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Zakufan

Space Ship "Dohoora" for the Heavy MetalGods Mecha Role Playing Game

by Zakufan Jan 22, 2015
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I like this model. I have absolutely no idea what the game is, but it looks to be a great looking sci-fi ship.

The Heavy MetalGods Role Playing Game is a pet project of mine I've been working on for about 25 years. Maybe you know R. Talsorian's MEKTON II pen & paper rpg - that was where everything started, but it soon began a life of its own.
HMG (for short) is a bit MS Gundam-gone-Star Wars-gone space opera. There's an empire (imagine the SW Empire being the good guys), a Federation, independent star-faring nations and a vast galaxy with only one spiral arm explored and the east side of said galaxy being kind of separated by an extremely dense ribbon of stars called the Angmahn Ribbon. Then there's some ancient civilisations, multiple forerunners and of course some freaking huge battle robots inspired by both MS Gundam and HeavyMetal L Gaim (hence the name) and Five Star Stories.
Well, I guess I'm a nerd anyway! XD

What is this stuff, anyway?

This is a mecha-dropship from the mecha role-playing game Heavy MetalGods. This very ship has been the backdrop for lots of game sessions during game development and playtesting, so it deserves a little backstory:

The Mule-class dropships were until recently the backbone of the Mobile Divisions of the Grand Empire. Although technically part of the Imperial Army, they were attached to the Imperial Navy. During the Frontier Wars over the past 30 years, they formed the premier assault force for planetary invasions. The original design was upgunned with up to three additional gun turrets which enabled the dropships to provide heavy covering fire for the disembarking mecha. After the Fontier Wars, the Mule-class was decomissioned and de-militarized and the ships were sold to civilian shipowners.

The design is loosely based on the Templar Freighters of the 1980s' movie The Ice Pirates - at least that's where the idea of two lateral cargo bays comes from - six 70 feet tall mecha do have to be stashed away somewhere! I tried to give the ship a somewhat functional, "no frills"-look, so it doesn't sport any fancy decorations, gothic arcs, greeblies and such.