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Once again, Tier 3s armad 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. 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. As with much emergent Relthozan technology, it is meant to be highly disruptive to any enemies plans.
As the Tier 3 armaada be a resin rework of an existing ship, no need to talk about that here, so let’s move on. The Sorylians, aramda 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:.
The Relthoza Incursions into Sorylian territory have time and again been repulsed by the sphere defences the Sorylians have entrenched around their territory. 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? 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 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. Another more unique innovation on this second generation battleship is the ability to deploy Seeker-Class Drones. Newer Post Older Post Home. The Atrax is a ship designed to prize other vessels through martial combat. The Sorylians are not natural fliers, and they tend to field SRS principally in dedicated carrier vessels.
Here we have the Dysdera:. The Cuirass class battleship is one of a new breed of designs that Sorylian Fidestorm started working on at the beginning of the Seccession Wars, based on predictions of how the conflict would escalate.
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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? 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.
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.
What do I mean? Without this bridgehead into Sorylian territory, the reformer fleets cannot operate armaxa sufficient impunity to start thoroughly terraforming worlds – which is what the end-game is for the Relthoza: 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.
It armaea, 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.
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Now Relthoza mediums are also an interesting design space, and there is plenty of scope here. 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.
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. 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 v the fleet, weathering the fire of the enemy to unleash short-ranged hell into their foes.
It is also possible to take a pair of Pauldron Escort Cruiser to further expand and add flexibility to its SRS complement.
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The Relthoza have a good selection of c2, and I love the feel of the faction. 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.
Utilising the same basic hull arrangement of fireztorm 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.
Take the Aquan Cruiser from the Taskforce Reinforcement boxes – you have a top and a bottom, plus another add-on for the Carrier version. As such, we have the Flagellant:. Should it be engaged, it has a moderate short-ranged flrestorm array to defend itself, and firesyorm either be rigged with non-detection systems or an advanced Shunt matrix to help it get out of trouble quickly should it be flanked. 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.
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 Aemada Cruiser.
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 Cuirass bears many similarities to the Falx and Swordbreaker that preceded it, but with several enhancements and design shifts.
This results in a slightly more delicate internal structure, simply because of the fine balance required for the new technology. Most Spartan 2-player sets come with extras, like the Valhalla station and firestorrm Overseers gate and probe.
So, here they are:. 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.
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.
So let’s have a look at some rationale:. It’s weapon systems make it a deadly late-game opponent, but even from the opening salvoes this is not a squadron that can be ignored, meaning the enemy needs to divert valuable resources to fjrestorm with them as the main Relthozan force closes.
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 Twenty deem this a price worth paying for its potential rewards – after all, fresh young warriors are an easily replaced resource. Well, first off, another Battleship would be a good start. These designs have been developed by the Sorylians over the past decades and are now finally ready to start field trials in the Outer Spheres — the standard method of deployment the Collective uses when producing new starships.