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Pilot's limbs in XV8 limbs
Pilot sits in the torso
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Last edited by MorbidlyObeseMonkey; July 27th, 2009 at 14:32.
I voted that he sits inside the suit. I would say this is very likely since you can get the
"Ejection System" for a suit which allows the "pilot" to escape when the suit is destroyed. With that being said I also believe he is sitting inside controlling it rather than using his lims for the obvsious reasons you pointed out. The more I think of this, the more I remember the scene from Independance Day, when they capture that alien and cut him open there is a smaller alien inside that controls the big guy...
"In the Soviet army it takes more courage to retreat than advance." -Joseph Stalin
Imperial Guard = Soviet Army? Me thinks so.
The official fluff from GW is that the pilot is in the torso as in number 3.
To address the problems you bring up (being too cramped), drawing from the official fluff, the pilot is in the suit in fetal position and is motionless. To control the suit it does not use any manual interfaces or physical controls, but has wires attached to its brain. It controls the suit with its thoughts, and so the suit moves as naturally as it would move (once it got used to it).
As a side note, it is often the case for tau battlesuit pilots to have spent so much time inside the suits and being so used to its interface that upon disembarking, they experience unsteadiness and disequilibrium as they try to get used to moving around in their own physical bodies again. in some cases, they never recover.
He would be in the torso. Now you have to take into account that the model does not represent its true size compared to a FW for if it did the model would take up a lot of space. I think it would be better to look at the anime Robotec and the jets that turn into mechs. That would be a better way to see what the size should be compared to what it is.
Option 3 is correct, all the books I've read plus from what GW says states that the xv8 front torso opens so the pilate can get in and sits in the cockpit, the pilate sits in a chair with variouse controls and screens infront and to either side of him/her (something like a jet cockpit), now to control the movements of the battlesuit each pilate has a input interface thingymagig surgicaly placed at the top of his neck were his/her neck meets the skull.
When the pilate gets in and starts the power up a wire comes out of the top of the seat and plugs into the pilates skull (think matrix) so when the pilate is operating the xv8 he can moniter the variouse systems whilst he delivers the greater good to the enamies of the empire. When the pilate exits the xv8 all he feels is a slight sickness feeling and a slight headache.
Now the only downside is that if the xv8 is damaged, say it loses its left leg to an enamy shot, when that pilate exits the suit his left leg will be useless as his nervas system thinks his leg has been blown off, with a little bit of seeing over by a surgen he'll get his leg back in order. But if his suit had it's head blown off then the pilate will be nocked unconsiouse and enter a coma like state.
I hope thats helped clear things up but if anyone can prove me wrong and has phisical evidance then come forward and I'll keep quit lol.
I picture the XV8 pilots in the fetal position in the chest of the suit, immersed in a fluid or gel to absorb shock and wearing a breathing apparatus. They control the suit with their brains via neural interface.
As for there being enough space, keep in mind that despite the size of the actual models, the XV8 suits are supposed to be about (or almost) as large as a Space Marine Dreadnought. Even with the actual size of the models, place an XV8 right next to a space marine and notice the size difference. The XV8 towers over the marine, and marines are supposed to be 7 or 8 feet tall.
Also, the tau fire caste are small and thin compared to humans - I would guess they are 4 - 5 feet tall and weigh 90 lbs. soaking wet.
Last edited by ZenGamer; May 20th, 2009 at 15:10.
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No, the gel and the foetal position is the air caste pilots that fly the tigers' and the variose other fighters/bombers.
"Pilot sits in the torso"
Not many of the models are scaled to size. I still get kicks out of trying to imagine 10 fully armored and equiped marines trying to fit into a Rhino... well in the scales they have them in.
As my 5 year old says to me. "Daddy, your s'posed to pretend my aldar killed your space maine." As his guardian kills my dread.
It is well established that the pilot is enclosed in the Torso of the XV8. The control system is a bit less established, the main consensus is the pilot is hard wired via electronic/biological interfaces. This makes sense as the arms and legs are not controlled by the corresponding limbs of the pilot.