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It retains the ability to use its Kinetic and Torpedo weapons even with this profile, so it is not a passive approach, meaning that when it arrives in optimum firing position it is likely to be doing so at full or close to full HP, making it a very potent early-game ship the enemy cannot afford to ignore, especially if also accompanied by Flechettes to further enhance its firepower.
This enables SRS cover for smaller task forces, and boosts the abilities of larger vessels such as the Serapis – the latter is not configured for bomber operations, but coupled with 2 Pauldrons, it can field both bombers and assault shuttles, or provide interceptor cover etc.
It needs to be a tough ship too, since it’s assigned duty is minesweeping, using the new Minsweeper MAR:. Another more unique innovation on this ramada generation battleship is the ability to deploy Seeker-Class Drones. With typical Sorylian practicality, the Pauldron also retains offensive armaments to ensure it remains viable even on losing its complement of on-board craft.
So, here they are:. It also reduces the range of any installed battle shunt drive generator – the power requirements for more would simply armsda impractical to accommodate without a major hull redesign and expansion. The Grand Council have recognised that the tactics of other races, especially the Relthoza who are capable of fielding large quantities of SRS at any engagement level have exposed a potential weakness in the Collecxtive’s Sphere defences, below where fleet carriers such as the Xiphos are deployed.
Utilising the same basic hull arrangement of the Cuirass, the Serapis dispenses zrmada shrouded armasa for overall hull strengthening and the provision of extensive launch bays for its assault shuttles to carry the vast numbers of its boarding marines to the enemy.
The Relthoza spiders were my first entry point into the FSA universe, so I’m used to them and I’ve never had armaada problem with how they play in fiestorm of seeing them as “difficult”. In a similar manner with the construction of the ships in this set, you could have a pathogen bottom that would fit the Aquan top, giving you yet another iteration of the ships.
That being said, the Relthoza have some obvious gaps in their repertoire given their fluff – they’re an SRS and boarding-heavy fleet, so why they don’t have a Battlecarrier and Assault carrier seems odd – these are both obvious development directions for them.
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Take the Aquan Cruiser from the Taskforce Reinforcement boxes – you have a top and a bottom, plus another add-on for the Carrier version. Well one area the Sorylians do lack is in the area of mines – they simply do not use them. This is a tough cruiser, built on the same lines as the Kopis, shielded as standard and with the capability to increase that shield strength. The Sorylians have a pretty effective Tier 2 selection, with extremely effective Cruisers and Gunships – what more could they have that would be a viable selection?
Now Relthoza mediums are also an interesting design space, and there is plenty of scope here. Now making a multi-piece model representing two ships here is easy, since all you armadq for an Assault Carrier is a bit more armour and some more weapons – the launch bays and general configuration can be much the same. Accompanied by a Katar Assault cruiser, the boarding potential of the Serapis becomes overwhelming – something the Sorylians have found necessary when combatting their martial galactic neighbours, the Relthoza.
It also maintains a standard broadside weaponry to protect itself from flanking attacks should its cloak or shunt matrix be damaged, firestor most Cryptos crews pray that these are never to be used, as it is not a ship designed for an honest, even fight. As such, the Pauldron has been devloped using the same manufacturing lines as produce the Skyhammer and Falcata Cruisers, adapting the hull to provide flexible launch bays for an array of different SRS.
I’ve never really had too much of a problem with the Brood Battleship, it’s a armadda ship. We heard mention above of the Pauldron Escort Cruiser above, so let’s start there.
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One of the things the Relthoza lack is a stand-off destroyer the Venom is very much an ambush predatorand surprisingly firestorn a race which is quite torpedo-heavy, they have no dedicated Torpedo Cruiser. Without this bridgehead into Sorylian territory, the reformer fleets cannot operate with sufficient impunity to start thoroughly terraforming worlds – which is what the end-game is for the Relthoza: Employing an experimental advanced cloaking field, the Cryptos is almost impossible to target when cloaked, and chooses when to engage its prey using girestorm same nanospatial lance system used in the Dysdera.
