All rights reserved. all of which has contributed to making FIRESTORM ARMADA This PDF is for personal use y Writer: Christopher Worth. Firestorm Armada (v). Well, the last few weeks have been interesting for me to say the least. I spent most of this weekend fighting what I call. : Firestorm Armada 2nd Edition Core Rulebook v SGSFARB04 by Spartan Games: Toys & Games.
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It does pay for this rather single-purposed mentality somewhat – it can be vulnerable to short-ranged torpedo weapons, and should it’s cloak be damaged its hull is not meant for front-line combat confrontations with similarly-sized vessels. The Atrax is a ship designed to prize other vessels through martial combat.
As with much emergent Relthozan technology, it is meant to be highly disruptive to any enemies plans. Commonly fielding assault shuttles and packed with warriors, these ships are relatively cheap and fast to construct, relying on stealth and cloaks to get to their prey and seize them.
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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.
I’ve never really had too much of a problem with the Brood Battleship, it’s a solid ship. This way it doesn’t even matter if you don’t have someone to play the game against, you can still buy and play the set – how cool would that be?
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.
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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.
Now making a multi-piece model representing two ships here is easy, since all you need for an Assault Carrier is a bit more armour and some more weapons – the launch bays and general configuration can be much the same. 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.
Firesttorm this armzda 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: Utilising the same basic hull arrangement of the Cuirass, the Serapis dispenses with shrouded weapons 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.
As such, we have the Flagellant:. From how the Falx fares in battle, the Sorylians would undoubtedly have been working to cover some of its shortcomings. Here we have the Dysdera:. The Relthoza spiders were aramda first entry point into the FSA universe, so I’m used to them and I’ve never had a problem with how they play in terms of seeing them as “difficult”.
These designs have been developed by the Sorylians over the past decades and are now agmada ready to start field trials in the Outer Spheres — the standard method of deployment the Collective uses when producing new starships.
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. Such is the power drain from this new cloak, however, that it cannot use weaponry whilst it is engaged and even if it could, to do so would reveal it’s location to targeting sensors.
Now, with Spartan’s ability to create more complex, multi-part models, it should be possible to create a boxed set that actually give you Large and Medium models that can be built in one of two different ways. Next we have the Cryptos Destroyer, one of the most daring and advanced ships Relthozan technology has produced to date. 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 with a Katar Assault Cruiser.
It is also possible to take a pair of Pauldron Escort Cruiser to further expand and add flexibility to its SRS complement. The Relthoza have a good selection of options, and I love the feel of the faction. 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?
One of the things the Relthoza lack is a stand-off destroyer the Venom is very much an ambush predatorand surprisingly for a race which is quite torpedo-heavy, they have no dedicated Torpedo Cruiser.
What I’d have loved to see virestorm Spartan here would be an add-ons pack of Pathogen pieces for the included ships, to replace some of the ships parts.
This enables SRS cover for smaller task forces, and boosts the abilities of armadz 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.
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:. The Relthoza Incursions into Sorylian territory have time and again been repulsed by the sphere defences the Sorylians have entrenched around their territory.
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The Sorylians are not natural fliers, and they tend to field SRS principally in dedicated carrier vessels. The Twenty deem this a price worth paying for its potential rewards – after all, fresh young warriors are an easily replaced resource. Employing an experimental advanced cloaking field, the Cryptos ifrestorm almost impossible to target when cloaked, and chooses when to engage its prey using the same nanospatial lance system used in the Dysdera.
Now the obvious bit is – it has to be the two Core Races that haven’t yet had a boxed set, right? 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:.
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. The Serapis also retains some of the innovation and options that the Cuirass introduces, such as a reinforced fore and sector shielding:.
This would both extend flexibility and appeal to players, and give people a reason to either buy multiple boxed sets, or to buy the boxed set and still buy the separate models on individual release. 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.
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. We heard mention above of the Pauldron Escort Cruiser above, so let’s start there.
Deployed by Hidden Setup or by the Cuirass, these drones allow pinpoint foldspace entry by Sorylian ships within their area of effect — making that double Battleship setup even more deadly. Rather than give them a ship that did the same as other races, they would deal with this by countering this threat.
It also maintains a standard broadside weaponry to protect itself from flanking attacks should its cloak or shunt matrix be damaged, though most Cryptos crews pray that these are never to be used, as it is not a ship designed for an honest, even fight.
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.