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APMS-1::Ab Nusquam (ANu) (Contest Entry)
We are happy to bring you the first APMS-1 variant, the Ab Nusquam! Translated from Latin, Ab Nusquam means "From Nowhere", perfectly describing this mech's fighting technique: sniping its enemies from nowhere.
About this creation
-Specs--
-Name-- Ab Nusquam (abbreviated ANu)
-Class-- Stealth class sniper mech
-Role-- Long range tactical strikes
-Tonnage-- 11.2 tons (armor only), 12.9 tons (weaponry and equipment)
-Weapons-- hard.LITe prototype PAR-1 Sniper Rifle (Plasmatic Alternation Railgun), Durasteel MV 60mil pistol
-Equipment-- XT V3O Camouflage Diversity module



The ANu makes use of a highly experimental prototype, dubbed the PAR-1 by our new XT subdivision, hard.LITe. While contemporary railguns use powerful magnetic rails to accelerate particles, this weapon uses the XT Plasmatic Alternation technology as a substitute, allowing for plasma bolts to be used as ammo. Because of this high usage of power, the gun has been dubbed the reputation of a power guzzler, allowing only four shots per clip and massive amounts of energy expended per shot. XT warns investers that ANu units will require frequent maintenance and energy recharges.



The Durasteel MV 60mil pistol acts as a backup for the ANu, in case it faces a close range threat that can't be solved by a hit with the butt of its rifle.





The ANu also includes another experimental technology, dubbed by XT as the V3O Camouflage Diversity module. This new technology acts as both a stealth unit and a multipurpose paintscheme changer. Simply put, it will allow standard stealth camo, while letting the unit change colors as needed, somewhat like a chameleon. Examples below:



Forest coloring.



Urban coloring.



And desert coloring.



All achieved through the V3O.

MY NOTES: As the title states, this is an entry to the Mecha Contest group's first contest. As a rule, I am obligate to post links to everyone else's entry. So here I go:

andros tempest's CHIMP
JakTheMad's CE Drone
Thomas Z.'s BD-04 Viper
Arik's MAU-1 Berserk
Bryce's Scimitar Command Unit
Chris Davis's AK-34 Stalker
Markus Jackson's Legionary
LTE's HAEA-3
Chunk's ASOMT
ED's LTM-O Jetkiller

...And there we are. As always, please rate and comment, and wish me luck in the contest! :D


Building instructions
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Comments

