Britannia : Blue Sector Codex (Minfigs and fighters 3/26/14)

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Britannia : Blue Sector Codex (Minfigs and fighters 3/26/14)

Postby Theblackdog » Sat Aug 18, 2012 3:19 pm

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The first of the Britannian Fleet's new Nelson - class cruisers arrives at the Blue Sector capital of New Birmingham, having just returned from the Queen's Diamond Jubilee parade in orbit around New London.

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Armed with two heavy lasers, two light lasers, and a torpedo tube for long-range attacks, this new vessel can defend itself against nearly any threat. Its somewhat eye-catching livery is a commemorative paint scheme applied for the recent Diamond Jubilee -- later Nelson-class vessels will be painted standard Navy gray.

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Two engines give it enough acceleration to run down light cruisers and destroyers.

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Every shipyard in the Blue Sector is working around the clock to turn out more patrol gunboats. Their speed and firepower are vital in protecting our sovereign territory from pirates and other enemies of the Crown.

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Rather than leading the fleet from a traditional flagship, Admiral Blackdog commands his forces from aboard this specialized fast-attack craft -- a courier equipped with a powerful weapons suite.

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The Tudor-class light cruiser filled the same role as the Nelson, but it is now showing its age and is generally considered undersized and underpowered for a warship of its class. Some commanders still prefer it for perimeter duty due to its larger suite of lightweight weapons -- two light laser turrets and a flak cannon can make short work of attacking fighters and missiles.

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Admiral Blackdog himself is somewhat reticent about his origins. Found aboard a crashed starship by a group of pirates, he was put to work as a technician at the pirates' base, where he exhibited an impressive knowledge of mechanics and starship systems. His most notable demonstration of this was the construction of a hidden hyperwave transmitter which he used to broadcast the base's location to a nearby Britannian patrol. After he was recovered during the raiding of the base, he joined the Britannian navy and rose through the ranks to become
Vice Admiral of the Blue Sector.

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His preferred weapon is a heavily modified hunting rifle. Its immense black-powder charge allows it to range on almost anything on the battlefield, and he is proficient enough to make use of it at its maximum range. Thanks to Natalya for the design.

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A squad of Britannian Marines conducts a drill simulating open-field combat. As recruits join the Marines at an astonishing rate, the Admiralty is busily developing new tactics and equipment to improve their performance on the battlefield.

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While outsiders may find the Britannian military antiquated compared to its neighbors', this impression is greatly mistaken. It is true that the Britannians ascribe a great deal of importance to tradition, but this means that their technology and strategy are time-tested and refined, and they're not afraid to modernize when they find it necessary. The infantry are one of the best examples of the Britannian ethos; the soldiers' shields, once used primarily to block melee attacks, are just as effective at providing cover against firearms, and their newly designed electric muskets are both accurate and powerful. And while swords are laughable weapons on a modern open battlefield, there are few things more dangerous in the cramped confines of a starship. Left to right: Officer, Marine rifleman, swordsman.

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The Marines also employ a large number of heavy-weapons troops. Left to right: Steam Gatling gun, Enervated Phlogiston Projector.

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I wanted to make a Steam Gatling with a backpack-mounted boiler, but I was all out of the right kind of tubing.

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Honestly, my favorite thing about the Enervated Phlogiston Projector is the name. I don't have any of the white classic-space style blasters that other people usually use as the basis for Britannian weapons.

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The Blenheim spotter plane, a well-respected workhorse used for recon, artillery spotting, and light attack.

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The pride of the Britannian army is its mighty fleet of Landships. The Challenger-class land destroyer is one of the newest, a high-speed escort craft armed with a massive Steam Gatling gun and a pair of rocket-torpedo launchers.

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I really like how it looks from this angle.
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I haven't really decided how to stat the Steam Gatling yet. Right now the working stats are just "kills everything in front of it".
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The rocket-torpedo launchers have to be reloaded manually. The ammo reserve is near the bow, but I haven't actually put anything there yet since nose cones and cylinders are in short supply.
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A shot with the upper deck removed, showing a close-up of the atomic boiler. The tube coming out of it leads to the smokestack behind the helmsman, and there's an additional armor plate behind it to keep it from getting hit by attacks from behind the ship. The two minifigs standing on the lower deck are crewmembers who load and fire the torpedo launchers; I'm probably going to replace them with better ones before I use this in battle, and add a couple more for defense against boarding.
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Re: The Encyclopedia Britannia : Blue Sector Codex

Postby Scratch » Sat Aug 18, 2012 4:08 pm

That is an awesome Steam boat/armored car. It just needs an insane Steamboat Willy to pilot it.
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Re: The Encyclopedia Britannia : Blue Sector Codex

