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Charge of the Manticores by Colourbrand Charge of the Manticores by Colourbrand
I like the Battletech world but I am a lover of the vehicles and air machines.

I was introduced to the Battletech world when long before the internet existed, I had to make do with sci-fi from books (NEVER A BAD THING!!!) and one of those universes that took me away from reality was the Battletech Tech Manual 3025.

I loved most of the vehicles in that but of all of them, the ultimate darling to me is the Manticore.

Yes, its not a mech, yes its no match to them, and so forth, but it looks SO good, SO tank!

To me this vehicle just struck me as SO war machine. I love the LRM housing above the turret, the boxy shape.

Of course this is not like the drawing in the book, I just did a spin on it but retain all its lovely features.

So I whipped up this battle scene of Steiner owned (these tanks were mainly in Steiner and Kuritan armies) Manticores going on the offensive with a pair of LCF-R15 Lucifer Medium fighters giving air cover.

Enjoy!
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ShishBaobab Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student
COOL
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir :)
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Raoz-Spaz Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Saw this pic again for the first time in a while. Read your description again. Well, I found something funny about that. I took a pair of book 3025 Manticores (and another pair of tanks) into a battle against a book Atlas, Hammerhands, and a pair of Griffons. Fight didn't look very great at the start, but oh my god. The Manticores lead the charge like the beautiful beasts they are. First I had the Manticores focus on the Atlas while their backup was coming around the building (so both the At and the Hammer were focusing me back. I didnt know where there Griffs were) Before the back up showed up, the Manticores (albeit good rolls helped a wee bit) knocked out about 90% of the Atlas' external armor and then fragged its internals. Immediately afterwards they turned to start shooting at the Hammerhands and did really well against it. Their armor held strong and the reinforcements showed up to clean up the HH. The two Griffons flanked around as well and destroyed one of the Mants, turret locking the other. But it didnt matter. The damage was already too much and the nearly clean backup tanks (I think they were a Patton and a Rommel, my most favorite tank) pulled up with the damaged Manticore and cleaned up the griffs in a few seconds. Manticores are beats of a tank for a damn book tank. Start modding them a bit and they become so nasty pieces of machinery.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Manticore I think is a very cool machine and I am very glad it kills mechs nicely - so much for "kings of the battlefield".

Oh check out my gallery on non-mech battletech art - may inspire more nasty ideas ;)

Cheers muchly!
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Raoz-Spaz Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Indeed. The Manticore is a wonderful machine and I will continue to run it alongside most of my other vehicles that I commonly use.

And . . . TO THE GALLERY! XP

If more stories leak their way out of my adventures in TableTop, I will bring them to you.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Supes!! Canné wait to see :D!! Cheers sir - watch this space, more to come :D
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Raoz-Spaz Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Ahh yeah!
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Raoz-Spaz Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Just read the first line of your description and immediately I started laughing and joking. "So that is why I like this guy's art so much. He's just like me!" Lol. That may be part of it, but the art itself looks so freaking amazing. This included. You should do a piece using the Patton/Rommel or their Gurteltier big brother. Its a wonderful vehicle.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hhahhah Great minds think alike eh?

Hmm, well we'll see sir - cannot promise anything but thanks for reminding me of that pair of machines :D
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Raoz-Spaz Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Of course they do ^_^

And yeah. Your welcome for the reminder. Those pair of machines tends to be the most popular in my battletech group.
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keith123456789 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
HAIL STEINER
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeedie :D!!

Thank you sir :D
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BlueRadical Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
very nice tanks, love the colour scheme.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's House Steiner - and the Manticore is a quality tank - look her up :D

Cheers sir for popping by to comment :)
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DrOfDemonology Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Writer
Awesome scene indeed! Bloody well done! :clap:

I thankfully still have my copy of the BattleTech Technical Readout 3025 of course, printed waaayyy back in 1986! And it's still in damn good condition after all this time :D
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Best book from the franchise I think - love the matter of fact reasons for making these machines.

And mine is not bad either!!

