Derricks (or the militarized version Assault Derrick or Rig for short) were originally designed for mining Imulsion. However, for Operation Hollow Storm, the COG reassigned them to be troop transports. They were used by the Coalition of Ordered Governments to carry Grind Lifts for mining into Locust tunnels. It was seen taking part in Operation Hollow Storm and many were lost on the road to Landown. For defense, the Derrick had a single mounted Chain Gun, and a modest complement of Gears.
Assault Derricks had a number of different roles. These included troop and supply transport. The vehicle had a substantial amount of room for troops and supplies, capable of carrying up to several squads and/or caches. The vehicle was also used for mine-clearance. The vehicle used to detect and find mines and roadside bombs, then alerting Explosive Ordanance Disposal Teams to come over. These EOD Teams would carefully deactivate and dispose of these bombs thereafter. The Assault Derricks were also used for carrying Grindlifts. These Grindlifts would carry personnel in them, then proceeding to be deployed and would drill through the ground, finally landing underground in the Hollow.
The Assault Derrick crew included just one single driver. These drivers drove the Assault Derricks through areas, carrying troops, deploying them and sometimes in addition, helping to support them on the field/battlefield. After Operation: Lifeboat was initiated, a lot of pre-Stranded who were now soldiers became Assault Derrick drivers, including Dizzy Wallin.
The Assault Derrick sported a single Chain Gun mounted on the forward-left aft of the vehicle; directly on top of the drivers cockpit. The weapon was mounted on a special, individual weapons platform for secure fire support and good visibility, in addition the rig is also outfitted with a very large deck where gears have sufficient cover to defend the rig from lighter, ground troops
The Assault Derrick had heavy-class armor, that could withstand hordes of gunfire and small-arms fire. It had huge tires that were capable of crushing cars and knocking over street signs with ease. It was also effective at stomping Locust infantry, such as Drones. However they were extremely vulnerable to Brumaks and Corpsers, whose firepower and sheer power and size made them a formidable enemy to the Assault Derricks. A Brumak was even capable of knocking over an Assault Derrick single-handedly.
The Assault Derrick featured four huge headlights mounted in the front-middle section of the vehicle. In dark places, like a tunnel, the headlights could be easily switched on to provide supplementary visibility for the driver and even Gears on the field. The Assault Derrick may have carried advanced sensors, guidance systems and detection systems. These may have been used for detecting mines and roadside bombs. The vehicle also sported a large chassis on the back that supported a rig that held Grindlifts. These Grindlifts, which are twin-occupant underground transports, could be effectively and easily deployed into the ground, which carried personnel in them.
Imulsion mining vehiclesEdit
The Derricks are massive armored trucks originally designed to be mining vehicles. The pre-war Derrick was originally used for mining Imulsion on the surface.
15 years after E-Day, The Derricks were militarized from mining vehicles to transports that carried Grindlifts for ferrying Gears into the Hollows. The militarized version transports Gears into Locust occupied areas and drops them into the Hollows via a large mobile drill platform. Despite its size and power, the Derrick pales in comparison to the massive Locust Brumaks, and is vulnerable to enemy explosives such as Nemacyst and Tickers. This is because the Derrick is not very maneuverable; it is lightly armored for its size due to the COG fielding as many Derricks as possible, and easily toppled by Brumaks. Some Derrick drivers embellish their Derricks with emblems, names, or even upgrades. Derricks boast armored plating capable of shrugging off small-arms fire, along with bulletproof glass windows. Most have a mounted Chain Gun directly over the driver cabin to ward off potential aggressors.
During the events of Operation: Hollow Storm, Locust captured and overran the crew of at least a few Derricks, including Rig G53, and were seen attempting to drive Delta Squad off the road. Some drivers give their Derricks unique paint jobs, like Derrick driver Dizzy Wallin. Drivers are also known to give their Derricks names, like Betty, Marilyn, Ava, and Lola.
After the fall of Jacinto, the COG moved to Port Farrall. A Derrick along with Grindlifts was used to burn up the thick snow. After Port Farrall was abandoned for Vectes Naval Base in the Lesser Islands chain, the COG retrofitted the Assault Derrick with a mine flail in order to effectively detect, locate and clear the island of Stranded-made mines and roadside bombs.
Notable Derricks and Rig GroupsEdit
- Rig 314 "Betty"
- Rig G53 "Ava"
- Rig D77 "Lola"
- Rig D28 "Marilyn"
- Rig 5R "Unwelcome Wagon"
- Rig D14
- Rig D11
- Rig Group 6
- Rig Group 3
Notable Rig driversEdit
Behind the ScenesEdit
- Originally, the chain guns were supposed to be above and beside the driver so two people could use the turrets. For unknown reasons, the side turret was removed.
- ↑ Gears of War 2
- ↑ Harper's Story
- ↑ Gears of War official website description
- ↑ Gears of War 2 Intro
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