The Basilikoi (space version)

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The Basilikoi (space version)

Post by Porphyrogenitus » Fri Jun 24, 2011 9:46 pm

I've been working on this army for years, and pretty much the only thing that's stayed constant is the basic infantryman. I've managed to put together what I think is a pretty decent spread of troops and brick-built weapons, but I currently don't have much in the way of vehicles for them. I hope to have a SHIP done eventually, but I'll probably be getting some fighters and/or bombers, and maybe an assault shuttle, done first.

The Basilikoi are a vast empire, spanning hundreds of settled stars and many times than in uninhabited systems that are exploited for their immense resources. These are needed to support the empire's military machine, which struggles to defend the wealthy empire from constant multi-front assaults by various barbarian peoples.

The emperor's son, the Porphyrogenitus (born in the purple), leads his armies into battle. He wears a fancier version of the Hetairoi armored vacuum suit (the Hetairoi are the emperor's elite guard, the Companions), and wields an OTC Spatha and a gilded Fire Storm pistol. He also happens to be my sigfig.
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Here the Porphyrogenitus is flanked by a partial squad of Hetairoi, with a full Assault squad arrayed in front of him. If you look to the background, you can just make out a pair of Vol Guardsmen, mercenaries used as a sort of independent guard unit loyal to the emperor only, kept in reserve in case his heir decides to accelerate his inheritance. They wield OTC spears, though you might see them deployed with a variety of other weapons as well.
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These are the basic infantry officers. Left to right are a Captain (company commander), Lieutenant (platoon commander), and Dekarch (squad commander). They wear advanced versions of the standard reactive cloth vacuum suits given to the basic troopers. They get standard Kinetic Penetrator Pistols and Battle Steel Sabres.
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The Stratiotes are the basic troopers, armed with Kinetic Penetrator Rifles and protected by reactive cloth vacuum suits. I've got nearly 100 men (a full infantry company), 90 of these guys (with special weapons) and 10 officers. I'm still filling in the last two squads of basic troopers.
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This soldier is armed with a Heavy Kinetic Penetrator, the anti-armor weapon of choice for the Basilikoi infantry.
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This lucky guy gets the experimental Fire Storm Cannon, which uses highly-secretive teknology to generate and control highly excited exotic particles that, when fired at a target, shred it on a subatomic level. The weapons are potentially dangerous to use, though, as they are somewhat imprecise area-of-effect weapons and their particle bottles are a bit unstable.
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Scout-Snipers wear adaptive camo cloaks over their reactive cloth vacuum suits, making them adept at infiltration, and they wield high-powered, long-ranged, accurate KP sniper rifles.
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This is an Assault Squad officer, armed with a Heavy KP Pistol and a Chainsaw Spatha. In addition to the standard reactive cloth vacuum suit, Assault troops get reinforced helmets and composite-armor breastplates made of layered battle steel and ceramics.
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Assault troops favor the shredder, a sort of shotgun-style KP weapon that fires a spray of smaller projectiles rather than a single larger one like the standard rifle. It is deadly in close quarters battle.
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The final Assault variant gets a Heavy KP Pistol and a Combat Shield, which is made of the same composite armor as their breastplates. It lets them shrug off small arms fire while advancing down a street or a corridor, making them ideal for leading an assault in an urban setting or a boarding action.
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Commandos are experts in infiltration, sabotage, demolitions, and "black" operations. Every man is cross-trained in a variety of weapons and each is a specialist in multiple disciplines.
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The KP Carbine is a shorter version of the standard rifle. It retains the same acceleration as the longer weapon, but this means it has higher recoil. Therefore only the best shots can use them effectively, but the advantages in maneuverability and portability make it the preferred weapon for both commandos and the elite Hetairoi.
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The Auxilia Infantry Robot is a versatile and dangerous supplemental weapon, deployed most often in situations where regular infantry would be cut down by numerous small opponents. Its greater size and armor makes it more resilient against minor threats, while its articulated limbs and back-mounted jump pack grant it high mobility across multiple terrain types.
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A Tek-Arkanos is a member of a cybernetic cult that exists within the empire, which is utterly devoted to the person of the emperor. Equipped with teknology so far in advance of all others that it is akin to magic, they are able to manipulate their environment seemingly at will. When they deign to take the field they are dangerous opponents indeed.
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When the Basilikoi cannot win over an enemy with diplomacy, corrupt them with money, pressure them with sanctions, or conquer them militarily, they send in the assassins. Armed with the most advance composite-armor-plated vacuum suits, wearing helmets equipped with the latest in sensory equipment, and armed with specialist KP weapons that fire a smaller projectile at much higher velocities than normal and at a much faster rate, they are veritable killing machines.
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Edit: Here's the MOCpages entry for those who are interested. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/276840
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Post by Paco » Fri Jun 24, 2011 9:54 pm

