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Mech pilots in 49ers – A visual description 

In Desperate Times,  and especially in Spetsnaz and Devon’s Demons (gasp! Spoiler!), I have mechs. If you’re new to sci-fi and you’re wondering what mechs are, have a look at the image below. This is taken from Battletech, one of the most popular RPG and tabletop games and computer games franchises in history.


A battlemech, and humans for scale

Mechs aren’t robots however, they’re piloted by one or more humans. Sometimes this role is Jock, Jox, or – in my case – pilots. They’re the 22nd century equivalent of tanks on steroids, an infantryman’s nightmare!

Just like tankers throughout history, mech pilots can’t be equipped with the same weaponry and body armour as infantry. The close confines of the mechs (or tanks) as well as their role, mean that bulky weapons and armour would be more a deadly hindrance than a help.

As you’re all no doubt aware, my artistic skills are utterly mediocre. So I’ve been scanning the internet to match images to those that refuse to come from inside of my mind, and voila two pictures below. One is of how I think a mech pilot would look, and the other gives a good idea as to how the weapons that they are issued with would look like. It’s a light, simple-to-use sub-machine gun that can fill the air with lead very quickly and hopefully buy the pilots enough time to escape. I’m being all-inclusive when I say ‘pilot’ by the way. All gunners and co-pilots also fall under this moniker.

The main portrait is how I think of pilots.

A beautiful design by rmorystudios

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.


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