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163: GRADIUS MANIACS 01 by crybringer 163: GRADIUS MANIACS 01 by crybringer
Core Bosses are so much fun to design! They're nothing but amalgams of chugging machinery, brilliant lights and guns, guns, GUNS bristling everywhere!!! The more guns the better! This is the first in a series of images I'm calling "GRADIUS MANIACS" leading up to the PSP release of Gradius Portable on PSP. Yes. I'll be getting one too.

Bang! Bang!
-CB

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:iconjayeonkai:
JayeonKai Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
I'd agree with Meta (Hexidextrous), these would make interesting Fraxy bosses, especially Stealth Core.
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XoPachi Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Confuse Core looks a lot like Mayhem Warship with the invisible appendages there
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:iconhexidextrous:
Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Awesome looking bosses. I like the Stealth Core one best. Maybe I could try making what these bosses would be like in Fraxy some time.
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crybringer Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Thank you, though this is seven years old, I appreciate the nod! Also, Fraxy. Always. Yes.
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:iconhexidextrous:
Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
You're welcome. I am a Fraxy creator myself, though lately I've not been creating them as fast as before, and I've found it a bit harder for me lately. Dunno why.

But they'd make awesome bosses in Fraxy. Heck, maybe if I find time and manage to get back into speed again, I might be able to recreate one of these cores in Fraxy.
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Krasher124 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
I have that game. Beat G1, on last part of G2, last part G3, beat Gaiden, beat G4, beat G5.
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:iconnzdelta4:
nzdelta4 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
These Gradius designs remind me of Halo's Forerunner structures...
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:iconkuroshinki:
kuroshinki Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
AWESOME!!
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:iconkuroshinki:
kuroshinki Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
AWESOME CORE!!!
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IceCoffin Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Student General Artist
Would kill to see how all these boss fights go. Darkness Core seriously looks like it stands a chance!

But Vic has Wallhacks on his side. I think.
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Neurovore Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
I have always been fascinated by the "core" bosses from gradius, because of how intimidating they look on screen not to mention that most of them are bristling with weapons.

By the way, are the "cores" actually supposed to be ships piloted by Bacterion's military, or are they simply unmanned fighters?
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uncertain-visions Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2008
Very cool designs! Got any more?
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:iconsusakekes:
SusakeKes Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008   General Artist
i love it to draw own bosses!XD i think i have an idea for a next animationXD
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:icondensuo:
Densuo Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Unknown Core looks like it'd make for a sweet gun.
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V-CORE Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007
cool
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EVA-Kirby Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2006
Wow. I like these designs, especially the Death MK-III version.
Here's a fun fact - did you know some of the Gradius bosses appear as a couple of Yugioh cards?
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:iconcrybringer:
crybringer Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2006
Yes! Apparently you can play a deck with Vipers and Options and Cores all over the place with special augmentations too! Crazy! Gradius lives on!

Glad you like Death Mk III, it's probably my fave next to the Stealth Core! Must draw more of them though!

-CB
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EVA-Kirby Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006
Tell me about it: I was crazy enough to make a deck w/ them myself! Of course, it's not really successful, but it's good eye candy. :P

Ah thanks. I look forward to your next batch of cores! =)
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DarkCorpse Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006   Writer
Very cool!
The confuse core looks very much like one already existing gradius boss.
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:iconevilnickjr:
EvilNickJr Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2006
Why ANYONE would create heavily armored spacecraft that was completely invunerable expecpt for ONE spot that is easily exposed to intergalactic gunfire is beyond me.

I love them cores, though. ^^
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ARCHVERMIN Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2006
(Thumbs Up)
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:iconriflemaniii:
RiflemanIII Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2006
Great. Now you've inspired me to dredge up this old thing. [link] :)
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:iconmobiuszero:
MobiusZero Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2006  Hobbyist Artist
HOLY CORE!
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:icondyn777:
dyn777 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2006
Yes, Cores are definetly cool, although a little less durable than I expected. I've done art of core too, though it isn't drawn. Have a good day!
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:icondjwill:
DJWill Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2006  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah!! i'm a Gradius fan!! :D great work buddy! :clap: :+fav:
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:iconpsychosako:
psychosako Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
DAMN YOU. Why must you rock so hard.
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:iconcrybringer:
crybringer Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2006
Cause the bxtches love me. They know I can.

-CB
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:iconlorbot:
LorBot Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2006
shoot the core :D

Very interesting designs!
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:icondadward:
Dadward Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2006  Professional Filmographer
hot damn that's a bad ass design!
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:iconrongs1234:
rongs1234 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
spiffy, I like the glow effects you have there
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Inspectornills Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
hehe, its kinds funny that ya gotta take out the shields in the front to take out the core instead of just flying to the side, avoiding the shields all together, and blasting the core. X3

Awesome stuff! Looking forward to more of these core bosses stuff.

Hehehe, on a sidenote, some cards in Yugioh actually have Gradius and its enemies. Ya got Gradius and its options, the cyclon laser option, and so far, 3 of the core bosses, Big Core, B.E.S. Crystal Core and B.E.S. Tetran. Each of them has great art. :nod:
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cruxis-swordsman Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
Pretty cool. Love the designs XP
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:iconkntstar:
kntstar Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
Up,UP,Down,Down,Left,Right,Left,Right,B,A,Start.

Full power. Gradius Forever.
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DarkeAngel Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006   General Artist
lol wasnt the Vic Viper a playable mech in Konami's Zone of the Enders: 2nd runner too?
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:iconilleoh:
illeoh Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
Why don't you work for some huge video game company yet!? Go rattle some heads boy!
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RocMegamanX Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah!
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:iconflowmaster:
FlowMaster Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
I love it. GRADIUS IS THE GREATEST GAME EVER.......EVER!!!!
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coffeebugg Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
WOOHOO!! GRADIUS FOREVER!!!! i think it's high time i got me a psp. :D
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elsevilla Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
insane art man, are you are working on a book or something, will luv to see more pages of you.
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:iconagsanchezyo:
AGSanchezYo Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Gradius has got to be one of my favorites ever. And you say there's gonna be one for the PSP? Nice.
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crybringer Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
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Gradius, arcade
Gradius II, arcade
Gradius III, arcade
Gradius IV, arcade
Gradius Gaiden, playstation one
music test
movie gallery
auto-save feature from pause screen
wide/fullscreen view format

It's THE collection. And it's not region coded for the Japanese version... so says Play-Asia...

-CB
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:iconagsanchezyo:
AGSanchezYo Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
:jawdrop: Godly. Oh I'm getting one alright. :)
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DrOfDemonology Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006  Professional Writer
COOLNESS! I mean, like, whoa, like total coolness :D
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Santolouco Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006  Professional
very cool!
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:iconwarzol:
Warzol Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
Wow really nice work. I want to play the game but I gots no PSP. T_T Oh well, guess I have to play it when someone has it.
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:icontatsujinedge:
TatsujinEdge Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
Awesome designs man yep Gradius and R-Type my favs shooters of all time (ikaruga is kinda a third lol) :D
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:iconspacemariachi:
SpaceMariachi Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
Finally I'll have a game worth playing on my PSP
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:iconcheese-slave:
cheese-slave Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
Those look good.

The style really suits the subject.
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:iconcrybringer:
crybringer Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
Many thanks! It's like rediscovering an old toy you loved when you were a kid--this mech designing I've been doing.

-CB
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cheese-slave Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
Like looking back on old drawings and going "I really sucked! But that's a good idea."
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