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Noah Body
09-09-2011, 06:09 PM
Hey folks,

I have a pharmaceutical plant that needs to be defended from a ravenous horde of zombies. There is a substantial military presence on-station, and the Corps of Engineers is on hand as well, as this is an extremely high-value installation. Now of course, the military folks can probably project about 18,000 rounds of munitions per minute as they're extremely well supplied and can still maneuver within reason, but I'm wondering what kind of cool static defenses can be erected, beyond trenches, concertina wire, portable barricades, etc., etc.

And they have about 40 acres of territory to harden. :)

Any cool ideas?

Thanks!

crunchyblanket
09-09-2011, 06:27 PM
Mines. Mines are cool.

dpaterso
09-09-2011, 06:28 PM
but I'm wondering what kind of cool static defenses can be erected, beyond trenches, concertina wire, portable barricades, etc., etc.
Dammit, that's all my ideas gone...

Mirrors! Door size mirrors covering all the entrances. That'll confuse the bejabbers out of them!

Are there lawn sprinklers? Could the sprinkler system be rigged up to a fuel tanker?

Insta-Maze™, grow your own garden court maze in minutes! Protect yourself against zombie incursions and ninja attacks! Just add water.

-Derek

Noah Body
09-09-2011, 06:30 PM
Mines. Mines are cool.

Already got that, but the problem with AP mines is that once they blow up, they're gone. And for zombies that need to have their brains pulverized to become totally INOP, blowing off their legs and tearing open their abdomens doesn't vanquish the threat...just makes them slower. :D

Noah Body
09-09-2011, 06:31 PM
Dammit, that's all my ideas gone...

Mirrors! Door size mirrors covering all the entrances. That'll confuse the bejabbers out of them!

Are there lawn sprinklers? Could the sprinkler system be rigged up to a fuel tanker?

Insta-Maze™, grow your own garden court maze in minutes! Protect yourself against zombie incursions and ninja attacks! Just add water.

-Derek

Oh, the fuel bit is actually kind of cool, and a lot less intrusive than dropping a thermobaric bomb outside the perimeter fence!

crunchyblanket
09-09-2011, 07:05 PM
Already got that, but the problem with AP mines is that once they blow up, they're gone. And for zombies that need to have their brains pulverized to become totally INOP, blowing off their legs and tearing open their abdomens doesn't vanquish the threat...just makes them slower. :D

Ah, yes, I can see the problem there. ;)

May I suggest watching 28 Days Later? Not just because it's a great film but they fortify a mansion against zombie attacks.

Noah Body
09-09-2011, 08:13 PM
Already seen it, but those weren't the same kind of zombies...they were human who went mad with rage, and even though they weren't deterred by the threat of force, they were much easier to kill than, say, the walking dead!

Thank you,though!

Drachen Jager
09-09-2011, 08:25 PM
I would build a dirt berm with wooden stakes, it would slow them down significantly so that men in towers could take careful aim for headshots. String your concertina wire along the top of that and then place mines along the back side for any zombies that get through.

Then, past that a moat full of pirhanas :)

jclarkdawe
09-09-2011, 08:37 PM
Since you want pulverized, have a big object, maybe even the whole factory, that can hover. Allow the object to hover, getting all the zombies howling underneath it. Lower gently (don't want to spill the beer) and if it's heavy enough, the zombies underneath should be pulverized.

Less extreme approach would be an amour-plated roller like they use on highways. Should result in a nice level of pulverization.

Best of luck,

Jim Clark-Dawe

B.D. Eyeslie
09-09-2011, 08:44 PM
I'll bet most Pharm factories have an adequate supply of liquid nitrogen on hand: freeze 'em and smash 'em to bits.

ironmikezero
09-09-2011, 10:27 PM
For a 40 acre site, all you'll need (since you have the manpower and the resources/ammo/etc...) is a visually unobstructed 250 yard free-fire zone perimeter. Strategically placed Claymores and Bouncing Bettys augmented with Willie Pete grenades will serve nicely. Periodic clean-up/mass burial with a Cat-9 (or bigger) dozer would be advisable, as air quality would eventually be a concern.

efreysson
09-09-2011, 11:33 PM
Are there lawn sprinklers? Could the sprinkler system be rigged up to a fuel tanker?


That's the best anti-zombie idea I've ever heard. :)

lbender
09-09-2011, 11:46 PM
An irrigation system leading to a shallow, but wide, moat. Instead of water, use gas. Fill when needed. Easy to light - flare gun.

HarryHoskins
09-09-2011, 11:48 PM
Pharmaceutical factory you say?

Viagra them, Valium them, well, you get the idea.

