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Vanderbilt by DNA-1 Vanderbilt by DNA-1
Right before the MOBA project was cancelled, our team was in the process of expanding each of the worlds that our hero units came from. There was a Tolkien-esque world, a Lovecraftian horror world, a world inspired by Conan, and of course--my favorite--a steampunk world.

Vanderbilt here was the character that just fell out of my brain during our original brainstorm session at the beginning of the project, and in no time at all, Lead Designer Tim built an incredible steam-powered world around him, including Obadyne, our other fully fleshed-out (hammered-out?) steampunk character. This guy's the one I *most* wanted to see come to life, primarily because he's the most unique and original. Felt like this was just the sort of outside-the-box thinking that the fantasy-heavy MOBA genre needs, and we wanted so badly to put this and other unusual ideas out there in the world.

Well, at least he's seeing the light of day now. Maybe I can use the idea in some future endeavor.

Fun fact: if you look at Vanderbilt's 'anatomy' carefully, you'll see all the key components of a period-accurate steam engine (in the back view, even the door to his firebox would've been present!). I really wanted it to be clear that this creature was an actual train prior to becoming a Big Daddy-like stempunk golem. At one point, we thought that perhaps he could simply transform back into a train for a ramming-type special attack.

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Texture resources from CGtextures: [link]

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And see the complete PROJECT MERCURY Gallery here: [link]
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:iconsraklasspikedclub:
SraklasSpikedclub Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Kinda reminds me of IronHorse from Astro City, but with a much more imaginative design :)
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:icontrainguy112:
trainguy112 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
Skins that would've been, in my opinion:

British Vanderbilt
Wild West Vanderbilt
Streamlined Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt the tank engine
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
All of those sound rad to me! :)
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:iconorielee:
Orielee Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Fucking sweet!
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ha ha--thanks! :D
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:icontrainguy112:
trainguy112 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Shame your MOBA didn't come to be. This character here looks very cool. BTW, what would  have been the customization system in your MOBA? Would it have been skins like most MOBAS, or individual cosmetics like in DOTA 2? 
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Definitely skins.  Skins are super fun, aren't they? :)
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:icontracks147:
tracks147 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
kinda looks like a robot steam train
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Well, good!  That's exactly what we were going for. :)
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:icontracks147:
tracks147 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
your welcome and venderbilt dose look like a robot steam engine
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:iconmichal266:
Michal266 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Big Daddy?
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Definitely an inspiration.
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:iconsteeletank:
steeletank Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014

great lines and concept


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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, thanks! :)
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:iconlord-darcy:
Lord-Darcy Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
:star::star::star::star::star:
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:iconcesaralexis:
cesaralexis Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Cornelius Vanderbiltt
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:iconweremole:
weremole Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
YES!
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:iconmiskatonicuniversity:
MiskatonicUniversity Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Thomas, the big daddy.

Brilliant!
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:iconminorkrax:
MinorKrax Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome steampunk :3
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:iconblue-paint-sea:
Blue-Paint-Sea Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its like "steam"punk, but with awesome-sauce poured all over it. :D

Love this man! :thumbsup::)
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Quite literally STEAMpunk. :)
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:iconicebluerose77:
Icebluerose77 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the train influence.. I've never seen that before. cool
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's hard to add anything new to steampunk, but I tried my best. What's steam-ier than a locomotive, right? :)
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:icontorch-light:
Torch-Light Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
Oh this is just AWESOME. Plenty of games have steampunk robots, but this steam ENGINE bot kicks their butts :D What a bummer this got canceled, though I never was big into MOBA's.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You got it exactly--it's the Big Daddy of steampunk robots. Nothing says "steam" like a full-size locomotive, am I right? :)
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:icongeoburn:
Geoburn Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
I don't think you understand just how badly I need this.
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:iconpabloramosart:
Pabloramosart Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's bad ass!
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet--thanks! :)
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:iconmechatrain150:
mechatrain150 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
oh finally someone gets what im looking for in the search results!!
its hard to find any robot trains.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet--so the tags finally worked? Great! Glad you could find your way here. :)
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:iconmechatrain150:
mechatrain150 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
why couldn't there be any moe wobot twains?? QnQ
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Guess it's pretty niche and unusual. But for me, that's why it's cool. :)
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:iconmechatrain150:
mechatrain150 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
r u kidding!? its awsome!!
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:iconlangis:
langis Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
That's not a man, it's a train I tell you.

It's not a train it's a giant chicken.

You're not a man/train, you're a chicken Boo.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I don't necessarily understand what I just read, but I enjoyed it! :)
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:iconlangis:
langis Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Animaniacs reference.

[link]
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nice. :)
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:iconsaintwalker1806:
SaintWalker1806 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Okay my mind viewed this a mixture of Glados and a Big Daddy from Bioshock :D truly makes for an epic combination :happybounce: great design.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great! That's just the sort of feeling we were hoping you'd get--the soulless robot brute.
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:icondinodanthetrainman:
dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is great I love :)
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:iconpk-artist:
PK-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool!! Love the design!
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconnekomaster1000:
nekomaster1000 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist
CHOO CHOO MOTHERFUCKAS!
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ha ha--right on!
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:iconremowylliams:
remowylliams Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
excellent execution of a great design, thanks for sharing it.

Remo
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet-thanks! :)
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:iconsenwiz:
senwiz Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
Amazing work! Very cool idea.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
TY!
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:iconericthepilot:
Ericthepilot Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
opTHOMAS prime!
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
bwa ha ha! :D
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