This is also my entry for GBWC 2018!
The RX-78-6 Gundam Unit 06 "Mudrock" has always been a source of fascination for as many reasons as the mobile suit's intense loadout: its more utilitarian colour scheme as compared to the primary-coloured RX-78-2, a fearsome weapons package in the form of twin backpack-mounted cannons as well as high mobility accorded by powerful thrusters mounted all over the mobile suit. Although it didn't survive the One Year War, the Mudrock's legend lived on and inspired mobile suit designs that channeled its overall style and theme.
- HGUC 1/144 FA-78-3 Full Armor Gundam 7th
- HGUC 1/144 Pale Rider (Space Type)
- HGTB 1/144 RX-79(GS) Gundam Ground Type-S
In the end, a combination of parts from the Gundam Ground Type-S, the HG 1/144 Customise Campaign 2016 Weapon Set H and the HG 1/144 Customise Campaign 2015 Weapon Set B were used to create a specialised backpack that could adequately replicate the Mudrock's distinctive cannons. Sorta.
I played around with various handheld weapons for the Heavy Mudrock, with the intention to let it dual-wield weapons right from the get-go since it was a machine used to wage bloody war and not have pointless negotiations. Starting with the Full Armor Gundam 7th's own beam rifle, I tried on other weapons like the ZZII's Beam Launcher in handheld form from the HGBC 1/144 Eastern Weapons set as well as a Battle Rifle and a Vector-inspired submachine gun from a Kotobukiya MSG weapon set. In the end, I decided to go with the Battle Rifle and Beam Launcher, both weapons complementing well with each other as well as the rest of the Heavy Mudrock's fixed weaponry.
- Nippon Pylox Deep Blue
- Nippon Pylox Deep Grey
- Nippon Pylox Matt Black
- Nippon Pylox Matt Grey White
- Nippon Pylox Naval Grey
- Nippon Pylox Medium Grey
- CT7 Grey
- CT7 Gold
- Bosny Metallic Black
- Bosny Gold
- Bosny Aluminium Silver
- Red Fox Primer Grey
- Red Fox Bright Silver
- Tamiya Gun Metal
- Tamiya Light Gun Metal
- Tamiya Gunship Grey
To discharge its intended role as a sustained attack combatant, the Heavy Mudrock is outfitted with a veritable arsenal of weapons:
- 2 x head-mounted 60mm Vulcan Cannons
- 2 x backpack-mounted 360mm Shock Cannons
- 2 x two-tube 240mm Anti-Armour Torpedo Launchers
- 2 x forearm-mounted light beam guns
- 1 x 150mm Kinetic Battle Rifle
- 1 x "Laser Gun" Heavy Beam Launcher
- 1 x Beam Saber
- 1 x Beam Javelin
- 1 x Spiked Shield
- 2 x Calf-mounted Anti-Missile Active Defense Systems
As the Mudrock engaged its hover thrusters to move to the next target zone, the whine of a trio of Zeonic missiles cut through the cacophony of the battlefield. Without the mobile suit breaking stride, the active defense systems on the calves of the Mudrock activated, sending darts of steel soaring through the air with pinpoint accuracy. Three darts were launched and three Zeonic missiles turned into mini-fireballs long before they even reached their intended target.