|A twelve PetMan squad made up of three four PetMan fire teams. Nomenclature, don't you just love it.|
These Dream Pod 9 GRELs have been hanging around my workbench being a drag on my productivity for sometime now. Partially down to getting carried away with other shiny things, and partially because they had so much flash on them that they were a PITA to clean up. I'll define my measure of PITA here as thirtty minutes per base with two figures. Flash surrounded them all, and I don't mean Flash, saviour of the universe!
Still mustn't grumble really as this is a first world problem to do with toy soldiers that have more airmails on them than is decent all things considered. And still far less flash than a 15mm HEMTT truck I bought that sits languishing out of sight, awaiting the day I'm prepared to straighten out all the castings and carve back the panel lines lost in the warpage, which sounds like something out of a Games Workshop Chaos Codex.
|Just for reference these are 15mm tall, 5/8ths of an inch for those of you who don't do metric.|
In my series their military designation is HOS, which stands for Human Operator Surrogate, and they're semi-autonomous robots with a hybrid expert system artificial intelligence operating system controlled by the operators of the Air Force CAS-C4P (Combat Armour System Dash C4 PetMan). This allows the operator to effectively multi-task by distributing themselves across a network of up to twelve PetMen at a time, and act as a force multiplier; in my imagination Global Dynamics Corporation Defense Industries sales pitch would call them An Army of One.
The PetMen are only briefly mentioned in Bad Dog as part of the back ground setting of the novels universe. They get more page time in the sequel Strike Dog, where you gets to see them in action for the first time. But in won't be until final book Ghost Dog that you will get to see them deployed in anger against an enemy.
|PetMen are a real thing. Click this link to see it in action.|