History LIterature / HammersSlammers

18th Jan '16 11:04:36 AM Gatomon41
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The Slammers are a futuristic mercenary group under the command of Colonel Alois Hammer, who leads the toughest mercs who ever killed for a dollar. According to WordOfGod, partly based on the French Foreign Legion in the 1950s, when that service had a large proportion of former [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany SS]] in its ranks, but also loosely based on the Vietnam-Era [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11th_ACR 11th Armored Cavalry regiment]] (with whom Drake served in Vietnam and Cambodia), with [[HoverTank fusion-powered hovercraft "panzers" replacing tanks]] and smaller combat cars replacing M113 cavalry vehicles.

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The Slammers are a futuristic mercenary group under the command of Colonel Alois Hammer, who leads the toughest mercs who ever killed for a dollar. According to WordOfGod, partly based on the French Foreign Legion in the 1950s, when that service had a large proportion of former [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany SS]] in its ranks, but also loosely based on the Vietnam-Era [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11th_ACR 11th Armored Cavalry regiment]] (with whom Drake served in Vietnam and Cambodia), with [[HoverTank fusion-powered hovercraft "panzers" replacing 20th century tanks]] and smaller combat cars replacing M113 cavalry vehicles.



** Obviously, frequent use of Overkill and WMDs (nuclear and chemical) on civilian populations, too. And a specific story about destruction of a historical shrine due to it being abused as a shield for military forces by one side.

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** Obviously, frequent use of Overkill and WMDs [=WMDs=] (nuclear and chemical) on civilian populations, too. And a specific story about destruction of a historical shrine due to it being abused as a shield for military forces by one side.


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* WelcomeBackTraitor: Downplayed with the Slammers. Despite having to blast their way through Friesland forces to escape probable extinction, the Slammers eventually reconcile enough with their former homeworld. This allows the Slammers to get access to Friesland officers (to get combat experience) and military academies (to train professional officers). However, Slammer himself doesn't go back to Friesland until hired to fight a civil war there [[spoiler: and eventually become President of the planet]].
15th Jan '16 10:31:23 AM zarpaulus
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* CoversAlwaysLie: A minor case, but the Slammers' {{Hover Tank}}s are depicted as having only four drive fans when in reality they have roughly a dozen (partially for redundancy in case some are disabled by battle damage).

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* CoversAlwaysLie: A minor case, but the Slammers' {{Hover Tank}}s are depicted as having only four drive fans when in reality they have roughly a dozen (partially for redundancy in case some are disabled by battle damage). And the plasma from their power guns is usually some shade of red or orange instead of the cyan frequently stated in the description.



* FightingForAHomeland: The Slammers are from many worlds, but the goal is to eventually have a place of their own.

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* FightingForAHomeland: The Slammers are from many worlds, but the goal is to eventually have a place of their own. They were originally formed as a unit similar to the French Foreign Legion but their client reigned on his end of the bargain and they ended up freelance mercenaries. [[spoiler: Eventually, they come back and pull off a coup.]]
* GeneralFailure[=/=] TheNeidermeyer: The upper echelons of most militaries who need to hire the Slammers.
14th Jan '16 10:05:33 PM tranz2deep
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** Also Johann Vierziger. If he is somehow a continuation of Joachim Steuben, Johann is far beyond a loose cannon, to the point of being a broken arrow (term used to describe a unaccounted-for nuclear weapon) save for his previously under-utilized conscience and sense of duty.
9th Nov '15 8:40:31 PM StarSword
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* CoversAlwaysLie: A minor case, but the Slammers' {{Hover Tank}}s are depicted as having only four drive fans when in reality they have roughly a dozen (partially for redundancy in case some are disabled by battle damage).
4th Aug '15 2:45:40 PM StarSword
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* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: Averted, mostly. Powerguns (a form of energy beam weapon) are by far the most common high tech weapons. Some armies use railgun rifles instead of powerguns because they have better armor peircing capabilities. However, railguns don't [[{{BFG}} scale up like powerguns do]], are no cheaper since, while their workings are much simpler, their barrels have to be [[BlingBlingBang made from diamond]], and are energy-intensive. [[FrickinLaserBeams Lasers]] are a no-go because they require a 400-lbs. fusion reactor to reach killing power, and explosive bullets are "just as likely to vaporize a leaf as an enemy".

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* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: Averted, mostly. Powerguns (a form of energy beam weapon) are by far the most common high tech weapons. Some armies use railgun rifles instead of powerguns because they have better armor peircing armor-piercing capabilities. However, railguns don't [[{{BFG}} scale up like powerguns do]], are no cheaper since, while their workings are much simpler, their barrels have to be [[BlingBlingBang made from diamond]], and are energy-intensive. [[FrickinLaserBeams Lasers]] are a no-go because they require a 400-lbs. fusion reactor to reach killing power, and explosive bullets are "just as likely to vaporize a leaf as an enemy".



* OnlyInItForTheMoney: One story demonstrates [[Webcomic/SchlockMercenary Maxim 49]][[note]]"Every client is one missed payment away from becoming a target."[[/note]] when the Slammers unceremoniously pull out in mid-campaign because the client ran out of money.



