GREETINGS TO ALL FROM MALICE-CORP.COM. Malice-Corp takes a look at the Vanguard a ship from the up coming game Star Citizen. This has to be my favorite ship of those release to us. It makes me think Lockheed P-38 Lightning crossed with a Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II. I see the dual tails of the Lightning and large nose gun of the Thunderbolt. It gives the Vanguard a viscous aggressive profile that has to would strike fear into the hearts of the enemy as it rips through the void of space.
I just love the way the Vanguard looks in all the concept art.
Here is the descriptions of the variants from the RSI official ship listing
The Warden –
“A hard-charging bulldog of a fighter which features extensive forward-mounted weaponry designed to tear through the shields and armor of other spacecraft. So-named because their multiple-jump range allows them to form the vanguard of any military expedition, Vanguards have seen extensive service against the Vanduul.”
The Harbinger –
“The Vanguard Harbinger is Earth’s standard fighter-bomber, converting the standard Warden model’s escape pod into a potent bomb bay. The extended range of the Vanguard and the relatively small profile mean that it can go where carrier-based planes or larger strategic bombers don’t… and then strike hard and make it back to frontier bases. The Vanguard Harbinger is a powerful bomber that can operate out of the roughest forward operating bases.”
The Sentinel –
“Vanguard Sentinel is a ship that’s designed to fight smart instead of taking enemies head on. The conversion features an AR cockpit, an external e-War pod, decoy missiles and a set of EMP charges. Vanguard Sentinels often provide necessary combat support for combined operations. A lone Sentinel assigned wild weasel tasks is frequently paired with Harbinger bombers and Warden escorts for large attack missions.”
“A Vanguard Hoplite is a cross between the winning Vanguard deep space fighter and a dedicated boarding ship. Adapting the reliable design for amphibious operations, the Hoplite is the perfect tool for inserting an armored strike team with enough firepower to get them out again.”
I’m excited to see what it is like to fly one of these bad boys or to be hot dropped from one into a combat zone. I really can’t decide which Variant I want to fly. The Warden screams to me, but the possibility of dominating a space battle with a ship that has this kind of fire power and electronic warfare capabilities sounds like a blast. Then the Hoplite though would let me play out the fantasy of being a drop ship pilot in some of my favorite Sci-Fi stories. CHOICES! TO MANY CHOICES!
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Jack Malice, Contributor and founder.