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Do you want to stop the dinosaur or kill it? There's a difference between instantly (or at least very quickly) stopping an animal with a shot and just wounding it so that it eventually dies (or even recovers). What good will mortally wounding a dinosaur do if the dinosaur will still maul you before it collapses? To stop an animal, shot placement is very ...


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A few ways this magical labor force could be force multipliers with low skills - Logistics (moving supplies - above ground, under ground, under water) Military engineers (dig earth and stone, chop trees) Mobile fortifications (form a wall to secure a camp) Sentries (never rest, never sleep, silently watching for threats) Anti cavalry - Who needs a square of ...


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Portable Castle- Surround your troops with heavily armored Golems. Multiple rows if you desire. Design an arrow proof roof and have them carry it on poles. You have a portable defensible command post that you can use for a strategic advantage.


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The bed When aliens invade, a homeowner plays bogeymen and hides under the bed. With a shotgun, which makes him scary. The gun can't hurt the aliens, but the mattress is stuffed with horse feathers, and aliens are deathly allergic to horses. (M. Night Shaymalan can send me a check) Christendom The homeowner uses a bottle of whiskey to give the new arrival ...


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An attack that might be sufficiently uncommonly attempted, yet might be fatal to this species, would be attacks with common household chemicals. Perhaps these aliens which are built to take a pounding from any number of kinetic attacks are simply susceptible to being poisoned by different substances than humans. They're aliens... it just makes sense that ...


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Killing stress Humans are unusually strong against stress. Compared to other animals, we're practically indestructible. Most creatures are unable to cope with multiple large spikes of stress. Most creatures are downright unable to cope with long term stress. They simply die from it. Humans on the other hand can endure sometimes even years of high stress, ...


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Maybe it has a critical metallic internal organ that is about 3 cm is length and is thus a perfect microwave receiver? That carapace resists all externally applied heat, but unfortunately its race never made convenience foods. After a great gun battle, one of them is pressed up against your drunk uncle's wasted old microwave that is leaky as hell and should ...


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Dragons should be strictly used as light, hit and run aerial units If you wanted to incorporate dragons into a medieval setting with cannons and muskets, they should be strictly used as shock units. Their main tactic should be to flank the enemy, use their breath to disrupt enemy formations and quickly retreat to avoid receiving any long range fire, then ...


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EMP rifle grenades. You have two complementary weapons systems here. EM weapons are ideal shield-killers but have short range. Blasters are great at throwing things but worthless against shields. So why not combine their strengths? Dial down the output of your blasters and use them to deliver EM charges straight to the enemy's doorstep. Then, when they're ...


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Circumvent the enemy blaster shields, put a modulator inside Just order some of these beam weapons from another planet (see below).. and in the meanwhile, go for a change of plan considering your blaster. The enemy has found an effective shield against your blaster technology, so your weapon needs to be modified, to penetrate that shield. There are ...


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Small, large strong hands, strong arms. Burrowing. Outside: Spears. But if they have any choice whatsoever, they will fight in their tunnels, where hand-axes will be King. Note not hafted axes, if their tunnels are low enough for a 3-ft creature to need to crawl prone, there literally is no room to swing an axe. Hands that are both larger, but with shorter ...


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Depends on what you want to hunt An article I read estimated the average size across all species at their peak was about the size of a pony. Which means depending on what species it is you are hunting means the vast majority of species would have been easily dispatched with any medium caliber rifle or larger caliber handgun. (Velociraptor was turkey sized as ...


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After thinking about it, the only plausible reason I can think of where space fighters would make some amount of sense would be if you had some sort of detection evasion technology (cloak? Low observable tech?) that was both dependent on a rare ingredient (so cloaked warheads would have to be used sparingly), and whose cost to build/operate increased ...


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I don't think you need any special guns, the trick is in the ammunition. Sure, maybe the skull of a dinosaur is much tougher than that of an elephant, but is it tougher than steel plate? Because we make bullets for common hunting rifles that will go through steel plate; steel or tungsten core rounds, commonly referred to as armor piercing rounds, should ...


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For most dinosaurs just use a living animal of the same size, when possible use ground birds for bipedal dinosaurs. For anything else use a mammal of similar size. Just be aware head shots are less effective the brains are smaller and more well protected than most mammals but not that much less effective. Note, ground birds are harder to kill with bullets ...


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Movies like the Jurassic Park series often fail to understand the psychology of dinosaurs, as well as that of even modern animals. Solitary predators, no matter how powerful, are cowardly by necessity: if they were to receive an injury, they might starve to death before they could recover. When threatened by potential prey that is mounting a potentially ...


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These things are so powerful I'm not sure where to begin. I'm assuming medieval technology here. Invulnerable warriors: They can survive a fall from a tall building and then be repaired. This means they are extremely resiliant to blunt force trauma. Put each golem in a suit of armor and let them walk at their enemy. Maces and other blunt weapons came to be ...


