In line with the changes to the centaur mecha I've added some new info regarding back story:
Name: Captain Chiro
Species: Dark Elf
Motto: Long are the days of woe for those who befall my blade
History: Captain Chiro was born to the clan of war elves from the northern territory. From their mountain castle, they have long looked upon the empire of humans with distrust and envy. Chiro in particular burns with the desire to cease the throne of Emperor Rex for himself. To this end he had the elven mages empower his armour, transforming it into the automaton Bronze Ogre. Now when battle is joined, he can merge with the mechanical monstrosity to become the most formidable Dark elf. He wields a golden sword which is enchanted so that it sings when in the presence of danger, giving Chiro seconds warning of impending attack. He can frequently be seen flying from the battlements of the elven castle to swoop down on unsuspecting villagers in the human settlements near by. His arch nemesis is Sir Borrolow who is watchman of the ford and keeper of the northern territory of humans, Borrolow would like nothing more than to dis-empower the bronze ogre and run Chiro through with his own singing blade. Their bitter enmity is born out of Chiro's callous slaughter of Borrolow's parents, a crime that will not go unpunished.
[version two: (well actually there are no changes as such but I wanted to demonstrate some extra features not present in the version one pictures below) Created 16:00 20/04/12]
The main differences here are that the Bronze ogre mecha has a flight mode, not technically a full transformation as the limbs just fold up at the back (if I get round to a true version 2 I may work on incorporating a true transformation).
But here is the kicker, while taking shots of the version without the pilot I noticed the chest shield looked a little like a head... so I made the Minotaur mode, an un-piloted automaton.
[Version one created 15:00 20/04/12]
While I was working on the last two designs, it occurred to me that they looked like they might fit the Medieval universe sub-theme rather than a futuristic one. So that got me thinking, how could I make the X series frame look more "steampunk" or more accurately, how could I make it look more mystic driven?
This is the result, the pilot is a dark elf and he's piloting an ogre class bronze mecha. Finally those ogre hands seem appropriate.
There was method in my madness with some of the design choices here, but I need to fiddle with LDD to work out some kinks before I can show you what I was planning. (see version 2 pics above).
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