JE Hovertank for ground assault. Galactic war comes to the surface.
About this creation
This moc is an effort to fill in a large gap in the Jade Empire dossier of war vessels: ground assault craft. Space- and aircraft are well represented, with fighters and bombers and science vessels, but for ground war the JE has held little ground with the Shen Kai powersuit. A modified EB Elefant tank was used for a short period, but as the friendship between the two powers collapsed, the Jades discontinued use of the hovertank. As the JE threat in space has increased, the need for military control of planet surfaces calls for new vehicles.
The hovertank features a main rail cannon, starboard and port cannons, and two underside blasters. A rear hatch and ramp allow entry for two operators (a driver and gunner), some ammo clips, and possibly two passengers in the very cramped interior. A pair of JE troops can ride board the craft on runningboards on either side.
The windshield piece I used allows for a 45-degree rotation from the traditional orientation of Lego bricks and plates. This makes for some interesting ideas. The earliest ideas for this moc were spaceships, featuring clamshell cockpit designs. After some tests with wings, the spaceship concept was abandoned and I moved towards the hovertank design.
Heres a shot from behind. The dino tails, an element I try to work into most of my Jade creations, were the last thing I added to this model. I first tried to include them on the turrets, but they looked completely stupid, and then I remembered the way they worked as frames on Chris Maddison's Shen Kai powersuit. I adapted the idea here as sort of rollbar frames for the hatch.
A closer look at the weaponry. When the hovertank was almost done, it sported drastically different weapons, and after taking some creative building advice and adapting a concept from Soren Roberts, I came up with the final weapon designs.
While the design is wonderful, the plausibility of putting a big window on the front of a tank is baffling to say the least (screen door on a submarine anyone?). I love the idea of having an option on the payload of the tank with the plug-and-play weapons. Overall a great design.