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I, personally would call them "Soldiers". It translates well, is a universally recognized role, and leaves room for what kind of 'soldier', if further delinations are needed.


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Infinity, you say??!? As long as you don’t mind collateral damage (and the use of the phrase ‘most powerful’ suggests you don’t), then the answer is simple: Brick holes Ok, that pun was awful, but the point is solid. Get enough lego bricks together and gravity will cause them to compress. First the bricks will simply deform, acting like a liquid and ...


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While this is technically not a gun, a grenade would be a good way to estimate the absolute maximum damage something of that size could have with conventional weapons tech. The V40 is a grenade that comes in at “ 6.5 centimetres (2.6 in) high, and 4 centimetres (1.6 in) in diameter - approximately the size of a golf-ball”, and weighs in at 134g, about the ...


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How would a gun, that uses anti-gravity as propellant, work? Is it even practical? The problem is that antigravity is ill-defined. Do you need some kind of negative-mass matter to generate it? Is it as weak as gravity? In that case, you'd need many, many earth-equivalent masses of negative matter to produce anything like a useful acceleration to fire a ...


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I think the only real advantage with the antigravity gun as described would be that you would not need propellant cartridges, although presumably you would need some power source so even that advantage might be limited. Traditional guns using high pressure gas derived from explosives can already project non-magnetic bullets at very high velocity. The real ...


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The antigrav field must be unidirectional, otherwise it's useless as a hand weapon in a planetary grav field - the field will jolt the gun upwards, far away from the huge mass down. if acting on a single direction, there's no difference from a firearm - the handler will fill the same recoil as when firing the bullet by gun powder - the impulse still ...


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If we focus on Earth, gravity attracts any body, bullet included, toward the center of the planet, along a vertical line. The anti-gravity will work the opposite way, pushing the bullet away from the center of Earth along the vertical. As such it's not of much use: unless the target is right above your vertical, you have no way to hit it, while with a ...


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X-ray lasers are kept down by how inefficient they are Bomb-pumped gamma and x-ray lasers are also affected by very low efficiencies, but making a bigger warhead to pump them is relatively straightforward once you've solved the problem of targetting and shooting straight. There's no issue of waste heat, certainly. near perfect wide spectrum mirrors That'...


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1) Continuous and Pulsed beams Actual power of pulsed laser is by order or two less than continuous one. You see, while pulse laser peak power is incredably small, the duration of the pulse is incredably small eather. So total energy per pulse is very small, and time between pulses is long enough to laser to cool down (by several orders longer than pulse ...


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You're correct about the situations where you won't see a laser beam 'in flight', but remember also that you still won't see a 'muzzle flash' from a laser with the naked eye unless the wavelength is within the visible spectrum. Equally a laser passing through a medium will only be visible if it causes the medium to emit visible light, either by direct ...


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If they have an armorer and an officer with a bit of chemistry knowledge, they would be fine. Rifled barrels aren't that hard to make if they have enough supply to buy them time and training hours. They would have to recruit at first to get firepower up until they could get lathes and mills running. If they could use the lead chamber method to make ...


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I'd discard the idea of neutron beams, unfortunately. Whilst a working neutron beam would be an extremely effective weapon regardless of whether the target is shielded or not, making such a thing seems somewhat implausible outwidth a magical way to accelerate neutrons. Firstly, generating such a beam is problematic. Once you've generated it, focussing it is ...


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A fission or fusion nuclear reactor or some form of high powered cyclotron or synchrotron aimed at a solid (spallation) target would be capable of producing a large neutron flux of the order of 10^15 neutrons / square cm for the reactors and in the case of the spallation target method a neutron flux in excess of 10^17 n/square cm is possible. It is also ...


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It's time for my favourite space weapon. Sandcasters! A sandcaster missile is about as simple as it gets. Fill a regular missile with sand, put a conventional explosive in the middle so the sand disperses nicely, shoot it towards them at relativistic speeds, and blow it up outside of their point-defense range. It doesn't even have to be sand. It can be ...


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Railguns. Because you are writing awesome fiction, not working for DARPA. Coilguns have a limited upside for awesomeness. At the end of the day they are glorified doorbells. Yes they are more practical. So is commuting with your Prius as opposed to your jetpack. If you are trying to shoot things in real life, work on the coil guns and you may be on the ...


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Coilguns (assuming current technology) Ironically, rail guns have arguably received more attention for development in military applications. Unfortunately, however, there have been some major setbacks. The Navy is documented of having been developing rail guns as weapons as far back as 2005, yet as of 2018 there have been some hugely limiting problems: ...


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I will stick to the mass+velocity solution. Plus i add that there is no practical need to distinguish ship from payload. Been unmanned, those bombers would actually be a set of engines for thrust, their fuel, the CPU and all the rest mass will be front armor and nothing else, to protect against some enemy fire(actually mostly against other object the bullet-...


