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Author Topic: Battlefield role for a giant clockwork dragonfly? (Finished model posted Jul 30)  (Read 5804 times)

Offline Froggy the Great

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(Edit: Here's a link to the finished model)

Ok, so my VSF Roman army is going to get this as soon as it's painted:



Before I prime it though, I want to figure out its battlefield role.  In doing so, I will then know whether I have to add any weapons or antennae or whatnot, so as to at least make a nod in the general direction of Reasonable Suspension of Disbelief.

Anyone have any ideas?   So far, I think my Romans will be characterized by flexible command, carbine-equivalent pilia, and defensive bonuses when in formation.
« Last Edit: July 20, 2012, 03:54:35 PM by Froggy the Great »
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Offline fastolfrus

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Re: Battlefield role for a giant clockwork dragonfly?
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2012, 04:56:13 PM »
Make more than one.
Paint one up as a recon/observation/artillery spotter, and then do some armed ones.

For armament I'd consider some trailing lassoes - British chariots apparently used lassoes to disrupt enemy formations - or maybe a bomber version carrying a large rock?
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Offline mysteriousbill

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Re: Battlefield role for a giant clockwork dragonfly?
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2012, 05:39:26 PM »
Dart dropper, can't go wrong dropping a bunch of spikes and darts on an enemy formation. A technology that would make sense with the Romans

Offline FramFramson

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Re: Battlefield role for a giant clockwork dragonfly?
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2012, 06:17:08 PM »
The Mage Knight flying cavalry actually used mechanical dragonflies. I don't know if you're using any of those, but this could play bomber (or mothership, or troop transport) to their fighter.


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Offline Froggy the Great

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Re: Battlefield role for a giant clockwork dragonfly?
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2012, 07:10:00 PM »
They must be mine...

Offline Johnno

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Re: Battlefield role for a giant clockwork dragonfly?
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2012, 07:21:31 PM »
What about as an aerial ballista or scorpio?
With the right armaments added of course...
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Offline Froggy the Great

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Re: Battlefield role for a giant clockwork dragonfly?
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2012, 07:59:52 PM »
After some trial and error, I now have a nose-mounted aperture that could be an internal scorpion or ballista (clockwork of course), and two nozzles on the chin (trying to recover from a mistake) for the expeditious administration of naptha under battlefield conditions.

...and will probably have an amusingly altered malfunction table, or "tends to catch on fire" ambiguously dropped on its statblock.

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Re: Battlefield role for a giant clockwork dragonfly?
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2012, 01:41:33 AM »
Think of it as a helicopter and adapt it to those type of roles:
- Gunship,
- Medevac,
- Troop insertion...
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Re: Battlefield role for a giant clockwork dragonfly?
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2012, 03:46:39 AM »
I have the perfect role in mind, if you were on this side of the country to play against...

Target.

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Re: Battlefield role for a giant clockwork dragonfly?
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2012, 03:30:02 PM »
Wow, I've oft played with disposable cutlery, but I've never seen knife blades look so good!

Really first rate, Froggy, ol' bean!

@Sinewgrab I was thinking Sir Randall must have a birding gun at the ready. However, given we're no coast, not likely to see either of you.  lol

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Offline Froggy the Great

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Re: Battlefield role for a giant clockwork dragonfly?
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2012, 03:39:15 PM »
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Offline fastolfrus

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Re: Battlefield role for a giant clockwork dragonfly?
« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2012, 04:38:59 PM »
Dart dropper, can't go wrong dropping a bunch of spikes and darts on an enemy formation. A technology that would make sense with the Romans

Or caltrops perhaps?

Offline Chairface

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Re: Battlefield role for a giant clockwork dragonfly?
« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2012, 05:14:03 PM »
The Mage Knight flying cavalry actually used mechanical dragonflies. I don't know if you're using any of those, but this could play bomber (or mothership, or troop transport) to their fighter.

Here are my Dutch Dragoonflys. Your model will make a great support vehicle.


Offline Froggy the Great

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Re: Battlefield role for a giant clockwork dragonfly?
« Reply #13 on: July 19, 2012, 09:28:29 PM »
Current progress, by the way:


Offline FramFramson

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Re: Battlefield role for a giant clockwork dragonfly?
« Reply #14 on: July 19, 2012, 10:01:25 PM »
Here are my Dutch Dragoonflys. Your model will make a great support vehicle.



Interesting update on Ruyters you have there   :D

 

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