You have 100 of them?!? Group picture is necesary. Do it.
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Post by Porphyrogenitus » Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:16 pm

Paco the Duck Ninja wrote:You have 100 of them?!? Group picture is necesary. Do it.
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In the middle Spaceman Spiff waits to take on all challengers. You can see some Assyrians on the left, as well as my Alien Mafia. Near the top of the picture are my two mercenary companies, Permanent Solutions, LTD (in white on the right) and Graywater, Inc (the SP3 guys in the middle). Gordon Freeman is facing down some headcrabs in the middle of my Scout-Sniper teams.

Here's a close-up of my mixed squad of Britannians, too, led by a member of the House of Lords. In the background you can see a couple of my Assyrians.

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Post by Silent-sigfig » Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:30 pm

Hot damn. prolly my favorite army on here.
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Post by Silverdream » Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:51 pm

Gee whiz. That's a fine looking army you got there. On the field of battle, which side of the Immortal war will it be on?
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Post by Porphyrogenitus » Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:55 pm

Silverdream wrote:Gee whiz. That's a fine looking army you got there. On the field of battle, which side of the Immortal war will it be on?
The plan is to remain violently neutral, spreading money around to try to keep the war going for as long as possible, so that the Basilikoi can come in after the fact and clean up the pieces. After all, if they can get all the various barbarians to kill each other off, it'll only be that much easier to liberate the surviving worlds once the war ends.

Realistically, though, not many plans survive past the opening stages...
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Post by Alex » Fri Jun 24, 2011 11:28 pm

Nice Space Romans! I think it's a very nice army overall, specifically the weapons and armor. I think that the shredder is my favorite gun and the assassin is one of my favorite guys. Where did you get the helmet for that? Also, a squad of space gladiators would be awesome.

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Post by Zupponn » Fri Jun 24, 2011 11:47 pm

Nice army! I love the combat shields! :D
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Post by Paco » Sat Jun 25, 2011 12:37 am

Hoo boy. Huge, badass army. Great work on everything.
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Post by Skyian Leader » Sat Jun 25, 2011 1:10 am

Oh my god! Wow, awesome army dude! Looks amazing! What will really top this off is a apocalyptic style battle report to go with it! Let's see them in action!

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Post by benkim123 » Sat Jun 25, 2011 3:20 am

Skyian Leader wrote:Oh my god! Wow, awesome army dude! Looks amazing! What will really top this off is a apocalyptic style battle report to go with it! Let's see them in action!
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Post by Bragallot » Sat Jun 25, 2011 5:40 am

Porphyrogenitus wrote:
Silverdream wrote:Gee whiz. That's a fine looking army you got there. On the field of battle, which side of the Immortal war will it be on?
The plan is to remain violently neutral, spreading money around to try to keep the war going for as long as possible, so that the Basilikoi can come in after the fact and clean up the pieces. After all, if they can get all the various barbarians to kill each other off, it'll only be that much easier to liberate the surviving worlds once the war ends.

Realistically, though, not many plans survive past the opening stages...
Good plan, though you should know the Immortals attack anyone who doesn't join them and it'll be hard to survive without allies. Of course, if anyone's going to be up to the task, it's gonna be this army :) Great-looking guys and weapons. The Greek theme is also cool and well done. Got any more plans for them?

I might've missed it but who are the white guys? Pilots?

There's great potential here, I hope you don't let it go to waste. *hint hint* 8)
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Post by Pwnerade » Sat Jun 25, 2011 5:43 am

You make up for not having many vehicles very well! The Heavy Kinetic Penetrator and the Firestorm Cannon are my favorite weapons.
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Post by Warhead » Sat Jun 25, 2011 5:54 am

Awesome army and building work. The characters look amazing. I see many excellent weapons built in various ways I haven't seen tried before. That's always good to see.

Don't mind Brag, Immortals only destroy those that oppose them, not anyone that doesn't join. There is a vast difference in that meaning with lots of political wiggle room open for negotiation.
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Post by Ben-Jammin » Sat Jun 25, 2011 5:57 am

Amazing work dude! Looks like my marines will need an update...

I can't wait to see some vehicles! Excellent job! :guinness:

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