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The might of the Sturmfeur by Colourbrand The might of the Sturmfeur by Colourbrand
Apologies for my lateness on the art front - all I will say is that other things have gotten in the way, and I was lacking energy to do any pictures.

All that now is null and moot - for the moment. So a new pic for you lovely people :)

In the Battletech world there are few vehicles I love, and the Sturmfeur is one of them. This missile only armed tank was a revelation when I first encountered this world many years ago.

However typical of Battletech, they did not depict this machine well, especially its firing capabilities; so when I got the chance I decided to have a go at doing this. The Sturmfeur is armed with a twenty-tube self-named long range missile system that is mounted in its back in an angled vertical firing system. Thinking about it and making a modest pic I saw the power of this machine so I worked on it.

I was going to have it on its own but I added a MainGauche (another favourite) Support tank.

The original Sturmfeur had two LRMs, one in the turret, along with two machine guns. This I felt was absurd only a pair of machine guns for defence, despite its whopping armour load.

In addition, mounting LRMS that way it sounded daft so I amended it as a variant; one with paired aft LRM 15 systems, a single gun at the front, and one in the turret with a triple SRM 2 battery for proper defensive punch.

I also wanted to perfect my abilities to do armoured vehicles. The dark strange sky was an afterthought and it emphasises the plumes of the missiles to terrifying lengths.

I added details on her to make her look like a plausible modern tank with lights, and mirrors.

Love to hear your thoughts!!
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blacklion68 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
I remember this universe.  It had some good ideas. And mostly bad hardware choices. The Japanese version of the Battletech hardware was vastly better conceived and executed. Rumor has it that Battletech is in the works to be rebooted. Anyway, well done!Clap 
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Battletech is in the works to be rebooted"

Really?!  Hope so!

First off - no CLAN SHIT!!!

Second, better designed stuff.

Third, no Heatsink rubbish

Finally - an even playing field!

I felt that BT was very uneven but had a lot of potential - here's to hope and thanks young man!
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blacklion68 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
Thanks. As for a even playing field... Given that gameverses' level of tech, tanks, anti tank weapons, and powered armor (say the anime series Megazone 23 or Genesis Climber Mospeda) would be a battlemech's biggest ground based threat. LAM's, traditional strikefighters, orbiting starships, and anti tank mines will be a mech's greatest threat. Remember, most of those designs rely on two legs to get around. It would be interesting mashup, to see a fully kitted out Marine Expeditionary Force from the Aliens universe (with starship support) vs. a clan battalion of similar size and force.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was thinking more along plot and characters, scenes and societies - but hey the reboot could be worse!

Then again may not come to pass - and your ideas will have puritans saying its "too close to GUNDAM!"

Me, I have no qualms about reboots providing that they make sense; and I think your ideas make more sense,...
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blacklion68 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
Uh huh... Well, both Gundam and Macross were the first "robot franchises" that got it right (so to speak). Everything in it's ilk that came after, was influenced in some way by those two. So, high praise indeed. In all, it's going to come down to the creators. Are they passionate enough to do the basic ideas & concepts justice. Or, are they doing it for the money, fame and groupies.:) (Smile) 
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I so agree - GUNDAM and Macross are the benchmarks - but let us not forget Code Geass, Dancougar, and Trooper Armoured VOTOMs!

They are the masters - the US things are the poor cousins...I hope they do it with passion and such, but too many are willing to sell their souls for cash....
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blacklion68 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
All I can say is, fingers crossed...:) (Smile) 
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeedie!!!
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AkindioStudios Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Looks way better this way, and I detect some German in the tank's name.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well the Steiners have German lineage....

Cheers sir :D
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