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PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2015 2:58 pm 
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This is my first attempt to adapt a drawing and I'm honestly not entirely sure how it went.

I used the Warstar Indra as base as I find the general concept of the craft to be most interesting. Given its ship of the line-nature
I opted to modify the bow and include Viper-Launch tubes to increase the over-all coverage of the craft so it wouldn't have to rely upon carriers and other vessels as much as its original iteration.

However at the same time this means a number of internal areas such as water-storage would be greatly reduced. Which fits with my head-canon of it being used for defensive operations and bombardment of reinforced structures.

I had attempted to rename it the Ankou, however I lacked the skill to pull it off.

How dumb is this concept?


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 4:11 pm 
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Developed by the Harlond and Sons drafting house of Virgon by employing the schematics of Jupiter-Class Battlestar. The Type-5 Dreadnought frame was drafted primarily by senior members of the drafting board which had previously worked on Pre-Battlestar era battleship designs.

Aiming to produce a sturdy frame capable of withstanding the rigors of heavy weapons-platforms Harlond adapted technologies previously employed in skyscraper construction on regions with heavy tectonic activity. As such the skeletal frame of the craft saw the integration of shock absorption joints which would assist in spreading the exerted force across a larger surface area.

Whilst this concept was flawed due to its extremely high production costs it was argued that a platform capable of exerting such heavy fire-power would warrant the cost given the nature of the war that they faced. Unfortunately this resulted in Harlond's Sons abandoning the company and founding Cogworks which aimed to use the incomplete design of the Type-5 to produce craft akin to the Jupiter-class frame rather than the heavy-weapon platform their father had envisioned. The result of which would produce the Battlestar Dreadnought and her sister-ship Juggernaut.

Having ignored the complaints of his Sons the original team produced a completed design approximately One-year and Five months after they had begun. The design was submitted to the Admiralty Board along with an offer from Harlod to personally fund the first unit under the belief that additional orders would be made. This offer was accepted, only due to the dire financial state of the colonies at the time.

The Warstar Indra was laid down in the Scorpio shipyards and launched approximately 2 and a half years later. During her service the vessel was noted for her impressive weapons array. However due to the nature of their enemy a flaw was quickly discovered and exploited. This flaw was shared magazines loading systems which the vessel employed.

By targeting the central turret of each weapons platform it was possible to greatly increase the reloading times for the weapon system as the redundant loaders were extremely inefficient in task. Requiring a great deal of manual input in order to function correctly. During a battle over Ragnar the Indra saw her reloading capabilities crippled by Cylon base-stars which in turn gave Raiders the opportunity to target and destroy weapons emplacements one by one. It was only thanks to the grace of the gods that the vessel was able to jump into FTL prior to her destruction.

Repairs saw her taken out of the fight for several months, allowing emergency alterations to be made to the redundant reloading mechanisms. Additionally the bow-area of the vessel was remodeled to include a hanger-module with viper-launchers being installed directly into the sides of the bow.

In the days immediately following the war Harlond was declared bankrupt and made to close its doors with a majority of the staff transferring to Cogworks.

Following the war and having been stricken from the naval register the Warstar Indra was sold to Aerilon to bolster its private fleet.

Stripped of name she was left in orbit near a key space-port as a defensive battery. Locals have taken to calling the craft Ankou - a personification of death.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 8:15 pm 
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Is there any chance to get originals and not the resized images?

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 8:24 pm 
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kfeltenberger wrote:
Is there any chance to get originals and not the resized images?


Agreed. Original sizes plz. Try reading this....

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=5124


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 9:09 pm 
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I've got it to link to the original photo-bucket page.

Edit:Did I do something wrong?


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2015 12:34 am 
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Excellent! I'd also suggest using the thumbnail code, but that's just me...it's easier to read on a mobile device.

I think you're on to something with the ammunition handling for the big guns...If you figure out what a ~6.5 meter diameter cylinder that's ~20 meters long (unless you're shooting "squares") will weigh, I think you'll have a very good idea why the system had issues.

If it was 6.5x20m, it would have a volume of about 664 cubic meters or 664,000,000 million cubic centimeters. With that number in mind, let's look at the mass of 1 cm^3 of some common elements and extrapolate things...

Iron: 7.874 g/cm^3 = 5228336000g or 5228336 kg or 5228.336 tons
Lead: 11.35 g/cm^3 = 7536400000g or 7536400 kg or 7536.400 tons
Tungsten: 19.25 g/cm^3 = 12782000000g or 12782000 kg 12782 tons
Iridium: 22.56 g/cm^3 = 14979840000g or 14979840 kg or 14979.840 tons

All numbers are metric, so you can't use a straight 1:1 metric ton to US ton as the metric ton masses more.

