Patrick's Zeppelin And Bomber Contest!!

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Patrick's Zeppelin And Bomber Contest!!

Postby Patrick » Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:00 am

UPDATE: 9/17/2012 - THE WINNERS ARE ANNOUNCED! Congratulations to feggula and Phoenix for their winning designs, and thank you to everyone who designed some incredible zeppelins and bombers and those who voted for the winners.

Bomber Entries:

1) Blackflag JR-1LB Blizzard Light Bomber

2) WADG/Fairchild IC-301 Bastion

3) Amiot 160 „Martel“

Zeppelin Entries:

1) Maréchal Murat Class

2) Roebuck Class

3) Chesapeake Aerial Foundry Ironsides-Class

4) Passenger Zeppelin Kirtland

Okay folks, now that ZB is out and the designs are rolling in, I am throwing down the gauntlet and having a contest for best zeppelin and best bomber contest. I'm making this up as I go, but here are the rules....

1) I will be picking a winner for Best Bomber and a winner for Best Zeppelin. You can design a bomber and a zeppelin, but you won't be eligible to win both categories. So if you end up winning both, the 2nd place winner will be chosen for one of the two categories, determined randomly by me. Cargo planes and parasite fighters are not eligible (if this goes well maybe they will be the next contest!)

2) Designs should follow the rules found in Zeppelins & Bombers, and be legal designs, and include back story information.

3) Designs should be posted as replies to this thread. I will edit this first thread with the entries to keep it simpler.

4) Winners will be voted on by the rest of the community here. I will only pick a winner in the case of a tie breaker for either or both categories. So everyone who posts (or lurks here) should feel free to vote here (or PM me) to let me know who you vote for. You cannot vote for your own designs. ;) This includes creating a new username and voting for yourself, so no one who signs up to vote after this is posted is eligible to vote.

5) The community has until 8/31/2012 end of day to enter their designs. You can include artwork if you like, but it isn't necessary.

6) So what do you win? I will give away to the zeppelin winner 1 Crimson Skies miniature of my choice and an unused copy of Behind the Crimson Veil. The bomber winner will receive 1 Crimson Skies miniature of my choice and an unopened copy of Wings Over Manhattan, shrink wrapped and including the maps. I have also have a ton (and I mean a TON) of other duplicate FASA source books from Shadowrun, Battletech, Vor, etc, so if you'd rather have something from one of those, I can check and see what I've got.

Any questions? No? Then get designing! :D

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Re: Patrick's Zeppelin And Bomber Contest!!

Postby Khy » Tue Aug 07, 2012 7:58 pm

Will update the following over time as this one still needs some work.


Blackflag JR-1LB Blizzard Light Bomber
BTN; 1 (-1)
Weight Class; 35,000 [Airframe Cost $5,500]
Loaded Weight; 45750
Engines; 4
Speed; 2 (200 MPH) [Engine Mass/Cost 6650 ; $5140(1.2)= $3912]
G-Rating; 1 ( Wt/Cost 5250 ; $2790)
Acceleration; 2 (Wt 5,600)
Armor; 84 rows (8400 lb ; $4200)
Fore Turret; x2 50 Cal Cannon (800)+800
Aft Turret; x2 40 Cal MG’s (650)+500
Guns total; 1600 +1150 = 2750

Payload; 5350 lbs

Special Characteristics;
Self-sealing Tanks
Reinforced Wings (+1000 Lbs)

Total Wt; 29650
Total Cost; $21817

While only the barest details of the Blackflag Blizzard's existence are known to those of us on the outside, the unpleasant fact that it exists may no longer be denied by the law-abiding governments of the North American continent. From our examination of the single craft we managed to recover after separating it from its heavily-guarded escort formation, the Blizzard appears to be a moderately armored and decently armed light bomber built primarily for durability, speed, range, and short runways. This particular specimen was encountered a few miles inside California, near the border of what used to be Nevada, after our local branch started receiving panicked-- disturbingly shortened-- telephone calls from the outlying town of Absol, which housed and supplied one of our jump strips into the disputed zones. Had we not had a patrol squadron nearby and had luck not been on our side with the clear skies. Once we found them, though, it was over. Though our initial patrol was forced to retreat, they managed to tail the pirate scum until our larger air units could sortie. The bomber, put up a good fight, as did its escorts but after a few losses to its .50 and .40 cal turrets, we managed to bring it down and scatter its escorts. Our salvage and engineering teams managed to land at the crash site for a few brief hours before a reorganized and re-armed flight of pilots streaked out of the sky and strafed the wreckage into oblivion. Luckily for us, our ground teams managed to get in the air before then. What information we have, we listed above.


