1classybadger wrote:I like the idea of janassaries in space. maybe 20-31 marines and one or two alien officers?
I'm thinking the following:
20 Marines including parts for an NCO. Mostly standard assault rifle analogue, plus a couple of support weapon options.
1 Alien senior NCO/junior commissioned officer with assorted weapon options.
1 robot support/medic able to handle multiple species. being non-human tech, the 'bot would be like a benign version of the inquisitor droid from Star Wars IMHO:http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb2008 ... _negtd.jpg
Or perhaps something akin to the drones from The Matrix:http://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q= ... 4937482930
A Marine officer debates the next tactical move with his immediate alien superior:http://wallpapersinhq.com/images/big/al ... 995095.jpg
Weapons may include a number of non-terrestrial technology weapons adapted for use by the human janissaries. I expect they might be a generation or two behind the cutting edge firepower of the non-human aristocracy (kind of like the difference between an M1 Garand and an M16), but still plenty lethal by anyone's standards:http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=htt ... 41&ndsp=59http://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q= ... 6341760772http://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q= ... 6341760772
I expect that the mainstay rifle would be an advanced alien upgrade/copy of whatever rifle the janissaries may have been using upon their initial capture so many generation before, but again, on a level of sophistication and destructive power several generations ahead of what we have presently:http://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q= ... 6985072443
Then again, perhaps the janissaries have been so long in the service of their alien overlords that they're entrusted with cutting edge technology, their proven loyalty being regarded as essentially unshakeable even if sent against other humans, in which case, we can get away with all sorts of fun and games:http://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q= ... 7126037560http://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q= ... 7126037560
I mean, really, a "one stop shopping" weapon system capable of everything from non-lethal apprehension of a suspect to frying them in their boots at 3,000 meters would make our human janissaries ideal for policing a vast stellar empire, don't ya think?