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When Chief of Staff George Marshall confronted a bristling US Congress with the budget for armored walker development and mass production in 1940, his defense of the program would endure to define the supremacy of these vehicles throughout the war; “Yes, you heard correctly Mr. Speaker, the cost of one MWA-3 [Big Joe] is equal to approximately 3.43 Sherman tanks... But just so we’re clear, are you actually telling me that you cannot discern the usefulness a 25-foot-tall iron soldier? Can you justify your hesitation to the Brits at Dunkirk, pulped under the heels of a Kraut Colossus? Or a piss-soaked Frenchman on the ass-end of the Maginot? Do you think that Hitler, in an act of sudden mercy, will hold back his knights if the United States comes trotting to war with pawns?” With this incisive retort, the nature of armored warfare and the course of the war itself, were hurled on a surreal course. One that would see the second world war, literally, transformed into a battlefield of giants.

As with so many other unprecedented new weapons that debuted in the first great war, walking armor quaked the scene of modern warfare, but did not actually approach its full potential until the onset of the next world conflict. The key advantage of walking armor over its tracked forbears is versatility and enhanced capability. Qualities which are squandered in the hands of tacticians who understand neither the evolving state of armored warfare and how best to exploit the full combat potential of such resource hungry weapons. They are high cost, high stakes weapons, able to turn the tide on impossible situations when used in expert hands. The tides of war itself swayed in such hands, in the grip of true warriors, deft gamblers and geniuses. Call them Patton, Rommel, Guderain, or Zhukov.

The ability to swap weapons, and thus combat roles, adapting to constantly changing battlefield conditions, the calculated use of variable force, was a huge advantage for Armored walkers over traditional AFVs. Roughly equivalent to the advantage of a man with thumbs over a dog with none. That said, a man joined by a good hunting dog is better than one without. Naturally, within the crucible of warfare, degrees of hybridization and mutation between hunting breeds would trickle forward like conjurings from a witch’s brew. Taking the metaphor to its extreme, one might regard walking armor equipped with specialized weapon arms as a werewolf of sorts. WWII was a coliseum with the distinction of unleashing a diverse and ever mutating variety of armored beasts to war.

To a degree, the development of walking tanks shadowed the trail of their tracked counterparts, however, early on, military officials regarded them with even more skepticism than they felt for other utterly radical concepts such as devoting an entire miltary branch to air power. When blitzkrieg swept across the European Continent, any doubts about the decisive power of armored walkers, as those felt for other new tecchnology, was soundly shattered. Walking tanks didn’t overthrow tracked armor as pivotal weapons any more than battleships were deemed more vital than bomber wings. Rather, they proved to be a hugely intensifying force when grafted to armored columns comprised of other wheeled and tracked vehicles.

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*More vehicle info and specs to follow.

**The term AFW [armored fighting walker] originates from Konami's "Ring of Red"
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xenofovooid Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
the spitfire tail is downside, or is it builded in that way
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
It's all fucked up and frankensteined. Like a 5 year old building a toy. 
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xenofovooid Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
so its like:
"-general: take all that rusted things 
mechanic: but general thats not how that goes 
general: I DON´T CARE put that way looks weird, i like weird La la la la "
Five Nights at Freddy's 2- New Bonnie - Icon GIF 
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
Something like that. The story in my head involves a downed RAF pilot stuck behind enemy lines in rural France. A nice farmer and his autistic son help him build something badass using pieces of whatever to fight back towards friendly lines.  
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:iconxenofovooid:
xenofovooid Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
sooo its like a WWI or II/dieselpunk/modern technology mashup?
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amazoness-king Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
some of these just look like you drew legs on a truck, no offence
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
that is exactly what happened. none taken. 
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factoryofmadness Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
So amazing in so many ways.
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Thanks very much. :D
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:iconorihalchon:
orihalchon Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Student Filmographer
For the mecha, the big guys. When i see it on side views, the balcony was like a grilled trash can, don't ya think? hehehe :D

Those tanks are indeed real, are they?
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
Yeah, it is a lot like a grilled trash can ... [link]

And the tanks are real, for a sense of scale. In my mind, the tanks and mechs would fight side by side.
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orihalchon Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Student Filmographer
well that's a good thing, since it's the WWII period, is it? It's a nice reminding that mechs are not always the tough guy :ahoy:
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DragonStrider Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Why do the German designs look so....naturall.....its scary.
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
Lots and lots of staring at panzer reference.
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DragonStrider Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
True but...they just seem fitting.
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
I really pound my brain and torture myself till they seem right...
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DragonStrider Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well thats good,I do that myself.
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Pixel-pencil Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Student General Artist
Amazing concepts! Have you already created the Spitfire concept, or is it to be made?
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Thanks, man. So far, I've only done the silhouette. But people really respond to the spitfire in particular, so maybe I ought to bump it up on the priority list. :hmm:
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Pixel-pencil Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Student General Artist
Great things come to those who wait, right? I'll be sure to keep an eye out for it!
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:iconaxonn5:
Axonn5 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
Great work! Awesome!
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
cheers! :thanks:
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Kerl-of-Fox-County Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Great stuff!
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Dru-Zod Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
Great stuff.My fave is the ISU-152 hex.
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
Glad you dig. Reminds me to revisit that one eventually. We just ODed a bit on the multi-peds.
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AMM-R4 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
Big fan of Ring of Red. Love this stuff.
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
Thanks, mate!

