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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2020 4:24 p.m. PST

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"A cultural favorite tabletop/computer game franchise within the US military is now potentially influencing the name of a US Army vehicle- and the Emperor of Mankind approves.

The US Army is currently seeking names for its Initial Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense (IM-SHORAD) Stryker vehicle (which comes packed with missiles), and the Army's Air Defense Artillery School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma is possibly willing to accept the name "Manticore" if it rates high enough…"

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The H Man30 Jul 2020 7:08 p.m. PST

Don't tell me, GW thinks it owns Manticore too??

A bunch of robber flies just got named after marvel characters. Although the likes of Thor and Loki are of course generic anyway.

It does make one wonder about IP issues (like GW, ha ha). If the name sticks, there will be loads of Manticore tank models on the market and not much GW could do about it.

Half the reason the name may get picked is because it is generic.

emckinney30 Jul 2020 7:12 p.m. PST

That's actually pretty cool …

(I thought that it was going to be "Warhammer.")

arealdeadone30 Jul 2020 7:54 p.m. PST

Last time I checked a manticore is an ancient mythical creature with the body of a lion, a human head and a barbed tail?!?

RudyNelson30 Jul 2020 8:51 p.m. PST

No US vehicle has ever been named after a mythical beast. Puff the magic dragon was not an official name back in Vietnam.
So I would no expect it now.

Striker30 Jul 2020 11:42 p.m. PST

These are new times Rudy. Just think of all the great names that can be used now.

Personal logo 15mm and 28mm Fanatik Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2020 8:09 a.m. PST

Chill. 40K is popular in the military as the article points out:

From the tabletop game to the much more man-portable Dawn Of War PC real-time-strategy game, the WH40K franchise by Games Workshop has proven to be incredibly popular with US troops, spawning everything from inside jokes to unit nicknames and deployment tattoos.

And I seriously doubt GW will sic its lawyers on this. It will be bad for PR.

newarch31 Jul 2020 8:27 a.m. PST

For goodness sake, why are some people so chippy about Games Workshop? Manticore is absolutely not a trademark, anymore than Dragon or Hydra or any other generic mythical creature.

As it happens long time devotees of 2000AD and Judge Dredd would make a case for the name Land Raider too, seeing as a vehicle by that name made an appearance in 1978, a good 10 years before Rogue Trader was first released. Matchbox even made a model of it in the 70s.

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2020 12:36 p.m. PST

True….

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The H Man31 Jul 2020 6:32 p.m. PST

Warhammer would be good. Also generic and more weaponish than Manticore.

"40K is popular in the military"

True, but it's the same with most things. I bet golf is more popular. Why not call it a 9 iron? You then please more people! Why not call it a Quarter back? Another native American name could be good?

"I seriously doubt GW will sic its lawyers on this. It will be bad for PR."

Since when has that stopped them? Since when does snowballs chance of winning stop them?

I suspect the name idea came from the beast and someone into 40k heard about it and now this.

On the other hand, as mentioned above, if no us vehicle has been called a mythical thing, this is one way around it "Mythical beast? oh, no. It's just named after a toy, really."

Also Manticore isn't very American, is it? A Greek beast or a UK toy.

Earl of the North01 Aug 2020 3:56 a.m. PST

Why is this being linked to 40K, the 40K Manticore is a rocket artillery vehicle I believe so that doesn't even match up very well.

newarch01 Aug 2020 5:29 a.m. PST

Should be a Whirlwind really. Although that was a German rocket system in WW2.

Tgunner01 Aug 2020 3:09 p.m. PST

40K? Oh please.

The Manticore is a BattleTech tank, and a nasty booger too! And it was around before the Imperial Guard was a twinkle in the Emperor's eye.

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Uparmored02 Aug 2020 3:25 a.m. PST

Word, I'd rather the US military reference Battletech than Deleted by Moderator

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP04 Aug 2020 7:34 a.m. PST

Naming it after a mythical beast is safer than using the name of an American military leader. That way no snowflake can get offended.

Tumbleweed Supporting Member of TMP04 Aug 2020 5:38 p.m. PST

Good point.

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