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General War AU Anarchy: The Switchblade
« on: 26 September 2022, 12:45:50 »
So for Liam's General War AU there's an event called the Apollo Crisis which is pretty clearly a fight between the Lyrans and the Terran Hegemony and their Rim World Republic client state.  But the actual rebels on Apollo got no

Now, the Switchblade name was originally meant to hint that it was a swing-wing design.  But then I thought, 'Vehrec, this is an anarchist-designed platform, surely they can't all be built to a unified standard.'  And I was right-so let's build some varrients.  We'll start things off with the actual Switchblade itself.

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Switchblade RDAF-1

Mass: 50 tons
Frame: RWDAA Exo-Shell
Power Plant: RWDAA HyperSTAR-1
Armor: RWDAA Panoply Plate
Armament:
     2 Small Laser
     1 LRM 15
     2 Large Laser
Manufacturer: Rim World Democratic Anarchist Armories
     Primary Factory: Apollo Workshops
Communication System: RWDAA Hermes-Ishtar Talkset
Targeting & Tracking System: RWDAA Heavenly Archer
Introduction Year: 2578
Tech Rating/Availability: D/C-E-D-D
Cost: 2,136,750 C-bills

Overview
Built in secret by Rim World Democratic Anarchist Armories, the Switchblade was a weapon designed to drive into the guts of an unprepared enemy-and one
barely designed at all, considering it's lackluster aerodynamics, it's underpowered cooling system, and it's tiny engine.  However, for a fighter built under
seige conditions, the Switchblade is quite formidable, and comparable in most respects to the Lucifer of the Lyrans themselves.

Capabilities
Designed as a strike-fighter launching from and returning to planetary surfaces, the Switchblade features extra-large fuel tanks and extended life support
bottles to allow longer transits to and from battlezones.  Its primary weaponry, two forward large lasers, is capable of overwhelming it's heat dispersion
 circuit, so an additional weapon is provided in the form of a 15 tube LRM launcher.  Two rear-mounted small lasers are for keeping the tail clear.

Type: Switchblade
Technology Base: Inner Sphere (Standard)
Tonnage: 50
Battle Value: 1,026

Equipment                                          Mass
Engine                        150 Fusion            5.5
Safe Thrust: 5
Max Thrust: 8
Structural Integrity:         0                       
Heat Sinks:                   0                       5
Fuel:                         560                   7.0
Cockpit                                               3
Armor Factor                  152                   9.5

                           Armor   
                           Value   
     Nose                    52   
     Wings                 35/35   
     Aft                     30   


Weapons
and Ammo              Location   Tonnage  Heat   SRV  MRV  LRV  ERV
Large Laser             RWG       5.0      8      8    8    0    0
LRM 15                  NOS       7.0      5      9    9    9    0
LRM 15 Ammo (16)        FSLG      2.0      -      -    -    -    -
Large Laser             LWG       5.0      8      8    8    0    0
2 Small Lasers          AFT       1.0      1      3    0    0    0

The plain-jane Switchblade is modeled a bit on the lucifer-but is much, much cheaper, at 2.1 million C-bills instead of 3.1.  It's built by the blandly named 'Apollo Workshops' but what that actually means is that there's a sizeable cottage industry building these things in sheds and only the fusion reactors are needing clean rooms to build them.  It's components are blandly named but have a few standouts-the Heavenly Archer has a very broad spectrum of 'expansion slots' to customize the targeting system with additional capabilities, something the mods use a lot.  And the Hermes-Ishtar talkset was built by a communications company turned commune that has used it's V-tuber technology to create battlefield holoconferencing tech.  Enjoy seeing your squadron mates customized and stylized personifications in the corner of your vision during combat!  The biggest weakness of the design is heat-a frontal alpha strike pushes you 6 points over the neutral heat dispersion without thrust, and that's with 5/21 available tons of spacecraft being heat-sinks.  So obviously, our first varrient tries to fix that.

