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Battletech - Shadowcat by Shimmering-Sword Battletech - Shadowcat by Shimmering-Sword
Noticing a trend lately? I've had a lot of Battletech fan commissions come in over the last few months.

This piece was done for No Guts No Galaxy and should be available as a shirt in their store soon: nogutsnogalaxy.myshopify.com/ (notice my Marauder and Warhammer are up there)

As for the art, I was assigned to redesign the Shadowcat. If I've ever drawn one of these before it was way back when Mechwarrior 4 was fresh. Luckily this is one of those designs that was done quite well from the beginning, so it didn't require many changes, just some polishing up with modern looks.
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:iconyantzee001:
Yantzee001 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017
This is probably the best mech picture I have ever seen in my life. Not just wireframe like most, but has actual shading to it. 
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Milanopiano Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My favorite mech, by far. 
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coppertoppu238 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016
i think the shadow cat is the best all round best for any situation mech for battle tech, not my favorite or the most powerful or fastest for the tonnage, but the adaptability for any situation makes this probably the best mech to have in your star or lance 
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ArlyssStewart Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016
The Shadow Cat is a personal fav of mine, Thanks for sharing :D
It looks great :D
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:iconwbyrd:
wbyrd Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016
Great version the Shadow cat is one of my favorite designs. always had a lot of luck with it.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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Darkton93 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've always loved your redesigns, and this is another great one.
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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:iconnarstak:
Narstak Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Student Interface Designer
It looks awesome!
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:iconwarrior20198:
Warrior20198 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015
I'm wondering when we start making these machines?
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:iconnovaflux:
NovaFlux Featured By Owner Edited Nov 17, 2015
My favorite Clan mech :happybounce:  Awesome work
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:iconheretic1311:
Heretic1311 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015
They also show your Rifleman.
I LOVE your Rifleman.
Awesomest BT art ever IMO.
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residentcrow7 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015
Always impressed with our work. One of my favorite mechs this time too!
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TheInventor200 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I never understood why they put a hand on that mech. I hate handed mechs as it is (just out of aesthetic reasons), but that arm has almost no flexibility. wtf
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
True its use is very marginalized, but it would still have a slight bit of utility, just awkwardly :)
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BishopSteiner Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Much as I like the version we got in mWO (to my own surprise) it's just hard to beat the look of that scissor jointed leg, no matter how impractical it would actually be.  This...I think this is officially my favorite piece you have done Shim.  And the best Shadowcat I have ever seen.  I was never even a fanboy of the design, but now I kinda want a 3D mini based off that pic.  Any chance you got the Uziel (with classic MW4 loadout, not the crappy TRO3067 one) on your to-do list anywhere?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Nothing on the horizon really, since starting work on the official redesigns for CGL I haven't even been doing fan commissions. All tied up in a good way :)
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BishopSteiner Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So what's the word on that, anyhow?  Or is it hush hush?  HG finally playing nice?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
As all sensible legal things go, CGL is making what it has the right to, and if HG doesn't like it they'll have to take real legal action, not just throwing around threatening glares.
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Entar0178 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
One of my favourite mechs, i also like vulture. Thank you for drawing this
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BlitzJaeger Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015
I just never understood the addition of hands because...they are always made into a fist. If they dont use them to pick things up, why even have a hand?

At any rate, I always liked the SC design and you represented it really well, no surprise.

Cheers Shimmy.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
They can be used to pick things up, and other general utility outside of combat. But yeah, usually just in a fist for punching.
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Hitman85Pl Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Great work:)
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ChillyAcademicIV Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You did absolutely marvelous with this, particularly the shadows and the scratches along the armor. It really gets the wear and tear that they're bound to experience pat down while making it look really aesthetically pleasing.

I remember being a little kid playing Mechwarrior 3, and of all the 'Mechs the Shadowcat tended to stick out as one of my top favorites. Just always has been iconic to me, sort of like how you can instantly recognize Summoners/Thors and Timber Wolves/Mad Cats - I can just tell by her sleek silhouette what she is. Now that I'm older, I can truly appreciate all that speed and that gauss rifle punch properly.

To say the least, you really brightened my day with this - she's as gorgeous as I remember her from all those years ago, and with a great modern look. Cheers!
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Gremlich Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Well done!!
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:icontalasha:
Talasha Featured By Owner May 21, 2015
I love the Shadow Cat, it was my favourite Mech in Mechwarrior 3
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Jade-Dragoon136 Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Student General Artist
mantis hmm
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:iconxsonohx:
XSONOHX Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really good work man.
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mp2carpediem Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
Looks awesome
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spacewolflord Featured By Owner May 8, 2015
Some Mech design have stood the test of time well, others.... The less said about those the better.  A solid piece here.
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ShadowRaven2006 Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
A great take on one of my favorites (I especially like the A variant)
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:icongremlich:
Gremlich Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
gimme the "C"
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:iconvertous:
Vertous Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Student Artist
My latest memory of a shadowcat was in MWLL where me and my teammate were both in an Atlas and rushing the enemy base before time was up. A Shadowcat jumped within view, I twisted my torso and fired instantly with my Gauss. Chunk of metal went straight into the cockpit and it did a 720 somersault before going into the treeline...Good times.

All in all its a great medium mech. would totally play it if it gets into MWO!
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xxxMR-LEGOxxx Featured By Owner May 7, 2015
i love that mech so much
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
love it!!:D
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:iconobsidianorder:
ObsidianOrder Featured By Owner May 7, 2015
Nice one of my favourite mech from mech warrior 3
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pickledtezcat Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always feel that the arms(with hands) in clan mechs are a little stupid. If you've ever animated a model of one of these clan mechs you'll notice immediately the problem of having only one point of articulation in the arm. It makes it a bit like a T-rex with stubby little arms which are no use for anything. It's hard to drop it in a redesign though as it's one of the first most obvious points of recognition...
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BrotherOstavia Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome as always!
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Anastas2002 Featured By Owner May 6, 2015
I've always wanted to put this 'Mech in a lance with a Wolverine, Colossus and a Cyclops. ;)
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combat878 Featured By Owner May 6, 2015
SHADOWCAT FOREVER!!!!!
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BaryonSweep Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I loved this baby in MW4.  It had all the right averages.  Piece of crap in late game, but at the beginning it is everything you could want in a mech.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I thought the game was a bit too generous giving it to you as a starter mech. I liked starting in a light mech in MW4 Mercs.
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BaryonSweep Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I felt it matched a little with the story of the game having come from combat against the clans, but I totally agree. Light mech starter is preferred
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GhostBirdofPrey Featured By Owner May 6, 2015
Because Battletech commissions are awesomesauce.

and what do you mean the Whammy shirt is sold out?
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GhostBirdofPrey Featured By Owner May 6, 2015
Not sure how I feel about that.
I've always loved the Marauder, but your Warhammer is pretty boss.

Hopefully it will be back in stock sometime.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I didn't notice if it was yesterday when I posted this. Maybe that's my fault :D
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Woodgnome01 Featured By Owner May 6, 2015
Excellent work and great job on the drawing.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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