So i was browsing through the shop looking for some interesting inspiration when i came across this strange EP plated bomber...
Enter Part 1:
The Vanguard Support ship… its front end instantly got my attention. It used two Mega plates as side armor... while the back looked kinda weak, dat front dou… (Id recommend checking out the Vanguard Support ship btw* anyway its quite a badass looking flyer) I’d have bought it myself but I wanted to build something… so I built the front end… and then a thought hit me… “I don’t like the Vanguard’s tail because it looks a little spindly… why not take the back of a flyer i already know could eat a shot or two in the ass?”
Enter part 2:
The classic Plasmagica Revolution… A flyer ive rebuilt from the tier days… in total... 4 times from scratch by now. Its tail profile called to me… designed to eat rail shots and maintain flight under heavy fire
I then copied over my Plasmagica’s tail over to the Vanguard’s nose, and did some relatively minor adjustments to the tail and some heavy modifications to the Vanguard section while keeping that look that drew me to it in the first place. The result...
Introducing… The Aurora PM-V : AKA… Franken Bomber or “Frigate Bomber” (since its hull has a frigate like shape to it i guess)
The Aurora is what happens when you take the front of a Vanguard Support ship and duct tape it to the tail of a Plasmagica that just so happened to fall out of the sky without a front end. While neither being an exact copy anymore. What with the Vanguard’s front being totally overhauled to accommodate the Plasmagica tail in being almost fully gutted and refitted as well as moving its lift thrusters from central to frontal and mounting forward movement thrusters in their place behind the protection of a mega plate.
The union was excellent, and resulted in one of my favorite looking flyers to date. Aurora has shown great capability in eating shots and surviving flak clouds more than long enough to dive for cover. It has a great forward speed being powered by 10 T10 thrusters (im old fashioned deal with it) and a select few T7s in the nose, though it is a heavy bomber… it can climb 90 degrees up but not fast… its roll speed is acceptable enough to be called fairly nimble.
After playing a good number of games it performs well, either soaking up damage or dropping it, + the plasmagica tail lived up to my hopes of eating rail bolts with its rudders being separated. It even kept the “internal” rudder from the Vanguard which also allows the nose (because that’s literally the only thing to ever hit the ground, It out lives the tail 98% of the time since rails never want to shoot it...) as a sled when the back of the aircraft goes missing, Its internal thrusters can allow an easy getaway unless you are getting chased by the horde… or fall out of the sky into a mountain/tiny rock of despair.
Simply put this is an epic and badass looking flyer that also looks badass… did i mention it looks badass? It lived up to anything I had hoped for it to do aside from run out of power. Please Note that for the sled “escape pod” to actualy save you… avoid crash landing into walls… there was no room for reverse thrusters* Also do not fly in flak and stay there, the Aurora is not invincible… nore is the vanguard…
Special thanks to INOTAPIG125 for uploading that cool Vanguard Support Ship! I would recommend checking it out, if its still in the shop, that front end was the only reason i built this flyer.
The Aurora is currently in the shop and is openly available for purchase~