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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 2:53 am 
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Discovery was the base model for Aeolus Longstrider. I used that as the basis for Lyceum.

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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 4:24 pm 
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I really, really, really like the Lex Taliones, I also like the Del Vindice.


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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
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The Deo Vindice, in Union service, saw the usual evolution over time that all ships experience. In some cases, different engines were trialed, different radiator designs were tried, and in the end the Fleet had several base hulls but each with slightly different systems. One of these, Griffin, was the test bed for the engines used on the A-class and her cousins. If the engines weren't destined to be used on the A-class and her later derivatives, it is likely that the modified Block 2 would have become the series production model. However, for the foreseeable future, the rapid expansion of the A-class, Dynamene class, and Hera classes, demanded the entire production. However, some Block 2s retained the engines and were used as quick response ships, often seconded to the Guard with all weapons intact.

Griffin was later returned to Fleet service and underwent a refit to test whether the new multi-mission heavy drones that were coming on line would be suitable for internal carriage and VLS launch. The design eventually settled on two rows of twelve VLS silos on either side of the primary dorsal weapons' trench. This kept them low, out of the way, and well protected. Six months of intensive testing resulted in a White Paper suggesting that while they brought a tremendous amount of capability, there just wasn't enough variety of combat oriented multi-mission drones and the ones that were in production, would be a waste of resources in any engagement. It suggested that a smaller, half to third scale design be considered. Detractors pointed out that the Fleet already had the excellent Long Lance and Hydra series AShMs and what the paper suggested was something that was already in inventory.

Griffin, and her three sisters Harpy, Hippogriff, and Manticore, formed a self contained squadron that was officially used for "frontier survey". There is rumor that Manticore was upgraded with the Block 4 wings and hardpoints before the Genocide, but that is unconfirmed.

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Below is what the Block 6 Manticore might have looked like.

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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
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Nice, I'm partial to Earth Union ships.


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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
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rit57 wrote:
Nice, I'm partial to Earth Union ships.


Thanks! I’m finding that the more I work with them, the more I really like them. I’ve been thinking about doing a stand-alone story/book where the Union is self contained and not part of BSG, perhaps introducing some Communion stuff, since it would be easy to sanitize them and make them truly my own.

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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
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Before I call this one finished, any thoughts? It's the Thalestris class, itself an evolution from the A-Class to the Dynamene class, evolved into a replenishmentstar, in this case, Meliae.

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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
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The Union Fleet entertained an unsolicited proposal from E2 Design to evolve the Thalestris class assaultstar into a replenishmentstar so that the Fleet would have a battlestar, gunstar, assaultstar, and replenishmentstar that shared a large portion of common components. The design was approved and the Meliae class was developed. E2's design extended the flight pods directly across to the hull, in essence, integrating them into a unibody design. This offered a dramatic increase in internal volume while not adding any appreciable bulk and maintaining the trim lines that A-class family was known for. Booms were added to each pod necessitating the deactivation of three launch tubes. The ports were retained for aesthetic purposes. Modified Ziz landers and Stork shuttles are present to deliver supplies, as is an expanded detachment of Roc utility craft.

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While Meliae was being designed, E2 pursued an additional project that took the base frame, added a habitation dome and greatly expanded living spaces, four special communications domes, and reduced the cargo lift capacity in lieu of expanded hangar spaces, barracks, administrative spaces, simulators, and other facilities that a fleet command ship would require. E2 developed the Eurypyleclass on their own with the expectation that when the Admiralty saw it they would have an epiphany that they needed it due to the policies that would be driving expansion over the next decade. The gamble paid off and based on the simulations that proved Meliae to be viable, an order was placed for five ships.

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When the Admiralty saw what could be done by evolving Thalestris into Meliae, they sent a request for a study whether something similar could be done to the Jocasta class. Within hours of receiving the request, E2 had returned the Minthe proposal. When Jocasta was designed, they went out on a limb and developed a further modification of the Block 4 Electra into Minthe.

