I originally drew this because I wanted to have a profile sketch of a spaceship to display in my room. In the end though, it just got filed away.
Update (3/29/15): This ship will be making an appearance as the Olitau in the book Sword of Blue. The book, written by David Kristoph, is Book 3 of the Tales of a Dying Star series and will feature the Olitau as the flagship for the Exodus Fleet which leaves its solar system to settle around a new star.
An illustration from the Dark Nova Roleplaying game supplement- Fortune and Glory.
The Hobart-class destroyer was one of the first jump-capable warships ever developed by the Oceanic Federation (now the Australio-Pacifica Coalition). First launched in 2102, it was the primary defensive vessel for Oceanic colonial expeditions for nearly fourty years.
The OFS Perth was the first vessel to be engaged by hostile European Union forces during the territorial dispute over New Tauranga in 2108. Both nations had laid claim to the newly-discovered star system and its wealth- three habitable worlds- but the Oceanic colonial expedition arrived first. When the European expedition arrived, the commander unwisely chose to threaten to use force against the Oceanic colonists. In typical Aussie/Kiwi fashion, the Oceanic command remained calm and tried to talk some sense into the Europeans, but to no avail. The EU ships opened fire with long-range lasers and launched fighter drones. The Perth was ordered to return fire and prevent harm to the civilian population on the surface and in the Wellington orbital station.
The Perth took several hits from the EU lasers as it lined up its spinal mount Gauss cannon and fired, but its return salvo hulled the European cruiser that led the expedition. The rest of the battle went equally poorly for the belligerent EU forces, and the Oceanic Federation secured their claim to the system with extreme prejudice and colourful language.
In the end, the EU Fleet Command in Geneva declared that the commander of their expedition had acted without authorization, preventing an escalation of tensions between the two nations. As numerous similar colonial conflicts erupted and spurred a rapid explosion of technological advances, warships such as the Perth quickly became obsolete. Despite this, however, the Hobart-class remained in service with the Oceanic navy for another three decades before finally being retired.
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This is a concept for a big spaceship that moves through space by funneling spacetime through the ring-shaped contrivance on the forward end. I've had this idea for a few months and I just now got around to drawing it.
Superdestroyer Apocalypse-Class Mark II. HMS Leviathan - Space Carrier Nuclear Vessel - 207. Commander: Secundus Capt. Arcturus Gideon of the IX Imperial Phalanx . Armament: 12.6 GW Laser Pulse Cannon, 2x 450 MW Laser Pulse Cannon, 6x 350 MW Laser Pulse Cannon, 12x 8 Barrel Plasma Bolt Cannon, 33x 50 MW Laser Pulse Turrets, 30x Phallanx Missile Launchers, 72x KEW/Torpedo Launchers. Shields: 4x Gharmeth-Priuss EME-DF22 1500py(250,000x3J) Power Plant: 2x Helium 3 Fusion RollsRoyce Ionized Plasma Stream Engines, 12x Chemical afterburners, Bussard Ramjet, ECKERLY-BENSON Inertialess Drive. Capacity: 25x Cobra-Class Gunships, 34x ASF66 H-Wing Starfighters, 22x APC Raven troop transports, 6x AHC heavy Carriers, 12x AAC Raptor-class Destroyers, 2x GH-10 Imperial transports. Crew: 3600, Officers: 176, Imperial Attache and Political Officers: 23, Imperial Marines ShockTroopers: 1500. Superdestroyers of the Imperial Fleet: HMS Chimera, HMS Jörmungandr, HMS Hydra, HMS Behemonth, HMS Juggernaut, HMS Kraken (Destroyed by the Zidrii), HMS Fenrir, HMS Orochi, HMS Jötnar, HMS Manticore, HMS Gorgon, HMS Grendel (Lost in Hyperspace), HMS Colossus and the HMS Balrog (HMS Golem under construction).
