So I'm sure there are more than a few of us into military themed (science) fiction of varying degrees of realism , I am myself am working on one myself. Now I'm not in the military, never have been, and have no plans to be, and wouldn't call myself a military tactics/strategy buff, but I would like to have some degree of real world elements within the story (let's just call it Children of Aggression
The low-down of the series is basically that a detachment of space barbarian arthropod warriors, albeit very well trained and experienced ones, are attached to the equivalent of a NATO joint task force (IN SPACE). They are deployed to deal with sectarian violence on a variety of worlds located in a neutral space between SNATO and something that I guess we could see as the vaguely like the Red Bloc/USSR/red side of the red/blue divide.
Now, I'll say that the actual combat does have fairly absurd 40K style elements such as soldiers modified to have limbs similar to mantis shrimps
that can punch through tank armour and possessed flamethrower like weapons nicknamed strappados
that cause matter to rapidly degrade. However the battles aren't going to reflect purely Hollywood based dramatic battles. Basically tactics, tenacity, exploitation of weaknesses and generally fighting smart are the reason why battles are won or lost rather than big damn heroes/dramatic rival vs rival/side x has one particularly powerful type of combatant that trumps everything else.
Basically, imagine if the soldiers we're talking about say, suddenly can't be killed or otherwise downed with just a few bullets. Their physical senses are enhanced to the point where some can track entities blind through smell, touch, sound, or more unusual, esoteric senses (think bizarre energy based/spectrographic sensory capability). They can crawl up vertical surfaces and even upside down as naturally as they would right side up. Their physical strength allows them to smash through certain barriers or move around certain heavy objects that normally would take a whole team or certain vehicles. They have additional limbs and even eyes for wider fields of vision, the ability to better multitask, and carry more weaponry and equipment. Speaking of weaponry, they're able to use heavier, more devastating weaponry and that's not even counting some natural/mutation based material.
Aaaaaaaaaand here is where I need a bit of help
. I'm not terribly well versed in modern day combat tactics whether its combined arms, urban combat, or firefight dynamics and I figure there are more than a few of you here who are. I'd like to know how these tactics and strategies might be changed if suddenly the theoretical soldiers weren't just ordinary men and women (or weren't really either for that matter) and the technology available was more advanced.
Things such as equipment, technology, support and so on I can elaborate on later but I'd like to see how modern strategies might be affected if they were placed into a more fantastical context such as this.
Oh and anyone else wondering how "real world" tactics might change to better fit their own settings are welcome to bring it up as well.
edited 11th Mar '13 1:40:20 PM by StillbirthMachine