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Battletech - TRO 3145 Mercenaries by Shimmering-Sword Battletech - TRO 3145 Mercenaries by Shimmering-Sword
Technical Readout 3145: Mercenaries was released a few days ago alongside Era Report 3145, which was quite a surprise as there was no advance announcement for it. Matt Plog handled all the interior art, which he did a great job on, there's even a baby power armor Marauder in there :D
My part was handling the cover art, and while I've done a BT cover before, this time I knew it ahead of time so I made sure to put in the extra effort.

A Wolf's Dragoons Mad Cat mkIV and Vulture mkIV rush out of the city they're defending to engage the enemy. The pair are armed with a mixture of ER Particle Projector Cannons, Streak Short Range Missiles, Small Pulse Lasers, and an Ultra Auto Cannon.
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:iconcombat878:
combat878 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
I honestly fee that you are one of the best artists that has done official work for the battletech series.
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:icontaren14:
Taren14 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
Looks like the Vulture's taken some hits.
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:iconerectusmaximus:
ErectusMaximus Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
cool
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:iconshydood3:
shydood3 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
the Wolf Dragoon, the most skilled mercenaries in the Inner Sphere. They know how to get the job done.
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:iconsomekindaspy:
SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
I always joined them in Mechwarrior 4: Mercenaries.
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:iconshydood3:
shydood3 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
why is there no remake?
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:icondodd14029:
dodd14029 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
I just read the description and feel way less cool/nerdy for remembering mechassault. whoops. 
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
lol
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:iconkrystal-fan2005:
Krystal-fan2005 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
Looks like wolfs dragoons to me.
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
They are.
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:icondodd14029:
dodd14029 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Does anyone else miss MechAssault?
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:iconthe5heep:
The5heep Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  New member Student General Artist
I sitll got it!
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Some, not many, not that great of a battletech title.
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:icondodd14029:
dodd14029 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
Psssh. The first one was so dope though, specially for an early Original Xbox game.
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, it was no doubt the best xbox live game at the time. As soon as Halo 2 released it was all over though.
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:icondodd14029:
dodd14029 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
That one on the left IS a madcat or something, right (was there a smaller madcatish mech)?
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:iconshydood3:
shydood3 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
a vulture
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Karmack67 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Really nice work!  And it warms my heart to see my old friends Wolf's Dragoons still fighting in 3145 after the way they were hammered in the Jihad.  Go Dragoons!
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Of course the plot device mercs will never be completely gone :D
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:icondelta7xx:
delta7Xx Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
ok, that is just epic in every way!
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:iconrxlegendary:
RXLegendary Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AWESOME!!!
they look like there from Titanfall
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:iconluneder:
Luneder Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I think your a little off the mark, it is the other way around. These mechs have been a round from almost the beginning of mech games.
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:iconvaliente77:
valiente77 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
that's mechwarrior!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Is Titanfall your first time ever seeing a mech?
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:iconrxlegendary:
RXLegendary Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've seen other mechs but these looks like there from Titanfall
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:iconjvc89:
JVC89 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
Titanfall is just a mix of MA2, COD, and the epicness of Halo on steroids.  
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:iconthe5heep:
The5heep Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  New member Student General Artist
Haha yes
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

You might want to look at more mechs then, I'm having trouble trying to think of another matchup that is more unlike each other than battlemechs and titans. Maybe you can tell me what looks similar on them? Because I'm not seeing a single feature that they have in common.

Also like Lune said, Battletech is 30 years old, so you'd be better off going to tell the Titanfall fans that their upcoming game looks like Battletech :P

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:iconfdjw88:
fdjw88 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
they look like the robots in mechworriors online.
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:iconvaliente77:
valiente77 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
yup

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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
MWO is a Battletech game.
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:iconmidway2009:
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the Wolf Dragoons! :pride:
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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:iconmidway2009:
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That makes two of us. :D
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:iconjohnmtraub:
JohnMTraub Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
A great picture with my first and third favorite Clan designs.  Will definitely look forward to seeing more Battletech based work.
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I've got lots on the way.
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:iconwhite0101:
White0101 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
Madcat MK IV <3 aka Timber wolf back in the day, lol Also Wolfs dragoons :)
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:iconflakface:
flakface Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the Madcat. so awesome. :D
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aceoaces Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
This is beautiful.  That seems like a lot of firepower for a Vulture.  The Atlas I've been playing in MWO doesn't even have that many weapons.  Maybe it's a clan thing.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
A MWO atlas could carry that if it had the right hardpoints for it, but indeed this is how it is with Clan weapons, they're a lot lighter.
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DarylChin Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
This drawing spells AWESOME without AWESOME

Mad Cat and Vulture.

My all time favourite PPC and Long Range Missile spammer.

MC: Dammit Vee! Why do I always have to save your heavy ass!
V: Heyheyhey! My PPC took a laser shot that was meant for you! So shut up and cover my flank, Mad Pussy!
MC: It's Mad Cat! MAD! CAT!
V: I call you whatever the hell I want!

*continues bickering. buddies are like that*
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:iconblakgarde:
BlakGarde Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
That... that was priceless....
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:icondarylchin:
DarylChin Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
I know right?

Why aren't they making more of this? It's actually one of the few things that can compete with Japanese mech's awesomeness
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:iconblakgarde:
BlakGarde Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
dude... I now feel the urge to write a short on this pair... just don't know enough about the official battletech canon to do it (I played MechAssault, MechWarrior, and Mech Commander... I haven't done the table top yet.)
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:icondarylchin:
DarylChin Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Might I give suggestions? You can write the story in the form of a battle report of a Davion guard Mechwarrior riding a Mad Cat and shoot some Jaguar faction mechs.

Hint: Use the Mech Commander's intro movie as guide.
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:iconblakgarde:
BlakGarde Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Lol, I just think I might do that...
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:icondarylchin:
DarylChin Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Hit me up when you're finished. I'd like to take a read!
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:iconblakgarde:
BlakGarde Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
will do! (Feel free to dig in my gallery if you want though... I may be crap, but nearly everything is under Creative Commons)
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txMaddog Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
My favorite TRO 3145 cover so far!!
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Marik-Kilvanya Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
Just found this after a night of MW4, so I actually recognized that symbol finally!
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