Wow, 5 ratings. I'm amazed. I had expected much more. It now confirms what I have been told about here though.
Additionally, this bot is rated quite a bit lower than the previous one. Also amazed.
Oh lightstorm what have you done...
The 1st screenshot of this bot apparently dates back to 2016 October 17th.
Typical of me, holding bots for ages before sharing it.
In essence, this is a... 'modernisation'* of Umbra Wraith
*Modernised for 1 year ago :)
That bot got really popular for a while, didn't it...
In celebration of rotors flying more like hummingbirds and not like boulders again, I have decided to share this bot.
This bot is on the CRF, as "Alluring Shadow".
My one comment for this bot: Exceedingly tenacious. More so than previous iterations.
This is [or was?] my choice bot for TDM, often netting me many kills while having 0 deaths, due to its spectacular ability to retain strong mobility no matter what health it is at.
It features a core and mantle design for the chassis. The core layer is connected by the module/dummy core, and the connection points are buried deep in various parts of the bot, all routed away from each other.
It generally breaks down in this order:
1. Shields and unnecessary armour
2. Unnecessary armour, guns, and hybrid mobility (rotors)
3. Core armour and mobility.
By stage 3 you should hopefully be safe near teammates or in cover.
Main active components:
- 8 laser disintegrators (T10), interchangeable with nano
- 10 hover blade thunders (T4)
- 5 rotor blade recons
- Weapon energy module, interchangeable with DSM or simply a dummy brick core
It contains very heavy rod usage, both on the exterior and internally for rod forcing.
This was done to significantly reduce the mass of the bot (since rotors were slowly being nerfed into the floor back then), and to increase structural integrity.
Even if the bot was sliced in half, rods are holding the parts together.
The hover blades are placed very compactly, however their connection points are quite far from each other, and are fairly well protected.
The guns are all mounted on rods. That may sound like they are flimsy, but it seems to not be so while in combat. The mounts for the middle and front-side guns are covered by a rotor blade, and are mostly shielded by electroplates.
The rotors also act as further damage buffers to keep your bot alive until you reach safety, in the event that you are attempting to escape. It counts as unnecessary armour in such events.
It is impossible to flip over without the hover blades flipping you back over.
(However, lately, the rotors have been quite flip-happy...)
Usage and playstyle
Unlike the previous version here, this bot can and should be used as a flyer in offence, unless you're better off sticking to your team. It is light and agile enough to do so.
This bot works well for hiding in parts of the map to prey on unaware enemies, (or at least before TDM became maximum rail campouts).
It's also very strong at chasing a kill, and getting out alive. This bot used to have a radar, in the past. It helps greatly with its job.
Along with its tenacity, these qualities makes it a very strong TDM bot.
Oh wow that was long.
I hope you read it, and not only the first 3 lines and this part :)
Of course, based on tradition, I have to talk about the thumbnail.
It's reminiscent of certain older builds. The name of the bot is reflected in various elements of the thumbnail.
Again, this bot is on the CRF, as "Alluring Shadow". I cannot properly vouch for its effectiveness though; I have only played a few matches recently, but It seems to work quite well.
tl;dr I HOPE YOU READ/SKIMMED THROUGH ALL OF IT :)