When I first started Tales from Castle Destro, I began tying it together with my collection of custom Iron Grenadier action figures. I have created (or am in the process of creating) a figure for every character featured in the stories. Because I really like to keep you guys involved, I am going to hold a custom contest. There won't be a physical prize for this one - instead, the winner will have his or her custom incorporated into the story. This excerpt from the upcoming Chapter 63 will provide a bit of background:
of the things that had plagued them repeatedly throughout the SKAR War was an
inability to respond to a specific location quickly enough, with the right
forces. In the past, this had never been an issue. As a private military
corporation, MARS and the Grenadiers normally chose their battles carefully,
based upon the potential for business, and then deployed the appropriate forces
to handle a particular mission. However, when forced to react to the actions of
an aggressor, they often found themselves responding flat-footed. Destro’s
intent was to reorganize a significant portion of the Grenadiers total force
into all-purpose units that could respond quickly to any locale and then
independently sustain combat operations for a period of time without relief or
resupply. This was not a new concept; many nations had been structuring their
militaries this way for years, but it was a fairly expensive one due to the
redundancies required for each unit to be self-sustaining. Destro’s plan called for
the creation of four Rapid Response Brigades, each commanded by a Colonel. A brigade
was to consist of three infantry battalions, one artillery battalion, one
mechanized battalion, one air group and a headquarters group. The core of the brigade
would be the three infantry battalions. The artillery battalion would provide
each of the infantry battalions with a dedicated battery for long-range fire
support. The mechanized battalion would provide two companies of Ogre APCs to
enhance the mobility of the infantry units. Additionally, the mechanized
battalion added the firepower of one company each of DEMONs and Razorbacks. The
air group would consist of three cavalry troops of Razor Gunships and one
attack squadron of AGPs. This would give the brigade additional troop
transport, as well as aerial fire support and fighter interceptor capabilities.
The headquarters group would be the centralized command element for the entire
those that are paying close attention are probably wondering what sort
of artillery assets the Iron Grenadiers have... The answer is none.
It's your job to come up with some! You are the MARS Industries Weapons Designer
and you need to design weapon systems for the brigade artillery
battalion. This can be a towed artillery piece or a self propelled
weapon. You'll need to provide technical data and be able to explain
the basic operation of the weapon. My only real stipulation is that the
weapon system must be able to fire conventional artillery shells (High
Explosive, White Phosphorous, Illumination, etc) - nothing too far into
the sci-fi realm. The winning entry will be included in future chapters of Tales from Castle Destro.
Additionally, I will copy it and add it to my personal collection. And
because I like prizes... I'll also have a little something to send the
are to be submitted to email@example.com no later than November 10th,
2012. Please include all technical data and at least three (3) photos
of the finished custom.
Now get to work - Laird Destro is waiting!
Wish I was there!
2 months ago