The Ithican Empire’s military forces are organized such that only some units are directly trained, funded, equipped, and controlled by the Empire’s administrative apparatus, The Meritocracy. While the Legionnaires are the most numerous military segment controlled directly by The Meritocracy, it is the Imperial Praetorian Pilots who are true iron clad fist of Imperial administration.
The road to being selected for Imperial Pilot Training is a long one: A candidate must first serve two full terms of two years each in the Legionnaires. This experience is not only required for its benefits in military training and experience, but also for its value in indoctrinating those soldiers to place their loyalty to The Meritocracy above their individual and House interests. In their second tour as a Legionnaire they will also receive black powder weapons training. Once this service is completed, a candidate must then have been selected for Imperial Officer Training, which lasts a full year. Only those who complete Imperial Officer Training with disctinction will then be selected by The Meritocracy to receive pilot training.
Most soldiers enlisted in the Imperial Army aspire to one day achieve the honour of being selected for Imperial Pilot training. Achieving the rank of Imperial Pilot and being entrusted to pilot a Ravager Strike Praetorian catapults one’s standing within their House and their House’s standing within The Meritocracy. After completing their service as an Imperial Pilot, many of these officers return to their House and take up command of one of their House’s unique Homeguard Praetorians. These unique Praetorians are tailored to highlight the Pilot’s particular combat skills and represent freedom from the more regimented combat skills required to pilot the main line Ithican Imperial Praetorians.
Imperial Pilots are trained to make effective use of both short ranged and melee weapons, and in particular to combine those skills by attacking targets with their flintlock pistols before charging in with their sword to finish them off. Using these skills in concert allows them to engage some of the heavily armoured troops at the disposal of less technologically advanced countries.
The Imperial Praetorian Pilot stands at just under 40mm (1.57 inches) tall when assembled, translating to approximately 6 feet tall in Kingdom & Empire game scale.
The Ithican Imperial Pilot includes:
- 4 part (2 x Arms, Torso, Head) Imperial Pilot miniature in resin
- 32mm plastic base
- Custom stamped box (omitted if the cheapest shipping option is selected)
Note: Our grey resin parts require little to no trimming, sanding, or washing by the end user which makes them much easier and faster to work with than traditionally hand-cast resin parts.