The Nidhogg in Norse mythology was a fearsome dragon that lived in the underworld and ate the roots of the great world-tree. Why in that case did I make it a dropship? Well, because the name doesn't sound as cool as a lot of other dragon names, and I wanted to name all of really big aircraft after dragons.
The Nidhogg is not a pretty ship, but it is an intimidating sight on the battlefield. Its long, tooth-like projections almost give it the semblance of a pair of jaws slamming shut on whatever location it wants to invade. The ship is armed with two anti-aircraft energy cannons, two pairs of anti-personnel machine guns, and a pair of energy cannons for blasting at enemy vehicles.
The Jotun Hover Tank detaching. Yep, just ONE magnet. That's all it takes. I'm glad I finally heeded Keith Goldman's advice on his MOCpages gallery (or at least it used to be there...) to use magnets whenever and wherever possible. These LEGO magnets are strong! You can actually remove the magnet from the bottom of the ship and hold the whole tank up just by gripping the magnet.
One of this ship's only disadvantages is that all of the weaponry points forward, except for the rotating anti-air turret on top. Xarkon ship designers have been working on a version with a rear turret, but it has not yet entered production. Notice that the Jotun hover tank can still fire its anti-personnel machine guns through the hole in the bottom.
That's what the cables are for. Fast-rope descents are the most fun for the soldiers. If they don't want to do that, some Nidhoggs have optional ladders installed on the side ramps. This, however, is considered too slow a descent method for an active combat situation.
Which is why this method was invented. The soldiers still have to make a small jump at the bottom though. I would have fixed this problem by making the ramps extend outward a little more, but that is hard to accomplish in LEGO. If you know of a way to do this, feel free to inform me.
The officer pep-talks his men before they jump into the heat of battle. He will probably stay on the ship and let his squad leader handle the field work. Meanwhile he and the engineer will direct the battle using the tactical radar map you can see in the back. It's attached to the radar dish on top of the ship to make the Nidhogg as capable a mobile command base as the Manegarm... almost.
It's the interior again. What, the medic is still in the ship?! That's the problem with female soldiers; someone starts feeling all protective and tells them to stay put. In this case it might have been her commanding officer. Romance in the workplace always causes problems.
This is actually an old picture, but it's the best one I took of the pilot and his control panels. Yeah, they're just control panels, and no they're not that great. So why did I leave this picture in here? I don't know. Go ask your mom.
Concept art for the Nidhogg. The one in the upper-left corner was the first picture I drew. I was trying to make it look as much like an upside-down Crown of Xarkon as possible. In my second drawing (upper-right), I raised the middle up some and lowered the prongs on either end to make room for it to hold a tank under the bottom. The final picture I drew is the big one at the bottom. Yeah, I scrapped the idea for it to hold Hornet bikes on the top. That was just stupid.
Here are some construction pictures for your enlightenment. I took this picture when I was building my Valkyrie (you can see it in the background), and I had just made my first Xarkon infantry with the new helmet design. When I showed this very early shot to people... they weren't impressed, to say the least.
The third image I showed online. At this point it was all coming together. Hopefully everyone will like the final version now. I tried to listen to criticism and take note of it... except from the people who told me to scrap the whole design.
In reply to Vorgain Karth: It can carry 10 passengers and 1 pilot. It could possibly carry more if you really pack them in though. In the photo of the manned interior, there are only 7 soldiers - one is a medic, one an officer, and one a technician.
I've always wondered how many soilders does it carry? It looks like 9 with the officer and medic but I'm not sure. PLease review my MOCs.
(Edit3-19-06) Ok thanks for posting that.
(Edit 4-26-06) I might have an idea for making the ramps extend. Tell me if you want to know it.
Another incredible model. Nice work!
I finally have the Stork 2 and the Aurora on my page. They are'nt as good as the Nidhogg, but I made information on them as intricate, realistic and detailed as possible.
Awesome! I love how it can actually fit the tank underneath it and carry it around, along with all the greebling and kewl stuff...My only complaint are those yellow things. They look...out of place. 0_o