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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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MadCat221 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 30, 2019
I gotta question... How does the hand actuator even work if encased like that? Does the PPC swivel out of the way so the hand is out? The Newseen Phoenix Hawk you drew doesn't even have a hand on its main gun arm anymore.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
The Phoenix Hawk still has the hand, it's also covered up by the gun. You work them out how you personally like. Quirk them as droppable weapons, make the hand unusable, etc. They don't have swivels designed in though.
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Deviator101 Featured By Owner Edited May 5, 2019
This PPC is very interesting. With this design we can see how while still being a handheld weapon it is still still attached to the arm, near the back I believe, so that it can draw on the mechs power plant. It also adds to the potential seriousness of "dropping" the PPC. Unlike the gun carried by the Dougram Bigfoot that was used for the original Battlemaster dropping this PPC is not as simple as just throwing the weapon down. This one probably needs to disengage power connectors and such to release the weapon. This also means it can't just pick up and start using the weapon again, probably, as the connections for the power supply need to be reattached and assuming the process isn't automated will need some techs to plug everything in properly.
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LongingForAutumn Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2019  Hobbyist Photographer
My first experience with the BattleMaster was in the Mechwarrior 1 PC game, it has been a favorite ever since!
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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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creodont Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2019
Hope you were able to pick up one of the new A Game Of Armored Combat box sets to get this mini.
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Deviator101 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2019
I'm actually waiting for Ironwind to release metal,pewter versions of the miniatures. Gonna order me a nice lance of mechs a Battlemaster, a Thunderbolt and 2 Shadowhawks all of them refit with better tech.
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creodont Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2019
Well, the new Shadowhawks are out but yeah, they really need to get T-Bolts and Beamers up for sale.
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Deviator101 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2019
According to Shimmering here, those aren't his Shadowhawks, despite looking like them.
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creodont Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2019
They've already got three different versions of the Classic Shadowhawk out (standard 2H, 2K, and Royal 2Hb).  Are they making another one?
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Deviator101 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2019
You'd have to ask Shimmering, he knows more than I do.
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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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