Suspect trolling, but I'll humor you:
KageRyuu, on 09 May 2012 - 10:01 PM, said:
Actually I think that's supposed to be a Rotary AC 2 or 5, which makes no kind of sense whatsoever, 60's tech on a mech in a 50's game? Clearly the artist needs to be flogged for this mistake.
Kind of answered your own question there, didn't you? Current game year is 3049, RACs don't come about until '62, so clearly this can't
be a RAC. I'd hoped that
Davion Raven would leave his lore acumen beyond reproach, but apparently not.
And as to the flogging, you're welcome to stick your head into MWLL and give it a try. Personal experience has taught me that FD's handle comes from what he reduces other people to, not what he ends up as.
KageRyuu, on 09 May 2012 - 10:51 PM, said:
Then that's a messed up UAC, how are we supposed to tell a UAC from a RAC when the defining factor of a RAC is a multi barrel design?
The defining characteristic of an RAC is its ability to dump stupid amounts of ammo downrange in a hurry and its tendency to overheat and jam whilst doing so.
Autocannons, particularly Ultra ACs, were fairly frequently mentioned as being multi-barrel arrangements in the fiction. Remember that saying "AC/20" is a lot like saying "assault rifle"; you're not talking about a specific weapon so much as a group of functionally-similar weapons. The Ceres Metals Crusher SH is a 150mm AC that fires in ten-round bursts; the ChemJet Gun is a 185mm AC that fires single shots--both of them are AC/20s. I recall (in Operation Excalibur
, I believe) the Defiance Industries J-type guns firing 5-round bursts from rotary magazines that ejected after every burst as well.
Here's a Timberwolf's right-arm pod with a CUAC/5: http://www.timdp.mem.../2553frame.html
Here's a Hunchback packing a UAC/10 from the TRO Prototypes cover (also FD's work): http://flyingdebris....fset=0#/d3nhatz
This one's a Cygnus with a pair of UAC/10s: http://www.sarna.net...File:Cygnus.PNG
And finally a Burrock with a UAC/20: http://www.sarna.net.../90/Burrock.jpg
KageRyuu, on 09 May 2012 - 11:06 PM, said:
This is one of the main reasons why I steer clear of autocannons, the main reason being the inherent risks involved ie ammo critical hits and detonations.
You'll be happy to know the Cicada CDA-3M is equipped with a CASE in the RT. Granted, it does have an XL engine, but better to ride a gutted-but-intact Cicada into the dirt than to ride a mushroom cloud into the afterlife because your ammo bin cooked off and took the reactor shielding with it, right?