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Re: Patrick's Zeppelin And Bomber Contest!!

Postby Cyagen » Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:54 pm

This one is going to be in the book for sure. It was fun to design!

Maréchal Murat Class
- ESIA call sign “Bass” -

It looked like a good idea at the beginning, but they kind of pushed it to the extreme
- Didier Housonne, French Air Force Zeppelin Captain

The Murat class was supposed to be France’s answer to the rapidly growing German air fleet. However, with the numerous changes of government and intra service rivalry, the answer fell flat.

Design History
The success of Germany in the construction and the conception of Zeppelin makes us forget that the French were also pioneers in that industry. The “France” did its maiden flight in 1884, it was far away from the modern Zeppelin with its electrical motors and flexible structure but it started the airship industry in France. Unfortunately, France decided to best on the blimp, it even built a fleet of them for the Army. However the Great War proved the Zeppelin to be the more efficient design for an airship. The German fighters did short work of the French blimp fleet. After the treaty of Versailles the French Air Force started a Zeppelin construction program to make sure that it would never had to surrender the sky to the Germans again. The design committee made good progress and the first prototype flew in 1923. It was on its way to be produced when France started to sink in instability with Government that succeeded itself on a regular basis. Each new government requested changes to the program that required to return to the drawing board. In addition the Army and the Navy resented giving away part of their role to the Air Force and started an administrative war to restrict the armament that could be carried by the ship. After 5 years of development hell, the first zeppelins were put into production and the first was put in operation in 1930. The end result was a relatively small ship with powerful engines. However, the interference of the Navy resulted in the designer having to replace the siege guns with flak guns, that resulted in a role zeppelin and not the good generalist that the French Air Force was looking for. One thing that was remarkable is the launch/retrieval mechanism. It lowers down out of the Zeppelin with the operating crew. The planes are lowered down using one of three cranes around the hanger doors and then launched. It resulst in a very quick launch or retrieval of its 18 fighters. But when the design was put into operation to support the Nationalist in Spain, it performed so poorly that the French Air Force relegated it instantly to colonial duties.

Role and Deployment.
The Murat can’t hold his own against military zeppelins. However, its speed and the fact that it is such a good aircraft operation platform makes it perfect for anti-pirate operations. Colonial forces that received it were so impressed with it that they requested more. That allowed to extend the production run until late into 1935.

- Also strikes from airdock workers in St-Malo forced the French government to honor the contract that asked for the construction of 25 ships. -L

In North America, the Murat is known because of its role in the North East War in which it played was the main airship of the ROQ. There is no story that shows in a better way the flaws and qualities of the Murat then the one of the Gouverneur Frontnac. When the Maritime Provinces army managed to break through the defense around St-Georges, the Frontnac was on its way to deliver new planes to the squadrons around the town. Instead her Captain, hearing that the AAQ was outnumbered 3 to 1 in the sky throw his ship right into the battle. Unleashing her tremendous flak power he managed to breakdown the cohesion of the MP air force and allow the AAQ to win air superiority over the battlefield. During the battle, transport planes ferried pilots to the zeppelin so that they could strap in their brand new planes and launch right away. The battle seemed to be turning the ROQ way until the MP Zeppelin Halifax appeared. Without siege guns the Frontnac could not hope to survive this fight but she sold her skin dearly. For hours the zeppelins danced around the sky, the Frontnac always trying to keep away from the broadside of the Halifax until in the end she ran out of space and was shot down. It however turned out to be a Pyrrhic victory for the Halifax since when the Frontnac went down, it had cleared the skies for the ROQ that managed to board the Halifax and scuttle her after a bitter fight.

