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OUS-10 Krigga by Norsehound OUS-10 Krigga by Norsehound
The time period around 2479 of Axel history saw a lot of exceptions and unusual developments. While some of this can be blamed on the Earth's crash weapons development program, the Lunar forces on the moon were also responsible for a lot of unusual designs that pushed the boundries of what is considered an Axel. The OUS-10, for example, seems to have more in common with a space fighter operationally than a true ground fighting Axel.

The OUS-10 was an outgrowth of the OU-8's development, with the mindset of creating an 'interceptor' Axel that could stop UEPC forces from actually landing on the moon (even though in the few times where they did, OU-8s were successful in fighting them off. The intent was to give more manuvering thrusters and larger rocket engines to increase the forward delta-V of the intended unit.

With the low-gravity environment of the moon, the resulting unit spent more time 'airborne' than actually bouncing across the lunar surface as its OU-8 counterpart typically did. The resulting experimental unit was termed the OUS (Space) 10 unit, and was frequently deployed at higher lunar altitudes to intercept Earth probes and skirmishing units. Kriggas are also very effective against Earth carriers, which due to crew requirements are slow and ungainly.

Krigga units have no onboard armaments, either relying on light Axel armaments in their hands or mounted weapons saddles hooked on to the torso.
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GhostBirdofPrey Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
I like it, but I have a question: what are those things hanging off the back? Thruster mountings? Radiators? Sensors? You haven't decided?
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Norsehound Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
Thust packs. Remember the Krigga's supposed to be a hybrid space interceptor too.
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Zanslev Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
So, what IS an axle, I've been reading all your descriptions, but I'm still not entirely sure I understand.
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Norsehound Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
When they were first designed, Axels were an acronym for Armored X-series Exoskeleton, Legged. After the first few designs were put out and became public knowledge 'axel' became the catch-all phrase for two-legged walking weapons platforms.

They are called 'Axels' over 'Mecha', because I want to say that true 'Mecha' tower over Axels, but are too expensive to deploy in large numbers. Axels are smaller and more economical to operate, usually have one pilot, and can be deployed in respectable numbers. As technology went on, Axels had more of an appeal over Mecha and so Axels became the mainstay tactical unit. Tanks became supporting units, but aircraft and hovercraft are still the same. The only difference now is that Axels can hide in difficult terrain wheras Tanks needed clear ground.
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Zanslev Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
Interesting, so do axels operate differently in a lunar combat zone as opposed to Earth? Would tanks be deployed on the moon?
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Norsehound Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
Well since weight on the moon is considerably less, Lunar axels are constructed to take advantage of this. That's why designs like the Krigga have pencil-thin legs instead of ones with real ankles and toes.

When mankind started to make permanent establishments in space, Axels had an advantage over space fighters since they could land in a microgravity environment and actually fight there. Axels seemed the natural choice for the Lunarites' combat unit because they can take advantage of the diverse terrain with the maneuverability of a VTOL.

If Tanks are used on the moon they're for long-range artillery or mobile artillery pieces. You'd have laser tanks, both for artillery support and for mobile anti-space operations. After all, the stationary ones might be easy targets for space bombardments.
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Zanslev Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
So what is keeping Earth from kinetic bombing the moon back to the nuclear age?
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Norsehound Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
There's a debate about realistic space warfare going on at Relic, and this was pretty much the reason why real war in space won't happen.

I figure it won't happen in this setting for a few reasons. One is that the Moon has the industrial capacity to manufacture laser arrays that can shoot down any kinetic projectiles before they hit. Some arrays are mounted on treads and frequently change location to prevent interception.

The second is that the Moon has access to a fictional lunar metal discovered under the moon's surface. It was found to be resistant to kinetic damage, and was applied as armor to the bases and all Lunar units. In layers, this can protect against high-velocity kinetic bombardment. This armor is pretty much the biggest reason why the Earth hasn't conquered the moon... and why Earth is developing so many absurd research programs. One deployed solution is the MN-18's laser rifle, since Lunar Titanium is still as vulnerable to direct-energy weapons as other armor materials. The problem is, laser weapons are still large and ungainly.
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eastxander Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
like reading a text book. i can't wait for a book to be released! you sir need a publisher.
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Muench Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
love it. Keep up the background Infos, always nice to get more information about the "Axel universe"
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