Author Topic: Unit GAL of the Line  (Read 5792 times)

Offline deathjester

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Re: Unit GAL of the Line
« Reply #15 on: February 05, 2015, 05:17:16 AM »
Awesome, toasters getting their asses handed to them by a Bolo!


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I do love stories that have bullies and psychopaths walking into situations in which they are completely, unknowingly, overmatched and pick a fight! ;D

I think the phrase here is 'laughably overmatched' - they'll be knee deep in Nukes before long!!!

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Re: Unit GAL of the Line
« Reply #16 on: April 26, 2015, 03:19:26 AM »
Any updates to this?
All hail the God of Frustration!!!

Offline Silver Fox

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Re: Unit GAL of the Line
« Reply #17 on: April 26, 2015, 07:18:51 AM »
Sorry, I got badly sidetracked by other issues. Every time I sit down to write, I haven't something else squeezing it's way out of my head.

I'll jump back on this soon, I hope!

Offline Silver Fox

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Re: Unit GAL of the Line
« Reply #18 on: December 08, 2018, 02:11:19 PM »
Sorry folks. I haven’t written anything in more than 2 years. Severe depression and the intense feeling of imposter syndrome. That feeling that I can’t write, because nobody would want to read it. I’m fighting back. It’s not easy.


I “know” I can write. I just don’t feel like I can. Doesn’t make sense. Those who have suffered will understand.


Take care of yourselves.

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Re: Unit GAL of the Line
« Reply #19 on: December 08, 2018, 02:41:36 PM »
Good to hear from you.  Sorry about the difficulties - really.
Please do what you can when you can and share.

Offline elmayerle

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Re: Unit GAL of the Line
« Reply #20 on: December 09, 2018, 01:18:29 AM »
Good to hear from you.  Sorry about the difficulties - really.
Please do what you can when you can and share.
Seconded!!  I love your work and have re-read it multiple times for enjoyment.

Offline arkon

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Re: Unit GAL of the Line
« Reply #21 on: December 11, 2018, 01:24:49 AM »
I know everyone knows the toasters will lose but I’m still rooting for them !
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Re: Unit GAL of the Line
« Reply #22 on: December 11, 2018, 07:11:28 AM »
Sorry folks. I haven’t written anything in more than 2 years. Severe depression and the intense feeling of imposter syndrome. That feeling that I can’t write, because nobody would want to read it. I’m fighting back. It’s not easy.

I “know” I can write. I just don’t feel like I can. Doesn’t make sense. Those who have suffered will understand.

Take care of yourselves.

Indeed. There is a "99.999999981% probability" that you'll feel the writing bug again. But there's also "98.328% certainty" that depression will fight you all the way :P

So, just like imposter syndrome and alien invaders, depression needs its ass kicked! Keep fighting 'Fox  :smiley:
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Re: Unit GAL of the Line
« Reply #23 on: December 23, 2018, 12:49:42 PM »
Sorry folks. I haven’t written anything in more than 2 years. Severe depression and the intense feeling of imposter syndrome. That feeling that I can’t write, because nobody would want to read it. I’m fighting back. It’s not easy.


I “know” I can write. I just don’t feel like I can. Doesn’t make sense. Those who have suffered will understand.


Take care of yourselves.


I'd definitely like to read more. Good stories are fairly rare.


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with a uniform to wear,
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and something to shoot at?"

Offline Volkodav

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Re: Unit GAL of the Line
« Reply #24 on: December 23, 2018, 04:52:43 PM »
Definitely hanging out for the next installment.  I am ashamed to admit I hadn't heard of Bolos before your work in this topic and have since chassed it up on Kindle.  Thanks not only for your work, which I am actually enjoying more than the other Bolo pieces I have now read, but also for putting me onto the genre.

Offline Silver Fox

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Re: Unit GAL of the Line
« Reply #25 on: March 24, 2019, 02:12:07 PM »
I have returned to the surface of Aphrodite and gain the maneuverability needed for the defence of the planet. The electronic battle continues, the hostile force attempting to defeat the SPY-17 radar I am mimicking.