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Switchblade RDAF-1A

Mass: 50 tons
Frame: RWDAA Exo-Shell
Power Plant: RWDAA HyperSTAR-1
Cruising Speed: 54 kph
Maximum Speed: 86.4 kph
Armor: RWDAA Panoply Plate
Armament:
     2 Small Laser
     1 Medium Laser
     2 LRM 15
Manufacturer: Rim World Democratic Anarchist Armories
     Primary Factory: Apollo Workshops
Communication System: RWDAA Hermes-Ishtar Talkset
Targeting & Tracking System: RWDAA Heavenly Archer
Introduction Year: 2578
Tech Rating/Availability: D/C-E-D-D
Cost: 2,230,500 C-bills

Overview
Built in secret by Rim World Democratic Anarchist Armories, the Switchblade was a weapon designed to drive into the guts of an unprepared enemy-and one
 barely designed at all, considering it's lackluster aerodynamics, it's underpowered cooling system, and it's tiny engine.  However, for a fighter built under
seige conditions, the Switchblade is quite formidable, and comparable in most respects to the Lucifer of the Lyrans themselves.


Capabilities
Designed as a strike-fighter launching from and returning to planetary surfaces, the Switchblade features extra-large fuel tanks and extended life support
bottles to allow longer transits to and from battlezones.  The one-A varrient aims for higher missile firepower, at the expense of lasers, but has a much more
gentle heat curve.

Type: Switchblade
Technology Base: Inner Sphere (Standard)
Tonnage: 50
Battle Value: 991

Equipment                                          Mass
Engine                        150 Fusion            5.5
Safe Thrust: 5
Max Thrust: 8
Structural Integrity:         0                       
Heat Sinks:                   15                      5
Fuel:                         560                   7.0
Cockpit                                               3
Armor Factor                  152                   9.5

                           Armor   
                           Value   
     Nose                    52   
     Wings                 35/35   
     Aft                     30   


Weapons
and Ammo              Location   Tonnage  Heat   SRV  MRV  LRV  ERV
LRM 15                  RWG       7.0      5      9    9    9    0 
Medium Laser            NOS       1.0      3      5    0    0    0 
LRM 15 Ammo (32)        FSLG      4.0      -      -    -    -    - 
LRM 15                  LWG       7.0      5      9    9    9    0 
2 Small Laser           AFT       1.0      1      3    0    0    0 

The 1A is a fairly simple conversion on paper, but in reality would prove much more complex.  Replacing two large lasers with a medium laser and an extra LRM 15 meant that to ensure weight distribution, the design would need to shift its missile launchers into the wings, and the laser to the nose.  However, the result is a very, very heat-friendly design, and one with quite a bit of stand-off firepower from 15 missile tubes, even if it's a bit sluggish.  With each hit from those being 9 points though, it's pretty certain to threshold *something* eventually.

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Switchblade RDAF-1B

Mass: 50 tons
Frame: RWDAA Exo-Shell
Power Plant: RWDAA HyperSTAR-1
Cruising Speed: 54 kph
Maximum Speed: 86.4 kph
Armor: RWDAA Panoply Plate
Armament:
     2 Small Laser
     2 Medium Laser
     5 SRM 6
Manufacturer: Rim World Democratic Anarchist Armories
     Primary Factory: Apollo Workshops
Communication System: RWDAA Hermes-Ishtar Talkset
Targeting & Tracking System: RWDAA Heavenly Archer
Introduction Year: 2578
Tech Rating/Availability: D/C-E-D-D
Cost: 2,260,500 C-bills

Overview
Built in secret by Rim World Democratic Anarchist Armories, the Switchblade was a weapon designed to drive into the guts of an unprepared enemy-and one
 barely designed at all, considering it's lackluster aerodynamics, it's underpowered cooling system, and it's tiny engine.  However, for a fighter built under
seige conditions, the Switchblade is quite formidable.  The heavy SRM armament of the 1B prefigures the Ironsides by 20 years but carries twice as much
ammo.