* TankGoodness: Most of the Slammers stories revolve around their panzers and combat cars. Other mercenaries also use blower tanks, although wheeled and tracked vehicles are common for low-end units.

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* TankGoodness: Most of the Slammers stories revolve around their panzers and combat cars. Other mercenaries also use blower tanks, although wheeled though Hammer's are cited as the best even by other mercenaries. Wheeled and tracked vehicles are common for low-end units.units.
* {{Technobabble}}: The explanation of how powerguns work in the first book involves a lot of this.
29th May '15 2:12:32 PM StarSword
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''Hammer's Slammers'' is a series of MilitaryScienceFiction short stories and novellas written by DavidDrake, based loosely off of various historical models and his time in the 11th Armored Cavalry during the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar.

The Slammers are a futuristic mercenary group under the command of Colonel Alois Hammer, who leads the toughest mercs who ever killed for a dollar. According to WordOfGod, partly based on the French Foreign Legion in the 1950s, when that service had a large proportion of former [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany SS]] in its ranks, but also loosely based on the Vietnam-Era [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11th_ACR 11th Armored Cavalry regiment]], with fusion-powered hovercraft "panzers" replacing tanks and smaller combat cars replacing M113 cavalry vehicles.

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''Hammer's Slammers'' is a series of MilitaryScienceFiction short stories and novellas written by DavidDrake, Creator/DavidDrake, based loosely off of various historical models and his time in the 11th Armored Cavalry during the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar.

The Slammers are a futuristic mercenary group under the command of Colonel Alois Hammer, who leads the toughest mercs who ever killed for a dollar. According to WordOfGod, partly based on the French Foreign Legion in the 1950s, when that service had a large proportion of former [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany SS]] in its ranks, but also loosely based on the Vietnam-Era [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11th_ACR 11th Armored Cavalry regiment]], regiment]] (with whom Drake served in Vietnam and Cambodia), with [[HoverTank fusion-powered hovercraft "panzers" replacing tanks tanks]] and smaller combat cars replacing M113 cavalry vehicles.



The entire series (excepting ''Cross the Stars'' and ''The Voyage'') were repackaged (again!) by Nightshade Books (and again by Creator/BaenBooks) as The Complete Hammer's Slammers, in three volumes. This included several novellas not included in the previous collections.

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The entire series (excepting ''Cross the Stars'' and ''The Voyage'') were repackaged (again!) by Nightshade Books (and again by Creator/BaenBooks) as The ''The Complete Hammer's Slammers, Slammers'', in three volumes. This included several novellas not included in the previous collections.



There is also a {{Traveller}}-compatible world guide, available [[http://paizo.com/products/btpy86ef?Hammers-Slammers-Hardcover here]].

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There is also a {{Traveller}}-compatible ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}''-compatible world guide, available [[http://paizo.com/products/btpy86ef?Hammers-Slammers-Hardcover here]].


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* AnachronicOrder: The first ''Hammer's Slammers'' anthology is in chronological order, with the first and last stories detailing the origins of the Slammers and their eventual end when [[spoiler:Hammer executes a MilitaryCoup against the government of his home planet and becomes its ruler, reintegrating the Slammers into its army]]. The other stories are set in between.


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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Being mercenaries, the Slammers have absolutely no problem pulling out and leaving a war half-finished [[OnlyInItForTheMoney if their client's check bounces]].
29th Apr '15 9:52:55 AM zarpaulus
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* CommonTongue: Spaceways English (Spanglish), though the company mostly speaks Dutch among themselves (being from Friesland) and they use SleepLearning to pick up their clients' languages.


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* InterfaithSmoothie: The Church of the Way, one of the most common religions off Earth, formed as an alliance between Protestant churches opposed to the rise of Fundamentalism in the 20th century and incorporated some themes from Eastern religions as well.
16th Mar '15 8:17:46 PM jormis29
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* AcePilot: Slick Des Grieux and Luke Broglie from ''The Warrior'' definitely qualify. Broglie is also TheAce, while Des Grieux is [[BloodKnight is not]]. WordOfGod says that their rivalry is based on [[TheTrojanWar Hector and Achilles]].

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* AcePilot: Slick Des Grieux and Luke Broglie from ''The Warrior'' definitely qualify. Broglie is also TheAce, while Des Grieux is [[BloodKnight is not]]. WordOfGod says that their rivalry is based on [[TheTrojanWar [[UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar Hector and Achilles]].
1st Jan '15 1:35:52 PM Dalillama
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* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Mostly in the background, but no one who hires the Slammers ever profits by it. The Slammers achieve their military objectives, but outside of that, everyone involved always loses.
29th Aug '14 2:42:46 AM DShiflet
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* FakingTheDead: While not stated outright, the character of Johann Vierziger from ''The Sharp End" is strongly hinted to be [[spoiler: Joachim Steuben]] despite taking place over 7 years after his supposed death. He has the same mannerisms and personality, same build and "pretty" appearance, same tastes in both sexual partners and weapons(the description of his custom pistol and holster and [[spoiler: Steuben's]] are identical) same incredible skill at quick draw and marksmanship, and multiple times appears to know more about the unit and Hammer himself than a relatively new recruit would be expected to know. More than one character notes that Vierziger reminds them of what they knew about [[spoiler: Steuben]], with one character even questioning if he might be related.
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