Monday, 4 January 2010

Nuclear Renaissance Forces: Isembard Kickass Brunel


Heres the latest in the series of articles on the various forces in the wastelands, this time covering Isembard Kickass Brunel.

Isembard Kickass Brunel

Brunel is an innovator. He is a man of engineering. The re-learning of lost technology has been advanced by Brunel more than any other person. He specialises in the macro machine, constructions of vast proportions. For this man, bigger is most definitely better. He refuses to do anything on half measures. He and his workers have built themselves some marvels of gargantuan size.

He has built a factory town is situated in a steep gorge, with a humongous iron bridge spanning its width. This is used as a platform for his vast cranes which haul plates of iron of such vast weight that no other cranes built can even move them. His smelting vats and blast furnaces seldom rest, as he forges ever larger devices and feats of engineering. Brunel as a man is driven. He is determined in mind. He is also a good man.

His ideal is to rebuild the world as it was before. He wishes for roads, bridges, communication and supply. His final goal is to build a sea-worthy ship that can sail out to discover the lands that he believes lie to the east and west. However, resources are hard to acquire, and while he has lofty ideals, he still needs money to buy the materials for his personal projects. He can be hired, at a cost. It is rumored that at this he is working for Jonash Longstock, constructing a giant cannon. It is said to be for the defense of the town of Bandlerd, and when finished will have literally unbelievable range and stopping power.

Brunels inventions tend to lean towards the massive and a perfect example is the Huntsman Spider Tank:

Huntsman Spider Tank

Originally constructed to counter the threat from the huge foot gangs that swarm over the hills around his workshops. Highly motivated opportunists and scavengers, the bandits steal pretty much everything they can lay their filthy mitts on.

The Huntsman is driven by lovely Micrathena. Her two extra cybernetic arms allow her to become spider like in her movements. Her head gear creates a bond with the spider-machine and she communes with it, guiding its movement rather than controlling them!

Tam O'Rouke built and mans the bell cannon mounted in the turret. The bell cannon derives it's name from the casting process. The technology to engineer a cannon is the same as for making bells. For a bell to sound properly, it must be made from a perfect casting. Air bubbles or impurities will effect its resonance. So with cannons, any weakness in the casting will produce unreliable and dangerous barrels.

Fully armed and armoured, the Huntsman Spider Tank is a machine designed to destroy hordes of rabble! Its ingenious leg design allows it to traverse terrain even tracked vehicles cannot negotiate.

Judging by the Victorian look of the one of the vehicles in the new box set, along with several of the figures Brunel could make a good starting force with his big, clunking steam driven contraptions and jolly good sorts trying to rebuild the wastelands

Steamdriven Beast!

We shall have to wait on the box arriving but Brunel may make a good civilised opposition to the Wolf Clan, Friendly Pandas, Wasteland Loonies, Giggles Clan or just about any of the factions in Nuclear Renaissance!

Next up will be either the Giggles Clan or the Scrap Knights!

All the best

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