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:bulletred::bulletred::bulletred: UPDATE: Something I had thought of right from the beginning, and which was suggested to me as well, I finally got around to doing; footprints were missing in the moon surface. I've also added some more movement related dust since it was a little faint on some people's screens.

So, sorry if you're having this in your inbox again, but given the work that went into it (creating a render of the feet, creating Photoshop brushes from those renders and then making the changes) I figured it's viable this time! Hope you don't mind. :bulletred::bulletred::bulletred:


Was - sort of - a request, but I've been thinking about another Battletech based image for quite some time. So, why not?

Losely based on the end sequence of the game MECH WARRIOR 2.

The two mechs shown here are a MadCat (also known as TimberWolf) and a Vulture (also known as MadDog). I am not that familiar about what clan had what designation for them, or what the Inner Sphere called them etc.; if someone wants to clarify that, by all means...

I'm also aware that Earth would look a little smaller seen from the moon and that the dimension of how the Milky Way appears is not quite right, but that's my artistic freedom. Deal with it. ;)

This verse has ended.

Our destiny is sealed to a once unthinkable fate.
It has guided us to our home on Terra.

Karensky has told us of this Eden
with a promise of deliverance.

We will defend it to our deaths.

Let the next verse begin...

    

COMPOSITION: The entire scene setup and render was done in Lightwave. The only postwork is the dust caused by the movements of the Mechs.

MESHES: MadCat by HawkHart, Vulture by Rendar & Earth by Fabio. Texture modifications on all items by me. Terrain, starfield & Milky Way galaxy are my work.


BattleTech & MechWarrior © 1984 FASA Corporation, © 2000 WizKids & © 2003 Topps. The MechWarrior computer game series © Activision & MicroProse. All Rights Reserved. All items are used under "fair use" guidelines.


ORIGINAL SIZE: ~1200x1500 + border.
    

Comments and critique welcome.

Thank you to *TreeClimber for checking it out and for the usual helpful input! ♥
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I used to read the "BattleTech" novels all the time so I am familiar with these Mech designs and the names are accurate. The scene here is very well done and is reminiscent of a NASA style photograph from the lunar landings with the near absence of color [Greys ,Black and White being the visible hue's then because of the limitations of that era's technology.The Mechs are superbly done and quite menacing to look at. The Lunar surface is spot on with the single exception that there's no Lunar dust being kicked up by the Mechs feet, machines as heavy as BattleMechs [approx 20 to 100 Tons] depending on model would certainly raise a dust cloud on the Talc like Lunar soil. As for the background the absence of stars is accurate [you didn't see stars with the old NASA video tape from the Lunar landings either]. The Milky Way Galaxy is a great touch and adds even more visual interest,that and it's even in Earths southern hemisphere so accuracy is spot on there as well although it is a bit more visible here than it would be with standard camera equipment. The Earth looks perfect with the exception of being much closer the the moon than it actually is, still though the effect is awesome and makes this image extremely eye catching. Overall? A stunning piece of Science Fiction art work.
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roundtower Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
* ¡Fantástico trabajo! Lo hemos destacado dentro de la carpeta "Featured nº 4 o Destacados nº 4" en Special-Groups. (Es la carpeta donde se exhiben los mejores trabajos del grupo).


* Fantastic work! Featured in Special-Groups in folder Featured nº 4. (Best works of the group).

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overseer Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the feature!
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roundtower Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A real plesure dear friend Overseer!:iconarjingleplz:



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xechon Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh hell, THAT mission... I saw the thumbnail of this from a distance and I immediately knew what scene you had drawn. :) Bravo!
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overseer Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I'm glad It got the composition right. Loved those games. Still do!
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xechon Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm seriously tempted to get an old emulator working and re-install those games now :)
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overseer Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Digital Artist
All you need is DOSBox to run MechWarrior 1, 2 and GBL. Mercenaries probably, too. Otherwise you'd need a virtual machine with Win98 or something like that. It's good fun! :)
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Kudos707 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Whoa...that's badass!
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overseer Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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Kudos707 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:D
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milovanf Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It looks incredible.
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overseer Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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milovanf Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure. I love you're artwork.
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streincorp Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! My first game when I was a child :dance:
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overseer Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you!

