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NEOS 'Raptor' Heavy VLM
The NEOS 'Raptor' is the first VLM, or "Variable Loadout Mecha", in the NEOS military. With the majority of the NEOS engineers and mechanics either retired or killed by Dark Augusto, and with nominal amounts of new recruits, the current engineers decided they needed to kill two VTOL drones with one stone by manufacturing a mech that was modular enough to support a range of effective weaponry, rather than taking precious time designing multiple mech frames for the same job. Thus, the Raptor was born. Enjoy!
About this creation



There are two places to mount the modular loadouts, one on either side of the mech's body.

Due to past difficulties in maintaining a... resilient mech force, the designers spent extra time reinforcing the shoulder joint, which has been notoriously the area requiring the most maintenance on walkers.

Large, claw-like feet also provide extra support on unstable terrains.

The spikes, while not very effective as a scare tactic against the nearly emotionless machines of DA, play roles as sensor and communications arrays. Hey, they can be stylish and functional, can't they?

Every current loadout of the 'Raptor' mech is equipped with two light laser cannons on the front lower body. Limited rotation allows for targeting fast-moving infantry without rotating the entire body of the mech.

The type-1, E-class loadout for the 'Raptor' is equipped with all non-projectile weaponry. This heavy laser cannon is ideal for melting armor at medium range.

Six capacitors on the rear of the cannon charge the powerful laser, with a faster recycle time than one large capacitor would have provided.

The second attachment in the E-class loadout is a heavy flamethrower, which is useful against mass infantry, obstructive foliage, or marshmallows. The flamethrower has two settings, one which fires a short-range but powerful stream of fire, and one that fires contained globs of incendiary goodness in a longer-range, more discreet manner.

The type-2, M-class loadout contains projectile weaponry for bombarding, pummeling, and shredding enemies.

A heavy rail gun serves a similar purpose as the heavy laser, but is much better at preventing unwanted structure fires. (credit for the sloped shape of the rail gun goes to Eamon Ward and his Rail Gun.)
a 12-shot mortar tube is also equipped to the M-class, which basically succeeds in overall obliteration of most targets. The battlefield is no place to be stingy.

In addition, each loadout is equipped with a compact launch compartment, located between the spikes.

The launch compartment can be stuffed with all sorts of goodies, but anti-aircraft missiles are the most popular choice for 'Raptor' pilots.

The VLM modular weaponry.

The cockpit, which seats one pilot. An on-board AI helps with targeting and such to eliminate the need for a copilot.


Thanks for viewing, let me know what you think!



