Sorry for all the questions - but this one also popped into my head. Were you ever considering making Bradshaw a Major for the regular campaign? I always thought he was a tad junior in rank to be commanding forty pilots.
He not on the Firekka, he dead! What wrong with you, I say you he dead!Ok, ok, we admit it - Bradshaw, while holding the permanent rank of Captain, was also brevetted for the duration of the conflict to the rank of Kentucky Colonel. However, he stopped using this title after Trigger mistook him for the Colonel, threatening to do some very nasty things unless he divulges the Secret Recipe.
Also, Cougar punched him out for selling Pepsi - them Gemini folks are mighty proud of their Lynch Cola.
Commodore Reismann, meanwhile, simply ordered a Zinger.
I don't think Blair being a Captain in WC2 was ever a serious conscious consideration, but I'm sure it might have worked on a subconscious level . Mainly, though, I think that Captain just sounds better than Major.Until I saw this thread, I always figured Bradshaw was a Captain simply because of the producers' fondness of WC2 - and therefore by making the main Standoff protaganist a Captain brought him into line with the 2665 Bluehair.
Obviously I was wrong on this, but I still think that WC2 is at least the favourite game of somebody behind Standoff, it's inspired most heavily by WC2 IMO
No, but the same could be said for just about the whole game. At the time we were also amazed we could have cutscenes at all, so we left it at that.Speaking of rank appearance...and this isn't really a criticism since i'm amazed you guys made cutscenes at all, but is that as crisp as you can make the uniform textures?
But it isn't, is it? It's comprised of the few regulars that were around plus whoever else Reismann could pack aboard the Firekka before it moved out - militiamen, criminals, privateers, whoever. A "major" with five years' worth of experience in command of the lot seems about right to me.Eder said:the whole wing is supposed to seem weak from the start, comprised of what few people were left on active duty during peace time in a frontier system.
With this aim, I would certainly agree with you that using the Captain's rank was the better choice.As for Bradshaw's rank, he's a captain because the whole wing is supposed to seem weak from the start, comprised of what few people were left on active duty during peace time in a frontier system. I never considered whether "Major" was already low-rank enough or not to pass the right message, but Captain seemed to me like it was, so I went with that.
You are, of course, absolutely right. Up until Episode 5, all our pilots were actually immortal - they always ejected. And this is pretty unnatural, for a rag-tag wing like the one we see.As an aside, I tend to think the wing doesn't take heavy enough casulaties given how little experience it has - practically everyone ejects and gets picked up on the relatively frequent occasions they get blown up by the cats. You should on occasions be in danger of running out of pilots as well as fighters.
In view of all that, I think having 'invincible' wingmen - or at least ones who knew how to use the ejection seat - was a decent solution.
A side-effect of not having so many pilots die all the time is that it really helpshave a stronger impact. It'd also show poorly on Bradshaw for him to go beserk over the death of one pilot when so many others are falling all around him.Spoons' plot death