Su, Rodrick (rsu@tigana.com)
Wed, 29 Sep 1999 10:40:22 -0700


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Richie Ramos [mailto:gaijin@i-manila.com.ph]
>
> >When I think of Mobile Armor inevitably I think of Mobile
> Armor of OYW
> >vintage. Lets break MA down to its essential function: A
> cruiser sized
> >reactor core with big weapons wrapped around a bunch of big
> thruster. Its
> >relative small size comparing to a ship make it much faster and more
> >maneuverability as well as saving of space/weight on living
> quarter, life
> >support that ship must carry around. Yet it can carries just as much
> >firepower as a regular ship. Another consideration, MA can
> be designed to
> >have better armoring than ship, since it is a more compact
> machine, I-Field
> >generator became practical due to its small size.
>
> I suppose given these definitions that an MA is basically a miniature
> battleship then, much like the Battleship good ol' Worf
> pilots in DS9. For
> me, an MA's use has always been the fact that it is a terror
> weapon...imagine, someting about a third of the size of a battle ship
> (generally) knocking out fleet elements left and right. MA's were not
> menat, I think, to really battle MS's, but rather be
> considered as special
> fleet additions that can wreak havoc and destroy fleet lines.

An apt comparison would be a speedboat with mounted 18 inch gun in modern
navy. Capable of
hitting target on the sea and on the land.

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