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The Protectorate Wars - Neural Mech by Shimmering-Sword The Protectorate Wars - Neural Mech by Shimmering-Sword

There are only 2 days left on the kickstarter for Rangers Project: The Protectorate Wars digital art book! We've been funded, so any new backers can be confident they'll be getting their reward. The current optimal pledge of $17 will get you the 100 page art book, and a 30 page additional art book of my past work on the Rangers Project. One final push, check it out here: kck.st/1dkwhua

Here's a first piece of work for the book (I wont be posting everything online, much will be book exclusive). Some may have seen this design before here fav.me/d5t6a3f and its almost ready to be produced as a miniature. The modeler/caster will be launching a kickstarter for it in a few weeks, so miniatures collectors be ready (12cm tall resin kit for 1:144 scale).

Dat fluff:

Designed for engaging enemy shielded units, this mech is controlled by its pilot through a neural jack in order to utilize its full flexibility. It has its own shield generators to protect itself from enemy fire, and especially from offensive shield forms. The majority of its weapons are effective at penetrating shields. Its shoulder pack rail guns provide long range punch, using solid slugs that cannot be pre-detonated. Up close it can use the pile launchers on its forearms to fire heavy projectiles that can overpower the friction of enemy shielding through crushing mass. Missiles afford it some extra ranged power and utility, often loading a variety of munitions. A handheld auto cannon (looped munitions feed for a sealed mechanism) also provides some supplementary firepower, but is often quickly depleted in an initial strike then dropped.

These neural mechs are the nightmares of inexperienced Elemental soldiers, and rightfully so when such towering mechs are purpose built for such a hunt.

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:iconphix701:
phix701 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweeeet
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FutureFavorite Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
what are the brushes you used for the smoke in this piece? nice work as always.
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:iconcasiphia:
Casiphia Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Wow
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:icondantedesertfox:
Dantedesertfox Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Nothing says fun like a good old rail gun.
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Vesuvius-Dragon Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Neat, like a slender variant of the Tau Imperial XV104 Riptide Battlesuit. Heavy duty, heavy weapon systems, good shielding. And perhaps as large as the XV104.

I Like.

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Huchia Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
xD ain't that my luck. Got on deviant art to look around some pics, see this, and find out the art book deadline was yesterday. And just was able to send around $35 to you D: If there's any where else I can send I don't mind just giving it to you. Support is support you know? Still can't wait to see the english version!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'll set up a way soon for people to buy in with paypal.
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:iconhuchia:
Huchia Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
cool, keep up the good work then! Been trying to keep a close eye but life's been busy ya' know?
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:iconelperdido1965:
Elperdido1965 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good Work :)
reminds me of the Tau Mechs from WH40k :-)
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:iconacturis:
Acturis Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Go Tau!  Er...:P
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:P
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:iconclusterinfinity:
ClusterInfinity Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Sort of reminiscent of nova cat; nice work.
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:iconsekitonbo:
Sekitonbo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
I am getting one of those...if it kills me.
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well hopefully a $35 price tag wont be fatal.
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:iconsekitonbo:
Sekitonbo Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
If the guns on the wrists are shotguns, then we'll see...
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:iconq12a:
q12a Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nicely done ! - I have watch the movies about how you start it - and are very instructive. Thank you on sharing. And keep working.
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, glad I could help.
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:icongreyareark1:
GreyAreaRK1 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Sweet!
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:la:
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:iconcryonindustries:
CryonIndustries Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Dude, in 2 years time, this thing has taken a serious turn for the awesome.
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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:iconfox-unit:
fox-unit Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Hot damn, I really love this one. The particle shield rocks. Quick question: are those railguns mounted to its shoulder unit?
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yep.
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:iconfox-unit:
fox-unit Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Awww I just adore Railguns ^^
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:iconsoulslayer317:
Soulslayer317 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
wow, this is amazing pice of work you've done. 
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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ieatb3ars Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
I know the last painting you did of this was more of a rough sketch (and it looked really cool back then) but now... all I can say is holy cow! 

This painting is so crisp and clean. It really shows off how the BattleTech stuff you've been posting lately has been really good practice.  

Love the contrast and positioning -- very dynamic.  The crushed ice chunks around the feet really sells the weight... it's got legs that remind me of Jurassic Park's T-Rex (I'm thinking of the jeep chase scene).  

Definitely looking forward to the artbook now!
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The battletech work helped, but mostly in the 3D translation I think as it gave me lots of practice with that workflow. Most of my "battletech tricks" aren't present here.
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SharksinSpace Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
I know I'll be buying any Ranger figure you might make.
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Start saving those dollars then. I'd say roughly two weeks and it's kickstarter will pop up.
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Hiromu656 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the design, looks awesome.
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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ADVENTSEND Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Love it! This mech is superb in design and function. The fact that you incorporated a nueral control interface is awesome too.
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it :)
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:iconatrolus:
Atrolus Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude that is real badass!
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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DreadedBlacksmith Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist

Awesome as always, my friend.

I love the design.

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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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:icondreadedblacksmith:
DreadedBlacksmith Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're very welcome, my friend. *hugs*
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:iconacebird1234:
acebird1234 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool very cool
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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acebird1234 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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BlitzJaeger Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Thank you for no blue lasers. Finished work is great Ant! Looking forward to more!

I missed the end, but the shield is  nice touch, especially the way that round disintegrated and made a wave in the shield. I also like that you kept the lighting specific, however I would like to see the eyes/camera glow on the head,  just something I always liked myself, unless it was glass or VR vision ala Metal Gear Rex. Either way, nice finish.
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Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, as I said in the stream, lasers are quite rare in my setting, big and bulky devices reserved for particular uses. These high tech friction shields are rare, but a more basic type that works over armor plating does well to diffuse laser beams (no help for infantry though).
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BlitzJaeger Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
ah ya you mentioned this. Well I like your thoroughness with your own tech; your descriptions of weapons choices and such show logic and thoughtfulness. You know what comes next "Im the same way" (You tired of hearing that yet? ;) )
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Alpha-Dilophosaurus Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this one!
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Me too :)
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:iconpynesol:
pynesol Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
are those rail guns on top?
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yep, says in the description.
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:iconpynesol:
pynesol Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Ah, there it is. I just skimmed it the first time. Is this the Mechwarrior universe or something else?
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