(Armored Walking Weapons Carrier)

Val	Char	Cost	Notes
4	Size	20	Length 5.04m, Width 2.52m, Height 2.52m, 
			Volume 32m^3, Mass 1.6 ton, OCV +2, KB -8m
49	STR	19	HTH Damage 9 ½d6
12	DEX	4

11	PD	14	11 PD (11 rPD)
11	ED	14	11 ED (11 rED)
2	SPD	0	Phases:  6, 12
4	OCV	5
4	DCV	5

16	BODY	2
Total Characteristic Cost:  78

Movement:	Ground:	32m/64m

Abilities & Equipment
Cost	Power
	Propulsion Systems
4	1)  Two-Legged Walker:  Extra Limbs (2 legs); Limited Manipulation (-¼)
20	2)  Two-Legged Walking Military Vehicle:  Ground Movement +20m (32m total); 1 Continuing Fuel 
	Charge lasting 6 Hours (-0)
-2	3)  Ground Vehicle:  Leaping -4m
-2	4)  Ground Vehicle:  Swimming -4m
	Tactical Systems
57	1)  105 mm leFH18 Light Field Howitzer:  RKA 3 ½d6, +1 Increased STUN Multiplier (+¼), 
	Indirect (shots can be arced over most obstacles; +¼), Area Of Effect (10m Radius 
	Explosion; +¼), Increased Maximum Range (3,600m; +¾); OIF Bulky (-1), Limited Arc Of Fire 
	(180 degrees; -¼), Real Weapon (-¼), Required Multiple Users (2 people; -¼), 30 Charges (+¼) 
	plus +1 OCV; OIF Bulky (-1), Real Weapon (-¼) plus +3 vs. Range; OIF Bulky (-1), 
	Real Weapon (-¼), [30]
56	2)  20 mm MG 151/20 Cannon:  RKA 3d6+1, +1 Increased STUN Multiplier (+¼), Autofire 
	(5 shots; +½); OIF Bulky (-1), Limited Arc Of Fire (180 degrees; -¼), Real Weapon (-¼), 
	250 Charges (+1) plus +2 vs. Range Modifier; OIF Bulky (-1), Real Weapon (-¼), [250]
5	3)  20 mm MG 151/20 Cannon:  Another 20 mm Cannon (total of 2)
43	4)  7.92 mm MG 34 Machine Gun in Anti-Aircraft Mount:  RKA 2d6+1, +1 Increased STUN 
	Multiplier (+¼), Autofire (5 shots; +½), Increased Maximum Range (1,200m; +½); OAF 
	Bulky (-1 ½), Real Weapon (-¼), 3500 Charges (+1) plus +2 OCV; OAF Bulky (-1 ½), Real 
	Weapon (-¼) plus +3 vs. Range Modifier; OAF Bulky (-1 ½), Real Weapon (-¼), [3500]
8	5)  Heavy:  Knockback Resistance -8m (total -16m)
	Operation Systems
4	1)  Radio:  Radio Perception/Transmission (Radio Group); OIF Bulky (-1), Affected As Hearing 
	Group As Well As Radio Group (-¼)

Total Abilities & Equipment Cost:  197
Total Vehicle Cost:  275

Value	Complications
25	Distinctive Features:  Nazi Germany Wehrmacht Armored Walker (Not Concealable; Extreme 
	Reaction; Detectable By Commonly-Used Senses)

Total Complication Points:  25
Total Cost:  250/5 = 50

Description: While the Überschwerer Kampfschreitpanzer served to appease Hitler's vanity, the much smaller, and much more mobile Waffenträgerschreitpanzer Läufer was far more popular among the infantry, who liked having close-in artillery support capable of traversing almost any terrain. Designed and built by the Nazi "mad" scientist Dr. Clausenhausen, the Läufer was a bipedal armored combat machine, designed to accompany infantry, snipe at enemy armor, and generally serve as an all-terrain self-propelled gun.

The Läufer was used on both fronts, and was especially popular in the thick forests of Russia and the broken farmlands of France. Although not especially well armored, its size and shape made the vehicle easy to hide, and the Allies often found them tucked into barns, factories, deep ditches, thick stands of trees, and the like. As the howitzer was of limited use against enemy armor, the Läufer was usually used to shell troops in the open or soft vehicle targets—such as jeeps and trucks. The 20 mm cannon was often used to help spot targets for the howitzer, and tracer rounds were a common load. The MG 34, on the other hand, was meant for close defense and as an antiaircraft weapon.

Although several hundred Läufer were made, they had little overall impact on the course of the war. While fine anti-infantry weapons, their high silhouette and thin armor made them walking (literally) targets for Allied tank gunners and ground-attack pilots. Also, as the war progressed, and parts became scarce, many Läufer were simply abandoned upon experiencing a mechanical failure, although a few were made into semi-fixed artillery platforms.

As a curious side note, there is an account of a Läufer successfully destroying an American BGP Mark 1 "Pistol-Packing Pete" in what is thought to be the first clash of armored combat walkers.

A Waffenträgerschreitpanzer Läufer has a squat blocky body mounted on two short legs. The howitzer is set to the right of the pilot, with the twin 20 mm cannon mounted to a fixed wing on the far right of the vehicle. The primary access hatch is behind the howitzer, while the vehicle's engine is directly behind the driver's compartment. It is roughly 12' tall, 10' long, and 8' wide. It weighs 20 tons, has a top speed of 26 miles per hour, and a crew of three (driver, gunner, loader).

(Character sheet created by Michael Surbrook)

The Waffenträgerschreitpanzer Läufer's Hero Designer File


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