I have to say, I'm really not a fan of the whole mechanical legs thing, much less that people actually believe it was officially part of the series (it wasn't). But this is actually really nice. It's really, really, really well painted and I especially like the detail we can see of the outside.
The legs themselves, though clearly attached to his body, also look large enough that he could easily have his real legs inside them too.
Thanks. Yeah, I have no idea what kind of ship that Fox is hanging out in there, but I assume there's some kind of cargo ship in the Starfox fleet. I loved doing the outside view. I'm sure Fox got bored of watching space TV and figured he'd get some fresh air, so he goes down to the cargo hold and opens up the cargo hatch. The background just came together amazingly. I loved doing all the lighting from that colorful landscape.
As for the legs, I figure if engineers are designing high-performance prosthetics for use of the most elite fighter pilots in the galaxy, they're probably going to make them as powerful as possible without making them more cumbersome than real legs. So yes, they'd probably end up being about the size of boots. Of course, the robotic legs aren't canon, but it's a badass variation of the original lore.
Well, StarFox doesn't technically have a fleet, but I wouldn't be surprised if they had some form of smaller ships aside from fighters, given how big the Great Fox looks. I agree as well, it is nice to see Fox amidst an outdoor environment instead of space. And I notice the Arwing itself is also the Assault model (the shape of the nose, cockpit and wing struts etc.)
Sure cyborgs are ridiculously cool in concept. I just kinda think it's silly that so many people think it was a real thing that was retconned due to being too dark. To that I say, really? The main villain degenerated and mutilated his own body so much that all that was left was his brain in the end, and giving the main characters cyborg enhancements is where they cross the line? Yah... I don't think so.
Google images works wonders, especially considering I've never played a StarFox game in my life. Something I love, though, StarFox is the only game I know of that really preserved the low-poly look in all its designs. It's a shame that there hasn't been a StarFox game in FOREVER, or I would have played one. I definitely love Smash, though.
Anyway, good picture, and i see you "support" the idea of Arwings pilots having Cyborg legs, even if they never said this is canon. Tough, they invented the "G-diffuser", that helps the ship fly and prevents pilots to not faint because of blood not arriving to the brain.
It would involve amputating your existing legs. In my opinion, pretty epic if you're doing it as a sacrifice to become the most elite fighter pilot in the galaxy. The legs would be cool if they're stronger than your normal legs, though.
In the original star fox canon, Star Fox fighter pilots had their legs amputated and replaced with mechanical ones to cope with the G-forces experienced during their areal acrobatics. Also, I like drawing robot stuff.
No they didn't actually. That was totally made up by DidUKnowGaming, but because they said it, it caused a large amount of people to believe it. Basically the only evidence is the pivots seen on the boots. And those were there because the original artwork used puppets to depict the characters. That's literally the only reason the theory started. Puppet pivots.
That'd be like claiming the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are really insane humans wearing dead turtle skins because you could spot the mouth of one of the actors in the suits for the original 1990 TMNT, inside the mouth of the Turtle they were depicting, in one shot.
They were boots. Just boots. ALL Cornerian pilots wore them, not just StarFox. Heck, Captain Falcon wears boots just like them! If memory serves, they were even shown to be able to take them off in the original Nintendo Power comics at one point, so yah...
I think the lore came from an old Nintendo Power comic. Apparently cutting off the legs created a shorter circulatory system, making it harder for the blood to be forced out of the brain, therefore keeping the pilots conscious. I can't remember where I first heard it, but it makes star fox that much more badass.