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zepplins instead of valkyries for imperial guard
« on: November 09, 2013, 01:39:04 PM »
do you think this would fly?
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Re: zepplins instead of valkyries for imperial guard
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2013, 11:49:13 PM »
I'm not sure they'd fly so much as float along at a leisurely pace.
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Re: zepplins instead of valkyries for imperial guard
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2013, 03:18:19 PM »
Yes and no. From an immediate tactical (and realistically tabletop setting) no. The IG does however use some truly massive airships as mobile bases/transports on several worlds, most notably on Phantine.

A larger transport, a Zeppelin version of the Baneblade variant that can carry 40 troops might not be bad. But it would definitely fall into Super Heavy categorically.

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Re: zepplins instead of valkyries for imperial guard
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2013, 04:09:03 AM »
Go for it!
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Re: zepplins instead of valkyries for imperial guard
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2013, 09:31:05 PM »
Don't matter if it would fly or not, do it with no Greta your army your way.
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Re: zepplins instead of valkyries for imperial guard
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2014, 02:19:11 PM »
Will it fly: The professional engineer's perspective..... yes.  Quite literally, you can make a brick ****house fly with sufficient power.  Not well, but that is left to the software engineers (read: Brads) to figure out.

The only issue with a fast zeppelin is that the manifold (the baloon thingy) creates a lot of drag.  You can go fast, but it'll take a lot of power.  Frankly, given that the GW universe seems to have INSANELY effective aircraft-scale power sources (for flying bricks like Stormravens and Thunderhawks), I actually think that a high speed zeppelin troop transport is *feasible*. 

*Why* is a good question.  A comparably sized winged aircraft could move faster and carry more payload for the same powerplant.  Then again, clearly the Imperium is very aesthetically oriented, and more than willing to do crazy things, so DO IT!  ALL THE AWEOME! 
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Re: zepplins instead of valkyries for imperial guard
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2014, 06:44:19 PM »
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Re: zepplins instead of valkyries for imperial guard
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2014, 12:00:04 AM »
Yeah, I do what I can.  Maybe more analysis than you were looking for, but there is certainly more to do :).  Thought for the day:  Has the Imperium perfected aircraft-scale fusion reactors where power out is greater than total power in?  We're at the point now that the power *out of the laser* is less than the power out of the material being fused, but we're faaaaar off from power *into the laser* being greater than power out of fusion.  It's certainly a possibility.
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