- Quebec received 7 Bass from France in 1933. 1 was retro-engineer to help design their “Pike” light airship, 4 were shot down in the North East War and 3 are still in active service. The Bass is an old, flawed design but it can be very effective in the right hands and the 3 current crews of the ROQ ships are certainly the right hands. -L

Class: Maréchal Murat
Type: Medium Military Zeppelin
Lenght: 306 meter (1004‘)
Gas/Armor rating: 180 (Armored)
Gondolas: 1
Engines: 12
Hanger Capacity: 18 aircrafts
Flak Gun Pod 1 Port
Flak Gun Pod 2 Starboard
Flak Gun Pod 3 Port
Flak Gun Pod 4 Starboard
Flak Gun Pod 5 Port
Flak Gun Pod 6 Starboard
Flak Gun Pod 7 Port
Flak Gun Pod 8 Starboard
Flak Gun Pod 9 Port
Flak Gun Pod 10 Starboard
Flak Gun Pod 11 Port
Flak Gun Pod 12 Starboard
2 X Flak Guns (replacing Siege Guns) Broadside Port
2 X Flak Guns (replacing Siege Guns) Broadside Starboard
Heavy Turret Nose Forward
Heavy Turret Tail Aft

Special Characteristics
Improved Aircraft Control System

Cost: $2,510,000

Construction Time: 1,12 Years

In the service of: Québec, Louisiana, France
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Re: Patrick's Zeppelin And Bomber Contest!!

Postby Grant » Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:34 pm

Class: Lenin Class
Type: Large Military Zeppelin
Length: 1800'
Gas/Armour rating: 240
Gondolas: 1
Engines: 18(14)
Hanger capacity: 44 aircraft (24)

Dual 60 calibre turret, Engine Pod 1, Port
Dual 60 calibre turret, Engine Pod 2, Starboard
Dual 60 calibre turret, Engine Pod 3, Port
Dual 60 calibre turret, Engine Pod 4, Starboard
Dual 60 calibre turret, Engine Pod 5, Port
Dual 60 calibre turret, Engine Pod 6, Starboard
Dual 60 calibre turret, Engine Pod 7, Port
Dual 60 calibre turret, Engine Pod 8, Starboard
Dual 60 calibre turret, Engine Pod 9, Port
Dual 60 calibre turret, Engine Pod 10, Starboard
Dual 60 calibre turret, Engine Pod 11, Port
Dual 60 calibre turret, Engine Pod 12, Starboard
Dual 60 calibre turret, Engine Pod 13, Port
Dual 60 calibre turret, Engine Pod 14, Starboard
3 x 4" Siege Guns (long), Broadside, Port
3 x 4" Siege Guns (long), Broadside, Starboard
Heavy turret, Nose, Forward
Heavy turret, Tail, Aft
Heavy turret, Gondola, Ground

Special characteristics
Improved Combat Maneuvering.
Shortened Hanger
Crowded Hanger

Cost: 4.5 Million Dollars (5.6 Million Rubles)
Construction time: 2 Years
In the service of:
Formerly Union Of Soviet Socialist Republics
Currently: Montana Raiders pirate band.
Crew: 122 (nominal 180)

CP used: 188

The CCCP "Lenin" Class was birthed in late 1934, almost three years after the design had first been considered. Those three years were telling on it, and the rapidly changing world of air power, it was obsolete almost as soon as it was turned loose.

When the design first went before Stalin in the final days of 1930, it was conceived as the leading ship of the USSR's new airship fleet, large, at it's design, it would hav been the largest made, fast, and with an adequate fighter capacity. The "keel" was laid on New Years day 1931, and almost as soon as it began, the troubles arose. Rumblings of trouble in the Red Military distracted Stalin and when the Politburo collapsed in 1933, work went idle while Stalin began rounding up the renegade generals and put emphasis on smaller, more quickly finished designs.

As the various dictators and warlords crumbled back into the USSR, Stalin ordered the Lenin to be given top priority over even the more badly needed smaller and more usefull zeppelins, as a symbol of Red Might. Alas, when it left the yards, it was almost scorned out of hand. The needs of combat had changed. Designed to intimidate it's smaller neighbors to the west, run down and kill lightly armed and armored pirate zeppelins and engage in combat with multiple small zeppelins.

While still extremely fast for it's design(possible due to quietly replacing the Soviet Design specs with foreign produced models), it simply lacked firepower, with the Texas Republic and German Kyritz class both packing an equal number, with the Lenin Class having less armor, while also carrying far less fighters than comparable zeppelins. In addition, when designed, it had put emphasis on speed, and streamlining the design, and by effect, making the hanger a crowded, miserable to work in affair. It was also made more expensive than either, while being less effective.

At the same time, the White Russians in Georgia, and Alaska were causing Stalin a large pain, while the Soviet Far East Republic (the sole remaining Communist holdout to Stalin) began making attractive deals and partnerships with Red Alaskans. As a show of "goodwill" Stalin sent the Lenin on a trip through Alaska in early 1935, to try and garner (or strongarm) support for his cause.

