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Humans are Space Orcs: Leviathan

Humanity joined the Galactic Confederacy just over four human generations ago. In that time they have gained respect, admiration, and fear from the other races in the Confederacy.

It usually takes five Gor (one Gor=20 years) for a species to change their Central government enough to incorporate the Confederacy as a part of the system.

Humanity rebuild their multinational governmental system to mirror the Confederacy and include the Confederacy within itself in just two Gor.

In that time they also sent out hundreds of researchers of every discipline to serve in different capacities throughout the Confederacy. They sent all knowledge and technology back to the Sol system and by the end of their fourth Gor of membership they had advanced their societies technology to the point of competing with the most advanced species.


The Terrans military capabilities advanced in tandem with their second Renaissance. Their ships used projectile rail cannons as well as fission warhead missiles. As if that wasn’t enough all of their marines are also trained to fight hand to hand with species twice their size. This coupled with their sheer ferocity makes them a force to be reckoned with.


I focus so heavily on their military prowess because, despite what other reports may say, I think humanity is single handedly responsible for saving the Confederacy.


It started when the Empire of Narlas had a new ruler come to power, Glantos Bly'thes. Xi was a Filpian who killed the previous emperor in single combat and then cannibalised xir. Next came the Empire “Negotiating” for control of key mining systems near their border.


The local races of the Confederacy refused and before long there were small skirmishes being fought for these systems. This brings the full attention of the Confederacy to bear witness to their new enemy. A few armadas were dispatched to the area to defend against the Empire.


That is when the Empire played it’s hand and brought in the Colossus, moon sized ships fitted with unspeakable amounts of armaments that were powered by the radiation from tiny black holes. One was enough to destroy all of the Armadas sent to defend the border. Then they sent thirteen more.


The Confederacy’s war council was wracked with shock and fear when the human ambassador approached them with a plan. If fear and desperation had not had such a tight grip on the council may have thrown out the plan and surrendered. Instead they took the plan, promoted the human ambassador to the war council and set out to the new task before them.


This was going to be the most costly endeavour ever undertaken in both lives and resources. The first thing they did was begin pumping out more Dreadnought class ships to throw at the Empire. These armadas were unofficially labeled Kamikaze fleets by the humans because Usually human captained ships would try to crash their ship into the Colosus death machines. Humans lead every fleet, and sometimes were the only crew in a fleet, during those years of destruction. 165 million humans died as well as 200 million of other species on the ships. The civilian casualties were in the billions.


It was at this point two things happened. The Confederacy surrendered and Humans launched the Leviathan from Sol 4 station.

The Leviathan was so named because of its resemblance to a behemoth, aquatic monster.

The ship was seven glar (10.2 km) in length. It had state of the art cloaking technology as well as a full complement of human designed weapons. The real reason for the ship’s design though was its main cannon. It fired a 2 ton tungsten rod at a one tenth the speed of light. Surprisingly the ship only has one human crewman who is suspended in a specially designed tank that prevents the G force of using the ship’s main gun from turning his body to paste.


The Leviathan would launch sneak attacks on the Colossus ships firing the rods at close range. After the first dozen or so assault the Empire was furious at the amount of damage this single, puny ship was doing. Each rod was creating impact craters so large it was affecting the singularity containment, not to mention the loss of lives in every attack.


At this point Earth launched the second Leviathan with an upgrade. Each of the rods was tipped with plutonium, meaning each rod now detonating with a nuclear explosion. The two then began to coordinate their attacks and after the first Leviathan would rip a section of the ship up the second one would attempt to rupture the containment around the black hole.


This system proved highly effective. Within an earth Month the two ships had destroyed 11 of the 14 Colossus ships. The final 3 were told to retreat back into their home territory. But the Leviathan pilots and the rest of humanity had different ideas. They followed the three ships to the center of Empire territory and began assaulting the final 3 Colossus in their home system. In the combat one tried to escape around the systems star when it fell into the Leviathan’s trap. The two ships fired on the Colossus forcing it into the star’s gravity then they breached the ship’s containment field. Within an hour the star had begun ripping itself apart. The Leviathan left a transmitter at the edge of the system explaining what they had done and what they promised to do if the Empire invaded Confederacy territory again.

