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Author:  Wolfman [ Fri May 15, 2020 8:37 pm ]
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Thanks for the explanation, Kurt.

Author:  kfeltenberger [ Mon Jun 15, 2020 5:21 pm ]
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I'm putting this here since it is the repository of the Lady H warbook catalog.

Throughout the story there has been mention of the Colonial M-22 and M-23 combat rifles and this essay will shed some light on the ASAWS (Advanced Small Arms Weapons System) project. The objective of the ASAWS project was to create a complete small arms weapons system for the Colonial warfighter that allowed a single core weapon to be configured for a variety of tasks from basic infantry rifle, designated marksman's rifle, Marine shipboard rifle, and to do it in a variety of task specific calibers. The winning design was a bullpup configured chassis that allowed the use of both short and medium length standard issue cartridges to be used with the appropriate bolt, barrel, and ejection port. One unique feature of the M-2x is that it ejects the spent cases forward rather than to the side, thus allowing easy transition from shoulder to shoulder, an important feature when fighting in an urban environment or within shipboard passages. As part of the weapon's modularity, the ejection may be swapped from one side to the other without the need of any tools.

Using simple tools, the core chassis may be converted from the standard 5.6mm round to the older and heavier 7.6mm round, or to anything that uses a cartridge sized between the two. The only tools required are a simple hex head driver and a torque wrench.

Below are pictures of both the rifle and its magazines and a few words about each. Both rifles are shown equipped with the M-98 CCO (Close Combat Optic) and M-99 CCO-M (Close Combat Optic - Magnifier). The M-98 is an unmagnified optic with a circle and dot reticle, capable of accurately engaging targets to 300m and beyond. It has two sources of power; a coin sized rechargable battery and a solar panel. The solar panel is capable of powering the optic, but the battery is required to low and no light conditions. The M-99 is a 4x magnifier that is on a quick detach flip over mount that allows it to be moved out of the line of sight or quickly removed entirely. There is also a M-99A1, which is similar in operation to the base M-99, but offers 6x magnification. Thanks to the extended mounting rail and attachment points on the forward handguard, a wide variety of additional accessories may be added.

This is the base rifle with a 406mm barrel, the standard flash hider/compensator muzzle device, and the slimline forward handguard. Rifles in this configuration are commonly issued to personnel not assigned to shipboard duty or front line service, such as rear area ground based Colonial Army, Colonial Guard, and Marines.

This is the M-22 configured for standard issue to personnel in front line service, shipboard duty, or special operations. It differs by having a slightly wider forward handguard that allows the two piece sound suppressor to extend back over the barrel to offer more volume for the escaping propellant gasses.

These are the three styles of magazines that were developed for the ASAWS program. The first magazine, the Type 1, was the original design and was extremely rugged, robust, and reliable. The second magazine, or Type 2, replaced the Type 1 in some units and was slimmer than the original, somewhat lighter, and had steel feed lips instead of the original's polymer. Both the Type 1 and Type 2 are official issue and there is a lot of debate on which is "best". The third magazine, the Type 3, was just being fielded prior to the Cylon return, and was a much lower cost alternative to the other two types. It was, however, more popular with the accountants than the troops because it lacked the "at a glance" ability to show how many rounds were still in the magazine. Oddly, the 7.6mm version of the magazine, and one of the commercial offerings in 5.6mm, does have a window to offer this option, but those procured for Colonial military use in 5.6mm lack this feature.

Author:  kfeltenberger [ Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:38 pm ]
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Colonial society has always had a somewhat sexually progressive cultural outlook, with perhaps the most visible being the acceptance of homosexuality and poly relationships of one type or another. Another area where modern Colonial society is truly built on the actions of those now relegated to the history books is that of the Courtesan's Guild. This guild can trace its routes to the early Imperial Era when Virgon and Leonis vied for supremacy. Each empire was focused on commerce, and each empire at the time had a fairly libertarian view of what should and shouldn't be criminalized. In 781, Virgon legalized prostitution, followed by Leonis six months later. Trade being the lifeblood of the Empires, there was a lot of policy cross pollenization between the two, and soon the Courtesan's Guild was established.

