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Title: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: marauder648 on 15 December 2020, 08:15:37
My Khan,

It seems that the Hellions are still working away on several projects, whilst they continue to use the Ice Ferret, which they will still call the Wolf Hunter, the amount of resources being poured into their Research and Development complex near their Blood Chapel indicates that the Hellions were working on something. And now, we have proof of these works, albeit in poor resolution. Getting this data cost us three assets and while we are sure the Hellions will not trace it back to us, with us having implicated the Jade Falcons, we should be aware of these new Mechs. Efforts are underway to obtain more data.

(https://i.imgur.com/Rsayn8U.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/k9jZ75m.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/IkqNHFi.jpg)



Drawn by the amazing Matt Plog. And, as always, thoughts and comments are most welcome!
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: marauder648 on 15 December 2020, 14:26:55
My Khan.

An addendum to my report, we initially discarded this information as it was thought that the Mech was a version of the Nova Cat's new Shadow Cat. But closer investigation has found that its a different machine, but its design clues make me believe that it is from the same design team.

(https://i.imgur.com/gNmGe2g.jpg)
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: namar13766 on 15 December 2020, 15:20:31
Newest Project photos?

If Zhukov's focus was Vehicles, and Neptune's focus was Aerospace, perhaps....this is focused on Mechs?

Then I suppose the name should either be Kincaid for the first Mechwarrior or Atlas for the one who made practical myomer bundles.
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: marauder648 on 15 December 2020, 15:40:57
This one's not going to be focused on any one specific clan or unit type. :)
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: namar13766 on 15 December 2020, 16:54:42
This one's not going to be focused on any one specific clan or unit type. :)

Do you have a project name or are you open to suggestions? Because if it's the latter, I've got a few suggestions.

Project Legion.

Project Phoenix Forge

Project Rebirth

Project Myriad

Project Array.
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: Gaiiten on 21 January 2021, 12:59:08
Maybe something for the Star Adders included?  :)
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: Kasaga on 23 January 2021, 08:45:38
Do you have a project name or are you open to suggestions? Because if it's the latter, I've got a few suggestions.

Project Legion.

Project Phoenix Forge

Project Rebirth

Project Myriad

Project Array.

Sorry bud already a Project: Legion.  Check it out on the fan fic thread.  Forgotten Treasures has links to all past work plus the current continuation of the story.  Also a lot of Marauders work is featured as equipment and vehicles in the storyline. 
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: namar13766 on 23 January 2021, 20:09:10
Sorry bud already a Project: Legion.  Check it out on the fan fic thread.  Forgotten Treasures has links to all past work plus the current continuation of the story.  Also a lot of Marauders work is featured as equipment and vehicles in the storyline.
Well then here's to hoping the next Project of his continues to have inspirational elements.
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: marauder648 on 24 January 2021, 02:03:20
I'll give you the title name - Era Report - Wars of Grievance.
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: Dragon Cat on 24 January 2021, 02:34:23
These look good
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: namar13766 on 24 January 2021, 08:16:09
I'll give you the title name - Era Report - Wars of Grievance.

Sounds like you're combining both the OTL Refusal War and the Wars of Reaving by my guess.
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: Kerfuffin(925) on 24 January 2021, 16:43:11
The Festivus Wars
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: Terminax on 24 January 2021, 20:14:19
More good looking stuff. I like your spin on things with your other projects, paying a bit more attention to filling out holes while making a reasonable case. It's not canon sure, but it still feels like Battletech and not silliness.
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: truetanker on 25 January 2021, 09:34:47
That third pic looks like a Trooper in the 55-ton weight.

Me likey!

TT
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: marauder648 on 25 January 2021, 14:30:55
well seeing as there's broad support for these.

(https://i.imgur.com/GdHnCTh.jpg)

Would you like to know more?

Drawn by the amazing Matt Plog.
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: Maingunnery on 25 January 2021, 15:12:56
Well that is a very nicely detailed head.
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: marauder648 on 25 January 2021, 15:44:30
Well that is a very nicely detailed head.

Well it is a TotemMech so its to be expected.
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: Terminax on 25 January 2021, 16:17:57
That is some sweet art! Looking forward to seeing the whole package.
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: marauder648 on 27 January 2021, 07:42:35
Location - Chainelane Isles
Date - October 3058

Major Henderson grunted as his Stalker shook as another laser beam cut across his Mech’s torso, the 85-ton Mech rocking back on its heels slightly. ‘This raid’s gone to shit’ He thought, and he wasn’t wrong.
Under the guise of a raid by ‘Mercenaries’, elements of the 2nd Crucis Lancers were hitting deep behind the lines, striking at the Diamond Shark’s OZ in the Chainelane Isles. On Rondane there was a factory that was a prime target, but they’d not counted on there being two Clan’s forces on world. The Sharks were a known factor, but the Ice Hellions? Intel about them was limited and even as the 2nd’s DropShips had landed the Hellions were advancing on them in force and at very high speed.

Recon had marked their Mech’s down as mostly light and medium weight but there was a few that the War book refused to ID and a handful of larger Mechs, again most were known, Loki’s, Thor’s and the odd Man-o-War as well as a pair of unknowns that the War book tagged as an unknown assault weight Mech.

