Wow! Looking good there, Fallout. Very cool design. Kinda creepy, too. What exactly is he? A total robot/android, or was he once human but forced to transfer his consciousness into a robotic body? Is he like a super soldier, or was he built to copy the average human in the way of physical abilities? Am I asking too many questions? Sorry... he's just really intriguing.
Can't say too much without giving away the story, but I'd say he's more of a "living weapon" than a "super soldier". You've hit the nail on the head that he's a human consciousness in a robot body (how'd ya guess that???), but his doing that leads to some very unexpected consequences.
Ah, of course. Ha, I dunno... just a lucky guess, I guess. I'm really into sci-fi, so it was just one possibility that came to mind. It also makes it easier to connect to someone who was once human, so I actually prefer it that way over androids and robots. Androids with advanced AIs can be cool too, though. Like Data on ST: TNG.
Of course. I'd love to know when the project is completed.
I'll definitely be crowing about it when the book's out. Right now we're just putting the "pitch packet" together for publishers- so it's not gonna be out this year. Early next pssibly, if things go well.
Oddly enough, the fact that he doesn't have a Russian counterpart is very much a plot point of the story- though I agree a Soviet version with lots of cyrillic biohazard warnings and what not would look pretty bitchin' (I actually based his face on a Warsaw Pact-issue gas mask). However, the main character is an ass-kicking Russian super spy- so there's plenty of Soviet nuttiness elsewhere in the book.
Computer? Hey, I draw these on a drafting table in pen and ink, man! The color and lettering is digital though.
But yeah, blueprint-style designs like this are really time consuming b/c they have to "work" in 3-dimensions. There's another design I did for this story (which I can't upload until it's published) that was even more complicated b/c it had a sort of "transforming" function that actually had to work. By the time I was finished I was halfway wondering if I should patent the damn thing.