Capabilities
Designed as a strike-fighter launching from and returning to planetary surfaces, the Switchblade features extra-large fuel tanks and extended life support
bottles to allow longer transits to and from battlezones.  The one-B uses an excess of medium lasers and SRM launchers to create a close-in brawler that has
even worse heat characteristics than the original design.  The resultant shotgun blast of missiles is however, highly effective, and it retains the standard
tailswatter twin small lasers.

Type: Switchblade
Technology Base: Inner Sphere (Standard)
Tonnage: 50
Battle Value: 974

Equipment                                          Mass
Engine                        150 Fusion            5.5
Safe Thrust: 5
Max Thrust: 8
Structural Integrity:         0                       
Heat Sinks:                   15                      5
Fuel:                         560                   7.0
Cockpit                                               3
Armor Factor                  152                   9.5

                           Armor   
                           Value   
     Nose                    52   
     Wings                 35/35   
     Aft                     30   


Weapons
and Ammo              Location   Tonnage  Heat   SRV  MRV  LRV  ERV
2 Medium Laser          NOS       2.0      3      5    0    0    0 
SRM 6                   NOS       3.0      4      8    0    0    0 
2 SRM 6                 RWG       6.0      4      8    0    0    0 
SRM 6 Ammo (30)         FSLG      2.0      -      -    -    -    - 
2 SRM 6                 LWG       6.0      4      8    0    0    0 
2 Small Laser           AFT       1.0      1      3    0    0    0 

The B-variant might well stand for 'bad idea' but there's nothing bad about it's short range firepower, with a full alpha drilling through 50 points of armor, meaning that a squadron of these can, if they get close enough, deliver 30 points of capital damage before taking a turn to cool off and turn around.  That's enough to crack the skin of a Vampire-class Destroyer, if they can get in close, though the odds of rolling that high and getting that close are admittedly remote.

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Switchblade RDAF-1C

Mass: 50 tons
Frame: RWDAA Exo-Shell
Power Plant: RWDAA HyperSTAR-1
Cruising Speed: 54 kph
Maximum Speed: 86.4 kph
Armor: RWDAA Panoply Plate
Armament:
     2 PPC
     1 Medium Laser
Manufacturer: Rim World Democratic Anarchist Armories
     Primary Factory: Apollo Workshops
Communication System: RWDAA Hermes-Ishtar Talkset
Targeting & Tracking System: RWDAA Heavenly Archer
Introduction Year: 2578
Tech Rating/Availability: D/C-E-D-D
Cost: 2,127,375 C-bills

Overview
Built in secret by Rim World Democratic Anarchist Armories, the Switchblade was a weapon designed to drive into the guts of an unprepared enemy-and one
barely designed at all, considering it's lackluster aerodynamics, it's underpowered cooling system, and it's tiny engine.  However, for a fighter built under
seige conditions, the Switchblade is quite formidable. 



Capabilities
Designed as a strike-fighter launching from and returning to planetary surfaces, the Switchblade features extra-large fuel tanks and extended life support
bottles to allow longer transits to and from battlezones.  The one-C mounts a pair of PPCs with an augmented cooling system, and removes the paired small
laser tail gun in favor of a single medium.

Type: Switchblade
Technology Base: Inner Sphere (Standard)
Tonnage: 50
Battle Value: 982

Equipment                                          Mass
Engine                        150 Fusion            5.5
Safe Thrust: 5
Max Thrust: 8
Structural Integrity:         0                       
Heat Sinks:                   20                     10
Fuel:                         560                   7.0
Cockpit                                               3
Armor Factor                  152                   9.5

                           Armor   
                           Value   
     Nose                    52   
     Wings                 35/35   
     Aft                     30   


Weapons
and Ammo              Location   Tonnage  Heat   SRV  MRV  LRV  ERV
PPC                     RWG       7.0      10    10   10    0    0 
PPC                     LWG       7.0      10    10   10    0    0 
Medium Laser            AFT       1.0      3      5    0    0    0 

  The C variant is quite rare-PPCs are hard to come by, and it's not at all clear what the role of this design is that the standard can't do better.  Still, sometimes you want to have dual lighting-based death to spew at all and sundry.