Hehe, nice. I remember when MechWarrior 1 came out. One of my first games on an IBM style PC was Monkey Island if memory serves. ;)
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WonderSparks Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's pretty awesome. B-)
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overseer Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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WonderSparks Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No probz :icontoocoolplz:
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Niedziak Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
Great models and landscape. But it's just a little too dark. I know this is on the moon, in space and it should be like that from the point of view of physics and what not, but for artistic purposes I would brightened dark side of the mechs (only and really a little).
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overseer Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks; and I can see your point, however, there is a light coming from the front. It's a 30-40% strong slight blue-ish light. Without that you wouldn't even be able to see the missile packs on the TimberWolf. If I'd make it any brighter than it is, it'd start looking unnatural.

I totally agree with the notion of artistic freedom, but in this case it needs to be based more on realism, because Earth's in the background and we know what it looks like on our moon. So, if it were any other sci-fi based scenario, believe me, I'd have done a lot more with light. But... aside from liking realism once in a while, I have the utmost respect for all the guys that went up there and for science, so... in this case, I let realism win.

Thanks again though for the comment! I really appreciate it.
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Niedziak Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
You're welcome.
It's my opinion and your art, so there's no problem.
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overseer Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012   Digital Artist
Well, I appreciate opinions. They do help! ;)
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Jburns272 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic work!

I used to really like the Mechwarrior games.

I'm sure you've been told this already but Timberwolf and Maddog are the clan names for the mechs and Madcat & Vulture are the Inner Sphere names.
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overseer Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012   Digital Artist
Yeah. I used to know this kinda stuff, but it's been a while. I should really dig out some of the novels (and play the games)... and, thank you!
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Jburns272 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem!
I understand what you mean. I mainly remember them because one of my friends used to get very annoyed if you call Clan mechs by their Inner Sphere names.
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overseer Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012   Digital Artist
Yeah I had friends like that. ;)
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Red-Lantern-2814 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I remember playing MechWarrior 2 and going through the lunar nav points. I played that game for a long time and have a fondness for all the MechaWarrior PC games. I remember it being some other moon and not Luna but this makes for a more dramatic and recognizable scene. Bravo.
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overseer Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012   Digital Artist
It's been a while since I played these games, however, the scene is losely based on the end credits, where you actually see our moon and Earth.

Thank you very much.
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ThE-WiTcHeR-99 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
now THIS makes me wanna play ALL the classic sci-fi games again... AWESOME!!! :D
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overseer Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012   Digital Artist
Why not?
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ThE-WiTcHeR-99 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed...
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1Wyrmshadow1 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
Mechwarrior2, Best Ambient Music EVER. I still have my old CD and I play it in my car.
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overseer Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012   Digital Artist
True, it was very good! Despite all the achievements, hardware improvements and possibilities, I still maintain they don't make games anymore the way they used to. They had to find ways around hardware limitation and still immerse the gamer. It's way too easy nowadays.
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cjankowski Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
very cool!
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overseer Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Totally adore it, the way the Timber Wolf blends into the background works too!
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overseer Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks. Lighting was difficult, seeing that light without atmosphere is somewhat unique (brighter). I'm glad it works!
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
It really does, don't worry and thanks for the explanation :) Makes totally sense, haven't thought about it before. You're welcome!
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Tyrranus Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
an excellent re-imagining of that classic gaming moment :D Pure Awesome Sauce!! :D
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overseer Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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cadwaladr Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Yup the names are right Madcat and Vulture were the inner sphere names for them Timber Wolf and Mad Dog is what the clans called them
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overseer Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks. Nice and clear! ;)
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TRAEMORE Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
They look like a previous version of the Catapult and the Jenner :) Very awesome piece!
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overseer Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks. I'm not sure which Mech designs came first, but in the games you had these two (MadCat/TimberWolf, Vulture/MadDog) together with Jenners and Catapults. So... :shrug:
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Aldark Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Terra awaits us, as it was written....."

mech warrior 2 is arguably one of the best games in existance. =D and certainly one of the MW games to get me the most involved. I have replaed it so many times.
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overseer Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012   Digital Artist
Yep, absolutely. MW2/GBL came out as a special edition for MS-DOS in the mid 90s (and also contained an early Windows version for 3.1/95). I was endlessly giddy to have bought it!

I have also replayed them many times, and the rendered video intros/end sequences were top notch at the time and I'm glad YouTube still provides them! I think I will definitely give them another go at some point.

Gameplay/story > graphics! Always.
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Aldark Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MW2s graphics still stand up to alot of games today in my opinion. I mean the intro where the timberwolf is hurrying along to help his buddy but they both get blown up by that warhammer.... I still get chills when I see it. It was awesome.
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overseer Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012   Digital Artist
Absolutely agreed!
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Ulquiorra9000 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Looks pretty epic :)
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overseer Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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