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Rocket Man by Rob-Cavanna Rocket Man by Rob-Cavanna

Heavy Soviet mech modeled in Sketchup by :iconcosedimarco: :D with only a wee bit of editing and retouching in photoshop by me. If the mech looks familiar it’s essentially this one, with a different weapon load out: rob-cavanna.deviantart.com/art…

The body style is based on an alternate design seen on the far right here: rob-cavanna.deviantart.com/art…


If you dig it, please give Marco a +watch! There is more like this on the way. :thanks: Marco has done several versions of the Proletarian, including a traditional Katyusha rocket rail launcher. Highlighting this one because I have a soft spot for the Gundam style rocket pod insanity!  :drool: 


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Rocket artillery was mounted on many platforms in WWII, and Soviet mechs were hardly exempt. Though less accurate than conventional artillery, multiple rocket launchers were inexpensive and easy to produce. More importantly, they could deliver the equivalent impact of myriad artillery guns in a matter of mere seconds, saturating a wide area with many tons of high explosive. While not quite surgically precise, the shock effect of such weapons was immense. After unleashing its salvo, rocket artillery units could quickly relocate and avoid retaliation by counter-battery fire. In the case of platforms such as the heavy mech Proletarian, the next step was usually towards shattered enemy lines. 


Generally speaking, one disadvantage of rocket systems was the lengthy time required for reloading. But in the case of mechs, rocket canisters and racks could be easily ejected, and other weapons taken in their stead, rapidly restoring the mech to maximum payload weight and optimal combat capacity. In the absence of logistical support, particularly during intense urban melees, an anthro configured mech always had the option of grabbing whatever heavy object is nearest to hand and using it to bludgeon enemy targets. A mech as heavily armored as the Proletarian could afford to absorb heavy enemy fire while steadily advancing towards its prey. 


Initially, the Katyusha rocket system was adapted to the Proletarian by means of a back mounted rail system similar to those found on Soviet artillery trucks. Later in the war, however, a more compact system was devised that made full use of the mech’s multiple weapon mounts, distributing weight more evenly, and allowing for greater agility in close combat and better mobility in urban combat zones. The Proletarian’s exceptional payload capacity enabled it to mount 30 forward facing rockets, and an additional 12 on a backpack unit. The backpack unit could be rotated 90 degrees in either direction, allowing the option to fire at right and left flanks. If kept nearly vertical, the rear rockets could be used as a sort of high trajectory rocket mortar, unleashing an arc of high explosive warheads over tall buildings and devastating targets on the opposite side. 

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Mechanox Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Needs more dakka! lol XD
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Wastelander7 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
Awesome work as always guys! And I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of that bombardment! (I'm also a fan of Gundam style missile launchers too. And Robotech had a few good launchers too)
:D
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
You got me wondering what other kind of Gundam style weapon overkill could be done for OPDS? One-shot recoilless rifles probably! Could slap a silly bunch of those onto a medium or heavy mech. :D 
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Wastelander7 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Well, I was thinking of a OPDS version of Gundam Heavyarms from Gundam Wing. It had a gazillion rotary Gatling cannons. So maybe a mech with 8 20mm anti-aircraft cannons (two mounted on the arms, four on the center torso and capable of limited vertical rotation and two on shoulder mounts) That thing would put out so much firepower it would be unreal.

Another idea would be a light and fast mech with one massive recoil-less cannon and a light machine gun and just enough armor to stop infantry weapons. I got the idea for this from a friend's rig in Mechwarrior 3. He had a Puma (lightest and fastest mech in the game) with no armor, and an AC-10 auto cannon. He'd run up behind the heavier mechs and pound them into the ground. If he ran out of ammo, he could outrun anything else on the battlefield. I think this idea would be best for a Soviet mecha, as it would be cheap to make (with no special armor) and would agree with their massed assault doctrines. (such as arming their troops with PPSH submachine guns because rifles were more expensive to make) I can imagine a swarm of these light fast machines advancing behind heavier machines and once the two sides became engaged, they would swarm out and simply pound the other side into hamburger. They'd have a high attrition rate, but, casualties never bothered the Soviets.
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
I like both of these ideas! Multiple 20mm cannons sounds like a decent WWII version of a Heavyarms Gundam. Let me ask your opinion: do you think this rig would have any effectiveness against heavy armor? 

As for the light mech w/ a big badass recoilless gun, I think that the new Zinka would be a decent platform. It is the lightest cheapest Soviet mech destroyer OPDS has so far. Based on the SU-76, they are supposed to be very numerous and mobile, but not high quality -which fits your suggestion. There was another weapon idea for the Zinka which involved one large rocket for an arm -based on the BTR-5 "tank topedo". Same massed assault philosophy. Deliver the one big punch and get outta dodge.   

Speaking of one big punch -for my T-34 mech (in progress) I was thinking of having one arm being a dedicated punching piston. A massive "bear paw" powered by a single large calibre shell. The other arm would have normal articulation, but this one would be purely for melee strikes. Also fits in w/ the notion of massed assault beat downs, and is reminiscent of T-34s just ramming panzers in the tank version of CQC. 
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Wastelander7 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
That would depend on what ammunition they had. I've had a sinus problem for the last month now so I'm not entirely with it, so I'm not sure what they've got in the way of ammo for the 20mm. If they had something that is similar to the depleted uranium rounds used in the American A-10 Thunderbolt (aka the "Warthog") the machine would chew through about anything in their way (ammo supply withstanding) I did some poking around and I think a tungsten alloy would be almost as effective against WWII armor if delivered at high velocity. Another idea would be a tungsten round in a sabot with the full length but only say 15mm in diameter. That would be a hyper velocity round and they could make the sabots out of copper, brass or aluminum. (aluminum would give the highest velocity of the three, being the lightest)

I agree the Zinka would be good, though it seems to me it would be a good idea to have two light cheap single shot recoil-less on either side (for balance sake) Or have a manual reload version and carry the ammo on the off side. Or just a massive short range single shot rocket launcher on either side. I think the rocket launcher would be very much in the soviet technology and would be cheap to build and deploy, keeping with the cost effectiveness idea.

That sounds like a good idea on the bear paw, but, I was thinking instead of a regular shell, to have more of a blank type shell with no projectile. Then it could be magazine fed allowing multiple strikes.
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Wastelander7 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
It occurs to me the tactics we're talking about is similar to the "wheeling right" they used to use with cavalry. They'd ride past the enemy and throw their spears or shoot their arrows then ride away in a circle and come back after getting another spear or reloading their bow and do it again, and again. And again. I think this is the armored version.
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AntonMoscowsky Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks like - "You will never have enought rockets for party, but you should try to get as much as you can"
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
:nod: 
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Enrico1946 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
talk about over kill...
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