Comments

 I like it 
  February 28, 2012
Sweet bipedal Mech, Cheers!
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  January 21, 2012
Quoting alpha omega This is a REALLY cool mech!! I really like how the weapons can be mixed and matched for different missions. By the way, this mech really looks like the normal mech for the computer game Red Storm. Was this an inspiration, or just a coincidence?
Just a coincidence. I've never played that game before.
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  January 21, 2012
This is a REALLY cool mech!! I really like how the weapons can be mixed and matched for different missions. By the way, this mech really looks like the normal mech for the computer game Red Storm. Was this an inspiration, or just a coincidence?
Cody G
jack anderson
  January 18, 2012
Very cool..... I personally would never use the flamethrower ..... One stray bulletis all it would take to light it up :)
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  January 15, 2012
Wow this is so awesome!! The legs are excellent! The name really suits the look! Awesome work Cody!
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  January 14, 2012
Amazing Cody!! one of the best I've seen so far of mechs!!
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  January 13, 2012
Quoting Ben Cossy Gotta love awesome edited main pictures to make the MOC so much cooler ;) Anyway like I said last time we Skyped the changing side guns are brilliant! And the spikes on the back look great! Awesome stuff :D
Thanks, Ben! I'll talk to you on Saturday!
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  January 13, 2012
Gotta love awesome edited main pictures to make the MOC so much cooler ;) Anyway like I said last time we Skyped the changing side guns are brilliant! And the spikes on the back look great! Awesome stuff :D
Cody G
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White Knight
  January 12, 2012
awesome !>.....well done
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  January 10, 2012
Great looking mech. You got alot of cool features going on in this build
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  January 10, 2012
A very Legoland looking mech, nice and playable, and cool colors, looks like its got all the wrecking tools required to get the job done, sweet!
 I made it 
  January 9, 2012
Quoting Jake Almondy I really like the way you've got it's feet and legs setup as well as the detailing you've put into them. Are they particularly flimsy or fairly sturdy?
They're the sturdiest non-click joint mech legs I have currently assembled. Posing the mech is a pain, but for display, it can take plenty of bumps and jostles before breaking. Thanks for the comment!
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  January 9, 2012
I really like the way you've got it's feet and legs setup as well as the detailing you've put into them. Are they particularly flimsy or fairly sturdy?
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  January 9, 2012
very nice!
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  January 9, 2012
Quoting eamon ward Great job, good idea for the grenade launcher. PS: You may have gotten the idea for that railgun from me, does thi ring any bells? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/299685
Yep, that's the one! Thanks for the inspiration, Eamon!
 I made it 
  January 9, 2012
Quoting El Barto ! Nice mech, and cool collection of weapons. I'm kind of partial to that rail gun, myself. Well done, Chief! One question, are you using an outline tool on Gimp for the border?
I use the fuzzy select tool. It isn't quite as precise as outlining the MOC to select it, but it's much faster. All I do is select all of the background (you may have to shift-click a few times if there are shadows) and then invert the selection to select only the MOC. It takes less than a minute in most cases.
  January 9, 2012
Nice mech, and cool collection of weapons. I'm kind of partial to that rail gun, myself. Well done, Chief! One question, are you using an outline tool on Gimp for the border?
 I like it 
  January 9, 2012
Superb!
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  January 9, 2012
Quoting Matt the Backward One Neat, but NEOS is red now?
Red is the NEOS color for heavy units. Most mecha, tanks, and artillery are red.
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  January 9, 2012
Quoting Peter Mowry Nice job bud on the Mech!!! It's the beast!!! Really like all the attachments you have for the Raptor. Really like the lazer attachment. Well done I bet she is really fast on the terrain. Keep it up.
Thanks, Pete! I'll keep tinkering with laser cannon designs, and hopefully you'll see more of them on my mechs! :)
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  January 9, 2012
The colouring is a ibt scattered, but it's not as bad as it could be. The shape is great, especially weapons. AA missiles are the coolest part.
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  January 9, 2012
Nice..!
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  January 9, 2012
Nice work! The legs look interesting.
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  January 9, 2012
Great job, good idea for the grenade launcher. PS: You may have gotten the idea for that railgun from me, does thi ring any bells? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/299685
 I like it 
  January 8, 2012
Really cool mech. :D Love the legs.
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  January 8, 2012
Great work, very well thought out mech and well written presentation!
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  January 8, 2012
Nice work. I prefer a mix-&-match: heavy laser + mortars
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  January 8, 2012
Neat, but NEOS is red now?
 I like it 
  January 8, 2012
Nice job bud on the Mech!!! It's the beast!!! Really like all the attachments you have for the Raptor. Really like the lazer attachment. Well done I bet she is really fast on the terrain. Keep it up.
 I like it 
  January 8, 2012
Excellent mech! >Eric
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  January 8, 2012
AWESOMENESS X 900!!! This is awesome, the interchangeable weaons are brilliant, you have a good variety here! I still prefer mechs with hands though, then they can use ANY weapon!
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  January 8, 2012
Awesome mech. Very utilitarian and industrial-looking.
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  January 8, 2012
Very nice mech, but I would hate to be the pilot when some one with a rocket launcher shoots the cockpit.
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  January 8, 2012
Awesome! I love the spikes on the back!
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  January 8, 2012
Great build, and very cool looking set all the way. Nice job!
  January 8, 2012
Glad to hear it, I'll make the group shortly
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  January 8, 2012
Very nicely done, Cody! I love the cockpit and legs are great too! =D
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  January 8, 2012
Impressive work! :D
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  January 8, 2012
I love the idea of the interchangeable weaponry, and the toes on this thing look great. Nice work.
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  January 8, 2012
This just looks cool. I like the lack of greebles, that is, the streamlined look. The weapons are great. I only wish I could build like this.
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  January 8, 2012
Quoting M G Great mech and btw... Cody G I challenge you to a Moc Off! Thats right, I challenge you. The task will be to build a vehichle that at least seats a matoran sized creation. If you accept than we'll come up with the finer details. So, you in?
Heck yeah! You're on! :)
 I like it 
  January 8, 2012
Very nice mech Cody, gotta love modular weapons.
 I like it 
  January 8, 2012
Great mech and btw... Cody G I challenge you to a Moc Off! Thats right, I challenge you. The task will be to build a vehichle that at least seats a matoran sized creation. If you accept than we'll come up with the finer details. So, you in?
 I like it 
  January 8, 2012
Awesome mecha! Can't wait to see more! BTW, join the group I invited you to ;)
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  January 8, 2012
A great Mech Raptor... very good work my friend
 
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