I just saw that Mike Carey and Salvador Larocca are working on a 128 page X-Men graphic novel titled X-Men: No More Humans. The book takes place after Battle of the Atom and is in continuity.
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Hi. I'm roosterboy and I have a shameful secret.
I've started reading a bunch of X-family books from the last couple of years and... well, there's just no easy way to say this but to just come out and say it... I've been enjoying them!
Basically my goal now is to read all the major storylines since House of M. And I've even started reading some of the current titles since Battle of the Atom drew me back in.
I feel so dirty...
Hence the part about causality violation- if big warships could be detected at the destination point several minutes before they started the jump, how far before initiation could something strong enough to shut down hyperspace travel in a radius as big as the Fortress be detected?
Yep, it's great...if you can build them. With Niops having to rebuild the workshops from scratch, odds are they're not going to immediately going to be able to jump to building SLDF Royal BattleMechs. In fact, unless we've got confirmation that they had, at one point, built the Rapier or Ironsides, we can't even be sure pre-Jihad that Niops could build double heat sinks: they weren't necessary for the Black Knight or Highlander.
Anyone got Field Manual Periphery handy? That had the most detailed writeup on Niops designs in use by NAM, and I can't find my dead tree copy.
Yeah, you probably don't want the Capellans to add Niops to their list of "ancestral worlds to reclaim".
All very good choices. Especially Chaparral and Myrmidon. Mercury...too undergunned. Better go for the Locusts.
I wonder if they put their effort on military tech instead of astronomy, would the Niops eggheads be able to figure out Clantech-level infrastructure/production? All that Star League-level knowledge and education has to give an edge...and there was no mention of the Blakists targeting any Niops academics during their occupation
Update on the Knights of Saint Cameron: Looks like these guys disappeared during the Jihad, in an incident very similar to the Clinton's Cutthroats one, but here at least a monk of an order of Sant Cameron was recognized. So, you have one veteran mech regiment that no one knows where it is since the Jihad.
It's a bit outside your mass range, but the Rock Hound and ita variants may be a good choice, especially given the Niops relationship with Interatellar Expeditions. Specifically, Niops could make good use of hordes of Space Hounds for germanium mining, and they could double as local defense and exploration 'Mechs. Eventually you could also use that 160 fusion engine with Locusts, and I'm sure some ASF uses it.
I'm also fond of the primitive WSP-1, which is a decent primitive scout/light combat 'Mech, which would lead to the WSP-1A, which could load specialty SRMs, like tear gas rounds.
That is inherent in the question, actually: what could Niops build back up to in a reasonable timeframe?
In the old days, Niops was relatively high-tech, but production rates were extremely slow. I'd operate under the assumption that the more advanced the technology in the combat units they produce, the longer it will take.
We don't know the level of civilian casualties suffered during their civil war or the Word of Bake invasion but, in the latter, nukes got lobbed around on their capital world. They may be well below the old number of 19 million, perhaps as low as the 12 million I'd read about for current Randis or New St. Andrews. Both of them started with either industrial or primitive level tech, but, then, neither really had any manufacturing history, either, which Niops did.
In the end, figuring out what tech base is as much an issue as figuring out what units fit your new doctrine.
Infinity & Inhumanity
Infinity would be much better if they broke out the two storylines into separate events. Neither one is getting the amount of space they deserve and I find myself alternately bored and thrilled by each one, though it differs issue to issue which one is which.
I'm incredibly annoyed that half of Infinity seems to be little more than set up for Inhumanity. I hate, hate, hate this modern trend both of the Big Two have of each event setting up the next one setting up the next one setting up the next one ad infinitum. Tell your ****** story and be done with it!
Rapidly getting bored with Hickman's Avengers. I honestly couldn't even tell you much of what's been going on for the last year. Now we get another title with his prints all over it? I'm thinking it's just one too many for me.
So... Thunderbolts in reverse? Pass.
I'm not familiar at all with Charles Soule (all I know is he's started writing a bunch of DC stuff lately) but his approach to She-Hulk sounds intriguing. I might give this a chance.
It's Fraction, so maybe worth a shot. But I have little interest in the premise of this series.
Eagerly awaiting this one. I'm so sad that Madrox's X-Factor is no more, but since Peter David will still be writing this incarnation of the title, I can't complain too much. I still really don't care for Quicksilver, though.
never actually played it but liked the novel series by david weber, and steve white? that was based on that game I think
They already basically are a banana republic for Interstellar Expeditions, who go a huge way towards keeping Niops afloat. Don't be surprised to see that trend either continued or formalized.
IE is the new Explorer Corps and Niops may well be the new Columbus Base. Not sure I have a problem with this.
Yeah seriously Niops doesn't look good getting weaker after the Jihad while their neighbours get stronger and stronger.
Not owning the TRO I don't know - but it could potentially just be a friendly fire incident. The Republic turns up claiming "don't worry - Stone sent us!" And gets a "yeaaaah, heard that one before pirate" response, complete with weapons free from the Remmnant who have no idea if the guys with the unknown mechs are legit or not
You're all missing my point.
If Clan Wolf is on Terra, the Republic looks week. If the Republic looks weak, no one is going to respect their strength or avoid offensive operations. If no one respects its strength or avoids offensive operations, then the Republic's geospatial position along means that regardless of its actual strength, it will fall to attacks on multiple fronts, similarly to the initial Dark Age but on a smaller scale and perhaps more slowly.
A single deep strike that penetrates clear to Terra, regardless of outcome, is a clear sign of defeat.
IIRC it said they barely have any PA(L)s anymore, and the ones they have are basically stuck guarding important things where they hopefully won't get destroyed, maybe.
Ye gods...can't pick up my copy till late tonight, but sounds like something I need to get.
So, with the workshops gone, what the heck is the Militia fielding?
It's more like:
ComStar: Give us your money and we'll route your phone calls and also squirrel some away for our secret conspiracy to kill/rule/convert everyone. *cough* What? Nothing.
Clan Sea Fox: Give us your money and we'll give you cool toys. Oh, it broke? Give us your money and we'll repair it for you. What, you can't pick it up? Give us your money and we'll deliver it. Hmm? Consumable parts? Oh, right, you probably want refills/replacements, yes? Well, give us your money and we'll top you off. Hey hey, now, we didn't say we wouldn't sell the same stuff to your enemies. But tell you what, give us your money and we'll give you something even cooler than what we gave them.
I like the idea of Niops becoming a marshaling point for Interstellar Expeditions missions into the Rimward/Spinward Deep Periphery. It keeps it relevant for the short term and provides a good amount of traffic in and out of the system for trade - which they can use to rebuild infrastructure and/or hire additional defenders.
On the flip side, there were some preliminary talks with a potential license holder at GenCon. It's not BT-related.
But, if we're actually able to do something with it, could be HUGE. For CGL, the license holder, and fans of said license holder.
Oh? Do tell...