Purpose of IRON, in the IRON EMPIRES
NOTE: This is going by the COMIC BOOK presentatio of IRON game stats aren’t discussed.
THE PURPOSE OF IRON
IRON, Lord-Pilot, Knight, Sworn brother, and… and what? Damnably expensive? A mark of prestige and rank?
What is really the purpose of Iron in the setting? I’ve recently re-read both graphical novels and I’m having a tough time placing the function of IRON in the universe presented in IE.
[List=]–QUALITIES–[li] We see that the FOAM dispenser can prevent casualties from LESSER weapons.[/li][li] IRON can be deployed in high speed ways not open to other troops.(drops and whatnot)[/li][li] IRON comes with a highly developed sensor-suite/targeting computer. (aka AVATAR)[/li][li] EVA Capability (But honestly, this is a dime a dozen-in-IE) [/li][li] IRON (exoskeleton) allows troops to carry excessive loads of both weapons and ammunition and should increase endurance/mobility greatly.[/li][li] Buildt in power-pack[/list][/li]
[li] Can be defeated by the standard issue weapon of most Anvil units. (Lasers Weapons) [/li][li] Can be defeated by rapid fire ballistic weapons (Chain gun in Faith Conquers).[/li][li] Can obviously be defeated by anti-vehicular guns (Fusors).[/li][li] Can be defeated by Compact yet potent hand held weapons like the SCREW.[/list][/li]
POINTS OF INTEREST
While IRON might be an impressive piece of technology, it is undeniable that it would be cheaper for any noble to maintain an ANVIL unit instead. ANVIL is cheaper both in terms in cost, and (most importantly) human resources; that is maintenance, construction and the actual training of the gentry needed to man these suits.
ANVIL additionally offers many of the same capabilities, it might go down to a laser-beam; but so does IRON. Its got EVA, its tough, its more nimble, and its definitely showy.
Consider GRAV VEHICLES with their much superior mobility, firepower, and quite possibly resilience. In fact these would require less training, and again be operated by the most simple of peasants.
From a forum perspective the final nail in the coffin for the current shared imagination of IRON; there have been plenty of threads discussing development, tactics, and even logistics of war in the future. Quite consistently and in great detail these discuss ANVIL and HAMMER. But what about IRON? yes, its being ‘sold’ as a sort of special forces or storm trooper uniform, but little thought is given to the actual POTENTIAL of powered armour.
HE WHO FORGETS THE PAST…
I assert that the reason why its so hard to place the function of IRON in the setting, is because its purpose have been given to us in piecemeal and is sending a very mixed message. We’re told IRON is the ultimate tool of ground combat, yet we’re shown that both the standard issue weapon of ANVIL and even the smaller more compact energy weapon will penetrate it.
We’re told IRON makes you stronger and faster. Yet aside from some highly creative and rather enjoyable insertion methods we haven’t really seen its raw physical potential in action. No crashing through walls, ripping cannons of tanks, or other shows of epic strength.
Lets assume that the IRON we’ve seen so far in the books haven’t been deployed at what they do best, and perhaps what we’ve seen is a far cry from the standard Technology Index for IRON-o-the-line. With these assumptions in mind, what sort of design/concept model would you guys apply to its function and nature??
[list=][li]–Warhammer 40k–[/li]IRON makes you irresistibly strong. An endless well of physical potential. Resilience and brute force is magnified beyond superhuman levels. A man in IRON is a ferro-crete wall of pure power; whose ablative suit of armour might gradually, eventually… potentially be worn down by incoming fire. But in the mean time he’s and unstoppable killing machine and he’s looking for you next!
Main quality: Physical power and Resilience.[/list]
[list=][li]–Plate Mail–[/li]If ANVIL is chainmail, and ballistic armour the equivalent of improvised leather (boiled for some advanced varieties). IRON is plate mail.
A man in IRON is essentially invulnerable to the weapons of the lower peasantry. (Read the ballistic weapons of the poor unfortunate (‘leather wearing’) landwehr.) By comparison ANVIL is quite effective at handling the same tasks, but fails when presented by excessive brute force. IRON on the other hands meets brute force head on (by deflecting it elsewhere) and requires specific devastating strikes to disable it.
Main qualities: Resilience, and the fact that you’ve got it and they don’t.[/list]
[list=][li]–Starship Troopers-- (and RIFTS)[/li]The IRON we’ve seen is low-index. Inefficient by the standards of true IRON companies. A man in IRON is a ferociously effective combat system capable of handling multiple targets, often at the same time. Built into all IRON are many sub-weapon systems that can be deployed to meet any challenge at any range. Furthermore the sensor suite of IRON suite is second to none, prepare to push the engagement range up to 800-1km or beyond with surgical accuracy. (staggering by infantry standards)
Flight or ‘demi-flight’ by grav-jets, jump-chutes, or jump-packs are standard.
Main qualities: Excellent firepower, high mobility, and superior targeting/Ops/Sensors.[/list]
[list=][li]–The Sword–[/li]IRON is in fact not the ultimate weapon. It is instead the signature of nobility and rank. Yes, it certainly is a versatile and effective piece of technology (if a bit pricey)… but everyone knows a good unit of ANVIL will trump a cocky band of Lord-Pilots at every turn… (Perhaps even the canny landwehr unit in a dark alley can manage put a real dent in a noble families prestige.)
Main qualities: Badge of Rank, utilitarian and quite effective in most situations. (Also handy when those damned assassins strike)[/list]
[list=][li]–Other–[/li]Combinations of the above are certainly possible, and I’ve undoubtedly left out a ‘good’ model for powered exoskeletal armour. Ideas and suggestions are most welcome.[/list]
THE END IS NOT ENOUGH
To conclude. Yes. I think IRON is super neat.
Yep. Thats it. What do you guys think?