WWI "Badger" Combat Walker

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Designed to be the frontline brawler the Sandpiper could never be, the badger was considered by most to be a success in it’s day. Well, mostly…

Learning from the mistakes made with it’s sibling, the Badger received a lower stance and a sturdier frame on which was hung heavy armor plating. To move all this mass, the engine output was upped significantly and everything was geared very low.

The result was basically what had been expected- heavy footed and ridiculously slow but well armored and significantly more agile than a tank. It was this unexpected “slow, stable, agility” that really ended up defining the Badger and its role in the war. Instead of duking it out right up at the front line as was originally intended, the Badger became a supremely agile mid range artillery platform.

Able to traverse any terrain and climb almost any slope, it could strategically position itself atop ridges, hid in dense forests, and even occasionally navigate its way to the upper levels of a crumbling building. To fire accurately from these superior vantage points, the Badger was fitted with a new long barreled, high velocity 37mm gun as well as the absolute state of the art in targeting hardware.

But it was this complex hardware that proved the Badger’s Achilles heel and not, as some had speculated, the exposed belts on the lower legs which were small enough to rarely be hit by enemy fire and supremely easy to replace in the field. No, it was the targeting system that, when functioning properly proved to be highly effective, never the less broke down almost constantly. Modifications were made to try and remedy the problem, but by the time they finally got it right, the war was all but over.

So the Badger never truly got its day in the sun and we are still left without the elusive “frontline brawler” walker the brass is clamoring for…

Hmm…

So…I have to be honest and say that I did not wake up this morning expecting to post a lego creation or even touch the bricks at all. And yet, here I am. Not sure if this is and end to my recent dark age or not, but I’m hopeful. And there is certainly still that veritable mountain of WIPs that has been staring me in the face for the past year, so…

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  1. Lionlord99 40 months ago | reply

    i wonder?
    i think thats based off something i read from a book once

  2. mondayn00dle 40 months ago | reply

    No, it’s not actually based on anything specific. Just heavy handed, early 20th century mechanized warfare in an alternate, anachronistic, mech-centric timeline.

    So… dieselpulp, pretty much.

    Thanks for the warm welcome back everyone. It feels good to be building and posting again, and my head is fairly exploding with ideas. Now if I can just balance any new building with finishing up and posting some of my WIPs (which was one of the issues that brought on my recent dark age), I should be OK.

    I sometimes have a hard time remembering that this is supposed to be fun…;-)

  3. Captain Limabean 40 months ago | reply

    Are you thinking about leviathan?

    I really hope you stay! As a wise man once said "Let there be light!"

  4. Ironsniper 40 months ago | reply

    "Let there be mondayn00dle!"

  5. Owen_S. 40 months ago | reply

    You have NO clue how happy I am that my favorite builder is back in action. :D

  6. Ψick' 40 months ago | reply

    Wow, just wow! This is incredible! Congrats on TBB.

  7. Τristman 40 months ago | reply

    Looks like you were right :D

  8. The Private Contractor [deleted] 40 months ago | reply

    WIN!

  9. Lionlord99 40 months ago | reply

    yes yes i am thank god there is other people that read that amazing book

  10. Lionlord99 40 months ago | reply

    cool you did a really good job

  11. Sjaacko 40 months ago | reply

    Very good model and very NPU overall. Especially the bionicle parts that seem useless in any other way.

  12. Keiko-Umi 40 months ago | reply

    Hi Brian,
    My son is really into Lego Mech. Where do you get all your bricks from? Are there specific websites that you buy from?
    Really great stuff BTW.
    Thanks,
    Kei

  13. gambort 40 months ago | reply

    Kei> I'm not Brian but I can answer your question. Such a site exists: Bricklink

  14. Amhakia 40 months ago | reply

    Watched "A Christmas Story" the other day and heard your name uttered as one of the ol' man's swear words. Finally, someone taking the proper tone with you!

  15. : VolumeX : 39 months ago | reply

    Holy smoke... Nice1
    ;)

  16. Fredoichi 38 months ago | reply

    How can I have missed this? Stunning work! Also, good to see you building again, missed your stuff!

  17. Scruffy Mynxbane 35 months ago | reply

    i'm super late to this party but, Dang this is some steel samurai goodness here!

  18. Kaipyro67 32 months ago | reply

    I would have called this This The Rhino, but whatever. Mech is cool either way.

  19. Commander626 14 months ago | reply

    very very nice O_O

  20. MechWarrior07 10 months ago | reply

    it appears to actually walk, am I right?

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