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Subject: Failed Prototype: The Mobile Laser Turret Ogre rss

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Darin Sunley
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It is written in the introduction to Ogre that laser weapons proved too delicate and bulky to be used on mobile units. How did they figure that out? I figure someone must have tried it at least once - an effective mobile laser unit would be too useful not to at least try.

This unit, the result of that experiment, is /not/ an effective battlefield unit.

But it might be fun trying to find /some/ use for it.

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A Mark 1 chassis, no conventional weaponry, Ninja-type stealth, and a mini laser turret with a range of 15, only does A1 against non-missiles, and is only D1. Also, it's incredibly expensive - it costs as much as a normal Mk3.

The idea being that this was the experiment that proved conclusively that mobile lasers were just completely impractical. It captures the (canon) intense fragility of the laser, and the sheer bulk required - even a seriously scaled down laser taxes a Mk1 chassis to the ultimate limit. And even a single GEV sneaking within 2 miles will be able to trivially wreck the laser, turning this monstrously expensive piece of bleeding-edge precision optics and ECM gear into the world's most expensive BPC bulldozer.

About the only mission this thing might be even slightly good for is escorting a Ninja (whose stealth is useless against cruise missiles, and whose anemic guns leave it noticeably more vulnerable to cruise missile than most Ogres), and it is insanely expensive for that.

Cramming these systems onto a Mk 1 chassis, in any form, was a miracle of engineering. The engineers involved have been promoted. The procurement officers involved, OTOH, (to quote Monty Python) have been sacked.
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Range of 15 seems steep being the laser is a straight line of sight weapon, and I am not sure the MKI chassis is high enough to get the kind of range a tower would provide.
 
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Darin Sunley
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15 is half the range of a normal laser turret. I figured if the laser was nerfed any more than that it wouldn't have even made it to the prototype stage - they wouldn't even have bothered building it.

And yes, this thing is definitely a mobile /turret/, not a mobile tower. So the LOS rules of turrets apply normally.
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I think that the range of 15 is totally appropriate. However I would give your OGRE mark 1 (laser variant) at least some of its anti personal guns. Two AP's are not going to take up much space and.. its an OGRE! It's got to shoot something!

Warm regards, Rick.
 
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