Official Designation: MBCA-5 Military Bipedal Combat Armor 5 “Ballista" Anti-Infantry/Anti-Vehicle/Anti-Armor
2x 88mm Rifled Cannons-High Explosive, Incendiary, Armor Piercing, Heavy Shot (0.5 Inch Ball Bearings)
1x ECM Suite
Weight: 6.1 Tons
Max Speed: 65kph
Jump Distance: 30m
The first thing to notice about the Ballista is its cannons; the purpose of the Ballista was to test three things. Number One: mounting flexible yet stable thrusters on a combat armor chassis. Number Two: Incorporating multi-module rails on a lightweight platform. And Number Three: fixing large Mech-Class weapons onto combat class armor creating a frontline heavy hitter, or a second line artillery platform.
As you can see from the frontal picture, this armor has a slightly comical look: a bulbous control pod that takes up almost the entire front of the armor off balanced by its red digital eyes, elongated body and large cannons.
As has become semi-standard on most of my builds this armor uses quite a few greebles for its size including: vents, jump jets, ammo drums, shell ejector ports, module rails, digi-eyes, and smooth armor panels resulting in a fairly studless appearance.
The top view really gives a sense of just how broad and strong the suit really is. In real life from tip to tip, this armor would be about eight to ten feet wide.
Using smooth claw-like pieces and four-long rods, this build is quite flexible in the hips, not being limited by the click joints I, and many others frequently use, it is able to fold up into a nice smallish package for mass transport or storage.
Unlike my other combat armors, this armor strictly uses digital eyes on a near completely closed-in armored canopy. As such the standard/enhanced vision capabilities of the pilot are always present, not needing an additional removable canopy like the Claymore.
This is the first small/medium class armor to mount heavy, mech-class weaponry, on module rails no less, which give this build more versatility than most, able to mount a wide variety of weaponry and sensors. This pic shows the smoke grenade launcher common to the Wolverine MACAV (which the Ballista was designed alongside) mounted and in other pictures a combination radar/ECM mount.
This is the first armor/mech build I’ve made with a flexible Jump-Jet System. As such it can jump forward and in a pinch thrust backward for an emergency escape function.
Since this armor (for its size) mounts extremely heavy weapons, recoil from such could potentially knock it around so the range of motion was limited to tracking up and down as well as scaling up and down depending on position (for storage, jumping etc.).
Like most of my armors, this one is capable of balancing in rather extreme one-legged positions. Shown is a forced entry “kick” making use the large hydraulic capacitors (the large structure on the legs) to knock in armored doors up to 6 inches thick for steel and up to 10 inches thick for reinforced concrete.
This is the Ballista shown in jump formation: Legs extended, ready to absorb impact, tilted forward and guns angled and scaled up for stability.
Hey man, remember me? Wow, this is really cool!!! I like the heavy, yet compact look. You do a very nice job of creating small but fully enclosed cockpits. The guns are great too - over sized but believable. I think I might try something like this in the future. Yesterday I built a very small unmanned mech that I am really proud of, but since I don't have internet I can't post anything (I use my phone for reviews). If you reply to this with email I can send you an insider pic of it. Just say the word! I've been dying to show it off! Later Peace - Patrick