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Battle Mech - Grey Death Marauder by Shimmering-Sword Battle Mech - Grey Death Marauder by Shimmering-Sword
After doing so many Battletech commissions I wanted to do one of my own again, for a little more freedom in mech choice and design. Turns out my last personal BT piece was also a marauder, both done for the same reason, though the old one looks silly compared to this :D

A lot of fans miss the old unseen designs, so for this piece I wanted to create something that was a little more faithful to the old, while also trying to avoid a look that would cause legal issues, and going on a bit of related fluff from the Mad Cat.

Grey Death Legion Marauder MAD-5S going to work on a moon.
2 ER Particle Projector Cannons
2 M Pulse Lasers
1 Gauss Rifle

If I was to redesign another unseen, or any BT mech in general that you feel is an iconic mech that needs a face lift, which would it be?
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shrouticus Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
always loved the marauder and this is by far the best version I have seen that isnt the original macross based design honestly if the two went at it i would put my money on this one it looks better armored
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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Hawk819 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Why the hell we can't use this design is beyond me. That includes the Archer and all the rest.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Because one side has lawyers that are trolls, and the other side has lawyers that are expensive.
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grindKerensky Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Student Interface Designer
y u no CERPPC ?
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Rebornusmc Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
the marauder and the timberwolf are by far my favorite mechs.
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theshsx71 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
:icondarthvaderplz::iconsaysplz: fell the wrath of DARTH VADER
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TheRealAwesomeSolder Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
Reminds me of the mech in "Battle Mechs"There's a mech pic in loading screen,looks like this but it's golden nice one tough
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zuul88 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
Griffin-1S
The best 55 ton mech and one of the oldest mechs around.
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Vanguard319 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
That is pretty awesome, I've been trying to draw a Summoner, (my favorite mech) in a MW:O style, but it keeps coming out awful looking (I have always had difficulty drawing mechs, though people are no problem)
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's all about practice, keep trying and you'll get better.
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JWoodrell Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I expanded this into 1 16:9 format for the background on my laptop, you have full credit in the description, as well as your signature is untouched in the original image
I composited it with imagery from nasa of the moon, and redid the shadows to match, as well as adding the ppc glow lighting. I wish I could generate art as detailed as you.
posted here: [link]

If I had my choice I would love to see your take on the LCT-1S Locust, it has always been my favorite mech and I hated their project phoenix redesign.
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cryhavoc101 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Shimmering Sword - well done sir well done indeed

I am blown away by this and your other pictures of this venerable design

The "Mad 3D" is one of my favorite Mech's - in fact it was probably the first Mech I ever saw back in 1990 when I got my hands on a copy of the original 3025 Tech readout - The Marauder being the on the front cover.

I love its clunky odd shape and its 'alien' layout and despite the additional readouts and plethora of designs it (and the Banshee 3S) remained my Mech of choice.

However after looking through your pictures (the Grey Death, Highlander and Free World League variants) the original "Officers Pod" design just looks rubbish by comparison.

This particular picture encapsulates everything the Marauder is in my mind and I love the dynamic pose as it advances guns blazing

Now when I imagine the Marauder - this is what I see.

Another unseen I would like to see given the Shimmering Sword re-design is the Crusader - but I understand that you are now quite busy so this is unlikely to happen.

Now obviously no one has created a "3 D Print" of this model and as such haven't been swapping them for certain cash sums or contributions so I am not going to ask.........

....unless of course someone has in which case please please please PM me with the details.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I've seen one homebrew model that was made of this, but it was a bash of parts rather than a casting, so there aren't any duplicates of it.
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Timekeeper9 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
"...one giant stomp for mechkind."

Couldn't help but paraphrase Mr Armstrong when I saw this one. :)
Outstanding work, sir.
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TheMintyCrab Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
So many heatsinks. . .
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overseer Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013   Digital Artist
Oh how very awesome. That's the one thing I always liked about the Marauder. The dual-PPCs. Very nice angle and atmosphere (even without the atmosphere... :O_o:). Nice design, too!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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Braskeys Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
In all seriousness I would love to see an Urbanmech done right. But since you rightfully think I'm trolling with statement a Stalker, Catapult or King Crab would be awesome to see a re-vision.

