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History of BattleTech by skiltao History of BattleTech by skiltao
How the in-game history, real world history, and product lines all line up.

Mostly aimed at helping lapsed/returned players get their bearings, but it should also be useful to new fans or bystanders. A few caveats:

- I'm not providing a key.
-"Tech" is not to scale.
- Years are exact, months are not.
- Most book and box covers are level with their date of hardcopy publication.
- Not all products or expansions are shown.
- Images and keywords copyright their respective owners.
- Last updated November 21, 2011.

The image is 850kb, so not for the faint of bandwidth. (If I'd had a font that looked legible and good at both 6pt and 30pt, I might've made it smaller.) With good eyes and a big monitor you can view most of the image at 50% zoom, but I find it kinda mesmerizing to scroll around at 100%.

EDIT: a higher resolution is now available here. [link]
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blckclbrtn Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
This is really great!

I appreciate that you specifically mention that you're not providing a key, but... what do the colors mean? It looks like maybe the yellow represents Clans and green the Inner Sphere - but I can't figure out what the shapes covering the products mean, nor what the number of vertical bars mean. Just curious.
MRex21 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Absolutely brilliant!
Centurion13 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
I think you should make it available in poster size. Yes, that means jacking the file size up to three megs or more, but if you think files under a meg in size are a burden to download, think again. Most folks (not all) have the bandwidth. I know it took under four seconds for me to download your 'hi rez' version.

I want a poster of this. I never thought I would say that about anything on dA but the nekkid wimmen, but there it is - I will pony up for a wall poster measuring two feet by three feet or larger.

Excellent work, Paul. Simply outstanding, and needful as well. Kudos.
SideLine Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
WOW ! this looks amazing. will have to go through it in detail. some dedicated research. :thumbsup:
skiltao Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
THANKS! It's mostly a lot of little notes I picked up over the years, a month or two of lazily pecking away, shored up with maybe a week of furious googling.

...and a last minute correction to my spelling of "Japan."
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