Being the second-from-shakedown cruiser, and Soviet Crews still not having any large degree of experiance, the Lenin proved an easy target. A daylight raid by two combined bands crippled the small 24 aircraft escort, and then a nighttime boarding attack took the zeppelin, the Montana Raiders taking the zeppelin, while the White Swans took the remaining fighters, ammunition stores, prisoners and anything else of value inside.

Since then, the Raiders have put the zeppelin to heavy use, using it's heavy firepower to capture cargo zeppelins under threat of destruction, while using it's speed to outrun several heavier military zeppelins that have tried to capture it.
However more and more nations are taking note, as very rarely is a military grade zeppelin in pirate hands. As such, the reward for it's (re)-capture or destruction are high, leading the Montana Raiders to take few chances with their prize.


I'm just gonna say that while it's up, I'm not participating in the contest ;) Being website administrator, I simply won't. Also, the design isn't "official" Per-say since I'm only using 14 of the possible 18 engines. I like having flavor.

That's my "original" design, built using Yahzuk's Zeppelin Rules. I will say that while I am using Patricks movement, damage and firing setups(and template format), I think for my personal use I'll continue with yahzuk's rules. Since I never actually get to PLAY a design I've made, I need a little more.....uh...flavor in hex layouts, engines,etc.

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Re: Patrick's Zeppelin And Bomber Contest!!

Postby Patrick » Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:03 am

Grant wroteColonSince I never actually get to PLAY a design I've made, I need a little more.....uh...flavor in hex layouts, engines,etc.

I need to post my "Solitaire/Training" template for you. With it could conceivably play on your own as much as you like.

Edit to add that if you ever wanted to do PBEM, I am sure I could roll up a Utah squadron (I'd love to try out those new Seraph fighters) and a zep and have her sail up into the DWT looking for pirates. :mrgreen:

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Re: Patrick's Zeppelin And Bomber Contest!!

Postby Thom » Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:43 am

Patrick wroteColonI need to post my "Solitaire/Training" template for you. With it could conceivably play on your own as much as you like.

Yes please! I suffer from a lack of fellow tabletop gamer's here, if it ain't D&D then it ain't played on this island! (Well actually we play a lot of other RPGs, but trying to drag these guys into Bloodbowl, Elf Ball, Battletech or Crimson Skies is just impossible!)
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Re: Patrick's Zeppelin And Bomber Contest!!

Postby feggula » Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:04 am

This zeppelin is based on our Red Skies campaign game where the players are the aircraft pilots and 'away team'. The Roebuck has been previously designed using other modified zeppelin construction systems (and it was through these that the overweight issue came about) but now it can be revealed in all its true glory. Ladies and gentlemen, Conwing International, The American Museum of Natural History and the British Natural History Museum are proud to present -

The Roebuck
What would become the Roebuck was originally called the Sterett and was designed By Conwing International as a military style cargo zeppelin with the brief to be able to defend itself from any threat as well as carrying valuable trade across the North American continent. It was envisaged that the Sterett would be the first of a line of zeppelins that would soon see the end of piracy in the America. The designers were given their brief and set to work.

The Zeppelin was a marvel of engineering. It carried three gondolas slung underneath for cargo and passengers and was protected by military grade material. Each of the twelve engine pods had twin 50 calibre machine guns and four 2" siege guns were added to put the wind into pirate zeppelin sails. Internally the aircraft hanger was split into two sections. The first was for the Sterett itself, designed to hold 6 light cargo planes to aid in the loading and unloading of cargo and passengers and to allow the zeppelin to make small deliveries slightly off its course, the second part of the hanger held the 12 fighters that would form its own defensive escort. Finally the Sterett would house a sizeable security force which would again provide a deterrant againt pirates but would definitely force the issue should a suicidal attempt be made.

The Sterett was a marvel and could possibly have provided the company with a success story save for one important flaw. It was slow. Very very slow. With all the weight and gear installed, the Sterett was the same speed as the heaviest cargo zeppelins and it manoeuvred like a cow. Ideas were floated to try and alleviate this crucial weakness, such as expensive variable engine mounts, adding additional engines, placing the engines on extended mounts and even trying to get high performance engines, but ultimately the decision was taken that with the design brief laid down, the Sterett would not get the performance she needed unless something was removed, and to be the pirate deterrent that she was supposed to be, nothing could be removed.

