Well, it doesn’t look like Al’s great memories were just about history and spirituality. After all, what use is belief if it’s never been tested?
I like the way you’re using clearly older designs for the mechs, though these are bare enough that I’m not sure it’s worth switching to them over regular tanks – none of them seem to have a useful hand on the end of the arm, for instance, or even a useful melee weapon there. Just a funny-shaped (and more difficult to maintain) turret without at least one of those.
Random thought, but perhaps these are the mechs they give the newbies? Something less capable, but easier to control and less expensive to fix when they inevitably trip over their own green feet?
No, these things strike me as being a stopgap design, much like the M3 Lee tank of WW2 (look it up if you haven’t heard of it); the M3 was by most accounts a lousy tank compared to its German opponents, but it fulfilled its role as a stopgap measure until the iconic M4 Sherman was ready.
It’s quite probable that some of the other countries where fielding decent Limb designs, and the Free Marketeers responded with these things, so they can at least claim with a straight face to the rest of the world that they have Limbs of their own.
It doesn’t matter if these Limbs are complete garbage, they only need to look the part, and be at least functional in a fight.
It has been well established in the series, that these FM mercenary companies run on a budget, and only buy the cheapest equipment their management thinks they need that can still do the job.
Since before the war, the 1st IRB and the other LIMB equipped companies only fought the nomads of the desert belt, who were even less well equipped than them (no, or very few LIMBs of even more older designs, bad maintenance, etc), they had no pressing need to have anything more sophisticated. And obsolete tank, even a WW2 vintage T-34 is a very valuable asset even nowadays, if your enemy don’t have anti tank capabilities.
The rival, Sumner Security’s equipment have been called antiquated junk by Dizzie on one occasion, and have been shown to be similar design.
Other countries, like Dhuvalia (and the other nations not part of the story, but have been described in filler posts), fielded and fields more advanced designs for their standing militaries, but those are not constrained by the FM mercenary companies’ budget restrictions.
I’m curious as to what the “M Down arrow” on the inside surface of the forward spaced armor indicates.
Some sort of stability reference?
It’s the artist’s signature; in-universe it’s implied to possibly be the logo of the Free Market, in that all the places it shows up prominently (as opposed to hidden in the background) are as markers on Free Market equipment.
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