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The Red Baron by RogueBaron The Red Baron by RogueBaron
Gladiator (Executioner) “Red Baron”


Manufacturer: Alshain BattleWorx
Model: Executioner (Gladiator)
Class: Assault
Mass: 95 tons
Chassis: Clan Series Assault SXE
Armor: Arcadia Compound Delta VII Ferro-Fibrous 15.5 tons
Engine Heavy Force 380 XL
Cruising Speed: 46.8 km/h
Maximum Speed: 64.8 km/h
Jump Jets: None
Jump Capacity: 0 meters
Armor: Ferro Fibrous, 15.5 tons
Armament:
2 Clan ER Large Lasers
2 Clan LBX-20 Autocannons


I call this "Red Baron" after Manfred von Richtoffen, the ace of aces in WWI (edited). The Red Baron is a customized Executioner (Gladiator) and is featured in all "I,Kerensky" series.

This is my first ever digital painting. First I sketch the mech with pencil, then scan and imported it to Paint Shop Pro 7. I documented every step, and you can see them in my scrapbook folder.
Creating lineart proved to be the hardest job (6-1/2 hours). But it is worth doing.
For coloring / shadowing / detailing, I follow the tutorial by hito76:

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Special thanks to SulliMike23, :iconkatwylder:, :iconsentinel28a:, :iconprdarkfox: and :iconsideline: for encouragement.

Since this is my first, please be generous in your reviews. I'd greatly appreciate it.

EDIT: July 17 2009 I changed the background using techniques I learnt from Kat's tutorial. It's still not perfect, but I think it's much more interesting than the old one.
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:icontigeri210:
tigeri210 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
needs some ppc's :P anyways i like it.
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Steel-Raven Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009
Great job on the Executioner, very like the color and the shading.
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RogueBaron Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
Thanks always!
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IronHawk711 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
No bad!
I considered earlier, that Gladiator had awful design in Readout...
But when I played MechWarrior-4, I has understood that Gladiator is cool and nice in TRO...:D
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:iconroguebaron:
RogueBaron Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
Thanks! Not a lot of people like Gladiator because it's not as strong as a Daishi, or as handsome as a Mad Cat. But it's fast and can jump.

Gladiator in MW4 is very different than in the TRO. IIRC there is a bug in the program that allows you to put 4 PPC, 1 Gauss and a bunch of lasers on a Gladiator, and not overheat (with the heat turned on). A lot of players claimed to have destroyed a Daishi in 1 alpha strike using this loadout. I wish I knew how to do it.
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KatWylder Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009   Digital Artist
Oh, I see you changed the background. The darker sky and smoke looks good--gives it a moody atmosphere. :thumbsup:
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:iconroguebaron:
RogueBaron Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009
The smoke is from your tutorial, so you deserve part of the credit.
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KatWylder Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009   Digital Artist
Bah, don't be so modest. :)
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sentinel28a Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009
Looks great. The Gladiator just isn't a "pretty" 'Mech aesthetically-wise (compared to say, the Wraith, which looks kewl, or the Mad Cat, which looks deadly), but it's workmanlike, and I think you've done a great job here. Especially for someone doing CG for the first time.

Two very, VERY minor complaints/addendums (neither of which have anything to do with your drawing):

1) Manfred von Richthofen is only the "ace of aces" of WWI. The actual title belongs to Erich Hartmann of WWII (352 kills). Just thought I'd mention it.

2) Two LB-20Xs and two ER-LLs? It's just me, but I'd have a secondary array of medium lasers or something. It sounds like this variant "bulks out" (runs out of internal space) before it runs out of tonnage, or you're just very heat-conscious!

Like I said, small stuff. It's a great drawing.
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RogueBaron Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009
Sentinel,
Thanks for the info. I edited the text per your info.

As for the variant's loadout, I have received a lot of flak regarding tonnage, space, and heat of the variant. It does violate TRO's to start with.

However, in Blood Legacy, Vlad (Ward) piloted an Executioner that allegedly had 42 tons of weapons/equipments. At that time I thought "If this much violation is canonized (by Stackpole, no less), why shouldn't I do it?" So this is what I came up.

I never tested it in table top, but like you implied, it'll run really hot. I'll probably fight 2 turns then get overheated and shot to death by others.

However, it's a really fun variant :D
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