Becky Black
09-09-2011, 11:51 PM
The fuel in the lawn sprinkler does sound cool, but you'd want to be careful to have a way to contain the fire in case it spreads to the building. Fire's an effective weapon, but can - well - backfire, and end up as dangerous to the people using it as the zombies. Which of course would be good in a story...

Drachen Jager
09-10-2011, 12:29 AM
Surely a large pharmaceutical company must have a good supply of acid on hand. Fill a trench with that for the zombies to crawl through and watch them melt. Even if you only destroy their legs it makes them easy targets.

shaldna
09-10-2011, 12:12 PM
The feed mill I used to work in (in the labs) had a drug lab on site. There are a lot, and I mean, A LOT of explosive or potentially explosive substances on site that could be interesting.

Any lab is gonna have a lot of things like lime and caustic soda and different acids which are all used in drug analysis, but which can kill you.

Melting zombies.....

RexZentah
09-14-2011, 05:28 PM
This is your lucky day, I am an expert in defending against Zombie invasions. Believe me? Actually, I am not. This is the comedic relief part.

Zombies have dumb-curiosity. The factory must be filled with assembly lines of big machines. They are fascinated by machines but have no sense of how they work and of course no fear of death. Upon seeing a big machine they will immediately run up to it and begin to put their fingers, toes, and tongues into all of the dangerous parts. Something that could conceivably knock out an eye, they'll test to make sure it can. Same goes for a machine that can cut off a foot, a hand, or catch a lanyard and decapitate.

So, the mines, fire sprinklers, and other tid-bits above will be 'zombie-safety-tested' also.

GeorgeK
09-15-2011, 12:57 AM
Any large company has a cafeteria. Almost all cafeterias have microwave ovens. Almost any large company has a maintenence crew and tools. A circular saw with a cutting wheel is common for plumbers and electricians, both of whom will be needed in a pharmaceutical company.

Stage 1: Use the cutting wheel to cut a hole in the door of a microwave.

Stage 2: put beef stew, or Stew's brain in said microwave, and turn it on.

Stage 3: Zombies attracted to the smell of the brains look into the hole in the microwave and fall down in fatal thermal siezures.

Summonere
09-15-2011, 02:26 AM
I don't have any cool ideas, but I wonder whatever happened to the idea that salt would return a zombie to its grave? I don't seem to recall seeing that in any of the modern zombie stories.

GradyHendrix
09-15-2011, 03:52 AM
Their goal would be to defend the building, and shooting zombies would probably be a last resort. I think they'd block the entrances by parking vehicles in front of them (DAWN OF THE DEAD style) and sealing windows and doors. Then there'd be a series of barricades:

1) Pits. They'd fill up after a while, and so your zombie retention power would be directly related to how long you had to dig your pit.

2) A ring of vehicles. This would be a quick and easy barricade, and how are zombies going to get over a minivan? Esp. if the space underneath them was blocked (bags of fertilizer, sandbags, sacks of concrete). As a last resort it could be set on fire.

3) Nets, and by this I mean any series of ropes, chains or wires (even extension cords) that can be spread over a large area and that will catch undead legs. The more zombies that get entangled in it, the less mobile they make themselves.

Remember that when escaping from zombies, dexterity is your friend. Zombies don't have the coordination to crawl along a narrow beam, and they can't jump up after you if you pull up all your ladders.

I worry about this kind of thing way too much.

Allen R. Brady
09-15-2011, 05:35 AM
Mirrors! Door size mirrors covering all the entrances. That'll confuse the bejabbers out of them!

Oh, I LIKE! This is brilliant in its elegance and simplicity.

Noah Body
09-16-2011, 07:07 PM
Thanks for all the answers, folks.

Mark G
09-20-2011, 12:15 AM
One thing that's missing from all these zombie movies and stories is a "natural" solution.

Like when fruit fly infestations are destroyed by releasing a bunch of infirtile females or a certain wasp is the natural predator to a certain bug, or ladybugs getting rid of aphids.

Seems to me that a pharma company would have the brainpower to develop a natural anti-zombie.

For instance:
Maggots are used to devour dead skin and not live skin in actual modern medical therapies. Granted, they work slowly; but imagine if the zombies had to swim through a lake of maggots?

A recent news article talked about "resomation" as an alternative to cremation. It involves a pressurized chamber, water and alkali. Maybe the zombies could be channeled into a processing chamber and turned into skeletons that way?

Maybe just a moat with a lot of pirhana? or those fish they use in beauty salons that only eat the dead skin on your toes?

Or there's the environment-friendly alternative of Simple Crushing. What about driving around in big earth-movers or militarized Caterpillar tractors and just making them go "splat"? That will attract flies, which will make maggots, which would do the rest of the work for you...