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ACU - Copperhead by Abiogenisis ACU - Copperhead by Abiogenisis
The 14 foot tall ACU-Copperhead was designed by Western bloc powers to engage in close combat support working in conjunction with human troops in urban combat zones. Soldiers pinned down by heavy enemy fire can call in Copperhead support, which is deployed via helicopter or support truck and released under its own power to engage enemies. The three energy intensive hover pads allow movement over any terrain with a flight ceiling of around 5 metres: Although expensive to operate and maintain and able to drain the on-board power cells within 30 minutes, the hover systems are almost silent, do not produce the dust clouds helicopters create, and can topple walls and crush light vehicles by applying the mass of the robot in a specific direction.

Copperheads takes orders from a designated field commander either via vocal instruction or mobile communication devices, engaging targets with a series of integrated weapons systems: Small missiles, launched from interchangeable piggybacked pods, can hammer vehicles and structures from great distances. The primary punch however comes from two arm mounted high intensity laser emitters: The robotís battery feeds energy to large cylindrical capacitors on the lower arms, which in turn supply power to the lasers mounted above. These lasers can dispense energy at intensities ranging from harmless visible light, to enough power to punch holes through tanks.

With the battery almost depleted, the robot enters a low power mode, settling on its hover pads to conserve energy while the upper body is still able to defend its position as a stationary turret. It can then be either recharged in the field, or evacuated via land or air vehicles to a field servicing facility.
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:iconwolfgang-111:
wolfgang-111 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Student Artist
such a cool and simple design i like the joints 
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CrwnPrince Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
Did this take the place of the Warthog?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
The Halo vehicle?
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:iconcrwnprince:
CrwnPrince Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Nooo, the real life warthog.. Close air support.
www.google.com/search?q=close+…
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Ahh yes! Nope, this thing is more for urban ops, as its low speed lets it target more accurately and inflict less damage. The Warthog or its drone equivalent still pack a heavier punch.
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TalonxCreations Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
NEAT:happybounce: 
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TalonxCreations Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
SO ITS, A SHIELD DRONE?!
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:iconamarbiter:
Amarbiter Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Fresh design, nice!
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:iconspikedpsycho:
spikedpsycho Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Don't give NATO any ideas.
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:iconkillermoa:
KillerMoa Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconbigbossplz: "metal gear"
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
I am the real Solid Snake
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:iconkillermoa:
KillerMoa Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No wait,heres a better version of the song.

[link]
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
The Copperhead would have a much manlier voice ;)
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:iconkillermoa:
KillerMoa Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Every time I see this it reminds me of that creepy AI from Metal gear solid Peace walker.

OH GOD I CAN STILL HEAR HER SONG!!!

[link]
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:iconsunsunich:
SunSunich Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This reminds me of a PC mouse shape :>
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Sebastian-Stuart Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The key thing that really makes this design for is possibly the simplest.

The weapon emitters have armoured coverings.

The amount of weapon festooned war machines that have their emitters, gimbals or mega-rays open to take fire at any moment and get damaged? Countless.

I admire this piece not only for a visual treat (as always), but such a simple and readily missed reality.
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canavetor Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
In our recent advances, knowing the ACU Copperheads were fully diverted, we were re-taking the war torn tri-con urban sector and fully routing the Western bloc troops. To our great dismay, we heard the unmistakable sound of ACU-C's being called. Of course we immediately retreated back to the subterranean shelters.

But, man those Copperheads are the slickest thing to look at!!!!
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tonystardreamer Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it, from the way the lasers are positioned to the multifunctional use of the hover pads. God I love the way you totally think your creations through and then explain them.
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quiroz2 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
Very awesome!
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Murky-Depths13 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
Really cool design! I wonder if races like the Birrin have developed things ike combat drones...it would be fascinating to compare the differneces and similarities between ours and theres...
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
The birrin are at a fairly low level of automation, similar to us now. So they would have drones like the UAV Predator.
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Murky-Depths13 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
Ah that's cool. It would be fascinating to see some at some point :D
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sMz-tampu Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
cool!!
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Interesting design for a drone!! :) I take it that the hover pads are some kind of force-beam levitation technology. I wouldn't want to be on the wrong side of those lasers on the battlefield- if it can punch holes in tanks, the Copperhead should easily melt flesh from bone...
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
I always found it weird in ID4 that the hovering ships didnt simply project their mass and smoosh the cities :P
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Probably because the anti-gravity systems didn't work by applying a force to the ground, but by canceling the gravitational fields around them, a bit like the physicist Robert Forward's hypothetical general relativistic anti-gravity machines. Depending on how your antigravity works, you can easily justify the craft hovering without crushing the cities below. Another way would be to use a handwavium reactionless drive as a "sky-hook", applying force to lift a spaceship into the sky- this too would apply no force the city below. If the hovering flying saucers had used tractor beams to levitate, however, they could have crushed the cities beneath their weight. This would have been the least of our problems, however- a spaceship 1/4 the mass of the Moon (the mass of the alien mothership) would disrupt the Earth/Moon system so much, our civilization would have been destroyed by earthquakes and other disasters long before the aliens deployed their (rather pitiful) city destroying weapons!! :alien:
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Thantaphobia Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Sick machine dude.
Keep up the good work ^^
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EarthlyDelight Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Hey Alex. Very nice design. Just wondering the safety of the exposed wires/hydraulic cables in a fire fight.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
Most of the external cables are redundant or non essential. Most of the primary hydraulics are hidden away. However a lucky hit could damage a critical system.
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EarthlyDelight Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Hooray for the lucky hit. Is there progress towards a book of your work at all?
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SabertoothDogfish Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great design! shit would be different with those on the battlefield.
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Hyperwave9000 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Police of 3093
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:iconmetalsnail:
MetalSnail Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool!
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:iconpreradkor:
Preradkor Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This thing looks more starcrafty than many actual starcraft II teran units :D
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:iconccura:
ccura Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist
Very cool! It looks so realistic.
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:iconwolfalbert:
WolfAlbert Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow fantastic work!!!

this remind me a robot with the same purpose in Cops2170 :Power of Law videogame

if you build it add me to order list :XD:
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WolfAlbert Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*Power sorry wrong type
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ComixSTYLE Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ME Gusta *.*
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Synaesthetic1 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
me likey. Have TacBot, will invade.
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Western Bloc eh? Me likey.
Hmm. How massive is the robot? I imagine that even if it is less massive than a car, if it can brace itself against something and then focus its hover-field into an arbitrarily small pressor beam, it can punch holes through steel.
I like the battery power limitation. Very cool.
What are you planning to do with this idea?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
This idea is for a tutorial on PSTuts, so it wont go anywhere else for the time being :) Mass wise, at least a couple tons methinks.
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:iconbensen-daniel:
bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Well it has a lot of potential. Great sci-fi-ing!
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TFSakon Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Yeah, now that's what I'm talking about.
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jLundhArt Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Put me down for six of them bad boys!:icontakemymoneyplz:
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:iconmonstahart:
Monstahart Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Great concept and an amazing image to go with it!
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Charanty Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Looks very interesting.
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