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Stomper by ZackF Stomper by ZackF
A new mech! Sorry for the boring pose, easing back into the whole 2D art deal...
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"The Terran Commonwealth Rough Terrain Bipedal Mecha (RTBM) is a specialized weapons platform designed to provide heavy fire support and protection for Commonwealth infantry forces in terrain that are deemed unsuitable for deployment of tracked or hovercraft based armor support. 

Nicknamed the 'Stomper', since it's introduction during the War for Belisarius IV, the first generation mobile weapons platform had been found increasingly used in urban, mountainous, jungle and similar planetary environments where conventional battle tanks are not suited for deployment, proving their worth through superior manuvourability with their bipedal robotic locomotion. 

Their standard loadout includes dual medium laser cannons and dual medium particle cannons, with additional armaments such as heavier versions of said weapons, machine guns turrets and missile pods for anti-infantry and anti-armor purposes could be refitted at will, making the Stomper a versatile vehicle. 

Other features include an experimental kinetic-shielding technology, similar in principle to artificial gravity generators aboard starships, that enables protection against conventional bullets, missiles, artillery shells, and even limited protection against hyper-velocity coilgun munitions and particle beams, reducing the Stomper's titanium alloy armor requirements and thereby reducing weight that could limit their manuvourability and speed. The shield could be regulated by a seventh-generation quantum-nanoprocessor tactical computer core, which also allows for effective co-ordination movement of its legs and high accuracy targeting solutions, and is sufficiently advance to even control the mech under a 'Rabbit mode' in event of absence of or a compromised pilot. A micro-fusion generator provides power for the mech's motor and weapons systems, with two heat-sinks in the rear to provide coolant for both.

Among the main flaws of the Stomper is its specialization for rough terrain - while it rivals conventional tanks in terms of firepower, in open terrain it proves inferior in both manuvourability and speed of tracked and hovercraft vehicles and barely able to match in terms of protection. The bipedal legs provides a further weakness as disabling even one with a well-placed trap is sufficient to cripple the vehicle, which is exploited with increasing frequency in many conflicts...

--- StarNet Information Archive entry on the RTBM 'Stomper, 3221 CE.
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ZackF Oct 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You, sir, are awesome. Reading this made my week, and you've planted the seeds of a few ideas for future work. Thank you so much!
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You're welcome. 
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"I hear civvies like to complain that Stompers are 'walking coffins with guns' or something--that if someone takes out a leg, we're dead meat."

"Well, we'll just shoot first then."


-- A pair of Stomper pilots, overheard in a bar.
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"Stay back! Those damn alien bastards got trip-mines down the streets... left leg's gone, can't move, and they're closing in to finish the job... You won't make it in time, pull back! Pull back and  - "

--- Pilot of Stomper unit to partner, moments before his crippled Stomper is destroyed. 
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:iconsomerandomminion:
[Ouch. So much for "shooting first"...]
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:iconbrutalityinc:
[There's a reason why walkeing robots are looked down upon in hard sci-fi - they are rarely practical as a military weapon. That's why here they are portrayed as specialized vehicles that are only effective at terrain where tanks cannot move. If they ever square off they'll be slaughtered]
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:iconsomerandomminion:
[Thats' about the size of it. Heck, even Star Wars had that--the AT-ATs with all that armor? Tripped by a cable, and some fancy flying.]
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:iconbrutalityinc:
[And Ewoks busting the cockpits with giant logs on ropes]
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:iconsomerandomminion:
[Come to think of it; I think the Rebellion must have agents infiltrating Imperial weapons-design firms. So many obvious weaknesses on Imperial equipment CAN'T be a coincidence.]
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