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Black Market Prospect Mole Power Armor by ChuckWalton Black Market Prospect Mole Power Armor by ChuckWalton
This is one of the Illustrations appearing in the recent "RIFTS: Black Market" published by Palladiumbooks.
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Not everyone who wishes to hunt for gold wants to throw away their humanity and become a mining borg. For them the best option is the Mole prospecting power armor. Bandito has put all its expertise in designing mining equipment for borgs into the Mole. The Mole is heavily built with powerful robotics and heavy armor in case of cave-ins. Just in case the armor is trapped underground for an extended period of time it is equipped with a rebreather/CO2 scrubber, a water recycler system and a small refrigeration unit for holding food stuffs. Due to the demands of mining, the pilot of the Mole sits at a small control console and the power armor is completely automated. This prevents the pilot from tiring and allows him to work for hours on end without having to come to the surface for a rest break. With the Mole’s weight and purpose built design, the mining armor is slow and ponderous, but then the Mole doesn’t need to sneak up on a vein of gold.
While the Mole is not a combat power armor, most of its mining systems make impressive weapons if an enemy gets close enough to the Mole for them to be effective. One arm, either the right or the left, ends (no hand) in a powerful mining drill, which in turn is surrounded by the four laser emitters of the Mole’s laser cutter, a powerful beam that can cut through stone, steel and worse like the preverbal hot knife through butter. Mounted on the forearm of the mining drill arm is a hydraulic jackhammer that can extend far past the drill bit to batter stone and rock into powder. The opposite arm, left or right, from the mining drill has both the modular forearm and modular hand housings that allow either of them to be swapped out for a variety of mining attachments, the same type of tools used by a prospecting borg (see Rifts® World Book 14: New West™, page 187 for the Mining Borg Attachments). And mounted on the back of this arm (just above the modular housing connection) is a ferro-concrete sprayer, which can be used to spray down streams of ferro-concrete foam which starts to instantly harden (in 1D4 melee rounds) into a strong, M.D.C. structural support for reinforcing the walls and ceiling of a mine to prevent cave-ins. The Mole has everything the prospector could want in a piece of mining equipment.
Model Type: MPPA-02 The Mole Prospecting PA
Class: Prospecting and Mining Powered Armor.
Crew: One.

Speed:
Running: Only 30 mph (48 km) maximum. Cruising speed is a more cautious 15 mph (24 km). Note that the act of running does not tire out its operator thanks to the power armor’s fully automated robotic exoskeleton.
Leaping: The legs of the Mole are designed for strength not leaping, the Mole cannot leap at all.
Flight: Not possible.
Underwater Capabilities: The Mole cannot swim, but can walk along the bottom of the sea or lake bed at about 25% of its normal walking/running speed. Maximum Ocean Depth: One mile (1.6 km).
Statistical Data:
Height: 9 feet (2.7 m) from head to toe.
Width: 7 feet, 6 inches (1.9 m).
Length: 4 feet, 6 inches (1.4 m).
Weight: 2.5 tons.
Cargo: Small area for the pilot's personal items, as well as a weapon bin that has room for one rifle, one pistol, light body armor and a canteen. A two gallon (7.6 L) water cooler and a compact refrigerator is built into the unit.
Power System: Nuclear; average life is 20 years.


Weapon Systems:

1. Mining Drill: In place of one of the Mole’s hands and forearm (buyers choice as to which one) is a huge, powerful drill made for making large holes (a man can fit his head into one of these holes) in rock and metal and drilling away rock.
Primary Purpose: Mining.
Secondary Purpose: Defense.

2. Hydraulic Jackhammer: Mounted on the back of the mining drill is a heavy-duty Jackhammer designed to break rock into small pieces, typically used on rock that has already been drilled in order to clear rock during mining.
Primary Purpose: Mining.
Secondary Purpose: Assault.

