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PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2014 6:00 pm 
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Glad you like them Zeus. Though I actually have some changes to them that I will post tomorrow once I'm home from my trip. I think these new versions will be the ones I use for my universe.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 5:46 pm 
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I decided that I needed Cylon War-era escorts more than fall-era escorts. So I took Zeus's ideas back to the ship that started this whole chain, the Berzerk (smaller version of course). The descriptions follow my own personal universe, rather than canon, however feel free to use them for your own verses.

In 1942, the Canceron Navy commissioned the first of its Berzerk class cruisers. Rugged and powerful, the ships were well liked by their crews and proved to be very effective in the few skirmishes they engaged in. However, Canceron did not have the large military budgets of some of the other Colonies, and could only afford a relative handful of Berzerks for the most important missions. Having a need for smaller, and especially cheaper, ships, the Navy of Canceron turned to General Shipping and Arms, the company that designed and built the Berzerk.

GSA's solution, was to use a shorten version of the Berzerk, using the same engines and head assembly, but removing the expensive gun decks and the heavy armour that protected them. What was left was a slim, lightweight hull that with a few tweaks, ended up being a very customizable and useful ship during the Cylon War, the Vauxhall class.

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The Vauxhall class is exactly 660 meters in length, and is equipped with a moderate amount of weaponry for its time. 2 twin 100cm mounts give it decent firepower against small ships, and 4 single 88cm rapid fire mounts join in once in range. However, the Vauxhall's greatest strength, much like its larger brother the Berzerk, is its actual hull strength. Most Canceron ships are very rugged, and the Vauxhall is no exception; reports during the war show many ships continuing to operate with entire sections of hull blown off.

Another advantage of the Vauxhall is its adaptability. Several variants were built during the war, as new Cylon threats appeared and new vessels were required.

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The Firebolt was the largest sub-class built on the Vauxhall frame, and with the Cylon's excessive use of fighter swarm tactics, its easy to see why. The 100cm guns were replaced with 2 x 63cell Starfox ship to fighter missile launchers. With the addition of 4 dedicated illuminators, each Firebolt can engage over 40 targets simultaneously. These ships were so in demand, that for 18 months they were the only ships being built by Canceron for the new unified fleet. Even after the end of the war, they continued in service until the late 80's before finally being retired.

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The Impreza was a minor sub-class of the Vauxhall frame, built towards the end of the war as the Colonies were finally on the offensive and heavy ship killers were needed. A pair of 4 cell Starslug ship to ship missile launchers replaced the 100cm guns on the Vauxhall, giving the Impreza a hard punch once the targets defensive grid was reduced. As more battlestars joined the fleet, the Impreza's were removed to second line duties, and were immediately decommissioned after the end of the war.

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The Passat is another rare subclass of the Vauxhall, and filled the duties of an armed scout ship early in the war, in usually unsuccessful attempts to locate Cylon bases and strongholds. These were dangerous, solo missions, and the ships suffered heavily. However, the ships only accepted volunteers for crew, and they never left port without a full compliment. After the war, the remaining ships were demilitarized and sold off to private interests, with several exploration firms snapping them up for long range settlement mapping.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 5:50 pm 
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The Harpy class has also been redesigned as a fall-era area defense frigate.

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8 x 15 cell Starfire ship to fighter missile launchers, plus 8 x 100cm dual purpose twin mounts give her heavy defensive fire for a ship of her size. Like the Firebolt during the war, she also has additional illuminators for the Starfires, letting her engage up to 60 targets simultaneously.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:09 pm 
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Hey everyone!

This time, I'm ruining a drawing that I drew of a drawing the Canis drew. This will mark the official reboot of my universe, so everything prior to this post is no longer a part of it in their current forms. I hope to do more drawings over the summer since I'm only taking one class for the semester, so with any luck there will be a lot more coming soon.


So, without further interruptions, let's begin. I present to you, HMS Unity.

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Direct link to download the original(I hope!): https://drive.google.com/file/d/164FwaCauFds4NrI-iWaN9oeITHcktS57/view?usp=sharing

HMS Unity was a Virgonese exploration vessel launched and commissioned in 1659 (UCT). The lead ship of her class, she massed over 3.5 billion metric tons and was 3,069 meters long. Unity was designed under the auspices of Emperor Aulus Vespa’s pet project, Prometheus. Prometheus was a Virgonese project to leave their solar system (Helios Beta) and explore the other systems of the Cyrannus cluster with the main goal of locating the remaining 10 tribes of Kobol.

Without faster-than-light technology, the voyage would be very long; HMS Unity required 313 days to cross the distance between Helios Beta and Helios Alpha each way. For this reason, Unity was built around a large cylindrical rotating section containing the crew quarters and work stations, all wrapped around a low gravity hydroponics garden at its core. Fresh fruits and vegetables were grown to supplement prepackaged foods for the crew of 16,000 for the duration of her intended 5-year mission (1 year in transit each way and up to 3 years exploring Helios Alpha).

