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Taurus III Matchmaker
About this creation
A shiny new Mech frame to play with. For IWE's designers, that's the best birthday present you can get. They get to do lots of fun stuff with it, design lots of cool new explodey guns to put on it, lots of new armor variations, lots of good color schemes, and so on. Best of all, you have the opportunity to continually pile more and more guns and armor on the frame until it can barely stand. ...Which is exactly what they did to make the Matchmaker.

The Taurus Mechs, during their use in IWE, have always been designed for a specific purpose. The Boomer is for desert environments, the Starfire operates in deep space, the Blizzard was meant for the cold, and the Taurus III Matchmaker was built with the nightmarish world of urban combat in mind. Featuring the heaviest armor of the past eight Taurus Mechs, and even heavier weapons, the Matchmaker is the very embodiment of a walking tank.



--Specifications--
-Model: Taurus III Matchmaker
-Class: Walker, Omnimech
-Role(s): Urban combat, fire support, anti-infantry
-Tonnage: 74.3
-Height: 11.6 meters
-Power Source: VT-7650 Heavy-Duty EM Power Core Mk.32
-Max Speed: 55 MPH
-Armament: Two Mk.82 Heavy Directed-Pulse Cannons, two light laser cannons, Ai-4 antipersonnel chin gun, antipersonnel airburst launchers, twelve Kherav-6 anti-armor missiles



The Directed-Pulse Charge launcher is the latest breakthrough in IWE's weapons technology. It was first developed as an underwater-use weapon for an aquatic Mech, but the Mech never reached production and the DPC launcher was filed away as a failed weapon design. Later, when the Corsair Heavy Mech was first made, our designers went back and dug up the old weapon, and it's now the Corsair's secondary weapon. The DPC launcher performed so well we've gone into further development of it, creating the new Directed-Pulse Cannon.

The DPC cannon works by firing energy-encased explosive projectiles. These have proved extremely effective against energy-shielded and heavily-armored targets, as the intense field of energy easily eats away at armor and shielding alike, allowing the shaped charge in the round to punch through and incinerate everything inside. They smash stone to rubble, tear through armor like paper, and reduce softer targets to a pile of mess that none of you want described for you.




Missiles! Who doesn't like missiles? These little babies may not look like much, but their rod-like bodies are made of solid tungsten. Combined with the high-force explosions their heads can create, and the Kherav-6 missiles go through light and medium armor like crossbow bolts on aluminum foil. And if a single missile isn't enough, the heads are designed to "squash" against thick armor and vaporize a couple layers, weakening it for the next missile. Repeated missiles strikes on the same area will eventually take down anything.





The comfy cockpit. Sorry, the automatic coffee machine only comes with the deluxe model.



Creator's Notes:
Yeah, yeah, I put the frame up three months ago and am just NOW putting up the first Mech to use it. But hey, it's better than nothing, right? Don't worry, I've got another finished, along with the Boomer refitted to the new frame. ...And about thirty thousand other completed projects I still need to take pictures for and just get up already. I've found that one of the best ways to keep your customers from getting angry at your not meeting the release date is to just not specify one and keep it as a surprise.

Actually, that bit of backstory at the beginning is partly true. My goal with this big guy was pretty much to mount as much armor and weaponry as I thought the frame could realistically hold. I think it's a bit rough around the edges, but I'm still quite happy with it. Kinda like an M1 Abrams on legs.

So, you're wondering where the name came from. Probably the oddest part of the Mech. Well, around the time when I was making it I noticed how many Mechs, military vehicles, etc. had the name "Peacemaker" (speaking of which, I kinda think peacemaker is sort of an oxy-moron for a military vehicle). I also recently looked into the US's Minuteman nuclear missiles a tiny bit, and for whatever reason decided to "merge" the two words a little and somehow came out with Matchmaker. It's a bit silly if you know the meaning behind the term, but it has a nice flow to it and it just stuck.

Anyway, have fun!


