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#1 Tr0jin H0rse

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:07 PM

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There haven't been any entries to this competition yet, so I thought I would whip up one to get everybody started. This is my Achmer entry for the Harmony VDC.

I present to you, the microfig scale Achmer Tripod Walker!

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Excuse the crappy photoshopping. I started off when I was messing around with the legs whilst building nothing in particular, and then remembered this contest included Achmer vehicles. So I built a head, added a support and voila. Yes, the head is too heavy for the legs to support it, hence the "invisible support". My first version could stand freely, but it looked horrible. Sacrificed stability for looks. Heh. I loosely based my design of Scorps inspiration sketches to inspire entries.

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The Achmer undoubtedly own some of the best quality technology in all of Nova Refuge. Their standard issue tripod walker is no exception. Fitted with state of the art weaponry and robotics, it is a sight to behold on the battlefield. Its three legs help it move with grace and precision, whilst its two front tentacles can be used in a variety of ways. The squid-like look of the walker has caused other walker pilots through Nova Refuge to know it as the "Kraken", the mythical sea creature of human legend.

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The Kraken, as a basic infantry support, is armed with three main weapons. Two heavy artillery cannons (known as "Ink Sacs" to humans) are present on either side of the body, while a high power laser cannon sits in front of the canopy for line-of-sight destruction.

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The Krakens front tentacles can be used in many ways. They can be used to tear into enemy bases, fight other walkers up close or even hold and fire experimental Achmer weaponry. And like the Kraken of legend, its tentacles can bring down ships that get too close.

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I did say that this was microfig scale, so here is one for comparison. The Kraken is a medium sized walker, with only one pilot needed to operate it. There is no windshield; it is operated by instruments alone. The optical sensors on the canopy give off a purple glow when activated.

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But the Achmer are a resourceful species. If required, the Kraken can retract its arms and legs to become a medium sized fighter!

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The Kraken is as deadly as a fighter as it is as a walker. When released from an Achmer carrier vessel, they attack like a swarm of bees. The "Ink Sacs" quickly bring down any resistance, and clear a space for the fighters to land and transform into the tripods.

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Here is a top view of the Kraken. It retains a somewhat round shape, as most Achmer vehicles do. You can also see the flight thrusters positioned at the rear.

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And finally, our beloved Kraken ponders the mysteries of the universe.

Thank you, and comments are welcome, as always.

#2 Prattitude

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:13 PM

That's a pretty sweet little walker/fighter you've got there man. Looks very War of the Worldsish, and kudos on that last picture for making me laugh out loud! Good luck in the competition, and thanks for the inspiration. ;)

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 01:35 AM

makes my typhoon fighter pale in comparison

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#4 Lord English

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 03:57 AM

makes my typhoon fighter pale in comparison


I think they're both cool. They're different, so they're both special.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 06:12 AM

Wow, this is pretty dang awesome. If I was gonna throw together an entry, it would have been a similarly sized tripod walker as well, but at minifig scale (meaning it'd be a light scout walker at best, by NR standards).

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#6 Tr0jin H0rse

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 06:39 AM

makes my typhoon fighter pale in comparison


I haven't seen the typhoon. Do you have a link?

#7 Gentleman Psychopath

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 08:50 AM

I haven't seen the typhoon. Do you have a link?


yeah here it is. I haven't upload pics of the cockpit yet but it is to min-fig scale. I'll probably re take the pics with a mini-fig in them to show scale

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 08:02 AM

Really cool dude, I love it. I wonder if there's room to squeeze all three medals under your profile info there - gold, silver, and bronze. I mean, if no one else enters... :P

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 11:45 AM

Really cool dude, I love it. I wonder if there's room to squeeze all three medals under your profile info there - gold, silver, and bronze. I mean, if no one else enters... :P


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