Saturday, December 3, 2016

EXTERMINATOR : Berserker Warmachine

Navy Technology Analysis Section - Technical Report

Hostile Super Battleship

Codename EXTERMINATOR

Background

Following the recent operations in Quadrant 7, combined with survivors' reports from Quadrants 5 and 6, it is clear that humanity is facing an entirely new military threat from a fleet of hostile super battleships. The Second Battle of 116AL provided the Earther Fleet with its first intact example of a component of one of these new threat vessels, codenamed exterminator.

General Structure

The unit captured at 116AL is a hyperspace-capable unmanned warship, controlled by a sophisticated alien AI unit at its core.  These individual units are code-named VIKING.
The diagram below was an initial scan, based on a first contact with Exterminators (much more is now know about them):
           
 The unit has 5 operational decks, plus two pacifier bays, each of which houses one of the hi-performance SHADOW class hostile pacifiers. Further analysis indicates that the unit has at least 4 access tubes that connect when the VIKING is connected with its companion units for form the full-sized Exterminator. The Viking unit has 4 PAD-equivalents, and 8 HELL- equivalents, and 16 lighter energy weapons for close-in defense. The internal deck structure is as follows:
           
 From the long range scans obtained in battle, together with an analysis obtained from the captured unit, it appears that these units are able to lock together to form a larger unit - the full-sized Exterminator. From our initial projections, 6 VIKING units fit together for form a full exterminator.  This makes the exterminator approximately 4 or 5 times the size of our largest interstellar-capable navy battleship.   We have come up with the following projected schematic for a full-sized exterminator:
           
 Each Viking supports 1 or 2 high performance pacifier class ships, codenamed SHADOW.  These consistently outperform our paicifers, being capable of over 10g manoevering.  They have limited types of armament, however, being equipped only with HELL.  The Exterminators don' seem to use missiles (or indeed vary their weapon options at all).  This means that the complete ESB will have 10 or 12 SHADOWS - quite a potent force, probably equivalent to the striking power of a Carrier.
Shadow-class pacifierSHADOW CLASS EXTERMINATOR PACIFIER

ORIGINS

We have no clues as to the origin or mission profile for these hostiles.  So far, the Exterminators have sought out colonised planets, and destroyed all ships and installations, and as far as possible killed all inhabitants.  Death toll throughout human space is hundreds of  millions of men, women and children to date.   Initial evidence is that the VIKING unit is not designed for organic life to operate, although there was some evidence of some sort of disused briefing room on the captured VIKING unit (codenamed PATEL after the marine commander who captured it .  This may be part of an initial programming or setting up system.  There was a playback system built in, but we have not yet deciphered how to make it function.  There are indications from other captured units that the PATEL unit is not necessarily a typical unit. It may be that there are organic life forms on the main unit, and that it is their practice to use robots and automation extensively (like a number of human cultures).  Until a full-sized exterminator is captured, this cannot be confirmed.              Currently, we estimate that there are at least 10 of the full sized exterminator ships attacking human space at widely spaced points.

STATISTICS

VIKING :
HSD.
Fusion power plant.  
4 PAD
8 HELL of which up to 8 can bear at once.
16 light energy weapons
2 x SHADOW class pacifiers
No crew.
approx 200 combat capable maintenance robots ('CLANKERS')
approx 20 weapon armed combat-capable robots (about the equivalent of our Combat Robots) EXTERMINATOR SUPER BATTLESHIP
6 x VIKING units interconnected.
estimated up to 72 heavy energy weapons, of which 40 can bear at once.
estimated up to 10 or 12 SHADOW class high performance pacifiers
estimated 1200 combat capable maintenance robots (CLANKERS)
estimated 120 weapon armed combat-capable robots.

