A close-quarters combat unit needs to be in a form that is both easy and natural to control. Thus, the humanoid config.
About this creation
The role of melee strider was one despised in the Empire, but after several painful defeats in short-range urban infighting, Imperial commanders were sold on the concept of a vehicle purpose built from the ground up to do the job that their hastily (and illegally) modified Zeniths were failing so badly at.
The result, the Close-Quarters-Strider model 31 'Jaguar', was not entirely limited to hand-to-hand combat, however: it had hardpoints under both elbows for the mounting of several types of ranged weapon.
The most common fitting was the infamous CC-5 'Perforator', with a slow three-hundred round-per-minute fire rate and devastating armour-piercing flechette ammunition.
With the standard 25mm APF-1 rounds, a pair of CC-5s could convert a street and the houses at the end into an abattoir in a few sickening moments.
There were a number of design issues that took several months to work out, foremost of which was a distressingly vulnerable shoulder joint. They did get fixed, eventually, but not before more than one Jaguar ended up with a large block of concrete instead of an arm.
The pilots of Jaguars are often strange folk, men and women willing to bodily throw themselves and their machines into the most withering gunfire in order to rip things apart. Not an easy task, I might add, as your average strider isn't exactly quick to respond to its pilot's commands. It's doable, as the CQS-31 was built from the ground up to do it, but it's not easy. One certainly wouldn't be able to do it with anything larger.
Pilots are not carefully chosen: anyone who still wishes to command a Jaguar after seeing holofilms of CQS-31's in action is more than welcome to have one.
The cockpits of Jaguars are dark and gloomy places, perfectly suited for their pilots.
The pilot is completely enclosed inside, controlling his vehicle with a virtual reality system to rival the most immersive of gamerooms: images from the head of the strider are transferred directly to the retina of the pilot, sounds from the microphones in the distinctive 'ears' are played through the helmet, commands meant for the pilot's body are intercepted and transferred to the vehicle instead.
The forearms of the machine are bulky and heavy, standing in contrast to the thin, some would say spindly, upper arms. The size is not an indication of strength, however: the upper arms can send the heavy forearms and the attached clawed hands scything through the air at a rate sufficient to slice a suit of heavy power armour in two.
"Is that so?"
A preview for
REVENGE OF THE BIGGER BEAR
"Crikey mate, there's always a bigger bear!"
"GRAAUGH! YOU WILL DIE,STUPID HUNTER!"
Or alternately, "Broccoli for His Majesty, broccoli for His Majesty!"
Don't start moaning at me over the studs: if I had wanted to, I could have covered almost all of them.
But I didn't.
Sometimes I think that we of mocpages forget that when it all boils down, we're just playing with Lego.
Think of my Striders as a reminder, as most if not all of them have a surplus of studs that could be covered, but weren't.
It was the product of a dearth of pieces, but now I think it's become a part of my personal style.
Brilliant, man. I like how you used minifig arms for the thumbs. To be honest, I don't mind the studs. They could be thicker parts in the armour. Thanks for your contricution to the lego community, and hope you keep doing what you do best! =D
Thanks all. Just so you know, I chose the name 'Jaguar' for a reason: a jaguar is a large cat, indeed, the largest hunting cat on the american continent, to my knowledge. It's certainly larger than the leopard, and similarly to the leopard, it's a stalk-and-ambush predator, relying on speed and surprise to make its job easier. Certainly something fitting for this model, in my opinion.
Quoting Clan Father Erik Ackroyd
I love me some good ol' elbow grea...I mean machine guns! [insert MG sound effects] This is quite an interesting design, and I rather like the studded design, adds texture. Overall, I like the humanoid design, but I turned in my human body for one made of cupcakes...Well, that's it from me. Oh, and nice kitty...
Yes, it's supposed to look a bit like a cat. I like cats. Did I show you my two/no, three/nope, five/nope, I think there's ten at the cowshed/ cats yet? Not to worry, though: all you need is a brain, two ears and a pair of eyes and possibly a life support system, and you can swap whatever body you're using for one of these. Of course, a severed head is not exactly the safest of vessels to travel around in, but as long as you don't let flies in you should be fine.
I love me some good ol' elbow grea...I mean machine guns! [insert MG sound effects] This is quite and interesting design, and I rather like the studded design, adds texture. Overall, I like the humanoid design, but I turned in my human body for one made of cupcakes...Well, that's it from me. Oh, and nice kitty...
Quoting commander mars
i love the hands and how you made him pic up the tree!
Well it's not a very big tree, just average sized. You know, without the arms, the legs can't hold it up in a normal position, as the arms are heavy and pull the whole thing fowards a bit. That means that a leg pose that holds it in a walking pose normally can't hold it if in an armless state.