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#1 Bishop Steiner

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 06:41 PM

So, yeah, my Names Bishop Steiner, and I'm an Urbanmech addict.

I design other things, but the Urbanmech, and in particular, my "Deputy Dawg" series of custom Urbies, well those are my babies. And this topic is to encourage the rest of your Urbie Freaks to come out of the closet and shine that Freak Light with pride!

Really to bask in the Light of the UrbanMech, is to see the face of Gawd(awful!)
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Here is my latest Urbie piece, based of the "original" War of 3039 iteration of the Deputy Dawg
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The DD came about on a Capellan March border world where there were huge mothballs of wrecked FedSun Valkyries, and Capellan Urbanmechs. The local militia was always ignored for funding and their sole Stinger had been around since the Age of War. Fortunately what the Militia did have was an abundance of tinkering techs, and a Commander prone to looking the other way. So by combining the drivetrains of Valkyries with the raw chassis of the UrbanMech, these guys were born. The weapons are two of the cheapest and most common guns in the Inner Sphere, and also what the Stinger happened to be equipped with, and so they kept ordering replacement weapons for "defective ones" on the Stinger.

This is the 3050 iteration
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my raw Urbie redesign
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and....
my original concept sketch
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thoughts?

*DOH!!!! Forgot to add the spec sheet!
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rough sketch I plan to go over and try to redo with my Tablet.
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and two newer pieces
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oh yeah

As àrt of my Urbie Celebration, I thought I would try to bring to life some of the many wacky, wonderful and downright absurd Urbie variations I came up with over the course of a 20 year Urbanmech campaign. (No promises about the Urbie LAM, but I might knock out the Shahid and Fire Support Variants)

This one, is nicknamed the "Pocket Awesome".
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It's the product of the FedSuns Military Industrial Complex of the late 3030s/early 3040s. Originally it was a test mule for the new NAIS Double Heat Sinks, and Ferro-Fibrous Armor. A few nobles from the Draconis March liked the idea though, and financed a short run of refits on their existing Urbanmech forces.

Taking a base UM-R60, the mech was stripped to it's bare chassis, and a DAV 90 fusion plant installed, increasing it's top speed to 54.6 kph. Retained were the stock jumpjets, though they were moved to the side torsos to free up room for the larger engine. In place of the stock 6 tons of armor, are 4.5 tons of Ferro-Fibrous, netting in slightly less overall protection, but with the intended role, and lack of volatile ammunition supply, it was deemed an acceptable trade off. The familiar light laser was moved from the left arm over to the head or center torso, depending on preference. And in place of the medium-heavy autocannon, 2 Donal PPCs were installed, 1 in each arm. Keeping their fierce heat in check? 10 of the new Double Heat Sinks.

The idea of having the punch of a Warhammer or Marauders twin PPCs, in such a small package was intoxicating. But even better, was the price. Brand new, they cost a scant 1.8 million to produce, but if it was a refit, it cost less than 1 million cbills per unit. Compared to the price of 6.5 million for a single AWS-8Q Awesome, and it was too tempting.

While certainly no replacement for an actual assault mech, they proved useful. 3-4 could be purchased for the price of a single Awesome, providing 2-3 times the firepower. While their armor protection is obviously MUCH lighter, the fact that one had to destroy multiple targets help alleviate that. Also, the weapons were intentionally high mounted to allow the new UrbanMechs to fire easily from armored defilades, for minimal exposure. Lastly, their jump jets give a little extra mobility.

As the 3050s approached, they were already being obsoleted by newer, more heavy designs using the new tech, and by the Clan Invasion, they were relegated purely to backwater militia status with the rest of the Urbanmechs, but for a few brief years, the Pocket Awesome got to shine in several engagements against Pirates and Combine forces who were not prepared for 30 ton garbage cans with legs to pack so much firepower.


::::Edit:::: Not mine, but amazingly glorious...and Urbie
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by Spooky77.

Dang.

Edited by Bishop Steiner, 18 April 2015 - 02:14 AM.


#2 Raven IIC

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 06:47 PM

I like. :) Just about all I can say right now.

Need to get my drawing skills to somewhere near yours.

#3 Marack Drock the Unicorn Wizard

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 06:50 PM

What is everyone's obsession with the Urbanmech. It is one of the most pathetic mechs and looks like a Pop can on legs. WHAT IS THE OBSESSION I DON'T UNDERSTAND!!!!!!!

Nice pics though.

Edited by Marack Drock, 08 November 2013 - 06:50 PM.