Also, this (and your other work) is insanely fantastic!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
But the urbs is already perfect! :P
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knightofmyth Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
do a stone rhino :D
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shiznaught Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
As for "Unseen" mechs, I think besides the MAD, there is a tie between the Rifleman and the Devastator.

I always thought they were pretty rad looking. And I have a soft spot in my heart for Riflemen after reading the Warrior trilogy.
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Auger-Affect Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know I just realized a 'mech fight in a vacuum would create all sorts of problems, mostly to do with heat radiation (rather then convection, which normal atmospheric 'radiators' use. I'd imagine it'd be like playing caustic valley in MWO times umptillion.
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TerranAbassador Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Actually, the heat-sinks are actually more related to an air conditioning unit's heat pump than than an actually heat sink. They actively force heat into the environment, making them more effective than more traditional radiators. It's also the reason that they can work even in environments where it would normally be extremely difficult to get rid of excess heat, like MWO's Caustic.
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Auger-Affect Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, in a vacuum the heat pumps would do their job, however, the 'environment' in vacuum doesn't act as an effective heatsink. It has no thermal capacity nor medium into which to effectively transfer the heat via contact or convection. You'd only be able to get rid of it as blackbody radiation (the 'glow' of hot things.) To do that you need a lot of surface area facing the distance, hence the radiator fins on the ISS.
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TerranAbassador Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
True, but this isn't a universe that operates entirely in the realm of reality (the big stompy robots, for example). We can combine that with the fact that it takes place a thousand years from now and we can handwave that heatsinks really are just that good at radiating heat.

Some concessions have to be made for the fiction to work. 'Mechs are designed operate in vacuum, so they do. How? .....eh.....uh......BECAUSE REASONS!! :P

Suspense of disbelief and all that.
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JWoodrell Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In my mind they would switch to a thermoelectric effect heat pump in space to force the heat into the "hot side" the heatsinks would then radiate it away as infared radiation. glowing red in the process, and heating up to white hot during combat.

at least thats my concept.
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MrSpartin Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wars of the future guys. Wars of the future.
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Dakkon-Blackblade Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
This is such a perfect redesign of an already stunning design! Would love to see this in MWO and TT!!!!
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Excalibur-T005 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
I like the way you've represented the Gauss Rifle - MechWarrior games have always had a bit of a tendency to make them look just a little goofy when they actually fire.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha yeah, no weird smoke spirals or rings here. MWO is doing it right though, all you see is a glimpse of the slug speeding through the air.
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Excalibur-T005 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
That's good to know. I won't be able to play MWO for a while, because my internet connection where I'm at is a bit spotty. How is the gameplay?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Pretty solid. Only sucks that it lacks a campaign.
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Excalibur-T005 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
I'll have to take a look at it when I've got internet that isn't objectively terrible, then.
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Heretic1311 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Playing too, same Nick even. Have already 3 Commandos to unlock the Elite mechtree^^. Nice Game, really. But itīs still in BETA as off this writing. More mechs are planned, hope for the Dervish and PhoenixHawk coming someday. Griffin would be nice too. And Thunderbolt! And...........
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Praxiusalternate Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
so awesome
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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ArmySGT Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
The UrbanMech. A forgotten Hero.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
But urbs is already a sexy mech.
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hinchen Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is beyond epic. One day, I want to be close to your awesomeness, just close. Then I can die happily. :faint:
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Anyone (unless disabled) can get here, you just have to practice. Your work is already pretty good :)
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00Dawg Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Any chance this beauty could be expanded into a desktop background?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I've considered taking all my redesign mechs and putting them into an extended scene of this, it would take a lot of work though.
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hindsight21 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
grey death.....marauder..... greyson's ride? XD
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'd bed the exact colors and loadout aren't canonical to that, but the mech/merc choices are based on their leaders rides.
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LooWa84 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Good Job man!
I see you like PPCs too
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
PPCs everywhere.
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Escef Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I adore the "Not A Clan ERPPC" on the side of the right arm.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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greensandsguy Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
dude, this is sick and awesome!!! from thumbnail view, i thought this was a 3D model :blushes: ^^

totally faved!!! and if i wouldn't watch you already ;)

i'm not thaaat good withthe looks of all the mechs, but i'd say the old Orion could do with a bit of a facelift. always looked like a low poly 3D model ;)
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