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Battletech: Gunsmith mech by Mecha-Zone Battletech: Gunsmith mech by Mecha-Zone
I did the visual design for this mech about a week and a half ago. It's my favorite from the bunch I illustrated for Battletech: Technical Readout 3145. I wanted to channel my love of the classic Battletech designs like the Hatchetman, while still adding some more modern shapes and design elements. I think this is a nice fusion of old and new

Want to know the stats? You can find them in the TRO along with a bunch of other cool mechs and vehicles...
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:iconmrock91:
MRock91 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
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angryspac3monk3y Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
You are EPIC! End of line...
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ShadowofSteel Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Beautiful work, friend.  This is definitely an awesome piece of art, and I am glad that I came across it.
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:iconmecha-zone:
Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
thank you!
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wbyrd Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
This makes it's way to my short list of Mechs I'd run just because they look so damn good. A lot of designs are hard to buy into, they look too bulky, too clumsy, or just impractical.This one has the right balance of tough, and agile to be a real winner in my book.
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:iconmecha-zone:
Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks a lot! I put a lot of effort into designing the looks of this one so it is especially nice ot know that it is appreciated.
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:iconlky13:
LKY13 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Great stuff, but I already told you that... ;)

Was also highly impressed with what you were able to achieve with the DA Templar. It was/is my favorite illustration in FS 3145. Kudos.
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celladoth Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
what an amazing addition! They would do well to consider this design into future cannon c:
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WhiteKnight0014 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
its amazing it reminds me of Gundam XD
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:iconkageryuuuji:
KageRyuuUji Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
Kinda looks like a Wight [link]
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:iconmecha-zone:
Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
I see what you mean. The lower body structure is similar and the cockpit looks more like a head.
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:iconkageryuuuji:
KageRyuuUji Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Yep, I assume it's heavier than 35 tons though right? Sarna doesn't have any info on it nor does the Master Unit List.
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spectrelead Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Yeah, the Gunsmith is a fast little beauty...though I'd rather have a Vulpes, Templar III or an Atlas III in a fight (if I take a light on the tabletop, it normally goes nuke).

Great job on TRO 3145 FedSuns and hope to see more from you. :)
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:iconmecha-zone:
Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I don't know when I'll be doing more Battletech work. I had to turn down extra work for 3145 because I'm too busy with my children's book work :(

It is always a blast to draw stuff for the TRO books!
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CrossbowROoF Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Very slick! Can't waut to see it in miniature form!
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:iconmecha-zone:
Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
me too!!!!!!!!!! Who knows if they'll make a mini of it? It could take years :(
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:iconcrossbowroof:
CrossbowROoF Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
True. Depends on how long it takes to get someone to sculpt a master.
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:icondeadborderbob:
deadborderbob Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Very funky. Love it!
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:iconmecha-zone:
Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks :D
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TerraxLorche Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
I was looking at this while I waited for the text to load and was thinking... 'Damn, looks like a Hatchetman with lasers... nice!' Then your info popped up... LOL.

'it's a sweet mech, and a far better improvement to the Hatchetman lineage.
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:iconmecha-zone:
Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah! They didn't tell me to make it like a Hatchetman, but I always loved that design when I was a teenager.
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:iconnckeo:
nckeo Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Kinda remind me of Solitaire
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:iconcarnifex125:
carnifex125 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
everytime i see you have a new drawing Im all like :iconexcitedalucardplz:
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:iconmecha-zone:
Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
OMG you're flipping out!!!!!
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:iconcarnifex125:
carnifex125 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
woopwoopwoopwoop!
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CycKath Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Visually, aside from the foot being too short in front for me, very nice.
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:iconmecha-zone:
Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
A couple of other people mentioned the foot. I do not like big feet most of the time. Seeing a character with huge feet is an instant turn-off for me :/
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CycKath Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Perhaps, but I guess my point is less that it needs big feet and more that seeming lack of a significant toe would make it a might unbalanced.
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Excalibur-T005 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
The legs look a little strangely-balanced. Like the feet are positioned a bit behind the center of mass, so it looks to me like it's leaning forward slightly. Am I just seeing things here, or what?
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Shadewolfe Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
My first thought was that is looked like a Hatchetman, only cooler.

Assuming this is a medium sized fast mech the look feels about right. Four med lasers and MASC and I can see that thing giving an ass whoopin' with out much heat to worry about.
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ArdanBlade Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Looks really light on it's feet. I am reminded of the Wight, though this one looks much more aggressive than the older design. I'll be looking forward to the mini of this!
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Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Someone else also mentioned the Wight. I took a look at it and I can see the similarities. The lower structure is close and the heads both have that detached look. Purely unintentional. It is really challenging to make a mech nowadays that doesn't look like an already existing design :/
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ArdanBlade Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I wouldn't worry about it too much! Your model is pretty solid, quite a bit more so than the Wight in visual design. I'll be looking forward to the mini! ^^
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MrTBSC Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
there are 2 things i dislike a bit about this (personel preference.. no offense!!)
1. the feet
2. it seems kinda thin overall ... somewhat anime-ish

donīt get me wrong
the overall design is great ...
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ArcticFox7 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not a single part of this mech even has a hint of not being a devastatingly sharp looking war machine. Such an amazing design!
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:iconmecha-zone:
Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you. Thank you VERY much :D
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kyphoscoliosis Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
One of the greatest designs I've seen in a long time
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:iconmecha-zone:
Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! It was a fun one to draw :D
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The-Colonel-382 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
another of your amazing designs that I dream of a mini being made out of...
*Opens the IWM site in another tab and throws money at the screen* TAKE MY MONEY AND MAKE THIS MINI!!!!!
:devil:
:headbang:
:horns:
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:iconmecha-zone:
Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
ahhh me too. Who knows if they will make a mini of it or how long it will take?
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Silverskullguy Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
That is a sweet looking mech. Great job sir
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:iconmecha-zone:
Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you :D
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Silverskullguy Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
A well earned welcome
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