UPDATE 3200: Exterminator Modus Operandi - Frequently Asked Questions How fast do the Exterminators travel from the system M25 to the colony? Hence, how much warning do we get? As far as you are aware, the main units have never exceeded 1g, although you know their Shadows can do 10g.  It may be that this limit is somehow hard-wired into their systems because as far a analysis of captured equipment indicates, they are physically capable of higher accelerations. This means between 2-10 days warning depending on the size of the M25 and the quality of in-system detection systems. At the end of 3200, a number of Exterminators exhibited the capability to accelerate at up to 2g - but it is believed that these ships were destroyed at the Battle of Tuskan. Do they engage defending ships and the system HSTS immediately; or try to go directly to the colony avoiding combat? There is evidence of both tactics.  The most common tactic is to find and destroy the HSTS first, then close in destroying ships and orbital installations before starting on the colony itself. What do they do at the colony: invade it, bombard it, or what? Bombard with high energy weapons from orbit - sometimes landing 'clanker' forces and giant 'super tanks' to winkle out deeply dug in defenders. Having destroyed a colony, what does the Exterminator do next? Do they loot it, or just leave? As far as we can see there is nothing left to loot after the bombardment.  It seems they just leave once satisfied that the colony has been destroyed. ADDITIONAL:  Further evidence shows that they tend to destroy all intelligent life - that is humans - or any other creatures they think might be capable of evolving intelligence.  This has, in the case of the destruction of Dyme, involved the extermination of a species of small aquatic mammals. I get the impression that the Exterminators usually operate in pairs of 'super battleships'. Is that correct? The indications are that currently the majority of ESB encounters have been pairs - but they have also been encountered singly and even in threes. ADDITIONAL:  Further analysis indicates that they seem to have operated in pairs until one of the pair is destroyed or disabled, when they sometimes link up with an existing pair. ADDIITONAL 2:  Later research indicates that ESBs have been operating singly as well - though most initial contacts were of pairs. ADDITIONAL 3:  Latest reports indicate a Second Wave composed of small groups of VIKING units. ADDITIONAL 4: Recent combat reports from RED SPOT indicate a single fleet of 10 (ten) or more ESBs. (subsequently mostly destroyed at Tuskan).  Is it possible to tell when a planet was destroyed by an ESB? It might be.  The database has yet to be established, but scientists in a Survey Ship or specially commissioned research vessel might be able to work it out, given some time to study the problem. Ordinary warships or merchant ships would not be able to do this.  (Note:  The Earthers are currently conducting just such an investigation under Operation POST MORTEM - see below) ADDITIONAL:  The Earther Government in Q7 developed the Gratermass protocol, which can calculate the date of destruction of a system.
Welcome to The Universe
EXTERMINATOR

The Governor General of Sector Six: The "KCS Mary Shelly", Backstory and Build

This was too awesome not to share:
 

The Governor General of Sector Six: The "KCS Mary Shelly", Backstory and Build: Location Office of the Governor General Travis Point, New Cypress Kingdom of Colores Chief of Intelligence, Admiral Jones (High...

Thursday, December 1, 2016

UNSC Heavy Infantry "Blackstar Brigade" Reassigned To Brazos Sector

1st Platoon 2nd Company 7th UNSC Heavy Infantry
"Blackstar Brigade" are being reassigned to the Brazos
Sector and will be attached to the BEE
5TH Armored Cavalry Regiment








Commandant Steve (BLACKSTAR) has informed me that
the troops have embarked on UN transport and should
arrive here by Saturday. Reflagging ceremony will take
place Monday.
  

Ground Zero Games Full Thrust Scandinavian Starter Fleet and fighters



Scandinavian Federation (ScanFed)

1 Battlecruiser (BC) Peder Skram  class
1 Heavy Cruiser (CH) Hardrada    class
2 Light Cruiser (CL) Trondhiem class
2 Destroyer (DD) Freja class
2 Frigate (FF) Hiafin class
6 Draken class Light Fighters
6 Viggen class Heavy Fighters

A nice ebay pick up.....)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tanker's Tuesday: Chieftain-British-Main Battle Tank 1970-80s





The Chieftain Main Battle Tank saw many years of solid service with British forces while export sales were primarily with Middle East customers.



Tanks-The Chieftain-British-Main Battle Tank







The Chieftain Tank-Main Battle Tank-British Army-L11A5 120mm rifle gun-its the most advanced tank of its era-saw many years of solid service with British forces while export sales were primarily with Middle East Allies- Armored Fighting Vehicle (AFV).

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Friday, November 25, 2016

OFFICIAL - GZG: NEW RELEASES and CHRISTMAS OFFERS!

UPDATE 1 - FRIDAY 25th NOVEMBER 2016:
ALL THE WARFARE NEW RELEASES ARE NOW ON THE STORE!
All the NEW codes released last weekend at the WARFARE show are now up on the store and available for mailorder - as listed in the WARFARE updates already posted to the store news page, that includes the MOONGRUNT seated troops (US and Chinese), the US Rocket Sled and Moon Buggy (type B variant), FOUR more codes for the OutRim Coalition, THREE more codes for the KRA'VAK, plus new ESU NAVAL INFANTRY and ISLAMIC FEDERATION packs!
To see all the NEW codes, please scroll to the bottom of the store front page where you will find all the new items pictured.
Thanks for reading,
Jon (GZG)

