MG144-Aotrs13B Vampire Lord (Guns elevated)
MG144-Aotrs13B Vampire Lord (Guns elevated)
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MG144-Aotrs13B Vampire Lord (Guns elevated)

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Army Of The Red Spear

The B version of the Vampire Lord model has the turret at high elevation.

144th (10 or 12mm)

30.37mm x 72.46mm x 26.03mm

Contrary to a popular galacnet theory, the Aotrs adoption of popular Vampire APC was not due to the thematically-appropriate name (which is entirely co-incidental).

The Aotrs took the basic grav Vampire design and made significant changes. They striped out and replaced the power core and upgraded internal systems and added a turret, transforming the vehicle into an IFV, the Vampire Lord. The Vampire Lord sacrificed lost half the space for the infantry carried – down to a comfortable eight (a dozen at a push) – to install the quad pulse-fire coldbeam cannon turret mounted on the roof.

The Vampire Horde is a variant of the Vampire Lord that replaces the coldbeam turret with a salvo launcher for the Horde semi-guided warhead system, giving application for use in strike, anti-tank, anti-personnel and anti-aircraft roles. The Vampire Horde Doom is a further variant that has no infantry capacity, but instead has additional ammunition space. It is used n supplementary AA and Anti-Tank roles, though they have been successfully used to support missile patrol boats in naval engagements on soft targets.

For nearly two decades, the Vampire Lord was the Aotrs’ primary APC. The hull was not suited for upgrade with shields and it eventually began to fall out of usage. It has now been replaced by the Fallen Soul in the transport role.

The Vampire Horde currently sees the most usage of the Vampire variants, most Vampire Lords are currently regulated to support or second-line roles.

However, the Vampire’s tale does not end there. Work was beginning on extending the design’s life by adding a dedicated AA tracking suite to both Lord and Horde and them and turning them into a proper company AA vehicles, a role they were already starting to fill.

But within the last six months, a brand-new innovative technique has been developed, allowing a shield grid matrix to be quite literally painted on to the hull. Advances in power plant technology allow a further upgrade to the power course to handle the additional load of shields. The new shield matrix is being pioneered on the Vampire Lord and Horde, but is expected to be applied to other unshielded Aotrs vehicles like the Distant Thunder and Reign of Anger.

The Vampire Lord and Horde’s new coat of paint will once again bring the vehicle into the front line, as a light IFV for special operations and an AA vehicle. Nor is this just a figurative statement; the new matrix is coloured so as to replace the Vampire Lord’s original mist-grey colouration with the current rust-and-gold livery.