Unity was not designed as a warship but was moderately armed with defensive weapons. Twenty batteries of 32-round missile launchers were arranged along the vessel’s spines and engineering section and were equipped with short and medium range interceptor missiles, along with 96 small caliber rail guns for close in protection. However, Unity was also equipped with an aerospace wing of 100 trans-atmospheric fighters and 30 support craft; these smaller ships could be used for defense or scouting missions both in space and within a planetary atmosphere. Should anything of value be found, there were 12 spheriod dropships available to transport personnel and equipment to the planet for further study. Unity was designed to carry civilians (1,949 scientists, specialists, and diplomats) to assist with research and contacts and an expeditionary battalion (449 officers and 2,557 troops) of Royal Marines to provide shipboard and planetary security. The Unity was run by a crew of 684 officers and 7,875 enlisted personnel, with the aerospace wing adding another 525 officers and 1,946 enlisted to the total.

HMS Revelation was the second ship of the class and was completed in 1664, while HMS Accord (renamed under construction to HMS Emperor Vespa in honor of the late monarch) was launched in 1667. The fourth and final ship, HMS Destiny, was completed to a modified design with an extended habitation section which could accommodate 45,000 people for 2 years and was launched in 1670.

Questions, comments, and concerns are most welcome as always! Thanks for looking.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:26 pm 
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Very cool! I like the background.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:39 pm 
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Thanks Kurt!

Everybody plays in the time frame from the Cylon War to Operation Return. I want to explore the earlier times, when it was Colony verses Colony.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:45 pm 
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One benefit that has is that you don't have to worry about genocide.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:49 pm 
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I mean, that depends on how bloody I make the wars, right? ;)


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True. But you don't have genocidal robots running around shooting anything with a pulse.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:39 am 
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Very nice Turbo, very ‘Babylon 5’ esque- and definitely not ruined


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:27 pm 
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Thanks Ivanho!

So, I just realized I forgot to post HMS Destiny last night. So let's correct that flaw now.

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While Unity, Revelation, and (to a lesser extent) Emperor Vespa were designed as exploration ships, HMS Destiny was redesigned under construction to be a troop transport. An additional 20 missile batteries were installed, which featured ship-to-ship and ship-to-surface missiles instead of interceptors, along with more defensive rail guns. The ship's company was increased to 732 officers and 11,587 enlisted to man the additional weapons and other systems. As a troop transport, Destiny dispensed with the hydroponics garden and scientific laboratories in favor of large barracks. This allowed her to carry over 32,000 personnel between Virgon and Helios Alpha.

Destiny also served as the basis for the refits conducted on her sister ships. Unity underwent a minor refit in 1667 after her first mission to Helios Alpha, sacrificing some of her hydroponics garden for enough quarters to house an additional 500 civilians and senior military officers along with an additional marine battalion during her second trip. In 1673 she was refitted into transport configuration by removing the remaining gardens to add another marine battalion and prefabricated base structures. Revelation had her minor refit in 1669 after her first mission and was refitted as a transport in 1676. When Emperor Vespa was launched in 1667, she had already been converted to the Unity's refitted standard, and was turned into a transport in 1672.

Together with her sister ships, Destiny brought equipment and personnel to construct a forward staging base on Zeus's moon of Nike during the lead up to the Virgonese invasion of Helios Alpha. The base was constructed throughout the 1670's and was used as a waystation for the transport ships after the Virgon-Tauron Treaty was signed in 1677 which saw Virgon troops being staged directly on Tauron.


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Following on from my earlier post, let me present: HMS Titan

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After designing the Unity and her sisters, the Prometheus project began working on a larger vessel that could travel between the two binary groups in the Cyrannus cluster; a distance of over 0.16 light years. With the technology available at the time, the trip would take over 4 years each way. Compared to Unity, this new vessel would need to be even larger to carry all the fuel needed. Alas, it was not to be. The designers had been working on a truly massive, 8000-meter-long, 25-billion-metric-ton vessel, code named Titan, for the voyage when Emperor Marcus order the project to redirect efforts in support of his invasion plans.

Instead of carrying 50,000 people to explore Helios Gamma and Delta, the Titan design was repurposed to carry an entire army of 300,000 troops, along with 12 aerospace squadrons with 250 small craft and 5,000 personnel, and a ship’s crew of 30,000 to the worlds of Helios Alpha. The Titan was also well armed to both support Virgonese troops on the ground and to engage the nascent Caprican and Gemenon naval forces. She was equipped with 50 large missile batteries with a hundred missiles each, and an almost impenetrable close in weapons array.

Five vessels were originally ordered in 1667, though two were cancelled after the Virgon-Tauron Treaty was signed. HMS Titan was launched in 1679 and, after a very rapid shakedown, was sent to Tauron carrying the 2nd Expeditionary Army. HMS Olympian was launched in 1681 and carried the 3rd Expeditionary Army to Tauron. She remained in orbit of Tauron as a Command and Control vessel for the Virgonese ground forces until Titan returned the following year when HMS Titan and HMS Unity arrived carrying the 1st Expeditionary Army and the 45th Marine Regiment. Together, the three vessels traveled to Picon and conducted a planetary landing against the non-space going tribe, occupying and claiming the largest continent for the Emperor. HMS Eternal was launched in 1682.

To this day, the Titan class remains the largest and most massive vessels ever constructed in the Cyrannus Cluster.

As you probably guessed, this was one of the driving forces behind updating Canis's Babylon 5 drawing. I hope you all like it!


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