1. Post #81
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    When I saw that movie I wondered why this isn't possible already. I think with enough funding we could get mechs like this within 1-2 decades.
    If you threw the budget of a main battle tank at any semi-competent electrical and mechanical engineer you'd get a usable mech.

    The issue is "usable" doesn't mean much for a device with knees (ruins combat applications) and arms that are more fragile than dedicated industrial machinery. Necessity is the mother of invention, and we don't need these.
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  2. Post #82
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    I hope they eventually make something like this:

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  3. Post #83
    I ROLL THE NICKELS
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    When I saw that movie I wondered why this isn't possible already. I think with enough funding we could get mechs like this within 1-2 decades.
    Because it's not a good tactical option to have a big, bulky, less mobile 10 foot tall person stomping around. There is a reason they try to make tanks so sleek and compact, you want to make yourself as small a target as possible, not a bigger one.

    The only benefit a mech in a combat role has is maybe being able to manipulate larger weapons but even than that's nothing a tank can't do better.

  4. Post #84
    Not your average normal thingie
    Heftymadbobby's Avatar
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    I can totally see this being mass produced for the army.

  5. Post #85
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    G-NOME what a great game



    I cant believe no one posted this from the matrix
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  6. Post #86
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    G-NOME what a great game

    oh my

    goooooooooooodddddd


    I have to find a way to run this now
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  7. Post #87
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    I hope they eventually make something like this:

    That looks a lot like the viking in starcraft 2

    in fact, i'm pretty sure that is a viking but where is that pic from?

  8. Post #88
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    I wanna see a Zaku.
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  9. Post #89
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    That looks a lot like the viking in starcraft 2

    in fact, i'm pretty sure that is a viking but where is that pic from?
    It is the viking from starcraft 2 and I took that screen-shot on one of my shitty maps in GMod.
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  10. Post #90
    "For I have dined on honey dew..."
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    Tiberian Sun anyone?

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  11. Post #91
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    now we shrink it down
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  12. Post #92
    I'm different!
    Doctor Zedacon's Avatar
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    now we shrink it down
    That's just a suit, not an actual mech. Its the difference between a scooter and a LAV.
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  13. Post #93
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    Is this what we are doing in this thread?
    a person makes a fully (mostly) functional mech suit that actually looks like it could work without breaking down after a few minutes ...and all we are doing is making puns and saying "i hope this happens" and posting a shot of our favourite video game or anime?

  14. Post #94
    [SIZE=6][COLOR="#EE82EE"]Hardcore My Little Pony Fan[/COLOR][/SIZE]
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  15. Post #95
    I'm different!
    Doctor Zedacon's Avatar
    July 2006
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    Is this what we are doing in this thread?
    a person makes a fully (mostly) functional mech suit that actually looks like it could work without breaking down after a few minutes ...and all we are doing is making puns and saying "i hope this happens" and posting a shot of our favourite video game or anime?
    Pretty much, what else are we supposed to do?

    Edited:

    I mean, if you want to finance it, I'm sure several of us could get together and make our own in due time.

  16. Post #96
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  17. Post #97
    "You should see my penis, it puts a wookie to shame. its like a fucking front tail."
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    I knew they would eventually start making shit like this.
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  18. Post #98
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    You guys got it all wrong.

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  19. Post #99
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    April 2010
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    Dammit, Japan

    Why must you make so many cool things?
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  20. Post #100
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    ITT everyone posts any mech they can remember.

    (User was banned for this post ("ITT" - Orkel))
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  21. Post #101
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    The crazy thing with these mechs is that in 20 years, it won't just be hobbyists. It'll be like how computers started; at first it was a hobbyist's toy, then it grew into something that everyone had. Can you imagine how much faster construction work would go if you could just get a giant mech to pick up the girders and place them where they needed to go? Or, if you were digging out the foundation to something or other, you could just use a giant mech. I mean, maybe it'll be longer, but I'd be willing to bet it'll happen sooner or later.

