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Battletech - Locust by Shimmering-Sword Battletech - Locust by Shimmering-Sword
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 locust was a fun one, and one of the first few I tackled. Some may remember this old speedpaint Battletech - Locust by Shimmering-Sword that I used as a starting point.
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Hausgaist Featured By Owner May 16, 2018
How setup for guns it have? I asked because looks like some cannons on it rather than machine gun. But as I know it have only 20 ton and just can't have cannons because wight limits... Just asked.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner May 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Large calibers, but not as big or as long barreled as you'd want for an AC2. Also large armored sleeves on the guns.
Battletech rules are abstractions of reality, so you could have large caliber but slower firing machineguns or similar to a modern autocannon to meet the "rules" for a battletech mg.
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StridersStrikersTeam Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
So glad you got this project, buddy.  Looks amazing.  I'm just seeing them now.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You must be fairly out of the loop then :D
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StridersStrikersTeam Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
I should say quality and quantity balance instead of sheer quantity.  Just one piece or a few is the problem on a teacher's budget.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I can totally understand, I've grown way too expensive for pretty much all of my old clients.
As for where to buy books, CGL seems to be running a store on Amazon these days, though I haven't kept track of where and what exactly is in each book of my designs.
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StridersStrikersTeam Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
I'm extremely out of the loop.  My last site update was like Monday, but before that it was 4 years ago.  The good news is being distracted with fatherhood is not too bad. :D  I think you might have seen my other comment but you said that submission had to be deleted and then resubmitted.  I haven't seen the rulebooks for sale that have your art except way back when you did the Awesome and those first pieces for Catalyst.  I used to always get stuff through BattleCorps.  Any good ideas on where to get stuff with your art now?  I still want to do another piece with you sometime, but as you know my budget only allows for so much and so I will probably work with some other people first for the sheer quantity.  It would be great to do one more piece with a Vulcan or some other new significant characters' Mech.  ShinyPants and I are planning to do a new huge pic for the site's backdrop based on 3025 tech and my character Llana who will be one of the pilots in the new BattleTech Kickstarter game.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Way better than the original concept - least there is a place of the pilot to sit!
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017  Hobbyist
I really love this sort of configuration for a mech!

Great wok on it, I love all the little details you add to it!
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Deviator101 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017
Official, do you mean these appearances are gonna become canon?
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paweldaruk Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2017
I love the Locust so much... This is such a gorgeous drawing of it!!
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CorneliusOiwer Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017  Student General Artist
Spectacular work.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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Streaked-Silver Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You actually make it seem very bad ass.
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TBSaint Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2017
Love all your work for Btech, but this s the perfect Locust!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I'm biased but I agree :P
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user000000000001 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2017
Its great.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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NuclearPoweredPony Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2017
Nice, you dont see enough light mechs get drawn. Its always the assaults and the heavies.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Enjoy :)
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MrDessin Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2017   General Artist
Really cool mech !
Now I want to take the command !
Can't I ? :D
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Hop into a game and you can :D
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Stargazzer811 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 18, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
This bastard is a pain in MWO. So fast you can't shoot the legs, gotta aim right at the torso. Have to use lasers or streaks too, makes misses less costly. Also, great work
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StealingPica Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A pain in the ass in the new Battletech game, too... too many Evasion stacks and too fast for its own good. But always only one solid AC/10 salvo away from doom.
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Stargazzer811 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah, always is, unlike in MWO when it takes 3-4 AC10 shells
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yep, and I'm glad PGI has found ways to make most mechs usable, instead of massive gunboats ruling the day at all times.
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Stargazzer811 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah no kidding. 6 Small pulse locast is a good hit and run build, hot runnimg though. I prefer my Urbie with UAC5 and ERMLs
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Zax19taken Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017
One of my favourite lights. Low profile, stupidly fast, good crowd control and decent mid-range firepower :)
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, "decent firepower". Maybe on some later models.
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Zax19taken Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2017
That's the problem with escalation! You always have to compare it to contemporary models. I like the pre-Helm stuff and due to my Gray Death bias I like the Locust over the the Wasp and the Stinger. Later Locust models would have to compete with models that escalated as well.

I don't know the later meta, when a mech type had a model available that was better than the competition. In gerenal I like melee capable mechs with proper hands (otherwise the humanoid shape is a waste) or squat mech like the Marauder, so the Locust is a mech I'd pick as a newbie warrior :). And while I'm not into missile boats, some Archer models tick a lot of boxes for me :D
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Slenka Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017
this is the 1V variant yah? 1x medium laser, 2x machine gun
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yep.
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Slenka Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2017
my favorite variant honestly, very little chance you will over heat
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mickthestick Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017
Love the clean line design
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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mattaui Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Old school goodness!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed.
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Heretic1311 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017
Nice take on the Locust.
This mech is a classic, it deserves some love.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
A good workhorse... fodder mech :D
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Heretic1311 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017
I wouldn´t want to ride one into combat, but it rules as a scout!
That´s what it was created for, after all.
And when an enemy Atlas has his back turned towards you, why not dare some shots?
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icchan85202 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017
Love to see an Orion in this style!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Nothing slated as such that I know of. Though there is the MWO version.
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stormeris Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017
So bloody gorgeous.
Easily the best Locust design of all time.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it so much.
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GarageMasters Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I personally think the OG Locust not having hips was a weird, bad idea. It might be the only 'Mech to lack something so essential and ubiquitous.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
There were quite a lot of early designs lacking hips. New ones rarely do, if at all, as we're pretty into logical design these days :D
I can easily think of the Nova, Falconner, and Linebacker as other examples, but there are more.
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Drakohahn Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017
You know... when I see lightly armed mechs, tanks and AS fighters in Battletech, I just want to figure out how to mount a RAC/5 onto them so they've got a massive increase in potential damage to mess with people.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
lol
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Drakohahn Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017
Or, if there's not enough tonnage to support a RAC/5, then the heaviest weapon that can be supported by the tonnage. Give those speedy buggers some teeth and make your foes panic!
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EVAUnit4A Featured By Owner Edited Nov 17, 2017
Ohhhhhhhhhh, so that's where TheB33f found Battletech - Locust by Shimmering-Sword   for the thumbnail of one of his videos.  I was wondering what mech that was.

In MechWarrior Online, I was inspired by original lineart of the Locust to make an off-kilter build of it, focusing on the big chin-mounted gun.  Instead of a Small or Medium Laser, I placed an ER Large Laser on it, and added a SRM-2 to either arm (with only a half-ton of ammo split between them).  Unfortunately, this meant this sniping Locust had to sacrifice both any armor upgrade and engine size- and thus essential-to-survival movement speed- to make the ERLL work.
mwo.smurfy-net.de/mechlab#i=10…
I called it "Mosquito".
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