Spartan Games have released a new faction for their naval space battle game, Firestorm Armada. This is one of the faction featured in the upcoming Marauders of the Rift Campaign Guide. The faction is called OmniDyne, and they represent one of the second-tier corporations that make up the Directorate – the corporate state. Spartan outlines their background:
Although the Directorate is dominated by the trio of economic hyperpowers, beneath them are many smaller corporations jostling for position within the hierarchy of the corporate state. These many companies provide goods and services to the major powers of the Directorate and to outside buyers.
Competition between these smaller firms is utterly cut-throat in almost every sense of the term. A single technological or scientific breakthrough can easily secure the fortunes of a company for decades, but the results of failure are utterly devastating. The process of asset-stripping a fallen corporation invariably involves the purging of its managerial structure by contractual termination – the Directorate’s term for summary execution.
Omni-Dynamics Systems, or OmniDyne, stands upon a knife-edge between overwhelming success and utter devastation. A failed project left the company hugely in debt to Works Raptor, but if Chief Executive Officer Asger Nerivar can achieve a corporate takeover of the Rift’s economy by supplanting the Syndicate, the company stands to enjoy unprecedented prosperity.
Like so many of the smaller entities of the Directorate, OmniDyne’s assets are based around its small but formidable space fleet. Even its manufacturing facilities are mobile, enabling the company to fulfil orders for its wares directly on-site. The corporation sells weapons to interested buyers, no questions asked, as part of its campaign to restore its fortunes. It also uses its products to bribe others into its service as mercenaries.
Like so many Directorate corporations, OmniDyne thrives on creating conflict, which will inevitably generate new markets for its lethal products. However, Nerivar and his managerial board are not fools – OmniDyne keeps all of its most effective weapons and defensive technology very firmly to itself.
With several huge factory ships at its disposal, plus a substantial escorting fleet and many other allies, OmniDyne is well-placed for its attempt to overthrow the Syndicate and establish its own corporate empire in the wild Rift.
The full post can be found at the Spartan Games website.
Now, onto the coolest bit: the miniatures themselves. I love them! Despite falling under the scope of The Directorate, the aesthetic is very different. They don’t have the rounded, segmented form that The Directorate’s ships have. They share soem aesthetics with other factions. The OmniDyne Dreadnought bears some similarity in general shape to the Terquai Dreadnought, but is still quite distinct. I really like the engine rings on the models. They remind me of the Hyperspace Rings that some of the fighters from Star Wars: The Clone Wars used.
Here are the four boxed sets that are being released in June:
At the time of writing, these items are on the pre-orders page of the Spartan Games webstore.
I am making a point of resisting the call of Firestorm Armada until all of my Dystopian Wars ships are painted, but releases like these are making that difficult!