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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.

This warhammer was one of the most iconic designs to tackle. As many of them went, I already had a personal version to start from, with improvement and CGL feedback added from there.
I set up the pose/angle and background to somewhat resemble the old intro box art.
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schnarre's avatar
...How many players have not modified this 'Mech at some point or other? The basic design is impressive enough, with a well-rounded  & heavy armament, though the soundness of the design allows much customizing!

...My main variant deviated from others by replacing the PPCs with Large Lasers (not quite as powerful, but still solid weapons--especially at close quarters), replace the SRM & ammo with 4 Medium Lasers, dropped the Machine Guns for 2 rear-firing Medium Lasers, replaced the Small Lasers with Flamers, & added 3 tons of Armor. Though heat was often a problem, it was able to square off against a BattleMaster & come out winning despite extensive damage.

...In 3050, upgrading the Large Lasers to their ER version & adding Double Heat Sinks made for a simple, but very effective field refit.


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creodont's avatar
God do I love the new look of these mechs.
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Shimmering-Sword's avatar
Shimmering-Sword|Professional Digital Artist
I have a loooooong list of ones to hit.
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Veratai's avatar
Veratai|Hobbyist Artist
 i don't know these, but i love the mech designs :)
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Shimmering-Sword|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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Veratai|Hobbyist Artist
 :)
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LordDarksoul's avatar
Recall the first time I got into Battletech at a gaming convention, many years ago.  They needed a spare, and I happened to be standing by and watching the battle unfold.  I was given a Mercenary Heavy Lance that no one wanted, all 3025 designs.  The bulk of the battle I believe was being fought with 3050 - 3057 equipment.  The battle was between the Draconis Combine (attackers) and Federated Suns (defenders).  Things became seriously confused when a Clan Trinary deployed and was hitting both sides with equal fury?!   This is where my lance enters the battle with an extraction objective (in support of the Federated Suns) in one of the build up areas of the table.  The table top was giant city scape with several large park areas, so a curious mix of urban sprawl and open country to fight across.  I had a Atlas AS7-D and 3 Warhammer WHM-6Rs at my command.  Not knowing any better, I proceeded with my assigned mission.  In doing so raised nine types of hell, derailed several peoples carefully laid plans.  I had a lot of fun with both the game and most of the other players.
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Shimmering-Sword|Professional Digital Artist
Haha, nice.
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MKFan12's avatar
MKFan12|Student Digital Artist
Annnd this is why CGL keeps getting lawsuits... just sayin'.
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Shimmering-Sword|Professional Digital Artist
Legally this is not a macross mech, so HG has no right to it. Proper law never stopped an IP troll from trolling though.
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koalabrownie|Professional Filmographer
I think it's fair to say though that if CGL had deviated much further from the original design, instead of only altering enough to "get away with it" then they wouldn't be in this position in the first place.

And the ONLY reason to stick to the original design is to please the grognards who probably buy the vast majority of products.  If Battletech was actually aimed at drawing in new players, those new players wouldn't give two hoots how it looked as long as it looked cool.
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Shimmering-Sword|Professional Digital Artist
We already have your proposition though, the project phoenix mechs.
My redesigns are legally unique, so it's not just a matter of trying to get away with it, HG are IP trolls, nothing will stop them hating battletech for doing better with the designs.
No point redesigning them again if they're not faithful, so here we are. Always plenty of new mechs coming out for legal complication free choices too.
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MKFan12's avatar
MKFan12|Student Digital Artist
I dunno, but who cares? Nice stompy robot! :D
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Stargazzer811's avatar
Stargazzer811|Hobbyist Artist
Sorry but this looks nothing like the Tomahawk, there are too many distinctly different design elements.
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StoneHammerArtist's avatar
StoneHammerArtist|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My favourite mech.  :)
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goldenhide|Hobbyist Photographer
Love me a Warhammer.
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Colourbrand's avatar
Colourbrand|Hobbyist Digital Artist
F/king hell! That looks evil! That is one mech I would not want to see - the cockpit and the guns scare me - excellent work!!
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ExTank's avatar
ExTank|Hobbyist Photographer
Ah, my all-time fave BattleMech, with an neat, updated look. Awesome!
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Shimmering-Sword|Professional Digital Artist
Enjoy :)
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Nekomi214's avatar
oh hell yessssssssss... awesome... the only thing that could more awesome than that is having it in Black paint, Wolfe Dragoon badge and Widow one presonnal badge of Natasha Kerensky...
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Shimmering-Sword|Professional Digital Artist
Well... Battletech - Wolf's Dragoons by Shimmering-Sword
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Deviator101's avatar
Isn't this just the MWO version?
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cameronabab|Hobbyist Writer
There's some notable differences.  Primarily, the cockpit on this one is raised a little higher than the MWO version along with being a bit more round than its video game counterpart.  The shoulders here a bit more flared than MWO's, which has higher up and more rounded shoulders. MWO's chest juts out a bit more. The knees on MWO are bulkier as are the feet.

So similar, but I actually quite like this version better
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6Pohang66's avatar
My precious! Excellent work by the way! ( ̄ヮ ̄)
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