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Black Widow Stealth Hexapod by thomastapir Black Widow Stealth Hexapod by thomastapir
(X)Y-69 “Black Widow” prototype hexapodal stealth mecha platform undergoing testing at Yucca Flat Proving Ground, Frenchman Lake, Nevada
[Undated declassified DOD photo; mid-21st century]

Developed by the U.S. Air Force in cooperation with the Department of Naval Warfare, this unusual stealth hexapod was initially designed as an anti-Archon standoff weapons platform for the Mars War. In the early days of Temple exploration, the means by which the Guardians were activated and sited on their opponents was unknown. An active dopplered radar sense was implied by early instrument readings (later proved to be radiation leakage from the Temple powerplants), and minimal-RCS (radar cross-section) “stealthed” mecha were developed in response.

The “Black Widow” was simply a proof-of-concept testbed for a number of emerging technologies. While it employed the angular, faceted surfaces of earlier stealth systems, its servos and actuators were insulated by a flexible polymer buffering layer and covered by a sophisticated elastic RAM (radar absorbent material), dampening the machine’s radar signature and lending it an oddly “muscled” appearance.

Although it was discovered that the Temple Guardians did not employ active radar before the “69” entered production, its testing established a sound design that was later utilized for the U.S. Marine Corps’ “Assassin Bug” nuclear standoff mecha, deployed effectively on Mars in the 2060s. The stealthed aspects of the original Black Widow were again examined during the Flea War era, when the U.S. and Europe considered the benefits of stealthed weapons for infiltration of the Flea-producing Hellmouths.
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Myrethy Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hexapod mecha are the best kind of mecha xD and I was going to ask if you knew about TurboFanatic, but it seems you already are if the comments below me are any indication!
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
Hexapods are definitely underrepresented in the realm of mecha...Glad to meet a fellow fan!  XD
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whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Student General Artist
urr... this is cooooooolllllll !!! Are you familiar with :iconturbofanatic:?
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
:omg: Whoa, her $#%t is freakin' AMAZING!! Instant +devwatch!

There are some definite conceptual and even visual similarities there...Thanks for the tip!
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whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Student General Artist
yeah, she's a rocket scientist! I mean, really!
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
Holy ----, she really is! :omg:
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Doodlebotbop Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I wondered if there would be a black widow of some kind in here. :3
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008
But of course!
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