3. Cutting Laser: There are four cutting laser emitters mounted equally around the mining drill, the cutting laser is designed to blast and shear through rock and metal via super heating and cutting. While not meant as a weapon, the cutting laser can do a lot of damage at short-range, but it has a hard time hitting any target beyond ten feet (0.3 m).
Primary Purpose: Mining.
Secondary Purpose: Anti-Armor/Anti-Robot.
4. Ferro-Concrete Sprayer: The spray looks a lot like the nozzle of a fire hose, but sprays ferro-concrete foam from a large liquid storage tank on back of the Mole. Used to reinforcing the walls and ceiling of a mine to prevent cave-ins.
Primary Purpose: Mining.
Secondary Purpose: Defense.

5. Handheld Weapons: Energy rifles, rail guns or melee weapons may be carried if desired. Remember that the Mole Prospecting PA can also be fitted with a variety of mining attachments (see Rifts® World Book 14: New West™, page 187 for the Mining Borg Attachments).

Original Illustration already SOLD to :iconmecha-master:

Cheers!
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:iconpsionicninja2000:
psionicninja2000 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
awesome, is there an engineering version for Operators/Salvage Operators?
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bakalobo Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Seriously they make Gundams and Robotechs bioroids look wimpy
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DeonN Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Professional Filmographer
that's fire!
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Nonremittal Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow so nice
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ChuckWalton Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Why Thank You kindly!
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:iconpwesty:
Pwesty Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
WOW! Love the detail!
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:iconchuckwalton:
ChuckWalton Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank So much, It was fun to do.
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Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a wonderful, wonderful design and drawing! Truly excellent. I recognize a couple of components you lifted from the the GunHED, though. Otherwise, superb!
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ChuckWalton Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the compliment and yeah GunHed has been a major influence for me as of late.
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Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely. The thing is, I can see you are very skilled and talented. You should really redraw that left hand and the sensor pod on the left forearm. You can do better than to bite from anything. You've got mad skills, put them to full use! :-)
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Xeno-Crazy Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
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here is the link to the Coloration of this Artwork my friend
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ChuckWalton Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
WOW!!! You are really motivating me to do more mecha line art, which is what I "have" to do.
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jdlr64 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Very nice, you do great work.
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:iconchuckwalton:
ChuckWalton Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank You so much, I'm trying.
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soulburn3d Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome work, I love the Omega Supreme style left hand. Great design.
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ChuckWalton Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank You so much. Omega supreme is auto win!
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xxVectorZeroxx Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
i have a stiffy. this is a great deisgn


but why would you give it to mecha master? doesnt he already have loony tallent as it is?
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:iconchuckwalton:
ChuckWalton Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
XD, Had to get up off the floor from laughing. Thanks for the compliment! As to Mecha master, I can't deny the man his awesomeness and hopefully my art will transmit a signal back of what he does with his designs and how he does them so well. I got two of his books and I am still in awe.
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OtakuBouzu Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Mining exoskeleton armor.... it should be basic requirement of workplace safety.
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ChuckWalton Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
XD, now your talking!
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CodyFurlong Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Very nice!
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:iconchuckwalton:
ChuckWalton Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank You
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MrRobotov Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks totally amazing. :happybounce:
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:iconchuckwalton:
ChuckWalton Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank You kindly! Going to use your support as inspiration!
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:iconmrrobotov:
MrRobotov Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem. :D
I'm glad I could help.
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Love it! :thumbsup:
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ChuckWalton Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Can't wait to get the art! I posted a link to this on my Mecha Zone FB page. Hopefully it will help more mech enthusiasts find their way to your art :D [link]
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ChuckWalton Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Man... David, You are a Mecha genius! I continue to peruse your books and enjoy your aesthetic and approach on designing and rendering mecha. Thanks for the Facebook shout out. Now I guess I have to signup for Facebook after all since there are such cool ppl to enjoy. .
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Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
I signed on to FB just to connect with fans and promote my books. It took a lot of getting used to. Now I love it and try to post cool stuff for my followers every day. I don't have a lot of followers but I know they are all hardcore mecha fans and that makes it all worthwhile. I got to meet a few of them for the first time at Gen Con. I usually go to the New York Comic con as well but I am skipping it this year.

Genius? LOL!
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unspacy Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
this awesome
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:iconchuckwalton:
ChuckWalton Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, it was a fun design and has given me some new ideas for future Power Armor designs.
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