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Running the Blockade by Colourbrand Running the Blockade by Colourbrand
This is a commission requested by Centurion 13 [link] for a battle scene involved in the famed Battletech world.

The story involves a pair of dropships (Union Class) breaking a blockade held by a pair of Vincent Class Corvettes. To succeed, a squadron of two Machete and four Sounder Aerospace fighters engage them allowing the vunerable dropships to head to the world.

As one can see, its a heck of a battle.

It was a task but a pleasure - commissions makes one test themselves in their ability, the limits of creativity, and yield great new skills.

It is brilliant to do and a pleasure!

Thanks Centurion!!

For you tech heads, the Sounders and the Machetes are custom designs.

Like to hear your thoughts people!
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

"Tell Blake you're sorry when you see him!" Blam blam blam blam

 

I only wish the space combat in the BT novels had this level of energy and excitement... but in those stories, WarShips just kept on getting punked by boarding parties or turncoat officers seizing control at the worst possible moment.:no: The turncoats were signposted before they go bad by the writers describing them as 'having the eyes of a killer' and similarly subtle cues.:puke:

 

This kind of action image makes me want to get a copy of that game and start blowing things up...

 

 

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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"I only wish the space combat in the BT novels had this level of energy and excitement... but in those stories, WarShips just kept on getting punked by boarding parties or turncoat officers seizing control at the worst possible moment. The turncoats were signposted before they go bad by the writers describing them as 'having the eyes of a killer' and similarly subtle cues."

Oh F***ing hell....HAHAHAH sorry reading this has made me laugh and wince; sounds like a plot to real iffy story writing; Uber warship enters an area "about to target shit Captain" cue the mutinous crewmember! LMAO!! PMSL!!! :D

Hey, if I can get you to go back and blow up shit - SUPERB :D

Thanks sir - and cheers for the fave too :D
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

You're very welcome!

 

The (few) Btech novels I read that featured Warships - before I gave them all away to a charity store - made them out to be worse than f***ing useless. "No! Let's just focus on the f***ing BattleMechs! Keep the big, slow, stupid Warships off-stage by having their crews mutiny!:no: The (doomed) heroes on the ground won't have any more reinforcements come in because the warships will blow them all up!! Wow, this is just so 'full of win' I've got to go lie down!:squee:"

 

And as for the idiotic Free Skye Rebellion. I mean, rebellion(s). Things a bit too calm and peaceful? Not enough betrayal and treachery going on these past couple of months? No problem - just have the Isle of Skye rebel again!:rage: I lost track of how many times the House Steiner military rebuilt and re-armed 'Mech regiments in the Skye region... and conveniently ignored the small issue of those regiments' officers being rabid Skye nationalists with security-risk notations up the wazzoo.

 

"Well, they might rebel... but it's not very likely, is it?" Then they rebel. Again.:wtf:

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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HAHAHAH HAHAHAHHA HAHAHHAHAH HAHHAHHAH!!!!

F*** me, that is so bang on.

The future of warfare are giant manned robots...WHAT!?!?!?

Look around! The real future of warfare is air power.

Reading the above is just a sad excuse to give the unimpressive hero or character a PHENOMENAL chance to escape/win. This is the result of cheap, crap, naive poor writing done by people with no imagination, dare, or gumption.

And as for the peace and rebellion shit...that is the same; like a nasty manufacture shit record stuck on repeat - well said sir - VERY well said :D
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

The Free Skye Rebellion made me want to scream. I mean... Re-arm those "security risk" units? Give them JumpShips? Post them in (or close to) the area they want to liberate from the Oppressive Yoke of Steiner Rule?

 

And then have them do it all over again?:puke: Come on... Couldn't the writers have come up with something that didn't read like a formulaic plot with "(Insert Skye Rebel Leader's Name Here) is planning to seize the Mech factories of Hesperus II" at the top of the page??

 

I guess they couldn't at that...:no:

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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nah - that would require an imagination - I read that a lot; might as well planetary bombard the place - oh wait; the average warship mutinies, misfires, and disappears...

Send in the Jaeger - mean mechs!

Lordie..
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screenscan Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012   Interface Designer
great work
(as usual :))

i only dont like the colors at all, i wished it had some (unifying) filter over it.
dont know if you get what i mean, but it all looks flat (?) like cut out pieces from different pictures. not that the lighting wouldnt make sense, it very well fits. but its too basic maybe. the colors are too original and clear (the red , the blu, the green).
dunno if you get me
and i know, that filtering a piece might loose you some details (especially in color work), but i think it will add in mood.

and of course your work is great anyhow
steven can be happy to have such a piece of art

cheers, all the best to you
:)
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To be honest I was working too hard on this, combined with ambitious ideas that I had yet to earn myself; I agree with you on so many fronts but the customer liked it and that is it.

I think I can do better now but we all start from scribbles.

