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Union class dropship by Punakettu Union class dropship by Punakettu
This thing has been collecting dust for a while so I decided to finally finish it up. Or at least make it look decent enough for display. The camo pattern may not have been the best choice for displaying features now that I look at it... Maybe I'll update it later with something better.

So yeah, it's a dropship from Battletech. 78 meters tall, 3600 tons heavy and capable of carrying 12 mechs from orbit to planet surface.
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Commander-Fillmore Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
This design reminds me of the capsule corps ships in the Dragon Ball universe
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WallyThorson Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i never understand why everything in mechwarrior is so light, is it because other planets gravitational force makes them so?

Because a machine of this magnitude would be way heavier, so would the mechs... 100 tons? pfft, more like 2k tons+
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loclif Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi Punakettu, I just wanted to let you know I've used your fantastic dropship in a picture I created for a casual Mechwarrior RPG campaign I'm running for my local gaming group. If your interested you can find it here: loclif.deviantart.com/art/Nort…

Keep up the great work!
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GalacticRimRunner64 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Love the sphere!
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DrOfDemonology Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional Writer
Very cool! Lots of 'Mechs get done, but DropShips and rarely get illustrated. Nicely done :clap:

I have a Union, Shearling, featured in my own BattleTech novel [link] :)
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Stingra Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
When I first saw this in your gallery, I read the title as "Onion class dropship".
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Punakettu Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well it kinda looks like an onion so I can't blame you. =P
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Pixel-pencil Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Brings back memories of playing "Mechwarrior- Mercenaries" on my old Windows '95. Thank you!
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ShadowyEclipse Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Them goddamn Gauss cannons knocked the shit out of my mechs.

These things are a bugger to kill.
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Pixel-pencil Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Every. Freaking. Time.
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Punakettu Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been pondering about making a scene based on the mw2 mercs intro video for a while now so I can put this thing in to some use. Who knows... ;)
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Pixel-pencil Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Would be great! You've got all the pieces, just gotta' put them in a scene! :D
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UncleSickey Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I want my old Battletech back; screw it, after seeing this awesome DS, I'm going on Amazon and picking up the old classic books (including Battleforce).

Thanks for re-firing my fusion engine after the 'auto-shutdown' after FASA went under.
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DrOfDemonology Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Professional Writer
I'm so glad I still have all my old, original copies of the classic books from the 80s :)
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Abigtreehugger Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Is it an Atlas standing in front of the dropship, excellent dropship by the way.
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Punakettu Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's my Guillotine model. ;)
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Abigtreehugger Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Escellent model.
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Trollius2 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Your renders are amazing. I stumbled across you whilst visiting Mektek. I'm a big Battletech fan and your work is fantastic. The only stuff even vaguely close is the models used in Mechwarrior Living Legends builds. By any chance have you worked with those guys? If not, too bad. You would have been a fantastic asset to the project.
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Punakettu Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you like.

I haven't associated with MWLL nor am I interested in doing so.
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Larssen Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
Thank you again for your Battletech art Punakettu :). I saw this only now, sorry :) I wanted to ask you something, the ramp is nice but in the technical readouts it says that Union has 3 doors, hence 3 ramps. I havent seen a picture of a union that has its 3 ramps and doors open. Is it possible for you to draw a union like that?

Thanks again for your art :) Cheers
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Punakettu Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No. I would have had to make the model specifically for it from the start. I'm not going to rebuild everything, so it will stay as a two door model.
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Larssen Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
Ok, I dodnt know that can be that hard. Thanks for your consideration anyway :)
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Azerdoe1 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
Sick bro! Where's the insignia? Does this class not have one?
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Punakettu Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You mean like a faction insignia? Didn't bother to put one on. This is just supposed to be a generic drop ship.
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Azerdoe1 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
Oh ok lol Just somithing I thought was missing really...
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AvP66 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember that thing from MechAssault 2...
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NekoRevan Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Student Interface Designer
ET phone home.
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RenoBlade Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i always wonder, how there is space for 12 mechs in a union... it looks so cramped ;D
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Punakettu Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fluff wise it is supposed to be cramped, but having an actual 3d model in can say that it has a surprising amount of internal volume and 12 mechs isn't really a tight fit.
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monkeyrum Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
Finally a dropship that doesn't look like a pokeball with legs! Nice work!!!
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Aldark Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is awesome =D Ah, I miss the days of Mech Warrior 2 and Ghost Bears Legacy.... hahaha.
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ON1-K Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
team venom, this is dropship command; ETA on planet is 40seconds. I'm going to be a sitting duck down there so you damn well better be at the dustoff site when i get there; you get the stuff!?
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GhostBirdofPrey Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
Dropship command here, my weapons systems are down. I'm getting the hell outta here!
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ON1-K Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
negative! i need more time!
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Kieve-KRS Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sad to say, I always hated this dropship class. Overlords were more imposing, while Broadsword/Leopard "aircraft" style ships had more appeal for small insertions. The Unions always felt like filler - the "ugly minivan" of 'Mech transport.

Which is not to say this is in any way a bad model ;)
Is it fully rigged? (Retractable legs/gantry, turret positions, etc?)
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Punakettu Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It doesn't have any fancy features yet. Don't know when I'll get to rigging, if ever. It certainly would be cool to make a little lift off sequence.
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Oblivionyr0083 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
*whistles* THAT'S ONE BIG EGG...........DAMN, so um yeah not much for maneuverability huh?

Orbital guns must have a field day with slow falling prey like this, specially the mobile one's

i always wondered HOW THE HELL DO THESE EGGS HOT DROP A MECH WHEN THEY ARE BARELY GRAZING THE ATMOSPHERE?

I really hate riding in these egg's plus its a real pain in the ass to get my custom WARHAWK in one with the rest of the squad too it kinda cuts the load down to 9 mechs in total.




(hey you did great on the camo ok and the whole look and feel of it is purely amazing you did an excellent job:heart:)
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