Since before the outbreak of the Prydian Civil War the various marks of the Type 41 Skylark Patrol Flyers have been part of the Muster regiments of the Precinct. Based on a designed from the era of the Ban of Prejudice the Type 41 was put into renewed mass production on seven worlds before the Battle of Fenway Prime. While the Adder Combat Car fulfils the needed role of a multi propulsion ground transport for Muster Platoons there was a need for an armed transport that could move in three dimensions. The Skylark fulfils this role well with the objective of moving troops from a staging area to the combat zone with no intervening stages. Capable of dramatic bursts of speed with its four jet engines the howl of an incoming Skylark is common to the ears of friend and foe alike. The Type 41 was given the name Skylark during its testing on New Glastonbury with a hint of humour. That species of ancient Terran bird was brought to New Glastonbury during its long ago original colonisation and its swooping grace is very much at odds with a vehicle that puts ascetics well behind protecting itself and its occupants.
There are five common marks of the Type 41 which are broadly as follows. The Type 41A Skylark Patroller is the most common of the flyers and is used as an armoured transport capable of carrying two crew and a fire-team of four Muster usually of the Patrol. Its armament is composed of a belly mounted rotary Moth 88 cannon and a top mounted Anda 60mm Missile Pod. Less common but often seen is the Type 41B Skylark Battle Bus which retains the belly mount but has an upper hull modification adding more internal space and an upper exit hatch which means it can carry two fire-teams into the fray at the cost of some protection and fire power. Speed is the aim of the Type 41C called the Skylark Screamer where the upper turret mount and internal space is given over to an additional jet engine mounted on the top of the hull. The Type 41C is used for rapid response and to give ground fire support in open terrain. Rarer is the Type 41D Skylark Big Lift which is unarmed but is fitted with a low slung rig for lifting cargo pods and pallets. But rarest of all is the Type 41E Skylark Eye which is a command and control flyer which features extensive top and belly slung sensor packages; this mark usual belongs to a general or other top ranking officer. All Skylarks have a titanium composite hull and are rated to extreme altitude though without extensive drive modifications it is not capable of reaching low orbit.
Enter the next sequence to access basic flight training for all marks of the Type 41. Proceed now...
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After a week of previews and anticipation (notice not months or promises) we present the Skylark ESO Bundle Offers!
The Skylark series of codes comprises three different codes all of which are featured in these Early Supporter Offers. You can find a lot more information on each of them in three previous postings on the Ion Age blog. The IAF029 Skylark Patrol Flyer and the IAF033 CrashedSkylark and lastly the IAF034 Skylark Cradle. Have a look and then please come back here. Read them all, enjoyed them and the pictures...good! Here are the details of the three different excellent value bundles which are on our website from the 3rd to the 17th of March 2014.
Skylark ESO Bundle One – The Cradle. Three IAF029 Skylark Patrol Flyer vehicle kits plus a IAF034 Skylark Cradle structure free. Total Bundle Value 28.00GBP price is 21.00GBP save 25% off release price! Every order placed automatically gets the IMP07 Female Patrol Officer (worth 0.60GBP) included free automatically!
Skylark ESO Bundle Two – The Crashed. Three IAF029 Skylark Patrol Flyer vehicle kits plus a IAF033 Crashed Skylark model free. Total Bundle Value 28.00GBP price is 21.00GBP save 25% off release price! Every order placed automatically gets the IMP07 Female Patrol Officer (worth 0.60GBP) included free automatically!
Skylark ESO Bundle Three – The Air Fleet. Ten IAF029 Skylark Patrol Flyer vehicle kits with a massive saving off release price. Get your whole air arm for the Muster in one go. Total Bundle Value 70.00GBP price is 50.00GBP save actually over 25% off release price! Every order placed automatically gets the IMP07 Female Patrol Officer (worth 0.60GBP) included free automatically!
GO HERE for the web page with the offers which are valid for two weeks from today. All orders placed with bundles in them will ship on the 17th March worldwide.
The Skylark and its supporting codes along with all of the 15mm white metal Muster miniatures are all working towards the release of Patrol Angis our 15mm skirmish science fiction rules system. In the game the Skylark will perform many duties including strafing runs, rapid insertions, pick ups under fire and the delivery of vital supplies while in combat.
Here are some images of the models in use in play with captions (we had some fun with this!).
|Skylark with deployed Muster Patrol Fire-Team|
|The coming soon Muster Patrol Command claim a crashed 'lark|
|A Skylark landed on a tower with the coming soon Landing Pad|
We think that the Skylark is a fantastic and original model and we hope that you do too. Thank you for your support of all of us here at The Ion Age in allowing us to pursue our dream of a space opera future that is wholly its own.
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