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post #21 of 39 (permalink) Old 08-22-08, 03:19 AM
 
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In reality, most two-handed weapons weighed around 5-8 pounds and at a maximum weight of 10 pounds. People who say that two-handed weapons weighed 40 pounds or so are blowing smoke out of their ass, don't believe them. And if a museum has a weapon that weighs more than 20 pounds, its fake.

The chainswords for the Space Marines and Guardsman probably differ in size and fuel source, but considering the times and carefully concocted diets, an average guardsman is probably much stronger than the average human today.

Power Swords probably use some kind of electrical or psychic power source.
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Power swords likely tap into a power source similar to what is used to power a marines armor. In Omnibus it makes mention of there being a compact fusion reactor within the confines of a marine's backpack. If that's not enough power to power up a weapon, I'm not sure what is.

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I started a thread once about Power Weapons and how they work and we ended up just talking about how the bunnies off of those adverts would take over the galaxy with Power Swords powered by Duracell batteries.
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Yet, the perplexing part is that in the DOWII trailers they have them reving and giving off exhaust like a regular gasoline powered chainsaw.
You forgot the main reason why they do this.
It's the same why when a car in a movie collides with another car it flies through the air spectacularly; why someone shot in a movie will keep on fighting instead of suffer gunshot induced shock; why Wolverine's blades are longer than they can actually be while he can still turn his wrist.

It looks cool.

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Yeah, Chainswords in those trailers have triggers on them...
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You forgot the main reason why they do this.
It's the same why when a car in a movie collides with another car it flies through the air spectacularly; why someone shot in a movie will keep on fighting instead of suffer gunshot induced shock; why Wolverine's blades are longer than they can actually be while he can still turn his wrist.

It looks cool.
could have not said it better. its the same reason that in the pics bolters have a blast. it looks cool. as a self propeld* round it should not have muzzle flash. with a chainsword what sounds more bad ass?? the sound of it kicking on with a roar or a hmmmmmmmmm?? its cooler and thats all.
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ha, why use lithium if you can use a radioactive substance like promethium. Then again, they must be getting a constant supply of promethium as the half-life of it is only 11 days. Or they've found some way to stabalize it.
Were did you hear that? I asked someone with a BA degree in chemistry and they said Promethium isn't a real substance. Besides, I've read several 40,000 novels and those descriptions of promiethium have lead me to think promiethium is either the imperium's name for gasoline, or napalm, remember both their tanks and flamethrowers run off the stuff as well.

Remember, the Imperium is scared of technology and barely understands it, i can easily believe the chain weapons run off gas, they can go so long without refueling by a combination of fuel-efficient engines and only arming the weapon just as the melee starts.
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I always assumed that the chainswords worked just like my weed whacker or chainsaw. It probably has an idle, some sort of trigger to rev it to maximum RPMs, and I could see it running off of alcohol mixed fossil fuels (stuff race cars use).

I could gather that in the next couple years, an engine the size of a chainswords engine (like the one seen in DOW) could probably produce 100hp. So that could produce 10,000 RPM's on a chainsaw that has teeth sharpened down to the molecule.

Before I read the rulebooks thoroughly I assumed those nasty chainswords were power weapons, and who could blame me? I'd be more scared of a chainsword than a powerfist in real life.
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Were did you hear that? I asked someone with a BA degree in chemistry and they said Promethium isn't a real substance.
Promethium is a real substance, its a chemical element with high radioactivity.

I think the Chainswords would run off some kind of battery and as people have said the exhausts and revving just make it look cooler.

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i dont think promethium is real...
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