The Moose Battle Wagon began its career as a mobile science research lab. Initially designed by Sheldon Specialty Vehicles as a custom order meant to operate in extreme hazardous environments – specifically the irradiated caldera of the Maw. The original specifications called for a spacious, heavily reinforced compartment on a drivetrain powerful and rugged enough to traverse broken, uneven ground.
The armored compartment could fit up to five crew stations, with a sixth crew member located in the vehicle’s front cabin to drive the Moose. While the original configuration filled the main compartment with scanning equipment, analysis chambers, and a single external prehensile robotic arm for collecting samples, when the vehicle went into regular production the space was left modular to accommodate a wide variety of operating needs.
Sheldon Specialty Vehicles began regular production on the Moose in 2047 and the first two runs were entirely commissioned by Sapphire Earthworks for mining and large-scale excavation. This design featured a front dozer blade while the main compartment contained two prehensile arms with modular attachment heads for drills, scoops, and trenching tools. Dubbed the "A" variant and shipped to Sapphire’s mining operations across the continent, the Moose performed well in diverse terrain and climates and feedback from operating crews enabled Sheldon Specialty Vehicles to continue refining the design over decades of regular production.
Gaia First! primarily uses a Moose configuration known as the “Battle Wagon” which removes the two robotic arms and replaces them with heavy weapon mountings while a ram bar substitutes for the dozer blade. The already fortified compartment and front cab are further reinforced with depleted uranium layered ceramic plates. Combined with the chassis’ standard aerogel insulation makes the Battle Wagon an extremely resilient weapons platform for Gaia First! spearheads into Shangrilese territory.
The venerable Centaur is one of the more commonly encountered defense unmanned security vehicles tasked with patrolling the borders of Shangri-LA. Outfitted with both a rapid-fire heavy laser and meter-long tungsten blades on either arm, the Centaur is a swift and extremely deadly combatant which has claimed the lives of hundreds of Gaia First! vehicle crews. It is unsurprising that Moose escorts are the most requested weapons platform among Gaia First! raiding parties. Able to shrug off multiple direct hits from a Centaur’s laser and resist killing blows from the arm-mounted blades, the hardy frame of the Moose provides the crew inside enough time to bring the vehicle’s tremendous weapons into play.
Battle Wagons have two primary weapon ports located on either side of the driver’s cabin. The large footprint left behind from the original design’s and A variant’s robotic arms allows for otherwise cumbersome weapons to function well in the main compartment. Weapon loadouts on Moose are dependent on both the availability of weapons and the preferences of crews. Fusion cannons and rapid-fire 40mm grenade launchers are popular for their effectiveness against the automated legions of Shangri-LA as well as their ease of procurement. However, requisitions for plasma carronades far exceed fulfillment, as the powerful weapon can all but disintegrate a Centaur at point-blank range. However, the weapons are difficult to produce and expensive to acquire – forcing some crews to turn to black market sources for their solutions.
Pictures #5 and #6 use prototype salvaged Centaur parts on the rear of the Moose. This model DOES NOT come with those prototype bits.
This 13-piece resin model comes unassembled and unpainted.
1x ram bar
1x engine hatch
1x fuel tank
2x fusion cannons
2x front wheels
2x rear wheels
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Moose Battle Wagon
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