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HPA-39 Patton Battlesuit by Jepray HPA-39 Patton Battlesuit by Jepray
The NAU's principal battlesuit- an advanced form of flight-capable heavy powered armour- the Patton is one of the most widely sold battlesuits in existence. The North American Union sells these suits to nearly a dozen other nations- though they refuse to sell them to Freespace systems or private sector mercenary firms- as well as fielding them in their own arsenals.
Unlike most battlesuits, the Patton does not have any missile launchers built into it. While it can carry man-portable missile launchers, and attach a scissor-rack of SRMs onto its back between the gravitic thrusters via maglock, the only onboard weapon systems are directed energy. The chest-mounted AP lancer and forearm-mounted PPCs give the Patton decidedly potent punch, but its primary armament is hand-held heavy weapons of a variety of types according to mission. Most common is the PPC-40, the NAU's primary crew-served heavy weapon, however SpecOps units utilizing Patton battlesuits will often use their own personal choice of heavy weapons.
Like all battlesuits, the gravitic thrusters of the Patton allow it virtually unrestricted flight. It is capable of transiting from surface-to-orbit, however at a top speed of mach 1.3 it is simply quicker to use shuttles and dropships. In urban warfare, the Patton will skim along the ground at low altitudes- usually just a few meters- and use its high speed and maneuverability to avoid being hit. In boarding operations, Pattons are often used to secure airlocks or sabotage weapon systems and shield generators, and possess suit-wide magnetic grapling capability to adhere to a target's hull.
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Jepray Sep 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks:D
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:iconinvertedvantage:
Sweet looking, though the pose is a bit awkward. :)
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Breandan-OCiarrai Aug 7, 2011  Professional Writer
it's mid-flight, and the operator's arms are inside the torso
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Jepray Aug 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:P
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:iconcolonel-eviscerator:
Oh that's very lovely..But with ultra-dense armors, what is the purpose of the combat knife?
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Jepray Aug 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Vibro knife... it can cut a hole in a wall like a hot knife through butter, treats Steel bulk heads the same way and can be used as a can opener on other peoples armor, walking or tracked.
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:iconcolonel-eviscerator:
That..doesn't..seem consistent with the explanation of why ballistic/projectile weapons were useless against the armor. I guess it must be a badass little motor in there.
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Breandan-OCiarrai Aug 2, 2011  Professional Writer
projectile weapons use blunt force, useless against something as dense as 24th century body armour. Vibroblades, on the other hand, use energetic forces in a flat, two-dimensional plane of harmonic vibrations. Vibroblades use an adaptive frequency harmonic vibration field suspended nanometers in front of a diamond-sharp cutting edge. This harmonic vibration field can disrupt molecular bonds with ease, and if it strikes in just the right way, can separate electrons from their atoms, allowing the blade to disrupt the atomic cohesion required in atomically-bonded armour. It's not a guarantee that a strike will cut through (game terms- it bypasses armour on a critical hit), but it can do tremendous damage regardless. In an ironic twist, vibroblades are one of the most dangerous weapons in the setting, but they are the hardest to deploy since you have to close to melee range with the target. This is difficult to do under normal circumstances, where the target is unloading on you with ranged weapons, but powerful or fast enough units- Ahrugan or Garoudan warriors (strong and tough), Namaran and Kyaren fighters (fast and incredibly agile), and anyone wearing a speed/strength enhancing LPA or battlesuit- can make quite effective use of them. If a Patton closes to melee with an opposing power armour trooper, why take the time to try and blast through the armour when a well-placed stab through the helmet or cockpit viewport can kill the pilot? Granted, it takes a set of huevos the size of Manhattan to close like that, hence why it is usually a back-up tertiary weapon for CQB.
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...And yet it would be useless against shields, so there's no reason to try and fit anything of the sort on a torpedo, correct?
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