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Battletech - Thunderbolt

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Getting down to the last few here.
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 Thunderbolt is another of my favorites among the final results. I think I got that look of heavy trooper durability down fairly well.
I didn't have to toe around the Dougram design, so this was all about making it feel more modern and "Battletech".
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diomedesbc's avatar

I love it. Glad a stumbled upon your work.

mastermindalien's avatar

I really love the art, but I might be confused. I remember it being called MechWarrior instead of BattleTech. And this character was called Thor in MechWarrior. Is it the same game but just from a different region so it's named differently, like how you have the game Jet Set Radio but it was also called jet grind radio?

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Shimmering-SwordProfessional Digital Artist

Mechwarrior is one of the videogame titles under the Battletech franchise. There is also MechCommander, MechAssault, and maybe others under the Battletech setting.

The Thor is a mech based on the Thunderbolt.

MadKat04's avatar
Just imagine a Melee kick from this thing followed by a punch from that left arm.....
BaresarkArfwisg's avatar
BaresarkArfwisgStudent General Artist
Why the rocket launcher seems divided by 3 lines?
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Shimmering-SwordProfessional Digital Artist
To break up the huge front plate.
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BaresarkArfwisgStudent General Artist
So it was just to make the drawing easier? XD
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Shimmering-SwordProfessional Digital Artist
No, that's a bunch more lines that I had to draw :P
BaresarkArfwisg's avatar
BaresarkArfwisgStudent General Artist
So it was to look cooler? XD
MichaelJohnMorris's avatar
MichaelJohnMorrisProfessional Digital Artist
Cool design, but the head looks like it's in an awkward positon.
Shimmering-Sword's avatar
Shimmering-SwordProfessional Digital Artist
Offset cockpits aren't too uncommon in Battletech.
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MichaelJohnMorrisProfessional Digital Artist
Doesn't seem practical to me.
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Shimmering-SwordProfessional Digital Artist
How so? We also drive cars, planes, and often tanks with offset drivers positions. Yeah central is logical/easy :)
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MichaelJohnMorrisProfessional Digital Artist
Well this is a much bigger machine. It'd kinda offset weight distribution when you think about it.
MadKat04's avatar
Weight distribution would be easy to work around as with the myraid of components in a battlemech the centre of gravity could easily be adjusted. And all of them have Gyroscopes so could compensate for any bias one way or another. And if you really want to get pedantic every time any mech uses up ammo its centre of gravity changes so these issues necessitate and adjustable balance platform.
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MichaelJohnMorrisProfessional Digital Artist
I guess that works.
Rasyt's avatar
The thunderbolt mech design has always included an off center cockpit, it's part of the standard description and everything.
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MichaelJohnMorrisProfessional Digital Artist
Ok, but why?
MrTBSC's avatar

old post but you realise these are just scyfy mechs more about having a rule of cool than being purely logically designed? (these originate from a tabletopgame) ... if you seriously need a reason for the offset cockpit because it bothers you that much for whatever reason, how bout that giant missilelauncher on the left shoulder?


also how many vehicles are we using were the driverseat is on the left and not like deadcenter unless it´s like a formular one car, a apachechopper/fighterplane or tank, and then again we still have military vehicles were the driver is on a side, not in the direct center of a vehicle ..


... on another note at least when it comes to mechwarrior - firstperson simulation - games a offset cockpit has less of a chance to be accidently hit by ranged directfire as many players simply tend to aim for the centertorso (were the engine is to destroy/disable the mech, unless you take out both legs or go for a cockpit/headshot which is harder to do than you think) ..

take the jagermech (or the uziel from my avatar) that has a literral centercockpit .. i use the damn thing and got accidental cockpithits by heavyhitting weapons ..

even if you take something like a warhammer with a higher positioned centercockpit you "just" need to sligtly aim upwards ..


one thing you need to understand is people are not trained to go for headshoots as much as hollywood likes to show .. they go for centermass were it´s likely to hit a target in the first place ..

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MichaelJohnMorrisProfessional Digital Artist

Yeah, you're on to something there.

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BishopSteinerHobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks like unless one gets the Box Set, we won't be seeing this in Mini form anytime soon..... *sigh*  

Guess it's time to set up a Shadowrun and procure some corporate prototypes......


I kid, I kid... but they seriously need to get this and the Battlemaster out to IWM and in Pewter like yesterday.  Those and the Shadowhawk are the best new Battletech minis to come along in a decade.
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I believe they will eventually hand them over to IWM. They initially gave IWM the shad because it wasn't planned for the box set.
Plastic lance packs are also quite likely, seeing as they will already have the expensive mold tooling ready.
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BishopSteinerHobbyist Traditional Artist
Sooner the better.  We all have opinions on "best versions" yadda yadda... but all of these new ones range from really darn good to ZOMG amazing! I'll probably always consider the old Ral Partha Battlemaster "the one"... but that is of course subjective.  And the new Battlemaster is fan-frigging-tastic!  But that Thud.. I can't drool over that enough.. and I don't even LIKE Thunderbolts! (Or Shadowhawks, darn it!)

Also it is looking like Plastics aren't the horror fests they used to be... still have trouble NOT thinking PlasTech and all the deflated, warped mechs that used to come in the plastic sets. *sigh*  I just hope that bit by bit this is a sign of things to come for QA and new minis across the board.
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