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Centurion Trooper by Harry-the-Fox Centurion Trooper by Harry-the-Fox
Another Red Alert Zero artwork;

This soldier wears an exoskeleton-assisted suit of lightweight armor, and carries a submachinegun to use while moving, and a deployable grenade-launching machinegun for defense.

The machinegun has a fairly high rate of fire, and although each shot doesn't do much more damage than each shot fired by a Marine or Conscript, the explosive damage hits multiple enemies at a time- and more importantly, do more damage to vehicles.

On foot his submachinegun does high damage to un-armored targets and close-range (replacing the commando units in past Red Alert games), and can enter buildings to flush out occupants (like the Marine unit can).

At Elite level, they are outfitted with computerized sights on their grenade launchers (increasing range and allowing them to empty buildings by shooting at them), and a power-shield that enhances their frontward protection (moreso while on foot).

Design-wise, you may note that this suit looks awfully familiar to the real-life "Trojan" Ballistic battle suit by Troy Hurtubise - which it is somewhat supposed to be albiet with extra plating and a thicker helmet. That aside it also looks a little bit like the Halo suits too (both armors are pretty similar). The grenade gun is simply a miniaturized version of the XM307- a real grenade machinegun (though one that needs to be serviced by two people, rather than one), and the sidearm is a fictional heavy-caliber successor to the MP-5 (not much similarity in design I imagine).
The Shield was a quick idea- shying away from a plain shield (as he already HAS armor), or a purely energy-based shield (WAY too advanced), it is somewhat a half-way technology. A solid heavy-duty alloy with energy projectors on top- to absorb a little extra fire.
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SOTF Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Aside from the obvious resemblances (GI-Peacekeeper hybrid) he sort of reminds me of a Zone Trooper from Tiberium Wars (powered exosuit, immunity to being run over, excellent urban warfare units, etc). Love that combat armor design too, as it's a mix of riot police armor and conventional military gear. :D

It's a nice concept for the Allies to get heavier infantry as they seriously lacked them in RA2 (aside from the Chrono Legionnaire, but he was very fragile for his cost and needed to rely on advanced strategies to use carefully in contrast to his nearest Soviet counterpart, the Desolator).
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers- part of the inspiration came from the "Trojan" armour project (made by the guy who designed the "Bear Proof Suit".

And heavy Allied units were a big priority- seeing as Soviets tended to get the heavier vehicles, it made sense the other side should get heavier soldiers- otherwise you'd just have a strong side and a weak side.
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SOTF Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
To be honest, the only true 'heavy' infantry unit in the vanilla game was the Brute. But even that was a disappointment as it's often a running joke among the community as a Tank Destroyer that is even worse. =P

Some can say it can save your butt from tank rushes, but Yuri has much better and more economical ways of dealing with tank rushes. XD
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah- if memory serves me correctly, his psychics cost LESS than a rhino (so, there's our counter), and the Grizzlies were so brittle, the Initiates probably would have a field day with it.
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SOTF Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Only in YR. In RA2 a psychic costs just as much as a Harrier. Grizzlies were generally not meant for rushes - they were meant more to be meatshields for the Allies' trump cards: the Mirage and Prism Tanks. But even in Yuri's Revenge, Yuri Clones (the psychics) are only average and are more meant for sentry duty (against spies) and seizure of high-value units. But the fact you can get them for 400 apiece after building a Cloning Vat, then that's an amazing deal.

...I love how our conversations are so insightful and descriptive on both sides. I guess that's what happens when you spent your after-school days playing the game (and sucking, while I love RTS games and watching people play them, I'm not good competitively) and watching people duke it out with tactics that were thought to be impossible previously. :D
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yep, that's right. In RA2 the Psychic had a sensible price tag so that they would fit a niche of specialists in countering high-value units (like you said).
In YR, there really wasn't many units worth LESS than them. After the cloning Vats, you'd be talking conscripts, Flak Troopers and GIs (and dogs I guess).

And I agree- I also kinda suck at games, but I've picked up a lot of tactics.
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SOTF Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
The Yuri faction was deemed overpowered for that one reason. Though his army is limited in terms of variety (you can blame EA for forcing Westwood to finish the game quickly again here) he was able to acquire extremely useful units for a rather low price tag. Also, I remembered the ridiculous damage that his Gatling weapons dealt upon just about any target. I mean, a Gatling Tank can actually kill a Mirage Tank in a 1v1!

It tends to happen as we grow older for some reason...sure, we become more knowledgeable, but our reflexes also falter as a result.
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yep- I always find EA/Westwood always had quite a bit of problems incorporating a third side into CNC style games without it upsetting gameplay, balance, thematics or something (they've seemed to do a fairly good job with Emperor and Generals though).

