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Necromunda - Back from the Dead - analysis and discussion

Post by Connor MacLeod » 2007-10-26 04:18am

I have to admit that frrom a purely story standpoint, this is one of the more kickass Necromunda novels I read. I actually completed this in the course of a day or so, it didn't take much to comple me to read because I enjoyed it so much. The main characters were enjoyable and (I thought) well written, and the plot was both par for Necromunda but also had nice twists. It dealt mainly with plague zombies in the underhive, but there's more behind it than random occurances (well several things bhind it, one I admit surprising me from what I knew about the setting.) It also goes more heavily into the Enforcers than other novels do, since the main character is a former enforcer.

If one was looking for a novel in the Necromunda series to begin with, one could do worse than startt with this one. I sincerely hope that more books with this character come out.

Anyhow, on with the techie stuff!

Page 11
A stomach wound had killed him, something big, high calibre and close. It looked like the blast had tossed him into the wall, away from the exit ahead. Most of his chest was gone, leaving a gaping crimson void in its wake.
A high calibre weapon of some kind (could be a stub or auto weapon or even a bolter, we don't know) tosses a body up against the wall and destroys most of the torso (straight through). I believe this was also a Goliath. This implies (insanely) high momentum for the shot, as well as extreme destructive power. (Consider that a Goliath probably would mass at least twice as much as a normal human due to his or her size and bulk, most of which will be muscle.) Even being thrown a few feet would require a momentum many times higher than an antimaterial rifle round.

Page 14
A massive tri-frame dominated the space, bolted into the stone slabs. A sturdy pulley system was set at its apex and monstrous plascrete blocks were attacheed via steam-bolted chains. Whoever was capable of lifting it would be capable of crushing a man like he was styrene.[
Goliath weightlifting system. Its not just chemicals anymore.

Page 14

-"stub killers, rotary cannons, and other high calibre arms". I'm guessing the "rotary cannon" is a lower-tech version of a Space Marine assault cannon. Scary what even the "low tech" Hivers like the Goliaths can acquire, isn't it?


Page 22

- "fusion dried" cuisine sold at an eatery. I don't want to know.

Page 27
Matt-black smocks repelled the worst of it, keeping the fine particles out of their weapons and equipment. Beneath the smocks was a solid mass of carapace armour, shoulder-slung combat shotguns and hip-holstered bolt pistols. Each man was a towering sentinel of honed musculature and violent potential. With their heads encased in combat helmets, ,visors down and respirators active, they were faceless, intimidating, powerful , silver precinct shields gleaming, they were the ultimate custodians of Necromundan law.
Necromundan Enforcers. Honestly I'm not sure if they're Arbites, or if they're merely Arbites allied (I've never seen arbites mentioned in the books, ,but that might be because they don't reach into the underhive and such, which is where most of the stories take place.) Either way, they're frighteningly well equipped. And you thought the Hive Miliitia was nasty....

Again, I pity any poor bastard who tries to invade Necromunda.

Page 28
He held a pair of high-intensity magnoculars in one hand.

"Thermal imaging confirmed, sir."
Binocs with thermal imagers. Not quite as good as other thermal imaging equipment we've seen used, but not bad either. One would wonder, howver, why the Enforcers couldn't have some of the stuff we HAVE seen (either built into their helmets, or as part of their gunsights, if not both.)

Page 28
A tiny screen inside Bane's visor crackled to life. An image of a young girl appeared, around sixteen, pretty and obviously Spireborn. She had to be, no way anyone but the ruling elite of Necromunda could requisition enforcers. Backed onto green-screen, the grainy imagew flickered - a result of the dust interfereing with the Precinct House uplink.
Internal screens inside Enforcer helmets. The data transmitted over the imagers can be shared amongst the team members, but also seems to indicate that the helmets are computerized (and receive data from their "precint house" - their base. In other words, they can receive/transmit both audio and visual data. One would assume arbites, ,as well as the PDF forces probably share this ability.

