Gyrocopter

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Gyrocopter

Gyrocopters are Dwarf flying machines whose rotor blades are propelled by an ingenious lightweight steam engine. [2a]

As they have such a high cost of maintenance this is normally funded by the crown and so they are also known as the King's Flying Corps. [1a]

Overview

These devices can take off and land vertically or even hover on the spot. Gyrocopters were invented by the Dwarf Engineers Guild and are flown by members of the guild. It is easy to see why Dwarfs invented these machines when you consider their high mountain realm. The inventor was probably inspired by watching dragons swooping down from mountain crags and combined the idea of wings with that of engines used to drive drilling machines and flywheels from grinding machines! Gyrocopters can take off and land easily amid the peaks, as the lofty pinnacles make excellent landing points.[2a]

Gyrocopters enable Dwarf strongholds to keep in contact by flying directly over the difficult mountain passes which may be infested with enemies. Supplies and messages can be dropped from a Gyrocopter directly onto a beleaguered Dwarf settlement, enabling them to hold out for longer and send word for help. In battle, Gyrocopters provide Dwarf armies with the speed and ability to strike anywhere that they lack since they do not use mounted troops.[1a]

Variants

Gyrocopters armed with Gatling Cannons provide air cover for Dwarf Fleets, intercepting enemy flyers before they can attack the dwarf ships. [3a]

  • Gyro Multiseater: In the past some - potentially mad - members of the Engineers Guild invented a Multi seat version of the Gyrocopter, to carry more than one Dwarf into the sky at time, but this creation did not become popular among the Society of the Dwarfs.

Weapons and Equipment

  • 6th Edition: Hand Weapon. [1b]
  • 8th Edition: Hand Weapon, Steam gun. May exchange Steam Gun with Brimstone Gun. [2b]
  • Man O War: Twin Gatling cannons. [3a]

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A Dwarf should have his feet on the ground or, more preferably, a hundred feet below it. But they're nippy little beggars, I can tell you, and useful for getting behind the enemy and givin' 'em a good wallop up the backside with that rapid-fire gun.

~Durgrim Redmane.[1a]

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