 I made it 
  February 13, 2012
Quoting Rich Collins... 257th Wolf TYVM
YVW. :P
  February 4, 2012
TYVM
 I made it 
  February 4, 2012
Quoting Rich Collins... 257th Wolf Hey BiO, What does "Ab Nusquam" mean exactly? I could look it up in my latin dictionary, but I'm busy getting in touch with my inner potato...
Well, according to Google translate, it means "From Nowhere". I don't have an accurate Latin dictionary anywhere, so that's the best I could do.
  February 4, 2012
Hey BiO, What does "Ab Nusquam" mean exactly? I could look it up in my latin dictionary, but I'm busy getting in touch with my inner potato...
  February 3, 2012
Oh, btw, an easier translation to Latin would be "ab nihil" (no capital letters are used in Latin, except in names like Petro, or Barbillus, not in this case as it is more describing the mecha). See, this is why my school teaches a "dead" language ;)
  February 3, 2012
I felt the same way about the comments on the Jatkiller for a bit Andrew. But we all entered a contest, so that's just part of the deal. From my (probably wrong) mental tally your coming second, or maybe third. That's better than most of us.
  February 2, 2012
yes, if this wasn't a contest, I wouldn't have added on a rating. but that's because the rating I gave pertains to the contest. anyway, please stay in the contest. I, at least, really do like this thing. and I'd say it's going to at least get second or third, let alone first.
 I made it 
  February 2, 2012
Perhaps it's just the feeling of having a rating tacked on to almost every comment you recieve that puts me off. When giving comments on normal MOCs, I usually only tack on a rating for it to be a compliment, so having people rate something of yours in that fashion is just an uncomfortable adjustment to make. I'll admit, when I wrote that comment, I was feeling a bit frustrated and annoyed, but when it didn't go up initially I thought it wouldn't go up at all. I do appreciate your feedback, and I'm glad that most of the ratings were 4/5, it just is an uncomfortable thing to be "rated" like this.
  February 2, 2012
Bio, what are you talking about? like Jak said, you got almost straight 4/5's. how is that bad? I don't remember everyone's ratings perfectly, but I'd say the only person that has even the slightest chance of beating you might be Thomas Z. and even then, I thought everyone's comments on it were very good. (they were certainly much better than what most of us got, anyway...) I mean, really, what are you complaining about?
  February 2, 2012
Andrew, if anything, 'tis YOU being over critical. Despite what people have said, they have been small things, and even after that, you got full runs of 4/5! Whats the problem witg that, hmmm?
 I made it 
  February 1, 2012
It seems like a lot of you are being overly-critical because this is for a contest. I want you all to tell me honestly: would you comment differently if this were a regular, non-contest oriented mech? My guess is, whether you think you would or not, you most likely would. I may just drop out of the contest, seeing as I'm obviously not going to win, delete the "contest rating" comments, and make this a regular old variant. Maybe I'm a sore loser, maybe I can't take criticism, but I'm just flat out frustrated becuase of how judgemental the comments are this time around.
  February 1, 2012
@Richie: actually, the idea of a plasma rail gun... er, just a moment. (puts on a pair of nerdy-looking glasses) okay, where was I? anyway. the idea of a plasma rail gun is more than possible. plasma can be directed by a magnetic field (which is exactly how real-world lightsabers work), so the magnetic current created by a railgun should, in theory, conduct the plasma bolt just like an ordinary metal projectile. I've used the same idea a few times myself (such as my plasma mass-drivers and my soon-to-appear DPC cannon). though I'd agree that I would like to see a more railgun-y look.
 I like it 
  February 1, 2012
Plasmatic Alternation Rail Guns? I'm assuming two jets of plasma are injected directly toward eachother into the firing chamber perpendicular tho the acceleration rails? Anyhow, I think the rail gun should be made to look more... rail gun... ish... (?) Also, the leg framework, as in the APMS-1 in general, is little busy; i would suggest simplifying it. Additionally, i've gotten used to square guns and the pistol, with its round barrel, reminisces of a cross between a retrofuturistic ray-gun, a laser scalpel, and a jackhammer. Anyhow, the mech is impressive over all 4/5
 I like it 
  February 1, 2012
Definately a very good design, but I feel it's lacking something. The chameleon idea is great, the details are nice however, I think the rifle is too short and too blocky for my taste, along with the skinny legs compared to the bulky shoulders. Otherwise it's really good. 4/5
  February 1, 2012
@Andros: most of the similarities in proportion to the Jetkiller are due to the number of new "mini-Mech" units popping up after the UGM-7's creation. they're all unique, but they're quite similar in basic design and proportions because they're all based off the new style the UGM-series started, just like all the dozens of designs Bio's XTs and UXMs started. also, if you haven't noticed, this IS an APMS-1. the APMS-1 design you saw was just a base/frame unit used as a starter model for all the other units. DbM's mini-Mechs have always followed frame-styled building.
 I like it 
  February 1, 2012
Very Cool! Detail, amazing. Weaponry, cool. I just feel that the head type you are using is overused. This didn't blow my mind though. 4/5
 I like it 
  February 1, 2012
OK, proportions wise I'm seeing many similarities to ed's Jetkiller, but detail wise this is a completely other league. weapon design is nice, the overall presentation is effective and the description is thorough. (No size comparison, but that wasn't a requirement so I'm not going to knock any points off). Strangely though, while this is a very nice design, I'm not sensing something that took a whole month to make. I'm also not entirely sure this is a new frame either, it does have strong similarities to your APMS-1 in terms of structure, proportions. A good design, but I'm not feeling it as a winner. 3.5/5
 I like it 
  February 1, 2012
Nice way to start the series. Although bland the colours do make sense being as it's using chameleon tech. The "kickin' sound system" looks nice assuming the two discs are jammers. The weapons though, are a bit big. If the PAR was held in both hands it'd probably look alright but the pistol looks more SMG or even carbine-sized to me. It also seems odd that the mech has to hold the pistol while firing the PAR, maybe add somewhere to store the pistol. Anyway, very good mech: 4/5
 I like it 
  February 1, 2012
Pretyy nice design (considering the rules stated you couldn't use any previous frames :/), but a few things don'tlook quite right for me, namely the weapons. They seem a bit too big. 4/5
 I made it 
  February 1, 2012
Quoting Forte Noir What, exactly, is the contest's theme and is it too late to enter?
You've actually already joined the group (Mecha Contests, run by LTE) and today was the last day to enter.
  January 31, 2012
What, exactly, is the contest's theme and is it too late to enter?
 I made it 
  January 31, 2012
Quoting Andrew AKA Hump-Free All right, now I'm feeling the unit more, despite the fact that I knew that you revised much of the frame for the APMS, it felt like the UGM with a UXM Head before, but this variant makes me feel more like this is a unit in its own right. However, I would like more explanation on the stealth unit, right now, it looks like a kickin' sound system more than a stealth system.
Well to be honest, I didn't think about how it works all that much. I usually just make a cool-sounding name and an interesting description and hope it works. :P
 I like it 
  January 31, 2012
well, there goes our last hope of anyone winning the contest, flying out an open window. :P well, Bio, it's amazing as always. the head's still giving me problems (can you do something a little different with the side plates?), and the feet (though they really look nice on this Mech somehow) still seem a stud or so too long. two other issues I have would be the color scheme, which is just plain bland, and a little bit on the weapons, which, though good, aren't up to par with your usual weapon-making skill. I especially like the arms and legs, really well made. I'll give it a 4/5
 I like it 
  January 31, 2012
All right, now I'm feeling the unit more, despite the fact that I knew that you revised much of the frame for the APMS, it felt like the UGM with a UXM Head before, but this variant makes me feel more like this is a unit in its own right. However, I would like more explanation on the stealth unit, right now, it looks like a kickin' sound system more than a stealth system.
 I like it 
  January 31, 2012
Dude, I saw the thumbnail for the title pic, and I was impressed. Though I feel that you would be doing even better if you were to make the legs and arms longer. The head, torso and shoulders though, gorgeous. ^Blub^
 
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