My plans to lure the hostile force is shattered by the unexpected. A powerful signal from the surface indicates the space field defenses have become active. The hostiles immediately break away from the attack on me and maneuver to evade the threat I pose. I engage at long range with my secondary hellbores, but I calculate that the extreme range will limit me to 29 kills before the attackers evade me. 18 will make it to the colony, and I calculate only a 73.887% chance the defenses can drive them off or destroy them without direct Bolo support.

I offer a silent apology to the memory of my last commander. Major Pritchard has always claimed that the “panzers and combat cars” would serve not only his own war gaming entertainment, but would prove useful in battle. I now send the command to the automated Bolo maintenance facility to activate the units. 27.546 seconds later the 4 panzers and 8 combat cars surge out of the depot.
« Last Edit: April 03, 2019, 10:49:36 PM by Silver Fox »

Offline Silver Fox

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Re: Unit GAL of the Line
« Reply #26 on: March 31, 2019, 02:31:50 AM »
The convoy of panzers and combat cars managed to exceed 80 km/h on the stabilized plasticrete roadway linking the Bolo maintenance facility to the spaceport. I expend 4.86 seconds on designating initial combat positions for the 4 panzers. There is a hill 11.18 kilometers from the spaceport on a bearing of 263.8 degrees. Each panzer is armed with a 20cm hellbore as main armament and a secondary infinite repeater. The hellbores should allow the panzers to sweep the airspace above the spaceport. I lacked information on the current location of any human habitation. The original city having been abandoned at the same time as the signals from the surface had ceased.

The fictional vehicles they are based on were suggested to be 60 ton, fusion-powered hover tanks. As constructed by the maintenance facility they weigh 58.6 tons and do indeed have the fans, ductwork and plenum chambers of an air-cushion vehicle. They are not true “hovertanks” however. The energy budget to drive the infinite repeater and the hellbore meant the panzers would have had extremely poor performance off of prepared surfaces. Major Pritchard has decided to “cheat” slightly. Each panzer therefore incorporated a 50 ton capacity antigravity cargo pallet at the top of the plenum chamber.

The combat cars followed a similar design philosophy. They weighed 44.7 tons each and were armed with  3 pintle mounted infinite repeaters.

Both types of vehicle were designed for semi-autonomous operation or control by the Bolo maintenance facility. The vehicles were tied into the dedicated tactical data link. I could receive data from their comparatively weak sensor suites and update both tactical and strategic objectives.

The AI capabilities of the vehicles were barely better than a Mark 18 Bolo. They were more than sufficient for a task as simple as excluding any airborne/space borne vehicle from a protected area.
« Last Edit: April 03, 2019, 10:48:34 PM by Silver Fox »

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Re: Unit GAL of the Line
« Reply #27 on: March 31, 2019, 09:21:40 PM »
Seems to be a cross-over of BOLO's & Hammer's Slammers going on here. ;)
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Offline deathjester

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Re: Unit GAL of the Line
« Reply #28 on: April 01, 2019, 05:12:16 AM »
Brilliant!! Great to see you writing again!

Offline elmayerle

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Re: Unit GAL of the Line
« Reply #29 on: April 07, 2019, 11:30:59 AM »
Seems to be a cross-over of BOLO's & Hammer's Slammers going on here. ;)
Definitely seems like it, or an inspiration of an officer by the Hammer's Slammers stories (if nothing else, the presence of a major character in those stories with his last name would catch his interest).  It's a delightful addition and this reader is looking forward to more installments.
Addendum:  If you go by Cross the Stars, a novel set in the Slammers universe after Alios Hammer has become president of Friesland, Danny Pritchard is his political heir apparent.  So, yeah, I can an officer with the last name of Pritchard taking quite an interest in the tools of the Hammer's Slammers universe.  Oh, and Cross the Stars is an excellent story in its own right, inspired by The Odyssey as David Drake admits freely in his introduction to the definitive volume published by Baen.
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