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Commission - Galkgrokst Infantry by Shimmering-Sword Commission - Galkgrokst Infantry by Shimmering-Sword
This was a fun commission to work on. The initial description sounded run of the mill alien soldier, but turns out this one had previously been worked on by *Abiogenisis (awesome artist) and it was my job to give it some gear. (clarification, this was not commissioned by Abiogenisis or collaborated on, we just had the same client)

The Galkgrokst is an intelligent species. It moves along the ground much like a snake, only using it's spindly arms to help heave itself over obstacles or make tight turns at speed. It's 6 mouth parts are what it uses to interact with objects, each being quite dexterous and having roughly the strength of a human arm.
As a soldier it wears a set of modular wrappings. It's underside features segmented flexible plates that are slick to allow movement but are also serrated to prevent back sliding. Hard ballistic plates are used to protect vital organs where practical, while the majority of the outfit uses soft body armor. Webbing straps allow various gear to be fixed along it's body, currently featuring drum magazines (sorry, empty mags) and general equipment bags. It's also wearing an NBC breather over it's breathing holes (behind it's eyes), while headphones/ear protection and a microphone system strapped to it's mouth allow for squad communication.
Square pattern camo, because your enemies never expect an ambush from a picnic blanket.
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:iconaltair75:
Altair75 Jan 12, 2014   Traditional Artist
Incredibly cool looking soldier!

When I first saw this, I was amazed!

Well done!
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:iconsierra-116:
How on Earth do they use weapons?
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:iconkalgrost:
There are six tentacles at the front of their heads, and they use these to manipulate their environment and use tools.
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:iconthenotsowelltaught:
very unique,though i could remember something like this from a nightmare of mine.
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:iconxxvectorzeroxx:
ive always wondered how aliens would do armor...
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:iconkalgrost:
Hey there! Creator of the galkgrokst here. First of all, my thanks to Shimmering Sword for his excellent work on this project. He's a professional and a gentleman, and I highly recommend him for any projects you may have in mind.

I never expected these little guys to generate as much interest as they have! I'm starting my own account here and will be happy to answer as many of your questions as I can.
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Aug 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
At this point I'm not sure many will see this comment. You definitely pull some publicity when you have popular DA artists doing work for you :)
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:iconkalgrost:
Apparently so! It wasn't my goal or intention, but heck, if people are curious, maybe I can help out a little. Thanks again for your excellent work--you are justly popular--and I look forward to doing more with you in the future.
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