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Blizzard Mk. 10 Exoskeleton
« on: 23 August 2021, 01:05:58 »
Blizzard Exoskeleton Mk. 10 Series
Type: Exoskeleton / Motorcycle
Manufacturer: Niops New Project Workshop
Primary Factory: Niops IX

Overview

The Niops Association, when rebuilding their military industrial capacity, found themselves hard-pressed to duplicate their previous powered armor, the SLDF's Nighthawk series, with even simplified versions of the suit like the Nighthawk XXX, just beyond their ability. While they could have gone even more simple, building something like the Hurricane or Tornado PA(L) suits developed by ComStar or the Word of Blake to produce an even more simplified version of the Nighthawk, the engineers of the Niops New Project Workshops, in typical Niopian fashion, decided to make a suit that was simultaneously less and more complicated than the original.  The end result of this effort was the Blizzard powered exoskeleton and ground reconnaissance vehicle, perhaps the strangest exoskeleton in use anywhere, earning the suit the nickname "Blizzard of Odd".



Capabilities

Key to understanding the Blizzard was that, in many ways, Niopian engineers cheated.  The Combast Space Activity Suit, or CSAS, was already heavily used by Niops Association Militia XCT-trained infantry units as their standard body armor, combining a counterpressure space suit with hard armor plates capable of withstanding ballistic and energy weapons.  Like a full hostile environment suit, the CSAS had nearly everything you needed to be an environmentally-sealed powered exoskeleton already.  They just needed a bit more of a physical boost, along with a bit more armor protection.

To that end, rather than trying to develop an entire sealed suit, engineers went the route of building an adjustable frame that would attach to a modified version of the CSAS suit, designated the Mark 3.  The exoskeleton operator would don his standard CSAS Mk 3, then would attach the connectors on the Blizzard suit to the hardpoints on their CSAS suit, combining the existing protection and environmental sealing of the CSAS Mk 3 with added protection and mobility of the Blizzard.

When looking at the Blizzard exoskeleton, one of the most obvious, and confusing, features are the twin tires that rest behind the wearer's shoulders.  Their use is not obvious when the suit is functioning as an exoskeleton, but the Blizzard can function as more than just an exoskeleton.  When detached, the exoskeleton can be reconfigured into an all-terrain motorcycle, with the batteries driving electric hub motors.  The process is difficult and, generally, takes up to 30 minutes to accomplish though some test pilots claim they were capable of transitioning between the two forms in under 10 seconds, something that, to date, remains unaccomplished outside of lab conditions.



In its exoskeleton mode, the Blizzard is capable of ground movement comparable to a human infantry, with a limited jump capacity of 30 meters.  Ground speed in motorcycle mode is an improved 32 kph, with up to 64 kph possible on paved roads.  Jump jets are limited, with only a single jump jet mounted on the suit, limiting the Blizzard to 30-meter hops.

Overall armor protection, combining the CSAS suit and the Blizzard itself, is comparable to other PA(L) or exoskeleton suits like the Nighthawk, Tornado or Gladiator suits.  Weaponry is also comparably light, with a body-mounted light TAG laser standard, and multiple optional weapons packages mounted on the suit's forearms.



Weapons package A consists of two twin-tube rocket launchers, with two rockets mounted in each forearm.  Package B swaps the rocket launchers for a David light infantry gauss rifle, while Package C instead mounts a heavy grenade launcher.  Weapons package D carries a standard machine gun, for anti-personnel use.  The widest departure, Package E, carries twin vibro-swords mounted in the forearms, for close-combat and boarding operations use.

Deployment

Still very much a work in progress, the majority of Blizzard suits produced thus far have been assigned to the Niops Expeditionary Forces aboard the NMS Beer Keg of Science, with most suits have been assigned to Marine teams aboard the ship.

In addition to Marine use, the current configuration of the Hornet LAM includes a 500-kg cargo bay, expressly for the purpose of providing an emergency vehicle for downed LAM pilots awaiting rescue.

