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Considering the numerous warships in the Battletech world, the rare if ever thing that is not shown is a decent heavy space battle.

So I whipped this up.

One of House Liao's worlds is under attack - however they have no idea the scale of the enemy and despite what they see, the Capellans go in by sending loads of Thrushes, Transits, and Ahabs as well as a few warships and small vessels of their own.

The invading Warships are a Lola 3 Class Destroyer, an Aegis Class Heavy Cruiser, a Sovetskii Soyuz Class Heavy Cruiser, and that big beast is a Mckenna Class Battleship. All these ships are throwing Barracuda, Kracken, and Killer Whale missiles with the back up firepower of Naval lasers and cannons.

Surrounding them are loads of dropships and more fighters than you would see in Star Wars!

This was just an experiment to see how I could do a space battle scene with lots involved; blasts, debris, blur effects, glares, and such.

Enjoy! :)
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I like the Battletech world but I am a lover of the vehicles and air machines.

I was introduced to the Battletech world when long before the internet existed, I had to make do with sci-fi from books (NEVER A BAD THING!!!) and one of those universes that took me away from reality was the Battletech Tech Manual 3025.

I loved most of the vehicles in that but of all of them, the ultimate darling to me is the Manticore.

Yes, its not a mech, yes its no match to them, and so forth, but it looks SO good, SO tank!

To me this vehicle just struck me as SO war machine. I love the LRM housing above the turret, the boxy shape.

Of course this is not like the drawing in the book, I just did a spin on it but retain all its lovely features.

So I whipped up this battle scene of Steiner owned (these tanks were mainly in Steiner and Kuritan armies) Manticores going on the offensive with a pair of LCF-R15 Lucifer Medium fighters giving air cover.

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Time to go out with a bang methinks….

A strikeforce of Capellan Confederation TR-10 Transits make an attack on a Fed-Com World during Operation: Thunderstrike. Due to the falling out of the two factions that make the Federated Commonwealth, the Capellans take advantage and make an attack on an aerospace port.

The leader of the attackers spearheads the charge, and initially they are successful as numerous AC/20 shots land on the buildings below, obliterating them. Alas the place is well defended, and in that moment, his Transit gets a face full of defensive fire.

With his aerospace fighter damaged and going down, the proud Capellan squadron leader keeps fighting, hoping to inspire his team to carry on…

I based this pic off this epic piece of art by :iconukitakumuki: [link]

I saw this and I had to do a pic similar; I loved that piece of art; I was inspired. I thought about doing a version with a Y-Wing or Galaxy Ranger Interceptor, but the Transit was perfect; can see its long body, the weapons, and it looked the part.

I was going to add bombs and such, and it’s a fact that battletech fighters carry external ordnance, but that would be a mimic too far I thought.

One thing many will note is that I did not give the fighters (apart from one) thrust; it just looked better. Sides, the trails give indication to movement.

Like to hear your thoughts ;)

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I was inspired by this picture [link] from :icongrahamtg: to do the following illustration. If you get the chance, check out his gallery – his work is stirring!

A pair of MM-1 Dragonfly Class Light Aerospace Fighters speed through the Ionosphere of Canopus IV, capital of the Magestry of Canopus.

The Dragonfly is an old, feeble, flawed ship, equipped with poor technology(by Battletech standards); it’s claimed to be armed with two large and three medium lasers, even though the only drawing that exists shows one large, two medium, and four small beam weapons.

Despite its “flaws” I like the look of the Dragonfly; its large forewing is utterly unusual and attractive to me; so I did this pic. Originally the lasers were not to be on, but it made the pic look lifeless so I did glows on them.

I tried to do the Canopus flag on the lead ship but the original colours looked wrong, so I made a slight spin on it.

I am very pleased how this came out, especially the backdrop and thanks to a tutorial, the continents below look more feesable.

Like to hear your thoughts!

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This picture was inspired by a fantastic story that was one of many elements that got me into Battletech.

It is a depiction of a lance of Vulcans patrolling an area on the world of Sappho that has been seized by the Free Worlds League in a recent invasion; along with them are a few troops. Above a lance of Guardian VTOL jets give air cover. This group are guerrillas fighting against the occupying force as a resistance movement.

The Guardian fighter was developed and used mainly by House Liao of the Capellan Confederation; it was made to cover their dwindling aerospace fighter assets but maintaining the need for aerial cover. I liked the logical reason why this came to pass.

Also I am a big fan of the VL-2T Vulcan; whereas most love the heavy machines because they have tons of armour and bags of firepower, the Vulcan is one of a few mechs that have a proper purpose – in this case anti-infantry. It is not much of a machine but that is the point – she has limits but that means one has to think more when going into battle. Besides would one waste a heavy machine in an urban area? Something like this or the Urbanmech is ideal.

