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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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:iconalphacrucis:
AlphaCrucis Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
Great idea, never really thought of mechs needing transport like that, but it works awesomely.
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Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yeah, mecha transport is a whole art in itself... Don't get me started! heh.
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Zerg170 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
whats the mecha in side the droptank?
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:icongrebo-guru:
Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, it's a Mek from the old campaign. I think I called it a Ranger. (Not a very cool name, I know.) Maybe I'll redraw it and post it sometime.
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DimmuBorgirmi Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
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 Featured By Owner 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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blacklion68 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Tech Porn!
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:icongrebo-guru:
Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You know it!
Glad it struck you that way.
:-)
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j00de Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Student General Artist
i really enjoy the drawing style!
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:icongrebo-guru:
Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Why thank you sir!
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jemstone Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
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 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Pretty awesome idea! That hard landing must be rough on the crews...
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jemstone Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
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 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Muwahahahahaaaaa
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NuclearCookies Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student Artist
Intresting design, love the rocket/wheel combo!
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Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks you muchly! Can you tell I'm a fan of the SHIELD Flying Car?
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NuclearCookies Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student Artist
yeah but your wheels are so massive that it looks more realistic :P
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Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw, you're too kind. :-)
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newtman001 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
I like this. How many units can it carry?
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Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it sir. :-)
I'm not sure how many units it can hold. I'd guess something like five or six. Plus infantry and/or roadstrikers.
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darthmadigan Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Would be interesting to see the tank in a combat situation. Perhaps ignite any remaining fuel through those thrusters in the wheels against enemy infantry. Pretty neat in all honesty, good design.
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Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ooohhh, that's a good idea. I hadn't thought of it. Clever, and thanks for the compliment. :D
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Digaloid Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012   Artist
impressive! i like it =)
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:icongrebo-guru:
Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Why thank you!
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zanruos Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
hmm alines and star shiptroopers come intoy head i love it .cant wait for more.
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:icongrebo-guru:
Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Heh, glad you like it man!
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zanruos Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
yep
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