Expecting the Clanners to engage them in a head on clash the 2nd was still offloading its tanks and had deployed two Company’s forward to take the shock of the attack and let the 2nd fully deploy.

“Major! They’re swarming all over us! They’re not fighting like Clanners, they’re teaming up and ripping us apart! Sara on your right!!” The signal had been cut off by the sound of weapons fire then a scream followed by static, and that was the last transmission from the vanguard force.

The Hellions were sure as hell NOT fighting like Clanners, yes their Mechs were small and landing a heavy hit on one could be fatal, but they refused to close the range, dancing around at extreme range, using their longer ranged weapons to gnaw the 2nd’s Mech’s and tanks to bits. Often a single Mech or tank would be engaged by anywhere up to four Mech’s, breaking off from the darting pack of Hellion Mechs, zipping into range before dancing out again, beyond any realistic fire. Only LRM’s and light autocannons were able to effectively reach them, and the few Mech’s equipped with weapons that had been rediscovered by the Helm Memory Core.

“LRM Ammunition supply at 10%”
Major Henderson’s ‘Bitching Betty’ politely reminded him as he volleyed of another twenty missiles at a white and blue striped Mech that fired back with its ER Large Laser, moving faster than a Medium Mech had any right to do.

“Major! Hostile air approaching from 044, heading towards the DropShips!”
“Keep firing! Bring the bastards down!”
“Got one!”
“Captain, armour’s wearing thin!”

The comm’s channel was a confused babble of voices, and then there was swearing and shouts of alarm as the Hellion force wheeled about almost as one and charged, closing the distance shockingly fast.
Major Henderson didn’t have time to give orders, with the Hellions flowing around his Battalion, cutting them off from the DropShips and swarming his command, each Mech was fighting its own battle, cut off from its comrades by the swarming Hellion’s. Yelling commands into his mic, Major Henderson didn’t even see Star Colonel Zara Drake’s Apex storming towards him at over 130kph, the Stalker was starting to swing around but it was far too late as the Clan Mech’s weapons tore into the Stalker’s already battered rear armour and detonated its SRM ammo, shattering the Mech in a tooth rattling explosion.

The raid had come at the worst possible time, the Diamond Sharks were trading Mech’s from their facilities on Rondane to other Clans, and the Ice Hellions had deployed elements of Alpha Galaxy to secure their trade and bring them back to the Homeworlds. When the ‘Mercenaries’ had landed the Hellions had demanded the right to defend their equipment and had moved out to engage what they saw as little more than Dezgra Pirates. The losses for the 2nd Crucis Lancer’s Reinforced 3rd Battalion were total, three DropShips were also captured and the rest destroyed by the furious and eager Ice Hellions.

Frenzy OmniMech

(https://i.imgur.com/Lz4WDyn.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/5ci1O3v.jpg)

Apex Totem Mech

(https://i.imgur.com/GdHnCTh.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/ei7t3l6.jpg)

Bobcat OmniMech

(https://i.imgur.com/fZlFcew.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/LUjW7kv.jpg)

One more should be added soon when Matt finishes it, thoughts and comments are always welcome and yes, the Apex's speed IS correct.
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: Dragon Cat on 27 January 2021, 08:46:05
I like them thanks for putting up both camo and non camo makes it easier to see details
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: marauder648 on 27 January 2021, 09:01:53
I like them thanks for putting up both camo and non camo makes it easier to see details

Yeah it turns out that disruptive patern camo does its job :D the Hellion one especially, it looks like dazzle paint even though it would be blueish grey stripes on a slightly off white main body. But in black and white it works like dazzle camo!
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: namar13766 on 27 January 2021, 09:30:42
2 things.

1. Is the Apex an Omnimech or a regular Mech?

2. So what's the ETA on finishing the second sketch in the OP?
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: marauder648 on 27 January 2021, 09:31:45
2 things.

1. Is the Apex an Omnimech or a regular Mech?

2. So what's the ETA on finishing the second sketch in the OP?

1 - Its a regular Mech, it seems that as a whole the Clan totem designs are standard Mechs and not modular so that's what I went with

2 - The Vendetta should be done within a day or so :)
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: Phobos on 27 January 2021, 14:50:29
Holy Jeebus, these look great! Art-wise, but also in terms of the ideas behind them  :)
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: marauder648 on 28 January 2021, 00:09:51
And here's the Vendetta OmniMech

(https://i.imgur.com/krnYPMf.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/tejaa41.jpg)

All done by the amazing Matt Plog, the Vendetta is a 55 tonner. Whilst not too fast by Ice Hellion standards, the Vendetta is still capable of short bursts of very high speed. It's also heavily armed and capable of engaging targets at all ranges. Unfortunately its interior, much like the Frenzy and Apex are cramped nightmares to work on and whilst the Vendette can carry a considerable tonnage of weapons, its tight confines means it can't carry large weapons easily.
Despite these drawbacks, the Vendetta is loved by Warriors, even if the Technician's hate the finicky 'Hangar Queens'.
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: Gaiiten on 28 January 2021, 10:16:35
 :thumbsup:

Very nice.
Has the Vendetta somewhat inspired by the Assassin Battlemech?
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: marauder648 on 28 January 2021, 10:20:57
:thumbsup:

Very nice.
Has the Vendetta somewhat inspired by the Assassin Battlemech?

