A U.S. Navy Martin AM-1Q Mauler electronic countermeasures aircraft of composite squadron VC-4 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge (CV-33), with vapor rings from the propellor, during a qualification cruise, 25 to 29 April 1949, off Atlantic City, New Jersey (USA).
Daily reminder that Newt Scamander is currently living in Dorset with his wife Porpentina Scamander (nee Goldstein) and their three pet kneazles, Hoppy, Milly and Mauler. Sometimes they enjoy visits from their grandson Rolf, granddaughter-in-law Luna, and great-grandsons Lorcan and Lysander.
“Newt Scamander was awarded the Order of Merlin, Second Class, in 1979 in recognition of his services to the study of magical beasts, Magizoology. Now retired, he lives in Dorset with his wife Porpentina and their pet Kneazles: Hoppy, Milly, and Mauler.”
Conceived in the early 1960s as a replacement for the M42 Duster. The military at the time was concerned with the hit probability of their current SPAAG. The dual 40 mm guns of the M42 had a low rate of fire and consequently a lower hit probability than a gun that fired faster. It was decided then to create a SPAAG based around the 37mm T250 six-barrel Gatling gun, which could put up many more shells in the air than the dual 40mms. Quantity has a quality all its own.\
However by the mid-1960s, the Army decided that gun-based systems were outdated, and canceled further development in favor of the MIM-46 Mauler missile system.
The Mauler proved to be a failure.
Thus the T249 received a new lease on life in the mid-1970s. The T249’s designer, the Sperry Utah Engineering Laboratory, revived the Vigilante, rechambering it for NATO-standard 35 x 228 mm rounds and mounting it on a M48 tank chassis for the DIVADs contest. However, it ultimately lost to Ford’s M247 Sergeant York. Which also failed.
Consequently, the US military has no SPAAG in service. Contrast this with other modern militaries (Gepard, Marksman, Tunguska, Type 95, etc.)
Can I ask for 114 from the new list?? Please and thanks :)
“No, you’re MY bitch.”
“Why does your wife have Molly in
a headlock?” Sherlock asked, pulling up short when he saw
whatever was happening in the middle of the lounge in 221A.
“Tea with Mrs. Hudson turned into
Sherlock opened his mouth, looked
confused, and closed it again.
“Apparently George ‘The Animal’
Steele was her neighbour in Cocoa Beach, something about Hulk Hogan’s
gym… I stopped listening after she started talking about doing
lines with Cyndi Lauper off Brutus Beefcake’s arse,” John
offered anyway, watching Molly stamp her foot and reverse out of the
I’m pretty sure less than
three people know about this blog’s existence. They shouldn’t be surprised that
I’m a fucking nerd. However I’m a nerd for more than just reading >:D.
The brutes in Halo 3 were
completely bad-asses, and a huge improvement from 2 in terms of how well-equipped
they were, and how much thought went into them. This is just my observations on
how they could’ve been a bit better, even though they were already good.
1: More standard weapon outfit In the first Halo game, the
elites used only three weapons, the Plasma Rifle, Needler, and Energy Sword,
two of which were used exclusively by them. In the sequel, they had two extras,
Carbine and Beam Rifle, meaning they had five. Overall the fighting style of
the elites came across as skill-based and potent, using strong technical
weapons that required a strong mind as well as a strong body.
The brutes in Halo 3 used… too
many. If they had used their own exclusive weapons, i.e. the bayonetted fully-automatic
machine gun with spikes (Spiker), the one-handed shotgun (Mauler), the grenade
launcher with bladed hilt (Brute-Shot) and futuristic Warhammer of bad-assery (Gravity
Hammer), they would’ve had a more unique style. These weapons are savage and
brutal, equipped with crude and cruel ways of killing, using explosive or
spiked rounds, or having blades attached to make melee more devastating (The
Spiker, Mauler, and Brute Shot each had this). Using these weapons would’ve
given the brutes a real unique battle strategy of being reckless and violent,
which was the original concept for them in Halo 3.
But they use more weapons,
which takes away from the savagery of their exclusives (they barely even use
Maulers). Carbine, Plasma Rifle, detached Plasma Turret, and fuel rod cannon.
It makes them have less of a unity during encounters. Fuel rod was unnecessary,
as the brutes already have access to powerful explosives. And they should never
have touched plasma since their armour is weak to plasma, and plasma was known
quite famously to be used by the elites (and if they had to use plasma
technology with wraiths and prowlers, maybe colour them Red like in Halo Wars 2
to add more variety? I know Halo Wars 2 is much newer than Halo 3, but the idea
of red plasma came about in Halo 2, as it was USED BY THE BRUTES FOR THE SAME
REASON). Even though the carbine doesn’t suit the brutes as it requires patience
to use effectively, maybe they still should’ve kept those weapons to make them
more difficult to defeat, like in Crow’s Nest.
But otherwise, it appears
using the brutes using the other weapons took away from their uniqueness. It
would’ve been a great contrast between them and the elites, if they had these
different battle styles.
2. Difficulty Unless the player has the
difficulty set to legendary, brutes are usually push-overs. Maybe because since
they have so many weapons at their disposal, it was harder for the level
designers to know what types of enemies to encounter at each firefight. I’ll
quickly list ways they could’ve been more intimidating to face.
Make them more melee-proficient. One hit usually kills a brute
without armour, and sometimes it’s a 2HKO with shields up. This wouldn’t be a
problem if the brutes punched back harder, or if they didn’t stagger when they
were punched by foes. Maybe incorporate both? They are brutes, after all.
Change power armour. As amazing as it looked, it wasn’t very useful
when considering that it couldn’t recharge. ODST was weird as the armour had
the electric animation when being shot, same as Elite and Spartan armour, but
it didn’t restore itself because it was power armour. Maybe make the armour
part of their art design and never make it striped away (please, naked brutes
are bad) and give them proper shields over the top, like weaker versions of the
Change berserk. Angry brutes were of no concern if the player had a
battle rifle, magnum, or any weapon with decent accuracy, as their power armour
had already been knocked out. Keep it the same as Halo 2, meaning that they
become enraged when their comrad dies. This would be great as it would add to
the idea of the brutes fighting in packs. But since this makes shielded brutes
a possibility, maybe make them do it less often, so the playing field doesn’t
become too uneven.
3. Power Armour As I talked about before,
Power armour was only kind of useful.
It mostly looked cool (except the green one). The only real adjustment to its
design I would suggest would be to make it seem a bit… less. Less technologically
advanced, more crude, adding to the idea of them being violent and unintelligent
savages. (This is a preference of mine)
4. Combat against elites It’s not easy to compare the
brutes to the elites because you barely see elites. Remember the part in
Covenant when the elites join forces with the Master Chief and help him disable
the final barrier tower? More firefights like that would’ve been nice, and it
would’ve also helped the story to remind the player of the elite-human
alliance. If it wasn’t for the arbiter, it would probably be forgotten.
The ark would’ve been a good
opportunity for this to happen, after the scarab is defeated. I’ve also thought
that maybe (and I say maybe) it would’ve been cool if storming the citadel on Covenant
went for longer, and then killing truth would happen in another mission after
that, before Cortana. And this new mission would see the player by the sides of
elites and Arbiter the whole time, fighting flood and brutes on the way to the
I know this could go disastrously,
as it might stifle the tension that’s been built up since The Ark and Johnson’s
capture, but if truth be told, this idea also comes from my own personal agenda
to wish for longer Halo Campaigns.
Either way, more encounters
with the elites would have been great as it would help show the brutes uniqueness.