TIE Mangler WIP#1

A very large zerstoerer TIE. Two light turbolasers as primary armament. It’s big and thus heavy, but enormously energetic to feed the turbolasers, so probably a little under Avenger performance. The name is a SWTOR reference, because I loved flying the Mangler and this is a similar concept. I was originally going to make this a StarWing chassis (like the Mangler’s design ancestry), but I felt like a TIE series would be more thematically appropriate.

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Harold Okafor-Withers
Harold Okafor-Withers
4 years ago

Loving the detailing on this thing. Who doesn’t love a real big gun?

darkelf2x1
darkelf2x1
4 years ago

Will you be adding a rear tail gun & gunner position (Bf110) or are you going for something more like the Me410?

gorkmalork
gorkmalork
4 years ago
Reply to  Fractalsponge

Just as well recoil seems to be far less of an issue for SW craft in working order. Those radiator(?) grilles seem only proper for that much zap on so compact a platform. As for fighter/strikecraft turrets, I find myself pondering whether those wound up being any more helpful for Y-wings or ARC-170s than was the case for birds like the Fairey Battle. Sure, you can apparently pick off tail-chasing missiles ala Ep 7, but zapping fighters before they nail you seems 50/50 for anything lighter-shielded than a shuttle/gunboat. Incidentally, would those smaller barrels be fighter-caliber guns or Interceptor hub-style targeting sensors?

gorkmalork
gorkmalork
4 years ago
Reply to  Fractalsponge

Fair point re: astromech gunners on bombers with R-series compatibility. Suppose Gold Squad were screwed in part on those trench runs by lack of funds/time to retrofit their stripped-down birds, hence the forward-fixed ions. ARCs probably could’ve traded some crew space for extra thrust (I’d also consider mashing both aft guns into a single dual ball), but A-wings in particular seem far better off relying on speed/jamming/missiles.

Speaking of the latter, were I an alphabet-fighter jock who happened upon this nu-Mangler (and recognized its threat level), screw budget constraints-priority one would be snapping off any available homing projectiles, followed by an emergency jump. Come to think of it, I’d be sorely tempted to slap at least one CM launcher on this TIE just so it could keep interceptors evasive whilst blowing on through after slower prey.

gorkmalork
gorkmalork
4 years ago
Reply to  Fractalsponge

@Fractal
*checks Original!Mangler’s Wookiee page*
Ahh, *now* I see what you’re doing with the triple-‘sponson’ fuselage layout. Interesting design range for those Old Republic-era birds, even if some of those Sith fighters strike me as a bit *too* TIE-evocative. My aesthetic fave from that bunch would be the FT-6 (though again, rather familiar wing/cannon design).

darkelf2x1
darkelf2x1
4 years ago
Reply to  Fractalsponge

Ok, I assumed when you wrote “zerstoerer” that you were referring to something like the Bf 110 or the Me 210/310/410 series of heavy-fighters.

The Me 410 had variants armed with 50mm cannons as well.