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ACV-30 Svantovit
Mocpages needs more AFVs. There's also nowhere near enough close-quarters urban combat vehicles. We need more. Here's one.
About this creation
Produced in 3152, the Svantovit was originally designed to support a platoon of infantry in combat situations; it was formidably armed and equipped with unusually thick ceramic-battleplastic-titanium plating to provide excellent survivability.

The machine was already one hundred and seventy nine years old at the formation of the Empire.

That was in 3327.

It is now 3491.

The Svantovit is now a design almost three hundred and forty five years old.
It is still as murderous now as it was more than three centuries ago.



The Svantovit was and is a pure urban combat vehicle; it iss rather fast, it's as well protected as some medium terradynes and thanks to the large bore of the low-velocity cannon, it could fire a high explosive shaped charge warhead capable of crippling any vehicle then seen on the battlefield.

It should be noted that that relatively slow-moving shell is still able to severely damage most foes on the modern battlescape.

It can also fire a powerful explosive charge or a proximity detonation airburst fragmentation round, even a blast of flechettes if an aircraft is threatening the vehicle or the soldiers it supports.



This is the ACV-30 SG version; yes, it's been adjusted so many times they've had to go with a more effective designation system.

The aesthetics of the vehicle were rather archaic, but the cost was rather high for a vehicle of its class. At the time.
Thanks to numerous advances in military technology, the Svantovit is now one of the cheaper urban combat vehicles available.



It makes no drastic alterations to the old, tried-and-true design; it's still got the same ol', same ol' for a main gun, but the ancient machinegun has been replaced with a more modern Zenarms 10mm Autogun-450.
The communications system was also updated, and the targetting system was shrunk down by replacing the aging Starseige-7 ballistic calculator and stabilizer with a newer KAS-24 battlecomp.

That means more armour, and a replacement power plant allows it to carry even more.
The new Svantovit is possibly the most terrifying of the armoured vehicles shipped with the 43rd Expeditionary Force; the Crimson Wolves, the company to which this particular ACV-30 SG belongs, has currently absorbed the brunt of the beach-head fighting against the Coalition Of Planets.

Easily recognizable by the bright scarlet paint schemes on its vehicles, the company has seen a lot of combat in various low-intensity conflicts, including the brutal fighting on Nayi, which nearly butchered the unit, and some pretty vicious urban combat was what the current batch of replacements cut their teeth on.

Some COPpie is going to run into a rather nasty surprise one of these days, and with three platoons of armoured vehicles to scatter around the UNEA, there's no guarantee there won't be a Svantovit or two, or three, or even a whole platoon if he's unlucky, on any given world.



The first things any prospective entrant into the Imperial Zenexabas Armoured Academy is taught are 'Don't close with a Svantovit.
Under no circumstances follow one into constricted terrain.
Do not chase infantry of any type in an area where Svantovits are known to be operating. Under no circumstances permit a damaged ACV-30 to leave the battlefield.'

Wise words indeed, but the last sentence is what interests most people; 'why not,' some of them tend to think.

There is a good reason that the ACV-30 has remained in service as a front-line vehicle with five major militaries for a full three hundred years; not only is it difficult to destroy and even more difficult to safely close with in constricted environments, once damaged its modular design and slabs of armour are easy to replace and very few ACV-30s are completely destroyed.

In fact, it is fully possible that some of the Svantovits still in service are members of the first production runs; they're certainly tough enough.



Infantry close assault is not a problem for the ACV-30 SG; for one, it's intended to support, and be supported by, an infantry platoon, and for two, it not only mounts a machinegun, it's fast enough and, frankly, juddery enough for most men to be unable to hang on.

The thing was never intended to operate outside of urban situations; admittedly it's proven itself in canyons, caverns and mountains alike, but the suspension was built for roads and slowly moving over rubble.



It is debatable whether the Svantovit is an armoured car or a light tank; it's certainly capable of going toe-to-toe with a a medium combat terradyne, but so can an infantryman with a rocket launcher.

One thing's for sure: it's faster and better armed than several of the Coalition light tanks floating about.
The light tank is an outdated concept anyway; on the modern battlefield, armoured cars are faster and there's no point in a tracked recon car; tracked vehicles may be able to go over almost anything, but wheels are faster and hovertech is even more mobile, albeit finicky to maintain.



Despite the many variants, no non-combat or support ACV-30 has ever been successful; the thing is designed for several combat roles and can be adapted for more, but there is absolutely no way you can shoehorn that howitzer into the turret and I'd tell you what you can do with that mortar, but this is a family-friendly site.



The pilot of a Svantovit has a helmet; that helmet transmits information from holocams on the outside of the vehicle directly to his retinas. Thus, the Svantovit is not at all vulnerable to small arms fire; it just bounces off, and the cameras are well protected by carefully shaped armour slats.