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Blizzard Exoskeleton Mk 10A
Type: Blizzard Exoskeleton
Manufacturer: Niops New Project Workshop
Primary Factory: Niops IX

Tech Base: Inner Sphere (Standard)
Chassis Type:  Biped
Weight Class: Ultra Light/PA(L)/Exoskeleton
Maximum Weight: 400 kg
Battle Value: 61
Swarm/Leg Attack/Mechanized/AP: Yes/Yes/Yes/Yes


Equipment                                     Slots      Mass
Chassis:                                                80 kg
Motive System:                                               
     Ground MP:          3                              50 kg
     Jump MP:            1                              25 kg
Manipulators:                                                 
    Left Arm:            Armored Gloves                  0 kg
    Right Arm:           Armored Gloves                  0 kg
Armor:                   Standard (Basic)       0      100 kg
    Armor Value:         3 (Trooper)                         

                                         Slots           
Weapons and Equipment         Location (Capacity)   Mass 
Searchlight                     Body       1        5 kg 
TAG                             Body       1       35 kg 
Rocket Launcher 2             Left Arm     2       50 kg 
Rocket Launcher 2             Right Arm     2       50 kg 

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Blizzard Exoskeleton Mk 10B
Type: Blizzard Exoskeleton
Manufacturer: Unknown
    Primary Factory: Unknown

Tech Base: Inner Sphere (Standard)
Chassis Type:  Biped
Weight Class: Ultra Light/PA(L)/Exoskeleton
Maximum Weight: 400 kg
Battle Value: 93
Swarm/Leg Attack/Mechanized/AP: Yes/Yes/Yes/Yes
</p>

Equipment                                     Slots      Mass
Chassis:                                                80 kg
Motive System:                                               
     Ground MP:          3                              50 kg
     Jump MP:            1                              25 kg
Manipulators:                                                 
    Left Arm:            Armored Gloves                  0 kg
    Right Arm:           Armored Gloves                  0 kg
Armor:                   Standard (Basic)       0      100 kg
    Armor Value:         3 (Trooper)                         

                                         Slots           
Weapons and Equipment         Location (Capacity)   Mass 
Searchlight                     Body       1        5 kg 
TAG                             Body       1       35 kg 
Gauss Rifle                   Right Arm     1       100 kg

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Blizzard Exoskeleton Mk 10C
Type: Blizzard Exoskeleton
Manufacturer: Unknown
    Primary Factory: Unknown

Tech Base: Inner Sphere (Standard)
Chassis Type:  Biped
Weight Class: Ultra Light/PA(L)/Exoskeleton
Maximum Weight: 400 kg
Battle Value: 45
Swarm/Leg Attack/Mechanized/AP: Yes/Yes/Yes/Yes
</p>

Equipment                                     Slots      Mass
Chassis:                                                80 kg
Motive System:                                               
     Ground MP:          3                              50 kg
     Jump MP:            1                              25 kg
Manipulators:                                                 
    Left Arm:            Armored Gloves                  0 kg
    Right Arm:           Armored Gloves                  0 kg
Armor:                   Standard (Basic)       0      100 kg
    Armor Value:         3 (Trooper)                         

                                         Slots           
Weapons and Equipment         Location (Capacity)   Mass 
Searchlight                     Body       1        5 kg 
TAG                             Body       1       35 kg 
Grenade Launcher              Right Arm     1       100 kg

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Blizzard Exoskeleton Mk 10D
Type: Blizzard Exoskeleton
Manufacturer: Unknown
    Primary Factory: Unknown

Tech Base: Inner Sphere (Standard)
Chassis Type:  Biped
Weight Class: Ultra Light/PA(L)/Exoskeleton
Maximum Weight: 400 kg
Battle Value: 77
Swarm/Leg Attack/Mechanized/AP: Yes/Yes/Yes/Yes
</p>

Equipment                                     Slots      Mass
Chassis:                                                80 kg
Motive System:                                               
     Ground MP:          3                              50 kg
     Jump MP:            1                              25 kg
Manipulators:                                                 
    Left Arm:            Armored Gloves                  0 kg
    Right Arm:           Armored Gloves                  0 kg
Armor:                   Standard (Basic)       0      100 kg
    Armor Value:         3 (Trooper)                         

