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Arbalest AMW-067 E Pirate by Jepray Arbalest AMW-067 E Pirate by Jepray
This “model” of the venerable North American Union Arbalest battlewalker is a testament to what happens when unchecked ingenuity walks hand-in-hand with insanity and an unorthodox design principle. While the American military designers are severely limited by budget constraints and the manipulations of various factions of the NAU parliament, the same cannot be said of the Barbary Bastards.
One of- if not THE- most powerful pirate groups, the Barbary Bastards stand out from the other raiders and marauders because of their sense of style and strange ideology. Romanticizing the pirates of the 17th and 18th centuries on Terra, the Barbary Bastards tend to have a more swashbuckler-esque mentality when it comes to pirating. While they are just as likely to kill anyone who resists, and are just as greedy as other, more conventional pirates in their pillaging, their strange sense of roughshod roguish honour- they tend to not harm children, rape, or brutalize their victims more than necessary to gain compliance- combines with their rather outlandish antics and anachronistic trappings to make them unique.
The success of the Barbary Bastards comes not from their acting like pirates from some sim or threevee movie, however, but from their blatantly insane risk-taking. They have been known to engage military capital ships with marauders, using innovative- and quite mad- tactics to slip away in the confusion. This battlewalker is another example of this ingenious insanity.
After the Capellan War ended in 2262, thousands of worlds were left littered with the detritus of war. The genocidal aliens had wiped out colony after colony in their rampage through the Terran sphere, massacring billions. After a world was scrubbed, the nightmarish teratogenical monstrosities the Capellans created- genetically-engineered lifeforms designed to act as morale-destroying organic killing machines- often survived, feeding on other lifeforms or the few surviving humans they could find… or collect into herds. With so many worlds left fallow, and so many dangers still remaining, many of the battlefield worlds have not been reclaimed even fifty-six years later.
Many scavengers salvage wreckage from these worlds, risking the remaining Capellan weapons and traps, technological and biological, to acquire lucrative military hardware to refit and sell. As the North American Union and Australio-Pacifica Coalition were the vanguard of the war effort, the majority of the weapons and ships recovered are older artifacts of their militaries. While outdated by today’s standards, they are still quite valuable to smaller mercenary corporations and Freespace and fringe colony militias. The Barbary Bastards were not about to miss out.
Among the many things salvaged by the pirates, they hit two jackpots. One was a dozen NAU Michigan-Class destroyers, and the other was a troop transport carrying over fifty Arbalest battlewalkers. Not satisfied with the antiquated battlewalkers, the Captain Bardin- leader of the Barbary Bastards- handed them over to their engineers with the simple command of “make them better”. Apparently, to the disgraced-but-brilliant engineers and mechanics the Bastards accumulated, “Better” meant “strap so many damned guns on it that it can barely walk, then add more.” This in mind, the engineers proceeded to violate every sane design principle of walker engineering, and even the laws of physics in a few cases.
The first step was to “tweak” the arms of the Arbalest, stripping off secondary safety governors and shielding to increase the output of the reactor core and adding small-arms-grade AP lancers to the outer armor plating. Next, the engineers stripped off two light particle projection cannons from a wrecked frigate and mounted them over the shoulders. They then discovered that mounting warship weapons on a battlewalker- aside from being impractical at best, and insane at every level- required much, much more power.
The solution was simple- ditch the gunner. The Barbary Bastards’ engineers reconfigured the battlewalker to operate with one pilot/gunner… a very small pilot/gunner… and used the extra space from the gunner area and the stripped-out mortar to mount a light starship antimatter reactor core. This gave enough power to run the big guns- barely- and the walker itself. To fit the reactor in the chassis, the Barbary Bastards stripped off most of the shielding and emergency containment systems, making it very vulnerable if the hull is ever breached.
Not satisfied with the number of weapons already mounted on the walker, the engineers then looked at every single possible point of attachment for more weapons. They mounted anti-personnel and AP lancer turrets anywhere that the gimbals could fit, and somehow managed to attach a light starship point defense turret under the chin and make it work. Another, smaller reactor replaced the ejection module under the pilot’s seat to power this cannon and the shuttle-grade shield generators added to the outer hull (since there was no more room inside the walker).
The end result has been the subject of study by military engineers of over three dozen nations. Many are puzzled as to how the bloody thing can even walk, with the imbalance created by the chin gun. It can only be deployed from a large dropship or troop transport, and is a walking deathtrap to its pilot if anything goes wrong. Between the hot-boxed reactors in the weapon arms and the virtually unshielded antimatter reactor core, this walker is potentially more dangerous in its demise than functioning, detonating with an equivalent yield of nearly half a gigaton of explosive force.
Stranger yet, there is, frankly, no point in this walker even existing. Ostensibly it was meant to be a shock weapon, to overwhelm colonial militias and other defenses. While quite capable of doing so, even a single mercenary support walker can outflank this monstrosity and pick it apart from a distance, and gravtanks can chew it apart in seconds. With walker design of most nations solidly in the fast-agile-shielded mindset, this behemoth flies in the face of conventional wisdom. Additionally, the Barbary Bastards prefer hit-and-run tactics, which makes one wonder if this walker was the result of one of Captain Bardin’s notorious moments of pharmaceutical-assisted descents into nuttery.
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TheReaperImperium Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
Why so serious? Do I not have enough Dakka for you?