Building instructions
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Comments

  August 11, 2014
Haha! I'm just reminiscing and looking for inspiration. But let's not spam Arik's page. Why do you hop on over the the forum chat box?
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  August 10, 2014
lol, bumping this creation are we rich? by the way, long time no see! how ya been?
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  August 10, 2014
How to build a Western-Style mech: 1. Armour the darn thing till it can hardly stand. 2. MOAR GUNZ!!! 3. Headlights are a must.
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  November 2, 2012
How did I miss this? This is an awesome war machine!
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  October 14, 2012
i cant get this out of my head, with the color scheme and everything i cant stop thinking of this as the Grenadier Mk II on steroids. kind of like a tank version, to me they look like they are in the same family. Probably because of the faceplate. But either way keep up the excellent work.
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  October 14, 2012
Man I say you are an official Lego builder!
  October 14, 2012
Thanks!
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  October 14, 2012
Quoting Rich Collins... 257th Wolf Hey Arik, Do you mind if I stea--- I mean.. borrow you're missle design? I think its pretty cool!
Feel free. :)
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  October 14, 2012
Hey Arik, Do you mind if I stea--- I mean.. borrow you're missle design? I think its pretty cool!
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  October 14, 2012
Quoting Daniel Brilliant That is one sick mech. I like all the details on the armaments. The over all style and shape look nice and I appreciate that you did it all in LDD. I'm a fan of the medium and I like seeing solid work in LDD which promotes digital design in general.
I'd agree. I've noticed several people on the Pages seem to dislike digital creations. I suppose I can see the reasoning behind it (which I don't agree with), but it sure does make things hard. Also more difficult is that digital models usually don't look as good as real-life builds, and it's a constant challenge to take care of even the smallest details in a model to make it look nice.
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  October 14, 2012
Quoting Thomas Z. Okay, this looks odd and awesome at the same time. Seriously, I like how it looks, tough it looks a bit like two different mechs were put together. The upper body reminds me of those mechs from Battlefield 2142. I like the coloring, tough you should really try some different colors next time, like orange and dark blue(different color variations can bring out a lot more character from the same model). I might give your frame a try and build something Battletech-ish for a change, if you don't mind. Great work!
The idea behind the coloring was, like with my past three Taurus Mechs, ideal camouflage. That and I'm just not a big fan of the crazy bright colors used in Gundams. :P Yes, the Taurus design is definitely quite bizzare, especially with its unique leg design. Perhaps that's part of the reason I like it so much. By the way, the original Taurus frame (of which I've made two variants) is Chunkblaster's design. I've done a bit of work with it, but it's still completely his. ...In other words, you can probably just feel free to do anything with it. I have. :P
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  October 14, 2012
awesome!!!
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  October 13, 2012
That is one sick mech. I like all the details on the armaments. The over all style and shape look nice and I appreciate that you did it all in LDD. I'm a fan of the medium and I like seeing solid work in LDD which promotes digital design in general.
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  October 13, 2012
Okay, this looks odd and awesome at the same time. Seriously, I like how it looks, tough it looks a bit like two different mechs were put together. The upper body reminds me of those mechs from Battlefield 2142. I like the coloring, tough you should really try some different colors next time, like orange and dark blue(different color variations can bring out a lot more character from the same model). I might give your frame a try and build something Battletech-ish for a change, if you don't mind. Great work!
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  October 13, 2012
Quoting LTE MOCer I like it! I LOVE the upper boy, great armoring, great weapons. I've never been particularly fond of the Taurus legs, however. They just look a little weird. Anyhoo, this is a great mecha! Looking forward to more like it in the future!
Yeah, the legs are indeed a bit odd. Can't say I think it's a bad kind of "odd", though. Actually, they're really maneuverable. The only thing I'd question is stability, as they look a bit wobbly. I wonder if Chunk's made a real-life version of it like he did for the Grey Wolf?
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  October 13, 2012
Cool! I should get to work on my own. At least i have some inspiration now.
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  October 13, 2012
I like it! I LOVE the upper boy, great armoring, great weapons. I've never been particularly fond of the Taurus legs, however. They just look a little weird. Anyhoo, this is a great mecha! Looking forward to more like it in the future!
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  October 13, 2012
very well armed and armoured mech!
 
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