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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. Although the recent conflict fiirestorm 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.
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. The Relthoza have a good selection of options, and I love the feel of the faction.
It has, however, an advanced shunt matrix to allow itself to reposition whilst cloaked, meaning armaca enemy can never predict where the ship will suddenly appear, it’s alien weaponry tearing ships apart from inside before fading away into blackness. The Sorylians are not natural fliers, and they tend to field SRS principally in dedicated carrier vessels.
With AP, movement and Assault Blitz upgrades, the Cuirass xrmada a very credible boarding threat in addition to its native direct AD potential, especially paired with a Katar Assault Cruiser. The Twenty deem this a price worth paying for its potential rewards – after all, fresh young warriors are an easily replaced resource.
Another more unique innovation on this second generation battleship is the ability to deploy Seeker-Class Drones. The Bolas firestormm a stand-off torpedo cruiser designed to provide long-range support to advancing fleets.
Let’s take a look at the Serapis:. 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: This type of assault often disrupts the carefully made plans of their opponents, allowing the Sorylians rapidly-closing fleet elements to mop up the scattered remnants.
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. Employing an experimental advanced cloaking field, the Cryptos is almost impossible to target when cloaked, and chooses when to engage its prey using the same nanospatial lance system used in the Dysdera.
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Newer Post Older Post Home. So, here they are:. The Cuirass class battleship is one of a admada breed of designs that Sorylian Engineers started working on at the beginning of the Seccession Firextorm, based on predictions of how the conflict would escalate.
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? 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.
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 ar,ada quickly should it be flanked.
As the Tier 3 would firesstorm a resin rework of an existing ship, no need to talk about that here, so let’s move on.
With typical Sorylian practicality, the Pauldron also retains offensive armaments to ensure it remains viable even on losing its complement of on-board craft. 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. To further this point, the ship has an extensive number of defensive enhancements, notably a reinforced, strengthened fore, and shrouded scatter weapons – making the ship extremely tough on the approach into battle.
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 – armxda launch bays and general configuration can be much the same. 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 c2 release.
Firstly, the Cuirass has a much greater offensive bent that the Falx — it is built as a ship ready to duel with other battleships in open space one-to-one, and take them down. Now Relthoza mediums are also an interesting design space, and there is plenty of scope here. The Sorylians and the Relthoza.
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.
The Serapis also retains some of the innovation and options that firestoem Cuirass introduces, such as a reinforced fore and sector shielding:.
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What do I mean? This has been done elsewhere like Deadzone – you include a set of cards that allow you to play against an AI-Pathogen fleet. It needs to be a tough ship too, since it’s assigned duty is minesweeping, using the new Minsweeper MAR:. Next we have the Cryptos Destroyer, one of the most daring and advanced ships Relthozan technology has produced to date. 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?
Once again, a single-purpose ship in this class is something Sorylian Engineers would wish to avoid, just minesweeping is not going to satisfy most Sorylian Commander’s thirst for combat.
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. Take the Aquan Cruiser from the Taskforce Reinforcement boxes – you have a top and a bottom, plus another add-on for the Carrier version. 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?
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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.
The Relthoza spiders were my first entry point into the FSA universe, so I’m used to them and I’ve never had fireestorm problem with how they play in terms of seeing them as “difficult”.
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.
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. Here we have the Dysdera:. As with much emergent Relthozan technology, it is meant to be highly disruptive to any enemies plans.
Well one ffirestorm the Sorylians do lack is in the area of mines – they simply do not use them. This has led the Relthoza to technological solutions — the introduction of the new nanospatial lance weapon system in the Virulence gunship has proved successful and has been expanded to new ship types.
This results in a slightly more delicate internal structure, simply because of the fine balance required for the new technology.