I can see how you'd say that :D And looking at it I can see it too! Another friend said it looks like its got bits of an OST design in there. The original brief was

Perhaps based in part on the - https://cfw.sarna.net/wiki/images/6/65/Exterminator_Caine_XTROGunslingers.png?timestamp=20180115002535 But with a bulked up torso to try and fit the weapons, as well as more hard, angular edges to it instead of the smooth curves of the Exterminator. Both hands have fists and I'd assume the main weapons in the arm would be mounted under the forearm and the ER small's would be on the side.


But with Matt I trust him implicitly, and he's always interpreted my gibbering and braying into something like what I want :D
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: Kasaga on 28 January 2021, 16:05:08
Always love the work you bring to the community with your projects. 
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: Gaiiten on 29 January 2021, 07:53:12
If you are interested in, I could help you with the flufftext.

I can see how you'd say that :D And looking at it I can see it too! Another friend said it looks like its got bits of an OST design in there. The original brief was

Perhaps based in part on the - https://cfw.sarna.net/wiki/images/6/65/Exterminator_Caine_XTROGunslingers.png?timestamp=20180115002535 But with a bulked up torso to try and fit the weapons, as well as more hard, angular edges to it instead of the smooth curves of the Exterminator. Both hands have fists and I'd assume the main weapons in the arm would be mounted under the forearm and the ER small's would be on the side.


But with Matt I trust him implicitly, and he's always interpreted my gibbering and braying into something like what I want :D
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: IAMCLANWOLF on 10 February 2021, 17:26:40
Wow... just amazing. Plog's linework is just brilliant.  :drool:
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: marauder648 on 09 March 2021, 13:22:46
A WIP of a Hellion Elemental in standard armour

(https://i.imgur.com/Z6NSyhO.jpg)

The Hellions rarely made use of standard infantry formations and often it was solhama personnel who would be equipped with little more than a rifle and a few grenades, or used as security forces. Due to their lower number of Elementals, they were not used in a heavy infantry role, instead they'd form part of a Khan's honour guard when visiting facilities or locations where Elemental suits were simply too impractical.
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: Kasaga on 09 March 2021, 16:52:01
Love your work brother keep going.
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: marauder648 on 19 April 2021, 14:19:15
Sir,

It appears that the Jaguars have reactivated Subsidiary Site 04/D on Huntress to produce the quadruped testbed they had once made there. I know that the Jaguar's are desperate for Mechs following Tukayyid and have been unable to strong-arm other Clans in Trials, this attempt to increase their industrial output is notable, as is their Merchants trading as aggressively as possible for any resources as they attempt to rebuild their battered touman.

We have also seen an increase in production at Production Plant DL-6 and have some initial images of a Mech that appears to be based on the Ebon Jaguar, but it appears heavier and clearly incorporates parts from the Warhawk such as its left arm assembly and a modified version of its leg actuators. More data on both is to follow.


(https://i.imgur.com/YjWj23Z.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/ZPtyrqk.jpg)

Drawn by the amazing Matt Plog.
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: Maingunnery on 19 April 2021, 14:22:39
That quadruped testbed appears to be cute.  ;)
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: marauder648 on 19 April 2021, 14:34:51
That quadruped testbed appears to be cute.  ;)

A friend of mine gave it it's IS name Corgi :D
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: Dragon Cat on 19 April 2021, 14:52:47
The quad looks like one of those mini dog breeds

The otherone reminds me of something too
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: Kerfuffin(925) on 19 April 2021, 18:32:00
A friend of mine gave it it's IS name Corgi :D

As soon as I saw the squat ness that is the mech I thought Corgi too. Very cool
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: David CGB on 19 April 2021, 20:12:11
would love to know more about them both!!!!
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: marauder648 on 20 April 2021, 02:33:43
Merchant Factor Kara (Barbaro)

I must report good news! The transition from an orbital mobile factory to a ground-based one on Rondane has been a success and the facility is operational and now fully staffed. Although there have been quality control issues, it seems the locals are more than happy to work for us, and this bodes well for the rest of our Occupation Zone and future expansion plans.

Of course we must still import weapons systems, and the electronics, but these issues can be overcome and at the moment most of our trade is going into the Inner Sphere and if we have to deliver units to the Homeworlds, we can merge them with their weapons and electronics there. Production is now underway albeit at a lower rate whilst we work out all the kinks and ensure the factory personnel are up to standards.

By any standards these are quite simple machines, but they are more than capable of serving in defensive roles in PCGs which are being stripped bare by the Invading Clans to rebuild their frontline forces, so we can expect many successful Trades.

Please find attached a projected cost/benefit analysis as well as our planned production schedule and expansion plans.

(https://i.imgur.com/G5kEimN.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/prde71k.jpg)
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: marauder648 on 20 April 2021, 09:27:20
Attention. This is an MRBC Update.

