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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:37 am 
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Keeping in mind the small pics that PhotoSucket lets us see, without paying for the privilege...

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This is the Earth Union battlestar Dido. The original A-class gunstar was evolved into the H-class, aka Hera class, by adding additional missile tubes and relocating the wing guns from a midships location to an aft location. The Dido evolved the design by using uprated engines to provide similar performance despite the extra mass, the removal of the additional missile tubes, and the addition of two flight pods to support the evolving fleet doctrine that utilized increasing numbers of fighters.

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(note: this is similar to the design in the WIP thread, but the flight pods have additional dorsal turrets)


I REALLY like this one! :D

Cant wait to see her in the field. :wink:

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It looks nice and sleek Kurt but why are you still using photobucket?
Deviant art is free and much better.


I prefer to post my images somewhere that I have at least a bit of control over them. Deviant Art is a mecca for image theft without attribution and I don't see myself posting much if anything there. I've always said that if someone wants a full size image to contact me and I'll gladly share it.


You could sign up to devart and upload to your Stash folder, people can only see picks you post via a direct link like this, they don't appear in devart search. So you retain control without the PhotoSucket issues of micro pics that are blurry and hard to see detail on.


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Two more...

Thanks once again to Mia's groundwork, I was able to modify two of her designs (of 13th Tribe ships) into something else. They're basically the same ship, just going in different directions. I know which one I prefer, but I'm curious as to the readers' opinions.

BS-X Phrike

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BS-X Eunomia



(Sorry about the full sized image...PB saying the thumbnail link wasn't valid...)


BS-X Phrike looks better BUT BS-X Eunomia has that "Killem hard, Killem fast" look to her. :lol:

PS replace the [img] tags with [thumb] to get the thumbnail view. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
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Electromage wrote:

I REALLY like this one! :D

Cant wait to see her in the field. :wink:


:-) I'm going to have to write a vignette for them after this chapter because to tell their story will require a fairly decent word count. Suffice it to say, I think you'll like her commander...they're something we haven't seen yet from the Union. It will also show how President Marquette was playing hardball regarding the Erisian crisis.

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BS-X Phrike looks better BUT BS-X Eunomia has that "Killem hard, Killem fast" look to her. :lol:

PS replace the [img] tags with [thumb] to get the thumbnail view. :D


Both designs are the same ship...the only difference is that one is oriented in the original direction (Eunomia) while the other is reversed (Phrike). There will be several other new designs being presented when the vignette goes live.

On the [img] vs. [thumb] issue, I did that and last night when I posted it, all I got was the error message.

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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
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Nicely done my friend, I like them both equally, glad you’ve decided to have a go - bravo



Thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
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I'm trying a new site, though I'm not thrilled with the fact that I can only have one layer of folders. These will probably be the only images I post there...

First up is Victory Gulch, a Taggart Lines "pod freighter" based on the Brawny Glory class freighter. The Victory Gulch class is optimized for six pods, though it may be operated with fewer or up to ten, but with more pods the performance will be less.

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Next up is the Victory Gulch drive and crew sections without any pods. In this configuration it has a very high speed and only minimal cargo capacity, and thus is usually only used for moving around in-system from depot to depot. The small engine on the crew pod fits in a recess on the drive section.

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(Modified...see followup post for details)
Last up is the scoutstar Arachne. It is a modified Electra class gunstar with an anechoic coating to reduce its dradis signature, an enhanced dradis, EW, and signals recognition suite, and the wing guns replaced with two hardpoints for long duration reconnaissance drones.

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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
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These are great Kurt, nicely thought out concept and back story.


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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
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A tale of two scoutstars...

The Earth Union Fleet needed some form of long duration, clandestine scout that could perform everything from signals intelligence to high resolution dradis mapping, and wide area surveillance to remote surveillance, and everything else that could be conceived. Rather than create a custom hull, the base hull of the new gunstar Electra was chosen; it had plenty of power, performance was as good as anything in the fleet, and it was currently in series production.

The first design used a very ring shaped dradis array that was so powerful that special shielding needed to be installed inside the ship to protect the crew and electronics from the emitters. The design worked, but it was also very limited. The ship, which cost as much as a Dione class battlestar, carried minimal armament that made it almost too expensive to risk. When the dradis worked, it was amazing, but it required a lot of maintenance, thus the reason for the exceptionally thick rings; crew could access the actual array from inside the ring. Additionally, the ring limited the ability to rapidly maneuver, and even when "the fin" was added, a central pylon used to help support and stabilize the ring, performance, while improved, was still limited.

