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Model 32 Mecha/Jet Tengu / 機械/ジェット 天狗 32-式
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Tengu in flight
The Jet Tengu in flight.
Faction EmpireLogoThumb Empire of the Rising Sun
Unit Type Amphibious Mecha/Fighter
Designation Anti-Infantry/Anti-Air
Tier 1
Production Building Mecha Bay
Secondary Ability Transform
File:AbilityTengu.png File:AbilityTengu2.png
Cost $1100
Production Time 0:10
Heroic Upgrade Plasma-cutter cannon
Dev. Status RA3 Original Unit
Country of Origin  Japanthumb Japan
Created by  Tenzai Robotics
Key Features  » Kinetic-burst autocannon (x2)
 » Full-body interface
 » Variable transform systems
 » On-board plasma drivetrain
 » Fully-articulated stabilizers

"We go where we please!"

- Tengu pilot

Tactical AnalysisEdit

  • Variable transform: Based on the Empire of the Rising Sun's VX line, the Mecha Tengu's most remarkable trait is its ability to rapidly switch between two completely different modes. One is effective while fighting on surface areas and the other is an air superiority fighter. While the transition between forms takes less than a second, the process is demanding both on the pilot and the drivetrain.
  • All-terrain mayhem: There is no target that can elude the Mecha Tengu. By land, the robot's boosters and stabilizers grant it excellent top speed, allowing it to easily overtake most vehicles, although it must steady itself in order to fire. Further, the Tengu can travel and fight over water with nearly the same effectiveness. Of course, it may also convert to Jet Tengu form for maximum speed.
  • Jet mode: In its alternate form, the Mecha Tengu is the Empire of the Rising Sun's mainline air superiority fighter. Not only is the Jet Tengu form extremely quick, its stabilisers and configurable wings allow it great manoeuvrability to maximize attack power and accuracy. The very same weapons the Tengu uses to cut through enemy infantry are proven to be very effective against aircraft as well. The Tengu forgoes lock-on systems in exchange for manual aiming; this makes it difficult to stay on target, but the pilot's ability to resist G-forces means the Tengu can stay on the tail of their target with ease.
  • Mass-produced: The Mecha Tengu is believed to be one of the Empire of the Rising Sun's most successful combat vehicle designs, such that the unit has gone into heavy mass-production recently, even as training programs for additional pilots have flourished. As a result, the latest Mecha Tengu models are lighter and somewhat less durable--though by no means should they be underestimated.

WWIII Operational HistoryEdit

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By studying their enemies closely as they fought one another, the Empire of the Rising Sun was able to secretly develop a variety of weapons designed to exploit their specific weaknesses. One of the most notorious and emblematic examples of this has to be the dual-form pilot-assisted combat robot known as the Mecha Tengu. Thousands of men have already lost their lives to these strange, fast, and terrifying weapons.

The Mecha Tengu is named after a Japanese mythological creature known for causing harm and mischief, as well as for its distinctive long nose. The vehicle has an anthropomorphic, aggressive shape made of a dark-colored alloy that is highly resistant to smaller weapons. Its protruding air intake likely inspired the name as a homage to the long nose of the mythical Tengu, while its "arms" and "legs" primarily serve as stabilizers.

Also like its namesake, the Tengu can fly: In fact, the vehicle need never touch the ground, as its boosters and stabilizers allow it to hover a few meters above any surface. By skating across this layer of air, the Tengu can ignore many types of terrain obstacles that would normally slow down infantry or simpler vehicles. When engaged in combat, the Tengu fights using a pair of burst-firing autocannons mounted on either side of its air intake. Essentially these are like a higher-calibre version of the weapon used by Imperial infantry divisions, and offer an even faster rate of fire and excellent accuracy at medium- to short-range.

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In the blink of an eye, the Mecha Tengu can switch to Jet Tengu mode, which has the much more conventional shape of a fighter aircraft. This configuration lets the unit travel at much greater top speeds and at high altitudes, such that its weapons can be brought to bear against other aircraft.

The implications of this are profound, and the real-life consequences are mounting. In effect, no area is safe from this unit, and veritable flocks of Tengu continue to appear without warning to attack Soviet-controlled production lines, ore refineries, and oil derricks.

A mere five Mecha Tengu once managed to destroy an entire Soviet forward base, using tactics the Soviets later derided as "arrogant, vile, rude, deplorable, and completely unfair." Gliding across the base in jet form, the Tengu flock first drew the Soviets back to base as a ruse. As the column of Soviet Bullfrog transports hurried back, fixing to shoot down the enemy fighters with their anti-aircraft guns, the Jet Tengu dropped back down to ground form again and quickly destroyed them. Soon after, the Tengu dealt catastrophic damage to a super-reactor in the vicinity, whose blast took care of the remainder of the base. By now, most everyone has seen the famous photograph of the Tengu flying away from the terrible explosion.

Piloting a Mecha Tengu must require a tremendous amount of skill and training since it is essentially two vehicles in one. Excellent physical fitness must be needed to withstand the G-forces involved in transitioning from one form of the vehicle to the other and back, especially since the Tengu's full-body cockpit translates reflexive motions directly to combat manoeuvres. However, it is widely known now that the allure of piloting such state-of-the-art craft drew out volunteers by the millions from the ranks of the Empire's youthful nationalists (and thrill-seekers). And even the very small qualifying percentage from that number proved to be enough to change the face of war.

Post-War Operational History Edit

A small nanite hive has been installed in the engine of the Mecha Tengu. Based on the tendency for Jet Tengu pilots to change form when hit with enemy AA, the nanites are released to damaged areas. While barely noticeable compared to conventional repairs, they can help a machine return to operation instead of sitting out a battle.

In addition, based on the success of plasma-cutter based weapons on the Navy's carrier based interceptors, the Imperial military has retrofitting Tengus with plasma-cutters to boost their firepower. Tests have proven the effectiveness of the plasma-cutters in air combat as well as in ground battles, and most Tengu pilots are enthusiastic to receive this upgrade. The Tengu's myriad mechanical systems, however, make it difficult to cram in a plasma-cutter and its associated equipment, such that retrofitting is a complicated and expensive process, which means that only the Empire's ace Tengu pilots have been gifted with this new and powerful weapon.

Just the StatsEdit

Mecha Tengu
Amphibious, Hovers, Regenerate(2)
Transforming Mecha
Cost 1100
Build Time 0:10
Health 150
Speed 90
Armour Type Light Armour
Burst Guns (Surface)
Move and Fire, Afterburn(3s), Harasser
Gun
Range 250
RPS 5 rps
Damage 6/3
Suppression 25
DPS 30/5 dps
Jet Tengu
Circling
Transforming Fighter Plane
Cost 1100
Build Time 0:10
Health 150
Speed 150
Armour Type Thin Skinned
Burst Guns (AA)
Move and Fire, Afterburn(3s)
Bullet
Range 250
RPS 5
Damage 6/3
Suppression 25
DPS 30/5
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