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Buckingham Palace by Leonard Bentley

“This photograph was taken on a rainy day in March 1931, not the kind of day to be messing about trying to replace the wheel of your car especially on the pavement outside Buckingham Palace. The motorist is well supervised by an Inspector and Police Constable from Cannon Row Police Station and several members of the public who, no doubt, are offering words of advice to the hapless motorist.”

The KX139 Ta'unar Supremacy Armour is a type of super-heavy Tau Battlesuit. The largest class of Battlesuit in the Tau inventory, it is intended to meet a threat that the Tau Empire has not yet prepared for; the defence of worlds within their growing domain from the threat of other galactic races. Designed to counter anything from Imperial Knights to monstrous Tyranid beasts, the KX139 lacks the maneuverability of other battlesuits, and is instead intended for static defence, carrying massively destructive long range weapons. Earth Caste engineer Fio’o Ke’lshan Sho’aun developed the KX139 to mount a dynamic yet stoic defence against the enemies of the Tau Empire. Development began after it was found that Tau heavy flyers such as the Manta were often outclassed against heavy enemy assault elements.

The KX139 bristles with weaponry, with its primary armament being a back-mounted Pulse Ordnance Multi-Driver or Nexus Missile System. Additional weaponry includes triple Ion Cannons or Fusion Eradicators on each arm and two chest-mounted stations known as the Vigilence Defence System with Burst Cannons and Missile Pods. Other weapons options include a Nexus Missile Launcher or Heavy Rail Cannon with Fragmentation Cluster Shell Launcher. Protection is provided by a Barrier Shield Generator, which can withstand even Titan-class weaponry.

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@avalu40k check this out…

A model armed with a macro weapon may not fire if it has moved previously in the turn, unless the firing unit also has the TITANIC keyword.

Heavy Rail cannon is a macro weapon,
The Tigershark does not have the Titanic keyword.
The Tigershark is a flyer without the option to go into a stationary hover mode and has to move a minimum 30"

Rules as written… The Tigershark cannot fire its Heavy Rail cannons… ever…

Tau v. Imperial Guard

Tau, being shelled to pieces: Haha! The gue'la are fools. Our mighty rail cannons will rip through them.. once we have them in line of sight.

Imperial Guardsmen, laughing and drunk, operating artillery pieces through use of vox relays: Lol where the hell are these tau nerds we’re running out of buildings to flatten.

Do you approve of this doctrine, @dont-mess-with-the-commissariat ?

  Railway Gun Kurze Bruno 28 cm K (E) (Beute), in Vögele-Drehscheibe, Battery E.721, Verdun, France

This is one of the Belgian guns were captured in 1940 and immediately put back in use. It is unclear whether the original Belgian retained khaki, but here it is assumed that they were painted in the usual Dunkelgrau when they were reformed before being delivered to the battery E.721. this is the gun “A” battery, and carries a small room with the name “Rückert”. Like many batteries assigned to coastal defense role, the E.721 deployed its two rail guns in the Vögele-Drehscheibe, a type of turntable light field developed by the firm Joseph Vögele of Mannheim during the First World War. This was a modular design and at least two lower transportation designs were made to accommodate the short type of rail cannon old Bruno and a longer type to accommodate the new, longer barrel K5 (E). The associated circular rail system was designed to be portable and transported in a single specialized wagon with a crane. It took about two days to deploy a cannon rail on the turntable Vögele. The turning radius rail consumed about 24 hours to prepare, and then it took 24 hours to assemble the undercarriage, and roll the barrel to the carriage through a special ramp as seen in the lower right. The rotary platforms are often assembled at the top of a normal railroad to facilitate transfer if necessary. However, many of the batteries Atlantic Wall were mounted on platforms special concrete, sometimes in positions of reinforced concrete called “kettle” (kettle).

One day, one rhyme- Day 1105

A gingerbread boat sails a sea
Of royal icing white,
While a gingerbread crew swab decks
Of jelly beans paved tight.
Licorice ropes hoist up aloft
Spun cotton candy sails.
Passengers watch gummy fish swim,
Leant over musk stick rails.
Brandy snap cannons sit, unused,
With unfired smarties balls,
While gingerbread idlers ignore
Gingerbread First Mate’s calls.
The Captain, by gingerbread helm,
Reads the fruit roll-up charts.
Perhaps X marks out the desires
Of their gingerbread hearts,
But, alas, the sun has set and
The moon is in the sky,
To our gingerbread ship and crew
We must now say goodbye.