I've always wondered about how the feeding system would work in a bullpup with a canted magazine like that. If the feed is traditional (rounds parallel to bore axis), then the guide has to be slightly modified; If the feed is novel, then there'd be a separate rammer actuated by the bolt carrier; If it's intermediate, then the rounds taken from the mag would have to be pivoted out before being placed into battery.
Which of these three mechanism would make the most sense?
I love bullpups, but a problem arises when trying to fire the weapon while prone and "balancing" the weapon.
You could put the mag-well on the top of the weapon, use a helical mag, and balance the weapon by fixing a underslung launcher... like a StA14 with GL... A "balanced", ultra compact rifle with all the modern fixings built in.
But that would all go against the inspirations that fueled the creation of this picture... so...
Yes, bullpups are fun but can be awkward. I was able to shoot the civilian version of the Steyr AUG a couple years back. It takes some getting used to, but I found it was pretty comfortable (more so with the vertical foregrip than without).
I try to make my weapons both aesthetically appealing and practical, but I do take advantage of being an artist and not an engineer quite often. I get to take a gun that looks cool and reverse-engineer it into something believable, which I imagine is a lot easier than engineering something that's efficient and functional into something that looks halfway decent so military and law enforcement won't write it off for being ugly (*ahem* G11).
I'm sorry, I used the face because I felt I had failed to properly articulate myself the first time.
So, for a man who depicts future weapons it's odd that you often use modern NATO type magazines. Both helical mags (Killzone 2 Helghast weapons) and disposable box mags (Avatar RDA weapons) seem to be innately more advanced.
I had hypothesized that, because this picture was based on the Kriss, you wanted to use a conventional mag to keep with the original theme.
So, what's your thoughts on a futuristic "conventional" weapon? Mine is a printed plastic bullpup with a disposable box mag, integrated optics, multi-spectrum tac-light, waterproof solar cell, and mount points for cameras, launchers, handgrips, and the like. Caseless, of course. It seems like the cheap gun of the future to me.
I agree that the standard box magazines aren't terribly futuristic, and your image of a futuristic weapon sounds great. I might try to come up with a 3d-printed gun of the future, now that you've brought it up.
I usually work with concepts closer to the present than those found in Avatar or Killzone, and I generally handle each weapon independently. So my designs fit two or three decades into the future instead of centuries and borrow heavily from technology currently in use. It's a comfortable realm for me because, really, I think warfare a century or more from now (if not sooner) will involve remote-operated drones more than men with rifles.
Individual weapons that do pop up might not even fire propellant cartridges. I suppose that was part of the inspiration for my electromagnetically-accelerated weapons (concepts I hope to expand in the future). I even imagined as part of that concept that the Department of Defense would have to restructure for "Human Intervention Divisions" (i.e., special units for military scenarios where they can't just send the robots).