Articulated Robotic Tactical Combat System S17-CA Claymore Series . Or ARTCS for short. The next generation, Nueral Trace operated fighting mech. Slated to eventually replace the S16s. Fits the Golden Guardian slot for the Original Exo Force. . The S17-CA Claymore is the next generation of combat ARTCS now slated for the ESC Security Forces. Meant to replace the Katanas, eventually, Consumer Production Versions of the S16 Katana are currently being developed.
The Claymore still has the same 6 modular equipment slots, and is back compatable with nearly all S16 compatable equipment. As standard equipment, the Claymore has a minigun located on each side of its torso, and an upgraded, with better stability of the blade, but otherwise standard elbow mounted Beamsabre. The Claymore does not mount jumpjets.
Warning: The Claymore does not support Level 1 Nueral Traces. New pilots, excercise caution when piloting the S17 as you will feel some degree of pain if damaged is sustained.
Creator's Note: Oddly enough, now that I look at it, the Claymore sort of has a Gurren Lagann feel to it.
The newest innovation in the Claymore is the addition of forearm equipment. They attach in the same manner that other equipment does, but it comes as default and extends the pilot's capabilities. The forearms can, of course, be replaced with hardmount weapons.
Note the heavier back structure. Reinforced armor plating and double thick Laminate Armor make the Claymore's back a much tougher nut to crack, a weakpoint in the previous series. Seen here, the Claymore is outfitted with two Atmosphere Armor Projectors.
With the new forearm attachments and new software packages, the Claymore will be able to engage in hand-to-hand combat, unlike its predecessor, which had to rely on bladed attachments for hand-to-hand. The forearms are ejectable, as are all attachments.
The Claymore, outfitted with the S16 Artillery Package. All but the pauldron equipment are back compatable, making the need to refit for the Claymore minimal. The Claymore can also handle the weight much better, meaning newer, heavier weapons will be delevoped soon.
The Claymore seen here, kneeling, with the Assault Rifle Attachment. Again, back compatable. The Claymore's flexibility is enhanced, and is able to move much smoother, making it faster and more agile than the S16, despite its large size.
Here, the Claymore is holding another new innovation. The Directed Energy Rifle, or DER for short, is an experimental pulse laser rifle currently being developed by the ESC. Since energy weapons are nearly all restricted to use in space, aside from the beamsabre, due to heat restrictions, this experimental weapon has the potential to revolutionize ground combat. The DER can burn through Laminate and Conventional armors like a hot knife through butter, and since it carries its own powercell, will not need to be reloaded.
Creator's Note: Credit goes to Commander Luiz Camargo for the design of the grip that I used on the DER. His Samurai Edge Punisher had a rifle that I loved and I adapted it for the DER.
The final new feature of the Claymore, is that unlike the S16s, the head is not attached to the chest plate hatch. The head is now attached to the frame, making the hatch move easier for broading by pilots.
The new Claymore seen here accompanied by two Katanas. Note the larger size of the Claymore.
Comparison between the S17-CA and another of my creations, the Arkham. The Arkam concentrates on dexterity and mobility, whereas the Claymore is centered around defense and strength.