"So what you're telling me is that you're disappointed in it's performance?"
"Well, yes. Though it was probably because it was being run through a remote control interface that had a very long and convoluted chain connection signal to throw-off would be tracers rather than a direct pilot brain-hack..."
"It destroyed six Firsport Police Drive-Armors and three of their Battle-armors, killed twenty two cops and three dozen civilians, as well as completely destroying two buildings and damaging a dozen others before that section from the Special Security Department arrived on-scene. The three hundred million estimate for the destruction doesn't even include the damage to the port itself or the public roads that were tore up during the battle. ...and you're disappointed?"
"It wasn't the results we were... I don't want to say 'hoping for'..."
"You were trying to start a war. Start a war by hijacking a secret prototype of a foreign nation and setting it loose in a border city, OUR border city, hoping that things would escalate. Why?"
"It's what we do in the Department of Intelligence and Exploitation. By the way, pinching the bridge of your nose like that won't really lessen the headache..."
"Ok. So what went wrong? Why was the destruction that you sought so light? is the prototype just that bad?"
"Oh, no! It has great potential! Once it is fully developed and up-armored the thing will be a beast! It was just that, well... we just happened to pick the one remote control operator that never plays video games..."
The "Skorpios" is a new design paradigm for walker-type cyber armors in the Spec-Sec world. First of all, it's HUGE compared to "conventional" Drive-armors and more anthropomorphic combat-armors, and is a lot taller than current generation battle tanks. But, it is highly maneuverable, able to lift it's body higher or scrunch itself lower to take advantage of terrain features, as well as being able to mount a variety of weapon packages. having the fore and rear body parts being able to move independently insures the best stability and balance of just about any walker out there.
As shown it comes standard with rear pod-mounted ATGM launcher and low-recoil auto-loading canon capable of using a wide variety of shell types (including non-lethal rounds) and a air of arm mounted 30mm autocanon reloaded from ports in the side of the fore-body. It remains to be seen how this mech will fair in urban environments, as it's vision to the rear is not the greatest. Also, testing has shown the sides of the driver compartment to be vulnerable and under-armored. Articulated elephant-ear style armored panels have been tested but found to decrees the range of motion for the body sections enough to be put aside, for now.
As a miniature, it is also huge! 3.3cm tall, 7.7cm leg span, and 6.5cm in length from tip of forearm canon to rear of the canon's housing.
The figure next to the Skorpios measures 15mm from bottom of foot to the center of the eye, so you can get a feeling for the scale of this thing.
The kit will be 13 pieces (including the weapons), and additional weapons packs will be produced. The model is currently being printed and will be released in January.
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