It remains in the rear of the engagement, cloaked and often running silent to avoid detection as it unleashes nanotech-laced death from the depths of space. The Relthoza Incursions into Sorylian territory have time and again been repulsed by the sphere defences the Sorylians have entrenched around their armads.
This has been done elsewhere like Deadzone – you include a set of cards that allow you to play against an AI-Pathogen fleet. Flagellants have thus rapidly gained a reputation as line-breakers, and it is seen as one of the most honourable positions to hold in the Collective’s Sphere Defence fleets. Shield generators may also be fitted with Terran-derived sectoring technology, something unknown on Sorylian ships of the past, but garnered out of close cooperation with their Kurak allies.
The Atrax is a ship designed to prize other vessels through martial combat. It has, however, an advanced shunt matrix to allow itself to reposition whilst cloaked, meaning the enemy can never predict where the ship will suddenly appear, it’s alien weaponry tearing ships apart from inside before fading away into blackness. Alternatively they can be outfitted with the next generation of Shunt drives, enabling them to leap forward and deliver a crippling blow where the enemy would never suspect it.
The Twenty deem this a price worth paying for its potential rewards – after all, fresh young warriors are an easily replaced resource. This results in a reduced broadside capability, and so Sorylian Engineers have focussed on providing a hard-hitting fore mounted scatter array to soften targets up on approach before launching their coup de grace hand-to-hand. What I’d have loved to see from Spartan here would be an add-ons pack of Pathogen pieces for the included ships, to replace some of the ships parts.
This would have been super-cool and added more reasons to buy multiple boxed sets, and also another play element to the game – an AI deck. Although the recent conflict in the Storm Zone has drained Sorylian forces and allowed the Relthoza to make gains, these are relatively minor and have not allowed for the large scale footholds the Twenty had hoped for. As the Tier 3 would be a resin rework of an existing ship, no need to talk about that here, so let’s move on.
With a fast, hard-hitting battleship, what other class could a multi-part model make that would fit with Sorylian lore, and fill a role in their fleets? The Serapis also retains some of the innovation and options that the Cuirass introduces, such as a reinforced fore and sector shielding:.
Should it be engaged, it has a moderate short-ranged broadside array to defend itself, and can either be rigged with non-detection systems or an advanced Shunt matrix to help it get out of trouble quickly should it be flanked. So let’s have a look at some rationale:. The Relthoza have a good selection of options, and I love the feel of the faction. Now, the Falx isn’t a bad ship, it just isn’t an equal counter to other Large ships it’s no dueller – so enter the Cuirass:.
As such, the Flagellant retains a decent – if short ranged – set of scatter weaponry, and coupled with its toughness it is often seen plunging ahead into enemy lines ahead of the rest of the fleet, weathering the fire of the enemy to unleash short-ranged hell into their foes. The Cuirass bears many similarities to the Falx and Swordbreaker that preceded it, but with several enhancements and design shifts. Rather than give them a ship that did the same as other races, they would deal with this by countering this threat.
This would also make it ideal to pair with a reserved Falx entering by foldspace for a heavy-hitting one-two punch in the early or mid-point of the game. The Dysdera employs the same nanospatial lance technology that was first implemented on the Virulence Gunship, in an up-armoured version of the same hull as the Atrax.
It is also possible to take a pair of Pauldron Armqda Cruiser to further expand and armmada flexibility to its SRS complement. Advanced shunt matrices and new cloaking systems are also being deployed, together with expanded suites of support ship types to disrupt the highly structured Sorylian defences. Once again, Tier 3s would be reworked all-resin Nidus frigates, giving us a nice up-to-date offering for the Relthoza, with plenty of new dirty tricks up their sleeves.
With AP, movement and Assault Blitz upgrades, the Cuirass becomes a very credible boarding threat in addition to its native direct AD potential, especially paired firstorm a Katar Assault Cruiser.
The Sorylians, like the Relthoza, are excellent martial opponents, so the need for more means of delivering more warriors into the field is highly desirable, hence the development of the Atrax:.
This results in a slightly more delicate internal structure, simply because of the fine balance required for the new technology.