Su, Rodrick (
Fri, 22 Oct 1999 08:44:17 -0700

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Richard Ramos []
> >> hmmm...Are these I-field barriers the predecessors of the
> >> Beam shields?
> >Yep. I-Field barrier generator has been around since OYW.
> It didn't become
> >populiar with mobile suit due to its enormous energy and
> size requirement.
> >Beam barriers and beam shield are later developement to
> solve this problem,
> >and also solve I-Field Barrier's inability to stop non-beam
> range weapon.
> hmmmm. That's interesting...i guess the ultimate version of
> this is in the
> gaia gear stuff. I find the idea of beam shields romantic, though. I
> remember using one in a fight in my RPG Mekton game...the
> edge has a nice
> slashing capability to it...what I did was make a combination beam
> shield/saber/gun bit system that would fly around my mecha.
> there were
> about six of them, and boy, it was damn useful. I didn't up
> the power too
> much for the beam gun system, but the beam saber use was
> deadly, like Luke
> using the force to control his lightsaber in flight, and the
> beam shields,
> well, I admit I copied the fin fannel idea, except that it
> acted more like
> the pinpoint barrier in macross. I had to put limits though,
> like it had
> to return to the main mecha to charge up again every so
> annoyed
> the hell out of my coplayers, since it was a great way to
> distract them.
> having a beam rifle and yet another beam saber at hand was
> useful too, as
> well as a physical shield. my only drawback was that I
> couldn't use my
> MS's generator to power the hand held stuff, relying on
> e-clips instead.
> still it was great. my admi turned it into an NPC soon after
> he realized
> how dangerous it was.

If you can find it, check out Crossbone Gundam comics. Beam shield's
offense capability is fully explored there. Of course, they were also using
beam shield as atmosphere re-entry heat shield (a bit far out there)...

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