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Switchblade RDAF-1P

Mass: 50 tons
Frame: RWDAA Exo-Shell
Power Plant: RWDAA HyperSTAR-200
Cruising Speed: 64.8 kph
Maximum Speed: 97.2 kph
Armor: RWDAA Adamant Jewel
Armament:
     1 LRM 20
     1 Medium Laser
     2 Large Laser
Manufacturer: Rim World Democratic Anarchist Armories
     Primary Factory: Apollo Workshops
Communication System: RWDAA Hermes-Ishtar Talkset
Targeting & Tracking System: RWDAA Heavenly Archer
Introduction Year: 2578
Tech Rating/Availability: E/D-F(F*)-D-D
Cost: 2,703,958 C-bills

Overview
Built in secret by Rim World Democratic Anarchist Armories, the perfected Switchblade was a weapon designed to drive into the guts of an unprepared
enemy-and one significantly cleaned up with merely average aerodynamics, a shockingly cutting-edge cooling system, and it's industry-standard sized
engine. Still designed to be built under Seige conditions, the Switchblade is meant to be assembled in secret for the grand break-out, using it's dual large
lasers and powerful LRM battery to cut through other fighters at range.

Capabilities
Designed as a strike-fighter launching from and returning to planetary surfaces, the standard Switchblade features extra-large fuel tanks and extended life
support bottles to allow longer transits to and from battlezones.  The one-P is the 'perfected' and up-teched version of the fighter, mounting a larger
HyperStar 200 engine, double heat sinks, more advanced and more armor, though at the cost of a slight ammount of fuel.

Type: Switchblade
Technology Base: Inner Sphere (Standard)
Tonnage: 50
Battle Value: 1,304

Equipment                                          Mass
Engine                        200 Fusion            8.5
Safe Thrust: 6
Max Thrust: 9
Structural Integrity:         0                       
Heat Sinks:                   10 [20]                 0
Fuel:                         400                   5.0
Cockpit                                               3
Armor Factor (Ferro)          188                  10.5

                           Armor   
                           Value   
     Nose                    60   
     Wings                 46/46   
     Aft                     36   


Weapons
and Ammo              Location   Tonnage  Heat   SRV  MRV  LRV  ERV
Large Laser             RWG       5.0      8      8    8    0    0 
LRM 20                  NOS       10.0     6     12   12   12    0 
LRM 20 Ammo (12)        FSLG      2.0      -      -    -    -    - 
Large Laser             LWG       5.0      8      8    8    0    0 
Medium Laser            AFT       1.0      3      5    0    0    0 

  The P variant aims to correct everything wrong with the standard type.  It increases the size of the LRM launcher, increases the armor, engine size
and heat capacity, and now only overheats slightly instead of impressively.  About the only thing not improved is fuel capacity.  While designs for the P had
existed for years at the time of the Apollo crisis, it is unlikely that any would prove ready for combat due to the need to source advanced technology for
armor and heat sinks.  Its new engine is more reliable and quicker to start, and it's if anything, more modular and reconfigurable with the plumbing of the fighter ready to use it's fuel to actively rebalance in flight.