The craft stayed in a hanger for months while designers toyed with ideas but ultimately the decision was taken that she was a turkey and would be sold off. The Sterett was thus put on the market but there was little interest in the slow lumbering zeppelin.

Step in a joint project via the American Museum of Natural History and the British Natural History Museum. The two museums had always shared an interest in exploring certain parts of the world where travel was restricted and the prospect of owning their own zeppelin had long been a dream. When news of the Sterett being on the market appeared a plan was hatched to obtain it. Representatives of the museums approached Conwing International and persuaded them to sell them the Sterett. Conwing International was happy to get rid of it but looking for ways to make money and not lose their reputation, they made the provision that they would be the ones to refit the Sterett to the museums requirements.

The museums agree and the Sterett underwent a major overhaul. The siege guns were removed and the cargo and passenger areas were remodelled to fit the explorers and their gear instead of fighting pirates. The engine pod guns were officially removed but infact were simply downgraded as it was seemed that some of the areas where the zeppelin were to go might not be friendly. The hanger bay was also extensively remodelled. The need to carry twelve escorts and six dedicated cargo planes was not required, instead it was thought that perhaps a couple of specialised craft might be carried (including a seaplane) with an additional couple of escort aircraft.

The work took several months to complete, and when it was finished the Sterett was rechristened the Roebuck and officially handed over to the museums. It was everything that was asked for, and, with all the weight from the cargo pods and weaponry removed, the Roebuck finally was able to move at speed.

Over the years that followed, the Roebuck would be in use by the museums across the globe, mainly though in South America and darkest Africa, acting as their premier exploration vessel. The aircraft complement would rise to 6 escort fighters and 3 specialised planes (including a seaplane, an autogyro and a light cargo plane) and the defensive arnament would be increased slightly to include 2 flak guns and several double mounts, all of which would disappear when returning to friendly shores.

The Roebuck would be damaged, repaired and modified several times but would always be at the scene for perilious adventure and excitement!

The Roebuck (as of the 1938 Expedition to Africa)
Type: Medium military zeppelin
Length: 1,200'
Gas/Armour rating: 180, armoured
Gondolas: 3
Engines: 12
Hanger capacity: 18

Flak cannon, Engine Pod 1, Port
Flak cannon, Engine Pod 2, Starboard
Single 30 calibre turret, Engine Pod 3, Port
Single 30 calibre turret, Engine Pod 4, Starboard
Single 30 calibre turret, Engine Pod 5, Port
Single 30 calibre turret, Engine Pod 6, Starboard
Dual 30 calibre turret, Engine Pod 7, Port
Dual 30 calibre turret, Engine Pod 8, Starboard
Single 30 calibre turret, Engine Pod 9, Port
Single 30 calibre turret, Engine Pod 10, Starboard
Single 30 calibre turret, Engine Pod 11, Port
Single 30 calibre turret, Engine Pod 12, Starboard

Special characteristics:
Spacious hanger

Cost: $3,000,000
Construction time: 1.34 years
In the service of: The American Museum of Natural History and the British Natural History Museum

Crew: 71
CP used: 78 out of 140

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Re: Patrick's Zeppelin And Bomber Contest!!

Postby Grant » Fri Aug 10, 2012 2:03 am

Nice a Museum zeppelin. I'd have never thought of that :D

And Patrick: Once harvest is done I might take you up on it. A winter project is to try and get a good PBEM "Template" set up with blank maps, and then counters that can be used interchangably on them.

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Re: Patrick's Zeppelin And Bomber Contest!!

Postby Phoenix » Tue Aug 14, 2012 10:01 pm

Thom wroteColon
Patrick wroteColonI need to post my "Solitaire/Training" template for you. With it could conceivably play on your own as much as you like.

Yes please! I suffer from a lack of fellow tabletop gamer's here, if it ain't D&D then it ain't played on this island! (Well actually we play a lot of other RPGs, but trying to drag these guys into Bloodbowl, Elf Ball, Battletech or Crimson Skies is just impossible!)

I second the motion! As someone who suffers from a very high ratio of game ideas to games played, this would be very, very useful!
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Re: Patrick's Zeppelin And Bomber Contest!!

Postby Phoenix » Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:50 am

And here're my entries! I was on a bit of a Columbia kick - this might turn out to be the first of a "Zepps of the World" series.

