Supertrucks are among the largest and most powerful land vehicles ever built. They were a common sight at some large-scale mining & quarry operations in the late-20th century, where their gargantuan weight capacity made it possible to economically transport large quantities of ore, coal or crushed stone. These giants fell out of use when the petroleum industry declined, as their huge engines guzzled fuel at rates which were measured in gallons per mile.
Recent advances in automotive technology & materials science have allowed supertrucks to roam once more. Although the chief use of these vehicles is in the construction & mining industries, some duellists began to wonder how they would perform when fitted out with armor and weapons....
There are four different sizes of supertruck, each with
increasingly greater weight capacity. The basic structure of a supertruck
is a large armored box on wheels. Other versions are available.
|Size||Cost||Weight||Max. Load||Spaces||Tires||Armor Cost/Wt|
|Small||$350,000||15,000 lbs||250,000 lbs||100||4||50/20|
|Medium||$500,000||30,000 lbs||500,000 lbs||200||4||100/30|
|Large||$750,000||60,000 lbs||1,000,000 lbs||400||4 or 6||150/50|
|Heavy||$1,000,000||120,000 lbs||1,600,000 lbs||800||4 or 6||200/80|
Chassis & Suspension
Supertrucks are specially-built to carry very large loads.
They are also automatically off-road capable. All supertrucks have a handling
class of 0, and no changes to either chassis or suspension are possible.
Unlike smaller vehicles (cars, etc) which use the same
size tire, each size of supertruck has a size of tire that is specific
Supertrucks use power plants which have been engineered
for maximum pulling capacity. Although supertruck power plants are very
powerful, the top speeds they provide are relatively low.
There are three types of power plants available; 1) Electric, 2) Internal Combustion, 3) Nuclear.
|Small||$180,000||12,500 lbs||35||70||225,000 lbs|
|Medium||$300,000||15,000 lbs||50||100||450,000 lbs|
|Large||$450,000||25,000 lbs||75||150||900,000 lbs|
|Heavy||$800,000||40,000 lbs||100||200||1,440,000 lbs|
|Small||$360,000||11,250 lbs||30||90||250,000 lbs||1|
|Medium||$450,000||13,500 lbs||40||120||500,000 lbs||1/2|
|Large||$600,000||22,500 lbs||60||180||1,000,000 lbs||1/4|
|Heavy||$1,200,000||35,000 lbs||80||240||1,600,000 lbs||1/8|
New Fuel Tank
|$2,500,000||40,000 lbs||40||2,000,000 lbs|
Acceleration & Top Speed
Supertrucks (regardless of the type of power plant) accelerate at the rate of 1 mph per turn up to 20 mph, and 2.5 mph per turn thereafter. The top speed of a supertruck is calculated with the following formula: (100 x Max. Load/Max. Load + Vehicle Weight). Assuming that a particular power plant is hauling its maximum load, this formula will yield a top speed of 50 mph.
The size of a supertruck's tires and their wide turning
radius precludes the mounting of wheelguards. However, oversized wheel
hubs may be used. These hubs cost $100 and weigh 40 lbs per point. The
maximum armor value of a supertruck wheel hub is equal to the side armor
of the vehicle that carries them. Supertrucks also use outsized versions
of the roll cage. Supertruck roll cages cost $1,000 per armor facing, and
weigh the equivalent of 2 points of metal armor per facing. They also take
up 10% of the supertruck's body spaces. Supertrucks do not use HD shocks,
as their equivalent is already built-in. All other accessories are available
at their normal cost and weight.
A supertruck may mount two AFV turrets (1 on each of the TF & TB facings) whose total spaces are equal to or less than 40% of its body spaces. Note that one of these AFV turrets must be designated as being higher than the other. All supertrucks can mount two car turrets or cupolas of any size on each of the TF & TB facings. As with the AFV turrets, one of the turrets on each facing must be higher than the other. Supertrucks can also mount two car sponsons of any size on each of the RF, RB, LF & LB facings. One sponson on each facing must be at a higher level than the other.
The vast size of a supertruck means that it is much easier
to target than any other vehicle. Supertrucks have the following targeting
1) Ice & oil do not affect a supertruck's handling class unless the counter is the same size (or larger) than the vehicle itself. This is because one or more of the tires will be on bare ground or pavement.
2) When a supertruck crosses a mine counter, the mines will only damage the tire that hit them (the other tires are outside the damage radius). Mines of all types do half-damage to a supertruck's bottom armor (because of the high ground clearance).
3) Flame clouds & cloud bombs do normal damage to supertruck tires and bottom armor. They do not damage the top armor, and only cause half-damage to the side armor (such clouds only extend partway up the side of the vehicle).
4) Paint (unless delivered by a grenade or rocket which strikes the front of the vehicle) doesn't affect a supertruck's windows. This is because the paint cloud doesn't rise to their level.
Supertrucks can steamroller any vehicle or building which
is half their size or less. Vehicles of van size or less can drive underneath
a supertruck and take no damage (unless they get hit by one of the tires).
Supertruck ram plates only affect targets which are greater than half the
supertruck's size (this is because of the height at which the ram plate
A supertruck's vast size gives it very sluggish handling characteristics. All reflex rolls made by a supertruck's driver are at a -1 penalty. Also, rolls of “6" only give a +1 to HC (not +2). Driver skill can be used to offset the reflex roll penalty. Supertrucks can perform any maneuver up to D3 without any trouble. D4 maneuvers are at an additional +2 to the hazard level. Maneuvers of D5 hazard or greater are not possible.
