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Battletech - Caerleon Transport by Shimmering-Sword Battletech - Caerleon Transport by Shimmering-Sword
Here's the 4th piece I designed for the 3145 Marik TRO. One of the less exciting of my batch, I still enjoyed coming up with something akin to combining a hercules transport with a space shuttle (now with guns!) :)

The 195 ton Caerleon Assault Craft is designed to ferry Battle Armor to and from the battlefield, but unlike it's more vulnerable cousins that must stay out of the fight, the Caerleon is suited for going in hot. It is unstable in atmospheric flight however, so requires skilled piloting.
2 Light Gauss Rifles
2 Long Range Missile 15s with Artemis IV
20 tons of Battle Armor capacity
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Dnero99 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
its so cool! I like the way the wings bend down low (i think) to settle the tyres
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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IzaakShoelaces Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is really nice!
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gmac6422 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Only 20 tons if this really is unstable it would be torn to pieces by evening the lightest mechs
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
20 tons of carrying capacity, it's a 195ton craft.
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partical0 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
what did you model this in?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No modeling involved. I drew and inked this one in Photoshop.
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partical0 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
how did you get your line art to be so clean?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Straight lines are done with a brush trick that places lines between where I dot my pen (just holding shift key). Curved lines are carefully freehanded. Also just as much as I place lined down, I cut into them with a white brush to alter their thickness and shapes.
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Arklyte84826 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Shimmering Sword, sorry for asking a bit akward question, but have you played Space Rangers 1(or 2)?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nope, never heard of it.
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Arklyte84826 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
:(
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asghj Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Student Artist
im with u bro:( (Sad) 
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Vertous Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student Artist
Hmmm...I'd say it can carry at least 1 or 2 30t mechs with the Battle armors.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol, it doesn't even have the lift capacity for one of those.
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Vertous Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student Artist
Haha!
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ha ha, cool transport shuttle!! :) A cross between a hercules transport and a space shuttle but with guns... I wanna fly one of those. :P
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Caution, may explode on takeoff or burn up on re-entry. Too soon? :P
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The key to keeping this thing in the air is to replace the duck tape that holds the wings together after each flight. :P
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ima-8bit-guy Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
20 tons of capacity isn't a whole lot when you're talking armor and mechs, considering the average tank runs 45+ unless it's a hover. Can't even pick up some light mechs. Seems more like a good way to drop infantry to flank a force. I could be wrong since my knowledge is only limited to the Battletech and Dark Ages books
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
In my description I say it's for Battlearmor :)
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ima-8bit-guy Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
And now I feel stupid for not thinking about the suits such as elementals
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SultanOfAwesomeness Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is actually my favorite design you've done for....well...anything.( I especially love how the wing tips house landing gear) o3o
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
There's always the logistics fan out there :)
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SultanOfAwesomeness Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
true story. ^^
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Revolucci Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow another amasing vehicle... two thumbs up
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'll keep em coming.
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Revolucci Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:) awesome .. i cant wait to see more..
are you planning on doing some in color too????
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I just do the lineart because it's the required style of Battletech interiors. If I'm going to do something in color I'll properly paint it from the start.
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Revolucci Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh ok.. still really cool designs
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BenMMiller Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Do you use modeling software to block these out first, or do you draw them in perspective by hand?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The 2 mechs in this set I used 3D for pose and perspective, but all the ships had their initial design sketches cleared as final poses, so I just did some simple perspective grid corrections and inked them.
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MrTBSC Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
quite a beast..
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Don't let it land on you.
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templar127 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
AWESOME!!!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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templar127 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
:D
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Qeztotz Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
see this is the only problem i have with the battlemech universe, surely this thing (if you replaced the cargo hold with more missiles) would be able to take out a 'mech or 2, and you coud maybe even get some lighter armed fighters armed with heavy antitank missiles (or, god forbid, Nukes) to kill the 'mechs, and the mechs would be barely defenceless, due to their slow movement, and restricted firing angles.
My point is, aerocraft would be able to decimate a pure 'mech force with ease. So why are mechs still in use?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Arguing what unit would be superior in a mech game is already past the first defeating point, mechs just aren't good combat units in general. With that point in place, you simply accept that any game that features mechs as their leading combat unit shouldn't be scrutinized for realistic combat, because it's not trying to be realistic. "Rule of Cool".

Just so you know though, aerospace assets are effective against mechs that aren't equipped for anti air. The reason mechs dominate this game is because they're durable, but what makes other units truly weak are weapons designed to counter them. If a player knows he's going to fight against combined arms, he can bring the proper counter measures. If you bring mechs expecting to fight enemy mechs and you're faced with vehicles and air assets, you will lose.
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Arklyte84826 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
"mechs just aren't good combat units in general". True, but they can provide good fire support for mbt's in some situations(remember C&C3 where Mammoth tanks were leading attack, taking most damage while Steel Talons medium mechs used their heigth to shoot over them, keeping themself safe behind heavy armor and providing additional firepower?)
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
But the height of their guns has nothing to do with having legs, they're simply taller (you can make a tall tank). Mechs are inefficient by weight and are overly complex, so their only use lies in doing what a tank absolutely cannot do. Examples would be traversing mountain terrain and other steep inclines of soft ground, or highly uneven rubble.
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Arklyte84826 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Can you imagine how a tall tank will look like?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Halo's Scorpion tank :)
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Arklyte84826 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
and here we are talking about mech's "Rule of Cool" "because it's not trying to be realistic.":\
I wanted to say something else, but I forgot...
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Qeztotz Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well theres me learnt another
i bow to your infinite wisdom, but just so i know, is it possible to field an army that is entirely infantry?
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yep, and as my previous comment said, if you go against mechs optimized for fighting other mechs (most are) you will steam roll them. However, if they see your shenanigans coming, get ready to be hit with machine guns, flamers, pulse lasers, inferno missiles, various other missiles, plasma rifles, LBX (shotgun) autocannons, the list goes on :D
Combined arms (including mechs) is the most effective way to play, pure mech forces are simply "easier" to play.
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Qeztotz Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i think im going to go for a 2 part force when i play, im thinking a sort Elysian style army, composed of equal parts of infantry and aerocraft, maybe a spattering of mechs, but theyll play support to the infatnry.
oooh, i just found out there's jump infantry in the game
*smiles evilly*
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Nebfer Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
Yes their are jump troops, Also many Battle armored units mount built in jump jets as well. And it's possible to make a viable infantry army, though it's not as easy, but their are a fair number of tricks one can use to make a fairly nasty force.

It should be noted that the art on this page, is for a "space shuttle" that can carry a Platoon of Free Worlds league Battle armor troops (B-techs equivalent of Space Marines so to speak). It can also provide some ground support from it's heavy armament, or defend it self form aerial attackers.
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Qeztotz Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh yeah, elysians here i come
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Personally speaking I think this is excellent!

I know Battletech is about the mechs, but I like seeing people tackle other elements of the franchise; an army marches on its stomach and something needs to get the supplies to them.

Personally I think this is more scary than any mech! Look at her - fancy seeing this swoop in?

Excellent work - especially on the landing gear and the cockpit!
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