Saturday, December 29, 2012

Farquhar

In the mid-28th millenium there was a relative physicist named Farquhar who proved categorically that navigation is random.
Imagine.


Monday, December 24, 2012

Ship and Regiment, Part 10


We are constantly raising the next iteration of the regiment; by charter each is called the 302nd Wasteland Reconnaissance.

The redundancy is reassuring.















Saturday, December 22, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Ship and Regiment, Part 7

Sometimes it takes more than five years, we have no means of communication with the ships prior to their arrival in orbit.
Several times a whole generation passed with no sign of a freighter. Several times two ships have presented themselves simultaneously.


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Ship and Regiment, Part 5


We are beholden to this obligation: that every five years a freighter arrives in orbit, and Kalkovac will have raised another regiment to load into it.

Men, officers, equipment.












Monday, December 17, 2012

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

Ship and Regiment


Schooner, launch, liner, sub-light container tug: individually there are monumental differences between the vessels that 
sporadically arrive to collect the Regiment.












Thursday, December 13, 2012

Talk 20


We never saw the Skoli again.

Then there was the Laurie Alabastar in 599; and then the Ruffine (603), the St. Bambi (606), the Taro Lomax (614), the Planar (619), the Honda Suzuki (623), the Pelo Strove (628), the Blemish (631), and the Organic Curiosity (638).






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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Talk 19


There was the voyage of the Cantibule in 584, the Herring Cove in 589, and the Skoli in 593. 















Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Talk 18


The wreck of the Aristauchade was shocking, but the next year another freighter came and then another six years after that, and then another and another and another.













Saturday, December 8, 2012

Talk 16


The Ejecta left in 567 and never came back. Then the Hakon five years later, and it also failed to return. And then the Aristauchade came 578, loaded up the regiment, and fell through the atmosphere burning.










 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Talk 15


That was followed by the Circle Thrift in 558, the Quantum Migraine in 563, and the ill-fated flight of the Ejecta in 567.












Monday, December 3, 2012

Talk 14


Then came the notorious voyage of the PCH Looking Glass.

Year of the gods 554. Nasty bit of business.













Sunday, December 2, 2012

Talk 13


The first of the great transports was the Agatha Whetstone, and then in 544 came the Yubari. Huge ship. We filled it up with people and equipment and off it went.

That was the very beginning of the great cycle and five years later a converted tanker called The Myth of Chan appeared for transport. 

She arrived to much fanfare in 549. In those days the conscription was greatly celebrated.












Friday, November 30, 2012

Talk 11


At full embarkation strength the Regiment numbers 19,640 personnel.




In the background, front view of an Pachy-variant ChMR Armored Transport.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Talk 9


The ships have mostly returned over the years, after some months or years, and the Regiment disembarks more or less as it left, but everyone is older then. At other times the ship has not returned at all, everyone waits and then time passes and they are gone.

But always after some period another enormous freighter arrives from space and sits in orbit over Kalkovac. And then another 302nd Wasteland Reconnaissance Regiment is conscripted and organized, and loaded up and sent to the stars with their equipment.














Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Talk 6


It was an easy narrative, and the early citizens dreamed hopeful. They wrote songs about going to the stars to find new enemies and catalogue their lands.

In 579 the Agatha Whetstone returned and brought the Regiment back but they were much older, and changed fundamentally. But in the meanwhile in 544 there was another freighter and another mobilization, and the processes of raising the regiment have become seamless. 

In the last four hundred and sixty years the Regiment has been organized 91 times, and each time sent to join the expeditions.













Saturday, November 24, 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Talk 3


We had a king, and he had a king. Orders were issued, recruits gathered and everyone sorted according to participation. The officers drew up manuals and guessed at how best to train the men. That was the first year.

It took two months to board the Agatha Whetstone, an enormous freighter that came to collect us. It sat there in orbit blocking the sun.










Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Talk 2


We are the 302nd Wasteland Reconnaissance. The regiment was chartered in 539 by edict of the Principality of Kalkovac.

It has been four hundred and sixty years since. Now it is the ninth decade of the nine-hundredth year, nearing the end of the 41st century.













Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

Voyage of the St. Bambi


A Hydrologist-Inspector (D Class) carries his equipment past a gun tractor on Equalitine, Numm Sector. The Hydrology Corps carry out the important mission of identifying and cataloging water deposits on survey planets.

This soldier is carrying a standard K33 Portable Transfer Station: divining bit, steam pump, and electro-fire box. The satchel at his waist would contain an explorer's journal and colored pencils.

This image dates from 630. Voyage of the St. Bambi, year twenty-four. 












Sunday, November 18, 2012

Planetside on Adestre


Non-Commissioned Geometrist with an Independent Survey Platoon, planetside on Adestre. Attached to his field gear is a standard issue Type 21 iron tripod, likely for the mounting of an astrolabe, and a bedroll for field survival. Note the non-standard shoulder plates.

Survey and cadastral mapping are an important function in the normal duties of a Reconnaissance Regiment in the 41st century. The mapping of celestial exploration is a tedious if often dangerous undertaking, but this process ultimately allows for proper administration and centralized tithing.

Adestre Incursion, 983. Voyage of the Phisolanka.
Year eighteen.











Saturday, November 17, 2012

Voyage of the Myopy


Scout-Rifleman with No. 51 Company Uhlans; Rykali Subsector, Map Grid L, Harnoh Kingdom. Behind this soldier is a good shot of a Pelikan variant of the ChM Armored Transport, heavily laden with externally mounted supplies. 

The Pelikan has proved widely popular with motorized battalions, largely because of the durable Quatt and Sprigley R88 engine it is built around. It is not uncommon for a Quatt and Sprigley to go 200kl between rebuilds, or to run at temp/operational specs even after suffering catastrophic damage to the main spindle!

Voyage of the Myopy, late-880s. Year four or five.










 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Friday, November 9, 2012