Should check out my other tank pic "The Might of the Sturmfeurs"

Thank you for popping by :D
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DrOfDemonology Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Writer
I did, and left a comment and fave. And you replied ;)
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AH - touché!
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bigton Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012   Artist
beautiful friend :)
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir :)
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GermanPete Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
No match for a mech? Well... I'd give it a try! Perhaps not on a one-one engagement (superior mobility of the 'mech would rule the battlefield) but if you go by battle value the 'mech would definitely get trouble.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe so, but I just think these tanks are cool - one of the very few excellent designs they ever drew up.

In reality, the fast move of the turret I think could give mechs a hard time. Lets be honest, they have to move the entire machine - a tank just its turret - but I could be wrong.

Thank you very much for taking time out to visit :)
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GermanPete Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Tried it. Manticores ruled the battlefield. Well, part due to a seriously flawed tactical decision but after all they killed the mech without more than a dent in the armor.
Only problem is when the turret gets stuck. Then you face some hard times driving those 60t of lumbering steel vs an agile warmachine...
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ram them in the legs ;)

Thanks for vindicating my hopes on this magnificent machine!

Give me a tank ANYDAY!!
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brokencreation Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
duuuuude not half bad ^^
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah...has its moments :)

Thank you for popping by sir - an absolute pleasure!
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brokencreation Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no problemmo bud
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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screenscan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012   Interface Designer
haha (filing the pic under "landscape and scenery" gives almost the impression of a romantic painting; but then for you this very well may be :D)

hey color you are not the youngest, he?!? (coming to BT in 3025)
hehe i like this (some common fella)

to the pic:
i like the tanks
yet i think the landscape and the jets could use some more detailed and rougher textures , to make them appear more real
the explosion i like!

cheers pal
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I know, but that is the catagory they gave...and yer right, does seem ludicrous!

Prefer that era - it was more "cleaner"; you had your five powers, mercs, and the Periphery - and that was enough for me. Sides love the tanks more than the mechs.

Thanks for the tip, I will put that into my next attempt! Damn appreiated sir!

Thank you also for taking time out to visit and comment!
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screenscan Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012   Interface Designer
:)
cheers
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spoon074 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! Gorgeously Done!
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you young man - one tries :D
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spoon074 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are most welcome!
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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Axonn5 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Nice thats fricken BA man! }: ) Like the details and the explosions and has a nice taste of an background and the action2 it. And I like the tanks u made a lot and the jets. And the jets kinda got me there and they actually look like the UAV Recon Flying Drone European Faction from "Tom Clancy's EndWar" on the Xbox 360 or PS3. But nicely done there man! Keep up thee paste. }: )
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One will endeavour sir, so watch this space.

Glad you like all the madness in this! Hey meantime have a wee ganders around my gallery - may find something else that may float your boat :D

An absolute pleasure sir, thank you for taking time out to comment! :D
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Axonn5 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Np. XD
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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kiml42 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great picture.
It's interesting what you say about the difference between tanks and mechs. I agree that mechs are all interesting and flashy, but tanks may never be replaced as the staple of ground combat, as they are the simplest and most logical configuration for a weapons platform.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"as they are the simplest and most logical configuration for a weapons platform."

HEAR HEAR!!!!!!!

And thank you for all the kind words and visiting :D
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SarahSpencerArt Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh! Too cool! I love the explosion and the effects of the missiles and laser! You constantly impress me, friend!
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW! I try to push the boat my friend to see what comes to pass.

I am glad I impress - will continue to do so :D

Thank you for your lovely comments and visit HUGS!!
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Krigian Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
I noticed, you're probably the only one who draw the BT tank's. It's great! I hope, you continue in the future to draw more Battletech armoured vechicles : )

sorry for my english, hope you understand :/
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No worries!

My Russian is only Yah and Nyet! So you are doing way better than me :D

You bet I will, its the best part of the Battletech world!

Oh and watch this space :D

Thanks for commenting and visiting!
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screenscan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012   Interface Designer
[hope you know that
"Yah" in russian means "I"
while "Dah" means "Yes"

and "Yah" means "Yes" in german]

cheers pal :)
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DAMN!!! shows the ignorance of the UK! See? Your English is impecible compared to my meer drops of Russian!

Thank you sir :D
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screenscan Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012   Interface Designer
:)
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FirewaterSun Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Dude, this is great! Looks just like some of the ol' Battletech cover pics!
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now that is a helluva acolade!!

Cheers man! :D
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