Finally some will recognise the backdrop – its of an old pic I had done ages ago – just brushed it up for this.

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In 3021, a number of Neptune class submarines defeated a lance of Dragon class mechs on New Ivaarsen. The battle prevented the disabling of the C3 network on that world which helped the Davions win the day.

In 3039 after the Forth Succession War, Hanse tried a similar war with his arch enemy the Draconis Combine, and thus waged this conflict. However, the Kuritans were ready, and learning that part of their counter offensive was going to involve a fight on Galtor - home of the Neptune - some wanted payback against those very vessels.

In this, a group of Neptunes are pounced upon by a large company of mechs, most of which are Dragons, eager for revenge. Insitgating tactics to defeat these subs, the mech corale the sub and start to pick them off with concentrated laser and some torpedo loads in their LRM/SRM units, this includes a Madra is equiped with nothing but SRTs to guarantee the Neptune's destruction.

I always wanted to do an underwater scene and I loved the backstory of the Neptune, why it was build and its function, hence again why its one of my favourite vehicles. However, I think mechs would be far deadlier in deep water (not an ocean) than a sub due to turning circles.

I liked how the undersea blasts came out, and the lasers - not over the top or strange.

The best part are the mechs - I was going to add detail but I felt that would detract some from others, so I made them sillouettes with just the glare of their cockpits to show that is what they are - oh and give a demonic look as they take on the Neptunes.

Like to hear your thoughts please.

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A company of mercenary mechs, commanded by their leader in her CHP-2N Champion Heavy, commit a raid on a world on the border of Combine space.

Intelligence shows that the planet has no mechs or aerospace fighters; just local military forces which have conventional aircraft to defend the world with; Mechbusters.

Cock sure and convinced, and knowing of the limitations of said planes, especially in the battle of Sevren in 3024, they attack.

However, they are met with two full squadrons of these jets and in the resulting fight the mech force is torn asunder by free-falling ordnance, and high altitude AC/20 airstrikes.

What is left of her light/medium mech force flee but the Kuritans are not letting them escape – defeat and death seem certain to her and her damaged mech and friends.

I did this for two people who have been very supportive –Duzloo :iconduzloo:, and Robbe25 :iconrobbe25:.

Robbe designed the Madra (one with four SRM four’s) that are being shot up. He has been a supportive soul so here is my way of saying cheers! To get more facts - [link]

Duzloo loves the Champion mech a lot and has been a sweet supportive person over my art – so this is my way of saying thank you HUGS!! :)

The snow scene came into my mind because I wanted to depict somewhere cold for once – something I have seldom done. I am very proud how the mechbusters came out.

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This is my version of the LCT-1V Locust Battlemech; the original machine is in fact a direct copy of the security robots Ostalls from Crusher Joe. One reason the design just did not work for me. SO I redesigned the mech whilst following the specs of the machine, making it look like a machine a human could pilot.

Am very proud of the cockpit and its details came out.

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This is a picture of another of my favourite battletech vehicles.

A group of Monitors Naval Vessels enter an area on a dawn raid, supported by four Warrior H-7 VTOLs. Their mission is to find the enemy and take them out. However, the enemy are anything but feeble and a fierce firefight breaks out. In the process, a H-7 is shot down and ploughs into a Monitor with terrifying effect.

The best bit for me is the explosions of the water – all blop and spill – think I caught it well.

What I liked about the Monitor is its concept – it’s a kit made by Nav Hulls sold to anyone. All they need is a means to float and carry the equipment; Nav Hull supplies the electronics, the armour, and a navalised Demolisher turret, complete with two AC/20s.

However, aside of the original drawing, I cannot see the point in mounting so many close ranged weapons – two AC/20’s and three SRM 2s limit the ship.

So (especially for you stat hounds) I did modified versions for this pic – each Monitor still has their jump troops, but I did away one of the AC/20s; that allows the adding of an LRM 10 (or anything similar) for long range hitting power, and four machine gun batteries for picking off infantry and giving covering fire supporting the SRM 2s.

The H-7s in this are also a favourite of mine and a well designed ship. I also modified that from its silly armament of an AC/2 and a single SRM 4 (despite the original drawing having paired SRM 2s. I went for a machine gun for close quarter strafing runs on say troops and light vehicles, and a pair of LRM 5s for long range punch – the average VTOL has little chance on the battlefield except at long range – a poxy AC/2 does what? Two LRM 5s are better odds.

I leave armour and ammo to the imagination 

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Awesome Awesome is awesome? I thought I'd save this one for last, done for the Marik XTRO

8 Light PPCs, some with added capacitors, awesome.
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