Always a pleasure and I do welcome your feedback - its damn good :D
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screenscan Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012   Interface Designer
yeah i know that feeling
to have given everything
and even though i know its not perfect, as long as the other one is satisfied, theres not much energy any more to change it towards the perfectionism.

but you are doing great anyway dear sir :)
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One tries my friend, I still have a long way to go, and a lot to impress with.

Thank you for your great words, means a lot! :D
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screenscan Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012   Interface Designer
always
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Wastelander7 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
VERY VERY COOL!

As far as missiles, looks like they've already scored a few times to me!

I never played the game much (nobody else here was into mecha) but, I LOVE the novels. (Especially the Gray Death Legion Saga) Love this! ROCK ON! :headbang:
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why thank you very much sir! That has made my day :)

Thank you for visitig - most appreciated :D
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Wastelander7 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
You're very welcome!
You brought the joy of mecha into my day, so thank you! :D
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooh! Well, glad to be of service sir :D
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Wastelander7 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
:D
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Centurion13 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
Actually, I think it was eight Sounders and four Machetes, but the outcome was the same.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lets just say some we cannot see ;)
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Colonel-Eviscerator Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
Heheh, the two corvettes you were talking about earlier? Oh yes, it's very impressive to see a half-dozen fighters take down a half-million tons or so of starship.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lucky shot methinks ;)

Always a pleasure!
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Centurion13 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
No. They delivered something like 79 points of damage to the ship that was destroyed and another 50 to the survivor. Since aero fighter damage is divided by ten before applying it to a WarShip, that's quite a few rounds of RAC-5 ammo (and SRM-6 missiles).

Took Dorian 30 minutes just to roll all those dice.
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dsherratt74 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cry havoc and let slip the RACs of war. :D

"Scrap one Word of Blake Vincent Precentor. Major damage to the second. Your insertion vector is clear, get our troops dirtside. We'll deal with the rest of these traitors!"

Seriously though, when we actually did this in the game of CBT the poor trio of Wobbie players thought we were insane running straight at the Vincents with just fighters. It did take half an hour to roll all them dice. But it was the best half hour ever watching them cross all those armour boxes off and then the icing on the cake was just watching them cry in their tea.

It's a stunning piece of art. You did a great job of captring the moment that everything went FUBAR for the WoB.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Like he said :)
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Colonel-Eviscerator Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
So..LOTS of lucky shots.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Or maybe that Luke Skywalker moment ;)
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Colonel-Eviscerator Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
Oh, right, right..

Tower: Luke, you dumbass, turn your targeting computer back on!
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LMAO!!!
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Centurion13 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
More 'lots' than 'lucky'. They essentially stripped off the armor and then used the gooey bits inside as a punching bag.
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Colonel-Eviscerator Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
Jeez, how do they carry that much ammo?
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Centurion13 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
I believe they carry two tons per RAC-5.

The Sounder is 85 tons, moves 6/9. Five AMS, two SRM-6s. Very nasty. You've seen it elsewhere, though.
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Night-Forager Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011   General Artist
Your space battle scenes are nothing short of amazing! Even though this is Battletech (which I don't know the first thing about), it's almost like watching Battlestar Galactica again. Great job!
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW! That is what I aim for - ain't the best artist in the world but I try to make a visual style to make you the audience imagine what it would be like on the big or small screen.

ALWAYS a pleasure sir!
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Another solid peice.

Your fire effects are stunning and its a delight to look at. It could even cooler if you made the fighters shooting too, fireng a few missiles and such. But its only an ideia. The pic is just awesome. :)
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir! Most appreciated. :D

I wanted to but it would have been too much clutter. Ah, always next time :)

Thanks for popping by :D
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah. It would be too confuse in the end, probably. And now that I see with more attention, the fighters are actually firing at the ship, but the lack of atmosphere makes the use of tracers all but useless.

No problem. My pleasure. :)
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Centurion13 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
Actually, I asked him to hold off, as it would have made the picture too busy. In any case, if you look at the approaching Sounder, you can see it is not armed with beam weapons.

Just three rotary autocannons! And those don't have any 'color' in space.
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, I see. That actually makes perfect sense.

3 rotary? Must be a best of a fighter! :O
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Centurion13 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
Well... the Vincent class corvette is a WarShip massing about 420,000 tons. The Sounder is about 85 tons. You don't normally send aerospace fighters in against capital ships, but the Sounder packs so much firepower, it was capable of completely destroying one ship and crippling the other.

Not a good day for the Word of Blake.
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, I see!

Not a good day, indeed. :D
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Centurion13 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
Well, not for the Word of Blake. But who's rooting for them anyway?
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Well, if CGL made their work well, they woul give whole good reasons for the blakists and their allies to do what they did, and put them more on the gray area of the spectrum. ;P

Somehow, I dont think a totally "dark" faction would actually fit in the BT setting. Its a universe about what makes humans humans, after all. :)
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The-Colonel-382 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
Can't talk, jaw on the floor.

Great Job!!!
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW! Cheers sir! One tries!
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