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Switchblade RDAF-1X

Mass: 50 tons
Frame: RWDAA Exo-Shell
Power Plant: RWDAA HyperSTAR-200
Cruising Speed: 64.8 kph
Maximum Speed: 97.2 kph
Armor: RWDAA Adamant Jewel
Armament:
     5 Medium Laser
     1 Gauss Rifle
Manufacturer: Rim World Democratic Anarchist Armories
     Primary Factory: Apollo Workshops
Communication System: RWDAA Hermes-Ishtar Talkset
Targeting & Tracking System: RWDAA Heavenly Archer
Introduction Year: 2600
Tech Rating/Availability: E/D-F(F*)-D-D
Cost: 2,691,708 C-bills

Overview
Built in secret by Rim World Democratic Anarchist Armories, the perfected Switchblade was a weapon designed to drive into the guts of an unprepared
enemy-and one significantly cleaned up with merely average aerodynamics, a shockingly cutting-edge cooling system, and it's industry-standard sized
engine. Small numbers have been modified as technology testbeds.


Capabilities
Designed as a strike-fighter launching from and returning to planetary surfaces, the standard Switchblade features extra-large fuel tanks and extended life
support bottles to allow longer transits to and from battlezones.  The one-X is the experimental mad science version of the fighter, mounting a larger
HyperStar 200 engine, double heat sinks, more advanced and more armor, and a unique gauss rifle.

Type: Switchblade
Technology Base: Inner Sphere (Standard)
Tonnage: 50
Battle Value: 1,488

Equipment                                          Mass
Engine                        200 Fusion            8.5
Safe Thrust: 6
Max Thrust: 9
Structural Integrity:         0                       
Heat Sinks:                   10 [20]                 0
Fuel:                         480                   6.0
Cockpit                                               3
Armor Factor (Ferro)          188                  10.5

                           Armor   
                           Value   
     Nose                    60   
     Wings                 46/46   
     Aft                     36   


Weapons
and Ammo                Location   Tonnage  Heat   SRV  MRV  LRV  ERV
Gauss Rifle               NOS       15.0     1     15   15   15    0 
2 Medium Laser            RWG       2.0      3      5    0    0    0 
Gauss Rifle Ammo (16)     FSLG      2.0      -      -    -    -    - 
2 Medium Laser            LWG       2.0      3      5    0    0    0 
Medium Laser              AFT       1.0      3      5    0    0    0 

The X variant is a variety of experimental weapons testbed designs based on the P variant.  These ranged from micro-PPCs, to this example, which hefted a prototype Gauss rifle.  While not having the punch of some other designs, being first to mount such weapons does provide a noticeable morale advantage, even if some technicians decry the temperamental 'one off' nature of the X series.  And it's always nice to send a 15 point giant marble out to ruin someone's day.
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Re: General War AU Anarchy: The Switchblade
« Reply #1 on: 26 September 2022, 18:16:12 »
Awww, they weren't built by the Apollo Commune of Military Engineering? I'm disappointed...  :P

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Re: General War AU Anarchy: The Switchblade
« Reply #2 on: 26 September 2022, 20:15:54 »
For the love of cat... word wrap please!  ::)

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Re: General War AU Anarchy: The Switchblade
« Reply #3 on: 27 September 2022, 17:30:42 »
For the love of cat... word wrap please!  ::)

Fine, fine, there, you cat should be happier now.
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Re: General War AU Anarchy: The Switchblade
« Reply #4 on: 27 September 2022, 18:39:49 »
Thank you, kind sir!  :thumbsup:

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Re: General War AU Anarchy: The Switchblade
« Reply #5 on: 27 September 2022, 20:02:44 »
Yoink!
Good news is the lab boys say the symptoms of asbestos poisoning show an immediate latency of 44.6 years. So if you're thirty or over you're laughing. Worst case scenario you miss out on a few rounds of canasta, plus you've forwarded the cause of science by three centuries. I punch those numbers into my calculator, it makes a happy face.

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Re: General War AU Anarchy: The Switchblade
« Reply #6 on: 27 September 2022, 20:41:06 »
Yoink!

Switchblade(tm) is a creative commons attributions share-alike product, and may be freely shared with all other anarchist, communist, socialist, military communes, and local crowdsourcing groups.  The same cannot be said for my latest brainstorm which is headed directly to your inbox.
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