"The Taurus Mechs are the living embodiment of the term 'Vertical Tank'. The Taurus's have a tendency to move other Mechs typically placed in the Vertical Tank category into something more along the lines of 'Vertical Tricycle'. Yes, we've found our Mech." -IWE's head producers, discussing the Taurus design
About this creation
The Taurus frame: big, sturdy, reliable, maneuverable, able to support massive loads of armor and big guns, what's not to love? Well, it just got a bit better.
After a year in NAF service and about three years as one of CBMC's most beloved products, the Taurus has proven itself a successful design, but at the same time has been shown to have a number of flaws. So we finally got around to working out those flaws. Improvements include using a new titanium-based alloy skeleton to replace the old solely-titanium one, higher-grade durasteel for the rest of the construction, better actuators for the joint motors, a completely-reworked power system, additional weapon mounts, a reworked leg design providing for a better stance (Gyros only go so far), and a number of other helpful changes.
Aside from the usual pair of Omnihub weapon mounts and possible shoulder weapons used by the other two Taurus frames, the Taurus III carries two newer weapon mounts. The main one is a pair of joint mounts on the frame's back strong enough to mount even MBS back weapons. The other one is the possibility of adding a light nose-mounted weapon for effective anti-personnel capabilities.
The Taurus III shows a massive range of movement, exceeding even its predecessors. The virtually-limitless potential shown by the unique Omnimech leg design outdoes every other Mech in existence by vast amounts. Developing the control algorithms used by the Taurus III were a headache to develop, but we got it done. The Taurus III also has a few newer features in its leg design, including magnetic plates placed in its feet and toes (whereas earlier models had to have them added in with their armor), EMP-hardened motors to keep heavy EMP weaponry from blasting its leg motors apart in the infamous EM motor-EMP weapon reaction.
The Taurus III received a complete overhaul on its upper body. As is obvious, the cockpit hatch was moved to the top. This was mostly because front hatches restricted the use of nose guns. The Taurus III's cockpit interior is mostly the same with only a few minor changes, so that pilots moving to the updated Mech can more easily adapt to using it. The overall armor attachment points are mostly the same so older armor presets could be easily adapted to fit the new frame. One of the biggest changes was a reworking of the frame's power core and output systems. Instead of the tiny portion of space devoted to power supply on the Taurus II frame, we fitted the Taurus with not one, but two ML-4200b Mk.13 Power Cores, about three-quarters of the power output used by most Superheavy Mechs, and a pair of matching drive motors, all conveniently placed in the Taurus III's "armpit" sections.
Here's a final front and back view of the Taurus III frame. I'll admit that the frame is a little tricky to work with if you've never used it before, but overall it's almost identical in workings and attachment to the original. The only real difference, which I'll mention right now, is those two little studs on each side of the waist. The earlier style of adding armor plates that covered the tops of the legs had a tendency to limit the waist's turning abilities, so I thought I'd try this out. You just add clips and voila, it's on. The old method still works with the frame, if you prefer it. Unfortunately both varieties have a slight problem in that the motor boxes get kinda in the way.
Now, a quick note to my adoring audience: please, USE the frame! Frames are multi-purpose tools for building completed Mechs a whole lot easier than building one from scratch. I don't have any copyrights or patents on this thing, and you won't get sued a million bucks or whatever if you use it. I'm anxiously waiting for you to try the frame out so I can see someone besides myself build something with it.
As always, credit goes to Chunkblaster for his beloved Taurus frame, which I hope I've done well in improving.
Quoting Rich Collins... 257th Wolf
Oh, Cool! I'm going to have to Convert my Taurus IIs to Taurus III Format!
For the most part, the armor should be able to be just pulled off your current Mech and added right on. The lower leg segment's armor is about two studs longer, and the middle portion of the upper body's connection point (the "face", cockpit hatch on top, and back) will also need a good amount of reworking.