    And the uses for combat... Oh god, I love it.

  22. Post #102
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    Chromehounds mechs
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  23. Post #103
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    Legs with wheels at the bottom of them isn't cheating, it makes more sense. Can climb shit and stuff and when it's not climbing shit it doesn't have to move incredibly slow. The interface of mechs was always interesting to me, how would you control individual fingers and the legs?

  24. Post #104
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    Legs with wheels at the bottom of them isn't cheating, it makes more sense. Can climb shit and stuff and when it's not climbing shit it doesn't have to move incredibly slow. The interface of mechs was always interesting to me, how would you control individual fingers and the legs?
    Well, you could use independent grips for each finger and the thumb that correspond to the position of the mech's fingers. Some concept have proposed gloves that would detected the position of the fingers and translate those to the mech, also allowing more precise arm control. The legs would most likely have to be some manner of pedal system that translate specific presses and the pressure on them to how the legs should function. That is if you go with the more anthropomorphized mechs of Eastern design. Western designed mechs typically do not have as much fluidity of movement and are usually designed to look more like an actual vehicle, and often have integrated weaponry. With those mechs, it would actually be simple, and could potentially boil down to little more than a glorified console controller.

    On this Mad Cat, for instance, it would actually be operated on basically tank controls, since the body turns independent of the legs. Weapons would be relegated to various buttons and triggers on the controller. It would actually be a very simplistic control method, compared to have the complex and difficult mechanisms needed for something like a Gundam or the others.

    Edited:

    now we shrink it down
    Also, more on this, they pretty much have this already. Several prototypes have been shown off, many that look almost exactly like that.
    This is just one, and while its not identical, it is a lot alike. And that is a video that is at least five years old.
    (Also, fuck I hate not being able to use quick edit.)
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  25. Post #105
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    Mechs are awesome, they are however as useless as they are awesome. No-one in his right mind would use mechs for warfare when they can just use tanks instead.
    It can be argued that mechs are pointless when compared to tanks, but I think they could be a formidable, hard to kill foe.

    Fire a missile at a mech? It launches flares, shoots the missile down, or dodges it.
    Use a laser cannon? Good luck chewing through all the alloys and other advanced materials, I hope your laser has the power it needs. You might need to shut down a few city blocks just to charge your cannons up
    Armor piercing rounds fired from MAC? Just add more uranium, tungsten, and ceramics for armor. I'm sure a few hydraulics could support the tonnage. Or disable the MAC before it disables YOU!

    Meanwhile, a mech could have all sorts of anti tank, infantry, and air weapons mounted on it in a variety of ways.


  26. Post #106
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    It can be argued that mechs are pointless when compared to tanks, but I think they could be a formidable, hard to kill foe.

    Fire a missile at a mech? It launches flares, shoots the missile down, or dodges it.
    Use a laser cannon? Good luck chewing through all the alloys and other advanced materials, I hope your laser has the power it needs. You might need to shut down a few city blocks just to charge your cannons up
    Armor piercing rounds fired from MAC? Just add more uranium, tungsten, and ceramics for armor. I'm sure a few hydraulics could support the tonnage. Or disable the MAC before it disables YOU!

    Meanwhile, a mech could have all sorts of anti tank, infantry, and air weapons mounted on it in a variety of ways.

    The point being that a tank can have all of that.
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  27. Post #107
    Memento audere semper- audaces fortuna iuvat.
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    Fucking amazing.