Forces raiding into Clan Nova Cat or Smoke Jaguar territory need to be aware of a potential new threat, it seems the Clanners are repurposing salvaged Mechs for defensive formations. Elements of Redaxes' Rampagers encountered what initially appeared to be 'friendly' resistance forces in the form of a pair of Panthers but both Mech's opened fire on the Rampagers, downing a Valkyrie and Cicadia before disengaging, both Mechs were unresponsive to hails and allowed the Rampager scouts to get close before engaging.

The Cicadia was engaged at longer range than would be expected as it ran, and it appears the PPC of these Mechs' has been replaced with a Clan large laser, and there are additional missile ports which are the main identifiers, if any of these machines are salvaged please see the below links for good prices on any materials recovered.

(https://i.imgur.com/6hmbhc3.jpg)


Drawn by the amazing Matt Plog.

Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: Maingunnery on 20 April 2021, 10:55:07

Great previews! Does that blackjack IIC have LBX5s & ERMLs?
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: marauder648 on 20 April 2021, 11:32:00
Great previews! Does that blackjack IIC have LBX5s & ERMLs?

LB-2's and ERML's yes, there's no advanced equipment or materials used in its construction and its gained 5-tons of weight, this WIP is also missing the 4 MG's its meant to have and its got thicker armour than its cousins.
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: marauder648 on 22 April 2021, 05:48:01
Khan Djerassi

I wish to report success in our latest Trial against Clan Burrock we obtained the two Stars of Mechs they had produced and I think they will look far better in Scorpion colours. Once landed they will of course be presented for your inspection.

Star Colonel Tara Elam

(https://i.imgur.com/RgRgIzV.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/4Cm7Drh.jpg)



Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: Maingunnery on 22 April 2021, 11:14:28

Good looking  :thumbsup:

Question: is the Hyperion a pocket-assault 'Mech?
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: marauder648 on 22 April 2021, 12:36:36
Good looking  :thumbsup:

Question: is the Hyperion a pocket-assault 'Mech?

No he's not, he's a full on assault. The Sabretooth however.....
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: marauder648 on 04 May 2021, 11:03:21
(https://i.imgur.com/Y7RmOQR.jpg)

A wee update to the Hyperion to make its arms make sense!
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: marauder648 on 14 May 2021, 09:58:59
(https://i.imgur.com/6SGBHBo.jpg)

Manul OmniMech.

Developed in the 3040's as a prototype design that could have replaced the Mist Lynx aka Koshi, the Manul, named after a small predatory Terran cat was a rare foray by Clan Smoke Jaguar into quad mech design. Although it couldn't jump, the Mech could run slightly faster than the Mist Lynx, the 20-ton quad didn't proceed beyond the prototype stage and lost out to the Arctic Cheetah aka Hankyu as the replacement for the Mist Lynx.

Largely forgotten at the time of REVIVAL, the Manul would see a second lease of life in the aftermath of the battles of Tukayyid and Luthien which saw the Smoke Jaguar's touman greatly reduced following heavy casualties. With Khan Lincoln Osis in a coma, Khan Brandon Howell turned his efforts to rebuilding the shattered touman, and one of the mech's that he turned to was a dusty prototype quad-mech that was able to start production now.

The Smoke Jaguar's usually took what they needed off other Clans in Trials, and lacked the industrial capacity to build many Mechs, but the Manul was ready to go and quickly authorised for production.
Although it took time to get use to the Manul's curious and lolloping gait, especially when at full speed, Warriors came to approve of the little Mech that had a big bite.

Both Clan Warriors and Inner Sphere forces also referred to the Mech by its unofficial name of Corgi.

Drawn by Matt Plog., yes stats are coming but they'll be in a fan publication, thoughts and comments are always welcome! (and yes that is a Corgi with a gun as its nose art)
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: namar13766 on 14 May 2021, 15:52:41
Neat. How's the final draft for Era Report Wars of Grievance looking?
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: marauder648 on 14 May 2021, 16:04:00
Neat. How's the final draft for Era Report Wars of Grievance looking?

Coming along, the various addons and bits are done and being proofed, the main body is about 50% ish done
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: Dragon Cat on 14 May 2021, 16:43:21
I actually hate the Mongrel... I mean Manul.  I have no excuse other than its a horrible looking mutt and when I see its name I think of MANUEL from faulty towers...

OH Nova Cats have Panthers cool
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: namar13766 on 14 May 2021, 20:19:57
Coming along, the various addons and bits are done and being proofed, the main body is about 50% ish done
Best of luck!

Will there be any combat vehicles, BAs, ASFs, Dropships, Small Craft, or Warships in it?
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: marauder648 on 14 May 2021, 23:11:31
I actually hate the Mongrel... I mean Manul.  I have no excuse other than its a horrible looking mutt and when I see its name I think of MANUEL from faulty towers...

OH Nova Cats have Panthers cool

Well...speaking of that...

(https://i.imgur.com/uYh0nL7.jpg)

Panther C/IIC

Desperate for any Mech's to use following the disastrous losses at Luthien and Tukayyid, Clan Smoke Jaguar and Clan Nova Cat took an unusual step of reconditioning salvaged Inner Sphere Mechs. As their shared OZ was in the Draconis Combine, one of the most common Mechs salvaged was the Panther and there was enough wrecked Mechs to rebuild them quickly.