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Chemical Gas. Will incapacitate living targets. Ineffective against targets that may use private O2 supply through their helmet. Ultra high spectrum lights. Will incapacitate targets with helmets good for gas but not sufficient for light filtering. Increase or decrease temperature. For smart enemies having both breathing and lighting defenses on their ...


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Perhaps the chitin, either from exoskeletons or from the shells of sea creatures, is ground up into a powder and then mixed with some sort of cement or binding agent. Maybe the binding agent is an animal secretion, or a plant or geological source. It's your story. Have fun with it. The fun comes from the details and how to make it believable.


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Say you fire a 10kg steel round at the incoming tungsten round at a comparatively paltry 3 km/s This is no different to having a static steel Whipple shield, and an incoming projectile travelling at 63km/s. The problem is still that hypervelocity impacts do not behave like low velocity ones, and as a result the effects of collisions are counterintuitive. ...


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Try not to hit the incoming projectile dead-on. If you hit it slightly off-axis, you will nudge the trajectory slightly. And then the incoming round will miss. This is similar to some asteroid defense proposals.


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In space conditions, tungsten is very brittle. Even monocrystalline tungsten is likely to shatter completely upon impact. This is not so bad for an impactor, unless you're shooting a hardened target (actually it might be desirable, also because tungsten is pyrophoric and a cloud of tungsten shrapnel in a pressurized starship's oxygen atmosphere will supply a ...


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I think fighters do make some sense, on the condition that they're not manned. Look at how the rocket equation works. Almost always, high thrust engines get poor fuel efficiency. They accelerate quicker, but get worse top speeds and/or ranges. But your missiles need to be able to accelerate quickly to evade enemy point defenses. If you use fighters ...


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The biggest help? Get them to saw off their horns. They are heavy, useless weight. Charging Taurens who get tangled together by the enemy throwing a net or braided rope are in big trouble. Those horns aren’t well placed for real combat— I bet they’re used primarily for ritual and mating combat these days. Ditch the weight and get them a pike.


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The AEGIS automated weapons system would work even better in space. Big American ships are protected by AEGIS, an automated weapons system that shoots down incoming missiles and drones with a combination of missile types and automated machine guns. The phalanx automated machine guns are especially awesome and terrifying. A system just like this would work ...


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No With all due respect to any answer that suggests yes, nobody's thinking about what it takes to move mass around in space. Even when orbiting a planet, you really don't have the benefit of gravity to reduce your fuel costs — and that assumes you're moving slow enough for two ships to engage with piloted (in any form) fighters. The Ugly Details ...


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Fighters aren't even a realistic evolution of current naval warfare. It'll all be drones as soon as is practical, and when someone works out an effective laser anti-aircraft system, it'll be back to battleships again. However, the more I think about it, you’d want to take out your enemy’s missile launchers, Warfare in space is likely to involve ...


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In Earth naval history the earliest tactics were boarding ships and/or ramming ships. Ships basically had to come into contact with other ships to fight them. The invention of shipboard cannons changed that. Ships could now attack and damage each other at distances of hundreds or thousands of feet. Standard naval tactics were for two fleets to sail ...


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If your Tauren is a front line kind of guy, He needs the equipment that would benefit that kind of combat. This will range from the same stuff as seen throughout history, but some is going to be specific to his race. For the Typical: A pike. You want to poke the other guy before he can poke you. A tried and true weapon. A short sword. He's going to be ...


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A neckbrace would be a good place to start... Your Tauren design (or rather its charging tactic) is going to transmit a lot of force straight down the spine, which will very easily lead to compression fractures of vertebrae. Humans have killed themselves this way, and I'd imagine a bull charging full speed into a brick wall could hurt himself pretty easily....


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I don't think so. Starfighters require its own fuel, a pilot, life support... It's quite expensive. Fly a drone. A solar powered drone. It's cheap, and safe. Or shoot a massive missile from, let'say, Earth to Mars. Maybe you don't even need an expensive fleet. Or use terrorism to win wars.


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To maximize the Tauren charge you just need to protect the charging Tauren. The purpose of a cavalry charge is to scatter an unprepared formation and (ideally) cause a rout that allows infantry or light cavalry to exploit the weakened line. However, a dense, disciplined formation of spears would stop the charge in its tracks by using the charging Tauren's ...


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I wouldn’t but much stock in the horns’ weaponized aspect. It wouldn’t be ideal to use your bodily hors against metal armor and weapons, especially when you have to put your head in danger. But as for equipment, i think a horseshoe type attachment to the hoof which firstly protects the hoof over all sorts of ground and provides better impact when kicking ...


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maybe add more spikes such as the helmet and armor, since the tauren already have horns that have risk from getting hook or tangled by enemy anyway, example like Gutbuster Brigade but not just normal cylinder spike but thin and sharpened edge spike like sword edge, maybe add a curved shape to it especially for each arms side like saber sword, and not to ...


