Tuesday, 27 November 2012

ThreeA ~ WWR : Bertie Mk3 Sand Devil Mode B.

A (mis) interpretation:

Category Type : Warbot.
Unit Type : Mass production heavy support warbot.
Model Type : Bertie MK3 Mode B.
Designation : McQueen.
Manufacturer : The Rothchild Corporation.
Affiliation : 666th "Sand Devil" Division, VI "Devil" Corps, Sixth Army, Republic of Middle East Army Group, Terra Coalition Armed Forces.
Armour Type : Super Hardened Ceramic Steel Composite Alloy.
Armour Thickness : 200mm.
Powerplant : Quad turbo BRINK supercharger diesel engine. Heat-dissipating radiator/intercooler backpack.
Height : 10 feet.
Weight : 3500kg.
Std. armaments: "Devil's Haircut" - COCHISE 12 gauge semi automatic / pump action shotgun x 1 (Mode A) ; "Fawk Tongue" - 203mm ONOZ cannon x 2 (Mode B); Auspex - scanners and sensors system; Task Intelligent (T.I.) ver. 3.

The success of the Bertie MK2 series for both Terra Coalition Armed Forces and Ecclesiarchy Frateris Militia in the battlefields of the Great War lead to introduction of the larger and improved MK3 by the Rothchild Corporation by mid-1942. Although heavier, the Rothchild Corporation succeed in maintaining an optimum power to weight balance ratio in the MK3. The MK3 improved suspension system enable it to transverse all form of terrains of which is developed further from the existing MK2 bipedal technology. As per all Rothchild Corporation warbot series, the Bertie MK3 is manufactured in various versions reflecting Terra and Mars different climates and environments. Another factor which leads to the introduction of Bertie MK3 is the ever changing facet of the Great War as tactics and strategies placed more emphasis on greater mobility, speed and firepower without compromising protective measures, factors of which most older warbot series did not possess. A lighter, upgraded BRINK engine with fuel saving features is installed with effective heat dissipating radiator and intercooler backpack to prevent engine breakdown and failure which often plagued heavy warbots such as the Large Martin series. Bertie MK3 is incorporated with the Task Intelligence (T.I.) System ver.3, giving it greater decision making within pre-set parameters of its overall programming. With overall general improvements in the multi-spectrum sensor, wider coverage of scanner and built in self targeting acquisition system, the Bertie MK3 had less reliance on the Square mobile field intelligence platform to feedback enemy position.
Majority of the Bertie MK3 series are deployed in Republic of Middle East, northern United Kingdom of Afrika and the Western Front battle theatres. One particularly prolific deployment of Bertie MK3 was under the 666th "Sand Devil" Division, which played a pivotal role during the Second Battle of El Alamein in the later stages of the North Afrika Sector campaign in late 1942.
The "Sand Devil"  is not only a force to be reckoned with but also greatly feared for their indiscriminate act of wanton destruction and brutality. There are whispers of "acts of devil worship" and rumours of practising ritual involving human sacrifices prior to a battle. It has been reported that human troopers from the 666th often engage in acts of desecration upon their targets and victims. Whether this is due to prolong battle related psychological effect was not properly documented. The division has been implicated to numerous acts of atrocities but the higher command of the Terra Coalition Armed Forces often turn a blind eye to such deeds as the "Sand Devil" had delivered tactical and strategic victories in important conflicts. Indeed, the notoriety the 666th had gathered generate fears even amongst other divisions. They are viewed with a silent contempt amongst others, particularly the JEA Marines and the Newel Medic Corps (an irony as the Medics would themselves often go on a kill frenzy just to retrieve an injured grunt or damaged warbot). The 666th knows this but take it with a great pride and pleasure, and as a primary proponent of psychological warfare, knows that fear often leads to victory. The dedicated loyalty and absolute discipline of which the 666th carried out their objectives ensured the means justified the ends.
Two modes or versions of Bertie MK3 were manufactured and made available for the Great War by the Rothchild Corporation, differentiated only by their standard armaments, depending on the nature of deployment, either close assault or heavy support engagement.
Mode A was armed with the COCHISE dual mode shotgun, semi-automatic or pump action, for tactical offensives and close quarter breaching assault. It contain 10 shots capacity of Frag ammunition. The effect is brutally effective at close range, literally shredding most enemy targets to pieces. The downside of this was the limitation in the ammunition capacity and firing distance. 
Mode B functions as a mobile artillery, fire support unit, with sufficient mobility and terrain range coverage for tactical proficiency. Mode B is equipped with twin torso mounted 203mm ONOZ self propelled cannons which fire highly charged explosive to provide a sustained bombardment of enemy forces during a major set-piece engagement. It can also fire different types of shells as the situation requires, including smoke shells, incendiary shells, illumination shells, and explosive tipped armour penetrating shells amongst others. While it is not as strong as the ONYD cannon mounted on a Large Martin in terms of brute explosive force, it remains invaluable thanks to its range. The cannon itself is also more reliable and consistent by comparison. The heavy artillery fire sustained bombardments, box barrages to isolate a battlefield from enemy reinforcements, harassing fire during an enemy advance, counter-battery fire to suppress enemy artillery and destructive fire at selected enemy units, all spotted for by mobile Squares which serve in the dangerous duty as forward observers on the front lines. Each of the artillery cannon is feed by a 20 rounds external drum. An extra drum is carried by each Bertie MK3. Each 50kg shell has a casualty radius of 40 meters with a firing distances up to 15 kilometres at a velocity of 814 miles per hour. A shell fired to the weapon's maximum range would take 19 seconds to reach its point of target. The cannons could fire up to 10 rounds in quick succession and 20 overcharged rounds. This is achieved by firing the shells at different trajectories so that the first round had the longest flight time and the last round the shortest. The necessary rapid reloading was made possible by an automated ammunition feed system. A gyroscope is used to stabilise the cannons, as well as allowing a Bertie MK3 to fire on short halt or on the move.
In Mode B, Bertie MK3 series primary weakness is a serious lack of any form of standard melee or defensive weapon, making it an easy target if an enemy warbot got too close. A Bertie MK3 series conservation of its cannon ammunition is also a concern. Another concern is the increase in the extra wear and tear on the barrel of the cannon itself which would decrease the cannon's range and muzzle velocity, leading to possible misfiring if overcharged rounds are used. As such, Bertie MK3 Mode B configuration is primarily deployed together with Bertie MK2 infantries in tactical formation of a "hunting pack", linked by the Maternal Combat Software (MCS) from a Square, resulting in fierce protection of the MK3 warbots.
Old is gold...happened upon this by chance and got it immediately. Comes with two big ass cannon. Comes with a instruction leaflet (the infamous "Rothchild Engineer" guide) on assembling the two ball joints of the cannons. And I gotta "slot" it onto both the body and the cannons. Couldn't do it properly for there's always that cold knot like feeling inside me belly each time I exert pressure. Apart from that, this is one big mofo. I wonder if I could still lay my hands on a Large Martin to accompany it? At a reasonable, sane price of course...hmmm, the hunt continues.

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