Primary inspiration credit goes to an ancient Konami game called "Ring of Red" for PS2 (can be currently found dirt cheap on the PSN). Other sources detailed here: rob-cavanna.deviantart.com/art…
Gear Krieg did indeed come to my attention in the course of research for this project. It is by far one of the coolest WWII mech IPs out there. I find the GK mech designs totally solid. Perhaps my 2nd fav next to RoR. I only wish that there were more high quality GK related art out there to compliment the excellent mech figs.
Thanks, Thomas. Tiny bit of revisions, but still basically what you read earlier. Transcribed from something that sat scribbled in a sketchbook for ages. Only it became more creepy. That toymaker surprised me... he's scarier than the Viscount!
The reason for Claus' uncanny gift is tied in w/ that McGuffin I still need to unravel. Which is why I had to get this out first. Sorry to keep you hangin' on that one. Bad discipline lately.