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Not in the way that you'd think, but you still don't want a single point of weakness (capital ship) Space is treacherous, and in most cases a single hit is probably enough to "kill" your ship (especially with any weapon designed to do so). So, if you're engaging in space combat it doesn't make sense to put all of your people on a single ship. The more you ...


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Why would they want to charge in head-first? Obviously a bull would do that, because bulls don't have any weapons available to them apart from their horns. Taurens have hands, which means they can hold swords, axes, spears and shields, which are all infinitely better things to fling towards an enemy than your face. If you want to maximise the impact of a ...


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This was a comment at first but I've decided to turn it into a full-blown answer. You suggested evolutionary path is as follows: Space warfare consists of two fleets of ships lobbing missiles at each other The fleets would develop and deploy bombers to fly in close and take out the other fleet's missile launchers The fleets would in turn develop fighters ...


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You could do some magic hand-waving and have an alchemist create a potion that has similar effects to meth or cocaine, so increased energy, pain resistance, increased anger.


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The difference between a fighter and a missile/drone is the missile/drone doesn't have to worry about the squishy human and their life support system taking up mass and volume and limiting manoeuvring to magnitudes humans can survive. That allows the drone to be more manoeuvrable and smaller than an equivalent fighter or bomber attempting to do the same ...


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Go back to Pre-History.... The Atl-Atl From long long ago, many cultures across the world used a variety of spear throwers in warfare all the way up to Aztecs battling Spaniards. The concept is simple. Use something to add length your trowing arm and launch a projectile. The concept is even out there today in those ball throwing things you can buy for ...


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Beryllium is as exotic as it gets and it's the lightest usable metal. Due to its rarity only beryllium copper is made today but certainly better and lighter alloys are possible. Both for armor and for weapons. The downside is, beryllium dust is toxic. Staying with beryllium copper, the "extra hard" treated wire has 1415-1620 MPa tensile strength, it can be ...


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It's very easy: projectile needs to trevel faster than speed of sound in media. That creates shockwave, wich is sort of explosion. For example, speed of sound in water is about 1,5 km/s. That means that even 10g bullet at that or higher speed could rip human limbs apart and kills even with seemly nonfatal body wounds. For soil and wood this speed is about ...


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That's pretty straightforward. You know the mass of the bullet, you know the energy you want to deliver, and you know the relationship between the two through the velocity. Therefore you just need to put in the formula the energy and the mass and extract the velocity: $v=\sqrt{2E/m}$ A Mark 82 bomb delivers 227 kg of explosive. That corresponds to ...


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This is already happening See Unified Weapons Master Metal in the armour will be limited to a thin outer layer for appearances only with the inner layers being carbon fiber and impact foam. Sure it'd be nice to see more metal but really knights won't use that much and the sponsorship logos on the shield will sell more. At the end of the day you have two ...


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Depleted Uranium : for Flails, Two-Handed Hammers/Swords, and Shields For a swung weapon, mass is the reservoir in which the kinetic energy of a swing or a horse's charge is stored. This reserve of kinetic energy is what tries to foil potential energy reservoir of the target's yield strength times the strain. A high momentum hit will daze the other guy, ...


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If you don't want steel Aluminium and titanium are your best bets. For armor there are aluminum-steel alloys and titanium alloys. Making armor lighter is the biggest benefit you can gain. For more minor alloying components nickel improves both strength and corrosion resistance of steel. If you aren't restricted to just improving the metal parts of the ...


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I'm going to open the bidding with S1 Steel covered by ISO 4957 Rather than being cutting edge science, this is a commercial product. Specifically a shock resistant cold work tool steel. Medium carbon with tungsten and chromium. Ideal for weapons and likely armour as well. Specifically resistant to losing edge and deforming under repeated high impact while ...


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How does your superheating work? First, you need to decide on what your superheating skill is like. Transmission speed: You said it transmits at the speed of light. Transmission distance: Line of sight? Mental image of area? Anywhere on the planet? Superheating time: How long does it take to get from 20°C to your 8000°C? Is it like 'bam' instantaneous, or ...


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Is there something like an explosive effect I can achieve? Oh yes. Given the handy metre-cube limit, lets think about the energy required to raise the temperature of that volume of liquid water at ambient temperature (say, 20 degrees C) to 8000K. Lets say it is a nice round tonne of water. Specific heat capacity of water is 4181J/kg, so you need about ...


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1) How can the ability to heat portions of matter to high temparatures be used as a weapon, if I cannot affect the opponent's body matter directly and I need to minimize the number of heating instances and volume? As you have been aswered by @AlexP, you can case explosions up to tons of TNT equivalent. It is very dangerous to youself as you cann't know for ...


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