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KR-14A+ Kelleg Plus-EG by Norsehound KR-14A+ Kelleg Plus-EG by Norsehound
Since the release of the KR-14A model it has become gradually apparent that the quality control of the Axel had more to be desired. Attempts by the UEPC to maintain the illusion of quality with the D model did not easily fool some of the nations within the UEPC, and in the face of growing Pirate Axel activity many of them were finally forced to act on their own.

Several member nations of the UEPC, including Egypt, Japan, Korea, China, the Philippines, South Africa, and others embarked on a discreet program to upgrade the lackluster KR-14A models to produce a better quality fighting unit. This new "KR-14A+" was the common result, though there are minor differences between the various nations that upgraded their Kellegs. The version shown here is the Egypt model.

Compared to the D, the KR-14A+ has several improvements and several holdovers from the A model. Although the shoulder connection joints are based on the original models, the articulation points in the shoulders themselves was improved. Knee armor was also upgraded with heavier knecaps and lighter rear guards (since the ones on the D model were heavy and attributed to balance problems). The stacked balance systems were retained but improved with another model. One of the more innovative additions was the revision of the camera system: The binocular arrays were combined with new software to present depth into the pilot's perception. Though the monitors were still black and white, they could now zoom and offer distance-shifting on pilot request.

By the time the UEPC Military council learned about the existence of the Plus type there were already two dozen divisions' worth of the units produced. While the UEPC supreme council gave a compulsory order to have all units destroyed, every nation fielding one has been slow to comply and more are still in production. It is thought that with the appearance of the KR-14-P7 model and the recognized threat of Pirate Axels, the UEPC has not been fast to enforce their directive (especially as it may disrupt their timetable for potential lunar subjugation plans).

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Decided to polish the disappointing KR-14A drawing with something a little more functional. Not too happy with this one (the egypt scheme especially), so I might either delegate this to scraps or work on the -14A model some more to produce another variant.
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dasAdam Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
thats a fat fella =D i like the porportions
to bad its watermarked... is it really necessary?
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Norsehound Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Yes.

An instructor I hold in high esteem doesn't like Deviantart because it's a treasure-trove for drive-by art thieves. She suggested it would be a good idea to watermark my images, so that's what I'm going to do. You see other artists doing it as well.

Maybe someday if I get famous/published/whatever, you'd be able to have an action figure. Here's hoping.
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dasAdam Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
this is naive
if someone would really try to steal it he or she just would do it and paint out that watermark of yours.
are you seeling these images? do they have any real value on the market at some point? or do you do em for your personal portfolio and the experience?
i see many other hobby artists doing that and its simply nonsense

look at this
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tell me why this awesome art isnt watermarked? you and me. we are no way near that level and you watermark sketches, i simply cant understand it
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Norsehound Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Fortunate that I also save at a much smaller resolution than my working and final one.

In the end, it is my decision. The watermark isn't so obtrusive that you do not see the design, but that it becomes difficult to remove and the result would be obvious.

And yes, these are for my portfolio. I could have kept these high-quality re-draws locked away in my own files but I decided to share them with my Axel fanbase here. I know of some of my artwork being stolen without my consent before, and since my name isn't as high-profile as Ukitakumuki's, I'm moving to protect what's mine. Especially if I want these to someday be at the helm of a published project.
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dasAdam Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
i can remove it in 5 minutes and i wont be visible.
you simply cant protect it anyway dont you get it? you dont show off quality illustration art but your design ideas. therefore there is no stupid watermark that could protect it.
ukitakumukis fame doesnt protect his art against theft either. poeple like him create in order to get better and to have a neat portfolio that shows off their abilities(WITHOUT A SINGLE STUPID WATERMARK). they will offer their patining skills in the concept art industry. they dont open up a print shop and sell all their rough sketches they did years ago. do YOU plan to do so? well it all comes down to your own decision to watermark. you stated that already. so its all good. continue. but please dont give me that crazy stuff about your art being stolen by a 13 year for his rpg website or something and that you want to publish your sketches once you are famous.......
i fell sorry that i started this topic already. i hope you will change your opinion about watermarking. just take a look at all the neat online portfolios of concept artitst. you wont find any watermarks. some day you might find out the reason
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xX-Alloy-Xx Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
Nice. Like the look of this mech.
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AKIRAwrong Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
nice design!
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Silverlion Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010
Very nice.
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El-Bronco Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man, I love KR series :love:
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great design man! :D
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