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BK-47C Bulava C by Norsehound BK-47C Bulava C by Norsehound
In its five years of service, the Bulava (both A and B types) has garnered a reputation for being a fearsome unit in the service of the UEPC. No other Axel was visibly proven to rip others apart, and this was a frequent scare tactic whenever Bulavas were ordered into combat. Naturally, the UEPC would want to find ways to improve the Bulava unit.

While the Bulava B was seen as a success in terms of up-armament, it cost more than the A model by two and a half times. The Bulava A itself wasn't cheap either, especially since it demanded exotic materials and had an unorthodox (and comparatively complex) skeletal structure. In preparations for an eventual lunar assault, the UEPC wanted to be able to manufacture a number of these units easily and quickly. The C model of the BK-47 was an attempt to make a production-friendly version of the Bulava A.

With Nikolov Stanislaw several years gone and Sukhoi unwilling to tamper with the design again, the project was passed to the in-house Mobile Armaments Division to find ways to make the Bulava "Friendly" to production purposes. This involved going over what little of Stanislaw's notes remained in addition to dismantling and examining a BK-47. After eight months' research, the team concluded that to retain the BK-47's capability the design could not change the skeleton or some of the major components. However, they were able to cut costs by switching from the exotic composites Stanislaw hand-made for the prototype to a Titanium-Durite alloy in the construction of the skeleton. Though this would decrease the Bulava's load-carrying capability and the unit's phenomenon durability, the drop in cost was deemed an acceptable trade off given the primary opponent for the C design were the LUNAR designs. The C version was put into production, with the first battalions walking into service two months after the incident at Palifca Satellite.

Though it's been some time since the C unit was put into production, no C unit has seen real combat as there are already many A and B versions in service with the standing UEPC forces, and they still continue to be produced in limited numbers. However, the C version has been selected for future variant modifications, which include a heavily-armored assault version and an artillery fire support version.

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Eh, redid the Bulava. It always bothered me on the A sketch that the arm was in front of the right leg, breaking the pose. Decided to fix it here.

Not sure if I want this to represent the 'true' C version or not, since I thought there would be more modifications. However I couldn't justify any more changes... since the UEPC would rather have their unit terrifyingly effective than terrifyingly cheap (that's what the KR-14A is for).
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inrepose Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Crunchy! Excellent. 
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:iconamddred:
Nikolov Stanislaw? Is this meant to be russian name? ))
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:iconnorsehound:
eh, yeah. Yes it's a...hmm.. tribute to Stanislaw lem of Solaris fame.
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:iconamddred:
Btw, Stanislaw Lem was from poland.
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:iconamddred:
Btw, the short variant ("for friends") of "Stanislav" is "Stas".
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:iconamddred:
Hmm, mkey.
Then Stanislav should be name and Nickolov - surname.
Btw, though the surname "Nickolov" was made quite correctly, it's structure means that it was made from the name "Nickolo", but it's not russian name, italian ) Nickolay is russian name - and "Nickolayev" would be the surname made of it.
By meaning it's the same as scottish Mc... or irish O`..., or ...son )
But ofcourse, the suffix depends on the many variables, for example, the region - ukrainian surnames prefer suffix -ko|-enko - "Nickolayenko", smth like that.
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:iconnorsehound:
You think too much :P

You can chalk up the name butchery to the fact that this takes place around the late 2400s after a third world war... plenty of time for the mixing of cultures, names, and so on.

But thanks for the insight. I think some things through but not all of them.
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:iconamddred:
But you have to admit, that the period of surname creation have gone in the centuries - we use the surname that were given in 17-19th centuries (because peasants needed to be counted). It's very rear episodes when smbd now create absolutely new surname.
But you're right about mixture - John Malkovich is excelent example: John is an english name, Malkovich - some slavic, smwhere from the west. I guess, in future polish surnames would be absolutely native in USA ))

And about the names - I don't know about the western world, but in the post-soviet the same thing goes with the names - no new one, we're using the same slavic, greek, roman names - Alexander, Georgiy (Yurij), Ivan (John - Ioann - Ivan), Philipp etc.
Of course, there were some funny names as Vladilen (VLADimir Iliyich LENin) and others, but they were used only by some righteous communist families, and are not given anymore. Classic is classic, you know )
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:iconkennturner:
Awesome as usual!
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irmax-comix Aug 31, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
you really make sense out of these mechs.
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