……………………

FURTHER UPDATE - FRIDAY 25th NOVEMBER 2016:
CHRISTMAS SPECIALS NOW RUNNING!
Our 2016 Christmas Specials are NOW ON as of today, FRIDAY 25th NOVEMBER, and they will run until MIDNIGHT (2400 Hours) UK time on FRIDAY 23rd December. Our Christmas offer has been extremely popular over many years now, so this year I'm keeping it exactly the same as last year - including the simplified qualifying criteria for the offers that worked very well last time, just using the FINAL TOTAL VALUE of your order - the actual amount you pay - rather than getting all complicated about sub-total values, VAT-exclusive prices and stuff….. so once again, ALL ORDERS WITH A TOTAL VALUE (INCLUDING SHIPPING AND VAT WHERE APPLICABLE) of 30 GBP or more will qualify for both parts of the special deal:
1) All qualifying orders will get a FREE CHRISTMAS GOODIE BAG of extra minis and stuff - how much you get depends on the size of your order, and we'll tailor most of the contents to fit the kind of items you are ordering (and maybe the occasional sample that might tempt you into other ranges and scales...). What goes in the bag is OUR choice, so no being cheeky and asking for specific codes please - but those of you who have had our previous Xmas deals will know that we give you a very generous selection of items that you can actually use for your armies/fleets - and usually much more stuff than you'd get from a simple discount offer!
Sometimes I may put in the odd special or unreleased item too, so you never know what you might get....
2) In addition to the Free Stuff with your order, all qualifying customers will also get a VOUCHER that you can use to get a generous DISCOUNT off a further order placed after Christmas - so you can get all your pre-Xmas stuff AND free goodies now, and then use the voucher up when you have some gift money from all those relatives who have absolutely NO idea what to buy for you!
This year, the vouchers will be valid for the whole of JANUARY and FEBRUARY 2017 - so the voucher codes will become "live" on the store on Sunday the 1st of January 2017, and any un-used ones will expire at Midnight (UK time) on Tuesday the 28th February 2017. This should give you plenty of time to use your vouchers after the holidays are out of the way.
The value of the voucher you will receive varies according to the size of your pre-Xmas order - if your total order value is from 30 GBP to 100 GBP then you'll get a voucher for 15% discount; any orders with a total value of OVER 100 GBP will get a 20% discount voucher!
Each voucher carries a unique code number that allows you to use it for online orders. Each voucher code is valid for ONE USE ONLY, and after that use the store will not accept the code again. Therefore please don't complete checkout or make payment unless you are 100% sure that your order is correct and complete. In the case of any difficulty, please email me (Jon) immediately through the contact information on the store and I can re-set your voucher code for another attempt.
...............
Christmas dispatch times and ordering dates, and Christmas/New Year break:
Throughout the pre- and post-Christmas period, I will be trying to keep as much up to date with order dispatches as possible - but please understand that things can get VERY busy and some orders may well take a few days longer than normal to be shipped out. If there are any serious delays then we will try to let you know where possible.
Obviously we are all at the mercy of the postal services as to delivery times - but we would strongly recommend that international orders (especially for Australia, NZ etc) are placed no later than the first week of December if you want any real hope of them arriving before Christmas. With some larger orders it is possible to ship them via parcel courier (UPS etc) rather than by airmail, the couriers are faster and with much better online tracking - if you want me to do this, or just want more details on this shipping option, please ask when you place the order.
I will continue to dispatch orders up to Friday 23rd of December - after that date we will be CLOSED for the Christmas/New Year break, re-opening on Monday 2nd January 2017. The online webstore will remain "open" throughout the Christmas period so you can still place orders, but no orders will be processed and dispatched until after the 2nd January - and of course the New Year vouchers won't become line until the start of January.
Thanks to you all for your support and valued custom through 2016 - as many of you will know it hasn't exactly been the easiest year, in fact it's one I'd quite like to forget in many ways - but most things are pretty much back to normal now, we have a whole bunch of new product already out (and more coming!) with some exciting things planned for 2017.
Wishing you all a great Christmas (or whatever other seasonal festival you choose to celebrate around this time of year) and a safe, happy and gaming-filled New Year!
All the best,
Jon (GZG),  25th Nov 2016.

GZG STORE

15mm Valonian And Universalist Command Infantry


The Valonian Infantry (Rebel Miniatures)are our newest Sci-Fi Alien pack!
These large aliens are about 18-20mm to the eye. Each pack comes with 20
miniatures. These are highly detailed and a must for any Sci-Fi gamer!
Sculpted by Martin Baker and Paints by Micropanzer!

Universalist Command Infantry (Blue Moon Manufacturing ) These figures
are created to use with the up coming Galactica Wars I rule book but can be
used for so much more. There are 10 figures in this pack.

Mixing these two types to make an Eldar unit....)

Thursday, November 24, 2016

OFFICIAL - GZG: HAPPY THANKSGIVING and other news….

