25 May 2020 Chariot WIP#4 by Fractalsponge | posted in: Galactic Empire, Ground Vehicle, Star Wars, WIP | 15 Ramp and comscan/comms unit on the back. Comscan unit is socketed, and can be swapped for turret mount as shown.
If the Chariot can accept both the medium laser cannon and the comscan module; can the Sabre also accept the comscan module then?
What’s the timeline on these things? Could one conceivably retconn these into a ‘too little, too late’ implementation of small-scale, guerilla-style combat and methodology by the CIS where fewer tactical droids were available and meat bags had to more autonomy/control over battle droids or higher-value droid assets?
Per the source material (the Chariot was introduced in the WEG 1E Imperial Sourcebook), the Chariot Command Speeder was a modified version of the standard Imperial Army landspeeder. Only the Command variant ever got game stats. The timeline for the initial WEG sourcebooks (Star Wars, Rebel Alliance and Imperial) was between ANH and ESB.
Right… Right… scrap that then!
Needs a great big aerial with a racoon tail tied to it.
I like it. The only thing I’d change would be to make the ventral cannon something smaller, along the lines of the belly cannon on the Falcon in ESB, so as to be more useful against infantry who get close in.
Adding a coaxial might not be necessary if you can just dial down the output to regular blaster yields when you’re shooting at softer targets at close range.
EU precedent suggests that dialing down the output to increase RoF requires system modification past a certain point; the NJO novels introduced stutter-fire mode lasers for use against YV singularity defenses but it was a tech modification, and not something the pilot could do simply by adjusting the power settings on his control panel.
I’d agree. Even the X-Wing/TIE Fighter Games (while games) worked with that–lower power output was associated with reduced ROF and power availability, not lower overall output. (Generally speaking, for small-scale starships and vehicles, I like the idea that there’s an inexplicably simple, single-source, plug-and-play power system for everything that affords the opportunity for system-wide, on-the-fly power rebalancing, but, ultimately, is really pretty dumb and lacking in fine-grain detail or tweaking.) Such that one can assume that you need a basic level of energy to make the beam cohesion work at all for a particular scale, with adjusting that scale either being a completely new weapon or a full rebuild/refit on the existing one.
Why is there not an antenna dish in the 5th image (It seems to be replaced with a turret of some kind)? Is it interchangeable? If so, what’s the point of having a dish on the back of a chariot? It doesn’t seem like the type of vehicle that would really need a long-range transmitter for anything, but I’m certainly no expert.
It’s sort of in the first line of the post that it is interchangeable. The Chariot as originally written up was a command/communications vehicle. Hence, the dish.
Ah. My mistake, I thought it was an assault vehicle. Great design, by the way!
Fractal wrote above that “Comscan unit is socketed, and can be swapped for turret mount as shown.” As for the purpose of having a long-range transmitter, the Wookiepedia article states that “A full dedicated sensor and communications array allowed the commander to keep track of, and coordinate, up to a dozen units. ” So I guess the chariot could act as some sort of command vehicle if correctly equipped?