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Heavy-class Scout Mech "Shifter" with A.R.I.A
A Heavy-class Scout Mech codenamed "Shifter" with smart AI A.R.I.A. Now part of the Aeon Shadows Task Force.
About this creation


This is my first MOC, and it's a Heavy-class Scout Mech, codenamed "Shifter" for its patented ability to shift between visible spectrums. Onboard is A.R.I.A, a smart AI similar to Cortana from Halo. She controls many of the systems onboard, and is one of a kind. It is now used a lot in many ways throughout the galaxy, but is mainly used in the Aeon Shadows Task Force, which utilises its stealth abilities to full potential.



This is the side of the mech. I tried to base the model on various Metal Gears and failed spectacularly on the top, but I did, I think, do a pretty good job on the legs or at least the feet. Others may think otherwise, but to be honest, I don't care.



Backside shot. The thrusters are small and can't sustain flight for long, but they quicken the pace of the Shifter for quick getaways or to help bring down bigger foes. Also, for the Shifter's escape mechanism, they act as emergency boosters to send the cockpit into orbit for pickup by a capital ship. Early on, this strategy worked as many enemies shot the Shifter's legs instead of the cockpit (for easy salvage), allowing it to escape. Later on, however, many enemies left a capital ship in orbit to pick them off when they escaped.



A shot of the multigauss cannon on top. It's a cross between a minigauss cannon and a gatling gun. It fires energy-coated metal-core bullets at high speed in either a straight line or an arc. It isn't a very practical weapon, but it's a very powerful weapon and Scouts don't use it that much anyway.



A close up of the TPPC (Tri-Projection Particle Cannon), the alternate weapon issued to Shifters. The TPPC uses magnetic and particular acceleration to blast a high power precision laser controlled by the onboard AI. A.R.I.A turns this into a fun process by slicing shapes out of enemy mechs.



A shot of the pilot. Pilots usually wear shadow gear, a kind of chameleon suit that helps them evade capture or detection. It uses nanocameras to capture the surrounding area and relays the images to camoscreens which then show the image and make the wearer invisible in any background. However, EMP disables the nanocameras and makes the wearer visible. Also, there's a lag that makes the wearer shimmer when moving. Here, my pilot is wielding a Redeemer-class handheld PPC (see above)and a matter katana, formed of a metal that separates matter cleanly in two- great for decapitating stealthily! Oh, and a standard class disruptor pistol. But you probably knew that already. This particular specimen is a member of the Aeon Shadows Task Force, who uses his shadow gear to full and devastating effect.



A cockpit shot. The cockpit is compact and simple, with one touchscreen terminal and the controls. It is very comfy, though. Oh yeah, credit to Justin Saber-Scorpion Stebbins for the cockpit inspiration. And the inspiration to start building MOCs again. Thanks!



The last shot. Coming atcha!

BTW, I'm really sorry for the rubbish picture quality, I only have a digital camera and it's hardly the best for closeups. Sorry again.

Oh, and the model is now destroyed. I use the cockpit and legs for another model- coming soon to MOCpages!

Also, to join my Aeon Shadows army, simply visit the alliance page. I'm looking to build up an army. Thanks!



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  April 10, 2008
Well first I'd like to thank you for your kind comment, I had the same idea you did when I first saw that ship "wouldn't it look great in lego" I just felt that ship wasn't given enough credit, its a great looking ship! I like your mech! I've tried constructing a few mechs in years past, but they just never turn out very functionable, I like the way his legs look, good design. Same with the mounted weapon on top. Great work, thanks for the review.
 
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