WADG/Fairchild IC-301 Bastion
Though the Fairchild Corporation initially had its doubts about the design of the IC-101 Monitor, the craft's demonstrated airworthiness and slowly increasing sales to the Columbia government and private citizens demonstrated the profitability of a continued partnership with the Washington Air Design Group. As such, Fairchild began to investigate the possibility of a new, as-yet undetermined design. Fairchild did not have to wait long, however, before a new opportunity – and new trouble – presented itself.
The unveiling of the Columbia Design Bureau Heron caused both a public stir and private concern among the members of Fairchild's board of directors. Though the Heron had its weaknesses – thin armor and meager weaponry among them – it was fast and agile (for a bomber, at least) and the CDB was willing to sell it to any interested parties. Fairchild watched with mounting concern as orders for the bomber rolled in from the government of Columbia and foreign states. The Heron presented a clear threat to Fairchild's business model – after all, Fairchild is known far and wide for its neutrality, and the company is renowned as a source of quality aircraft for private, public, and illicit buyers alike. The CDB's copying of this strategy worried Fairchild, who were concerned that the other company might branch out into fighter design and attempt to threaten their profit margins. Fairchild, naturally, could not allow this to continue, and so they set out to design a bomber that would steal the Heron's glory and reassert Fairchild's rightful place in the world of North American business.

Design History
Designed in conjunction with the WADG, the IC-301 Bastion draws heavily on that company's experience with the IC-101 Monitor heavy fighter, and many of the lessons and design philosophies of that aircraft are replicated in the Bastion. Chief among these is defense. While the Monitor has been called a “warship of the sky” the Bastion was meant to be a dreadnought, with thick armor and powerful defensive guns meant to keep hostile fighters at bay. 50-caliber cannons cover the fore and rear approaches, while 30-caliber machine guns offer support fire to the sides, and a quartet of .60-caliber cannons – the same as used in the Monitor's turret – offer omnidirectional fire. Any aircraft wishing to bring down a Bastion must either attempt to chip away at the aircraft's armor from long range or enter the withering fire of the turrets. Should a fighter manage to penetrate the hail of fire from a Bastion's guns, they will find the craft well-protected. 3 tons of armor encase the bomber's slab-sided frame, and reinforced wing spars and self-sealing fuel tanks ensure that any lucky penetrating hits will not cripple the Bastion.
The lessons of the Monitor go beyond the defenses and weapons, though. The WADG successfully worked out the kinks in the design of the 360 degree turret by sparing no effort in the bomber-to-be's engineering. As such, the Bastion is famously comfortable to fly and easy to maintain. Important systems are easy for ground crews to access, and crews in flight find the crew compartment easy to move around in and comfortable. Well-placed hatches ensure that in an emergency, no crew member is more than a few paces from an escape, improving crew survival rate (and morale) measurably. A quartet of massive Feldman engines propel the giant bomber to 200mph, the highest speed considered possible for an aircraft of this size.
The Bastion's positive aspects come at a cost, though. Its bomb bay is smaller than other heavy bombers (such as the Texas Longhorn, to which the Bastion is often compared) reducing its destructive capability. WADG engineers claim that the decision to focus on performance and defenses was intentional – as one of their designers said, “There's no difference between one bomb and a hundred if the plane never makes it to its target.” Many critics, however, state that the capacity is far too low for the bomber's price tag, which is amongst the highest of all bomber designs in North America. Fairchild responds that this is merely the price of high quality engineering.

Role and Deployment
Designed to compete with the Heron, the Bastion has seen slower initial sales, despite Fairchild's open door policy. However, sales are picking up, and Fairchild executives are optimistic that the test of combat will demonstrate the superiority of the Bastion over the CDB's lighter bomber. Fairchild sales pitches emphasize the identical speed and range of the two aircraft and the superior defenses of the Bastion. Fairchild is marketing the Bastion to nations that must deal with heavily entrenched and well-defended pirate bases, where more lightly defended bombers would have no hope of penetrating the wall of flak and defending fighters.
As such, Fairchild is pushing the Bastion towards the Empire State, Dixie and Appalachia as a way to deal with the pirates of the Allegheny Front. They have also marketed the plane to Utah, Arixo, and the Navajo and Lakota nations as a solution to pirate bases in the Disputed Western Territories, though the high cost of the Bastion is likely to hurt sales to these more cost-conscious air forces. So far, Columbia owns the most Bastions (12, with 6 more to be delivered soon), and both Dixie and the Empire State have ordered small numbers. Appalachia has held off purchasing the expensive bomber until it proves itself in combat, as has Arixo.
Though few Bastions have attained much notoriety, the very first IC-301 to roll off the line (Bastion #1, nicknamed Stronghold) was, fittingly enough, the first Bastion to see combat. During a marketing tour of the Eastern seaboard, the Stronghold was set upon by pirates. Two of the escorting fighters were brought down by the pirates' first attacks, with the remaining four facing a pirate force over twice their number. The pilot of Stronghold, Luke Laramie, however, chose to turn to face the pirates, rather than attempting to flee. The pirates closed in, expecting an easy skyjacking, but hadn't counted on the Bastion's numerous defensive guns. Gunfire streamed in all directions, and more than one of Stronghold's guns ran dry in the ensuing dogfight, but when the smoke cleared, only 3 of the pirate aircraft remained to flee, with 2 of the Bastion's escorts battered but flying. This demonstration of the bomber's resilience prompted the orders from the Empire State and Dixie. Fairchild claims that this was deliberate sabotage orchestrated by their rivals at CDB, though most consider this nothing more than paranoid ravings. The identity of the pirate gang has never been confirmed.