The Courtesan's Guild was at its most simplest a union for the newly legalized sex workers. It provided representation as an Non Governmental Organization, helped craft the rules and regulations that governed the conduct, health, and confidentiality of Guild members, and perhaps surprisingly, acted as a diplomatic conduit between the two empires when official relations were strained or non-existent. The Crisis of 976 was ended when Guild Mistress Donella Fontaine and Guild Master Simon Clarke acted as de jure ambassadors for Leonis and Virgon respectively and successfully negotiated the Treaty of Xanadu in which both gained and lost, but ultimately benefited.

In honor of their accomplishment, the Guild was gifted a Caprican liner that would be treated as extraterritorial by both empires. It would fly both flags as a courtesy, though owed allegiance to neither. It was the first of a long line of refitted ships to carry the name Xanadu.

In the centuries since then, the Guild has grown and stabilized its role within the greater Colonial society. Many of the colony and Colonial wide health initiatives derived from internal processes that were enacted to protect for the members' health. Each world has a Grand Guild House with smaller subservient guild houses in most major cities. These houses act as administrative and educational centers for the Guild, as well as in some cases, work with hospitals focused on sexual/reproductive health as well as psychological and sociological support.

Throughout it all, though, has been Xanadu. The current incarnation was based off a Behemoth class replenishmentstar. The modularity of the ship's hull made it easy to transform it into a mobile palace devoted to humanity's oldest profession. The ship travels a course where it spends a week at each world before moving on to the next, though Aquarius with it's small population only gets a few days.

Those who have been aboard claim that it's luxury rivals that of the best Avedon or CGM offers, and that it also offers a refined decadence that would never be found on either lines' ships!


Author:  rit57 [ Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:01 pm ]
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Love the ship, nice back story.

Author:  kfeltenberger [ Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:46 pm ]
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Thanks! One of the best social constructs that came out of Firefly was the Companions Guild and while I don't see the Courtesan's Guild as being semi-monastic the way the Companions outposts were, I see them sharing a lot of similarities.

Author:  Wolfman [ Fri Jul 03, 2020 4:16 pm ]
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Nice work, Kurt.

Author:  kfeltenberger [ Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:19 pm ]
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Because I can't just let things sit...

With the advent of offensive drones being put on the E-Class gunstars and others, it was natural for the Admiralty to explore whether they could be successfully mated to the cream of the crop, A-Class gunstar. At the same time, initial tests were being done to advance to the Block 2B, which would see the wingtips changed for those of the Tisiphone class battlestar, adding four additional turrets, generally oriented to cover the aft quarters. The first iteration, the Block 2B, never moved past the computer modeling stage as it was determined that the wings weren't robust enough for the enlarged wingtips and showed excessive flex and twisting during maneuvers. The Block 2C rectified this deficiency and funds were allocated to construct the first example.

This is where the stealth drones come into the picture. Not willing to leave a good thing well enough alone, the project was paused so that four hardpoints could be added to each wing; two above and two below. This necessitated the wings to be extended so that the drones would have adequate space to clear the forward hull. There was a side benefit as well; with the wings extended, the guns had slightly better fields of fire. The design was approved as the Block 2D (for initial trials and would later be type standardized as the Block 4) and the project moved forward.

Arethusa had just been commissioned and was completing her acceptance trials when the genocide occurred. It is unknown whether she survived.

A-Class Block 2B (Conjectural)

A-Class Block 2C (Conjectural)

A-Class Block 2D / Block 4

Author:  XRaiderV1 [ Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:12 pm ]
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Author:  kfeltenberger [ Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:29 pm ]
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You talking Dundee? ;-)


Author:  XRaiderV1 [ Thu Oct 15, 2020 11:02 pm ]
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yes I still live lol.

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