  28. Post #108
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    January 2008
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    Holy shit does Facepunch get a hardon whenever they post pics of their favourite mech machinery
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  29. Post #109
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    December 2009
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    Welp, that's it, it's all over. Start openly deploying the anti-mech measures, we're going to need them.
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  30. Post #110
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    January 2009
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    For the best in Anti-Mech Weaponry, accept no substitute
    Tried and tested by MultiNational United in totally humane tests not involving Alien Mechs
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  31. Post #111
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    May 2007
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    I wanna see a Zaku.
    I'd sooner see a GM; Monoeyes can go straight to hell!
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  32. Post #112
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    Well, you could use independent grips for each finger and the thumb that correspond to the position of the mech's fingers. Some concept have proposed gloves that would detected the position of the fingers and translate those to the mech, also allowing more precise arm control. The legs would most likely have to be some manner of pedal system that translate specific presses and the pressure on them to how the legs should function. That is if you go with the more anthropomorphized mechs of Eastern design. Western designed mechs typically do not have as much fluidity of movement and are usually designed to look more like an actual vehicle, and often have integrated weaponry. With those mechs, it would actually be simple, and could potentially boil down to little more than a glorified console controller.

    On this Mad Cat, for instance, it would actually be operated on basically tank controls, since the body turns independent of the legs. Weapons would be relegated to various buttons and triggers on the controller. It would actually be a very simplistic control method, compared to have the complex and difficult mechanisms needed for something like a Gundam or the others.
    Actually, BattleTech's mechs use a neural interface that monitor's the pilot's sense of balance for steering as well as a few other things, torso twist and arms are controlled with a joystick, with another joystick for throttle, some mechs let you use the second joystick to move the arms and torso independently of each other too. Inner Sphere toads use mechs with fingers and those have a second control mode for using the hands.

    Everything else, including all the fine movements needed to not trip over rubble or slide when turning at speed is automated, unless the pilot's sense of balance is telling the mech otherwise, which is why mech pilots need a lot of training so they know how to throw a mech off balance to lunge or dodge, not accidentally tell the mech to swing it's arms through a building while trying to aim at something.

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  33. Post #113
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    Actually, BattleTech's mechs use a neural interface that monitor's the pilot's sense of balance for steering as well as a few other things, torso twist and arms are controlled with a joystick, with another joystick for throttle, some mechs let you use the second joystick to move the arms and torso independently of each other too. Inner Sphere toads use mechs with fingers and those have a second control mode for using the hands.

    Everything else, including all the fine movements needed to not trip over rubble or slide when turning at speed is automated, unless the pilot's sense of balance is telling the mech otherwise, which is why mech pilots need a lot of training so they know how to throw a mech off balance to lunge or dodge, not accidentally tell the mech to swing it's arms through a building while trying to aim at something.

    With a neural interface, you could basically run any form of mech. I'm talking about control schemes that are more feasible at this time.

    Edited:

    Also, Facepunch's :science: gif is still on here, you can always use that.

  34. Post #114
    White Fusion will love him forever and ever~
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    With a neural interface, you could basically run any form of mech. I'm talking about control schemes that are more feasible at this time.

    Edited:

    Also, Facepunch's :science: gif is still on here, you can always use that.
    I'm never sure what emotes still exist or don't.

    And it's not a magic handwave-ium direct neural interface, although those do exist in the later settings in BattleTech they give people brain damage and aren't all that effective.

  35. Post #115
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    I'd sooner see a GM; Monoeyes can go straight to hell!
    Oh christ, it's a feddie.
    Go play with your balls, kid.
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  36. Post #116
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    now we shrink it down
    If I recall correctly, this kind of armor is currently in a Practice testing phase.

  37. Post #117
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    April 2006
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    Eventually, we will have something like Armored Core. Human-like mechs that are extremely mobile, but still hindered by technological limits so they work like tanks or jets:


  38. Post #118
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    Shame nobody cares about Liberty Prime.
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  39. Post #119
    I'm different!
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    July 2006
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    Shame nobody cares about Liberty Prime.
    Liberty Prime was a bot though, not a mech.
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  40. Post #120
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    Liberty Prime was a bot though, not a mech.
    This was detailed in Star Trek episode 503 when the Flying Munduns attacked, when Kirk mentioned that to Picard about their ultimate Crumb Bot.
    (read: nobody gives a shit.)
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