                                         Slots           
Weapons and Equipment         Location (Capacity)   Mass 
Searchlight                     Body       1        5 kg 
TAG                             Body       1       35 kg 
Machine Gun                   Right Arm     1       100 kg

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Blizzard Exoskeleton Mk 10E
Type: Blizzard Exoskeleton
Manufacturer: Unknown
    Primary Factory: Unknown

Tech Base: Inner Sphere (Standard)
Chassis Type:  Biped
Weight Class: Ultra Light/PA(L)/Exoskeleton
Maximum Weight: 400 kg
Battle Value: 45
Swarm/Leg Attack/Mechanized/AP: Yes/Yes/Yes/Yes
</p>

Equipment                                     Slots      Mass
Chassis:                                                80 kg
Motive System:                                               
     Ground MP:          3                              50 kg
     Jump MP:            1                              25 kg
Manipulators:                                                 
    Left Arm:            Vibro-Claw                     50 kg
    Right Arm:           Vibro-Claw                     50 kg
Armor:                   Standard (Basic)       0      100 kg
    Armor Value:         3 (Trooper)                         

                                         Slots           
Weapons and Equipment         Location (Capacity)   Mass 
Searchlight                     Body       1        5 kg 
TAG                             Body       1       35 kg 
Anti Personnel Weapon Mount   Right Arm     1        5 kg 

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Re: Blizzard Mk. 10 Exoskeleton
« Reply #1 on: 23 August 2021, 01:16:36 »
Cool idea!

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Re: Blizzard Mk. 10 Exoskeleton
« Reply #2 on: 23 August 2021, 01:19:55 »
you need the audio for battles involving these..

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Re: Blizzard Mk. 10 Exoskeleton
« Reply #3 on: 23 August 2021, 01:26:42 »
Soo... Will they find any protoculture? ^-^

Somewhat more seriously, shouldn't the motorcycle gear take up some of the weight? And what are the motorcycle stats? :)

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Re: Blizzard Mk. 10 Exoskeleton
« Reply #4 on: 23 August 2021, 01:34:38 »
Soo... Will they find any protoculture? ^-^

Let's hope not.

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Somewhat more seriously, shouldn't the motorcycle gear take up some of the weight? And what are the motorcycle stats? :)

The extra ground motive system mass is basically the motorcycle gear, and the transformation back and forth is basically treated as fluff.  Movement for the actual exoskeleton is 1/1, and the 3 MP ground represents the faster motorcycle mode.
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Re: Blizzard Mk. 10 Exoskeleton
« Reply #5 on: 23 August 2021, 02:31:50 »
Arguably jump boosters would work even better than JJs then. :)

My first thought was to go with something similar to an old discussion here. Make a small support vehicle and have the BA carry it as cargo. IIRC it was possible to get the weight down real low.

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Re: Blizzard Mk. 10 Exoskeleton
« Reply #6 on: 23 August 2021, 03:42:30 »
The problem is wouldn't the support vehicle need to then be able to carry the full weight of the PA(L)?  That's like 400 kg, including pilot.
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« Reply #7 on: 23 August 2021, 04:30:01 »
May be possible to find the old thread. IIRC there was some workaround that let you ignore rider weight, maybe treating it as external cargo?

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Re: Blizzard Mk. 10 Exoskeleton
« Reply #8 on: 23 August 2021, 06:34:39 »
A Pillion Seat is only 25 kg...  ^-^

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« Reply #9 on: 23 August 2021, 07:15:59 »
Right.  That holds the rider.  What’re you doing with the rest of the exoskeleton’s weight?
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« Reply #10 on: 23 August 2021, 07:42:15 »
Working on it...  I'll say battery powered bikes have ridiculous ranges.

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Re: Blizzard Mk. 10 Exoskeleton
« Reply #11 on: 23 August 2021, 08:22:07 »
Ok... to cram a support bike into the 50 kg you gave to ground movement means making some pretty huge assumptions:

1) 7 kg of the "chassis" is the exoskeleton (so the bike only pays for 5).

2) The nominal weight of the bike is 200 kg, 150 kg of which are "cargo".

3) The bike is FULLY loaded with external cargo (so 350 kg total), and moves at half speed.

4) This makes the bike nominally 6/9, but being fully loaded drops it to 3/5.

