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TimberWolf mech sketch by Mecha-Zone TimberWolf mech sketch by Mecha-Zone
A level 1 sketch commissioned by a fan of the Battletech TimberWolf (Mad Cat) mech. I added a bit of my own flair to it so it looks a little different than usual.
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ElbonNoble Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't know know much warrior was still alive today, it's been years since I've heard about it! Timberwolf (I also didn't know it became Mad Cat, though I did notice something odd about their designs and how much they look alike xD) has always been my favorite, even after the appearance of Ragnorok/Ymir, Star Adder/Blood Asp in Mechassualt (2) (actually I'm not sure when they appeared, but that's when I first saw them). Wow, good times. Your design is friggen awesome by the way, that'd make a great new version if I do say so myself. :D
I remeber going up to 200 something rounds in that thing on mechassault in the survival mode, but then I had to go before I died, I was so sad XD.
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flawed116 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
my favorite mech
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PeterBullet Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Very nice! When compared to the "actual" mad cat, this one looks smaller, because of the relatively large cockpit. Possibly also because of the streamlined design. My first thought was that this is a 55 ton version of the madcat, like there is the 90 ton version. As I said, this looks really cool, great job! :)
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SethAbercromby Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
There are multiple variants to the Timber Wolf. The original 'Mech was a 75 ton heavy 'Mech, which during the clan invasion was reported as Mad Cat (because the design looks like a cross between a Marauder (MAD) and a Catapult (CAT) and targeting computers would get confused and switch between MAD and CAT while trying to identify the 'Mech) during early encounters in the Inner Sphere. It later received the new official designation as Mad Cat. The Mad Cat Mk II was a vastly improved model based on the original model, increasing the weight to 90 tons, and adding Jump Jets without a severe trade-off in agility, making the Mk II a superior Assault 'Mech. After that, there have been several redesigns or replicas from both clan and Inner Sphere facilities. The 55 Ton version you speak of is the Mk III btw, it did perform pretty well but had noticeable problems with overheating.
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Dayanx Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks like a 'Cat III mated with a Raven. Very interesting and unique. With some tweaking it could be its own mech.
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very streamlined and sleek... and I like that you've eliminated the blocky centre-body section that just screamed "shell trap" to me for so bloody long.

Another aspect I see - and I'm wondering why I never thought about it before - is the slide-up covers on the missile pods. The original design has the LRM warheads exposed to incoming fire all the time.:no:
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malooko Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
LRM-16?
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Darkton93 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Oh my goodness, that is amazing! What I really like about it is how it manages to capture the style of the original Timber Wolf while still looking unique. It's an excellent redesign of a classic. In fact, I'm torn as to whether or not I like this or Shimmering-Sword's more, though I'm kinda leaning towards yours.
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Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Qow, thanks! I am also a big fan of Shimmering Swords mech art :D
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shamedwolf Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student General Artist
The most bad-ass mech ever! ^^
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EvilCleric Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
Hate to beat a dead horse about the whole cockpit/view panel size again, but who can anyone fail to hit this mech in the head?! that aside I do like this organic approach over the old super blocky design.
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Natebros Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
when I saw this I was like "Woah! that's a timberwolf?!" But then I was like "ya that's a timberwolf. Dummy I am." I like it, my only thought about it that COULD be percieved as negative is that do you think the nose is a bit too angle. Not trying to dismantle the piece I really like it!
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Aldark Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
barely looks like timberwolf at all. lol but its still awesome~
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Dannyp96 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice, David, though I would reccomend beefing up the weapon pods on the arms, and the arms themselves. I think with the new level of art that BT has acquired and the newer understanding of mechanical designs, we can move past the tube arms typical of these kinds of 'mechs.
I really like the style of the rest of the 'mech, my only little nit-pick was with the arms. I enjoy the design regardless, so keep up the good work :)
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Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
It was a commissioned sketch so I could only change it so much ;)
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Dannyp96 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah I see, fair enough. Shame, still, you should do your own well-detailed version if you ever get the free time. Excellent work, none the less :)
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Centurion13 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Damn, David. That is a fine looking version of that machine! You kept the major styling cues and brought it forward in time all at once! Really good work.
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Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
thanks Steve :D
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RustyNaps Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of the coolest mechs with the most coolest exploit on MW4 mercs.
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kyphoscoliosis Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Dat cockpit...
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Varezart Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
My favourite Mech!!
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Figgs Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
My favorite mech design! I played that game endlessly, and the Timberwolf was always my first choice!
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Argetlam350 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Ah nostalgia. Haven't played Mechwarrior in forever but Timberwolf was always my favorite. Awesome work.
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The-Colonel-382 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Looks amazing! I love how the missile hatches slide up and back! Great touch!
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PaladinMagnus Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Very well done! The TimberWolf is the very symbol of battletech for me and you've done an amazing job getting it to look sleak and new! I'm loving this look alot! Very well done!
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Koenken Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome job. That was one of my fave mechs from Battletech.
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Deadpool7100 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
awesome!
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madcomm Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
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madcomm Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
The timberwolf is really an Icon, and you've got something pretty lore friendly here.
Really lore friendly, while cool and modern.

Welldone, instafav
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Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
thanks!
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