As an elite Space Marine chapter, the Space Rangers had
their own Dreadnought – the Light Year class.
Many an enemy of the Emperor met their fate at the hands of
a Light Year Dreadnought. Their last sight being the smiling face of that most
renown of all Space Rangers, Buzz Light Year who gave his spirit and visage to
the designers of the Space Rangers’ own dreadnought.
These images show the dreadnoughts supporting a squad of
Space Rangers clear an area for the Emperor.
In the dark mists of time, when the Emperor was challenged he always sent for his most trusted troops, the elite of the elite, the SPACE RANGERS!
Space Rangers had the usual Marine equipment plus two unique features. First collapsible wings allowing them to drop from orbit, and second, a high powered close combat laser in the right arm of their armour.
They were the only one of all the Emperor's space marine chapters to be chosen as an action figure!
Here are a few of the remaining images showing the Space Rangers during operation “Trademark Infringement” in the war against the False Emperor Zurg.
The Space Rangers secure a communal food preparation store. Their motto - “we come in peace”
A close up of Commander Buzz and his blue utility belt.
A Zurg propaganda poster is defaced.
Space Rangers move into contact.
Another piece of Zurg's empire heads for the scrap heap.
Recon Unit "RC" gets some new orders for the next action.
A land speeder in the colours of the Space Rangers takes off.
Space Ranger rocket troops, motto “falling with style” take off to fight the enemy.
Introducing our newest product line of Automatons!
Eight feet high, covered in bronze armour, powered by the latest compressed air engineering, firing Girandoni Repeating Air Rifles and all controlled by the latest Babbage Analytical Engines.
These weapons will cause mass death on the battlefield and consternation in all the embassies in your capital. Don’t be the last to get some!
Automaton Features Front
1.Venetian Murano Ruby glass eyes.
2.Compressed air repeating rifle from Girandoni of Austria
3.Knees and legs – fully functional able to cross all terrain.
4.Arms – fully dynamic
5.Armoured in Bronze for soldiers and brushed Aluminium for squad leaders
Automaton Features Back
1.Dual compressed air tanks to last the entire battle.*
2.Quick release and swap
3.Neck, spine and other internal structures in steel
4.Babbage Analytical Engines – latest model and fully programmable.
5. Programmed by The Countess of Lovelace.
* depends on battle length
Automatons in action
Used for crowd control in your capital cities. At eight feet high, these automatons can over awe any uninformed protesters and bring them back to seeing the truth.
On the battlefield, a line of Automatons makes a lasting impression on your enemy’s morale. Don’t be the last to get them on your continent.
Weapon Repeating Rifle
Squad Members – Extras
Weapon Repeating Rifle
Battlefield Assistance Programme.
Talk to our representative about our battlefield assistance programme. This means any damage or warranty repairs can be made in the field by two factory trained mechanics.
Here an automaton gets a quick re-programme plus a tank swap and adjustment.
The Papal States ordered a squad of nine automatons and one squad leader. Here is what Monsignor Peppi had to say: “On Saturday the Automatons marched through the market. On Sunday the Church was packed and the donation plates over flowing!”
In the early years of the 20th Century in a
parallel universe (two to the left, four back and three clockwise) the German
Kaiser took a fateful decision that would change the course of history. After a
meeting with his navy chiefs, when he heard of the new British dreadnoughts
that completely outclassed his navy and how much money it would cost to rebuild
his navy to match the British, he was depressed, but still decided to go out to
lunch with Count Zeppelin (The Count was paying).
At lunch the Count expanded on his new idea that ships and
navies where soooo 19th Century and that the future belonged
to the country who controlled the skies. The Kaiser went back to his palace
reinvigorated, with his head held high, a smile on his face, a full stomach and
the satisfaction of leaving the Count to settle a substantial bill.
next day the Berlin Times carried the following headline “GERMAN NAVY FOR
SALE!” and then below it: “Kaiser Announces New Zeppelin Force To Control the
Skies - Deutsche Luft Korp”.
It went on with a quote from the Kaiser “The British can keep
the oceans – Germany will own the skies! We don't need to go through them, we
can just fly straight over.” The Kaiser was praised across the world for his
peacemaking efforts in stopping the naval arms race.
French Ambassador immediately cabled Paris and the French Military high command
heaved a sigh of relief. Now they would have the time to re-build the army they
had dreamed of. Based on the lessons of 1870 and on their observations of the
1905 Japanese Russian war and with the technology of today – it would be an
army designed as pure offensive "guerre
à outrance" and they would show the world
and Germany how to wage war. They announced their new doctrine - “La Guerre
éclair” – lighting war. They chuckled to themselves and called in the engineers
That day when the news reached London, the Admiralty cheered
and went for dinner early and the champagne and port flowed freely into the
night. The admirals' laughter filled the Navy Club's dining room. How could a
German Zeppelin match a destroyer let alone a battleship of the Dreadnought
Class , and they laughed at how one of those new fangled air planes would just
bounce off the armour and leave a nasty oil stain for the sailors to clean. “Put
in an order for extra detergent!” yelled an Admiral to much laughter.
But in the following week, after the hangovers and laughter
were gone, during a discussion on budgets for the next few years the enormity
of the Kaiser's decision suddenly hit home – no German Navy meant a much, MUCH
smaller British navy. NO new Battleships! A naval building program that
required a navy that was larger than the next two largest fleets combined was
no good when those two fleets only had one old battleship each. Something would
have to be done, and done soon, before the parliament worked out the
implications – careers were at stake!
the fertile mind of First Sealord Churchill sprang into action and, with a
little help from Mr. HG Wells and a few ingenious engineers, produced
Landships. Ships of the Line that would track across the land carrying all
before them just like battleships at sea. Finally the British Navy would really
control the world. Code named “Tanks” to hide the program from the army until
they were well underway, the Navy took to the land.
With the end of the
battleship arms race, each country had plenty of money to spend on their
favourite weapons and in just a decade's time after the factories had worked
overtime, they were all ready and willing to test them out.
Thus the arms race was changed forever and history branched
off in a new direction, but it still was marching to war.
The question was
never “if” there would be a war but only where and when.
Unfortunately for the Belgians,
one of the many “Where’s” was Belgium, the when was 1917. Belgium shared
borders with both France and Germany, plus offered easy access to the British
army across the Channel. No one knows how it really began. After the war was
over, each country swore that it was defending Belgium's neutrality against the
other Empires. While in 100 years, Brussels would be the capital of an empire
that stretched from Ireland to Poland and from Norway to Italy, this would be
no comfort in 1917.
The Battle for Belgium began!
In the sepia
tones of the early 20th Century, there was only WAR!