The Smoke Jaguar's was the crudest, replacing the PPC and SRM-4 with an ER Large Laser and a SRM-6 and adding standard heatsiinks from captured stockpiles for a 'quick and dirty' solution to get Mechs as quickly as they could.
Clan Nova Cat's conversion was more extensive, using the same weapons, they instead scoured mechs like the rather common Firestarter of their engines and installed those instead, using captured Inner Sphere double heatsinks for cooling.

Whilst far from popular with the Warriors who were assigned them, a Mech was still a Mech and during raids into Smoke Jaguar or Nova Cat territory these recondiitioned machines proved to be an unexpected and nasty surprise for Mercenary or House forces raiding over the border.
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: Maingunnery on 15 May 2021, 04:02:15
Did CSJ do something with the remaining 1/2 ton?
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: marauder648 on 15 May 2021, 05:19:41
Did CSJ do something with the remaining 1/2 ton?

Little bit of extra armour.
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: truetanker on 16 May 2021, 16:03:19
I like the Panther-C/IIC, but I thought the -12A was Clan Nova Cat / SLDF(2) upgrade?

( TT )
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: marauder648 on 17 May 2021, 12:51:02
Sabretooth Heavy OmniMech.

The assault weighted Clusters of Clan Smoke Jaguar were horrifically effective but they were comprised of some of the most resource intensive Mechs ever made. And following the losses at Tukayyid and Luthien the Jaguars were very hard pressed to replace these losses owing to their rather limted industrial base. Long use to simply taking what they needed from other Clans in Trials, the Jaguar's now lacked the capacity to do so.

Khan Brandon Howell ordered that his Scientists and Technicians work to produce a cheaper stopgap design with any materials they had to hand. The result was a heavily reworked Ebon Jaguar (Cauldron Born) that had its skeleton reinforced to push it up to 75 tons whilst also incorperating parts from the Warhawk as well as other large Mechs. Slower than most Clan Heavy Mechs' the new design called the Sabretooth traded speed for firepower and served ably as a 'pocket assault' Mech.
Upon his recovery, Khan Lincoln Osis approved of the Mech and kept it into production with the factory producing the Mechs' later being claimed by Clan Goliath Scorpion.

(https://i.imgur.com/iYWJQLT.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/YPrDO3J.jpg)

Drawn by Matt Plog, as always thought and comments are most welcome!






Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: Kasaga on 17 May 2021, 17:46:09
Simply amazing as usual.  Can't wait to see the final product!!!
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: Kerfuffin(925) on 17 May 2021, 21:48:41
i do enjoy seeing such wonderful FArt
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: Takiro on 20 May 2021, 05:04:42
Looking good marauder648!
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: beachhead1985 on 20 May 2021, 18:56:13
This looks great!
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: Phobos on 21 May 2021, 10:51:58
@Marauder648: Looking really good!! I noticed that Matt has uploaded the other pictures as well. Any chance you can do the same here too?  8)
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: marauder648 on 14 July 2021, 08:31:59
A little teaser for ya'll, one of the Mechs and an example of the fluff, I'd like to introduce the Lucanus Heavy Mech and i'd appreciate any feedback, especially on the writing.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1agR37HBE-YlyQLvF7S6d4ggAQsIsw4AM/view?usp=sharing

Art by Matt Plog, writing by me.
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: namar13766 on 14 July 2021, 10:36:54
I don't know why, but I keep seeing a resemblance one of the QuadVees you made.
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: marauder648 on 14 July 2021, 10:55:06
I don't know why, but I keep seeing a resemblance one of the QuadVees you made.

its the floating body design, we wanted to keep that look and feel to make it look more insectoid without being too extra.
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Post by: Sharpnel on 14 July 2021, 11:05:28
After doing a search on 'Lucanus' I now know why the artwork freaks me just a wee bit.
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Post by: Maingunnery on 14 July 2021, 11:42:04
its the floating body design, we wanted to keep that look and feel to make it look more insectoid without being too extra.
It looks very good and it has a bit of a 'War of the Worlds' vibe, so it could qualify for the distracting quirk.
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Post by: marauder648 on 14 July 2021, 12:07:29
Also introducing the Manul aka the Pallas Cat, or as it was quickly named by my friends the Corgi, hence it being given that name by the Inner Sphere

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1flGPostdPkPX1ZTOxMqLLlIo8ZKoIjqG/view?usp=sharing
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Post by: Takiro on 14 July 2021, 13:17:05
Nice stuff!
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Post by: Dragon Cat on 14 July 2021, 18:04:19
Corgi is a nice name for it, little ankle biter Mech
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Post by: marauder648 on 15 July 2021, 04:02:00
And last but not least for now, the Ice Hellion made and designed Light Mech, and note that this thing in the AU its in, enters service in the late 3040's. (And the Supercharger that they have is a slightly different one, at least until its perfected in the 3060s and yes there will be optional rules for it!)