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(Edit: Changed the name of Phaedra to Eurypyle as Phaedra was already assigned and used)

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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
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The Deo Vindice hull proved to be extremely adaptable and the inevitable battlestar conversion was developed. The testbed was Eunomia, a Block 1 Deo Vindice that was modified after her acceptance trials to add the flight pods and wings. Once the design was proven sound (though there were some structural changes that needed to be made), the first of the Tyro class was produced. This combined an economical hull, good performance, and "just enough" air wing, Marines, and storage to offer the Union Fleet a ship that was capable of operating within a fleet environment, convoy escort role, or as an independent detached duty command.

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After the first three examples were in service and providing feedback, one common request was for additional thrust. The flight pods added just enough mass that maneuverability and acceleration suffered more than what those operating the ship felt comfortable with. The first Block 2 was Tyro, the name ship of the class, which had suffered an engineering fire that required the center engine, engineering spaces, and part of the auxiliary flight deck and hangar to be scrapped and completely rebuilt. This offered a chance to develop a Block 2 without having to authorize a new hull. The biggest outward difference is the additional engine, but internally, she benefited from a more efficient engineering layout and optimized auxiliary hangar space.

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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
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Awesome ships!!

any cylon updates?


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bladefaxbsg wrote:
Awesome ships!!

any cylon updates?


Thanks!

No, probably not. I don't see the Cylons having many different classes to do the same job; it just isn't efficient.

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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
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You had me hooked when you posted the first Earth Union ships, you have continuously dragged me into the Earth Union ship fan club. Do have a request though, rank emblems from all the players, do you buy any chance have any of them done?


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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
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rit57 wrote:
You had me hooked when you posted the first Earth Union ships, you have continuously dragged me into the Earth Union ship fan club. Do have a request though, rank emblems from all the players, do you buy any chance have any of them done?


Membership is free for a limited time! ;-)

I don't have rank emblems...

The ones I have mentioned for the Earth Union are golden phoenix for Colonel and silver for Commander. I don't believe I have mentioned anything specific for the Communion. I always saw the Earth Union Fleet "look" modeled after the US Navy from WW2; khaki utilities for duty, etc. The Communion Fleet look is based off Germany during Nazi rule; the Fleet uniforms are modeled off those of the SS (black and silver, but no death's heads), though I'm not sure about the rank.

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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
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One more in the Deo Vindice linage...

The Block 7 upgrade to the Deo Vindice class introduced the revised engineering spaces, fourth engine, and revised hangar spaces of the Block 2 Tyro class battlestar to the base gunstar. The Block 7 was viewed as the 'love child' between the Block 2 and later E-Class and A-Class gunstars. It had almost the firepower of an A-Class and added the drones carried by the E-Class, with improved performance.

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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
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The Sable Hills Fire of 1959 launched a wave of ecological conservationism on Earth and gave attention to a movement that had been languishing for more than a century. The Sable Hill Redwood was an endangered species that often grew to heights of over 100 meters, with many examples reaching 115-120 meters. To placate the ever louder calls to "do something", which often meant pushing one group's or another pet project that really had nothing to do with the issue at hand, the Earth government, in conjunction with the Earth Union, highly modified a Porter class replenishmentstar into Sequoia, a mobile conservatory for the Sable Hill Redwoods. Over the years, additional domes were added and additional at-risk species were transplanted.

In 1995, with the destructive wildfire and outcry a distant memory, the government of Earth transferred stewardship to the Union, and within a month the Union had transferred ownership to Earth First!. This caused a major scandal as many in law enforcement saw Earth First! as a thinly disguised ecological terrorist group, but government assured the public that appropriate safeguards and assurances were made. The reality was that there was a splinter group within Earth First! who demanded a more direct action approach, but the moderates and governing board was able to keep a tight leash on them and their activities were mostly limited to protests, picking fights with celebrities, and generally acting like spoiled children.

Sequoia became the new home for Earth First!, and they slowly moved all operations and administrative activities aboard. During the late 1990s, they worked very closely with several major universities on botanical research and conservation projects.

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The truth of the matter is that handing over Sequoia to Earth First! was one of the biggest counter intelligence/counter terrorism options launched by the Union Ministry of Justice. Many of the personnel on Sequoia were deep cover agents of the Ministry of Justice, Union military, and various planetary law enforcement agencies. The more radical members of Earth First! saw this as a coup on "the Man", but the reality was that the government knew within hours when something was planned, often who was involved, and who was opposed.

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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
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This is just a teaser for the next chapter...

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