Spire Guard Concept 2 Kinda like this, it all seems a bit sleeker while still being massively armoured. The spiked shoulders, eagle winged helmet, gem encrusted belt are items I consider decorations of rank / acts of valour, a typical spire guard would seem more bland, as soldiers should be.
Spire Guard traits:
Close combat oriented
Defensive troops and bodyguards
Updated the Punisher Gloves a bit, they are now usually equiped with a cross hair and a mechanism that fires the blade, of course this will drastically reduce close combat effectiveness leaving you only with the glove itself, which still packs quite a punch. So more of a desperate last effort to take down your foe since reinserting your weapon is quite a tedious and possibly dangerous job without the proper tools.
Also some ideas for different equipment for the Punisher Gloves:
Spiked Maces (no firing mechanism)
Single Shot cannon (with bayonet for close range)
Siege Guard - Concept 1
So here is an example of a low ranked Siege Guard, just wearing the basic plate mail and the standard Spire Guard plate attire. The GEOTO is just placeholder, couldn't think of anything to put there but it felt too empty. Only difference between a Siege Guard's and a regular Spire Guard's equipment, is the backpack containing the ammunition and gunpowder.
Siege Guards are even more lumbersome and immobile than the regular Spire Guard, accounting for the extra weight of the ammunition and the massive Shield. Naturally, only the biggest and strongest Geotians are chosen to become mobile artillery.
A second difference between Siege and Spire Guards is the fact that they operate in a cell with another member of the clan, usually a soldier from a Light Infantry unit (Ranger/Beastmaster/Assassin).
The tasks of the brother-in-arms consists of:
Reloading ammunition and gunpowder for the Siege Guard
Applying camouglage to the Tower Shield
Immediate protection of the Siege Guard in close combat
Needless to say, the two of them have to work together like a well oiled machine to be combat effective, to ensure this, the brothers always operate together and maintain their relationship out of combat through various rituals and traditions.
As for the Punisher Gloves:
Standard Cannon + Bayonet and Crosshair
Standard Tower Shield.
I envisioned how the Spire Guard would swirl the shield around by raising his fist upwards, then placing the shield with the flat end in the ground. The half circular opening would serve to rest and steady the cannon for a more accurate aim and reduced recoil.
Note: The claw like appendages are not intended for offensive purposes, yet, a shield slam could prove to be more efficient. When the shield is held in firing mode, the claws point upwards and can then be used to attach camouflage (leaved branches, bark, etc).
An ambush with several Spire Guards could leave a patrol or escort unfit for combat before having the time to react.
Siege Cannon Schematic
Quality of the picture is pretty poor... drew it way too large :P
The attachable part only consists of the barrel, the firing mechanism is slightly modified from the standard Gloves firing mechanism, as that is spring loaded to eject the blade, rather then actual gunpowder.
The wind up mechanism is located at the inside of the glove, so that the assistant can reload and rewind the mechanism in the safety of the tower shield, which requires a special tool carried by both members, in case one gets lost or taken.
If a part of the mechanism breaks it has to be repaired or replaced from inside the glove, hence the removable handle. To prevent malfunction the mechanism must be cleaned before and after every major battle by the Siege Guard himself.
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