Postby Warhead » Sat Aug 18, 2012 4:36 pm

Haha! Awesome! I knew the Britannians of Blue sector were in good hands. Great Sig-Fig too. :D :guinness:
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Re: The Encyclopedia Britannia : Blue Sector Codex

Postby Bragallot » Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:45 am

Your microspace stuff is always the best. It's also good to see you've managed to scrape together more uniformed troops. All Hail Brittania!
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Re: The Encyclopedia Britannia : Blue Sector Codex

Postby Silverdream » Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:16 am

That land ship and those guns are going to have their designs borrowed.
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Re: The Encyclopedia Britannia : Blue Sector Codex

Postby Zupponn » Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:19 am

Wow. Give me a second while I collect my jaw from the floor.
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Re: The Encyclopedia Britannia : Blue Sector Codex

Postby Theblackdog » Mon Aug 20, 2012 10:56 pm

Thanks guys. It's good to be home and building again.

Remember how I said the Challenger was an escort landship? I figured I needed to build something for it to escort...

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Created to counter the proliferation of STDs among enemies of the Crown, the Conqueror-class landship is undoubtedly the most imposing weapon in the Royal army. Designed as a mobile fortress, it can carry several squads of troops into battle and provide devastating fire support with two heavy bombards, three armor-piercing six-pounder cannons, and two anti-aircraft repeating guns.

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The thing I love most about these landships is what they look like to the infantry and small vehicles they're about to run over.

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Yes, it does carry its own Blenheim spotter plane on a launch rail.

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I really like how the guns came out, although the six-pounder cannons are a bit undersized for their damage value.

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The Blenheim is kind of a necessity, since the bombards wouldn't be able to hit anything without it.

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The rear deck without the Blenheim.

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Bridge exterior. How do those AA gunners get down from those platforms at the end of the shift? It is a mystery.

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Yes, there is an old-style ship's wheel on the bridge. Other than that the interior isn't too great, because it's a bitch to remove all the plating and I'm nearly out of detail parts anyway...
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Re: The Encyclopedia Britannia : Blue Sector Codex (SHDT Add

Postby Falk » Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:33 am

Ok, this is really cool. I like how it looks like a battleship from WWII.
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Re: The Encyclopedia Britannia : Blue Sector Codex (SHDT Add

Postby RunsWithLegos » Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:20 am

PIP PIP and a cuppa AWESOME! wonderful work man! i really need to get me some britanians!
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Re: The Encyclopedia Britannia : Blue Sector Codex (SHDT Add

Postby Colette » Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:40 am

HOLY SHIT THE BRITTANNIANS FINALLY GOT SOME MOCS.

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Just two nitpicks- the landship (or as Keldoclock would say a plane-shitting tank) isn't really a SHDT, unless SHDT stands for something else here or it has hidden repulsors underneath, and two, the guns should be bigger for a creation of that size. But it's still a kickass creation and you should get an almighty benny at life for finally giving flesh (and teeth) to the Brittannian dream.
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Re: The Encyclopedia Britannia : Blue Sector Codex (SHDT Add

Postby Apollyon » Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:25 am

The landships are fantastic. Love both of them. They look more steampunkish than all that stuff you see on the net with their super fancy pieces and techniques. The only problem i see with them is the limited off-road capability. On the other hand why not just push rough terrain to the side?
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Re: The Encyclopedia Britannia : Blue Sector Codex (SHDT Add

Postby Theblackdog » Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:50 am

My impression was that SHDT could stand for Super Heavy Death Tank or Super Hover Death Tank. And are you really going to argue about acronyms with 300 tons of land battleship?
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Re: The Encyclopedia Britannia : Blue Sector Codex (SHDT Add

Postby HVNSNTSOLDIER » Tue Aug 21, 2012 12:09 pm

Well whatever SHDT stands for, one thing is for certain. These blue clad Brittanian psychos are ready to dish out some major death and destruction to whomever they run into. Very cool idea for Blackdog's head, never would've thought of that :P
The steam gatling and Enervated Phlogiston Projector are sweet little killers as well. Can't wait to see more!
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Re: The Encyclopedia Britannia : Blue Sector Codex (SHDT Add

Postby Bragallot » Tue Aug 21, 2012 12:38 pm

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There. It's an image by Zahru, but it's gonna become my standard response to Steampunk stuff that's this awesome. I hope so, but I don't think I'm going to need it much.

As for the name... You named it a Land Ship, so Super Heavy Land Ship sounds about right to me. It deserves to have it's own class.

The one thing I'd to is maybe elevate the huge turret on the front, so it can shoot over the smaller turret in front of it.

And rough terrain? Something like this will just blast it's way through it 8)
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Re: The Encyclopedia Britannia : Blue Sector Codex (SHDT Add

Postby Warhead » Tue Aug 21, 2012 12:40 pm

:shock: By the stars! I say Blackdog, jolly good show!

Anyone else have a yearning desire to see these in action?
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