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Battletech - Lyran Royal Court by Shimmering-Sword Battletech - Lyran Royal Court by Shimmering-Sword
Commissioned by www.1stroyalguards.de

An illustration of the Lyran Royal Court located in The Triad government complex on Tharkad. Two Griffin GRF-1S Battlemechs stand at either side of the Archon's throne, quite a sight to be seen, particularly for any would be assassin.

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Chris000 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2019  Student Traditional Artist
The Lyrans are absolute madlads! Absolutely insane to put BattleMechs on the inside of the court! I can imagine that the sound of the reactor may make conducting business at that table a little difficult to hear. 
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
They can probably calibrate them to run as quiet as possible, maybe even use noise canceling tech on them.
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Deviator101 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2019
 They may be more ceremonial. Thay may not even be manned.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, they're manned and entirely operational :)
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Typical for a royal court in the Innersphere. :jawdrop:
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CharlestheComicArtis Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's some security

may the clans find hell if they ever try to interrupt the political peace in these halls
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
They had a rough time when they tried it in the DA era.
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aetArtakTorosyan Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2017   Traditional Artist
 The artwork has Great atmosphere  !

                      You're vEEry gOOd, Anthony !
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Spaun13 Featured By Owner May 30, 2016
VERY COOL!
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Valaska Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016
Hall of Clans next? With each of the clan's unique interiors? :D 3050 or so era?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
lol, too much work, and doubt anyone would pay for such a project :D
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Mistyscout Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015
Are they always manned?  I remember that mech from fooling around with the game with my dad, it had all long range weapons (was also his favorite, I liked the bird like Catapult the most).  Weird choice if they're actually defending the boss lady.  Get some Phoenix Hawks or something.  Hell, even a Stinger would be more appropriate!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yep they're always manned, using rotating shifts. These ones are loaded with a large laser, still a long ranged weapon, but all you need to melt an intruder :D
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Professional Writer
I know many people simply complain that the Griffin looks "plain", but I simply love them. Maybe because of exactly that, who knows?

Anyhow, kickass art, as usual. 
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thelurkngshadow Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015
Thats not, terrifying at all. Remind me again were the lyrans known for their abundance of sanity compared to the other houses
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Coalition Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016
They were known for sending a 60 ton Mech as a scout, and their assault mechs could outmaneuver most fortifications.  They didn't have that many great generals, but they had a good economy and a great hammer.
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John117xCortana Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
Why would they put mechs in the court?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Intimidation.
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UrbanShock Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Great concept :thumbsup:
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Capt-J-Dawson Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
I can't help but expect that if they ever had to move, that nice floor would get terribly broken.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The steps would be made of ferrocrete, some scratching, but it'll hold as it exits through the back doors.
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Coalition Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016
"Through" the back door?  They'll Make a back door.  As for the floor, if the Mechs get involved whoever just tried to assassinate the Archon has their property seized to pay for repairs.

If in a hurry one grabs the Archon in their hands, and the other makes the door.  The one holding the Archon then steps through, making sure nothing falls on the Archon.

If not in a hurry, one grabs the Archon, invites him/her into the cockpit, then makes a back door.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
There are already two back doors, no need to make one :)
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JWright-3D-Graphics Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
loving the whole, midievil feel, combined with the giant mechs
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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buhhhFredrick Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
this is the first time someone's actually drawn this super famous BT location, isn't it
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Third time, and each time it's looked quite different.
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TheElevatedDeviant Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
That's probably one of the cooler fucking things I've ever seen. It's so simplistic, but so... regal. It looks positively, absolutely right.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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Exceptional . 
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Alexander941 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Ah, Overkill!
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Ab4ddon Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
I approve very much, for obvious reasons. ;)
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BlitzJaeger Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Nice to see the finished product, I think my favorite part is the asymmetrical stripe on the leg, I am a huge fan of that on armor.

Well done on the lighting when all is done! :clap:
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acerr85 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
good work
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sidenpryde Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Amazing.  Love the style of the mechs and the scale of the room.  I do believe that I now have a new desktop background.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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Rosendorn666 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
I love your interpretation of an Griffion :happybounce: 
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AnimeGirlAmy Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
I'm not familiar with this universe but this just occurred to me, wouldn't the assassin's job be much easier if they just hacked into one of the battlemechas to kill their target?
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Harusame1982 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
The Core System of a battlemech is the Neurohelmet a non invasive Neural Feedback System.
A lot of security Systems a routet through this thing so that a mech can only do what the living Pilot wants it to do.

And while hacking is a mighty tool you can prevent a lot of problems by just hard wirering stuff.
Nobody pressing the Trigger to Close the circuit....no big boom.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
EWAR tech is pretty advanced in this setting, not so much in hacking, but strong in general disruption. This also means that everything is powerfully shielded, so long range wireless hacking doesn't really happen. Most mech high-jacking operations see the cockpit physically taken over. The setting designers hand-wave a lot to make sure mechs are always the center of attention, so they've made sure hackers aren't a focus :)
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Britaius Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
Great stuff  (much better than one in Steiner Handbook, with those ridiculous pillars), but I cannot help but ask about colour scheme - while there are banners of 1st Royal Guards on the wall, mechs use different colours. Why? Not a nerd rage, just curious, 'cause I'm going to make throne room diorama with two 1/72 unseen scale models.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
An older description of the Griffins described them as painted black, newer descriptions probably have them in the typical blue and gold, but that's up to the discretion of the client. He wanted them black.
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silversword Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
See, you say "any would be assassin" and now all I can think of is somebody trying to sneak in with the ASN-21 Assassin. :) At least they'd have a fighting chance...well, okay, maybe not, but it's the thought that counts. Awesome pic though!

(also, not to be nitpicky, but doesn't the GRF-1S have the missile pod on the other side?)
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Coalition Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016
These might be custom Mechs with a Large Laser for relative precision work, and SRMs to deal with close targets that have managed to get inside the Throne Room.

The Mechwarriors are likely specialists with the Large Laser (and any Medium Lasers), able to pick off an assassin even if they have a human shield.  Of course that human shield will be human brisket if the Large Laser is used, so the Medium allows for the hostage to be potentially rescued.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I had assumed the TRO designers would keep the missiles in the same place, especially LRMs, but I guess not. Too late to fix that now :D
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SethAbercromby Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
Nope, the 1S carried both weapons on its right shoulder. That particular design quirk was used on almost every official depiction in the technical readouts as far as I know. Technically, these are also the 1N variants, because they are equipped with a single weapon on the right arm, suggesting it to be the 1N's PPC, while the 1S carries a Large laser and two Medium Lasers (again all in the right arm) to give the Griffin a bit more short range capabilities.

They do however seem to carry the 1S's LRM5 launchers (as the 1N was commonly depicted with an 10-tube missile rack), so I'm assuming these to be custom variants with better heat efficiency by trading the LRM10 for an LRM5 and more heatsinks?

Who knows, chances are it's actually a 1DS with a Large Pulse Laser and a quad salvo LRM20 XD.

I'm so sorry...
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Nullcast Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
Could still be an LRM-10 if it fires two volleys ala MWO.
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
fantastic!!
but kinda weird to have mechs indoors. like u woundn't park your tank there would u? :P
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