Dragonjaj Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
but the frist mobile suits where zaku of the Ms line not the rx gundam line
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Rom-Stol Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
sorry if i hurt your zeon pride with the images.
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Dragonjaj Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Its ok i just have to remind ppl where the best suits are made the fedys won by qunity by not quality. They over ran the zeno forces with cheep knock offs not supiryer equipmont. The best feds got is a gundam the zeon have the gelgoog witch is supiryer to the gundam in capabiltys. I know Zeon is the best its just inacuret to show a fed g-unit plant from late war when dicuing the oragins of MS when the Zaku one was built befor the war.
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Rom-Stol Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
i'm not discussing the origins of the mobile suit here, this is a tutorial with a real world perspective.

But if you are here to discuss i can say zeon was dumb to throw away lots of money developing countless mobile armors and prototypes instead of putting all the money in things like the gelgoog. If i were to talk about ms design in an "inside the universe" perspective i would talk as a neutral AE engineer as we all UC fans know that they used both Zeon and EFF technology and sold their products to both factions.
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Dragonjaj Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok im understand.

But yeah Zeon did wast resoures but it was not all the high comands falt half the reson the evil federtion won was do to the arch treader chars action. If he hadint led lied to Garma and led him in to a tray he would have distroid the white bace and killed the top newtype and greatest feddy pilot the white ghost. And then there would have been noone tha could have stoped the the bigzam or the new type core and the fed fleet would have been anialate at soloman after the black try stars would have devested the ground forces at oddsa
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Rom-Stol Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
yeah, probably. But since is a Tomino creation everyone will die in the end.
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Dragonjaj Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
well yeah i have seen chars counter attack i mean its a long work up but like all but 3 story charicters die.
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whattha Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
This will come in very handy. I never thought to base my ideas on existing time periods.
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:iconrom-stol:
Rom-Stol Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
great. it means this tutorial really works. I'm short of time this week but i'll try to upload the second part in the weekend.
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LordCastigator Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Some rather important points there. Well done with this.

I tend to convert actual kits myself, but I still follow most of these rules...
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Chen-Chan Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
This is a very helpful.
I thought I found the way to make my own story with mobile suit, but now it's somewhat hard to make sense. Because I mix up between fantasy robot like Magic Knight Rayearth and sci-fy machine like Gundam:upset:
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Rom-Stol Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
I'm sure the tutorial could work fine for fantasy themes, you only have to change the setting and concept and it will work as well.
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Chen-Chan Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
okay
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ShadowHyperreal Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
Excellent!
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:iconrom-stol:
Rom-Stol Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
thanks!
I checked your gallery and now i know you will draw amazing mobile suits with this.
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ShadowHyperreal Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
Coming from you, that is one huge compliment. Keep that awesome work coming!
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Koyote042 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
Now that I have this, its time to roll out my Zaku Superior (tm) line. :) I hear what you are sayin about the setting. Since that pretty much decides how you will design your suits in general. Personally my favourite suits come from SEED Destiny even though the show blew chunks to hell and back, but it showed something that I have yet to see in other Gundam lines. In the hands of an Ace Pilot, even a cannon fodder suit can be dangerous.

That also brings up a point. Cannon Fodder Suits (henceforth known as CFS) don't tend to get as much love as the main character suits. For me, when making a universe or suit, I tend to think in broad strokes. I want to know what the big bad ass suit will be facing lots of. But I also want those CFS's to be threatening too. Something I think 00 covered very well. If I were to start from scratch I think I would start from CFS's and work my way up the chain of better suits to get an idea of what kind of style I will end up using as a basis for my main suit.

Just some thoughts. Sorry i rambled.
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Rom-Stol Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
your thoughts are appreciated :p
i have evaded the word "gundam" in my tutorial since i will deal with MS in general. Gundams are a minimum percentage of the MS production in all the settings so you will see a lot of CFS in my explanations. I could make an special chapter about Gundams though.
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Koyote042 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
When I say Gundam I mean the franchise not the suit. My apologies for not making that clearer.
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zanruos Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
nice dude
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williamcll Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
GM looks like optimus prime from a distance
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73H-FR33M4N Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Very good tutorial. Good introduction. Hope to see more soon ^^
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Rom-Stol Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
thanks i'll try to do one per week.
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madcomm Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Student Digital Artist
One per week?
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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73H-FR33M4N Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Student Digital Artist
yay :)
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madcomm Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Useful. Very.
Although constructive (yet), it is a brilliant introduction to a seemingly excellent to come tutorial
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Rom-Stol Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
thanks!
yes, i'm planning in make numerous tutorials to cover the mobile suit concept in it's whole. I may do it by releasing a tutorial for each part of the suit(head, torso, legs, weapons, etc.), or maybe one about inner mechanics and other about the exterior. I haven't decided yet.
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madcomm Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Student Digital Artist
[link]
I am getting better? Right?
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Rom-Stol Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
i like that you tried a perspective view and not simply a front or side view.
You still need to improve your lines and painting, and some details, but you will eventually reach a good level if you keep practicing. You have solved the background story and technical data and that's a good start!
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Ryuuhiken Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Student Filmographer
for the quote above the left bracket, an should be "a". Interesting tutorial by the way ^^
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Rom-Stol Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
thanks! my english is a bit primitive :p
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