Questions tagged [tactics]

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Can brittle but harder swords be preferred in period context or against unarmored opponents?

So its already been repeatedly established that any harder material will inevitably be more brittle than steel and more likely to break on impact in comparison to steel. However, what if the primary ...
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How much of a tactical advantage does a single conspicuously dressed soldier give?

Why have one soldier dressed differently from the rest, ideally in a primary colour? Try looking at the picture bellow. This is the famous "black dot on a white page". As you can see, it is ...
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How to make a weapon that never friendly fires?

On some computer games it is common to have a setting that disables friendly fire, it does not prevent shooting but it the bullets don't harm friend players. In real life would it be possible to make ...
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How can these people fight these monsters? [closed]

On an alternate earth, lethal Pliosaurs size creatures infest the ocean, making sea travel impossible. Their cousin species tries to invade the surface every five years. The advantages of this ...
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How could an ancient army go about defeating a giant army of monsters? [closed]

I've been trying to study military victories against the odds but a lot of the stuff doesn't apply it seems. The armies in those battles are usually not outnumbered as severely and when they are, they'...
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How would an infantry army deal with infantry with shields? [closed]

Scenario: In a future conflict, one of the BRICS nation's infantry have effectively fielded personal shields, with medium long-term mobility. The logistics of the shield is such a way that every ...
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What would be the most effective role to place 150-300 modern soldiers in during the Civil War?

So, let’s say 300-ish modern American Soldiers/Marines are sent back to the civil war. They lack any heavy weaponry, but overall this is what their armament consists of: 250 of them have basic M4 ...
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How effective would a scythe be in a one-on-one, sword-versus-scythe fight?

In one-on-one combat, with one combatant using a sword, the other the aforementioned false Death, how effective would a scythe be in combat? What tactics could be utilized with it, and what tactics ...
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Plausibility of tank-borne infantry in a world with very short sight ranges and rare, awful radios

This question takes place in the same setting as that of this post (tl;dr: the world is bathed in thick magic fog, the naked eye can't see past a hundred meters, an M4's effective range is 50 meters, ...
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World war-tier weaponry and lackluster electronics in a world with severely compressed effective ranges - how does tactical doctrine change? [closed]

The setting: Every relevant part of the world is bathed in a thick, soupy, magic juice fog (visibility hovers around a hundred meters on most days). Among other effects, it makes firearms extremely ...
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How Would the Square-Cube Law change Medieval/Ancient Warfare Between Tiny Humanoids

My story has a battle between two tiny races of humanoids. Assume that both of these races have developed in relative isolation from one another so they have not had a lot of time to develop ...
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Advanced Tech beats Combined Arms [closed]

TL;DR: If I am insistent on a nation having a single weapons system spread throughout all of its troops, how much of a technological advantage is necessary to conquer the benefits of the enemy having ...
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Battlefield Tactics for eleven pixies carrying a machine gun

So, imagine a traditional fantasy world that has progressed into the modern age. Assume technology similar to that we had in world war 2. With the humans, orcs, elves, dwarves, and the like constantly ...
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What tactical advantages can be gained from frenzied, berserkir units on the battlefield?

Let's picture a medieval world, where a tribe of Viking-like mercenaries live for the thick of the fight, the blood nourishing the ground, and the honour of the gods of war. So they are equipped, ...
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How would a modern military deal with an organized uprising from a group of werewolves?

I remember hearing in a discussion about modern geopolitics and military strategy how modern terrorist groups for a Western liberal democracy. The technological advantage most modern militaries have ...
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How these characteristics effect war doctrines? [closed]

I like to put a few humanoid races in my world, each with some boons and/or banes. While it is easy enough to figure out the major implications of a single isolated characteristic, things get more ...
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19th Century Warfare With 18 Fantasy Races: Or, 19th Century Combat With Magic and No Guns [closed]

Alright, my races from this question (Rail Transportation with Races Described Below - Specifically, Seating) are going to war. However, combat works differently here. They lack gunpowder weapons ...
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Medieval style tactics vs high-positioned archers

I am working out a situation where an army is invading a heavily wooded land, two large units of regular footmen with sword and shield and supporting archers, against a force almost exclusively of ...
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Would dragons with automatic grenade launchers strapped to their backs be useful?

My Dragons: Smaller and cuddlier than their original version (well, most writers copy Smaug to varying degrees). They have long lifespans and human intelligence. They can mimic just about any sound ...
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How could dragons and gryphons reduce their hitbox?

So, the thing is that this world (let's call it World A) is shared between several sapient races, some smaller (kobolds), some bigger (dragons, gryphons, minotaurs, centaurs) than humans. Storywise, ...
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How would larger quadrupeds dodge gunfire and use cover?

Okay, it's not exactly "dodging", more like running for cover, but you should get the point. There are a handful of creatures in my setting that are quadruped and cover the same size range ...
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How would a higher delta in human performance effect medieval warfare?

In this universe the average human's physical ability is the same but the extremes are greater. There is a 5 percent chance that a human is born much stronger/weaker then baseline humanity. This isn't ...
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Rhino cavalry charge! How horrible would it be?

There have been questions asking if rhino, hippo and other similar kinds of cavalry are feasible. Now let's for a moment skip that and assume we have some special means, on the end of which, we get ...
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Tactics people with electricity powers would develop against people with water powers during a death tournament, and vice versa? [closed]

For centuries, on the day the moon would turn a blood red, a portal would open across various worlds. Chosen warriors from these worlds would enter the portal, usually at most five people per world, ...
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Tactics people with wind powers would develop against people with fire powers during a death tournament, and vice versa?

