I'm still not sure what the problem is. I've already postulated that their materials science is probably close to, but not beyond, an order of magnitude more than what is achievable today. Gunhead seems to be basically saying the same thing. I don't see why this is a problem, since all it means is that if there are problems with other weapons (IE lasguns or whatnot), then the effectiveness of those defenses are based on means *other* than simply a denser huull with higher strength and thermal properties (like SW armor.) - be that superconducting hulls, ablation, reactive armor, composites, force-field reinforcecment, energy absorption/retransmitting networks, shiny or reflective hulls, etc. Hell, that bit about compartmentalization can be perfectly valid too.Lost Soal wrote: The argument is over wheather Plasteel is just a lighter version of steel with the same resistance capabilities or if its so many times stronger. Unfortunately since most heavy weapons will be judged on their ability to penetrate said armour, this is a rather crucial point.
All that tells us is that the cannon versions are perhaps similar in operation to the personal ones. It doesnt tell us what KIND of laser it is - there are lots of different kinds (both in terms of the frequency they operate in, and the way in which the laser is generated. Is it an X-ray laser or a UV laser? A chemical laser, free electron laser, or a bomb-pumped laser?)A Lascannon functions the same as a lasgun just with a much bigger power pack and energy release. There is zero mention of it being a diferent type of laser other that its release method, long beam instead of pulses,
Expending it in "one shot" doesnt tell us the duration. A "shot" could conceivably last as long as a few seconds, or a millisecond. Hell, even a one second "duration" can be different if we're talking about weapons that deliver their energy in tenths of a second (like a TL or laser cannon.)Lasgun concentration is covered by the Hotshot Lasgun which expells the entire energy cell in one shot and is still virtually useless against tanks. I say virtually as snipers have been show capable of shooting through vision slits to kill crew members.
IIRC there are examples of lasguns performing "cutting" effects, which generally suggests that they operate in a sustained manner (in personal mode at least, if not the cannon variants as well.)