Weapon damage hazards
A supertruck's immense size makes it relatively immune
to the hazards caused by weapons fire. The hazards are as follows; 1) D1:
50-64 points of damage, 2) D2: 65-80 points of damage, 3) D3: 80+ points
of damage. Note that this damage must be suffered from a single attack,
not a large volley of smaller weapons.
Supertrucks may side-mount and fire any weapon of 75-mm TG size or less without hazard. Weapons of 90-mm to 140-mm TG size can only be mounted front & back (but still cause no hazard). Weapons of 150-mm bore or greater (artillery pieces) cause a D1 hazard when fired.
Some purchasers may be interested in using supertrucks for more than just combat. To accommodate their wishes, the following versions of the basic body are available:
1) Flatbed: -50% to body cost, -1/3 from body weight (round
This configuration has no armor on the TB, RB & LB facings. The armor on the B facing now protects the compartment housing the crew, power plant & weapons.
2) Dumper: +100% to body cost, +50% to body weight
A dumper is actually the original configuration of all supertrucks. It has no armor on the TB facing, and the armor on the B facing protects the power plant, crew & weapons (see above)
Road Lord: Small supertruck, small power plant
w/ SCs, 4 small tires, driver & 4 gunners, 2 TGs w/ magazine switches
linked F, 4 extra magzines (2 HESH, 2 APFSDS), 4 pulse lasers in 2 universal
turrets (1TF, 1 TB), 8 laser batteries, 2 HVMGs (1 RF, 1 LF) w/ 2 extra
magazines each (all ammo is HD), 5 HrSwc, radar, LD radio, 5 safety/ejection
seats, CASM (TGs & ammo), improved fire extinguisher, 4 200-pt wheel
hubs, Composite Armor F120/180, B80/120, RF50/75, RB50/75, LF50/75, LB50/75,
TF30/50, TB30/50, UF30/50, UB30/50. Acceleration 1/2.5, HC: 0, Top Speed:
62.5 mph (50 mph w/ full load), 146,295 lbs, $990,650.
The Road Lord is designed as a pure combat machine, with no cargo capacity. As such, it would be used to escort convoys of other vehicles.
Titanosaur: Medium supertruck, medium power plant
w/ upgrades & 1 set extra power cells, 4 SB medium tires, driver &
11 gunners, 2 TGs w/ 3 extra magazines each (1 F, 1 B), 2 TGs in 25-space
AFV turret TB, 6 extra magazines, 4 sponson-mounted HVMGs (1 RF, 1 RB,
1 LF, 1 LB) w/ 2 extra magazines each, 4 sponson-mounted HDFTs (1 RF, 1
RB, 1 LF, 1 LB) w/ 2 extra magazines each, 3 cyberlinks (TGs), 8 HrSwc
(all other weapons), CASM (TGs & ammo, HDFTs & ammo), 12 safety/ejection
seats, radar, LD radio, deluxe galley, 24-space crew lounge, portable earth
station (in AFV turret), cargo safe, improved fire extinguisher, cmoposite
turret armor (600 points metal/600 points plastic), 4 composite whel hubs
(50 points metal/50 points plastic each), Composite Armor F200/300, B150/200,
RF100/100, RB100/100, LF100/100, LB100/100, TF50/75, TB50/75, UF50/75,
UB50/75. Acceleration: 1/2.5, HC: 0, Top Speed: 57.5 mph (50 mph w/ full
load), 389,520 lbs, $2,025,600.
Cargo Capacity: 7 spaces, 110,480 lbs.
Note: the turret armor placement is specified by the purchaser.
A Titanosaur is one of the toughest fighting machines on the road today, with an armor & weapons package that exceeds some MBTs. It has a small cargo capacity which is used to transport highly-valuable commodities (precious metals, computer chips) or personal weapons & equipment for the crew.
Stone Giant: Large supertruck (dumper), large power
plant w/ upgrades, 6 SB large tires, driver & 3 crew, vehicular computer,
LD radio, 4 safety/ejection seats, improved fire extinguisher, roll cage,
Composite Armor: F20/45, B20/30, RF20/30, RB20/30, LF20/30, LB20/30, TF15/20,
UF15/20, UB15/20. Acceleration: 1/2.5, HC; 0, Top Speed: 85 mph (50 mph
w/ full load), 231,800 lbs, $2,657,975.
The Stone Giant is one of the most common supertrucks in use today. Its immense carrying capacity have made it indispensible for large-scale contruction & mining projects.
Load Master: Heavy supertruck (flatbed), large
power plant w/ upgrades & 1 set extra power cells, 6 SB heavy tires,
driver & 3 gunners, 20-space AFV turret (TF) w/ heavy crane, 2 HVMGs
(1 RF, 1 LF) w/ 2 extra magazines each, 2 ACs linked F, 4 extra magazines,
2 pulse lasers linked B, 2 laser batteries, 4 HrSwc, radar, LD radio, improved
fire extinguisher, deluxe galley, 24-space crew lounge, 6 100-pt wheel
hubs, composite turret armor (250 pts metal/250 pts plastic), Composite
Armor: F100/150, B30/50, RF50/75, LF50/75, TF30/50, UF30/50, UB30/50. Acceleration:
1/2.5, HC: 0, Top Speed: 70 mph (50 mph w/ full load), 451,320 lbs, $2,355,600.
Cargo Capacity: 446 spaces, 583,680 lbs
Note: the turret armor placement is specified by the purchaser
The Load Master is designed as a large-capacity vehicle transporter, able to haul a pair of 100-ton AFVs or numbers of smaller vehicles (cars, truck trailers, etc). Note that the lasers are positioned to sweep the flatbed cargo area.
Thanks to Michael Owen for providing the supertruck images for this
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