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Commissioned: The McKenna by Colourbrand Commissioned: The McKenna by Colourbrand
This was a commission request by :iconsharlin: who wanted me to depict one of Battletech's fiercest warships: The McKenna Class Battleship.

Although many who are veterans of the Battletech world will bleat 'this is not the McKenna they know', you are right; it is based on (as requested by :iconsharlin:)  another re-design of this mighty vessel, but one done by uber-talent :iconshimmering-sword:

Work on it was straightforward until I added texture; it then took on a life of its own; I had no other real reference material, so I envisioned certain elements on a technical level, like the heat-sink arrays.

I was going to do a livery on the hull, but :iconsharlin: wanted her neat, with a nice backdrop; classic Union class Dropships escort this mighty beast, with whatever Aerospace Fighters in tow.

Must admit, it came out better than I expected :O!!

Comments and feedbacks are most welcome :)

Enjoy:D!!
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:iconfeuer6868:
feuer6868 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017
Perfectly I love it!
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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:iconrobcaswell:
RobCaswell Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016  Professional General Artist
Neat design. Crisp and functional. Reminds of something we might see in a Space:1999 reminagined.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooooooooooooooh!! What honourable words :D

Thank yo sir :D
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:iconbl-doom:
BL-Doom Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016
This. This is a proper McKenna! 1980's and early 90's drawings hold no sway anymore. I'm so glad Battletech is getting so much love now...
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think its just getting it - needs more work methinks - but hey, what do I know :)

Thank you very much for your kind words :D
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:iconbl-doom:
BL-Doom Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016
Oh goodness. Shimmering Sword already made it amazing and now this? Oh my!
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Shimmering-Sword is way out of my league - but thank you for the kind words :D
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:iconnirryc:
nirryc Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016   Digital Artist
Nicely done! I like how you focused on the lighting on the surface.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
More luck than judgement - but thank you for your great words :)

:salute:
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:iconnirryc:
nirryc Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016   Digital Artist
Oh well, the more you do it the more you get the hang of it. :) That's a fact.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very true kiddo, very true :D
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:iconartemsis:
Artemsis Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2016
I'm not very familiar with this series, so I looked up the designs of the original ship and I must say that this version is way better in my opinion! Great work!
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir - but I did not design this beastie - :iconshimmering-sword: did - I just enhanced a great design.

Thank you never the less :)
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:iconmariahsyn:
MariahSyn Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016
That's so cool! I've always wondered what one would look like outside the tech readout!
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir - yeah, them ships seldom get any love :)
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:icontyrranus:
Tyrranus Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016
I like it... a lot
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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:iconqseftjohn:
QseftJohn Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016
This is so much better than  art I see on the Battletech's wiki. The additional guns, missile pods, and radiators are a nice touch.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW!! What a great thing to say :D thank you :D
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:iconsharlin:
sharlin Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
This has come out AMAZING. Its just perfect :) Thank you so much!
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:bow: pleasure - and thank you for allowing it :D
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:iconbaronneutron:
BaronNeutron Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016
I need to brush up on my Battletech!
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No worries :D

Here ya go - site is a great pot of info on that universe, and if you want a good story on it, read :icondrofdemonology: Battletech books - they are great :D

www.sarna.net/wiki/McKenna_(Wa…

Thanks for popping over my friend :D
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:iconbaronneutron:
BaronNeutron Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
Sorry.  What I meant is I read several Battletech books as a kid, but I dont remember much.  I seem to recall they were written by the amazing Michael Stakepole, also the creator of my FAV Star Wars series, X-Wing!!!!!!
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah yes! Well most of the books were about mechs blasting the crap out of each other, and the royals of the Feuding Houses plotting against each other like Dynasty! :D

Warships never got a mention....
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alderfek Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016
Excellent !
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So's your  avatar :rofl:
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:iconalderfek:
alderfek Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
Thank you sir. I have switched that one out a few times but keep going back to it.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a quality one - and it makes me chuckle ;)

Excellent choice :D
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:icongat-x139:
GAT-X139 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016
It gave me a Star Wars feel to it
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cools! :D

Cheers my friend :D
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:iconwbyrd:
wbyrd Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016
Where do I get one..and how much :D

Oh never mind I probably can't afford one....I'm sill replacing mechs from my last game :D

seriously though great job, it looks like it belongs in the Mechwarrior setting :D
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She does and only a Successor State can afford one - unless you are ComStar of course ;)

www.sarna.net/wiki/McKenna_(Wa…

This will tell you all you need to know about her my friend :)

Thanks for popping by :D
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:iconwbyrd:
wbyrd Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
I probably couldn't afford the insurance rates either :D

I never got to play around with the Warship in B-tech. no one was interested in that segment of the game in my group. they were great for background info though :)
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhhhhhhhhhh fair enough; then again....

Cheers matey :D
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:iconrecklesscharge:
RecklessCharge Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I'm unfamilier with the ship, but I like its look, what are the nodules following it? Drones? 
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's okay - most folk are not either. :)

Here's a link to that universe.

www.sarna.net/wiki/McKenna_(Wa…

The spheres are transportation craft designed to drop off vehicles and battlemechs, hence their title of dropship.

The whole show is a mix of GUNDAM and Aliens - minus the exotic technology of GUNDAM, and the xenomorphs of Aliens.

Thank you amigos for popping by :D always welcome :D
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:iconrecklesscharge:
RecklessCharge Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Interesting! A feast for the imagination! If I could ever get a date system set up I'd probably end up making a Wiki for my own scifi stuff >3<
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now that will be worth a look :D

:thumbsup:
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:iconstargazzer811:
Stargazzer811 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016
I saw this on my notification page, and I didn't even have to click on it or look at the name to know that THIS is a McKenna class. :D

You sir, a freakin Awesome! I love the McKenna and I love this picture. And I'll be sure to thank ACS (Shimmering Sword) for his brilliant design. :thumbsup:
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What great words :D Thank you so much for such a great thing to say :D

Indulge sir - I insist :D

Do, do, and do!!
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:iconstargazzer811:
Stargazzer811 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016
You are most welcome! I shall. :D
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:iconalexanderdeath:
AlexanderDeath Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Our darling little Shar is cheating on Plog, is he? LoL. Awesome work Brand!
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:iconshimmering-sword:
Shimmering-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Cheated on me with Plog first lol :D
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:iconalexanderdeath:
AlexanderDeath Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn Shar! You are worse then I am about getting around, LoL
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:iconsharlin:
sharlin Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
Sir you do me a dishonour! Shaming my name like this! You cad and bounder!!! 

:D   And yeah this is amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing!
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:iconstargazzer811:
Stargazzer811 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
Dont worry Sharlin, I got to Colorbrand before anyone. How do you think he writes so well? ;)
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:iconalexanderdeath:
AlexanderDeath Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
LoLz! You can always take your chances and face me in the circle of equals with a trial of grievance... if you dare! But be warned, surrat - I am an undefeated warrior, and in line to be Sakhan of clan Wolf... to face me, is to court death! (Or having your mech blown out from under you at the very least)!

Between Shim, Plog, and now Brand, all you need to do is get Ridwan and you have courted, what I have begun to think of as "The 4 corners of art under 1 moon and sun!".... how very Shaolin!
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:iconsharlin:
sharlin Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016
Who's Ridwan?
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