Boxholder, Thanks for the additional info on g-forces and humans. I was more focused on the calculations and did not dig as deeply into the effects on humans. It is amazing how much acceleration a human can stand under the correct circumstances. And thanks for double checking my calculations.
Post by charleybourne on May 20, 2016 19:54:35 GMT
Folding legs may already be a feature of the Tripods.
Wells describes a "Martian... crawling slowly towards their second cylinder under cover of a metal shield. Later this shield staggered up on tripod legs and became the first of the fighting-machines I had seen".
Is it fair to assume the shield is the cowl/hood of an Assault Tripod and the legs were folded under to keep it low to the ground in protection of the Martians?
Yes, an excellent point. With all those joints, it is logical to assume that the legs could be folded under and operated in a "crawling" mode. And that cowl would serve admirably as a shield.
Which leads to an interesting tactical possibility: "Crawling" tripods could hide behind lots more things to approach and infiltrate human positions without being seen or giving a clear line of fire. That's one that would really give you the shivers as a defender.
What's that rustling noise over there in the woods?!?