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02-06-18 06:16 AM
Cronkonium As a point of Biology and Bionics or well Mechanical Devices of today (approximately the year 12'000 or 2'000 of the Holocene and Gregorian Calendars respectively). We have scientific studies on the inputs and influences of neurons (from a rat or mouse I believe), on a mechanical device with a programme. The programme is a flight simulator and basically the neurons learned over time how to manoeuvre the plane through electrodes in the device. IF IN 40k there was a way for biologic energy to re-initialise a bionic eye or general body-part or (because WE MUST still have a human brain), we have human neuronal RESTANDARDISATION techniques that would alter the neuronal activity to a bionic part to better control and interface with it. Then there should be next to no real problem for human control of the devices.

But for boons to having bionics, I would imagine that even for astartes a bionic eye for instance would add potential customisation AT LEAST.
11-15-12 09:47 PM
Old Man78 Everything mechanical/electrical WILL at sometime fail or have a glitch no matter how advanced. Remember a bionic implant or limb is to replace what was the desired original limb/organ. A bionic may enhance you or replace lost part and maybe superior however the fact it needs a power supply and needs to be maintained lets it down. Look at the Germans in Russia in WW2 as a perfect example of how military hardware fares in the cold.
11-15-12 08:00 PM
raider1987 Read storm of iron, it defines the issues with bionics really well, plus it's awesome. An arch magos of the mechanicum even states that they are incapable of improving on the body of a space marine. Bionics don't heal naturally, they need a tech priest to repair, plus deminishment of the soul.
11-11-12 09:02 PM
piemelke I would say it depends on the complexity of the organ it should replace,
if it is a relatively simple organ, say a heart which is essentially an electrically driven pump, it would seem logical to replace this with a mechanical counterpart, I would think wrath of iron gives us a nice example of this.
Regarding the eye, since it is in principle a system shaping and partially processing a light field, this should also be simple to replace,
human nerves should also be rather simple to replace by a fiber like technology greatly increasing the response speed (I guess power armor already does this).
Regarding strength, I guess the PA is the limiting factor.
More complex organs on the other hand like special glands, that is another thing to replace these, and probably it is by far not efficient to do this, furthermore the SM body should be the ultimate in genetic engineering.
I agree with MECinq that certainly the autorepair functionality is nearly unreplacable, as is the adaptivity of biological engineering (nids vs necrons ?),
As such I would say it depends on the funcionality but besides some simple processes, it does not seem logical to replace everything (mmh an IH would shoot me for this, but he would probably anyway so screw him)
11-11-12 07:11 PM
hailene
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It's a Space Marine problem - there's some fluff somewhere explaining that Imperial Guard regiments fighting alongside the Astartes have their own command structure because the Ultramarines tried having Guardsmen integrated into the Astartes command chain, and the Captains and Chapter Masters woefully misjudged the Guardsmen's fighting ability and used them in the wrong way. They would use Guardsmen as they would use Space Marines, and obviously failed catastrophically.

Midnight
Perhaps some Chapters (like the Iron Hands), but I doubt the Ultramarines would make such a mistake.

They're masters of strategy--and that means knowing what all your men and materiel can and can not do. Secondly, we know that the regiments Ultramar raises sometimes fight alongside the Ultramarines.

From the second edition Ultramarines codex, "As a result regiments [from Ultramar] have fought all over the galaxy, often in campaigns alongside the Ultramarines themselves."

I mean, theoretically, they could be under their own command, but the Ultramarines strike me as a Chapter to take complete control over the theater. Their specialty being strategy and logistics, after all.

Then we see Papa Smurf leading Maccrage's PDF in the fight against Hive Fleet Behemoth.
11-11-12 03:39 PM
MidnightSun It's a Space Marine problem - there's some fluff somewhere explaining that Imperial Guard regiments fighting alongside the Astartes have their own command structure because the Ultramarines tried having Guardsmen integrated into the Astartes command chain, and the Captains and Chapter Masters woefully misjudged the Guardsmen's fighting ability and used them in the wrong way. They would use Guardsmen as they would use Space Marines, and obviously failed catastrophically.

Midnight
11-11-12 08:57 AM
Matcap
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But how much of this is due to the bionics and how much is due to the Iron Hands personal philosophies (Flesh is Weak) and general super-human-ness. We`ve seen examples of non-augmented marines having difficulty understanding the limitations of the human body and mind.
Fair enough, it's true that augmented humans (for example Yarrick) don't seem to have this problem.
11-11-12 12:54 AM
hailene
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what is it powered by then? nuclear batteries?
Internal batteries of some sort?

You see the bionics function when marines aren't in their armor and you see humans who've never been in power armor also running around with bionics, too.
11-10-12 08:57 PM
khrone forever
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The bionic is not powered by the power armor.
what is it powered by then? nuclear batteries?
11-10-12 06:20 PM
MEQinc
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If I remember correctly in one of the Iron hand novels it showed that one of the main drawbacks of becoming more and more bionic is losing your touch with reality and abillity to properly cooperate with other people.
In the novel the Iron Hands are besieging a hive together with several IG regiments and Titans. In the course of the siege there are more and more problems between the Iron Hands and their allies because the Iron Hands can't really understand why the IG don't keep up with their attacks and why they can't endure the same punishment resulting in several critical operations (almost) failing.
But how much of this is due to the bionics and how much is due to the Iron Hands personal philosophies (Flesh is Weak) and general super-human-ness. We`ve seen examples of non-augmented marines having difficulty understanding the limitations of the human body and mind.
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