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Power Suit: SST by filbarlow Power Suit: SST by filbarlow
Here is the original Power suit design I did for the Starship Troopers: Roughnecks Chronicles CG television show.

It is the result of a collaborative effort between Executive Producer Richard Raynis and myself. We both agreed that the so called "power suits" from the movie looked flimsy, we wanted a suit that enhanced a soldier so that they could engage in hand to hand combat with a bug and survive. It was also a space suit.

To make animation easier I wanted to have three fingered gloves. I came up with an arm shield and detachable chest readout for vitals and oxygen levels. Richard wanted boots that looked functional and cool, so he sent lots of ski boot reference my way. I got stuck on how to make the toe flexible, and so we sat on the floor of my office and threw sketches back and forth until Richard came up with what you see here.

We wanted a visor for heat and sun protection and nothing was working until I decided to base it off a peaked baseball cap, with the visor acting as an extended brim when up, and flipped down when needed as a shield. It looked cool and worked well in 3D. Was Master Chief's design, color and helmet based off our power suit? Considering that Roughnecks was airing two years before Halo came out.
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ijustlikehalo Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My nostalgia sense is tingling.
filbarlow Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Mkoll1 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
Ahhh Fond childhood memories.
filbarlow Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I'm glad you got to see the show.
BigGuns007 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Strange mention about the suit. In the other version of Starship Troopers, an animated one called "Uchū no Senshi" has power suits which is similar to the one here. In fact, this came out before SST Chronicles was produced and apparently, inspired the person who made Gundam.
TheMACchine Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
my favorite interpretation of starship troopers.
filbarlow Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks for the heads up I never knew about the anime version of SST made in 1988 (Gundam was '79 by the way) so thank you for letting me know. I checked it out on You Tube, I can see the usual Anime mecha motifs, but not your suggested similarities unless you are counting the military green color of the suits.
Rhysling15 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
So I take it that the sharp edge on the gauntlet takes the place of a combat knife?
filbarlow Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I was thinking that the arm shield was literally a shield. I kept imagining the suit having to survive a bite from a Warrior Bug and for a right handed person firing a weapon the left arm would need the most protection. But once a bug has your left arm in it's jaws how better to extract it than have some sharp serrations to lacerate the soft tissue inside the bugs mouth. So I envisioned it as both defensive and offensive. You could still wield a combat knife in the other hand.
Wordsarecool Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Hey, long-time fan of RSTC here. I was just wondering who owns the rights(and if possible who composed) to the Roughnecks soundtrack? I always liked the music (background and intro/outro) of the series and I've been unsuccessfully trying to find and contact the composer, or find some of the tracks without all the combat noise/dialogue/etc.

I'd been wondering who designed the Power Suit as well, it's an honour to meet someone so critical to the show. I'm still sort of sad that RSTC bombed and Halo thrived.
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