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Howa IGK Type 38 by daisukekazama Howa IGK Type 38 by daisukekazama
You know you've been watching too much Ghost in the Shell when you start thinking 'screw realism - unnecessarily ergonomic is the way to go.' But after looking at those ugly but strangely awesome Seburo guns, well, I was sorely tempted to plagiarize design a few weapons in that distinctive neo-ergonomic style.

Anyway, this is the newest piece of junk in my sketchbook. May evolve into a formal vectored render (?), or it may go straight to scraps. You never know with a whimsical lazy ass such as yours truly at the wheel. Er, keyboard.

To get the technical schpiel over with, the Type 38's formal designation is the 'Howa IGK 38-Shiki 6mm Jidou Shoujuu (38式6mm自動小銃). No, not 'automatic girl (that's 'Jidou Shoujo'),' 'Assault Rifle.' If you haven't caught on already - the '38 is an assault rifle.

In the world of my fantasies, the Type 38 is the Japanese Ground National Defense Force (陸上国防隊)'s standard-issue infantry weapon. It's a collaborative venture between (existing) Japanese defense firm Howa Kogyo and (fictional) corporation Itsumibara Giken (稜海原技研, IGK). It fires 6mm high-velocity caseless armor piercing ammunition from an acute-angle-feed magazine via a 'swinging chamber block' (yeah, I don't know either) using electronic ignition. In other words, a ridiculously advanced, ridiculously powerful, and ridiculously unrealistic weapon.

If they ever develop combat androids and powered armor like every other guy and his mother seems to have in GitS and Appleseed, this would definitely be the weapon of choice for, er, officially nonexistent extralegal assassination units law enforcement teams and special forces types.

The front of the weapon mounts a visible/IR laser in the grip and a camera atop the barrel (inside that slitted shroud). There's a Picatinny rail in that ugly top thing somewhere - don't ask. Oh, and it has backup ironsights. It's designed mostly for integration with Bluetooth-equipped combat HUD systems directly interfacing with the camera. Optics for mounting onto the rail are available, though, as are aftermarket RAS kits.

Itsumibara Giken and ARIA me.
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Mirk217 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
:love: +
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:iconmoddex:
Moddex Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very sleek and advanced. Reminds me of something Masamune Shirow would design within his line of POSEIDON INC. firearms.
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daisukekazama Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
Yup - the design philosophy was influenced quite a bit by Shirow's Seburo line of arms.
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:iconmoddex:
Moddex Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought so. At some point, I was intending on designing in this same sort of direction, something akin to the POSEIDON RAISEN TYPE-0.

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:icondaisukekazama:
daisukekazama Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
A pretty devastating looking weapon.

Still planning on doing the design?
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:iconmoddex:
Moddex Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe, I just need to motivate myself into doing it. :\
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JAt0m Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
whoa
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:icondaisukekazama:
daisukekazama Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
Not your little brother's assault rifle, eh?
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:iconjat0m:
JAt0m Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
r u a stalker ehm...from where do u know i got at least one
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daisukekazama Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
I know where you live Hm? You have a brother?

Just a figure of speech, mate - means it's much more than an average rifle.
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