So meet the Frenzy

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xytfWEvmNGmCcwK-zOOrApHPePHXlo0w/view?usp=sharing

Art by Matt Plog, fluff by me, and as always thoughts are most welcone and encouraged!
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Post by: Dragon Cat on 15 July 2021, 05:00:09
I like it reminds me of a Firestarter IIC for some reason

I like the configurations
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Post by: namar13766 on 15 July 2021, 10:50:39
(And the Supercharger that they have is a slightly different one, at least until its perfected in the 3060s and yes there will be optional rules for it!)

I have to admit I honestly didn't realize the difference until I looked up the rules for a supercharger. A 2.5x increase vs a 2.25% really shows the difference with faster units.
Title: Re: Intelligence report from Hector (Art WIP)
Post by: marauder648 on 21 July 2021, 00:53:02
(https://i.imgur.com/qRkCvJD.jpg)

The old art for the Ice Hellion species NEEDED re-doing. The poor thing looked like it was some minced beef put on a potato, rolled in hair from the floor of a barbers and then put in the mircrowave for 30 minutes. It also does not help that the fluff for it is very contradictory, some sources say its a flightless bird;

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The flightless Ice Hellion birds

whereas this thing - https://www.sarna.net/wiki/Ice_Hellion_(species) is anything but a flightless bird and is more a therapod like dinosaur that's trying to be 'extra'. And then there's the Hellions symbol which looks more like a secretary bird, and there's also art for Ice Hellion units depicting a tusked but squat and fat quadrupedal thing with a beak and tusks. So there's zero consistency.

So with this in mind I contacted Matt Plog about doing a take on the Ice Hellion, we kept the same kinda 'raptor' esque shape (and size, the Veloceraptor of Jurrasic Park fame was only really about the size of a turkey, the Ice Hellion's 40cm tall) but instead of it running on two legs it can move as either a biped or quadruped (which is needed for running on snow and ice) as well as eliminating any raptor like killing claws on the feet. Instead we made the Ice Hellion all about the bite.

I'm sure folks have seen that vid of the Aligator Snapping Turtle biting down on a water melon - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgSurkfqXuI and here its the same, I asked him to model the head somewhat after a Snapper's but the 'problem' is that in all the art, Ice Hellions have these rather pronounced tusks that would get in the way of any bite. So in the fluff write up where i've headcanon expaned on them, the Ice Hellion has a very wide gape when it bites something, and here the tusks are useful because they dig in and gouge whatever they're biting, in addition to the beak acting like some organic bolt cutters.

Add lots of floof because Hector's damn cold, cold weather adaptions like the broad, padded and furry feet to act as snow shoes (not without precident, Canadian Lynx's have something similar) and I think we're a bit closer to something that works better as an animal rather than the hair covered burger potato. Oh and he put in a bit of sexual diamorphism, the female's the one on the right and she's a bit bigger than the males.

Any feedback is most welcome!

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Post by: Takiro on 21 July 2021, 04:31:20
Wow, very nice Marauder!

Great work by you and Plog to flesh out this Clan totem animal.
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Post by: Dragon Cat on 21 July 2021, 04:42:51
I like that looks great
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Post by: marauder648 on 22 July 2021, 22:15:17
(https://i.imgur.com/FH6kxP9.jpg)

Drawn by Matt Plog this is a page from an upcoming fannon project i've been working on. Its showing three different scenes from major parts of it. Including the Khan of Clan Burrock having one of those *record scratch...Freeze frame* "yep that's me you're probably wondering..." moments. Lets just say it does not end well for him or his Clan.
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Post by: Alzer on 22 July 2021, 22:17:21
Speaking of dynamic and well done.  Fantastic work!
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Post by: Maingunnery on 23 July 2021, 00:54:16
Just spectacular!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: BATTLEMASTER on 23 July 2021, 09:18:43
That ice hellion is now a part of my headcanon.  I'm happy you had that made :)
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Post by: marauder648 on 25 July 2021, 00:22:28
and this is the last bit of art for this project

(https://i.imgur.com/OnI8ZIH.jpg)

The death of a legend, the price of dishonour and a Steel Viper's last charge.
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Post by: Takiro on 25 July 2021, 13:42:35
Interesting, can't wait to hear the story behind the picture.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Schwerpunkt Prinzip on 25 July 2021, 20:23:53
(https://i.imgur.com/qRkCvJD.jpg)

The old art for the Ice Hellion species NEEDED re-doing. The poor thing looked like it was some minced beef put on a potato, rolled in hair from the floor of a barbers and then put in the mircrowave for 30 minutes.

YES!  :D
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Post by: marauder648 on 26 July 2021, 12:01:00
Interesting, can't wait to hear the story behind the picture.  :thumbsup:

Stories :D Its 3 different events :D
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Post by: BATTLEMASTER on 27 July 2021, 13:52:34
So I'm seeing a Dire Wolf Widowmaker and an Executioner getting toasted, with a Battle Cobra Prime running past.  That's pretty action-packed - love it!  That Battle Cobra is just gorgeous!

