Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Golden Age, Jan 28, 2007.
Someone posted this a long time ago, I think from it's own website. Cool and all, but it doesn't look stable. More like a "shuffler" than a walker.
like this one too
I keep telling you people, SPIDER TANKS!
It's easy to say it looks more like a shuffler than a walker, but how often have we seen a genuine mecha? I mean, it's tall, it's bipedal, it locomotes, it's self-contained, it has a cockpit, and it even mounts weapons. Hell, strap a machine gun and a rocket launcher on the side instead of paintball guns and it's practically an honorary battlemech.
Maybe I'm sounding a little defensive but it is like taking the only cake in the world and saying "hey, this is terrible cake!"
It would also be worthless in any current military environment.
I stand by my cake analogy.
Also, the Wright Flyer was flimsy and slow. The Turtle wasn't really a great submarine. The landwalker is potentially another ancestor that sucks of things that will eventually rock.
Too bad those don't appear to work well. It would be so cool to see a walker on the ground one day.
Looks big & slow, like an easy target. And those invulnerable legs.
I think you'd get your ass handed too you If you went to war in that personally
If it were the only cake in the world, there would be nothing to compare it to.
While there may be no item like this "walker" elsewhere, it's still being compared to the perception of what it SHOULD be.
I think it's interesting, and a good show of engineering. I just fail to see how it has any practical use in any environment.
Edit for TLDR:
Ok, I'll buy that compared to what could be, it's garbage. Compared to what is, though, it's gold. And you don't get anywhere with a new type of vehicle design without a few sucky, clunky prototypes.
From the thread title, I was hoping it'd be a new Chuck Norris (AKA Walker, Texas Ranger) cartoon, where Chuck has his brain put it a robot body so he can kick ass for eternity.
That thing would be brought to a cold, dead stop by a 4" curb, but I bet it's still fun to drive and shoot stuff.
Yes, whereas the spider tank can climb stairs. STAIRS.
Nobody friggin listens to me when I start talking about spider tanks.
Oh, I hear you.
Spider tanks FTW (until an actual bipedal mech comes along).
I don't know.. the dude in that spider tank looks like he could get a serious case of whiplash..what they need to do is build some real AT-ATs
I want to ask that thing "didn't your mom ever teach you to pick up your feet when you walk?"
It'll get better
You're never going to see big walking mecha. It's simply not practical compared to traditional vehicles.
When Airplanes first showed up, they provided a clear new niche that hasnt been used before, mobile air recon. Everything from that point on developed from that original role.
The Turtle was also a new role. No one had made an underwater boat to sink other boats before. Again, new role.
Walking Mecha dont really have a NEW role. They're, at best, a supplement to traditional vehicles. And as much as walkers might LOOK cool, there are very few things they'd be superior at. Most of the advantages people like to give walkers are purely fictional, meant to justify walker designs in their own fictional universe.
Power armor, on the other hand? Those will be useful as hell, but I doubt they'd ever completely replace the traditional foot slogger.
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