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Dropship:  The Crusaders Deploy by StridersStrikersTeam Dropship:  The Crusaders Deploy by StridersStrikersTeam
Art by Alan Blackwell ( shinypants ) . This is an original digital painting by Alan Blackwell. Alan was recommended to us by Anthony Scroggins to help do some Mech pieces that Anthony couldn't. Alan ended up doing 4 pieces for our site so far, and 3 of them are the beautiful team illustrations in the Team Histories section of our site. These are pieces I had been trying to get commissioned for nearly 5 years. I was overjoyed at Alan's dedication and help in achieving such a fantastic result - a full color series of team pieces featuring each team's main characters' Mechs deploying. You can check out Alan's DA page here: [link]

His first piece for us, this one is the mercenary team called The Crusaders. The team is a group of Ex-Knights of the Inner Sphere who were politically maneuvered first out of the Knights and then out of work in the Free Worlds League by the Word of Blake. The Crusaders eventually sought the help of one of their former lancemates, Sir Owen Hardcastle of the Knights of the Inner Sphere. Meeting with him and discussing contract options in the Draconis Combine, The Crusaders eventually entered a partnership with Strider's Strikers.

BattleTech and all affiliated terms and designs are copyright of Catalyst Game Labs. More on Strider's Strikers at [link]
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Majorpayne36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Is this an Overlord Class Dropship?
shydood3 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
I think so
Pyrotactick Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
Nice! Love those mechs! Sometimes I wish they made a lighter version that could sprint.
spectrelead Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Very cool perspective, kudos to the artist. I recognize and like the Cerberus and Grand Crusader but what are the other two?
StridersStrikersTeam Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thats a Dervish on the far right. You can see the same character's Mech but done by Anthony Scroggins on our site or in his gallery here on Deviant Art. Its retrofitted rather heavily so its look has changed a bit.
The background Mech is the new Crusader. Its made closely off the Project Phoenix source images, but we had to imagine some of the back from the miniature. :D
Cheers for looking and especially for the comment!
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is a damn hansome picture - love the backstory too!!!

Like all the details here, ships, fighters, the lot.

The vapour trails are an excellent touch!
StridersStrikersTeam Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks a bunch Colourbrand. We have a bit too much backstory at the main site [link] if you like the fictional side of things.
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cheers man - I have looked and made it a fave on my ISP. Cheers, hope you plan to do more stuff here :)
StridersStrikersTeam Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Oh and do you ever do commissions? I don't know if I can afford you but its worth asking based on the quality and atmosphere of your works!
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well sir, yes I do.

My advice, check out my folder marked "Commissions" and "Battletech Related" and see how it vibes.

If yer like what you see, then we can sort something out.

Oh and thank you for the nice comment - I always aim for an atmosphere in my works - well try :)
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