Love the "Why so Serious?" on the front there :D.... that's one of the last things I'd ever want to see before being disintegrated. :D 
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Jepray Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
:D glad you like that:D
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Michael29Norwood Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Your designs are great. I've never been good at drawing machines but I love looking at the designs of those who are.
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Jepray Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much:D
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Ironcross13 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It's Heavy gunner, hand's down. Probably more suitable for defensive roles or artillary stikes. It would be a complete waste just for it to go guns blazing then later go kamikaze. Maybe I'm thinking too much about this, but that's the feeling I get when I look at this. Very good drawing. Reminds me of the Chrome Hound designes I made when I used to play online.
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Jepray Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D its a design that happens when Pirates get their grubby hands on too many guns and whiskey... and a welding torch:D I'm sure they never tell the pilot that is has a bad tendency to explode on its own...
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Ironcross13 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'd love to hear that conversation before a battle. lol
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Jepray Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
"OK Bubba, here's what you do" *Bubba nods excitedly* "you get in that there Thang" *points to the mecha* "and when we drop you off on the ground, WAIT! until were clear of the blast...um... until we get clear so YOU can blast away! Yeah, blast away..." *bubba nods more, drool coming down his chin* "ok Sport, lets go steal us some riches!" as he pushes Bubba to the ladder for the mech...
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Harusame1982 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
Looks a lot like the König Monster from Macross
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Anastas2002 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
Yes it does.
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:iconaffet-kak:
Affet-kak Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
nice!
the design reminds me of GDI's mammoth mk2 walker from tiberian sun :)
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:iconjepray:
Jepray Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, i never did get around to playing that game...
Have you seen the base variants of my Arbalest?
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Affet-kak Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
ah it was a good game, ok it was 2d and didnt have flashy graphics, but it was so fun and so well balanced
ill check the other versions out :)
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DeltaEchelon Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
Love the work and the story you out behind it.
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Jepray Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks
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vikings52 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
gosh how in the world do u make such amazing mechs? i've doodled all my life and have gotten good but still cannot compare to the detail u put into ur art!