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No one is quite sure where the idea for Arachne came from; some sources say it came out of a naval design think tank, others say it came from a weekend workship that invited science fiction authors to brainstorm with engineers and line officers, while others say that it was a fall-back plan that had always been in the drawer. However it was developed, the Arachne Project quickly replaced the Orithyia class and elements were incorporated into the Electra class. The concept was to remove the fixed guns from the wings and replace them with two hardpoints each capable of handling a triple ejector rack that carried long duration surveillance drones. Later versions would see the wings upgraded to handle overwing hardpoints and an expanded payload of 24 drones as opposed to the original 12. Arachne was also given an anechoic hull coating to reduce its dradis signature and the same internal electronics and hull mounted dradis as Orithyia, minus the ring mounted dradis.

The original surveillance drones were designed to perform a variety of tasks while on station, and then when a set of trigger events happened, they would jump back to a predetermined location and rendezvous with Arachne. Still, the capabilities of the ring dradis was seductive and shortly before Arachne's trials, a new drone was developed that could operate, with others, as a giant synthetic aperture dradis array, with a diameter of more than 4km. Additional drones could be added to add to the array's resolution and sensitivity, something that prompted the overwing hardpoints. During trials, Arachne with six drones deployed in a synthetic aperture array was 60% as effective as Orithyia, and with all twelve drones deployed was on par with her more expensive sister. Later trials that increased the number of drones to eighteen and twenty-four found that resolution was 130% and 150%, respectively, of the baseline.

Additional types of drones were developed, though they were rare with the SAA drones being the most produced before the genocide.

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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
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I really should be writing...but my OCD forced me to do the two Electra variants and then I got a wild idea for something else...

First, the Block 1A and 1B versions of Electra. The difference between the baseline Block 1 and the 1A is that the 1A has the wing guns removed and hardpoints for long duration drones added. The 1B is similar to the 1A, except that it has been strengthened for overwing hardpoints.

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The last is something I was thinking about for the replenishmentstar Carme. I wanted to give it more volume, sort of a "jumboized" version similar to what was done with several oil tankers during and after WW2. Originally, I cut it in half and added three hull sections. That would have been fine, and I could have stopped there. The other main groups have replenishmentstars with domes, so I figured why not? Except this time instead of a round dome, I did more of an oblong dome. Finally, one of Mia's WIPs was an assaultstar version of Carme with smaller wings similar to those on Enyo. They were added.

The result was the Cybele class of replenishmentstar. The storage and agricultural grow centers are in the forward part of the ship, forward of the wings. The cargo handling and disbursement area is just forward of the engines. Only a few of these ships have been produced so far, but the feedback from both the crews and battlegroups is very positive.

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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
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Wow, great work on everything so far Kurt.


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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
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kfeltenberger wrote:
I really should be writing...but my OCD forced me to do the two Electra variants and then I got a wild idea for something else...

[...]


Very nice.
This is part of the whole story. Those drawings add a new level of immersion to the writing.


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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
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what factions are the recent ships from?

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what factions are the recent ships from?


Earth Union

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One more...

While the Arachne and Orithyia were more covert actors, designed to observe and electronically intrude without being seen, the Angelia class of communicationstars, or commstars, was much more overt. They were designed to give the Earth Union fleet communications supremacy on both military and civilian channels, as well as potentially the individual worldnets of the worlds within range. Similar to Orithyia in cost, the Angelias could simultaneously jam a transmission source and overlay a different signal so that the receiver would never know that they weren't receiving the legitimate transmission. Based on the hull of an Efreet class gunstar, the missile batteries and aft most turrets were removed and replaced with studios, communications control centers, and electronic warfare centers.

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After several months in service, an upgrade was proposed for the Cybele class replenishmentstar; an enlarged flight deck. Hangar space was limited, especially if the Ziz transports were being used, so the design extended the flight deck almost to the head, and in to join the hull. This offered several times the original landing space, while also offering protected storage for craft that were either not being used or waiting for some task to be finished.

In this depiction of Arktos, the third Block 2 Cybele, the private yacht Greenbriar Girls is seen spotted on starboard flight deck as Vice Admiral Sean Marlowe meets with President Marquette before his trip to Electra to resolve the Erisian crisis.

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