WW2 Alt Modes

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  1. Arkimus Prime

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    Let's set the scene. Instead of awakening in 1984, the G1 Season 1 Autobots awaken in 1943. What alt modes do they take?

    Also, there will be some liberties taken: Shockwave is included. No Dinobots, though. They shall remain dinosaurs. I also left out Cosmos, because he's a UFO. Also, no S3, because they have spacey modes. Whatever with them. Done.

    Season 1

    DECEPTICONS
    Megatron: Walter P-38
    Soundwave: Enigma Machine
    Seekers: Me-262
    Cassettes: Enigma Discs
    Shockwave: German 88 Artillery Gun
    Reflector: Minox Riga
    Scrapper:
    Hook:
    Bonecrusher:
    Long Haul:
    Mixmaster:
    Scavenger:

    AUTOBOTS
    Optimus: Mack NO 6x6
    Bumblebee: Lincoln Zephyr Coupe
    Hound: Willys MB
    Sideswipe:
    Skyfire: Boeing B-29 Superfortress
    Cliffjumper:
    Jazz:
    Sunstreaker:
    Wheeljack:
    Mirage: 1935 Miller Ford
    Ironhide: Dodge WC-53
    Bluestreak: 1942 Plymouth Special Deluxe
    Ratchet: Dodge WC-54
    Gears: GMC CCKW Cargo Truck
    Brawn: Scammel Pioneer
    Huffer: Leyland Hippo
    Windcharger:
    Trailbreaker: Ford F15
    Prowl: 1942 Plymouth Special Deluxe (customized into a patrol car)

    Season 2

    DECEPTICONS
    Coneheads:
    Motormaster:
    Wildrider:
    Dragstrip:
    Dead End:
    Breakdown:
    Vortex:
    Onslaught:
    Swindle:
    Blast-Off:
    Brawl:
    Blitzwing: Me 262 (jet), Panzer III (tank)
    Octane:
    Astrotrain:

    AUTOBOTS
    Hoist:
    Grappe:
    Inferno:
    Red Alert:
    Skids:
    Tracks:
    Silverbolt:
    Air Raid:
    Fireflight:
    Sky Dive:
    Slingshot:
    Hot Spot:
    Streetwise:
    Blades:
    Groove:
    First Aid:
    Warpath: M3 Stuart
    Perceptor:
    Powerglide: P-47 Thunderbolt 1

    A few of my ideas are already on there. Please, if possible, include pics.
     
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  2. NaCl

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    Prime should be an M4 Sherman.
     
  3. Arkimus Prime

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    Eh... the entire idea is to keep the idea of the original alt mode while introducing the WW2 aspect. Yes, it is war, but Optimus should still be a truck.

    Thanks anyway, though.
     
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    DECEPTICONS
    Megatron: Still a P-38

    Soundwave: Enigma machine
    Cassettes: Enigma rotor discs
    Enigma machine - Wikipedia

    Seekers: Me-262 other than Dirge, a Stuka dive bomber
    Messerschmitt Me 262 - Wikipedia
    Junkers Ju 87 - Wikipedia

    Shockwave: Sun gun - a theoretical space-based supergun
    Reflector: Minox Riga
    Minox Riga

    Not sure on the Constructicons.


    AUTOBOTS
    Ironhide: Dodge WC-53
    Ratchet: Dodge WC-54
    Dodge WC series - Wikipedia

    Gears: GMC CCKW cargo truck
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GMC_CCKW_2½-ton_6x6_truck

    Brawn: Leyland Hippo
    Leyland Hippo - Wikipedia

    Huffer: Scammell Pioneer
    Scammell Pioneer - Wikipedia

    Trailbreaker: Ford F15
    Prowl: Humber Light Reconnaissance Car
    File:Royal Air Force Operations in the Middle East and North Africa, 1939-1943. CM5067.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

    Not sure on the sports cars.
     
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    Shockwave: German 88 Artillery Gun
    [​IMG]
     
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  7. Arkimus Prime

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    Oh! I really like the idea of Soundwave as an Enigma! I don't think that Shockwave as the Sun Gun will work as well, though. And, I would trade around Huffer and Brawn's, as Huffer's supposed to be a smaller cab-over semi. Reflector is great too.

    Eh... I like the Plymouth for Prowl, and Ratchet's theoretical alternate mode, but Brawn's and Huffer's aren't that fitting.

    Now that is a proper Shockwave mode.
     
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  8. Arkimus Prime

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    Now, for Mirage, I was kind of thinking that a Alfa-Romeo 158 Alfetta would be a good option- right time frame (production in 1937/1938), F1 racing car, and has a generally Mirage-y shape to it. Any thoughts?

    [​IMG]
     
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    Early and Mid WW2 - Me-110

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    Late WW2 - Me-262

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    That looks about right.
     
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    ... Just my two cents, but giving an Autobot an Axis alt mode seems questionable. If Optimus shouldn’t be a German truck, should Mirage really be an Italian one? It’s a pretty car, but if this taking place in the European theater, your Allied troops are gonna be looking askance at him.
     
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    Warpath:

    M3 Stuart:

    [​IMG]


    Grimlock:
    T-28 tank:


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    I assume that was the idea, Mirage's loyalties are typically in question.
     
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    Sure, yeah. That's it.

    I'm not a dumbass and didn't forget that the Italians were Axis.
     
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    The 1935 Miller Ford, on the other hand... upload_2020-4-17_16-11-25.jpeg
     
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    You could give Soviet early war alt modes to all Dinobots if they didn't use their robotdinosaur ones. If US and UK modes were reserved to other Autobots, it'd keep the theme of Dinobots not entirely aligned to the rest of their factions. Along with their bulky and less sophisticated theme.
     
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  17. Arkimus Prime

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    That would be a good idea. On that note, any modes in that case?

    I admit, much better.
     
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    I'd argue that Bumblebee keeps his alt mode or gets to be an older model VW Beetle (Wehrmacht Typ 82E) since it was designed in the late 1930s and used during the war. It also makes a good conflict for stories, since he'd be stuck on the German side of the war.
     
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    Blitzwing:
    German Panzer III
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    German ME 262
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    Cosmos could totally still be included. The infamous foo fighter sightings, Battle of Los Angeles, Miracle of the Sun, there were plenty of UFO sightings throughout the 40s.
     
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