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AMM-V16c Badlander by Grebo-Guru AMM-V16c Badlander by Grebo-Guru
Here's a multiform roadstriker used by the evil Axis terrorist group in the Mekton supplement "Operation Rimfire." I tell ya, designing a transformable car that doesn't look like it belongs amidst the Transformers is hard.

Here's a link to a colored image of the Badlander:
tennozeorymer.deviantart.com/a...

Anyway, this image and design is TM and copyright and everything R. Talsorian Games, inc. No infringement intended, etc.
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:iconheretic1311:
Heretic1311 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
Ok, now i´m really impressed. I managed to re-think your idea of the transformation mechanics (what goes where when transforming).
Things i couldn´t understand: where goes the club in car mode, and, the cockpit looks broad enough to be a two-seater, one pilot and 1 passenger?
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Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, thank you, I'm pleased to impress. :-)
Now for your questions...
The club:
The handle telescopes, so the two smaller lengths collapse inside the thickest part (the head of the club). That tubular shape then goes between the calves -- see how there's a tubular concavity in the back of each lower leg? Basically, if the car-mode Badlander had a hood you could lift up (it doesn't) you'd find the collapsed mace right smack dab in the middle.
The cockpit:
The crew cabin is indeed broad enough to be a two-seater; it can hold one pilot and one passenger/navigator/bag of hand grenades and snacks, whatever... :-)
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:iconheretic1311:
Heretic1311 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
Damn, you really thought this one through Eyepopping
And snacks are always a good idea :la:
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:icongrebo-guru:
Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Heh, indeed! :D One of the things I try to keep in mind whenever I'm designing mecha is: could this be made into a workable model kit and/or toy? I don't always succeed, but I try...
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Heretic1311 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
Well, in THIS case, i´m sure it would work.
I´m quite good at 3-dimensional thinking, and i consider it doable.
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Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Noice. Happy you think so!
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Nemuszero Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
I did like it truly...for a Transformers-like, Dorvack-like setting or a Galvionesque campaign (Misty Chaser...Love Chaser...). It wasn't the best choice for OR. Too much toy-like in a pleasurable way.
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Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Agreed. This was probably the least of my OR designs.
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kimura1972 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Besides the Ex-Sentinel this is my second favorite Mecha.  While the one Bike model was alright to me the 'look' just didn't seem right for some reason :(
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:icongrebo-guru:
Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like! And I hear ya.
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Zeonista Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
Having watched a few of the classic Eighties mecha anime that featured wheeled vehicles, I can understand your visual design plight. Not to mention the fact that "futuristic" land vehicles that aren't "smart cars" can be difficult to realize too, by a lot of them. (Dvorak had designs that were plain ugly.)
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Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Dorvack's designs were indeed ugly. [high five]
The only other decent sources of reference/inspiration for transformable cars come from Galvion and Transformers. Designing a transformable car that holds more than one person in robot mode is a design plight indeed! Happy to chat with someone who "gets it."
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Zeonista Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Despite the popularity of the sub-genre, transforming vehicle anime did not last too long. Then they got shoved into the Transformers ghetto, and that was about it for the most part. We need some more transforming vehicle anime to give a wider range of designs.
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:icongrebo-guru:
Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, there's Gyrozetter -- that's airing right now. But of course their transformations cheat.
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Zeonista Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
I can't really say that I'd accept Gyrozetter right now. ^^;
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kishiaku Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
I really like this one. There's a vintage vibe, like I've seen in gundam and macross artbooks.
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Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you mucho! It was drawn almost twenty years ago, I think, so "vintage" it definitely is.
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Losrandir Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Writer
Roadstriker. What a fun sourcebook for Mekton II!!! And you couls easily slip stuff like that into Cyberpunk "mad scientist" campaigns. Everytime I see any of your work for Talsorian it puts me a bright smile on my face, fond memories of shared adventures and, most importantly, friendship. Thanks again for sharing your work!
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Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw. Now you've put a smile on MY face. Thank you very much for the comment and encouragement.
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slimebuck Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
isn't that an late 80,s early 90s anime?
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:icongrebo-guru:
Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
1984. Pretty obscure. Distinctive car mecha.
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slimebuck Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
1984 is a good year, my birth year :D
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:icongrebo-guru:
Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
'84 was a GREAT year. Neuromancer, Terminator, the Macross movie... God, so much great media from that year.
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slimebuck Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
It still looks like a transformer... like not a little, but a lot...


looks great though. But I thought it was a transformer design up until I read the info :P
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Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Heh, I know, you're right. Like I said, it's hard to make a transforming car that doesn't look like a TF. Ever seen any Glavion mecha?
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