SOD.174 – Four pilots

This is a bit of a cheat, but these are the four pilots I drew today for the fledgling "Mech Edition" HM version. Most of these are basically traces of client-provided computer characters, but the thing I've been working on is inking, and since I was pleased with the way they turned out AND I drew them today, I think they sort of qualify as a SOD.

25 Responses to SOD.174 – Four pilots

  1. Avatar Worf says:

    They all look good, but I think your use of black in the top left and bottom right characters gives them more depth than the other two. The older guy in particular feels a bit too flat.

  2. Avatar Tigerguy786 says:

    so the Mech HM will have pre-made pilots and the focus will be on designing the Mech itself? That makes sense, actually. I’m looking forward to seeing it when it’s released.

  3. Avatar Jeff Hebert says:

    Good comment Worf, I think you’re right. Those are two of the client-derived characters, but let me see if I can juice up the lineart some.

    Tigerguy, that’s correct, the focus is very much on making the mech. The pilots are all pre-generated and you can only change their hair color and skin color.

  4. Avatar Jeff Hebert says:

    Hey all you mecha-fans out there, are they pilots or drivers? I called them drivers in the app at this point but now that I am looking back on it, I think that’s probably wrong.

  5. Avatar NEON_N64 says:


    And they’re definitely pilots

  6. Avatar Me, Myself & I says:


  7. Avatar Deadeas says:

    I prefer the term Pilot. I blame my massive Anime/Manga consumption.

  8. Avatar spidercow2010 says:

    Well, if one consults a dictionary (and I did; Merriam-Webster Online) one finds ‘pilot’ is reserved for air- or watercraft, while ‘driver’ refers to the operator of a motor vehicle. It doesn’t specifically say land-based motor vehicle, but I think the inference is clear. Neither Merriam nor Webster have ever been renowned for their explication of mech nomenclature.
    On the other hand, it’s not much of a step to rationalize that a driver moves a vehicle along a predetermined route, e.g., a road, while a pilot navigates his vehicle at will and as necessary.
    I have no personal preference. I just like to muddy the waters.
    Whatever the final verdict, I think maybe they should be scalable from exo-suit pilot size way down to relatively-little-driver-inside-the-giant-mech-head size.

  9. Avatar Jason says:

    Wrong, but related, topic, but I had a thought on an earlier question of yours on ideas for this project. A good american attempt at anime that featured some decent mech’s was Exo-Squad. has the entire series, I believe.

  10. Avatar Moognation says:

    I don’t care if they’re pilots or drivers, but I’d so love to see some more things akin to flight suits, and their peripherals in HM3.

    Pretty please!

  11. Avatar Jigglypuff says:

    I have a idea for a new character addition for the mecha pilots; a chain-smoking grizzled and scarred man with a big pair of googles on his forehead and a badass pistol. His appearance is roughly similiar to the guy on the bottom left, but with 10 years added to his appearance.

  12. Avatar PsyckoSama says:

    I’d like to request a male and female battlemech pilot with a neurohelm and cooling vest. I can email you images if you’d like.

    The reason I ask is because this will be the holy grail to Battletech players.

  13. Avatar Jeff Hebert says:

    PsyckoSama, a reference link would be great.

  14. Pilots.

    Funny thing about Battletech / Mechwarrior and cooling vests. All the guys would play female characters for the skimpy outfits. Our two female players would play male characters for the same reason.

  15. Avatar PsyckoSama says:

    those aren’t quite the best images, atomic.

    I’m going to post a request thread on the offical BTech forum.

  16. Avatar kyle says:

  17. Avatar PsyckoSama says:

    And lost between a mountain of random image spam.

    Well, the 12 I posted are all Mechwarriors.

  18. Avatar Jeff Hebert says:

    I saw ’em, thanks Psycko 🙂

  19. Avatar PsyckoSama says:

    Welcome Jeff, and thank you. 🙂