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Senate Library (Worldbuilding)
« on: 05/11/17, 05:30:10 PM »
((I had an idea to make a thread for worldbuilding information on really really minor items that aren't important enough to warrant a holonet page of their own. This means stuff like blasters, tanks, armour sets, etc that are interesting to think about but aren't necessarily important unless you play a Ministry of Logistics character or do really in-depth wargames. And of course, this is really just an opinion on how this stuff might work, so don't feel like anything here is canon or whatever.

This one specifically is based on WWII-era Intelligence Bulletins, intended to inform troops on what the germans were doing and how. Feel free to add your own things.))


SENATE LIBRARY
STRATEGIC INFORMATION SERVICE
REPUBLIC INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN:
NEW IMPERIAL MEDIUM TANK

The Sith Empire has been fielding a new medium tank in recent months, most notably on the battlefields of Saleucami and Sernpidal where it has proven to be extremely functional in their harsh environments. The most notable differences between this new "Devastator" tank and the much older E-95 are mainly in armour and design, being much sleeker and making more effective use of sloped armour. It does not seem to be intended as a replacement for previous medium tanks, as its predecessors continue to be fielded in large numbers within Imperial armoured divisions.
The main hull of the Devastator is about 5 meters long and 2 wide, though this is extended to 6 long and 4 wide with the armoured skirts and turret. They are reported as being relatively slow in combat, which is backed up by testing done on a captured vehicle showing their max speed to be roughly 90 km/h. The crew consists of a driver (front left), gunner (front right), and commander (middle).

The turret primarily houses a heavy laser cannon based on the HLC-14 and various sensors to aid the gunner. Some have been seen with a coaxial VL-22 repeater to the right of the cannon. One interesting thing of note is that the turret is a major shot trap, especially when confronted with projectile weapons. The commander has access to a swing-mounted VL-22, though it seems to be concealed inside of their hatch until opened so measures cannot be taken to prematurely disable it. Additionally, one multi-use smoke generator/projector is fitted on each side of the tank.

The tank is heavily armoured from all angles, including the top and sides. The hull's low profile and sloped armour makes landing effective shots even more difficult from the front and side, so attacking from above or behind is highly recommended. Its side skirts are made of hardened titanium and durasteel. The tank's hull has extra reinforcement on the front, possibly used as a ram to open up holes in walls and buildings for supporting infantry.

Standard anti-tank tactics seem to be effective in combating Devastators. The turret ring is fairly exposed and serves as a major weak spot from all angles, the engines as well from the rear. A well-aimed shot from the front or rear may be able to remove its skirts, allowing easier access to the engine. Lighter weapons may be used to damage the tank's exterior systems, such as the commander's periscope and many of its sensors. One last thing of note is that shoulder-launched concussion missiles are unusually effective against the tank, especially when impacting from above.
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Re: Senate Library (Worldbuilding)
« Reply #1 on: 05/20/17, 10:18:55 AM »
SENATE LIBRARY
STRATEGIC INFORMATION SERVICE
REPUBLIC INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN:
IMPERIAL SIEGE CRAWLER

Imperial crawlers are a commonly sighted vehicle, mass produced on Drezzi and Khar Delba by their Ministry of Logistics. The crawler's simple design and efficient engineering allows it to operate in any conditions, as well as being infinitely modifiable to suit various roles.


The crawler is 31 meters long, its massive size likely intended to intimidate anyone going up against it. The basic variant has a crew of two (driver and commander) and can carry up to 50 soldiers or 80 tons of cargo. Depending on their size, up to three speeder bikes can be carried on the ceiling of the rear compartment in addition to its other cargo.

Crawlers are divided into two segments, allowing them to pivot and turn quickly. The front segment contains most of the vehicle's essential systems, while the rear is mostly transport space. Both segments have firing ports to allow their occupants to fire out at attacking infantry. The vehicle's durasteel treads are two meters wide, and the vehicle can still operate as long as two of the four are still functional.

Armaments vary, as the crawler is the basis for many Imperial vehicles. The basic variant (transport) is armed with one pintle-mounted VL-22 repeater and a dual mortar turret for covering disembarking infantry. Another common variation is a headquarters vehicle, filling up the transport space with high-power communications equipment. This type is only armed with a repeating blaster, as they are not intended for front line combat.

The vehicle has an unusual lack of armour on its front and sides. It can be put out of commission with a well-placed blaster cannon shot. Weak spots include the central connecting tunnel, the treads, and the external fuel tanks on each side. It should be noted that the top is very heavily protected by thick durasteel and titanium plates, so aiming low is recommended for an effective kill.
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SENATE LIBRARY
STRATEGIC INFORMATION SERVICE
REPUBLIC INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN:
IMPERIAL PRECISION RAIL RIFLE

This Imperial railgun-type weapon is an unusual tool, offering some very specific advantages for power armoured soldiers of the Imperial "Paladin Corps." It seems to be roughly based on older anti-tank railguns, though obviously much smaller and weaker. The weapon is officially referred to as the AT-4 Magnetic Lance.
The weapon is operated in a similar manner to a slugthrower. Each magazine comes with 8 25.5x82mm rounds, each round is contained in a disposable insulator which is ejected before firing. It fires semi-automatically. A 2-6X40 digital scope is mounted on the top. The recoil of this weapon is comparable to an anti-materiel rifle or heavy blaster cannon.

Compared to a blaster of similar size, the railgun offers a few niche advantages. Its shots cannot be deflected by lightsabers and are not affected greatly by energy shielding. It is possible to use plunging fire as the rounds do not dissipate after a certain distance and arc due to gravity. The projectiles cannot be practically negated by infantry-portable armour, though a slightly larger blaster cannon could provide the same effect.

The weapon is extremely bulky, making it impractical for troops without powered armour or a strong back. Each round is roughly one kilogram and the rifle itself is twenty kilograms. The fact that large amounts of ammunition must be carried is another disadvantage compared to traditional blasters. Additionally, the six heat sinks surrounding its rails may get uncomfortably hot in a firefight and do not provide a very firm grip.
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