The largest units, such as those commissioned by the Knights of Jove and destroyed by Gilgamesh Wulfenbach outside of Mechanicsburg, are quadrupedal with digitigrade-style leg construction. This leg construction allows for greater stability on uneven terrain and smooth lowering of the hull to nearly ground level if required, or greater height if the legs are fully extended.
The lower hull has a heat sink which also provides low-level (i.e., not night-sight-destroying)at night. The legs attach through the lower hull to the engineworks. This hull also provides a main deck with a railing suitable for protecting deployed riflemen who are, in turn, protecting the stomper from artillery positions and possible leg assaults. There may be additional rifle positions at the first joint of the legs as well, to provide for more complete angles of fire. These are only assigned to the best and most adaptable sharpshooters who never suffer motion sickness.
The superstructure includes the chimney or chimneys (or funnels), gun mounts (fixed or turreted), usually another sharpshooter position, an observation deck for use in extreme weather, and whatever other features the commissioner had decided are necessary.
A force of eight war stompers was considered sufficient (forThe principles in construction scale down to such other units as the ) to ... except it was all staged, anyway. walking gunboat, which may have differing number of legs depending on issues such as speed, stability and anticipated theatre of combat. Of course, the artillery will be reconsidered using similar parameters.
Although these units all use some of the same engineering and construction principles as clanks, they could not be considered clanks themselves as not even rudimentary intelligences are installed in these vehicles. One might imagine that the average soldier would not want to risk his or her life on a clank's imperfect grasp of a situation if independent thought and action were enabled.