UPDATE - THURSDAY 24th NOVEMBER 2016:
Wishing all our US CUSTOMERS a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
I hope you all have a great day with family and friends....
Now that I've had a few days after WARFARE to catch up with things, clear all the outstanding orders and get everything packed away after the 2016 show season, it's almost time for the CHRISTMAS SPECIALS!
Please check the store front page over the next couple of days, as I will be posting details of this year's Christmas and New Year special offers, as well as uploading all the latest NEW RELEASES to the store so that you can take advantage of the special deals when you order them.
Thanks for reading,
Jon (GZG)

Happy Thanksgiving


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Cha List



Introduction: Jon Davis posted recently to the GZG-L Mailing List the motiviation behind the Predator characters he ran during Stuart Murray's The Umpire Strikes Back event.
In it, he stated:
Predators have a total of Seven Descriptions of Life

...

4. Cha

"Honored prey"  They must be capable of sending us to the Deity.
And this was the result. Enjoy!

Oops'Cha
"We didn't expect them to be able to send us to the Deity, but
it appears in retrospect that our estimates were slightly
mistaken...." 
['Laserlight']

Got'Cha
"Hey!  That's the Deity!  How did that happen?!?"
(with respects to Wi'Sel the Never-Seen) 
['Laserlight']

Cup'a'Cha
Innocent Prey that provides us with hot beverages before being killed......
[Jon Tuffley]

Cha'Cha Cha
Prey that dances around our weapons [Alan E Brain]

Cha'Kol
Prey that is best when well cooked [Alan E Brain]

Cha'Broiled
Prey that must be killed by a flame weapon to see the Deity 
['The Sutherlands']

Cha'Tan'Uga
Prey that must be well chewed [Alan E Brain]
(Laserlight added:
For those of you who are wondering, that's "Chattanooga" as in
"Chattanooga Choo Choo".  Narn platoon en route.)

Spi'C Na'Chas
Innocent prey sprinkled with melted cheese and jalepenos peppers.
[Jon Davis]

Kul'Cha
A way for prey to learn the finer points of existence
[Mark Sykes]

Cha'P'Suey - Prey which seems filling at the time, but leaves one hungry for 
more prey within a short time.
[Brian Bilderback]

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Prey dispatched in an especially satisfying manner: Cha'Ching
Prey emitting a strong scent: Cha'Nel'Fi'Yiv
Prey moving the feet and body rhythmicly: Cha'Cha
Prey which attacks only after one of its fellows has been
dispatched: A'Ven'Cha
Comically clumsy prey: Cha'Lee'Cha'Plin

['Laserlight']
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But'Cha - (vb) to send prey to the deity
Lun'Cha'Or - the short period around midday when hunters can stop sending prey
to the deity and eat the ritual food, San'U'Ich.
Thu Tai'Ms Theh Aah A Cha'Njan - favourite war ballad of the hunters
Foo'Cha - the legendary time when enough prey has been sent to the deity
Cha'Plin - hunter-priest who performs the rites associated with the
sending of the prey to the deity

[Tom Anderson]
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Tor'Cha -- Punning your pray to death [Andrew Apter]

Cha'Lupa: Mexican prey causing severe flatulence problems. [David Raynes]

Cha':  Shreded prey that some southern KV hold between their gum and
cheek. [Jeff Miller]

Cha'dah:  a creamy soup made with milk, potatoes, and chunks of
worthy prey, preferred by northeasern KV. [Brian Bilderback]

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Tee'Cha - Prey the hunting of which is a true education.
Lec'Cha - Prey that causes one to sleep
Pree'Cha - Prey that sees the Deity on a daily basis 
[Alan E Brain]
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Tai'Cha - The martial art of prey capture.  [Tom Granvold]

Monday, November 21, 2016

All Quiet On The Martian Front Dominator Tripod 



All Quiet On The Martian Front Dominator Tripod ....Just in from Ebay,
I'm slowly building up this line....)

I Am Long Winded Aren't I....



Just noted that this blog has crossed over the 1800 post mark!
My thanks to everyone that has allowed my self indulgence
here, much appreciated.......)  

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tanker's Tuesday: Centurion








The Centurion, introduced in 1945, was the primary British main battle tank of the post-Second World War period. It is widely considered to be one of the most ...
Main armament‎: ‎105 mm L7 rifled gun;
Armour‎: ‎51-152 mm
In service‎: ‎1946–present (derivatives still in se...
Engine‎: ‎Rolls-Royce Metor

Centurion Tank


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Tanker's Tuesdayp: M1128 Stryker Mobile Gun System







The M1128 Mobile Gun System is an eight-wheeled armored car of the Stryker armored fighting vehicle family, mounting a 105 mm tank gun, based on the Canadian LAV III light-armored vehicle manufactured by General Dynamics Land Systems. It is in service with the United States and was
also being considered for adoption by several other countries
M1128 Stryker Mobile Gun System