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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2020 1:11 p.m. PST

"Many of the more famous anime and manga is often defined and remembered because of a certain iconic character, unique setting, or piece of machinery (which is often Mecha). Some imported Japanese animations or comics are lucky enough to be imported wholly to the West along with other associated products like models, video games, or toys. Others were not so lucky and came over to our shores in pieces and over a great length of time, forging fans along with way. Both statements above directly apply to one of the most mecha-based military science fiction animes of all time: Armored Trooper V.O.T.O.M.S (装甲騎兵ボトムズ Sōkō Kihei Botomuzu). After many requests by the loyal readers of FWS, it is high time to suit up and explore VOTOMS!

Many of the more famous anime and manga is often defined and remembered because of a certain iconic character, unique setting, or piece of machinery (which is often Mecha). Some imported Japanese animations or comics are lucky enough to be imported wholly to the West along with other associated products like models, video games, or toys. Others were not so lucky and came over to our shores in pieces and over a great length of time, forging fans along with way. Both statements above directly apply to one of the most mecha-based military science fiction animes of all time: Armored Trooper V.O.T.O.M.S (装甲騎兵ボトムズ Sōkō Kihei Botomuzu). After many requests by the loyal readers of FWS, it is high time to suit up and explore VOTOMS!

Armored Trooper VOTOMS takes place in another galaxy called Astragius that had been relatively at peace for over 500 years with the two major galactic powers: the Balarant Union and the Gilgamesh Confederation since the end of the 2nd Galactic War. That was until 7113 AC, when the need for colonial expansion to provide for its large population forced Balarant into bitter and bloody conflict with Gilgamesh over the possession of a single star system on their border. The war (called the 100 Years War or the 3rd Galactic War) would be fought with soldiers, starships, and a new type of armored power suit: the Vertical One-man Tank for Offense & ManeuverS or V.O.T.O.M.S. Developed in 7118 AC, the "machine trooper" rapidly became the primary weapon in this long war and soon after being improved, these one-man powered armor become known as the "Armored Troopers"…"

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wolvermonkey06 Feb 2020 7:03 p.m. PST

Cool article. Great show too!

Chuckaroobob06 Feb 2020 7:51 p.m. PST

One of my mecha favs!! One day i'll figure how what rules to use…

Insomniac07 Feb 2020 10:31 a.m. PST

I'm a big fan of AT VOTOMS and have a bunch of mechs to go with one of my armies :) :

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2020 11:58 a.m. PST

Happy you enjoyed it boys!. (smile)

Those are nice!….


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Sargonarhes08 Feb 2020 2:32 p.m. PST

AT Votoms the inspiration for the game Heavy Gear, so similar some call Heavy Gear a Votoms rip-off. Which isn't the case as DP9 has said they wanted the mechs to be like the AT Votoms. Possible the best and most realistic designed mechs ever made really.

There was a AT Votoms RPG published by R.Talsorian Games, using their same rules for Mekton. I say this as I look over the book I've had for I don't know how many years now.
Nice force of Scopedogs and 1 Brutishdog there Insomniac.

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