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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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: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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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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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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Michal266 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional Writer
Big Daddy?
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