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Posted 08 November 2013 - 06:54 PM

Buckaroo Banzai sucked but I still love watching it. The Urbie is a slow, weak and honestly kinda lame, so that makes it cool.

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 07:00 PM

AHH Bishop you're killing me! You know I really want to get going on this, I'm having to force myself to look away untill I've finished all the stuff for the KGC ..curse you, curse you!!! And yeah, despite how it might or might not play..I think theres a lot of character in the urbies design.

#6 Bishop Steiner

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 07:07 PM

View PostMarack Drock, on 08 November 2013 - 06:50 PM, said:

What is everyone's obsession with the Urbanmech. It is one of the most pathetic mechs and looks like a Pop can on legs. WHAT IS THE OBSESSION I DON'T UNDERSTAND!!!!!!!

Nice pics though.

same reason some people like old station wagons. By being the anti-cool, they become cooler.

And honestly, used right in 3025 TT, I ruined a LOT of peoples days with my Urbie Lance. Just don't expect a fast battle, lol.
Also, in the DDs case, having an 86 kph top end DID help them out a bit.

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 07:50 PM

Wasn't there a thread very similar to this back in ye olde closed beta days? Good to see the Urbie getting some love again, the Fancy Mech bobble head has been a staple of my cockpit since it came out. Oh, and as always, fantastic artwork Bishop.

Back in the MW4 days I ran an Urbie from time to time, cracking Fatlas domes with my Gauss Rifle. They never saw it coming.

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 04:29 AM

I like the Urbanmech too, it adds a dash of reality to Btech - not all mechs are awe-inspiring collusi of war. Some are rough and slow and made as cheap as possible.

But it is still a battlemech and could vapourise you, flatten your car and demolish your house without any effort.

When someone makes a 1/35th pefect grade series of Battlemechs the Dawg has got to be in there :ph34r:

#9 Kamelkaze

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 09:55 AM

Where is my Urbie??! ;)

Edited by Kamelkaze, 18 November 2013 - 09:55 AM.


#10 Marack Drock the Unicorn Wizard

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 06:02 PM

My idea is that Urbanmech was a punishment. The commanders ordered the insubordinate ones in an Urbanmech. Those who came back alive learned to be good soldiers. The others died.

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 07:52 PM

so, if the urban mech is now the police of the inner city, what happens if there is a high speed chase?.....

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 07:57 PM

View PostStingray1234, on 19 November 2013 - 07:52 PM, said:

so, if the urban mech is now the police of the inner city, what happens if there is a high speed chase?.....

shoot first, ticket later.

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 07:58 PM

View PostStingray1234, on 19 November 2013 - 07:52 PM, said:

so, if the urban mech is now the police of the inner city, what happens if there is a high speed chase?.....


The HWG from TF2 has a statement about that.
Cannot remember the exact wording (it was from his Meet the X video) but it was something along the lines of:
"I have yet to see anyone outsmart a bullet"
Or in this case:
"I have yet to see someone outrun a bullet" :)

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 08:12 PM

View PostStingray1234, on 19 November 2013 - 07:52 PM, said:

so, if the urban mech is now the police of the inner city, what happens if there is a high speed chase?.....

What else an Urbie with an xl 400 engine duh,

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 08:23 PM

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Very nice pics. Your DD variants have personality, which is something I really like in a ride.

Edited by Zaprozhan, 19 November 2013 - 08:27 PM.


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Posted 19 November 2013 - 08:27 PM

View PostZaprozhan, on 19 November 2013 - 08:23 PM, said:

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I know that feel mate I know that damn feel.

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 08:29 PM

The fact that this thread exists brings joy to my heart.

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 08:29 PM

THAT IS PRETTY COOL LOOKS LIKE A HERO URBIE!! NEEDS THE COP LIGHTS!! 2 MEDS AND 6 MG.

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 08:42 PM

View PostNautilusCommand, on 19 November 2013 - 08:12 PM, said:

What else an Urbie with an xl 400 engine duh,

ha ha, i sure would love to see that run! :)

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 08:50 PM

I would roll with this mech. The thought of fast Urbie's scare me.

As to why everyone has such an obsession with Urbie, Marack, is that it's like the little mech that could. It's underpowered, and looks hella goofy, but that's part of the appeal. It's an underdog and if I may so bold to say it, everyone loves (and if they say they don't they're lying or they should) an underdog. That's the appeal.

That and a decent pilot in the right terrain can be a nightmare in an Urbie.

Edited by Thom Frankfurt, 20 November 2013 - 10:12 AM.






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