The purpose of the suit is a command unit for a large force of drones, as well as a long range support unit for that force. The suit has a additional armor protection, an extensive communication and sensor suite, with an integrated drone controller system. The primary weapon is the railgun, with an Airburst Fragmentation System for close-in defense. The suit is equipped with a larger jetpack to to handle the extra weight, and yet maintain the mobility of a standard XV-8 Crisis Suit.
I had been working on the high-lighting for a while (mainly extreme highlighting on the edge of the armor plates, etc.), and it seemed to be taking forever, and then, almost suddenly, I realized I was finished with most of the pieces. I started assembling them all together, and before I knew it, it was practically done!
Checking the weather before I sprayed him, the temperature was 66 degrees F and 35% humidity, so I had near ideal conditions. So I went outside and gave him two light coats of Testors Dullcote.
In painting up the rail gun, I was partially inspired by the video game Fire Warrior, where one of the weapons you can get is a rail rifle (the coolest looking weapon in the game). In the game, when you're holding the rail rifle, little charges of blue electricity crackle their way down the barrel of the weapon from the receiver to the muzzle and then starting at the receiver again. Really cool. I didn't think I could achieve an effect like that, so I decided instead to try to make it look like there was a glow inside the barrel that was being reflected by the edges. I think the result came out ok...but hopefully I can do better next time.