For centuries, on the day the moon would turn a blood red, a portal would open across various worlds. Chosen warriors from these worlds would enter the portal, usually at most five people per world, ...
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Military strategy in a world of fixed opaque wormholes [closed]

(This is based on the old wargame Starfire... but don't bother providing answers based on newer versions of said game.) Spacecraft travel by inertialess drive -- that is, beyond mere reactionless ...
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Would submarines be well defended from space based lasers? What about railguns?

When a planet is under seige, obviously its airports, missile silos, and launch sites are the first targets of bombardment, to prevent a counterattack. It thus seems that submarines, which can fire ...
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Are medieval flamethrower chariots viable?

Historically, the Byzantine Empire used ship-mounted Greek Fire throwers to defend Constantinople. These weapons were pretty advanced and horrifying for the enemy. The existence of these historic ...
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What types of tactics would humans develop against creatures that are hurt by light in a literal dark post-apocalyptic world?

In a post-apocalyptic world, monster-like creatures have taken over most of the planet, and twenty years later, only a few clusters of humanity still remain with somewhat functioning governments, and ...
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What is the best way to defeat a enemy of superior numbers but inferior technology?

Our protagonist civilization is based on a large island in the middle of the pacific(think half the size of Australia), has a population of 100 million, has abundant resources and is totally self-...
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How would a military with 18th Century artillery and technology attack an enemy entrenched in a fantastical forest? [closed]

I'm writing a story in which there are large swathes of dense, magically-enhanced forests home to all manner of creatures. There's a town close the edge of one of these forests and it's being ...
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In battle, how many soldiers would an indestructible fighter be worth? [closed]

There is a magical set of armour that protects its wearer from all physical harm. The armour is absolutely indestructible; blades will break against it, battering rams would bounce off it, even ...
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So, how do you ground a dragon?

I was tempted to make this question about grounding the dragon in a different way, then the title would have been "How to make an acid-resistant home/prison for a dragon?". Grounding the dragon is a ...
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How would gryphons go about defending themselves against humans?

So, let's start turning the tables. Previously, we talked about humans slaying gryphons, now let's talk about gryphons fighting back against humans. Gryphons Gryphons are hexapodal creatures, ...
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How to trap and kill a T-Rex-like creature?

The story: in a fantasy iron age world, a T-Rex-like animal (actually more like the size of allosaurus) has emerged from the forest and started killing people. The animal always retreats to the forest ...
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Best Military Use of Mercenary Giant Ape Men?

In my setting there is a race descended from Gigantopithecus blacki. These creatures retain much of their ancestors physical features, such as: •An impressive height of 2.75 meters (9 feet in freedom ...
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How to utilize dragons that are too small to ride in warfare?

Dragons in my setting are significantly smaller and less physically powerful than most depictions. The large males reach about 100 kilograms and just over two meters tall. This means that they ...
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Is The Use of Mounted Infantry a Viable Tactic for a Nomadic Empire?

By “Nomadic Empire” I am referring to an expansionist power that resembles the empires created by Eurasian Nomads throughout history ranging from the Scythians, Huns, and of course Mongols. Their ...
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Medieval military tactics, given the presence of a single invincible champion in every nation's army

The setting is low fantasy medieval. Magic (and other supernatural things) belong exclusively to the realms of the gods, and are not for mortal beings to wield. However, there is one major exception. ...
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How to slay my acid dragon?

Now that I created a lovable and sweet western dragon, it is high time to toss him into Hell. Obviously, slaying a dragon isn't an easy task, especially when he is actively running away from you. ...
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How can an environmentally conscious dragon avoid uneccesary damage when using his acidic breath?

So, I decided to up the ante with dragons and make them much more destructive by giving the aqua regia as the breath weapon. The problem is that the dragon in this story is a sweet and cheeky kid, ...
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Does gliding flight give any advantages to dragons in combat?

"They fly now?" "They fly now!?" "They fly now" One of the most iconic characteristic of dragons is their ability to fly, on top of that, my intelligent (human level) dragons also use a fun ...
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How could wyverns fight effectively if they can't carry stuff around?

So, two nations are in a war, land is off-topic as it's filled with zombies and necromancer zombies. The other logical option is the sea. Now, one nation has these creatures, called wyverns. Wyverns ...
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Can flak be practical in an age of laser fighters?

In this article, laser fighter jets would be relagated to sub sonic speeds and fly low to avoid being shot at. That would mean that they would be closer to the ground and thus be more vulnerable to ...
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How to use lighter soldiers

The other side of this question can be found here: How to use heavier soldiers Imagine if tomorrow we find a way to create soldiers that are almost exactly the same in every single way as our current ...
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How to use heavier soldiers

The other side of this question can be found here: How to use lighter soldiers Imagine that tomorrow we invent a way to create soldiers that are almost the exact same in every single way as our ...
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How would naval warfare change with the advent of advanced weaponry?

In my setting, rail guns, point defence lasers and supersonic missiles are the weapons of choice. What I'm wondering is, how do these weapons change modern naval warfare. More specifically, ship ...
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Making sense of possessed dolls: how could they actually kill people? [closed]

Posessed dolls are a common horror trope, they also make zero sense. Even if you say they have the strength of an average Joe, concentrated in a tiny body, it still leaves them with little to no mass ...
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How would mesoamericans fight dinosaurs?

In my book series, there is a planet called Aztlan. The Aztlanians are essentially based on a mix of Aztec, Maya, and Inca cultures, with hints of Olmec, Nazca, and Mapuche thrown in. For example, ...
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How to make classical firearms effective on space habitats despite the coriolis effect?

The direction of the force will always be perpendicular to velocity and pointing to the opposite side of the rotation direction. In plain terms, any object traveling in the rotation plane: up (toward ...