It's crazy how good RoR was, considering how weak it was in some areas...
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:iconamm-r4:
AMM-R4 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
Regrettably, I was never able to finish the game. I had a used copy that always locked up every time I tried to engage that big mother at the end.
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
ooh, that sucks! You could always trade in and try w/ another copy...

There's plenty of game left after the Big Dora fight.
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:iconbobdd0:
bobdd0 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010
awesome. gotta love Big Ivan

one question. why would their be a plane mech?
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010
Main reason: Cuz it's fun to imagine.

Story wise; because a British Pilot was shot down behind enemy lines in occupied France, and converted the wreck of his Spitfire w/ the help of French Underground Folks, using scavenged mech bits, in order to break through back to friendly lines. It's a custom one-off deal. Not a mass production thing.
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bobdd0 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
oh, thanks for clearing that up!
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TMC-Deluxe Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
it has to be "KÖNIGSTIGER" or "KONIGSTIGER" not "KONIGTIGER"... and jagdpanzer not jadgpanzer
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:iconorcbruto:
orcbruto Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
World War 2 mechas?! And I thought III Reich flying saucers were weird =D
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
I'm not the first person to work on this genre. There's lots of similar stuff out there. I just wanted to try my hand at this style of mech design. Then the project sort of snowballed.
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:iconorcbruto:
orcbruto Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I like this "weird" World War 2 stuff... remenbers me Wolfenstein =D

Sad that no nazis or allies could build a mecha in 1945s... =D
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
Me too. Love Wolfenstein (except newest one not so great).

and sure they did: [link] ;)
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orcbruto Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Mwhahahahahahahah
I thought it was a Transformer =D
Imagine, Autobots and Decepticons in World War II !!! :mwahaha:
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
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:iconorcbruto:
orcbruto Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Mwhahahahahahhaha
Bah! Someone thought of it before me! =D
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soundwave3591 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
what would Japanese or Italian Mechs look like?
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orcbruto Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hehehehehhe
I remember Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 and the Japonese mechas =D

I want to see the soviet mechas also =D
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
It's rather funny you should ask... there's going to be an update in that department soon.

In general, Japanese and Italian armor were not on par w/ the best tanks of WWII. Not even equal to it's most mediocre, actually. So I've mostly avoided them, not wanting to invest time on mechs that aren't likely to be very competitive against their rivals.

But as it happens, some collabing behind the scenes has given birth to a couple promising versions of an Imperial Japanese mech. Almost posted to scraps this week.

Most of this story centers in Europe and Africa anyway, so no major action planned for the Pacific. Still, it's impossible not to imagine, right?
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soundwave3591 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
indeed. and if not as Humanoid, why not as a Zero mech, like the Spitfire mech?
and i can see Mussolini getting a "big Giovanni" from Uncle Adolf...
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
Both good calls.
But Hitler would likely sooner not be bothered by pain in but Benito. Still, I suppose it's possible...
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soundwave3591 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
just a thought, something to sketch out on a boring day, maybe.
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
God, how I long for a boring day!
I know I'm going to have to handle the Italian thing eventually. If only to show them littering the battlefield beneath a British mech's feet or something.

Actually... now that I think about it... The Italians would need something flashy to march in parades. They loooved parades and military pageantry. Fighting... mmm, not so much.
Hehe, now I got something to go on! :D
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soundwave3591 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
yeah! "Vittorio" or "Giovanni", a lot of flash, maybe a built in Smile, but not too thickly built, like maybe 2/3 the side of Siegmund, and like a sculpted Plume on the head?

and Il Duce did buy weapons from Hitler. 88's, halftracks, a few planes, etc. so maybe like "big Fritz" with some Italian roundels painted on?
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
Big Vito? Big Gio? :laughing: ! Might even go for a real plume. I plan on some light SS mechs wearing leather gloves or fabric coverings like Patlabors, so why not, right? I'll have to hold off on painting a giant moustache on the front...

I don't think Benito could do any better than buying some mechs from Adolf and painting Italian markings on the side... maybe just adding a new head/helmet?
Problem is... you can't improve the logistics or fighting potential of Italian forces w/ just a decent mech! Still, you're giving me some very useful ideas here! :thanks:
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SPIDIvonMARDER Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
This cinematics and ideas are one of the most insane and awesome concepts about WWII!
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