I can't help but observe how much Matt Plog's art has improved over the years.  I can look at it forever :)  Now you just need a colorist!
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Post by: marauder648 on 29 August 2021, 07:02:01
A lil teaser and WIP for ya'll

(https://i.imgur.com/SUYcWmU.jpg)
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Post by: namar13766 on 29 August 2021, 15:25:12
A Nova Cat, I presume? Nice.
...
I don't know why, but I'm getting a Kirin vibe from it. Which further reminds me about the Nova Cat Protomech.
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Post by: marauder648 on 16 September 2021, 03:36:28
Some more Nova Cat updates

(https://i.imgur.com/lAbRoAB.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/wawP2S7.jpg)
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Post by: Takiro on 16 September 2021, 04:04:27
Nice!
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Post by: Dragon Cat on 16 September 2021, 04:30:25
I like it more than your initial version you can properly see the difference that makes it a "nova" I would not want to meet one of them that was in a bad mood
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Post by: marauder648 on 16 September 2021, 05:42:44
I like it more than your initial version you can properly see the difference that makes it a "nova" I would not want to meet one of them that was in a bad mood

Fortunately Nova Cats are not psychotically aggressive unlike Smoke Jaguars, and I'd assume that they'd more flash their quills and make a show as a 'back the hell off now!' display rather than just going "IMMA KILL YOU!"
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Post by: Kasaga on 17 September 2021, 06:34:24
I love it.  Awesome vision can't wait to see the rest of the project.
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Post by: DOC_Agren on 17 September 2021, 19:16:29
I missed the Ice Hellion, that is not something I want to find in the snow
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Post by: Elmoth on 18 September 2021, 03:19:03
Really nice material there!
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Post by: marauder648 on 18 September 2021, 03:36:24
I missed the Ice Hellion, that is not something I want to find in the snow

Its not really the one Ice Hellion you need to worry about, its the fact they come at you in packs up to 40 strong :p

Then again, in the Homeworlds jungles there's bigger things to be worried about....

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/670954230206693379/888481780380872775/SMOKEJAGUARskt.jpg)
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Post by: DOC_Agren on 18 September 2021, 08:25:42
Its not really the one Ice Hellion you need to worry about, its the fact they come at you in packs up to 40 strong :p
see I live in a place where, when I can see how they can become an annoyance..  and packs need like a SAW or better to keep a bay..

the others well
 
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Post by: Gaiiten on 18 September 2021, 11:06:19
Wonderful. It is getting better and better  :thumbsup:

Do you intend to introduce new illustrations for all Clan totem animals?
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Post by: Takiro on 19 September 2021, 16:33:43
Wonderful. It is getting better and better  :thumbsup:

Do you intend to introduce new illustrations for all Clan totem animals?

I hope so, some awesome fan work!
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Post by: marauder648 on 19 September 2021, 23:29:12
I'd like to get some re-done for sure, the next one will probably include the Hells Horse because to me, that thing makes NO sense other than the writers going "Oooh the Mares of Diomedes!" back in the 90's, because that's what the HH is clearly based on, the flesh eating horses of Greek myth that Hercules had to steal as one of his labours.

Also it makes no sense that you'd get a herbivore that could best be described as a couch with anxiety and reverse engineer it so much that you turn it into an omnivore but one who's main diet is meat.
So in my mind it would be easier to turn the Hells Horse from a spicey normal horse, into a horse like analogue that was native to Niles in the 1st place. And the Hells Horses symbol (that of a normal horse) is a stylized version of it rather than it being probably the hardest scientific experiment there is, think

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EhEvRj3WAAgvZIy.jpg)

rather than

(https://i.imgur.com/yWr8Px0.jpg)

but because it looks a bit weird instead the Hells horses stylized it.

The Jade falcon could use just higher fidelity art, because they didn't mess that up, its just a small picture of a bird, the Coyote and Wolf are...well they're Coyotes and Wolves, so nothing needed there. Its a matter of time and money, so...check out my gofundme :p Only kidding :D

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Post by: Wrangler on 20 September 2021, 06:32:06
Personally, i think the horses were modeled after Krull's Fire Mares (except for the flying part) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wJY4bd_M-w)

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Post by: marauder648 on 21 September 2021, 16:20:34
(https://i.imgur.com/ykie6YE.jpg)

The Nova Cat in all its glory. I hope you folks like it. Drawn by the AMAZING - https://twitter.com/FulemyArt who I can't recommend highly enough.
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Post by: Kasaga on 21 September 2021, 17:48:30
I love it.  I can't wait to see the others finished.
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Post by: Dragon Cat on 22 September 2021, 04:51:51
The finished article for the Nova Cat works quite well
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Post by: Takiro on 22 September 2021, 16:54:53
Nice, where can I see the article bud?
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Post by: marauder648 on 22 September 2021, 23:38:02
Nice, where can I see the article bud?

