Copyright (c). 2011 - 2012, Marvin Gonzalez.
Ready to take over the world with a shoe and a paper air plane.
To first start off, I would like to make very clear that I am not a member of the NRA or the American Hunting Society. I appreciate machinery in every form, this specific form exemplifies human creativity with personal desires. Human beings have always been in pursuit of power, and firearms have always been an extension of will as sadly shown by criminals and law enforcement officials. I simply appreciate the complexity in the science and engineering qualities of firearms.
My most personal favorite firearm to date is the M14, a descendant of the old M1 Garand from World War 2. During this time period, many armies utilized bolt action weapons that required charging after each shot thus instilling discipline within it’s soldiers to make every shot count.
The American Armed forces had a myriad of technological marvels at their disposal when entering the war, such as amphibious vehicles and devastating weapons. The German forces did not adopt semi-automatic rifles until halfway through the war. Many war veterans credit their victories to the American Engineering of the M1 Garand and it continued to serve in the U.S. army until the Vietnam war.
The M1 was eventually replaced by the M14, a similarly designed marksman rifle with a larger magazine capacity and more modern features. The ironic part of the development in the M1 and M14 lineage was that these weapons were designed to engage forces at an estimated 400 feet or more but military reports revealed a majority of engagements occur within 100 feet. A lot of armies during the later years of World War 2 relied more on smaller automatic weapons, eventually leading to the rise of Assault Rifles.
This is a drawn concept of light armor for a small school assignment that wanted me to create a 2 page comic, this armor design has a few inspirational points and imitation of style if you can recognize the similarities.
The helmet was intentionally left with solid rough edges to provide a simplistic design that could be made by hand, it became another piece of the comic’s plot. The midsection of the armor is meant to depict only a portion of protection to the vital organs yet allow the wearer to move freely, the front vest cover is removable by a number of bolts placed at the abdominal area and the shoulders.
The arms were updated with different appearances as I went along, but the main idea of the upper arm guards were to be segmented to cover the upper arm, the shoulder and the forearm.
The waist was left for last, as I personally find it troubling to design a device that guards the genitals of the user. The thighs and hips have a very simple draping piece of armor that could be percieved as kevlar or another light weight sort of armor.
The legs were designed to represent a very wrapped up look with what I was hoping to be a sense of layers. The foot and ankle are covered by an ankle guard that is adjustable by at the time decidedly laces. The shins were covered up to the knee with a wrap around shin guard and a protruding knee guard.
I’ve been watching the new show Hell on Wheels on AMC and I have to admit, I’ve taken a liking to it. Ever since I’ve been a fan of the late Firefly series and even before that an avid player to the Starcraft series I’ve always had a mild interest in the concept of the wild western lifestyles of lawless desert ranges and self-made men carrying legends and pistols alike.
I just happened to notice the main protagonist of the show being a clever and humble individual who carries a very good moral standing with him, being fair to those he meets and judging the characters by their actions. This showed me how much I appreciate the humble cowboy idea of an honest man who does honest work and stands for his own beliefs. Funny thing though is how much this Cullen Bohannon character turned out to be similar to another honest working, good-natured cowboy from the far future. Jim Raynor.
I guess no matter the timeline or place in the galaxy, the concept of a humble honest hardworking individual can be seen as an individual viewers can respect and follow.
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