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Author Topic: it's not really armor, and it's not really infantry (Design Challenge)  (Read 1649 times)


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RFP:  man-sized (roughly) mechanical maintenance and repair systems capable of acting to repel boarders on an automated warship.

specs: these drones are intended to conduct internal and external maintenance tasks on an AI-directed, crewless, warship designed to fill the role of an M-5 Caspar.

as such, manipulators and heavy equipment are preferred over weapons mounts.  Durability is a concern, but so is cost.

how cheap can you make it, and still make it durable and useful?
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I think it's time I released this out...

Infantry : Battle Armored Android Tactical or BAAT for short.

Size : Human, physically built - 6'6" or 2 Meters tall
Weight : 225 lbs. or about 102 metric

Squad Size : 4
Motive : Foot + MASC = 2 MP/turn
Armor : Periphery Infantry Kit { Divisor 1, Belter Infantry +1, Dermal Implants +1 = +3 total )
Weight : 1 ton

Belter Infantry (+1 to sum of Infantry Damage Divisors)
Belter Vacuum (No BV effect)
Augmented Arms Enhancement : Second set of Arms ( 4 total )
Enhanced Multi-Modal Eyes (Treat as -1 modifier to Gunnery Skill; Apply final modified Skill multiplier to BV)
Enhanced Multi-Modal Ears (No BV effect- Counted with Multi-Modal Eyes)
Pain Shunt (Treat as -1 modifier to Piloting Skill; apply final modified Skill multiplier to BV)
Filter Lung (No BV effect)
Boosted Communications Implants (Treat unit as if it has C3 Slave; applies BV mod only if full network is in play)
Prosthetic MASC (Apply MP mod from MASC to unit’s normal movement for BV calc effects)
Triple-Core Processor (Treat as -1 Piloting Skill modifier; apply final modified Skill multiplier to final BV)
Secondary Power Supply Implant ( No BV effect )
Dermal Myomer Armor Implant ( +1 Divisor )
Explosive Suicide Implant (+0.12 Weapon BV per trooper)
Improved Enhanced Prosthetic Arm, Right Lower, Type V : Electromagnet, VibroBlade
Improved Enhanced Prosthetic Arm, Left Lower, Type V : Electromagnet, VibroBlade
Improved Enhanced Prosthetic Arm, Right Upper, Type V : MicroComp, VibroBlade
Improved Enhanced Prosthetic Arm, Left Upper, Type V : Grapple, VibroBlade
( Total Damage from all Improved Enhanced Prosthetic Arm Weapons : .56 ( meaning 1 full BT damage! ))

In other news :

4 Troopers moving 2 MP a Turn. Has Electromagnet hands, 4 sets of VibroBlades that do 1 point of BT damage, an emergency Suicide Implant that do further AE damage. A MicroComp to " talk " to any disabled component compartment sub-computer, while still connected to each other and Mainframe. Able to see in Infrared with Telescopic and Laser Sight distances ( Equivalent to Active Probe 2 Hexes and -1 modifier to ranged attack ). Also able to work out in space and with no air supply.

( Made these years ago... part of my WoB-ness! )

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there something wrong I like it :thumbsup:
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I tried very hard to build this as a light suit.

Unfortunately I failed.

It is a $815,000 C-Bill suit.

Improved Sensors, Space Operations and BA C3i allow it to work in teams of 36 suits doing their repair things with the salvage arms.

Instead of armoring up I went with Mimetic to give the drones that freaky appearance that I know that all AIs can't help but show off.

It has a pretty standard jump of 3 and I expect the part where a body goes it just robot bits to make it all work.

Appearance wise they could be fairly human looking but I have the feeling that while they technically have two arms and two legs that they don't bend like a human is piloting. So more swivel and ball joints in the limbs with a torso that maybe could fit a pilot if it was a protomech instead of a robot pretending to be armor. I'd also argue for no real defined facing for the bot so even though the arms and legs could line up to present a front/back that would be coincidental to the design's position at that moment.

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Type: Drone

Tech Base: Inner Sphere (Experimental)
Chassis Type:  Biped
Weight Class: Medium
Maximum Weight: 1,000 kg
Battle Value: 113
Cost: 4,890,000 C-bills
Swarm/Leg Attack/Mechanized/AP: No/No/No/No

Equipment                                     Slots      Mass
Chassis:                                               175 kg
Motive System:                                               
     Ground MP:          1                               0 kg
     Jump MP:            3                             150 kg
    Left Arm:            Salvage Arm                    30 kg
    Right Arm:           Salvage Arm                    30 kg
Armor:                   Mimetic                7      100 kg
    Armor Value:         3 (Trooper)                         

Weapons and Equipment         Location (Capacity)   Mass 
Space Operations Adaptation     Body       1       100 kg
Battle Armor Improved C3        Body       1       350 kg
Improved Sensors                Body       1       65 kg