Listed Specifications: Name: Liberty-class medium fighter carrier Origin: Terran Federation/Stellar Combat Command Manufacturer: L3 Naval Construction Complex, Lagrange Point 3, Earth orbit Type: Medium interstellar fighter carrier Control System: Bridge w/virtual control stations Length: 760 meters Width: 380 meters Main Drive: 4 x 2.1 GW Secondary Powerplant: 2 x 10,000 KW Main Thrusters: 4 x Thermonuclear Fusion Engines Verniers: 80 Acceleration: 4.0 g (maximum space acceleration); 1.5 light years per minute (faster-than-light capability) Onboard Sensors: ECM, ECCM, fire control radar, hyperspatial distortion detector, infrared/ultraviolet, lidar, low-light, magnetometer, magnetic resonance lens, microwaves, motion detectors, radcounter, search radar, telescope Fixed Armament: 20 x PD laser turrets, 10 x long-range anti-ship missile launchers, 8 X long-range anti-ship laser cannons Additional Armament/Compliment: 540 crew, 90 officers; 400 fighter pilots/troops, 96 starfighters (4 squadrons), 4 personnel transports/shuttles Defensive Systems: Screen deflectors, PD laser turrets Equipment: 2 x launch rack systems, artificial gravity system, lifeboat escape system, interstellar communication system, satellite uplink, hangars (4), hyperspace generator Commissioned: 07/10/2872 (TFS Liberty) Ships of Class: TFS Liberty, TFS Challenger, TFS Endeavor, TFS Columbia, TFS Discovery, TFS Atlantis, 20 others in service
Fighter craft are dispatched by a central launch rail and recovered by landing pads on either side of it. Each hangar has a side-door for immediate access when the ship is in dock.
The second mast at the rear of the craft is a long-range FTL communication antenna. Due to the power of the device it has to be pointed away from the command tower to transmit (it is harmful to electronic equipment and living beings).
The four main anti-ship laser turrets have covers on them to protect the lenses. These retract when activated. The missile systems are on turrets (as requested).
Life-pod arrays are located in the superstructure to service the crew there. Crew evacuating in the hangar areas would attend to life pods in the hangars themselves (or launch on shuttles).
Main cargo for support services have doors on either side of the indent into the main hangar.
This is a Tac Bat, It's a cross between a fighter and a heavy cannon. It's primary role is to support it's mothership with a dynamic number of extra main guns able to surround it's enemy. They are also able to fly strikemissions upto 1 AU from the base. These drones are operated by highly trained, savant capable pilots which can become almost part of their mainframe when on missions.
An advertisement for RedBall Express, showing off one of their Connestoga class freighters, the MV RedBall Conveyer.
RedBall Express is a venerable Martian shipping company originally founded in the Zubrin colony in 2092 and later moving to Deimos Highport for tax purposes. RedBall Express was an integral arm of the nascent Martian Alliance's support of the Jovian League during the Manchuria-Jovian War (2107 - 2112), keeping Jovian trade alive against Manchurian interdiction by leasing Jovian ships and flying them under the Red Blue and Green flag of Mars. The company's captains and crews gained a reputation for fearlessness and reliability during the war that has stayed with the organization ever since.
RedBall Express was one of the first to make the jump to running a commercial interstellar line after Stardrive became available to the public in 2219, and won a crucial subsidized contract to provide logistics service to the United States' Terranova colony. RedBall Express expanded their fleet and was soon providing freight and limited passenger service to destinations with fifteen light-years of Sol (about a three Jump radius based on Stardrive capabilities of the era). When the Stargate to the Sagittarius Arm of the galaxy was opened up by the Sagittarius Development Corporation (SDC) in 2357, RedBall Express leveraged themselves heavily into colonial support charters, with close to half of their active starships in Sagittarius as well as a system-ship network in the most populous star system, HM+53 0102 (Fury). The sudden disaster of the Stargate crash in 2361 stranded RedBall assets in Sagittarius, cut off from their headquarters orbiting Mars. The company's Sagittarius branch VP has since become the head of the operation, and business continues under SDC subsidy until the economic and political situation of the Sagittarius colonies can stabilize.
The MV RedBall Conveyer was laid down in the Cis-Lunar L5 Graving Docks of Atlas Astronautics in 2350 as a Block IIb design with an Empyrean propulsion complex (3.5 TW maximum rated total jet power at 0.025G Cruise / 0.5G High Thrust) and upgraded SSTE Class IX Short Jump Stardrive. The RedBall Conveyer was one of the first starships granted a visa by the SDC to enter Sagittarius, and has remained within the spiral arm from 2357 to the present. Her original UN Registry number of RBE-350-077 has been scrapped under the new Armada of the Mercer Compact system being placed in effect since the Crash, taking on the registry of AMC-481. Her current Master is Antonin Sforza.
Modeled with SketchUp. Rendered with Kerkythea. Background image is a screenshot from Crowd Control Productions' MMO, EVE Online. The name RedBall Express is a nod to the original Red Ball Express logistics system used by the Western Allies during WWII.