As for gameplay skill- I always sucked at RTSs, ;)
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Clonetrooper21 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks a lot like a heavily armed and armored riot policeman. Looks cool.
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers- it was actually the idea I had in mind (along with appropriating that "Trojan" armour by the guy who made the bear-proof suit)
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Lichen93 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Student Filmographer
I think this is Old GI+Peacekeeper
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That's the idea behind it- it's basically a combination of things I've wanted to try for a national unit:
-Porting (enhanced) GIs as a National rather than standard infantry (as they are astoundingly good against infantry, and I wanted to try to make less-combat-oriented infantry more independently useful
-Porting SEALs as a national unit (same reasons above)- fun for a national, not so much for general)
-A question as to why there aren't auto-grenadelaunchers
-A nod to the new prototype "Trojan" battlesuit
-A concept I wanted to try (armoured exoskeleton for lifting heavier-than-one-man-gun)
-The shield was actually the idea of my friend (and RA fan) vmetallic when discussing what the alt-fire should be
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Lichen93 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Student Filmographer
really balanced!
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe- my approach is that the general sides shouldn't have easy fixes for any particular attacker- but national units are allowed to bend the rules a bit
Oh- and the grenade launcher is strictly a light-attack weapon- basically the GI's gun with a mild damage boost against vehicles and splash (and this unit costs more like a SEAL). In reality, this unit is about as potent as Emperor's Sardukar
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Tetrahelix Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
This gave me an idea for a (GDI?) unit, which I am highly reluctant to post elsewhere because it's based on your idea and I don't have your permission.

The basic idea of the unit is that it's based on the Centurion's "mobile mode" - heavy armor with as SMG/PDW and a powered riot shield.

The unit's armor would be a mix of the Centurion's armor and the Advanced Bomb Suit [en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced…; the main point is that this particular unit has heightened resistance to explosive, flame, and toxic weapons.

As for weapons - I'm a bit torn. On the one hand, I'm thinking that they might be armed with a PDW along the same lines as the Centurion - something like an MP7 [en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heckler_…, VBR-PDW [en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VBR-Belg…, or CBJ-MS [en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saab_Bof….

On the other hand, another possibility would be to make them more of a support infantry - arm them with something like the M320 Grenade Launcher [en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M320], but have them fire Flashbang-based grenades that disable enemy infantry (or Flashbang+EMP grenades that disable everything).

Anyway, that's the general gist of the idea. It probably won't go anywhere, but "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" and I thought that you might be interested in seeing what your ideas inspired.
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sounds good!
I am indeed flattered you are inspired by my centurion!
Let me know how it comes along, I'd be interested in seeing what you do.
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EnforcingFern48 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
dude its so....
AWESOME
i like the Shield thingy
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers!
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EnforcingFern48 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
hy also dos this guy also have an hammer space because the grenade launcher is big
r maybe the shield turns into a grenade launcher
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TheEndOfPain Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Let's hope that this makes it into C&C Generals 2
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers!
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KnightofSpades Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
Not only a cool trooper but a great design as well. Very good ideas here! You should be hired by a game company!
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers- and that is something I also strongly believe too!
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VMetalic Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
Yes! This is it! I imagined him to be more bulkier, but I am truly not disappointed with him! :D

You forgot he can remind Space marines from Warhammer, especially with the SMG XP

But something more to him. So will the shield be attached to the GMG when on heroic level. THe shield will split up and the barrel will go through the breach. And I thought he will be sitting on ground. It isnt a problem, just that this stance looks like he wants to go on toilet, or preparing for it XD
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome!

The pose isn't quite meant to be final- I just couldn't decide how high or low he should be (as his gun is pivoting around 360, sitting would look strange- at the same time, I wanted to give some impression that he was honestly trying to keep his head as low as possible).

His shield- sounds good- I thought while moving, he simply has his SMG gun held to the side of it- and when deployed, probably just sits it in front of the front leg (or split in two and wrapped around it- forming a sort of 90 degree corner facing the front?
Of course- the shield would look just as good if it stayed that way while he was carrying it around (his smg pointing between the two sides)!

Also- Nuclear, Cloning and Barracks artworks almost finished!
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VMetalic Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
Moment :) The shield when he is "mobile" he held like on image, with SMG in one arm. When he deploys GMG, the shield split ups (but is still connected on bottom) and adds it on the front of the GMG, and maybe the upper parts little wraps closer to Centurion, so it more reminds a shield guard of the AT guns and howitzers :)
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I was thinking it could stay fragmented when he lifts it (joined only by a single bracket on bottom) that fits around both the GMG and his SMG while he's moving?
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VMetalic Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
Hmmm? Dont understand how you mean it.
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Basically, the shield has a huge gap down the middle- that fits around the heavy machinegun, or his SMG
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VMetalic Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
No, SMG is small enough to be used by one arm, The shield may be complete and with SMG he will be firing like "over the shield".
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Harry-the-Fox Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Fair enough
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