(hello, I'm new here: while I have been drawing things with pixels for a while, sadly very little of it is seaworthy and none of it is in SB compliant scales. I aim to remedy that situation in the near future - apologies in advance for all the inevitably inane questions about battlecruisers to come - but in the meantime I have no recourse but to progressively dump a great deal of what I've done into this thread)
setting: welcome to a world where pretty much every historical event is retroactively implemented almost entirely to justify military pixel-art
1. 1938-1949: 'The Great War'
(this section is a work in progress - the objective is to hopefully produce four pages of relevant lineart apiece for ground vehicles, aircraft, naval vessels, and probably small arms/infantry equipment as a worldbuilding exercise)
The Ordothei Cs. 240, named 'Marhaldyr' (Sea Kestrel) by its manufacturer, was a twin-engined heavy fighter developed from the preceding Cs. 140 as a dedicated bomber destroyer in 1941. Its aerodynamic shaping, powerful radial engines and potent armament of four 20mm cannons distinguished it from its comparatively anemic point of origin; later developments in the series saw the aircraft re-engined and re-armed, with dedicated specialist variants (most notably night fighting, ground attack, and reconnaissance) entering service over the following years.
Despite its formidable paper performance, the failures of Anemonian doctrine and the constant threat posed by nimbler Ragnosian fighters in expert hands led to considerable losses incurred in its early service. The re-roling of Cs. 240s as at-sea interceptors and dedicated night fighters saw a marked improvement in the aircraft's combat record, with both roles making extensive use of the fighter's speed, range, and resilience; some accounts have suggested that the Marhaldyr's role in keeping the Ragnosian bomber flotillas at bay at sea and at night was vital in preserving Anemonian industrial output at this critical juncture in the war. Later improvements in heavy fighter doctrine (specifically shifting from prolonged engagements to lightning strikes) and the gradual erosion of Ragnosian air supremacy allowed Marhaldyr pilots to operate with increasing impunity, tasked specifically with radar directed interceptions of unsuspecting enemy air formations.
The flexibility of the Cs. 240's airframe was only realised some years after the aircraft's entry into service, and as more capable fighter aircraft replaced it on the frontline, it was gradually converted to meet a number of specialist requirements. Further developments in the relevant technology led to the production of radar-equipped dedicated night fighter variants of the Marhaldyr by 1943, which immediately entered service over the contested night skies of the city of Fierei in which the fighters had been manufactured. Photo-reconnaissance variants saw the four 20mm cannons of the original Cs. 240 replaced by an air photography bay and four wing-mounted 7.7mm machine-guns, gaining notoriety for daring and vital incursions into the Ragnosian homeland with a full complement of drop tanks (known to recce pilots as 'fatal migrations' on account of the attrition rate suffered by these specialist Sea Kestrels). Ground attack variants were inevitably developed, ranging from the initial fighter bombers (sparsely modified with bomb and rocket racks) to dedicated late-war tank-hunters armed with a single dorsal 50mm semi-automatic cannon (adapted from the armaments of the early war A41 tans, which, while long obsolete in conventional ground combat, was still easily capable of penetrating any tank's protection from above).
Flying extensively with the Imperial Air and Fleet Air Services from 1941 onwards in its many iterations, the Cs. 240's extensive production saved it from the early retirement endured by many of its single-engined brethren. Despite its continuing evolution by way of progressive upgrades, however, the fate of the Marhaldyr was sealed in 1944 when the first operational Anemonian turboprop engine was tested. Streamlined successors for most aircraft in the Empire's service using the new technology rapidly emerged from the nations leading aeronautical concerns, and the Cs. 240 was no exception; by 1946, it had been retired from frontline service, and by the conclusion of hostilities in 1949 it was only in active use as a pilot trainer and in its reconnaissance capacity. Even then, the aircraft played a vital role at the very end of the Great War; in order to mask the strategic importance of the final operation of the conflict in the early January of 1949, second-line Cs. 240 photo-reconnaissance variants were used to survey five intended target cities deep in the Ragnosian heartlands that were, infamously and decisively in the historical record, to be hit five days later by Anemonian atomic bombs.
2. The Next Fifty Years
(nothing for this section yet: one day I hope to muster the time and motivation to put together some shoddy Cold War materiel)
3. The Current Day
: a desperate attempt to combine almost every conceivable function into a single (more or less) set of tracks, because drawing tracksets on MS Paint is the devil's work
: a series of wheeled death-trucks inspired aesthetically by the utter trainwreck of a design that is the Komatsu Type 96