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GAT-X231 Weiss Calamity Gundam by RedZaku GAT-X231 Weiss Calamity Gundam by RedZaku
Model number: GAT-X231
Code name: Weiss Calamity Gundam
Unit type: prototype artillery mobile suit
Manufacturer: Actaeon Industries
Operator: Earth Alliance (Phantom Pain)
First deployment: unknown
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: head height 18.26 meters
Weight: max gross weight 81.48 metric tons
Armor materials: unknown
Powerplant: ultracompact energy battery, power output rating unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; Variable Phase Shift (VPS) armor; enhanced power unit
Fixed armaments: 2 x "Gungnir" 225mm high-energy long-range beam cannon, mounted on backpack over shoulders; 2 x "Igelstellung-II" 80mm automatic CIWS, mounted in shoulders; 2 x "Tyrfing" beam boomerang, stored on shoulders, hand-carried in use; 2 x "Draupnir" 90mm beam gatlings, mounted in forearms; shield, mounted on left arm
Optional hand armaments: "Balmung" 340mm plasma-sabot bazooka

The GAT-X231 Weiss Calamity came about as a result of an Earth Alliance initiative to research improvements over the original GAT-X series of Gundam's. The tests first began with the original five GAT-X units but was eventually expanded to include the three second generation GAT-X units, the Calamity being first on the list, followed by the Forbidden. The Weiss Calamity benefited the most from improvements made with the Strike Noir, featuring a battery extender the heavily armored Calamity was capable of much longer sustained operation's times dwarfing the original machine, and even shaming the new updates to both Duel, and Buster respectively. The Calamity boasted a combat operations time of just over two hours, even with full use of it's weapons based on numerous amounts of simulation data based on the piloting habits of former Extended Pilot Orga Sabnack. The Weiss Calamity features numerous new enhancements the most prominent of which are it's new shoulder mounted Canons. The Gungnir 225mm high-energy long-range beam cannon's were developed based on technology taken from the GFAS-X1 Destroy Gundam.

In order to better arm the Calamity in close combat, the unit was equipped with a pair of Tyrfing Beam Boomerangs which are both capable of doubling as small short beam swords should the need arise. Other improvements included larger, more powerful 80mm Igelstellung-II CIWS mounted in the shoulders and 90mm Draupnir beam gattlings hidden under the armor plates of the forearms which slide back to expose the gattlings when in use. Other improvements included a new thruster system built into the legs which allowed for hover capabilities on Earth, giving the suit much better agility. Unlike the previous Calamity Gundam, the shield itself has been left plain, and serves only for defensive measures but the original Todesblock" 337mm plasma bazooka was replaced by a larger 340mm "Balmung" Plasma Bazooka which has a much increased power output over the original. The Weiss Calamity entered testing just two weeks before Phantom Pain's disastrous mission to attack the DSSD research station, and was subsequently never transferred to it's intended field unit, it would spend most of the Second Bloody Valentine Conflict behind the lines after it was reassigned to Phantom Pain's 132nd Mobile Test Corps.
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castitalus Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
Damn sexy. If only there were model kits of this gundam. Has the top spot on my list of favorite mobile suits from any era.
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RedZaku Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Thanks, this is actually one of my favorite designs that I've done. It's not perfect I'm a little annoyed I couldn't get the cannons just how I wanted them, but I'm glad you like it so much.
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RyugaSSJ3 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Looks better than the actual Gundam it was based on.
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RedZaku Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Thank you, I do my best to make cool mecha.
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RyugaSSJ3 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
And won. It looks like it belongs in the UC era to top it all off. Reminds me of Xi Gundam.
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RedZaku Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Well the legs came off of a UC Gundam but that's about it. Still thanks for the compliment.
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RyugaSSJ3 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Well Seed or Cosmic Era was meant to be a reimagining of UC so it makes sense here.
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TehProgNoob Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
looks real small and light. Hi-Mo artillery (running cannons, lol)?
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