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T1 Steamwraith doodles by Hydrothrax T1 Steamwraith doodles by Hydrothrax

Quick studies on my T1 steamwraith. I love this engine!

These have changed dramatically from their old incarnation (if anyone remembers those, I think I've since taken everything down since that shit was something like 5-6 years old,) but one thing I liked (and decided to keep) was the “centaurian” look - I could have just gone with the more snake-dragon approach but I feel like that’s too expected, I’ve seen it before.

So many legs! Number/layout is determined by whatever engine a steamwraith is based on. Helps the ground pressure distribution. It doesn’t show so well in these scribbles but they’re actually staggered so they overlap easier - I’ll post a direct underside shot sometime to show it. 

These guys are complex so this idea will probably continue to be tweaked quite a bit, hah.

[If anyone follows my tumblr I'm doing somehwat of a quick-stuff month, it started as Inktober and then became...something else haha. But I won't be posting every little thing here just FYI.]

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Atticus-W Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016
Amazing design!  Are the double thoraxes a reference to the Duplex engine design? :meow:
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
YOU KNOW that was an unintentional reference but that totally works haha! I generally base the limb count and design based on their actual axle layout - powered trailing and leading axles become arms/vestigial limbs, and the powered axles translate into the load-bearing limbs. There are some exceptions though so they don't get too cluttered-looking!
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Atticus-W Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017
Oh, haha, that makes sense in a surprisingly simple way. ^^
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1234567890dd Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
ಠಿ_ಠ           How did I miss this? I love trains. (*o*)
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Binaryrobot Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Yes yes I love this one love steam engens 
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LB-MB-24 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
Arrrgh! these train morphs are so awesome it's ashame I can't commish you x.x
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FoolytheCat Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
So Cool!!!,✊🏾
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Flaming-Lambo Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg I can just imagine this thing loping down the tracks all snakey hnnng. So purty. 
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MrDessin Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2016   General Artist
Haha really fun one ^^
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janlc Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2016
I like trains :D
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Galladoskope Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Trains Are the best Thing ever
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LB-MB-24 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016
PLEASE MORE!!! <3 I rarely see trains drawn like this :3 
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Trytix Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Jesus christ!
I can't say anything else than very frekin awsome piece of work!!!
This looks amazing!
Your reptilian-machine anatomy skills are sick!
I love it!

Trytix approves!!! :D
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ManiakMonkey Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This thing is amazing, great job! Trains have been my favorite since I was a little kid, and just looking at this monstrosity makes me smile so much. It's so cool! I love all of your biomech designs!

Also, I'm relatively new to seeing your art, have you drawn or do you plan on drawing any of your biomechs fighting? That would look awesome!
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Hydrothrax Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it! Steam locomotives have a "life" all of their own, if you've ever seen one run in person. 

And oh boy yes I need to do that - I've sketched aerosaur dogfights and such but I don't have finished stuff of it posted. It's on the list ;)
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ManiakMonkey Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
They really do! I look forward to seeing more awesome works :D
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ChaosPhantom444 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Remarkable work on this beast!
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ninetailedfoxfox Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omfg I love it
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JRDude205 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks amazing!!!
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nirryc Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016   Digital Artist
Another crazy transformation. Cool idea once more! ;)
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DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016  Student Filmographer
Yay! You drew one!! Choo choo! I love this guy he's awesome!

all those legs in a tandem would be a sight to behold^^
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