T.H.M.P.R. art is up

Discussion in 'Ember Art & Design Updates' started by Grummz, Jul 29, 2016.

  1. Grummz

    Grummz Administrator Ember Dev

    For those who missed it, the T.H.M.P.R. orthographics are done and ready for 3D modeling:


    It’s here! While concept art is great for setting mood, 3D modelers need blueprints, called orthographics, to begin the work of translating a 2D drawing into a 3D model.

    With the additional funding we received from our (580% overfunded!!!) IndieGoGo campaign to put up Ember forums, we made orthographics of the T.H.M.P.R. MEK-A autonomous mining mech.

    MEK stands for “Mechanically Enhanced Kinetics” and the “A” in “MEK-A” means this MEK is autonomous. Fully automated and delivered by drop-ship, the T.H.M.P.R. will land in tucked-up, ball-form onto your mining hot spot. It will then unfold and begin drilling into the ground with its immense arm-drill, picking up valuable resources with its claw arm.

    Of course this attracts all sort of local xeno-morphs that you will have to defend against as T.H.M.P.R. does its work. It’s a game of risk/reward. The longer you mine, the rarer and more precious the resources are. But each wave of attacking xeno-morphs is tougher and tougher, and if your T.H.M.P.R. is destroyed, you lose it all.

    Once full, the T.H.M.P.R. will beeline it straight back to your nearest player-built refinery to turn your hard-won ore into the pure elements you need to craft better gear, weapons and to build more facilities and defenses.

    But the trip back is fraught with peril. More creatures will attack you as you escort the leaping, bounding T.H.M.P.R. back to base. The T.H.M.P.R. will fight alongside you, taking on and locking up with mini-Kaiju sized baddies. You’ll have to come to its aid to help it defeat these mini-bosses.

    Mining is a risky business, and plenty of Reaper Teams have lost it all while pushing themselves harder and harder to reap those sweet, sweet resources.

    I hope you enjoyed this little update and art drop. More is coming, including some surprises we haven’t talked about yet!

    Thanks again for all your support!
  2. chewtoy9696

    chewtoy9696 Terraformer

    Looks awesome! Absolutely loved Firefall and am extremely excited to see where this goes, only wish I had heard about it 2 weeks ago so I could have put the 100 toward funding
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  3. Andronakos

    Andronakos Firstclaimer

    Kinda gives off a Revenge of the Fallen Megatron vibe with the asymmetrical arms. Can't wait to fight alongside this thing.
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  4. Juno

    Juno Member

    I hope one of the implications of including the "A for autonomous" tidbit is that there are possibly giant mechs with pilot seats too...
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  6. Swizza

    Swizza New Member

    mecha malphite's brother :)
  7. Mahdi

    Mahdi THMPR Inbound - Gatestrider - Firstclaimer

    That is one helluva drill arm. The whole concept. artwork and process designs are great.

    Like man questions around here that maybe far too early, but will we be able to deck it out with paint jobs? Or it is just going to be brand name drop ship equipment brought by supplier? Will we have means to upgrade its functions? Extra plating, enhanced load capacity, defense systems, etc?

    And everyone, keep spreading the word. As Kern has stated nearly every chance he gets, it will take a lot to make this whole project. I still have my Firefall stocking cap I got with my old commanders pledge. I might do a diagonal crossing on it with duck tape and write Ember on top of the tape. Wear that this winter.
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  8. Grummz

    Grummz Administrator Ember Dev

    Yes, the whole thing is that Reaper Teams are like Top Gun meets Fast and Furious. So custom paint jobs are a must.
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  9. Sinyx

    Sinyx New Member

    Imagine this on a Batsuit, damn I would be looking cool!
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  10. Ruv

    Ruv New Member

    Will the thumper remain stationary the whole time its mining like the one used in ff? I was just curious since the design is kinda humanoid so I thought maybe it can move around while mining or maybe even defend itself while mining?
    Will the fighting functions of the thumper only applicable when escorting back to the player-made base or during the whole process of mining?
    Just curious and excited :D
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  11. Ixnarfury

    Ixnarfury Deepscanner

    This sounds great. Already I can imagine different armies/factions 'duking it out' over viable mining sites (all while defending from these mini-Kaiju beasts and xenomorphs) and then planning/collaborating on how best to raid other armies' refineries. (A bit of "Dune 2000" Harvester Warfare perhaps? o_O)

    "Warning.... WORMSIGN!"
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  12. GreatKhan

    GreatKhan New Member

    “Once full, the T.H.M.P.R. will beeline it straight back to your nearest player-built refinery to turn your hard-won ore into the pure elements you need to craft better gear, weapons and to build more facilities and defenses.”

    So is this just for ore/rocks? Thinking of gas (seems impractical for gathering gas).. I’m thinking of a truck dropping on the tail end sending pipes down to gather gas, then when finished it tips over onto its wheels and starts driving to town. You hop on the top and defend against the fast air monsters from popping the gas sacks or something like that. Would be cool having different material farming equipment. Gas would have to spawn farther from refineries for longer rides, or higher quality further away.

    Posted this as a comment, should it have been here?
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  13. TGVirus

    TGVirus Firstclaimer

    thumbs up for IS girls :)
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  14. TGVirus

    TGVirus Firstclaimer

    aaaa.... Gurren Lagann anybody?
    love it btw ^.^
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  15. Dr Doom

    Dr Doom New Member

    I might suggest some kind of wheels or tracks like the bulldozer has for the MEK. That waye he doesn't need to "leap" /bounce /jump. As for defence, he could have some small drones that will be released after his job is done. The drones HP is low so they might die easily but not before they take down few monsters or do a decent damage to a boss.
    The idea of the MEK-A is good (sounds weird.. like "Mecca" ) I love the design art of it and the concept behind it.

    Big question, who built the MEK-A ?! Omnidine ?
  16. Wyntyr

    Wyntyr Firstclaimer

    I vote for Crixa Association or RAWR Inc.
  17. Grummz

    Grummz Administrator Ember Dev

    No Omnidyne here. :)
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  18. TGVirus

    TGVirus Firstclaimer

    here's an idea: how about THMPR being able to self-defend. Im thinking of something like small shoulder-mounted pivoting lasers, Predator style.
  19. DARKB1KE

    DARKB1KE Well-Known Member

    AFK bastion begins!
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  20. Btabc

    Btabc Active Member

    Man.... my tribal designing instincts are going crazy with this MEK-A thing, Grummz!!!!! :D
    I'm going to start "tatting" it up now lol!!! Hope you don't mind?
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