When I first looked at the firetoad I too felt this way.Tallen said:The human walkers, while "stumpy" looking, appear quite realistic actually, if you take an engineering perspective. A machine so inherently unstable becomes less so when more of the weight is put close to the ground, including any weapons (recoil). The Marauder Bigfoot for example, while cool-looking, would tip itself right over and land on its own ammunition storage to boot! Not to mention the unarmored-from-the-front cockpits.
JoseDominguez said:Why is the clear cockpit so far fetched? The marauder is supposed to be highly manouevreable and able to get in quick and react to attacks, it's not supposed to sit and soak up fire. I think of it more like a combat helicopter or fighter, visibility and manouevreablity is a lot more important than really heavy armour. If a transparent material is available that affords decent protection and still allows a good view, that's what'll get used.
The apache gunship looks like a greenhouse with rotors, small arms fire bounce off, it dodges the big stuff. The marauders are fast and fairly well armoured, the fire toad is so heavilly armoured and so low to the ground, that it might as well have tracks... no point having stumpy legs with no ground clearance, tracks would let it climb higher and be more stable and it could probably move faster (bigger engine as you wouldn't have ot fill space with actuators, gyros etc...)
The other point is, if a marauder is filling the slot a tank would fill, then it's armour must be tougher than it looks, so not a great leap to assume the canopy is a highly durable composite of some sort.
Anyway, my favourite bit of sci-fi foolishness was the coupe tank in Halo Bit of a design flaw having a soft top tank.
MaxSteiner said:This is rubish, the most active thread on the starship troopers forum is about a Rackham game! And the only conversation is people offering ill informed opinions on technology that doesnt (And in all probability will never) exist as though one vision of a giant fighting robot was any more valid than another! Tim's term FM is incredibly appropriate
We havent seen any final production Evolution models yet so I think slatting the rackham ones is a pretty risky business too.
But on the otherhand theres nothing else to talk about... All mecha designs since Macross are rubbish anyway (Which is why Im so glad that theres a marked Zentradi influance on the Forth) :lol:
MaxSteiner said:Ah I thought of another decent post Macross thing SF3d or MA.K as its sometimes known, awesome model based ocmic from the eightees (In japan).
MaxSteiner said:I know what you mean, this is like being deprived bread and butter for me
Still Im sure the old bitter Max we know and love will be back after my current prospect blows up in my face