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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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Clynac Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
Really, really great. I know Abiogenesis gallery and his artworks and commentaries about the concept behind his pictures are brilliant.
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TheWeeLad Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Not only is this awesome because of technical skill, but it awesome because of the atypical nature of the designs and the ultra-atypical nature of the creature they are designed for.
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FaustianFox Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
You should draw some weapons for him.I'd love to see the differences in design and mechanics between Galkgrokst weaponry and Human weaponry.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'll be doing one like that in another commission for him.
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FaustianFox Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
This is FANTASTIC!!! i love that its not another run of the mill humanoid alien.
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Altair75 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014   Traditional Artist
Incredibly cool looking soldier!

When I first saw this, I was amazed!

Well done!
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SIERRA-116 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
How on Earth do they use weapons?
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Kalgrost Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
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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SIERRA-116 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Hmm, I see.
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Wes-of-StarArmy Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
Hell yeah.
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