Game Statistics
Base Target Number: 1 (-5) 70000
Maximum Speed: 2 16800
Maximum G's: 1 14000
Acceleration Rate: 1 11900
Deceleration Rate: 2 0

Armor Points: 600 6000
Nose: 60
Port Bow: 60
Port Wing Leading: 60
Port Wing Trailing: 60
Port Stern: 60
Starboard Bow: 60
Starboard Bow Leading: 60
Starboard Bow Trailing: 60
Starboard Stern: 60
Tail: 60

Weapons Arc Mass
Nose Turret Forward 800lb.
.50-Caliber Cannon Forward 400lb.
.50-Caliber Cannon Forward 400lb.
Aft Turret Rear 800lb.
.50-Caliber Cannon Rear 400lb.
.50-Caliber Cannon Rear 400lb.
Over/Under Turret 360 1054lb.
.60-Caliber Cannon 360 600lb.
.60-Caliber Cannon 360 600lb.
.60-Caliber Cannon 360 600lb.
.60-Caliber Cannon 360 600lb.
Left Waist Turret Left 375lb.
.30-Caliber Machine Gun Left 150lb.
Right Waist Turret Right 375lb.
.30-Caliber Machine Gun Right 150lb.

Bomb Bay Capacity: 11,596lb.

Number of Engines: 4

Special Characteristics:
Reinforced Wings
Self-Sealing Fuel Tanks
Efficient Design

Cost: $49,887.60

In Service Of: Columbia, Empire State, Confederation of Dixie

Chesapeake Aerial Foundry Ironsides-Class
The Ironsides-Class zeppelin is designed for one thing and one thing only – the destruction of its enemies at close range. Specifically built to be a “knife-fighter” the Ironsides (named after the nickname of the USS Constitution frigate) was designed from the ground up by the Chesapeake Aerial Foundry to excel at its given role. Every aspect of the zeppelin was built for close range, bloody combat, the type where two airships enter and only one leaves. It is a credit to the engineers at CAF that they could build an airship that could not only survive such a fight, but thrive in one.
One of the newest members of Columbia's air force, the Ironsides has already carved a bloody swathe through its enemies, ensuring it a place in the skies over Columbia for years to come and a place of dread in the hearts of its enemies. Many pirate gangs turn tail and vacate the area at the sighting of an Ironsides, and those that do not have sworn to make such an airship their first target. The design has already sparked protests from neighboring nations, who claim that such an airship can only be designed for aggressive action against Columbia's neighbors. Columbia zeppelin crews, however, relish in their fearsome reputation, and take a malicious glee in utilizing their ship's devastating power. Whatever the reception, the Ironsides serves as a reminder to the rest of the Shattered States of America that Columbia is not to be ignored and not to be forgotten.

