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Time for a big ol dump of official Battletech lineart!
This "classic" (or "newseen" as the fans call it) set of mechs is intended to refresh the art for some early era mechs.
My goal was to be as faithful as possible to the originals to deliver something recognizable and iconic, yet still come up with something original.

The BattleMaster is the only mech of the set that I didn't design, as it first featured on the cover of Interstellar Operations, Alex Iglesias' handywork. We liked that version enough to stick with it aside from a few edits, rather than me coming up with something else.
The huge bubble cockpit returns!
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Rygartkrasnaya Featured By Owner May 23, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
the design of this mech seems to vary more than most. great rendition!
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roman11777 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
So happy you kept the gun-in-hand design, definitely one of my favorite mechs.
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Deviator101 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2017
Just found out they ARE making a miniture! Saw a painted prototype, same pose and everything!
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Deviator101 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2017
So do they plan to make a miniture of this guy?
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Deviator101 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017
Nice! Classic elements blended into the improved MWO vision.
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jarpg360 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2017  Student General Artist
Nice, it's reminded me of battle tech.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Well, it is Battletech :P
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jarpg360 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2018  Student General Artist
Sup
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chaxic Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I love it! Such a cool style
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BishopSteiner Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Definitely nice to see the return of a proper handheld PPC... and nice to have  much more sensible design than the original. 
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah Alex did a good job on the PPC housing. "Held" weapons are a little tricky to do if you want to get any more than 90 degrees of bend in an elbow. This one gets just a little bit more.
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Stargazzer811 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Better without the bunny ears, and without the square cockpit.....and without 6 Large Lasers slammed into it. Not entirely a fan of the weapon being griped by the hand, means only one free hand for dealing with.....issues within one's personal space. Still, its a beauty!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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MiraslavSun Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017
+fav 
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Ururuty Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017
nice
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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12jack12 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My favorite old school mech. :nod:

I won a few battles with one of these big boys as my ride :thumbsup:
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Nice.
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HeavyBenny Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017  Student General Artist
Seeing CGL invest in great artists like you and Alex to bring some visual freshness to Battletech makes me all warm and fussy inside. I still remember when I saw the Combat Manual: Mercenaries on my game store and went like: 'I can almost swear I follow the guy who did this on DA!", ahah. Can't wait for what's coming in next year!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
It's certainly taken them a while to locate interested artists with a modern aesthetic. Sadly even if they do find them, they lack the funding to hold onto us.
Alex Iglesias is all bought up by the videogame side, so no more tabletop art from him, and CGL can't afford to pay me enough to have me handle the bulk of design and cover work.
Redesigning the unseen wasn't something I could pass up though, even if it's cost me a lot over the last few years.
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HeavyBenny Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017  Student General Artist
Hopefully with the upcoming products and videogames around the BT universe they'll grab more folks, especially new players. That way they might be able to call you guys in on a regular basis as demand for new content is required.
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Streaked-Silver Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember being so mad that you could not play as this Mech in MW2. It was such a fresh, new thing and it was scary as a kid "Battle master" ..that was gonna jack you up!  And you never got to use it. 

I love this rendition. the good old classic feel, I never caught what show it was pulled from .
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Dougram is where it's from, means HG can't meddle with its use :)
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Streaked-Silver Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Isn't HG dead anyhow? I heard they died.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
They're very alive and kicking. They're failing at making anything good with Macross, but the company has multiple investments to stay alive with, so they can maintain their deep IP trolling hatred of battletech.
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Streaked-Silver Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful.. and here I thought they'd finally died or been out right ignored with their lack of anything actually legally binding.
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BishopSteiner Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
on the bright side, the latest filings look like PGI is going for the jugular.  Maybe... just maybe, we are finally seeing the finish line come in to sight? 
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Streaked-Silver Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well PGI has done a lot of wrong in my eyes (I am not super happy with the status of MWO) but if they kill HG, then I can't ask for much better.
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Heretic1311 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017
Ah, you stayed with the bulbous, round cockpit.
The blocky version of MWO is nice, but this one is the classic version.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Funny enough Alex designed them both, though even if he wanted to go with the big glass on his first round, it wouldn't fit in the aesthetic of MWO.
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BishopSteiner Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
which is funny considering how often he's deviated form the aesthetic himself... like on the Arctic Cheetah. Or even his Griffin.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Well, I don't think the aesthetic required hardcore tank slit glass, as many do manage. The beemer is just one of a few examples where the abuse of ferroglass lore goes a little too far :D
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Heretic1311 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017
True, MWO somehow doesn´t have much round stuff, weaponbarrels aside.
All mechs look very blocky, even if both IS and clan version tended to be roundish.
Not that i complain, i like MWO aestetics.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
They're slowly getting more curves in over time, and I agree I like their aesthetic.
I think at first they simply doubted they could keep nice curved meshes optimized enough.
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Heretic1311 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017
Yes, especiallly the Marauder IIC had a huge jump in roundiness (that word sounds silly, but i didn´t knew how to phrase it better).
In general, the more "round" you want to make something in a system using triangles, the more triangles you need.
Hence they try to keep it down for the sake of online speed.
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Zax19taken Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017
Oh man, I forgot about this one. It's like Wolverine on steroids x).
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
If a wolverine and Griffin combine :)
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timberfox15 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017
wow realy great it got the old style feel very wel.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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RedSpotSylphina Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Good job :)
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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The-Colonel-382 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017
Damn dude.
This made one of my favourite ‘Mechs even more amazing.

I would say awesome. But this isn’t an awesome. It’s a Battlemaster.

