The N-109 Bulldog ATV is an armoured, fast, rapid-insertion troop carrier capable of carrying a four-man squad of marines into a combat hotzone. In addition to being big enough and strong enough to puncture enemy front-lines, the N-109 is small enough to fit into the cargo hangar of Torpedo Ram class cruisers.
Length: 5.33 metres
Height: 2.12 metres
Width: 2.66 metres
Engine: 5.7 litre V8 running on syntholene
Weapons: 1 medium laser
1 50mm chaingun
Crew: 1 driver
Passengers: Between 1 and 8, depending on internal configuration and wheel size
Side. Six wheel give extra stability and traction
Top-down. Here you can see the open roof, T-top style. The vehicle is about the length of the average SUV
Troops deploying. The entire side panels lift up to allow boarding/disembarking
The medium laser mounted on a swivel turret
50mm chaingun and red-tinted headlight to maintain night-vision
Comparison with the Kelpie Jeep. These two vehicles are often deployed alongside each other, but serve very different purposes. The Kelpie is used to supplement ground forces and tanks, while the Bulldog is used to rapidly penetrate enemy defenses and deploy troops inside enemy lines. It can also be used to recover wounded troops, and generally ferry Marines around a battlefield.
Ready to race
Making a hasty withdrawal
This was a fun little build on a boring day. I'm quite pleased with how the vehicle turned out, as it fulfills a combat roll that I had not previously covered. The Kelpie effectively acts as a troop ferrier, scout, and attack vehicle, but isn't specific to any of those. The N-109 Bulldog, however, covers the roll of the ATV troop insertion vehicle. Can you picture ten or twenty of these, covered by a few Kelpie jeeps, rolling across a battlefield, crushing aliens and smashing defences? I can.