The Fiddler Mech - Alternative loadout
A recent addition to the forces of the MTU, the First Incident Drop (FID) combat suit, affectionately called the 'Fiddler mech’ by the MTU marines, is a large mechanical exo suit developed to instantly respond to enemy contact. It is specially designed to be launched from low orbit in a foetal position to slam hard into the surface and quickly counter threats to MTU assets. Once on the ground, it unfurls into a bipedal mech standing some 30 feet tall, and armed with multiple weapons systems so as to best respond to whatever target the Fiddler Mech finds itself facing.
The most unusual system it posses is the prototype Self Reliance Suite - essentially two arms designed to act as tools or hands to manipulate nearby objects or repair any damage the mech sustains mid-battle. It also carries the cutting edge in multi-layer polymer armour technology, including the prototype kinetic-barrier shield. A first for the MTU, the shield works by detecting an incoming round using various sensors positioned across the mech’s frame, then plotting a solution arc. Much of the details of the shield are unknown, but essentially works by generating a ‘wedge’ of hardlight to create a temporary angled sloped set of armour to deflect the incoming round. Situated either side of the pilots cockpit are a pair of smoke launchers each containing small grenades which are launched when a incoming threat is detected, obscuring the Fiddler mech and jamming lock-on signals. In addition to these defensive systems, there are two weapons loadouts to deal with different categories of threats:
The secondary or alternative configuration is designed to be a tank hunter. Armed with the devastating heavy railgun, it sends 12mm calibre high-density slugs which use kinetic energy to instantly penetrate armoured targets. The massive energy release is often enough to go straight through the target, which combined with the immense pressure build up is often enough to ‘pull’ the insides of the vehicle, including any unfortunate crew, out through the tiny exit hole, with expectantly grizzly results. The other arm mounts an 80mm calibre cannon designed to shred the outer layers of an enemy vehicle, steadily grinding off layers of armour until nothing is left by smoking ruin. In the forward facing mount is a close range incendiary projector to easily flush out any enemy infantry who get too close to the Fiddler mech. Lastly the shoulder system mounts the powerful folding fin area-suppression rocket, or FFAR; designed to fire salvos of rockets into enemy armoured formations or shatter occupied buildings and fortifications.