A question of functionality in sci fi designs
Just wondering if I'm the only one who gets annoyed at sci fi design these days, especially designs of robots and armoured suit type things.
When I was a kid I would look at Warhammer 40k space marine miniatures and try to image the human being inside. The guy had to be at least 10 heads tall. I can deal with that one, it says in the fluff that these guys are superhuman and huge. But then comes the question of proportion. To fit into the suit you had to have 5 head wide shoulders, a tiny waist and enormous legs. Another example of this is the battle suit from Starcraft 2, see example attached.
Another point i wanted to make are the bipedal walker robots. There is a reason we don't make them in real life! And this reason is because they fall over. I just imagine someone coming up to one of these mechs and throwing a stone in their center of gravity. Unless they have some really really advanced AI, the three points of contact thing will not happen and they will topple.
Anyway, that's just some of my thoughts on the topic. What do you think?
So is functionality important in your designs, or does it just have to look cool. Discussion - go!