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WWI "Badger" Combat Walker

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…




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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Taken on December 10, 2011