Design History
The Ironsides rose out of a military study by the Chesapeake Aerial Foundry, an airship company based on the outskirts of Washington D.C. Originally a producer of cargo zeppelins, the CAF has expanded into military zeppelins in recent years and is now the largest producer of military zeppelins for the Columbia military. The CAF study was designed to identify weaknesses in airship design used by pirates to capture or destroy the large vessels. The study's finding was that most military zeppelins, though fearsome opponents, were vulnerable to close range assault by other zeppelins and heavy fighters. Typically designed for stand off combat, with long range siege guns and gun pods that were accurate at a great distance, these behemoths could be destroyed by an aggressive opponent willing to close the range. So CAF built an airship to do just that.
Designed to kill two birds with one stone, the newly designed Ironsides-class is highly capable of both defending itself at close range and devastating enemies either foolish enough to close or too slow to escape. Dual .50-caliber cannons in each gun pod provide a devastating anti-fighter defense. Though the CAF engineers originally planned to use heavy turrets in the zeppelin's nose and tail positions, it was decided that at the close ranges the zeppelin was meant to engage at, the chance of hitting a friendly aircraft with an errant flak burst was unacceptably high. As such, the airship was equipped with newly-designed Rocket Pods. Finding the limited combat endurance of paired rocket rails unacceptable, the engineers at CAF spent almost a month redesigning and rebuilding their rocket mounts to hold an additional pair of rails. Equipped with these “four barrel” rocket pods, the Ironsides can unleash a devastating volley of armor-piercing or high-explosive rockets, or a wall of sonic or flare rockets capable of disrupting an entire attacking squadron. All other discussions about armament fall away, however, when it comes to the Ironsides' broadsides. A trio of short-range 4” guns adorn each side. Specially modified by the CAF armorers, these guns have redesigned rifling in their barrels that can launch their massive shells with pinpoint accuracy.
This is not to say that the CAF engineers neglected the non-weapon aspects of the airship, though. Engineers and crews who have examined the ship describe it as a masterwork of engineering. The alloys and materials used in its construction are of the highest grade and carefully worked for the best possible aerodynamics, giving the Ironsides the top speed and responsiveness of a much smaller airship. All of these extravagances were bound to have consequences, however. The Ironsides' gun deck protrudes slightly into its hangar bay, meaning that the airship can carry slightly fewer aircraft than most airships of its size. Given the firepower that the zeppelin alone can bring to bear and its intended active role in combat, however, most captains find this a worthwhile trade.

Role and Deployment
So far, only Columbia operates the Ironsides-class, with three airships complete and four more on the way. Named after the original six frigates of the United States Navy, the Ironsides, Chesapeake and Constitution have already entered service, with the President, United States, Congress and Constellation still under construction. The Maritime Provinces, Atlantic Coalition, and Industrial States of America have all expressed interest in purchasing Ironsides-class zeppelins, though so far Columbia has refused all foreign orders.
The most famous Ironsides-class is the first ship constructed, the titular Ironsides. The ship has seen numerous combat actions against pirate zeppelins, as well as stand-offs with foreign airships (though none of these have resulted in combat so far). In one notable engagement, it destroyed two pirate airships simultaneously. Sailing directly in the middle of the enemy airships, the Ironsides was free to fire away with its broadsides while its opponents were forced to carefully pick their shots. In short order, the Ironsides had both hostile airships burning and plummeting to earth. Though not the first such demonstration of the airship's power, this encounter fully cemented its fearsome reputation.

Class: Ironsides-Class
Type: Large Military Zeppelin
Length: 1,675'
Gas/Armor Rating: 240 (Armored)
Gondolas: 1
Engines: 16
Hangar Capacity: 44

Weapon Location Firing Arc
Dual .50-Caliber Turret Engine Pod 1 Left
Dual .50-Caliber Turret Engine Pod 2 Right
Dual .50-Caliber Turret Engine Pod 3 Left
Dual .50-Caliber Turret Engine Pod 4 Right
Dual .50-Caliber Turret Engine Pod 5 Left
Dual .50-Caliber Turret Engine Pod 6 Right
Dual .50-Caliber Turret Engine Pod 7 Left
Dual .50-Caliber Turret Engine Pod 8 Right
Dual .50-Caliber Turret Engine Pod 9 Left
Dual .50-Caliber Turret Engine Pod 10 Right
Dual .50-Caliber Turret Engine Pod 11 Left
Dual .50-Caliber Turret Engine Pod 12 Right
Dual .50-Caliber Turret Engine Pod 13 Left
Dual .50-Caliber Turret Engine Pod 14 Right
Dual .50-Caliber Turret Engine Pod 15 Left
Dual .50-Caliber Turret Engine Pod 16 Right
3 x 4” Punch Siege Guns Broadside Left
3 x 4” Punch Siege Guns Broadside Right
Rocket Pod Nose Forward
Rocket Pod Tail Aft

Special Characteristics:
“Four Barrel” Rocket Pods
Improved Combat Maneuvering
Shortened Hangar

Cost: $4,187,500

Construction Time: 1.86 years

In the Service of: Columbia
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