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Xarkon Nidhogg Dropship
The Dropship for the Armed Forces of Xarkon
About this creation
Don't forget to visit my "Nova Refuge" website at http://nova.saber-scorpion.com/



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   The Nidhogg in Norse mythology was a fearsome dragon that lived in the underworld and ate the roots of the great world-tree. Why in that case did I make it a dropship? Well, because the name doesn't sound as cool as a lot of other dragon names, and I wanted to name all of really big aircraft after dragons.



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   The Nidhogg is not a pretty ship, but it is an intimidating sight on the battlefield. Its long, tooth-like projections almost give it the semblance of a pair of jaws slamming shut on whatever location it wants to invade. The ship is armed with two anti-aircraft energy cannons, two pairs of anti-personnel machine guns, and a pair of energy cannons for blasting at enemy vehicles.



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   The Jotun Hover Tank detaching. Yep, just ONE magnet. That's all it takes. I'm glad I finally heeded Keith Goldman's advice on his MOCpages gallery (or at least it used to be there...) to use magnets whenever and wherever possible. These LEGO magnets are strong! You can actually remove the magnet from the bottom of the ship and hold the whole tank up just by gripping the magnet.



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   One of this ship's only disadvantages is that all of the weaponry points forward, except for the rotating anti-air turret on top. Xarkon ship designers have been working on a version with a rear turret, but it has not yet entered production. Notice that the Jotun hover tank can still fire its anti-personnel machine guns through the hole in the bottom.



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   I hope you like the Nidhogg's engines. I re-made them completely several times because people didn't like the others. This is the third one I came up with.



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   The grey machine stuff around the bottom of the radar dish is my first real attempt at what most people call "greebling."



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   Yes, there is a top hatch right there. That's so that people can climb out on top to do maintainence. It is also possible to land on top of the Nidhogg and climb inside.



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   A shot of the snug fit of the attached Jotun hover tank.



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   The ramps can open up to let the Jotun drive out into battle. The ramps when opened this way, straight out, can also be used to board an enemy ship or tall enemy building from the side.



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   The 4x1 dark bluish-grey plate on one door is rather ugly, isn't it? I probably should have made it black.



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   It's a tight fit in there, but no one wants to jump, because it's also a long way down!



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   That's what the cables are for. Fast-rope descents are the most fun for the soldiers. If they don't want to do that, some Nidhoggs have optional ladders installed on the side ramps. This, however, is considered too slow a descent method for an active combat situation.



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   Which is why this method was invented. The soldiers still have to make a small jump at the bottom though. I would have fixed this problem by making the ramps extend outward a little more, but that is hard to accomplish in LEGO. If you know of a way to do this, feel free to inform me.



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   The officer pep-talks his men before they jump into the heat of battle. He will probably stay on the ship and let his squad leader handle the field work. Meanwhile he and the engineer will direct the battle using the tactical radar map you can see in the back. It's attached to the radar dish on top of the ship to make the Nidhogg as capable a mobile command base as the Manegarm... almost.



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   The guns can also point out to the sides. Just imagine a long row of these ships floating over the horizon, preparing to invade a colony near you!



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   Can you find the Crown of Xarkon? No, not the little logo on the side of the ship; that one's upside down.



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   This is a good shot of the VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) boosters. These stay running all the time during flight. After all, the ship doesn't have any wings.



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   Another shot of the radar screen and other computer apparatuses, the descent cables, and the guns hooked to the central pillar. And the toolbox.



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   The forward interior. Again we see the guns, a conveniently placed clock, and the pilot. And the fire extinguisher.



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   It's the interior again. What, the medic is still in the ship?! That's the problem with female soldiers; someone starts feeling all protective and tells them to stay put. In this case it might have been her commanding officer. Romance in the workplace always causes problems.



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   This is actually an old picture, but it's the best one I took of the pilot and his control panels. Yeah, they're just control panels, and no they're not that great. So why did I leave this picture in here? I don't know. Go ask your mom.



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   Concept art for the Nidhogg. The one in the upper-left corner was the first picture I drew. I was trying to make it look as much like an upside-down Crown of Xarkon as possible. In my second drawing (upper-right), I raised the middle up some and lowered the prongs on either end to make room for it to hold a tank under the bottom. The final picture I drew is the big one at the bottom. Yeah, I scrapped the idea for it to hold Hornet bikes on the top. That was just stupid.



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   Here are some construction pictures for your enlightenment. I took this picture when I was building my Valkyrie (you can see it in the background), and I had just made my first Xarkon infantry with the new helmet design. When I showed this very early shot to people... they weren't impressed, to say the least.



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   This is the second image I showed online. No one seemed to like it either; it was still very early. At this point I still wanted it to carry the Hornet bikes on top.



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   The third image I showed online. At this point it was all coming together. Hopefully everyone will like the final version now. I tried to listen to criticism and take note of it... except from the people who told me to scrap the whole design.

In reply to Vorgain Karth: It can carry 10 passengers and 1 pilot. It could possibly carry more if you really pack them in though. In the photo of the manned interior, there are only 7 soldiers - one is a medic, one an officer, and one a technician.



Comments

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  January 16, 2009
The helmets. Where did you get those? Did you just buy the white ones and color them red or something?
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  December 10, 2008
If you have another contest soon, let me know. And this is an amazing MOC, very well put together. Bravo, again...and again...and again...
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  November 25, 2008
WOW, the troop section is my favorite part! I also love the tank holder! Nice build!
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  August 21, 2008
Im not good at making vehicles but i have a cool xarkon army please check it out.
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  March 8, 2008
I'll be posting my nova refuge inspired veluxian machinary
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  September 29, 2006
yeeeeeee realy sweet man
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  April 26, 2006
I've always wondered how many soilders does it carry? It looks like 9 with the officer and medic but I'm not sure. PLease review my MOCs. (Edit3-19-06) Ok thanks for posting that. (Edit 4-26-06) I might have an idea for making the ramps extend. Tell me if you want to know it.
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  March 13, 2006
Excellent. I really feel the badguy vibes from this ship. Almost reminds me of the dropships from the PC game Pariah, but way, way cooler.
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  January 4, 2006
man I love this thing how do you get all this cool stuff i've been to your other website its sweet i want to by some star wars decals which do you recomend please email me
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  January 4, 2006
Another incredible model. Nice work! I finally have the Stork 2 and the Aurora on my page. They are'nt as good as the Nidhogg, but I made information on them as intricate, realistic and detailed as possible.
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  December 15, 2005
Of all your Nova Refuge stuff you've made, this is the absolutly coolest! And by the way, when does episode 5 come out?
  August 8, 2005
Not bad. The cockpit actually looks inspired from the front. Other than that it's pretty unremarkable.
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  August 7, 2005
Awesome! I love how it can actually fit the tank underneath it and carry it around, along with all the greebling and kewl stuff...My only complaint are those yellow things. They look...out of place. 0_o
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  August 5, 2005
i saw this on brickshelf. man i couldnt wait for it to come up on mocpages cuz i knew it would have good captions.
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  August 5, 2005
Awesome MOC man. Lots of great SNOT. Also an extremely unique design...great job!
 
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