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.
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Thanks to all of you for your orders on the Early Supporter for the Skylark models. All orders are in the mail now! Now released are the three codes making up the excellent space opera flyer The Skylark. The IAF029 Skylark Patrol Flyer and the IAF033 Crashed Skylark and lastly the IAF034 Skylark Cradle. Here are the details of each code:
IAF029 Skylark Patrol Flyer
The Skylark Patrol Flyer Mark 41A is a 15mm scale vehicle in the form of a multiple part high grade grey tone resin kit. Composed of six pieces which require assembly and can be fitted with a flight stand (not supplied). It is approx 65mm long and 60mm wide when assembled. The multiple pieces are gun mounts and engine mounts allowing a good degree of posing for 'in flight' and 'landing'. The Skylark is the main air support vehicle of the Muster Patrol and among its variants it typically carries one fire-team plus crew and provides gun runs too upon request. Space Opera wargaming at its finest! Price is 7.00GBP per kit and as with all our releases if you purchase three you can get 10% off the normal price. Go HERE.
IAF033 Crashed Skylark
Fast engines and titanium alloy armour are not always enough to keep you up in the air and clear of danger. This Skylark Patrol Flyer has been shot down after a really rough exchange of fire with the enemy. Crashed into the rocky terrain of a world in the Prydian Precinct it lays with smashed engine housings and a battered hull. Lots of details and an excellent narrative piece for your games or simply as battlefield terrain. The Crashed Skylark Patrol Flyer Mark 41A is a 15mm scale vehicle in one high grade grey tone resin piece with is about 70mm across at its widest point. Price is 7.00GBP per kit and as with all our releases if you purchase three you can get 10% off the normal price. Go HERE.
IAF034 Skylark Cradle
This one piece high grade grey tone resin structure fits right in not only with the IAF029 Skylark its designed to cradle for repair and reloads but also with the rest of the Ion Age 15mm terrain range such as the IAF015 Hab Dome and the IAF024 Fabricator Spire as a building in its own right. The Cradle is an industrial building with a high degree of detail. It is approx 70mm long and 60mm wide. Price is 7.00GBP per kit and as with all our releases if you purchase three you can get 10% off the normal price. Go HERE.
There were a number of blog posts done during the lead up to this time about these codes. They are a great read so please go and have a look at Part One, Part Two and Part Three which all have other pictures in them.
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.
|Skylark sitting on the IAF15E Landing pad!|
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 and for buying a vehicle that is not just the usual we see so often.
Our first Salute season offer begins upon the morrow! Get 15% off any and all orders online with us AND you still get reward points and a free miniature too. You can also choose to either get your order mailed to you as normal or collect it on the day at the trade stand (we will be hosted on Alternative Armies stand) and save the postage too. All orders will get the discount if the code is used and will get Reward Points to your account and will get the IMP free miniature too...so you really win with this convention season offer from The Ion Age. Details on Friday!