😁
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Darkton93 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If I recall correctly, the Dougram version of this was that show's equivalent to the Gelgoog, if that makes any sense.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, the Awesome comes later :)
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spacewolflord Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017
Seeing all these lovely bits of Battletech art makes me excited for Harebrained's Game coming out some time early next year.  Well that is if their last kickstarter update is to believed and they don't have any more major problems ambush them.  And makes me dislike the, poor, quality of IWM Battletech minis.  I don't understand why so many people seem to support them.  They are so last Century its getting pathetic with the every lowering of the price of 3d prints and art programs. 
Sorry for the rant and thank you for the great looking big stompy mech.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
3D printing for final use is still far more expensive than buying a cast mini, and most people don't even have reasonable access to a printer, let alone one that comes close to printing at a level of quality that doesn't suck. Meanwhile, IWM actually uses 3D printing for a lot of its minis. They still employ a few traditional sculptors, but more digital artists are growing the team (while the traditional methods are dying out).

The problem you see is that Battletech has way too many mechs, and is constantly adding them. IWM doesn't have time to go back and continually improve their sculpts with new methods when they're racing just to keep up with the new designs coming in. The newer mechs look a lot better than the old ones, but the new ones are largely for new era's, so you either have to not care about era's, or not be obsessed with the succession wars / clan invasion.

IWM is supported because they're the only legitimate supplier, you can buy elsewhere, but you'll be supporting thieves :)
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BishopSteiner Featured By Owner Edited Nov 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is all true... plus tbh TT gaming is niche market, unless, apparently you are Games Workshop. Sadly it's made a vicious circle..... the small market base keeps them from being able to afford to revisit and improve previous designs, outside of things liek the recent kick-starter.... but it's also that same dated aesthetic, lack of consistency, scale, and overall QA that keeps them relatively niche, too.   Yes, buying from outsiders is "supporting thieves".  As an amateur artist, I am cognizant of that. 

But I also realize this is the end game of the pirate generation.  If people think it's OK to pirate movies and music.... why should they view miniatures and artwork as any different?  And for someone who is maybe only casually acquainted with the IP, or getting into it... and they see a bunch of pewter minis of questionable quality, exceedingly poor scaling, etc.... or for the same price on ebay can obtain resin or plastic minis, with better QA and consistent scale... and are much easier to work on?

*shrugs*

I think the thing is.. IWM is at that point where they need to evolve and adapt to "modern market realities", or they will wither more.  I love the IP.... but even my fanboi nature can't help me not be frustrated when I look at most of the "official" minis.... and how bad they are. And it kills me more when they update moulds (sometimes out of necessity, understandably)... and the sculpt gets WORSE.  I literally hate the new sculpts of the Enforcer (based off that awkward 3050 upgrade art) of the Enforcer, Hatchetman or Assassin.  Just as a few examples.  TBH... I would be inclined to buy a pirate cast of the old sculpt, if the QA was right, because I hate the new sculpt. 

It really should be black and white.... but it's kind of unfair or disrespectful to the fans of the IP, to keep feeding them low quality product as the only "official" source.  CGL has made steps with newer TROs, using guys like you and Alex, David White ... and admittedly, I don't know how to fix the stuff from TRO 3055-3058, for instance without simply blowing them up and starting over.... but between slow, outdated rules for our ADHD generation, the Pirate Mentality, and a long history of poor QA throughout the franchise... Battletech is in a hard spot, IMO.  

Which sucks, being my favorite IP.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
One problem that you might not see, but you do feel as in the resculpts you don't like, is that often when IWM DOES have the capacity to resculpt something, they don't get any direct support from CGL in the form of funding or well refined art. They simply throw the job at a sculptor, rarely with an assisting artist, and run with it. And often these jobs don't go to IWM's best sculptors either. Alex Immerzeel and I (we always work together) haven't been given any of these assignments.
This new box set is the first time in a long time that CGL/IWM has set out to make old designs modern and apply elevated quality control to the project. Hopefullly the process proves itself well enough that they will want to continue using it, as barring a scaling messup, my methods almost guarantee something good.

And yeah, Warhansa, Alex Clarke, the Polls, and Insane Kangaroo are following a logical opportunity. I'm almost more mad at PGI over it actually, as they're the ones enabling it. I don't mind garage kitters going about business, filling product holes where needed, but only when they're doing it nicely. Unfortunately PGI has given up so many inches as to reveal they'll readily allow wide open piracy of their IP, which leads to unashamed outfits like Warhansa, and even Clarke being fucking balsy to downright scummy (can't say "fuck him" enough lol).
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BishopSteiner Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sadly true in a lot of areas.  Also it appears that at least one, I believe Insane Kangaroo, gets "protected status" from PGI over it.  At least so go the rumors.  I know there is one they let do whatever.  Heck, one might even paint me in a similar light, though I don't actuall get any revenues from the production of minis, I'm simply a hired gun doing the concept art, because others do see the opportunity, that the whole mess between CGL, IWM, PGI, et al, leaves available.

The part that pisses me off, as a 30 year supporter of the game, is to be honest how badly we the players and fans have been shafted by sub par "official" product for so long.  I get it that CGL basically runs out of a Garage, and IWM doesn't have the financial strength of the old Ral Partha days, etc.... but seriously... when it comes to wanting to play my favorite game, of my favorite IP, then I see the official min for the mech I want to use and it's raw ass.

I do talk to a couple of the guys over at IWM, and Ray over at CGL.  And I don't want to crap on them.. but CGL and IWM need to work hand in hand and let the artists ride QA on the sculpts.  And in this day and age, a lack of consistent scale is simply inexcusable.  it was over at PGi (which I rode Russ about until they did a full rescale), and it is now. Add into it the gift that keep son giving (HG) and the mess that Jordan has left for us all these decades, and it's pretty frustrating.  
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