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This video inspired me somewhat in my next project - the DreamForge Leviathan.
I've been struggling to work out a formalised military look to it, I suppose in some ways inspired by Gundam, but this clip I saw this morning brought back another inspiration which could be far more interesting.
Area 88 was a manga from the late 70s to the mid-80s and a short anime series in 2005.
The basic plot if around mercenary pilots in a fictional middle eastern protectorate.
The role of mercenaries, or Private Military Contractors, is of course controversial - being paid to kill people doesn't seem like the most wholesome vocation, but in reality it's a very old profession, and if handled properly and policed, it can be very effective, sometimes saving the population from an extended war when professionals can just come in and finish it.
It's been handled badly in recent conflicts where the US have used PMCs, but as I said earlier, professional soldiering has been for hire for centuries.
So... .(long story short) I'm going to paint up the DreamForge Leviathan as if it's being piloted by a mercenary. It can open up the paint schemes and markings and doesn't need to conform to the troops around it.