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HLD-4 "Warden"
"'Warden?' You sure? Ain't that a bit at odds with the whole 'don't take no prisoners' feel we were goin' for?" "Maybe. But I prefer to think of it more along the lines of 'nothing escapes'"
About this creation
The HLD-4 Warden is a Heavy Light Armored Shell intended to withstand multiple hits from enemy fire. While its basic armor is nothing incredible, the addition of energy conversion panels on a few of its surfaces have lead some to jokingly diagnose the HLD-4 as borderline masochistic. With these panels, the Warden can not only take a beating, but it can also absorb and use the energy to power its own systems. However, due to the expensive and inflexible nature of the panels, it was deemed too costly to employ them on the entire unit and it was determined that the addition of shoulder plates and a shield would suffice. The inclusion of a broadsword and pistols completed the unit's close-range arsenal.


Statistics:

Designation: HLD-4 Warden
Height at Shoulder: 25 Feet
Weight: 11 Tons
Primary Functions: Front-line defense and close-to-mid-range support
Power: PSR-1440 Rechargeable Energy Cells
Top Speed: 65 MPH (Supplemented by RT-6's)
Other Equipment: T313-PRT Hand-Mounted Transport Beacons, AB50-RB Osmosive Shoulder Plates, RT-6 Sprinter Thrusters
Weaponry: EA-3 Sponge Osmosive Shield, BEB-7 Samson Broadsword, ECP-24 Gemini Bolt Caster Pistols



T131-PRT Transport Beacons allow unused weaponry to be located off-unit in a PO0-F Hammerspace Weapon Conveyance Locker.




The Warden's Non-Energetic Reactive Armor absorbs impact in a layer of rubberized polycarbonate sandwiched between armor plates.


AB50-RB Shoulder Plates provide protection for the pilot's vulnerable head from both sides while converting any energy exerted on them into power.


The PSR-1440 Energy Cells power everything on the HLD-4 from motor control to weapons and even the Sprinters.


The Sponge Osmosive Shield uses the same energy conversion panels as the AB50-RB Plates and, when in use, is mounted length-wise on the Warden's left arm.


Samson's particle beam will slice through almost anything it comes into contact with. If the Warden is running low on energy, the rough, diamond tipped serrated back edge can be used for tearing through armor.


The ECP-24 Gemini are the HLD-4's only means of ranged combat. However, these double-action bolt casters are powerful enough to punch sizable holes in medium armor while frying any vulnerable electronics they can find. The successors to the RCP-12's, the Gemini are useful in immobilizing units for the Samson to finish off.










Who's that handsome devil in the pilot block?


NOTES:

I know that everyone has totally been holding their breath just wondering when I was going to post something next, but you can all breathe freely now that I have. You're welcome, World! I would have had this done sooner, but the torso gave me no end of fits. In the end, though, I think it turned out better as a whole for it.

I had played with the idea of having something on the back upon which to mount the sword and shield, but after a while I decided it would look stupid and that's why you got the much more creative (That's what you call something you throw together at the last minute, right?) lampshade hanging of a teleportation device. That's also why you got the energy cells and thrusters which I wouldn't have had room for otherwise.

Anyway, comments and constructive criticism are welcome as always.

P.S. For those of you who don't know, Hammerspace.


Building instructions
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Comments

 I made it 
  December 2, 2012
UPDATE: I have now (I think) completed my refit of the Warden which is (I think) much better than this one. @Sylphion, I tried to beef up the waist like you suggested, but it ended up looking awkward and unbalanced so I settled on the addition of two small parts which make it appear more sturdy even though they would probably accomplish nothing in actuality. However, to compensate for this shortcoming, I gave it an entirely revised arsenal including the option of no fewer than four "hidden" (and I use that term loosely) daggers on undersides of the shields. Oh yeah, and it's shields now. With another S. Because apparently the engineers didn't think one nigh-indestructible energy-absorbing shield was enough. Some people.
 I made it 
  October 28, 2012
Quoting Sylphion - Well, I just like the design of the EVA units, didn't mention anything else about Neo Genesis Evangelion which is basically 'Everyone dies and turns into kool-aid'
Okay, sorry. I probably overreacted a bit, but after I read a few paragraphs about that show I was appalled on about nine to ten different levels. I guess it does sort of look like an EVA except that it's much smaller and not in any way organic. Or enslaved and imbued with the soul of its 14-year-old pilot's dead mother so it can be controlled in the first place. And it also doesn't have its own dedicated Nightmare Fuel page on TVTropes which I probably shouldn't have gone to as a tertiary source of information in the first place but since I already knew the site... Perhaps you can understand how my probably needlessly strong opinion was formed.
 I like it 
  October 27, 2012
Well, I just like the design of the EVA units, didn't mention anything else about Neon Genesis Evangelion which is basically 'Everyone dies and turns into kool-aid'
 I made it 
  October 17, 2012
Quoting Sylphion - Digging the EVA-esque look! Another interesting thing that I found out is that though it looks way taller than the Light Mechs, a comparison shows that it's approximately only two full bricks taller! Great work on the hands too, it's definitely going to be able to 'hold' a whole range of weapons. Now for the technicalities: Proportion-wise, it's great, looks really well balanced and it doesn't look like it's suffering from Slenderman syndrome, the torso is well sized too, it can definitely hold the entire minifig, realistically speaking. My only gripe with the overall design is that the waist area seems WAY too fragile and vunlerable, a well placed kick from another similar mech/hardsuit could snap the entire suit in half. Armaments wise, looks all set and ready to go as a close/mid-range brawler with it's sizeable shield and decently large sword. Although, it seems slightly lacking in firepower though, perhaps hip mounted grenade racks? One very nice thing about the shield is that it really leaves enough space in the underside to store a dagger or beam saber handle! Overall, it's a really great design for a lightweight unit!
Thanks! I'm not very familiar with EVAs (I'm really not well-versed in anything mech related to be honest), but I'll take that as a compliment. Funny that you should bring up the Slenderman issue. Before I settled on the final torso design, it suffered from that disease in a major way. About the waist, though, I'd have to agree. In fact, I think most of my mechs suffer from abnormally thin waists (probably something I should work on). Ideally, the shield would help to compensate for the shortcoming, but I realize that's a bit of an unrealistic expectation. As far as firepower, I never really intended it to be a bullet-spewing wrecking ball of devastating firepower (although with a few tweaks it could probably become that). I was actually going for a mech that could sit on the front line with its shield up soaking up hits before it bulldozed through the enemy ranks. So basically just a regular wrecking ball. ;) I had never even thought of hiding a blade behind the shield, but if I ever do modify it, you can bet I'll include at least two.
 I like it 
  October 17, 2012
Digging the EVA-esque look! Another interesting thing that I found out is that though it looks way taller than the Light Mechs, a comparison shows that it's approximately only two full bricks taller! Great work on the hands too, it's definitely going to be able to 'hold' a whole range of weapons. Now for the technicalities: Proportion-wise, it's great, looks really well balanced and it doesn't look like it's suffering from Slenderman syndrome, the torso is well sized too, it can definitely hold the entire minifig, realistically speaking. My only gripe with the overall design is that the waist area seems WAY too fragile and vunlerable, a well placed kick from another similar mech/hardsuit could snap the entire suit in half. Armaments wise, looks all set and ready to go as a close/mid-range brawler with it's sizeable shield and decently large sword. Although, it seems slightly lacking in firepower though, perhaps hip mounted grenade racks? One very nice thing about the shield is that it really leaves enough space in the underside to store a dagger or beam saber handle! Overall, it's a really great design for a lightweight unit!
 
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