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Human Militaries in the New World Continent by Pyrosity Human Militaries in the New World Continent by Pyrosity
Edit: spent a few minutes doing the camo I wanted to try for the Frontranger.

(Mostly) finished set of drawings for grad portfolio.

This was originally conceived as a sample page out of a potential "source book" for Epicho; you can see the full two page spread here, and the main text is transcribed below.

Of the military forces that operate in Mhad Su Tarre under the flags of human nations, there are five which are most prevalent. The Koshyan Provincial Guards of Anchortop, the Rossentian Foreign Legion, the Caluran Confederate Municipal Army, the Frontrange Commonwealth Mountaineers, and the Baloran Expeditionarre.

The Koshyan Provincial Guards are a division of the Koshyan army. They comprise of three brigades; one motor rifle brigade, one motor cavalry brigade, and a heavy Kostralak brigade. The force is roughly sixteen thousand strong including support personnel, and is tasked primarily with defending the borders of Anchortop. As the province of Anchortop is currently on good relations with the Mhadyon Coalition, the KPG has on occasion provided direct aid in defense of Mhadyon borders as well. The Koshyan Kostralak (pictured above) is a heavy infantry unit who fights on and holds front lines in battle. They are issued similar equipment and arms as the regular Koshyan Stralak, in addition to wearing a full set of ballistic armor. While heavy, it offers superior coverage and protection compared to ordinary flak and ballistic vests. It uses a mix of flexible pads and plates to allow for adequate—though still restricted—movement. Kostralaks are most effective in short-range or close-quarters battles, preferring to avoid prone positions while in combat due to their armor.

The Rossentian Foreign Legion was historically an expeditionary force deployed in the colonial era to protect the Rossentian Empire's colony of Tundria, one of the three colonies that originally laid claim to the land of Calur. During the Caluran civil war, the RFL conspired with the government of Rokan and helped eliminate the opposing Baloran colony of Seastride, and has since established itself alongside the Caluran Confederate Municipal Gendarmerie as the de facto ruling powers of the Caluran Confederacy. RFL troops in Calur wear a burnt orange strip of cloth on their helmets and along their shoulders, signifying their integration with the Confederacy.

The RFL itself is organized similarly to the Rossentian Imperial Army, with a rigid hierarchy and strict discipline. The RFL is currently comprised of three legions of fifteen thousand men each, with an auxiliary legion that directly oversees protection of the Caluran capital of Rokanberg. In war the RFL is just as brutal and unforgiving as the RIA, even without the sheer numbers the RIA can field. Prisoners are taken as slaves and pressed into servitude under the Legion, and Rossentians are not sparing in their punishment of those who struggle against them.

The CCMG is a native human military, and is mostly made up of fresh young recruits and veterans of the Caluran civil war, and though a regular army it is not organized into a rigid overall structure. Each municipal zone manages their own divisions of troops, depending on how many fighting men each can muster. Together, the municipal divisions of the CCMG are organized and directed by the Caluran Confederate Government. In total, there are approximately nine municipal divisions ranging from between five to twenty thousand troops apiece. The Confederate government also fields its own corps unbound by the municipalities, consisting of the RFL auxiliary legion and the Caluran Fireguard—two divisions of elite infantry.

The Frontrange Commonwealth Mountaineers are the primary armed forces of Frontrange, currently made up of six divisions of mountain grenadiers, four cavalry divisions, and one armored division. Frontrange grenadiers are extremely well-trained and drilled heavy mountain infantry who wear thick ballistic vests. Mountain grenadiers are equipped with M500E2 automatic rifles and often have access to infrared night vision optics. They are considered by many to be some of the most effective fighters on the continent, training exhaustively in the high-altitude mountain landscape of their home country.

The nation of Southcape, being unusually integrated with the Mhadyon nation of Cuuszetorig and in general quite neutral, doesn't currently field a substantially large active military, instead relying on the Southcape National Guard & Police, as well as three divisions of the Baloran Expeditionarre Army. Balor has a vested interest in Southcape's stability as a nation, as Balor moves towards becoming a global trade empire and shedding off its old skin of military conquest after the decimating Baloran civil war that left the empire divided.

Baloran military doctrine favors simplicity, practicality, and surgical application of power. The standard Baloran infantry unit—the Arbalestier—embodies these ideals; using lightweight kits and battle rifles. A typical Arbalestier has seen combat in a handful of different countries, and their fighting prowess is legendary.
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goeliath Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woaaa! this is pretty awesome man! LOVE the looks of the mix between a little sci fi and modern gear!
Corporal-Yakob Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
Some very cool designs! I like the mix of historically inspired uniforms with weapons bearing the same design, but with anachronistic details (like how the Not-US soldier second from right has an M16 style rifle with wooden furniture) - makes for easy recognition at the same time as keeping them grounded in fantasy. Might I ask for further details on this universe?
Pyrosity Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :>

It's a conworld called Epicho that I've been working on over the past decade or so in various forms; there isn't currently a centralized information source, unfortunately (I haven't had the time to make one) but there is a bunch of misc. stuff in my epicho tag on my tumblr blog, and there's also a breif introduction post here

Hope that helps!
MrSpanyard Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
The Koshyan guy reminds me somehow to a samurai or ronin. Maybe is the helmet and padded armor.
The Rossetian Legionarre to the rebel in Star wars. And the caluran gendarme to an australian/canadian marauder, but justified.
The Baloran arbaliester design would be a great for post-apocalyptic army soldier.
The only one who does look like a real modern soldier (aka, USA soldier) is the granadier.