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Big dinosaur Although there were lots of big dinosaurs, not all were huge. The big ones can often be compared to elephants. A thick hide on a massive beast. Because of relative sizes a bullet from a handgun doesn't do too much damage. But there is a key word. Not too much. Getting hit is still very much not enjoyable, even if it doesn't penetrate. In general ...


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Opening: I know not to underestimate humanity's ability to weaponise tools, so I want to know how they could be weaponised as they are. Golems are non-human tools, not even slaves Most golems in peace time never need to be weaponized, as long as they don't do tasks that require weapons. Of course, an owner could decide to weaponize his golem - say, with an ...


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Live ammo You don't state how much your golems weight, but I'll suppose it's in the range of hundreds of kg/lb. They can serve as trebuchet ammo, with the advantage that they can load themselves on their own. They can also pounce on enemies from above, either by base jumping or being dropped by a roc. And after the crash or fall they can still keep fighting. ...


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Of course they can be. Even as direct weapons. Stack 10x10 in a rectangle and have them march right at your opponents troops. Sync your attack behind them and they'll make a nice hole in the defenses. Now do that with 10x10x10 or more from many directions and your battlefield will be a mess. Have them tear down city walls. Catapult them into enemy ranks. ...


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With proper equipment and minimal programming they are already potent fighting machines. Purpose-built golems with better combat performance aside, all of these domestic golems can easily become a potent defensive force. They are durable and can carry double a human load. In any era, it can be said that most of a soldier's gear by weight is weapons, armor, ...


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Seems there are a few ways they can be weaponised StephenG has given quite a good military interpretation, so I'm going to go with the private citizen version. Say you just have a private citizen wanting to weaponise their golem. Say he hates his neighbour, Bob - well he probably can't order the golem to kung-fu kick Bob in the head, it is far too stupid and ...


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Military engineers A legion of advancing golems carries mattocks and mallets. They will not fight back but they are very hard to stop. When they reach their objective they will disassemble it. It is just another construction job. They take down what is there and clear it away. If the objective is the wall of a fortress or a castle gate then that is what ...


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They are already a weapon. Armies require more than soldiers - they need a heck of a lot of logistics. Basically in the long run having a core of mules or horses or vehicles or, presumably, golems who can carry boring stuff like food, ammo, spare uniforms, the sick, etc. is extremely important. So important that you lose a war without proper resources ...


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Other users have discussed actual combat, but I'd like to mention some points about logistics and broader tactics Topography and geography would be a bigger deal In general, the rule of thumb is that the smaller you get, the more uneven the landscape becomes from your perspective and the more difficult it is to get around anywhere. As an example of this, ...


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Most weapons rely on momentum to pierce armour or batter through it. However momentum is greatly reduced, and armour has increased relative strength, so normal weapons won't work against armor. Even without armour their effectiveness will be less. Instead, the strength of the weapon-bearer, and the amount of force they can bring to bear without pushing ...


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1. Blunt force / "bludgeoning" damage will be less effective than points and blades. Consider an ant, flicked off a table to the floor. Usually, it just walks around as if nothing has happened, even though it has just, within the space of one second, been: Accelerated to a high velocity Launched over a distance several hundred times its own body ...


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This is a really interesting question, and I'll do my best to answer! Gnomes The gnomes are interesting. They're small, but they don't have the long arms or legs to get the rapid mobility like a gremlin would. Because of this, I think their tactics and armaments would rely heavily on brute force attacks. I assume something like plate armor would be ...


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If you have dynamite, then you either have, or are on the very cusp of discovering, gunpowder. So while, yes, you can sling dynamite (catapults and ballistae were used to lob grenades all the way up to World War I), the use-case for that capability is extremely short lived. Your point about slings requiring skill is valid, but consider that: also like ...


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You could use grenades with impact detonators, there were medieval black powder grenades which had a good chance of going off as they impacted the ground. They would also have a lesser chance of exploding whilst in the sling. I believe that timed fuses were more commonplace. (The fuse probably wouldn't go out but getting it to explode at the right moment is ...


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Viable but dangerous. If you mess up, you could fling an armed grenade at your own feet. Lacrosse sticks (aka atlatls) are safer, as is tying a cord the grenade, spinning it around, and sending the grenade flying cord and all. If you're using a burning fuse, you have to worry about igniting your sling. Solvable by soaking it in water. All of which isn't to ...


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The implosion will be loud, but that is about it. Air will begin flowing to fill the vacuum at the speed of sound ~767mph which will exert a force of about 13lb/sqin on anything directly outside of the deletion area. For a person sanding just outside of the deletion zone, that is about 1000 pounds of force per second ... now this sounds like a lot except ...


