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Mechanized Droptank concept by Grebo-Guru Mechanized Droptank concept by Grebo-Guru
Here's a very quick and dirty sketch I did of a dropship for mecha troops. It is launched from an orbiting starship, comes down through the atmosphere, then ditches the heat shields which cover the tires (which also serve as the landing & VTOL rockets), ignites the retro rockets to land, rotating the retro rockets to become the six tires. It can then roll around the surface, and open its hatches to deploy mecha and infantry.

Although it's like Aliens' dropship and APC combined, I was originally inspired by the MTA Titan from the aborted (thankfully!) Robotech II. I know Battletech is also big on dropships, but I designed this for a Mekton campaign I ran. Go figure.

(By the way, I know what a droptank really is... the name is a play on the term, o'course.)
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:icondimmuborgirmi:
Actually, this better way better than the MTA Titan from......Robotech II. Eechh...C'mon, really?! Robotech II?! Goddammit, Carl Macek. You suck. Damn anime-raper. Anyway, this design has the "hard" sci-fi appearance to it, which is always a good thing. Just out of curiosity, what sort of mobile suit is that you have depicted in the access hatch?
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:icongrebo-guru:
Grebo-Guru Mar 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh it's just some Mekton I used in some games of mine. This was indeed inspired by the MTA Titan, which I actually think was a partially decent design. Or rather, a decent concept.
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Grebo-Guru May 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You know it!
Glad it struck you that way.
:-)
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j00de Nov 1, 2012  Student General Artist
i really enjoy the drawing style!
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:icongrebo-guru:
Grebo-Guru Nov 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Why thank you sir!
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:iconjemstone:
Did I ever tell you about the "Gungnir Troop Insertion Unit" for my old Shattered Suns campaign?

Dropped like an enormous armored lawn dart from space (TFX: Ship), it rockets down to the surface, whereupon it buries itself up to a third of its length into the terrain. It then deploys into "Fortress Mode" (TFX: Building) and throws a bunch of remotes (also with TFX: Building) on them to the six hexes surrounding it. These are manned with troops, mecha, and supplies.

When the beachhead is established by way of all these enormous prickly spines from space, they then transform again (TFX: Tank) and engage burrowing mode, digging their way through the planet to pop up behind enemy lines and disgorge their second wave of troops and mecha.

The Gungnir. So named because like Odin's fabled spear, they get thrown into the ground to stir up trouble in the world of men.
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Grebo-Guru Oct 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Pretty awesome idea! That hard landing must be rough on the crews...
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:iconjemstone:
I blame you and Mark and David, really. It was your fault for sending me that "Okay, smartass" e-mail and encouraging me to let my brain go bonkers.

So, really, it's all your doing.

YOU DID THIS TO ME!
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Grebo-Guru Oct 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Muwahahahahaaaaa
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