What I want to say, is that you have a good imagination, and I like them all.
Pyrosity Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, thanks! Yeah, I wanted to give each one a very unique feel to them. I do want to go back and revisit these concepts in the future and update/clean them up a bit, but they're a good starting point :>
artneo151 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
wow, I must take my hypothetical hat off, this sir, is awesome
Pyrosity Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
artneo151 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014

wait, is that a Fedorov Avtomat what I see on the hand of the Koshyan?
Pyrosity Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Not quite, though it is quite similar looking! It's a design of my own based partially on the Fedorov and Kalashnikov;…

Thanks :>
TheTyler101 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Great stuff! I wish I was better at modding, this could make one spectacular Arma mod!
Pyrosity Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

Hehe :3 Thanks!

I want to learn how to work with 3d more, I'd love to get into modding, especially as I have tons of designs like this that would be loads of fun to produce.

Brecnology Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
This is quality. Is this based on a war in a far continent or planet?
Pyrosity Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's from my 'Epicho' project; Mhad Su Tarre (the New World) is one of several continents on the planet. The planet (and the universe of Epicho) have no direct relation to Earth, though there are (as seen here) humans in it. It's intended to be a modern/cold-war-era take on traditional fantasy such as D&D or LotR.

Thank you :)
SteinWill Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh damn these are some really interresting looking soldier uniforms looking quite differnt from anything we have here in present day. :thumnbsup:
I feel there is some cold war influence here, which is just great since I really love the brownish tone to all the colours and all the original looking rifles =D I like perhaps the Rossentian Foreign Legion's rifle best with it's intricate metal detail and how you have gone back to using wooden parts :nod: I allways like that feel better myself.
as for the uniforms, they are all very varied but I like the abit more ragtag look of the Caluran Confederate Municipal Gendarmerie (now that name is a MOUTHFUL how the hell did you manage to come up with such a long name? :o ) thei'r orang'ish coat combined light green'ish bandanna is quite the colour clash but I somehow like it never the less =D
Pyrosity Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Ehehe, that's why everyone just calls them the Confederates :3

I take most of my inspiration from mid 1900s tech, so yeah the cold war era is a major influence. I also drew specific upon influence for each of these guys to help develop the character of each military and reinforce their background. I specifically avoided camouflage for now (I may end up using it selectively later on) because of the nature of camouflage; it obscures and covers up, and I want my designs to be readable and stand out xD Not exactly militarily practical, but it just has to be believable. I'll probably go back and add camouflage for guys like the Frontrangers, who would definitely be using it, but I want to keep that classic uniform look going.

For example, the Rossentian Empire is one of the oldest Old World empires, and is currently fading into the background after having reigned for many years as a major power in the Old World. Their uniform design calls back to late 19th and early 20th century uniforms, especially of WWI; a bit more dressy, though still with modern gear. It's not shown here but they're also one of the few human militaries to still issue sabers to their officers.

The Confederate uniform is a very simple, rugged design in comparison; soldiers with simple kits, a lot of captured or reused weapons, and just hats to keep the sun out of their eyes. They're not a terribly well-funded army, being that the Confederacy is still recovering from the civil war it was born out of which ravaged the countryside and the people.

And the Frontrangers are by contrast extremely well equipped, well trained, and well armed; Frontrange is one of the leading human nations in terms of economy, industry, and military at present.

The canon's "present" is c.371 (ish), with the 300s correlating to our 1900s in many ways. So technologically, it's right in the thick of the cold war. Though there will be some difference in what technology is developed, and when, to keep it interesting and different ;)
SteinWill Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow! leave it up to you to reply comments with 6 pages of detailed epicness =D (that was supposed to be a compliment sicne I really enjoy reading about the detail you have putten into this world of yours^^ )
I very much like how you've avoided camuflage (atleast for now, giving them a much more old school classic look, reminding more back to world war 1^^ (the fact that the Rossentians still use sabers for their officers is a very neat detail)
now I'm defently eager to see the anthro counterpart of uniformed lineup =D
Pyrosity Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah. I've avoided it [the anthro side of this] as a project to do during my last semester as it'll have to cover at least twice as much ground, probably more, in terms of content and work/time going into it. Honestly, if I had time, I would love to do something this involved for every one of the mhadyon races; because the canon currently focuses on their home continent, and their culture moreso than humans.

That's what made me go for the humans first though, because I knew I'd be mostly content to bang out something like this for a project and leave it at that for the moment. These guys are all "background fluff" at the moment, aside from a few prominent human characters like Marcus.
SteinWill Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WHY ofcourse! humans shouldn't be anything but background fluff in any interresting story :lol:
well I'll be waiting patiently when you get around to begin on the anthro counter part =)
jamesgunner123 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
...super diggin' how the story is coming along....especially love the design of the Baloran Arbalestier, which I based on a pseudo-British style, with some variation on the classic Bren gun....=3
Pyrosity Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yup, good guess!

Thanks :3
KodyYoung Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great job on the soldiers and countries.
Pyrosity Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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