2010 Mech Contest: Civilian Mech.
What? How can this be, you ask. A tank that's civilian? Do you even know what the word means? Yes. Yes I do. And if you'll bear with me here, I'll explain.
About this creation
Final Score: 14/20
I have a theory: And I like to call that theory the Theory of Eccentricity. This theory of mine states that people like to build things, and that people with money who like to build things go all out when building things. I have no experimental proof to back it up, but I think it's a pretty true statment. Now, imagine we live in a world where mecha exist. Wouldn't the earlier ones be simpler? And, if they're simpler, wouldn't they be easier to build? Therefore, if you've got enough cash, you could probably buy and build your own personal mech in your garage. If you've got the money to buy it, there's also the possibility someone's going to sell it. It's a roundabout way of coming to my point here, but I built this thing on the idea that one day people will be able to buy functional, if not armed, replica mechs of their own. Wouldn't that be something, eh?
Anywho, this is one of those theoretical 'Garage Kit' mechs. In my little world here, it's a U.S. SM-101 'Roosevelt' Scout Walker, from World War II. Here's the 'real' mech's backstory: The SM-101 'Roosevelt' was an American scout mech created in 1953 in an attempt to counter Germany's new Jaegerwalkers. The war had been faring steadily worse after Germany managed to beat the allies back from Berlin in 1945. Britain had been conquered, Russia pacified by Hitler's execution, and Europe recaptured by the new Axis powers. America worked frantically to keep the new Axis threat from her shores, and was keeping them contained for the moment. With the arrival of the Jaegerwalkers, everything changed. Now, with the last allied foothold in the Eastern Hemisphere threatened, a new vehicle has been deployed.
The Roosevelt was developed as a light recon mech, in the hope that it could outmaneuvre the heavier German mecha. It was armed with a single large caliber cannon, and could reach speeds of 25mph on flat terrain, practically a racing speed compared to the Jaegerwalker's 10. While Tanks still held a vast tactical advantage over the new mechs in most areas, they were able to handle rough terrain, meaning most engagements between the two were held in areas too rough for tanks.
And here's the backstory for the replica, which is the one you see before you: In 2072, Hadron Industries made it's new line of Garage Kit mecha available to the public. It was a revolutionary step forward, as it made walker frames available at an affordable price. Each kit was a different mecha from a different time period, including everything from the first walkers created during World War II to Police Enforcer walkers that could be seen patrolling the streets. Each kit was a perfect replica of it's real world counterpart, except for an interesting mangling of the weapons systems by a pair of enthusiastic monekys with wrenches. As expected, the kits sold out in a matter of weeks, and they became a staple of hobby stores worldwide. An unintended repercussion of this, however, was that they were basically giving away tanks. With a little welding and a slight overhaul of some portions, terrorist groups were able to create their own weapons to combat Government troops. Within a year of this realization, production was stopped. They can still be found floating around ebay from time to time, however, and are just as affordable as before. Many suspect it's Hadron Industries still trying to make a quick buck, but this has never been proven.
One of the most popular models was the SM-101 Roosevelt. Some say it was the mech's rough and ready looks, others that it's a remnant of a bygone era. Most say it's because it was the cheapest.
The Roosevelt runs on a good old fashioned cocktail of Diesel fuel and Gasoline. Or pretty much anything really. It's been proven to be able to function on the suffering of orphans if you reroute a wire or two.
As with all giant replica vehicles, cosplay is an absolute necessity when driving. If you're not wearing the proper gear, you look like a moron.
The leg system was particularly interesting. Nobody really believed they could support it until the thing started running. It could only reach 25mph, but that's practically a racing mech compared to its period competition.
The knee joint. Nothing much to say here.
The chest plate protects some valuable motor parts. This isn't the valuable motor part.
The knee joints actually have exhaust pipes, so as to lessen the vehicle's profile.
Rear reactor. It's shiny, isn't it?
And that's about it.
I hope you enjoyed my adorable little reformed death machine!
Thanks! The neat thing about that is that the legs don't really matter, so long as the feet are big and the joints don't have too much leeway. This is pretty much the only pose I've tried, so I'm not sure if it'll hold up on others.
Thanks guys! I'm really sorry it's taken me so long to get back to all of you. I have no excuse except procrastination.
@Aidan: I'm pretty sure it's still a turret, even if the weapons system has been mangled by a few disgruntled monkeys. And trust me, if you stay on the Internet long enough, calling a war machine cute becomes almost normal. Especially once you move over into Anime regions...
@Bones: The day I fail at presentations is the day I give up on them. I was actually really worried this wouldn't fit in well with the category. And as for the simplicity, I feel it's justified given the backstories.
@Benjamin: YES! You totally made my day by reading those.
@000: I don't recall promising anything about short ;). I mean, honestly. Disjointed ramblings and useless information should be expected from me by now.
@Mr. Rahkshi: Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'm definately filing that technique away for later. I'm thinking some sort of chibi tank, or something like that.
Dieselpunk is something that's been around for a little while now. It's got its own group on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/groups/legodieselpulp/
Anyways, thanks to all of you! I'm glad you guys like it.
@Sebeus: Same here. Who needs a car when you can buy a walking tank?
@Flare: I do too. I really love the retro feel the whole thing has.
@Louis: Thank you, that's very kind of you! I was actually shooting for simpler with this one, to fit with it's background.
@Matt: Thank you, it's nice to know you enjoyed it. The inside out look seems to have been pretty well received overall.
@E.K.O.: Well, a landslide of text should be expected when you're writing two backstories. And it's actually not that fragile. You'd be amazed how strong a 1x1 clip can be.
@Waffles: It may not be able to take on actual military hardware, but it's a sure win at autoshows. Especially after it finishes stomping on its competetition...
@Moodswim: Thank you, I'm really happy with how it came out! As for dieselpunk, this seems to be a theme I've accidentally ferried into the spotlight.
@Yuri: Actually, that's how I wanted them to look. The leg portion was inspired by a line of Japanese military models called Maschinen Krieger.
@Cody: Like I've said, I'm really pleased with how that effect came out. It also provides a nice contrast of the portions of heavier armor to those of lighter.
I don't see how anyone can criticize that. The build looks pretty complex, particularly the legs. The backstory is very nice, too. And you've even created a new theme, Dieselpunk! I'd really love to join in. Good job.