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The main effect is of course the deletion of the 33510 cubic meters of material around the bomb. That is one ALMIGHTY big hole, comparable to the direct damage from a medium-to-large tactical nuke. For scale, it is a hole big enough that if you detonated it on the space needle tower in Seattle, it would not only topple the tower, but completely remove the ...


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I think the closest analogue you will find in comparison to existing weapons is a thermobaric weapon, also known as a vacuum bomb: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermobaric_weapon The weapon works by combining fuel with atmosphere and then igniting it, burning the fuel with atmospheric oxygen. The resultant blast consists of two stages - an explosion stage ...


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A few answers have been posted so far about catapult ammo, but miss the most limiting factor: Air Resistance. Back in highschool I made a mini-catapult for a physics class that could fire tennis ball about 150ft. However, when I loaded an egg which is much heavier into it, it could fire about twice as far. So, your lightweight cherry bombs would be ...


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This cherry bomb is pretty powerful. Turning a tree into a stump, splinters and a small crater is powerful. Certain stone types as gravestones would still be powerful and leaving a dent that size in a steel plate is not nothing either. There is a question though: can you take the cherrybomb apart? For example by carefully cutting it open, or slowly lowering ...


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Much of the damage of a conventional explosion is due to the "N wave" -- the sudden application and immediate reversal of a strong overpressure. The first, compression wave stresses materials, then the reversals stresses them again in the opposite direction, before the material has a chance to "heal" (stress cracks can weld themselves ...


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Energetically, the cherry bombs are about as strong as a stick of dynamite, possibly 2. So you get a pretty good bang out of it, about three times the explosive power of a modern handgrenade, but without the shrapnel and without a convenient fuze to initiate detonation and in a less conveniently throwable configuration. Transporting/carrying these will be a ...


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Limpet mines An explosive device that waits for an enemy to draw near, then attaches itself to the hull before detonating. You could probably add other features: Make it emit a bright EM signal to help your ship's sensors stay locked on the enemy, who is likely trying to minimize their sensor signature to confound your weapons. Create sensor ghosts to ...


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I love the macaroon accelerator! And now I am hungry. I also have some other ideas for weird weapons: Strange matter. Not super novel but not rehashed lasers and rockets. Strange matter is a form of quark matter that is not like our familiar baryonic matter. It is possible that strange matter could be "infectious" converting our familiar ...


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The bombs themselves aren't that impressive, what you can do with them is: Demolition Charge Get the bomb into a wall or under a structure. A surface explosion will always do less damage than an explosion within. To quote the move Armageddon: "Let a firecracker explode on your hand with the fingers stretched out and you get burnt. Close the fingers ...


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How about tangler or glue rounds? These are a staple of science fiction stories. Using some form of sticky glue, perhaps it could super-glue some of the plates and joints together. I would envision this being shot from a large-bore gun of some kind, perhaps a 25mm gun. The advantage to this is that the round doesn't have to travel as quickly as a normal ...


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It is unlikely to have a significant effect, if robot's body is electrically conductive. Hitting the robot will just cause the electrons to travel along it's body to be grounded (either into ground or it just may fly off the robot and continue its travel). If sustained long enough, ie. if the charged particles themselves caused the robot's body to heat up ...


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Hard to implement - easy to overcome So unfortunately electron beams have some difficulties: In an atmosphere, air particles interact with beams and dissipate the effectiveness very quickly. This is why cathode ray tubes are in vacuums, and also why tasers need a wire to 'channel' the electrons. The range of an electron beam through air therefore is ...


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Muon gun Muons are subatomic particles that are very hard to stop. You could use a beam of high energy muons to bypass armor and damage some systems aboard enemy warship. You don`t need a lot of energy to damage some electronics. Monopoles There might exist some topological defects such as monopoles. Such object would annihilate with anitmonopoles but not ...


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Wormhole Torpedos Similar to a normal torpedo on the outside, these weapons contain a small and unstable wormhole fragment in a quantum containment vessel. On impact, the containment breaches, and the wormhole surges out of control before dissipating. Everything within 5-70 meters (depending on the size of the fragment) is then warped to the other end of ...


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Following Trioxidane advice, let's give a second life to a railgun. Fusion cannon I'll keep it short, more like sketch of an idea Quite often people propose launching fuel canisters ahead of a ship for its interstellar jorney, not going to work(only one case it can work) but here we can reshape it to a working idea. Let's imagine a million km long fusion ...


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I think a collimated neutral particle beam is probably the best possible possible weapon if you disregard exactly how to produce the beam (I doubt it would be very energy efficient compared to a relativistic railgun). It combines the best properties of mass drivers/rail guns and lasers, in that it's non dispersive over basically any reasonable range (unlike ...


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Hacking Make use of supply channel attacks, known communication protocol implementation bugs, etcetera to disable or destroy equipment in the enemy ships. This can be as simple as screwing up their aiming or navigation capability up to completely destroying their power source (and likely a large part of the ship with it). Biological Food supply contamination,...


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