While the hole in the roof of the turret is the only way to leave a Svantovit short of dying or being cut out, exiting procedures are not difficult, despite the cramped interior; the pilot's seat folds back, he crawls to the turret and climbs out.


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Here's a pic of the turret removed from the body.



Anyway, here's my first real armoured vehicle, my largest pure SNOT vehicle to date, AND yet another vehicle built around a machinegun.
It's also inspired by the Tundran Light Tank from the Battalion Wars games, although that might not be obvious, as the only characteristics carried over from it are the red colour (short on grey), the stubby main gun and the wheels. That's it; the Tundran vehicle has a flamer on the back, this has a machinegun on top.

Now, leave a comment or you'll get blown away!



Comments

 I made it 
  May 26, 2009
Quoting Michael Sloper Sweet car! I like the design and color scheme it has and the turret looks sweet! I really like the blast effect it has. Did you paint the bush red or did you get it off of Bricklink or something? I also like the background you gave it. Well done! Oh, and could you check out my venator?
No, the bush is from an old Aquanauts set I got off trademe. The background is a landscape I've had around for a while, actually it's from the first world war but it can pass as any war-ravaged piece of terrain.
 I made it 
  May 18, 2009
Quoting Paul Lawrence Excellent! You just give me the answer I've been looking for. Maybe I try to make one of these but with other wheels, more tank-ish :O
Answer? Answer for what? Sorry if I seem forgetful.
 I like it 
  May 18, 2009
Excellent! You just give me the answer I've been looking for. Maybe I try to make one of these but with other wheels, more tank-ish :O
Areetsa C
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Michael Sloper
  May 16, 2009
Sweet car! I like the design and color scheme it has and the turret looks sweet! I really like the blast effect it has. Did you paint the bush red or did you get it off of Bricklink or something? I also like the background you gave it. Well done! Oh, and could you check out my venator?
 I like it 
  May 16, 2009
sweet build
 I like it 
  May 16, 2009
Sometimes vague ideas are more essential than they seem. Even so, most people who try to incorporate these large wheels end in destroying the aesthetic views of the creation. So, I give you a round of applause.
 I made it 
  May 16, 2009
Quoting Dr. Spontaneous I must say, that your MOC greatly resembles your reference. So far, I think your one of the better builders that can effectively incorporate those large wheels to look great on a rather medium-sized creation.
I don't know why; they're not especially difficult to integrate; perhaps its something to do with the diameter, but I've never had any problems with them. Actually, all I had for how I wanted it to look was a vague idea that it would have four wheels and a turret with a short cannon, that was just about it. Thank you, though.
 I like it 
  May 16, 2009
I must say, that your MOC greatly resembles your reference. So far, I think your one of the better builders that can effectively incorporate those large wheels to look great on a rather medium-sized creation.
 I made it 
  May 16, 2009
Quoting Dr. Spontaneous I shall personally dub this as: "The Commie-Mobile". Anyhow, with that aside, this shows a great talent for some SNOT work. Quite excellent. And, ditto to the Metal Slug type style. Overall, excellent MOC and presentation.
You would. Thank you for the opinions. Actually, it wasn't based on Metal Slug as much as Battalion wars; the Tundran light tank, at the top right of page three, http://www.cumronashtiani.com/Graphics/StyleGuides/Example_Artbrief.pdf was the primary inspiration.
 I like it 
  May 16, 2009
I shall personally dub this as: "The Commie-Mobile". Anyhow, with that aside, this shows a great talent for some SNOT work. Quite excellent. And, ditto to the Metal Slug type style. Overall, excellent MOC and presentation.
 I made it 
  May 16, 2009
Quoting mithryl dlarix Did you ever play "metal slug"? it kinda reminds me of this, somehow. Love the color scheme.
I've played the GBA version, but none of the others. There's a lot of similarites between Metal Slug stuff and the Advance Wars/Battalion Wars art styles, though; stubby little cannons play a large part in both styles, as are unusually short designs.
Quoting John Moffat It's all awesome and smooth and red!
With this kind of studs-fowards building method it's very difficult to get something that's NOT smooth. Red? Oh yes, that's your favorite colour, isn't it?
 I like it 
  May 16, 2009
It's all awesome and smooth and red!
 I made it 
  May 16, 2009
Quoting Tyler Evans AKA "Drake" pretty sweet job man, you have inspired me to make a tank now too!!
Good to know someone's got some good out of this. Just so you know, you have to be careful with the heights on things like this; if you're not careful enough, you'll have a great looking tank but no way to fit a crew. Trust me, there's no real way to ruin a SNOT vehicle like this short of mucking up the turret or movement system.
 I like it 
  May 16, 2009
pretty sweet job man, you have inspired me to make a tank now too!!
 
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