Second Dawn (Weaponry Development)

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Second Dawn (Weaponry Development)

Post  Admin Caldwell on 15th August 2009, 7:24 am

First off, on Edge and Second Dawn, technology is two hundred years behind. In modern terms this is the difference between a man of 2009 and a man of 1209. The technology of the First and Third Tier colonies is far more advanced, and seems impossible.

Secondly, if anyone has any suggestions and can explain at least in theory how it would work post something in this forum and I will argue/test the weapon to see if it works. To me, at least.
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First Category: Ballistics

Post  Admin Caldwell on 15th August 2009, 7:25 am

The second-simplest type of ranged weapon, ballistic firearms are cheap and easy to manufacture; and in that lies their staying power. They have existed for over a thousand years, and still can beat an energy or Gauss weapon simply by being able to make a few hundred ballistic rounds for each Gauss round or a few thousand for each energy cell. They are simple to maintain and keep clean and have no electrical parts necessary for use.

That said, they have disadvantages, the first being their inability to punch holes in metal armor. All ballistic rounds except for the largest will find a simple steel wall three inches thick too much for them.
The second is range. The longest-ranged ballistic sniper rifle, the Augur, has a range of merely 7.2 kilometers with the best scoping attachments. Its gauss counterpart has a range nearly double that.
The third is ineffectiveness in water. A submerged ballistic rifle will not be able to fire, and submerged ammunition will not be able to be fired.

All in all ballistic weapons have what seems to be a few important advantages over their more advanced counterparts - price being the foremost - and as such have served as standard weaponry for armies since their introduction into warfare.


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Second Category: Gauss Weaponry

Post  Admin Caldwell on 15th August 2009, 7:26 am

Gauss weapons use the perfectly-timed activation and deactivation of electromagnets to fire a ferromagnetic projectile at maximum velocity without achieving magnetic saturation and with minimal contact with the barrel to negate friction.

Too technical?

I'm going to assume it wasn't and continue; if it was alert me to this and I will rephrase it.

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Gauss weapons, as they use magnetics and not ballistics, work underwater (as long as they are waterproof). Their projectile velocities far outmatch that of the ballistic rifle, and their range is much longer. They are nearly silent naturally, and are extremely accurate. Their rounds are generally designed to penetrate armour.

That said they have several disadvantages.
The first and foremost is price, already discussed in the Ballistics category. Gauss weapons are generally only issued to snipers, soldiers expecting to fight in space, or special operations teams. Any more and the cost-benefit ratio would plummet to a level that would make a politician blush. The consensus is generally that a soldier does not need a better gun.
The second is power. All of that energy surging through the coils has to come from somewhere, and this energy takes the form of a rechargable, removable battery pack. It drains slowly but it still drains.
Finally, ammunition is a problem. Dense ferromagnetic projectiles are difficult to produce at a high rate, and more than that extremely expensive and heavy. Making a pound of steel fill a cubic inch means you still have a pound of steel.

Gauss weapons have several benefits to offer, but until they become more cost-effective they remain in the sidelines.


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Third Category: Chemical Energy Weapons

Post  Admin Caldwell on 15th August 2009, 7:45 am

Chemical Energy Weapons, more commonly known as lasers, use energy generally derived from gases collapsed into a plasma and focus that energy into a beam. This beam is generally depicted as being a specific shade of color, but Chemical Energy Weapon beams are invisible to the human eye.

Chemical Energy Weapons are generally not feasible in a situation; for the same price one could have several rockets, which are generally easier to use and cost less to replace.

But a Chemical Energy Weapon has several very distinct advantages.

CEWs have a replaceable fuel source. While that may not seem like much when one is carrying a multimillion-dollar weapon, it is the difference between firing $80,000 and firing less than one percent of that per shot. First advantage over rockets.
CEWs are smaller and more portable than rockets. This means that they are far more useful to special operations teams that require mobility and stealth.
CEWs have invisible beams to individuals not using infrared or thermal imaging; this is a godsend against targets that require a focused shot or more than one firing. At lower settings it can be used to simply blind or shut down radar and thermal imaging programs... or organic targets.

CEWs are extremely valuable, but have the exact same disadvantage as the Gauss weaponry on a larger scale. For the price of one CEW one can purchase thirty-six thousand ballistic assault rifles.


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Fourth Category: Monofilament Scythe / Piezoblade

Post  Admin Caldwell on 15th August 2009, 8:00 am

The Monofilament Scythe is a melee weapon. Its design consists of a small polymer handle with an interface and an activation port at one end.

Upon activation the Scythe seems to have a haze extend from the activation port; the length is variable and controlled by the user. The Scythe has amazing cutting power and treats diamond as rice paper.

This is possible through the Scythe's design: its blade is one molecule thick. Because of this it has extreme cutting power and extreme instability; the time it takes to collapse is determined roughly depending on the length of the blade, but exceptions exist.

The Scythe's blade is a special carbon molecule, rather difficult to fashion, and as such the Scythe is rather expensive to purchase and maintain. It is an extremely useful weapon, however, and its advantages far outweigh its disadvantages.

The Scythe has one massive advantage over all other melee weapons: its blade can be up to twenty meters long.
It has one massive disadvantage as well, though: without a battery pack or when off it functions slightly more poorly than an aspen club.
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The Piezoblade is related to the Scythe in the way a pig is related to a chicken: they serve the same purpose but arrive about it in completely different ways. It has a solid knife-blade made completely of diamond or hyperdiamond (the carbon compound molecule mentioned in the Scythe article). Upon twisting of the pommel, the blade begins to vibrate at a few thousand times per second; like the Scythe, it can cut through diamond, but it takes it quite a long time to do so. It is cheaper to maintain (HELL to sharpen) and cheaper to buy, and is harder to break.

Unlike the Scythe, the Piezoblade does not need to be activated to cut. It functions as a knife does without a battery or when off.
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Fifth Category: Plasma Reservoir Weapons

Post  Admin Caldwell on 15th August 2009, 8:17 am

Plasma Reservoir Weapons keep a reservoir of plasma in them at the ready for firing, as opposed to CEWs, which convert matter to plasma immediately before firing.

Needless to say this is rather difficult. Each PRW must be made under laboratory conditions where a Bose-Einstein Condensate is inserted into a specific cell in the weapon.

As B-E Condensates cannot release energy, they keep the plasma at its collapsed state and at its heat.

Loading the weapon is rather difficult; non-collapsed hydrogen and helium in a stable cell are inserted into the charge reservoir (which has its condensate diverted temporarily to allow the cell to pass) and then is collapsed before the condensate is allowed to flow back to its normal position.

THIS IS REALLY FREAKING EXPENSIVE TO GET RIGHT AND DISASTROUS TO GET WRONG.

PRWs are only used on a large scale. Such as in warships. Any other use is so cost-inefficient a politician would have a heart attack followed by a stroke followed by spontaneous combustion just by looking at the proposition.
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