Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Rarely Seen Unseen Art



About two years ago I started doing some research on the original Battletech Clan IIC designs.  And I think I discovered some really cool stuff that had never been discussed or seen before, at least not since the 90s and not in the US.

As many of you all know, MechWarrior 1 was released in 1989 for DOS and was not too terribly popular, but it was enough to kick off the franchise.  What is less well known is that Mechwarrior 1 was ported to the Sharp X68000 PC in Japan in 1993.  But, do to the obvious unseen issue, with many of the designs (well, all except the Jenner) being based off of Macross or Dougram designs.

For reference, there were 8 'Mechs in Mechwarrior 1: the Locust, the Jenner, the Phoenix Hawk, the Shadow Hawk, the Rifleman, the Warhammer, the Marauder, and the BattleMaster.

So, what the developers of BattleTech X68000 did is redesign those 8 Mechs, which, as you may notice, lines up with 7 of the 8 original Clan IIC mechs.  The only difference is the Griffin IIC and BattleMaster, but as you will clearly see in the art I am about to show below, the BattleMaster from the game became the Griffin IIC.

So, I was able to start the game and what I was able to find was really, really cool.  I was able to get into the mech purchase screen of the game and I took these 8 screenshots:




They kind of show the interior of each mech and their repair status, just like in MechWarrior 1, but with a little more detail.  Furthermore, if you zoom in on the images, they have an orange outline showing the exterior lines of the 'Mech.  But it's kinda hard to see with the X-Ray like view you have going on here, so I imported the images into GIMP, scaled them up by double, and then traced the orange lines with a black line in a separate layer.  The results are really, really cool:



Voila! Clear front views of each IIC 'Mech, never before seen.  And using these as inspiration, I have some cool 3D models to show off in the future.

Stay tuned for more!

10 comments:

  1. Very impressive and I had never seen this. So glad you shared it!

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  2. I really want to see the 3D models.

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    1. Patience will pay off :) I've got 1 model completely perfect, another that just needs some detailing, but it's pretty much done, and two more that are in progress with basic geometry done but with no details.

      I'll be sharing them all over the next few weeks/months

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    2. Well I was just about to embark on having a full 3D model done of the Rifleman IIC. I've been working on cleaning up the art work and making it more of a blueprint. Here is a link to my working folder.
      http://2ndkearny.webs.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=16115312

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    3. I too have a Rifleman IIC! That is the one that I believe is nearly perfect. I'll be sharing that one soon, but if you want to see it sooner, click my profile and send me an email. I'd be more than happy to share with you a bit early!

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    4. Would you like to collaborate on these?

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    5. I sent you an email as well as a couple of pieces of art I have done in pursuit of these Mechs. I would love to have all of the unseen 2C designs redone in 3D for printing since hardly any of the made figures measured up to the drawings.

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  3. Any new updates on your 3D project?

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