Lets have a look at some of the guns that are available to give to your soldiers and vehicles. And lets look at the characteristics of the different cartridges that these guns fire.
Here are some example Calibres:
Strength 1, Penetration 1, Calibre name: 8 mil
Strength 2, Penetration 1, Calibre name: .344 Jordan
Strength 3, Penetration 2, Calibre name: 5.02
Strength 4, Penetration 3, Calibre name: 7.06
Strength 5, Penetration 4, Calibre name: Nimbus
Strength 6, Penetration 3, Calibre name: 9.09
Strength 7, Penetration 4, Calibre name: 18 mil
Strength 8, Penetration 4, Calibre name: 34 mil
Strength 9, Penetration 5, Calibre name: 55 mil Sapphire
Strength 10, Penetration 6, Calibre name: .1
Strength 11, Penetration 6, Calibre name: .13
When using a gun, the Strength of the attack and the Penetration of the attack are tied directly to the cartridge being fired.
The Strength of the attack is compared against the Toughness of the target.
And the Penetration of the attack is compared against the Armour of the target.
Some rounds may hit hard but arent very good at piercing Armour, so they are only effective against light and medium Infantry and some lightly armoured vehicles.
Other rounds may have excellent Penetration against Armour, but not hit so hard.
The example Calibres above are mostly not that good vs heavily armoured targets. You need other specialist weapons to deal with them.
Here are some fictional Arms Dealers in the Star Tale world (they are purely fluff and have no influence on game mechanics):
Murashi Arms Corporation
Deane and Shelby Ltd
Nalimar Manufacturing Group
Caruso Biaggi Defence Technologies
LGV Heavy Industries
Bjarnasson Gavaria Ordnance
Grondahl Firearms Ltd
Here are some example Guns:
Caruso Biaggi G8 (Calibre = 8 mil)
Deane and Shelby Boxer (Calibre = .344 Jordan)
Murashi Crismo Model 3 (Calibre = 8 mil)
LGV Ocelot (Calibre = 8 mil)
Nalimar L66 (Calibre = .344 Jordan)
Bjarnasson Gavaria RIS Mk2 (Calibre = 5.02)
Grondahl ZF2-3 (aka Type 3) (Calibre = 5.02)
Calvanho VDR7 (Calibre = 7.06)
Designated Marksman Rifle:
Murashi Muto Model 4 (Calibre = 5.02)
Light Machine Gun:
Caruso Biaggi B5 (Calibre = 5.02)
General Purpose Machine Gun:
LGV M6A2 (Calibre = 7.06)
Heavy Machine Gun:
Bjarnasson Gavaria TX2 Mk3 (Calibre = 9.09)
Murashi Daodan Model 2 (Calibre = 7.06)
Calvanho D3 (Calibre = Nimbus)
Murashi Osiris Cannon (Calibre = 18 mil)
LGV Atlas Cannon (Calibre = 34 mil)
Grondahl Jericho Cannon (aka Type 9) (Calibre = 55 mil Sapphire)
Deane and Shelby Piston Gun (Calibre = .1)
Bjarnasson Gavaria Marble Gun (Calibre = .13)
In Star Tale: Ground Wars, Weapons have a fixed cost no matter which Unit you are giving it to. (Unlike in warhammer 40,000 where Weapons have different costs depending on who you are giving the weapon to).
We still have lots of other guns to look at such as shotguns, rocket launchers, grenade launcher, mortar. And we also have Plasma guns (Plasmatic), Laser guns (Prismatic), flame throwers, and even more exotic types as well.
So thats an introduction to Star Tale Guns and Calibres. As always, everything is public domain. You are free to use anything however you wish. See you next month on the 12th.