Plz teach me! (or make a tut plz =]) :iconbowplz:
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:iconjepray:
Jepray Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Well as a fellow life time doodler , i can say practice helps, being open to new ideals and techniques help, Art Classes. Life art, Product or industrial design really help to flush out and clean up your art and lines. it helped me clean up my style to what you see here. I have a natural talent for 3d items...i can, most of the time at least, see something in my head and translate it onto paper with ease... and as for detail, its a few extra lines, the trick is knowing where to put them...
i will try and draw up a tut on it when i have time, gimmie a week or two... otherwise, look at my scrapbook to see what my stuff looks like before i do a final rendering, and in my other galleries, the white paper drafts, are final proofs before i render on the colored paper...
As u can see its all in pen, I've gotten away from drawing in pencil, and over to pen to make it harder for myself to make mistakes... fewer lines, sharper image, more confidence in your line weight, better picture...

the renderings are done first in HB2 or harder pencil, inked with a suitable extra fine pen or .05 or smaller...I'm using generic pens cause they are inexpensive vs. the volume of work i am doing...us should see what i can do with detail using a .005 pen... but it is then marked with prisma color markers and some white paint pen or pencil...

hope this helps a little...its hard to explain something that is second nature to the way i draw and think...but i will give it a shot...
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vikings52 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
o sweet thank you! i am definitely gonna try to doodle in pen and i will take a look at your scraps and see what they are like
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Jepray Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
for a cheap good flowing pen, look at the PAPERMATE profile, its really smooth writing and cheap as heck...
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vikings52 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
K! will do and if anything is good enough, ill post it up
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Jepray Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
not sure,...maybe some very beefy gyros... and Very Carefully:P
i gave it giant feet...I'm confidant it can stand there all day long...
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pivole Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
How does it stay upright? let alone move and stay upright.
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Breandan-OCiarrai Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Writer
If you read the description, that's the very question military engineers from throughout the Alliance have been asking :D
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Altimeter Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
Very impressive man why do you bother to think of all that story after just drawing a kickass robot
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Jepray Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
hehe, The seed of this thing was a simple sketch and the ideal of a mecha made by committee. It has since grown way out of hand... It just happens to fit perfectly into ~Breandan-OCiarrai's Dark Nova Story line, which almost all my displayed art is for, and we both kinda ran with it...
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Jepray Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Also the story helps add a third dimension to the art, some back ground or insight to the pic.
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RedChevelle Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
Basically, and exercise in the absurd... I love it.
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:iconjepray:
Jepray Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
yeah, I did it cause one needs one insane mecha design with guns all over the place, and it is an entry for MechaDesigners group contest "The one that should not exist"...it was fun going nutz with this one...
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RedChevelle Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
If it could shoot them all at once, it would at least be pretty ;)
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Jepray Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
lol an Alpha strike... never really thought about firing ALL the weapons at the same time... i would most likely end up on its butt if that happened... i don't think it has enough power to fire all the weapons and keep up the AG field that lets it stand... lol... yes, it would look Very pretty:D
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Jepray Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I remember running home from grade school so i wouldn't miss a single episode of Robotech when it first aired in the states...I'm a protoculture addict...
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El-Bronco Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It remain me Konig, but I love it :)
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Jepray Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, This one is even close to the Mac II, Thanks
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El-Bronco Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, you seen the movie too, cool!
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deviantbigestfan Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
what's its energy source?
the pirates put to much gun
in there
cool
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Jepray Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
you really need to read the information i put down...all the answers are there... but the engine was replaced with a core from a shuttle, minus the Rad Shielding and fail safe systems since it was either too bulky or too heavy...its just enough to power the weapons...barely...

Trema kasi
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Breandan-OCiarrai Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional Writer
*facepalm*

:slamhead:
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NEGOXE357 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
That's a badass!
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:iconjepray:
Jepray Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks...its the final insane version of this hull... will try to draw it in that second view later...
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:iconnegoxe357:
NEGOXE357 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
Heh cool!
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deviantbigestfan Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
hey,its taht just ordinary cannon
or something particle like?
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:iconjepray:
Jepray Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
read the information given. Those over the shoulder big gunz are Light Naval PPC's
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ColonelCuddles Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist
OMG. i love mecha based work. this is absolutely amazing! and the descripttion is mind-blowing. well done!
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Jepray Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks
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Saib0rg Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome job on this! :D
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Jepray Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks
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