Even if you use iron, hardly the best option, you'll be moving the equivalent of about 104 M-60 Main Battle Tanks for *one* round. If you use the more appropriate tungsten, that becomes the equivalent of 255 M-60 Main Battle Tanks.

Just some food for thought...

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Munition Transfer System

The munitions system of the Type-5 Dreadnought is another example of commercial hardware being reemployed for military use. Having originally been developed as a form of rapid transportation the Vactube or Vacuum Environment Magnetic Levitation Track greatly interested Harlond.

By employing an Iron-Jacket a shell would be inserted into the tube using a gravity assisted dropping mechanism. From there it would be lead through the network of tubes towards its intended destination. It should be noted that it thanks to the Iron-Jacket that a number of non magnetic shells can also be freely moved using this system.

Upon arriving at the target the system would employ a clever trick with gravity-plates to cause the shells would fall ‘Upwards’ into the loading mechanism where they would be maneuvered by heavy loading gear. However as pointed out earlier the very nature of this loading system means that significant damage can render entire rows of these turrets useless.

Conventional rounds can also be moved using this system.

Jackhammer Munition System

The Jackhammer shell is one of the largest to be developed in recent years. Developed by a team of specialist drafting and manufacturing teams these shells were created to ensure maximum impact whilst ensuring long term feasibility.

The first model was the ‘Pure’ model which consisted of an entirely solid lump of metal. This can be done thanks to the Iron-Jacket launching system which uses a Magnum style firing and reloading mechanism which allows it to be reused. In general the Pure model exists primarily to allow manufacturing of additional shells whilst a vessel is on long-term detached service.

The second model was the Tungsten tipped variant which used a largely iron based shell with a Tungsten capping which was intended to ensure greater impact with a target.

The third model is the nick-named ‘Double-tap’ which uses the main shell as a delivery mechanism for a second round which is triggered upon impact with a target. The result can allow for a second shell to be fired within the hull of the opposing target to greatly increase damage. Payloads can also be delivered using this method.

The fourth model is based upon the Sabot system and employs a modified Iron-jacket to launch a conventional round at ultra-high velocities by using the ETP used by the Iron-Jacket launching system.

Iron-Jacket System

The Iron-Jacket is the term coined for the launching mechanism which is large enough to employ Enriched Tylium Propellant when in used in conjunction with the Heavy Kinetic Energy Weapon platform. This allows shells to attain a respectable velocity when leaving the barrel. It should be noted that due to the reusable nature of the Iron-Jacket these constructs must be removed and re-entered back into the Vactube system where they are delivered to a storage bay.

Notes on the Turret

Along with the Sabot mechanism the turrets can be reconfigured to fire conventional shells. This mechanism was configured and produced to ensure prolonged operations without need for repairs.


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Timing control systems were the first to be developed as to ensure the functionality of the weapons delivery platform which was key to operations of the Dreadnought frame. This was done by producing both physical and computer simulations which resulted in the production of the initial program approximately three months after the project began. It should be noted that the initial prototype continued to receive constant development to refine and improve timing control during combat operations to a degree where the system maximized use of the physical limitations of the tracks.

The system consisted of several hundred modular track segments which were integrated with triple redundancies and extremely expensive - For the Time - internal capacitors. It was these capacitors that were speculated to have caused the bankruptcy of the Drafting house. As they featured a number of rare-earth minerals and complex chemical materials which were created to ensure that the system would be able to initiate an emergency shut-down of the line in the event power was lost or a section of the line was damaged in battle.

Upon either of these events the system would switch directly to shut-down mode which would cause each section to begin to reduce velocity of munitions. In the event of the system being used at full capacity the redundant components would be employed to allow tracks to rapidly change their magnetic out-put in order to handle each munition on a case-by-case basis.

These emergency shut-down routines were the result of constant improvements to the operating system and are one of the major reasons that the Warstar Indra avoided catastrophic system failures.

Emergency-bypass conduits were also featured which would lead munitions past blockages in the system as well as aid in emergency shut-down protocols.

In the event a munition was a risk of immediate collision with an effective area additional power would be siphoned from other modules to prevent catastrophic failure.

To conclude: The Warstar Indra was an example of desperation and anger by a culture on the verge of extinction. As such its functionality and potential for mass production were cast aside in favor of maximizing the potential out-put of a single vessel. Akin to the German tank-production doctrine of World War 2.


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