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I was looking over my army list tonight, getting ready to confirm the names of the GKs I've already created and setting down names for my unnamed wonders, when I glanced over the Landraider entry and realized that I had no idea how many men it took to crew any of the tanks in the universe. I don't remember if I have ever read anything that states exactly how many men crew a Land Raider; for some reason, I'm thinking three, which would be one for piloting the Raider, one for the weaponry, and one for Communications and Command.
Is there any specific fluff out there that states just how many men are required to crew a Land Raider? On top of that, for curiosity's sake, for the Imperial Guard tanks, Eldar tanks, and Tau tanks, what would their crew complements be as well? Do Tau relegate one man to each tank to handle both weaponry and piloting while relegating most of the other duties to drones? Is Eldar technology user-friendly enough to have only one or two eldar in a Fire Prism?
Well, I know that in the unit entries for the tanks they have the crew numbers for each tank. Also, if you look at an Eldar fire prism, you can see two pilots. One piloting the turret and one for the general tank. Other than that, I'm not sure. Just read the codex entries.
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I've often thought about the same thing. Let's think of modern tanks. Most either have 4 crewman, a commander, gunner, loader, and driver, or 3 with a autoloader in place of a man.
Now going just off a modern 3 man tank (Autoloaders seem more likely then still using men to load the guns), that is just to operate 1 turret. No auxiliary weapons other then a few machine guns. Now a standard leman russ has a battle cannon, two sponson weapons, and a hull mounted weapon as well. All of which are much larger then a .50 cal machine gun. Going off of that I would say we would have a commander, main gunner, driver, and 3 auxilary gunngers. So a crew of 6 for a Leman Russ.
For a standard land raider, I predict about a crew of 4. Commander, driver, and 2 sponson gunners. Although I believe there is something in the fluff about a machine spirit or something. Not sure how that works, as I'm not up to date on SM fluff.
As for 1 crew tau/eldar vehicles... while I have no doubt their level of technology allows 1 crewmen, I don't believe that would be very effecient. Making 1 man (or Tau if you will) control a hammerhead will force the Tau into to many jobs at once. Having to select a target, aim, and fire the railgun, while also controlling the auxiliary weapons, while at the same time driving the vehicle, would be extremly extrenous on a man (Although Tau are different so this might be fully applyable.) 2 man tanks have been tried before in the past, and it has been found that 3 men are best to keep the workload best divided.
Although, the Tau and Eldar artifical intelligence available might be able to work through these problems.
I would say for the land raider one marine to man each godhammer lascannon and one more marine to drive the tank and i would guess that he could aslo fire the hull heavy bolter or maybe a "Tank commander" marine takes care of that as the land raider would make a great command vehicle.
"Hey sarge, this lasgun is heavy. I wish we had something lighter."
FF7: ABOUT RANDOM BATTLES
I always assumed the Land Raider was controlled by one marine who directed the fire and movement of its autosystems and servitors. Plus the Land Raider might have its own primitive AI that helps the procedure (cant remember the game term for it)
Don't forget that 40k technology is quite far ahead of our own in many ways. It doesn't neccesarily follow that one crewman will be required for every weapon systems, especially in space marine tanks. MUI interfaces and such mean that he doesn't neccesarily need to be physically sitting there moving the gun around, or sighting down the barrel.
I can't remember how many crew the land raider has, but considering the inside contains a medical facility, shrine and jacuzzi (well.. maybe not the last one) as well as space for the marine passengers, their ammo and supplies and so forth, they probably aren't claustrophobic.
Last edited by The_Giant_Mantis; January 2nd, 2007 at 22:48.