So:

200 kg TL E Small Wheeled Support Vehicle

Chassis Value: 0.12
Chassis Mods: Bicycle (0.75), Off Road (1.5), Ultra-Light (0.5)
TL Mod: 0.85

Chassis Weight: 200 kg x 0.85 x 0.75 x 1.5 x 0.12 x 0.5 = 11.475 kg = 12 kg (7 kg of which are assumed to be part of the exoskeleton chassis; I think this makes sense if the bike can't function without the exoskeleton)

Engine Value: 0.0025
Movement Factor: 4 + (6 x 6) = 40
Battery Engine: 1.0 multiplier at TL E
"Fuel" is assumed to come from the exoskeleton

Engine Weight: 0.0025 x 40 x 1.0 x 200 kg = 20 kg

Postillion Seat: 25 kg
Cargo: 150 kg

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« Reply #12 on: 23 August 2021, 08:36:15 »
Something like that is what I recall. I think the "final" design was faster, but it was probably heavier (and the BA had more cargo weight). Might also have been decided that only the onloaded weight of the BA should count. :-\


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« Reply #13 on: 23 August 2021, 08:50:11 »
The trick is making sure they can carry each other in their respective modes.  Technically, you could drop the cargo to 143 kg, but that would mean the exoskeleton needs to scare up 7 kg, as the "bike" would weigh 57 kg, not the 50 spent on ground movement.  Going to TL F could save a few kg, but not enough by itself.

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Re: Blizzard Mk. 10 Exoskeleton
« Reply #14 on: 23 August 2021, 09:58:55 »
Hypothetical: Drop the searchlight and have the BA move 1/1. Weight 340 kg.

200 kg bike with 140 kg cargo. That would be 3/5 using normal chassis weight?

Drop to RL/1s for 110 kg bike and it could move 6/9 loaded, I think? Would rather limit the weapon options, thought. :-\

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« Reply #15 on: 23 August 2021, 19:37:16 »
So is the wheeled mode just fluff?  I know Battle Armor has wheeled, i wasn't sure if the exokeleton could be.
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« Reply #16 on: 23 August 2021, 20:13:45 »
BA has legal wheeled movement now? ???

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« Reply #17 on: 23 August 2021, 20:22:29 »
BA has legal wheeled movement now? ???
MWDA Armor has it.  Wheels are fluff.  Tortoise II
 

It goes 2 maximum once it drops off the detachable weapon.
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Re: Blizzard Mk. 10 Exoskeleton
« Reply #18 on: 23 August 2021, 20:24:29 »
So is the wheeled mode just fluff?  I know Battle Armor has wheeled, i wasn't sure if the exokeleton could be.

For my version of the suit, rather than the ones adding a motorcycle support vee?  Yeah, that's exactly what it is, which is probably the easiest way to handle it.

BA has legal wheeled movement now? ???

@Wrangler posted it before I could, but...I mean, it's still considered BA ground movement, but, yeah, those are wheels.
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« Reply #19 on: 23 August 2021, 20:40:18 »
So... it doesn't get the road bonus then?  Being just fluff, I mean...

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« Reply #20 on: 23 August 2021, 20:43:03 »
So is that your own thing, Gio, or is the exoskeletons being able get support vehicle feature canon/rule thing?
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« Reply #21 on: 23 August 2021, 20:54:58 »
So is that your own thing, Gio, or is the exoskeletons being able get support vehicle feature canon/rule thing?

Uh, those were random ideas from Sabelkatten and Daryk.  They sure as hell aren’t a ruling or canon.

So... it doesn't get the road bonus then?  Being just fluff, I mean...

Nope!  It’s just fluff.
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Re: Blizzard Mk. 10 Exoskeleton
« Reply #22 on: 24 August 2021, 06:28:47 »
All the more reason to go the Support Vehicle route for your version then (3/5 with road bonus gets the max ~60 kph you mentioned).  :)

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Re: Blizzard Mk. 10 Exoskeleton
« Reply #23 on: 24 August 2021, 19:01:42 »
I like u have included them in the Hornet LAM for if things go bad.. for the pilot.
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Re: Blizzard Mk. 10 Exoskeleton
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