Page 29
He held a holo-pict viewer, flat screen, high resolution, displaying a schematic of the building. The location of the gangers was denoted by a red triangular symbol. Two separate channels, divided by a thick plascrete wedge, led to them, perfect assault positions.
Internal map of the building. Its implied to be modifable dependent upon surveillance data.

Page 29

- the cargo docking zone they enter to do the extraction is 100 meters across "at least", and at least forty to eighty metres high Walkways stretch across the area, with gantries along the sides and back walls in a "U"-shape.

Page 30

- At this point the enforcers are fifteen meters into the area.

Page 30
Bane pressed the night vision rune on his helmet's control array and a green spectrum overlaid his visor.
Low light/NVG capability built into the helmet. Presumably its not IR based however, given the magnoculars from before.

Page 30

- they've advanced another ten meters (a total of 25 meters)


Page 31

- Goliath Gangers are opening fire on the Enforcers from gantries. The range for the shotguns and Bane's bolt pistol is around ~85 meters here based on the known height/distance data from prior pages. If this is "shot" rather than "slugs" the range would be quite impressive (most combat shotguns seem to go between 40-50 meters). Solid slugs would be comaprable in range.

Page 31
Nabedde was hit twice in the chest; another shot in the leg put him down.

...

Heske took a hit to the chest with one of the loader's hulking pneumatic arms. Ripped off his feet by the impact, ,he was smashed into a junk pile and lay still.

...

Bane drove at the machine, ignoring a stub round as it ricocheted off his carapace shoulder guard...
Gunfire from the Goliaths penetrated the first guy's armour (we don't know what kind of weapon, however.) The fact that gunfire penetrated the Enforcer carapace may seem less than impressive given what we know flak can survive, but its not that bad considering we know that Goliaths are insanely strong and routinely carry around insanely heavy weaponry.

Bane (the Hero's) own carapace did deflect off his carapace, but that might have been due to it being a ricochet rather than a direct hit.

It should be noted that Nabedde and Heske die ultimately from their injuries, despite the Carapace, though Heske survives temporarily, suggesting that if he'd been able to avoid exerting himself he might have survived.

Page 34
Through their visors, they could penetrate the gas cloud and find targets.
Enforcer visors allow them to see through smoke/gas.

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Post by andrewgpaul » 2007-10-26 01:03pm

I think this was discussed on another thread, but Enforcers are the 'local' planetary police, not Arbites. In the general scheme of things, I imagine they'd do what the Arbites told them, if they ever had to work with them, same as everyone else :)

Last folk to invade Necromunda were the Orks. The ruins of the hive they attacked are still (just) standing, out in the ash somewhere. The Imperial Fists came to help fight the off, and still have a base in the Palatine.
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Post by Connor MacLeod » 2007-10-31 04:53am

Ah well, finishing up... This one has the second "bolter cauterizing" quote I've ever seen, and also alot of examples showing how insanely powerful the shotgun is in 40K, even by civilian standards.




Page 47
The shotgun roared. Lyle ducked to avoid its blast, and a zombie who had made it as far in as his torso exploded. Gore and blood showered them.
Shotgun blows apart a torso. About on par with a bolter.

Page 55
He heard Lyle scream in pain, turning away instinctively as the creature's head exploded.
Shotgun explodes creature's head. Again roughly bolter level damage (or high powered lasgun)

Page 78
The thunderous retort of the shotgun erupted behind him and a zombie in front of him lost an arm and part of its head.

...

Another explosion. Bane felt fire at his cheek and the creature was tossed into the air like a macabre doll. A third felled another zombie, destroying its legs and abdomen.
Again more destructive effects of a shotgun, and once again on par with a lasgun or bolter.

Page 80

- Enforcers, even those in the underhive, have acceess to Executioner rounds. This indicates while not exactly standard armament, they're not exactly rare or unique.

It also tends to suggest that "guided" munition son a larger scale (vehicle missiles, tank rounds, etc.) while probably not "common" , are not impossiblely rare. At least in a simple level.

