With their thick hulls, large transport capacities and formidable arsenals, Arkanaut Ironclads are the pride of their fleet, often chosen to serve as capital ships. Many are the tales told by the Kharadron of Ironclads single-handedly wreaking ruin upon entire armies.
The jewel in the crown of the fleet, the Arkanaut Ironclad is a majestic airship. Bristling with weaponry, its deep cargo holds can be laden with aether-gold or it can be loaded to the gunwales with Arkanaut Companies or Grundstok Thunderers. Advancements made by the Kharadron’s endrineers have allowed for ever-larger vessels of the skyfleet, and the Ironclad is to date the biggest. Clad in layer upon layer of riveted iron plates, these massive ships pour astonishing amounts of aether-shot, bombs and torpedoes on anything with the temerity to get between the Kharadron Overlords and their bounty of aether-gold.
Befitting its status as the flagship of a Kharadron skyfleet, this model is of an impressive size, and is absolutely covered in weaponry. Its main weapon, mounted above its forecastle, can be a great sky cannon, a great skyhook, or an aethermatic volley gun, with aethershot carbines, a supremacy mine, aethershock torpedoes, detonation drills, fragmentation charges and grudgesettler bombs attached to the hull.
The ship itself is held aloft by a massive dirigible covered in detailed pipework and fittings. It’s covered in aerofoils and a ton of rigging, bomb racks, ladders and various ship’s paraphernalia, and a complex-looking system of cogs drives the rudder. There’s even a plank which those foolish enough to be captured will be forced to walk...
The crew of the Ironclad include a captain standing at the ship’s wheel; an endrinrigger with various tools, gunners to man the weapon stations and a signaller and Aetheric Navigator, which take turns on the crow's nest. The signaller can transmit orders to the rest of the skyfleet by raising various kinds of flags.
An Arkanaut Ironclad's arsenal includes aethershot carbines, grudgesettler bombs, fragmentation charges, detonation drills, aethershock torpedoes and a supremacy mine. Its main gun is either a great sky cannon, great skyhook or an aethermatic volley cannon. The crew use belaying valves as improvised weapons.
Normally, an Arkanaut Ironclad can carry 20 warriors, allowing them to move swiftly across the battlefield and in relative safety. However, it can actually carry up to 25 warriors, at the cost of a portion of its normal speed.