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NBEX-XIIIX Dark Skull by vforvengeance NBEX-XIIIX Dark Skull by vforvengeance
"In a distant post-apocalyptic future, war has evolved with the creation of cybernetic powered suits called NBE (Neuro Bionic Exoskeleton) and every since then, time has stop with the world lies in shambles of nuclear bombardments.

Among the ruins, walks the "Dark Skull"-a lone warrior in an experimental NBE suit with no pasts and memories of his own. Armed with brute strength and heavy firepower, the Dark Skull seeks to challenge the Gods, an elite class of NBE warriors lead by ZEUS, who is also the creator of NBE technology. Thus began the journey of this lone warrior as he will face unforeseen challenges against him."

As far as I can remember, the Dark Skull is an original fictional short serialized story written by staffs of now defunct A-CLUB magazine back in the 1980s' HongKong. Back in those days, Terminator, Ghost-In-The-Shell and Appleseed are popular pop culture materials, which also served as inspirations for the A-CLUB staffs to come up with this original title.

After the magazine ceased its publication somewhere between 1999 and 2001, Dark Skull has sort of fade into oblivion and so far, only a few including me still remember this orphaned title. Boy, I really missed those days where the only source of anime and hobby would be thru these HongKong and Taiwanese publications, before Japanese titles are more accessible thanks to Kinokuniya and the web.

Therefore, this is how I pay tribute to these forgotten unsung heroes who were my earliest memories of anime-manga. Enjoy
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xxVectorZeroxx Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
that is incredibly detailed, did you do that all from memory or from photos?
vforvengeance Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
I only have vague memories about this forgotten work, so I imagine the rest
xxVectorZeroxx Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
thats quite impressive, id say its comic book cover art quality
Extraintelligence Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fun Fact; Anime was inspired by Walt Disney's unique art style! (And if you don't believe me, try putting Micky Mouse's face on anime characters; you'd be surprised!)
twtmaster Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mmm haven't heard of this (and i'm surprised I haven't >< ) Looks cool as far as powered muscle suits go :B
World-EnderRagnarok Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008
Malys88 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
That thing looks wicked.
Huh... NBE? Is it possible that the Lve Action Transformers movie had a secret acknowledgement of A-Club? Or the fiction itself? That wouldn't be impossible. Anyhow, this is an awesome piece of work.
mishi91 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
Another owesome artwork~~~
MechaWolfie Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008
Awesome. If only the humans had these in Terminater's post apocalyptic future...

Nothing but the sweetness!
MoonGloss Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008
This is pretty effing great...what did you color it with? Pshop?
vforvengeance Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
Coreldraw painter
Slabstream Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008
Cool.... :star:
victortky Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008
amazing design. so evil looking.
Rekkou Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
No more water color eh? heheh maybe because water color didn't fit for this kind of atmosphere.

Well a complex story tends to be forgotten easily than a simple yet iconic, that's why its crucial to create a unique character,story, and world concept and that's why stuff like gundam & kamen rider can have more than one series that can be well accepted by their fans
vforvengeance Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008
Too bad, most original local works aren't supported by fans. That's why ACG should be seen as international trade, not local.
hellangelz Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
at 1st glance, it reminds me of Transformers, but at a closer look, it is still something new to me

I'm curious that, is Dark Skull the extra extension type of mech or the all in one type? what is the main weaponry?(beside the brute strength of course)

ahaha, it seem like I asked too much
vforvengeance Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008
Glad you ask. Well, aside from brute strength, I don't remember much about the Dark Skull. Other features like hand lasers and thrusters on its armor are what I could roughly remember about its specs.
Actually, you can do a lot of damages with your pair of fists and use any kind of hand held weapons as you wish. What more, this is wearable powersuit which gives the wearer awesome powers.
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