(and yes, I am aware Forgeworld's Imperial Armour mentions guided muntiions and that they are very rare, but those are rather sophisticated muntiions in terms of guidance by their description.)

Page 110
Fire flared in his hands as he let rip with the autopistols. The Escher exploded in a red mist and the Orlock was torn down before he could even raise another twisted limb.
Autopistol explodes another person. Number of shots used unknown, but it was very rapid and didn't empty the clip into the single target. Might be a result more of the kind of ammo (explosive bullets like a bolter, which the AdMech are known to use) rather than the impact of the bullet.

Page 110
In the distancec, a heavy-set Goliath ganger loomed. Clad in thick armour plates, dented and split, he hefted a heavy stubber in one hand, the bulk of the weapon chained to his torso and arm. Trigger finger twitching, the gun exploded in sporadic bursts. It took the head and shoulders off a corpse straying too close to its firing arc. Another was felled where it stood as the bullets shattered both kneecaps.
Goliath wielding heavy stubber. Effects of weapon also seen.

Page 122
It came from the flamers that many of the Redemptors were toting. Burners at the snout of each weapon, raged with blue flame. The merest spray of liquid and a gout of superheated mixture would strip the very flesh off of the bones of a potential enemy, the fate of the poor bastards who were nothing but blackened bones at Bane's feet.
Again we see that flamers, even in the underhive, seem capable of reducing people to charred skeletons (incinerating most of the flesh from teh bodies.)

Page 127
The Guild rings were encoded. Nano-chips within were better than any key. They granted access to parts of Hive Primus that the majority of the populace would never see.
"nano chips" Indicates the scales at which the Tech guilders have access too can manufactur things.

Page 128

- Guilder bodyguard with "stimulant enhaned musculature." - kinda like Goliaths in other words, just less insanely muscled.


Page 163

- Enforcer helmets have their own personal voxponder comm beads.

Page 165
The enforcer looked at it and thought for a moment, the counter in his helmet pict-display ticked ominously downward.
Again, internal picture screens inside the Enforcer helmets. They're multi-function.

Page 191
The enforcer was dead. A hole in his chest hd opened up his armour. Massive blast burns scorched away the black lacquer of the carapace, revealing the cold metal beneath.
Bolt pistol round. Apparently bolter rounds carry a significant thermal component as well as with the blast. They can cause "burns" Bolt pistol also managed to penetrate armour, which, given what is seen earlier, may suggest that the momentum of a bolt pistol round is comarable to a Goliath stuber round.

Page 203
The other corpse had a hole in its chest and two sets of blood spatter on its face. It was a close-range shot. The wound had cauterised, skin burned black at the edges. He had been thrown back by the impact; there were drag marks where his heeles had caught on the floor.
The weapon was a bolt pistol, ,the sidearms taken from the guards and used to kill this one. It "cauterized" the would, again suggesting significant thermal components We have no idea how big a wound was really made, but if we go by other examples of bolters and assume a "fist-sized" wound (the smallest we've ever seen.) would suggest yields (Depending on variables) of between 800 kilojoules and 1.2 megajoules at least. A "head sized" wound would require around 4-5 megajoules. Destroying the torso could be 10 MJ or more.

Again, also note the implication of significant recoil as the armoured Enforcer was "thrown back", although his feet admitteldy had not left contact with the ground either. This puts some limits not only on the momentum of the bolter round, but also the durability of the carapace.

Page 211
The second took one in the neck and another in the head - its cranium exploded with the impact.
bolt pistol round.

Page 211
Goliath tats were prominent on its decaying arms and chest. Its size came from stimm-enhancement,
Again we see Goliaths do make use of stimulants to enhance their physiques (as hinted at in Fleshworks.) in addition to the trainin gimplie dbefore.

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Post by andrewgpaul » 2007-10-31 01:39pm

Does it say what sort of round those shotguns were firing? After all, they can fire modified bolt rounds.
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