I think they meant the picture, the project which it is for is largely done in terms of fluff and is undergoing final polish and proofing before being put into a PDF :)
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Post by: Takiro on 23 September 2021, 19:25:03
I think they meant the picture, the project which it is for is largely done in terms of fluff and is undergoing final polish and proofing before being put into a PDF :)

I anxiously await this product!  ;)
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Post by: marauder648 on 24 September 2021, 06:59:40
(https://i.imgur.com/xMNfJKR.jpg)

A re-done and re-thought Smoke Jaguar. The fluff paints these animals as being almost psychotically aggressive and will kill things purely to kill them and even if they've eaten, they'll still kill stuff they come across. Indeed the Smoke Jaguar was designed to be an apex predator. So headcanoning, with this we leaned into that, whilst the scientists also worked in some flaws to stop them spreading too far.

They worked in the genes that make animals have extra muscle mass thanks to fiddling with their myostatin genes (like some of the bulls and cows you've no doubt seen pictures of where they're like freakishly muscled) to give them a LOT of power with their claws and jaws. But this was also designed to basically put a lot of strain on the animals body and its heart to cut down on their lifespan and would hopefully mean that a Smoke Jaguar will live for about 6 - 8 years at most. This didn't actually pan out.

The other thing they have that makes them different from their cannonical art is very short fur. They're jungle and sub-tropical jungle hunters, their bodies don't store much fat and their fur's more akin to a greyhounds, it does not keep heat in. So the Smoke Jaguar is genetically limited to the areas it can roam and expand to as they suffer very badly in cold temperatures.

The result is a rather different animal from the canon one but one I think captures the feel and power of the Smoke Jaguar and thoughts and comments are always welcome.
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Post by: Gaiiten on 24 September 2021, 08:05:17
Great !  :thumbsup:
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Post by: marauder648 on 24 September 2021, 10:33:34
(https://i.imgur.com/KD6Y6KM.jpg)

Formerly the CMS Pollux the last surviving Ocean Class heavy cruiser along with her sistership the CMS Castor were primary elements of Clan Mongoose's naval reserve prior to the absorption of the Clan. The Ocean class was built as a challenger for the SLDF's next heavy cruiser program, and although the Luxor class won this program, the SLDF still ordered two of the class. The Lyran Commonwealth, to support the ships designers and builders also ordered 20 and would use them as their mainline heavy cruiser.

Massing 850,000 tons the Ocean class was a large, capable WarShip and the two SLDF ships the Atlantic and Pacific were used extensively as trials and training ships where they often formed the core of the OPFOR of a naval exercise.

Departing with EXODUS these cruisers along with the battleship Quicksilver Mongoose were the largest WarShips in service with Clan Mongoose, and all three fought at the battle of Circe. Here the Castor suffered crippling damage and was abandoned by her crew prior to her bow magazines detonating, and the Pollux was forced to surrender when challenged by the Smoke Jaguar's Texas class battleship and her escort group.

Following the Absorption of Clan Mongoose, the Pollux was renamed and taken into service by Clan Smoke Jaguar, but she was seen as a 'tainted' ship due to her history with the Mongooses and as soon as the CSJ Scharnhorst was commissioned, the ship was mothballed over Huntress.
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Post by: Takiro on 24 September 2021, 13:31:45
Wow!!
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Post by: Kasaga on 24 September 2021, 16:16:31
oh man, I love the Smoke Jaguar and the Ocean
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Post by: Wrangler on 24 September 2021, 19:34:20
What book is that going into?
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Post by: marauder648 on 09 October 2021, 04:26:36
What book is that going into?

The one i'm working on now, the good news is that its writing is finished and its undergoing the final proof reading etc before being made into a PDF :)
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Post by: truetanker on 11 October 2021, 18:19:22
She looks abit Hammerheaded... I likey!

Tt
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Post by: Ice Hellion on 16 October 2021, 00:29:35
So the Smoke Jaguar is genetically limited to the areas it can roam and expand to as they suffer very badly in cold temperatures.

They will suffer against the Ice Hellions  >:D
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Post by: marauder648 on 20 October 2021, 10:34:14
In good news, the proof reading is nearly done for the last part of The Wars of Grievance, once that's done and PDFed up and stitched together, i'll put links out for it and its Record sheets to be downloaded :)
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Post by: Kasaga on 20 October 2021, 20:37:16
In good news, the proof reading is nearly done for the last part of The Wars of Grievance, once that's done and PDFed up and stitched together, i'll put links out for it and its Record sheets to be downloaded :)

Marauder stopped letting me proof read because I keep editing out the word.  "Whilst"
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Post by: Takiro on 20 October 2021, 20:52:30
In good news, the proof reading is nearly done for the last part of The Wars of Grievance, once that's done and PDFed up and stitched together, i'll put links out for it and its Record sheets to be downloaded :)

Awesome!
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Post by: BATTLEMASTER on 20 October 2021, 21:16:20
The smoke jaguar is awesome!  I never realized how well Matt Plog drew animals.  That nova cat is neat too - are they fluffed to have a color-changing mane?  Or is that just a headcanon thing?
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Post by: marauder648 on 21 October 2021, 01:18:45
The smoke jaguar is awesome!  I never realized how well Matt Plog drew animals.  That nova cat is neat too - are they fluffed to have a color-changing mane?  Or is that just a headcanon thing?

It seems the original cannonical one had just coloured quills that it could stick up in a threat display, and we was gonna go with that but the artist was like "What if its biochemical?" and I was like "YES!"