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'Goliath' Heavy Artillery by MikeDoscher 'Goliath' Heavy Artillery by MikeDoscher
Towards the end of the war, improvisation was the rule rather than the exception. Their sleek wings of the ballistic interceptors had long since taken their last flight, and this left a surplus of tractor chassis. Some of these were used in the final defense of the capital, including this example. It's been fitted with an outmoded field gun and its associated fortress mount, giving a marginal degree of mobility to weapons salvaged from the bypassed coastal emplacements.

Sighting would (ideally) be done by an associated survey team, or forward observer in the case of tactical targets. In the end, the Goliath serves as more of a monument to Protectorate desperation than as an example of a useful battlefield asset. Most of the thirty or so examples completed were either destroyed by counterbattery fire, or abandoned after mechanical failure or running out of fuel.

The depicted example was abandoned and overrun in a cornfield just south of the capitol, near the Palace of the Engines. The peculiar mechanism above the barrel is for muzzle loading two-piece rocket projectiles instead of normal shells.
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Unb3kann1 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
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blackhunter28 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
looks like the Dora from the 2ww
KissSatsuki Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
amazing !
Reventon23 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
beautiful and robust!
Alberthein1 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Would you also have a 'David' counter-part vehicle/cannon/mech in your gallery somewhere?
Just say yes if you do, and I'll try finding it myself if it bothers you ^^
(I'm saying this because of 1. the obvious reference in title 2. it'd end up being a name with interesting attributes to it that will also have to apply to the structure that carries the name. Attributes like fragility, precision, size, speed and virtue's(for a color scheme maybe) should all probably effect the outcome of the 'David', which is exactly why the outcome should be very interesting.)
Shadow009 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
omg this is amazing o.o
MrTBSC Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
is that supposed to be a haevy dora/gustav equivalent?
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
There's a lot of that in the gun itself, but for the mount I was thinking about various types of improvised mounting, and how strange they could be. Particularly, I was thinking about German fortress mounts that utilized captured Browning and Maxim guns in the east, as well as how mounts for early water-cooled guns were adapted to use MG13s in the anti aircraft role. Mostly it was a study in mixing things up.
MrTBSC Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
hmmm i see
Mistikfantasy Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nice nice nice...
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