Epsilon Squadron


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Despite having the mighty Adeptus Astartes of the Praetoris Aeneas the Ordo Xenos knew that their particular mission on Armageddon would require a lot more firepower, the Space Marines would be doing what they do best - rapid insertion assault - whilst Imperial forces moved into position to complete the objectives.

Operating under special orders Interogators found a squadron which had seen extensive combat on Armageddon already, the Phantine XXIII, to be used as rapid deployment air support. Due to heavy casualties in a series of missions, where Adeptus Ministorum adepts had determined the risks as within acceptable loss parameters, the squadron was practically decimated and ready to be absorbed into the XXVIII. 

However edict from the Ordo Xenos meant they had a different role to play.

Designated purely Primarus and Secundus the Praetoris Aeneas gunships would be used as rapid deployment craft and extreme close support vehicles, and the sole responsibility of Epsilon Squadron to defend from both ork aircraft and long range bombardment.

In order to provide such cover the heavier Thunderbolt class Imperial fighters of the 492nd wing are tasked with close support duty. Whilst a number of pilots had been recovered after ejection the number of fighters available was greatly diminished and as such Lt Raffkin led a single formation which rotated in pilots when needed tostave off exhaustion.

Even with the squadron reduced below typically operational size the basic support crews and facilities needed to keep it running and operational for the Alpha-492 operation was still substantial. In order to fend off the inevitable marauding Ork bands the remaining Lightning craft were designated as 297th wing CAV for the duration of the mission.

The final component of the XXIII for the Alpha-492 mission were the 519th Marauder Destroyer wing. In order to ensure the Praetoris Aeneas could be most effective in their rapid strikes Lt Carlsen was tasked with attacking massed Ork hordes in areas near the planned operational zone. Along with Imperial Guard they were trying to inflict maximum casualties and run interference, generally harassing the greenskin leaders a great deal, to draw the savage beasts away from the true objective.

This is my planned 17 plane Aeronautica Imperialis force which I will be putting together over the coming weeks (or knowing me, months). I was heavily inspired by Double Eagle some time ago and so quite simply had to have a Phantine unit!

2 Responses to “Epsilon Squadron”

  1. Tim Davis says:

    Awesome, makes me want to start an Ork Skwadrun just to be a nuisance!

  2. Ink says:

    Gosh darnit, Now I want to start an AI army….too cool looking I look forward to seeing where this goes.