Richie Ramos (
Wed, 05 May 1999 21:08:35 +0800

> Or perhaps it's the other way 'round. The Zeons took their sweet time
>phasing in new models, holding up the Gelgoog for a couple of months to add
>beam weapon capabilities; the Federation cranked out prototypes of its
>first mobile suits within a few months, and rushed them into mass
>production as fast as it possibly could, customization and specialization
>be damned. In effect, they overran the Zeons with Balls and GMs while the
>enemy was fine-tuning its long-awaited Ultimate Weapons.

        That's also an acceptable's a moot point now, however...

>>Actually, I thinki of the MS types more like this:
>>Zaku: Front line grunts, and used for garrison guarding, etc.
>>Dom: Shock troopers and Heavy assault, possibly entrenchment specialists.
>>Gelgoog: Interceptor/officer's unit. if in squad, then definitely also
>>for assault and specific mission duties.
> Actually, no. All three mobile suits are intended to serve the same
>general purpose, albeit with an increasing degree of sophistication. The
>Dom is a replacement for the Zaku on the ground, and the Gelgoog was
>supposed to replace it in space; due to the delay in the Gelgoog's
>development, the Rick Dom was created as a stopgap. All these mobile suits
>are intended for general-purpose combat, either in space or on the ground.

        Ah, my mistake...I was thinking that in those roles they may have been
optimized, not that they were actually in those roles.

> In particular, the Gelgoog is _not_ designed as an officer's unit. You
>almost _never_ see specialized officer mobile suits in Gundam, which makes
>sense given that a souped-up officer unit would quickly ditch its slower
>wingmen. At most, an officer will have a slightly tuned-up version of his
>underlings' mobile suit, with a command antenna. The Crossbone Vanguard are
>perhaps the only exception to this rule, and one can excuse it on the
>grounds of their "nobility" fixation.

        errrr, but the Jions are fixated on nobility.....

"Magic is the hand of faith..."

Richard Ramos
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