The Noble Guard of the Northern Gildenpool State

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The Noble Guard of the Northern Gildenpool State

Postby Valtarshol » Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:24 pm

The Northern Gildenpool State is a small island monarchy prioritizing innovation and creativity over such mundane things as growing food or making sure there's enough drinkable water, leading to a rapid rise in famine and drought in the secluded nation relatively soon after the rise of the current monarchy. Sensing civil unrest and a likely revolution, the royal family set about gathering the brightest and most promising of their people, razing what little forests they had and setting up vast mining communities in several key areas. Over the next several years an army of great flying machines took form, and the Noble Guard was created to "persuade" neighboring landmasses to provide North Gildenpool with further food and materials; any gains, however, were quickly lost, as the rampant collection of materials inevitably led to environmental collapse and exhaustion of resources much in the same manner as their native island.

Rather than learn from their mistakes, the royal family began war after war, opportunistically picking off remote islands and inaccessible coastal nations, steadily growing the Guard in preparation of the inevitable assault of the mainland proper. The Royal Guard has grown considerably from its early life as an airship fleet, and now employs various self-propelled walkers and even an infantry army.

ImageQueen Class Airship Fighters by Valtarshol Ceirn, on Flickr
The staple of the Guard is, of course, the Queen Class Airship. A small, skirmishing fighter craft, the Queen often forgoes heavy armor or large caliber artillery in favor of high maneuverability and lighting speed in battle.

ImageKing and Jack Class Landships by Valtarshol Ceirn, on Flickr
The oldest walking machines of the Guard are the Landships, looming, creaking marvels of wood and steel. The Landship comes in two sizes, King and Jack, the only difference being the amount of repair equipment, spare parts, and compressed hydrogen they can carry. While the Landship can be a formidable foe in battle, its true purpose is battlefield repairs on Airships; most Landships employ a crane and several tanks of hydrogen to do anything from repairing damaged propellers and turrets to refilling bullet hole riddled balloons.

ImageGround Support Walkers by Valtarshol Ceirn, on Flickr
The Support Walker is one of the newest additions to the Guard, bringing a much needed compact assault vehicle to the ground. The walker boasts decent protection from enemy fire, and can easily return a hail of bullets or swathes of flame thanks to the top mounted gun emplacement.

ImageInfantry with Heavy Support by Valtarshol Ceirn, on Flickr
The infantry may not be the most glamorous of positions in the royal Guard, but even the most common of footsoldiers has access to heavy support machinery, ranging from self propelled guns, to walking shield walls, and even to smaller support walkers. Many conscripts start in the infantry, and those that stick to footslogging and are lucky enough to weather a few battles see rapid promotion.

ImageSignal Tower, Balloon, and Gun Emplacement Stations by Valtarshol Ceirn, on Flickr
Of course, any engagement is difficult to coordinate with forces spread over vast areas. To this end, the Guard has employed several means of communication in easily erected formats. The most common is spotting balloons, equipped with a telescope and manned by trained fire signal specialists; in more dangerous areas, the more stable and less visible signal light tower is erected. Neither of these is often far from a gun emplacement, just in case the enemy gets a little too close for comfort.

But of course, the ground is only a part of North Gildenpool's battle zone, and much larger machines of war exist in the Guard...
ImagePanned Out Shot by Valtarshol Ceirn, on Flickr
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Re: The Noble Guard of the Northern Gildenpool State

Postby -:subZ3RO:- » Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:06 am

WOW! Nuff said
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Re: The Noble Guard of the Northern Gildenpool State

Postby Valtarshol » Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:39 am

-:subZ3RO:- wrote:WOW! Nuff said

Thanks!

I forgot something in the first post, so here's some North Gildenpool Guard machines when things don't go quite as planned:
ImageCasualties of Battle by Valtarshol Ceirn, on Flickr
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Re: The Noble Guard of the Northern Gildenpool State

Postby Artasid » Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:46 am

I see these builds, I read the story and I'm reminded of Final Fantasy 4 for some odd reason. In my book anything reminding me of a Final Fantasy game is an insta-win!
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Re: The Noble Guard of the Northern Gildenpool State

Postby Valtarshol » Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:18 pm

Artasid wrote:I see these builds, I read the story and I'm reminded of Final Fantasy 4 for some odd reason. In my book anything reminding me of a Final Fantasy game is an insta-win!
Well done indeed!

Thanks! The Final Fantasy games, particularly the older ones with the more "flying boat" style of airship, were certainly a big inspiration here!

Also, the ships continue onward over here!
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Re: The Noble Guard of the Northern Gildenpool State

Postby phayze81 » Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:28 pm

I love everything about this post so much that it hurts... It hurts on the inside, and I like it. ^^
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Re: The Noble Guard of the Northern Gildenpool State

Postby VitorFaria » Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:25 am

Oddly enough, your infantry really caught my attention, using Ts as arms and having the old-school revolver as the other one is really clever!
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Re: The Noble Guard of the Northern Gildenpool State

Postby Valtarshol » Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:30 am

phayze81 wrote:I love everything about this post so much that it hurts... It hurts on the inside, and I like it. ^^

Glad to please, but don't go dying of organ failure on my account! You bring too much good to the community. :D

VitorFaria wrote:Oddly enough, your infantry really caught my attention, using Ts as arms and having the old-school revolver as the other one is really clever!

Thank'ee kindly! I always enjoy messing with infantry, making recognizable shapes and features at this scale is always interesting.
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Re: The Noble Guard of the Northern Gildenpool State

Postby Blorf » Sat Nov 04, 2017 7:21 pm

Everything here is extremely inventive and well executed. Thank you for sharing!
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Re: The Noble Guard of the Northern Gildenpool State

Postby Atavism » Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:43 pm

Great work all around! For whatever reason I just adore the observation balloon above all the rest. It's such a clean design and the little pull-down telescope arm creates a lot of character.
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Re: The Noble Guard of the Northern Gildenpool State

Postby Valtarshol » Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:25 am

Blorf wrote:Everything here is extremely inventive and well executed. Thank you for sharing!

Thanks! I had a lot of fun making a working, fairly cohesive force despite radically different design starting points.

Atavism wrote:Great work all around! For whatever reason I just adore the observation balloon above all the rest. It's such a clean design and the little pull-down telescope arm creates a lot of character.

Thank'ee kindly! The balloon was a fun little build, it took me a while to figure out how to attach anything to the basket without having everything be super crowded.
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