A Russian Cosmo forces late model La-71 Attack craft patrols a colony world orbital zone. Armed with high energy weapons and missiles, most note worthy two large "anti-ship" missiles, the craft is ready to battle all intruders.
Design notes: This was done to the writer's original notes and plans. I had drawn an early version over ten years ago, and this "late model" version is based on that original( and much more crude) artpiece. I pulled out my trusty Russian/Soviet aircraft reference books for detail and color ideas.
The Marauder patrol craft is a spaceship found in the "Stellar Horizons" setting. It's actually called the "Orion" class, but since so many pirates, smugglers, and other assorted unsavory types use it, its become known as the "Marauder".
This piece of art was done for the forthcoming Stellar Horizons vehicle guide, due out late spring, early summer 2010.
The Martian Republic's forces employ the Chryse Aerospace FS-140D as the primary planetary defense fighter and interceptor. Armed with four pulse lasers, two plasbolt cannons, and various missiles, the craft is an excellent combat machine. Oddly, this fighter has few other users beyond the Martian military. A few have been employed by the Interstellar Axis, and some have been sold to sanctioned mercenary outfits. This FS-140D streaks into a higher orbit with the Isidis Sea viewable beneath it and the Utopia Bay above and behind the tail.
Design note: The X-15 was the inspiration for this craft, with additional wings and SF weapons and engines added.
The Bijou is a typical Bleriot 342 medium cargoship, with a 425 lyr. maximum FTL single jump range. Bleriot 342s are armed with three quad pulse laser turrets, but this version also has a secret underbelly missile rack. The large cargo bay has more than a 27 ISO40 volume, and three cargo hatches, the main front ramp and hatches on the port and starboard sides. The red marking near the aft is the cover of one of the two lifeboats. There are three main drive units, two smaller drives, and of course the main FTL/Traction drive( which also ties into the main lifting G-coil). The four smaller lift and landing G-coils can be seen on the hull bottom. The two tier crew section is on top and overhangs the cargo bay.
The Bijou was the ship used by my Monday night RPG group for almost a decade, but on Monday 01/28/2013 the last game for that group of players and charcters will occur. The ship has been used, abused, and done things that a 48 year old starship shouldn't be doing. She's been crashed and re-built( many times ), modified, had the toilet system explode, and even been partially sunk in a ocean. The charcters bitched about her shortcomings, old age, French engineering, and ugly apperance, and often talked of replacing her with something newer, faster, and much better armed. But in the end they kept fixing her up, kept her going, and in the end have refused to give her up. In a lot of ways this old starship became a character of her own.
The "Black Widow" spacecraft was a commission for Paul Kidd and was drawn according to his specs. A very stealthy smuggling vessel, fitted with a gun turret and twin missile tubes. A large cargo hatch features on the aft end.
For the Stellar Horizon's vehicle guide project. [link]
Thr MiG-45 "Flashbar" is the first Russian aerospace interceptor, developed in 2019. The orbit capable interceptor carries missiles on pylons and has a nose mounted laser autocannon. It still serves in PVO service.
Design notes: This is an older illo that I finally got around to coloring. I got to pattern this craft after one of my all-time favorite aircraft, the MiG-25 "Foxbat". I love MiG and Sukhoi aircraft!! I tried to stay true to Soviet/Russian colors and markings...including the "quality maintance" badge on the nose( kinda hard to see at this scale).
A commission for :iconShogunblad: for a patrol carrier of the Vagabond class. Having two lauch systems on the top and ventral sides it recovers craft via the entry port in the front or cargo hatches (only for cargo shuttles and the likes). For more specifications check Shugunblade's page
Here are just a few ship designs I have come up with for my story:
Apollo Class: A formidable vessel that combines the strengths of a fast attack destroyer with the long range strike ability of a light carrier. The apollo carries 3 full wings of VF-11 thunderbolts(12 planes per wing) as well as a battalion of anti air destroids to support its point defense. Apollos work best when acting as part of a battle group
Specter Class: A Stealth craft designed for advanced recon and black op missions. The specter has the most advanced long range sensors of any vessel within the U.N.'s battle fleet. It is equipped with advanced jamming sensors to distort enemy communications and targeting systems. With light armor and minimal armaments, the specter relies on it's speed and stealth as a weapon. The specter is a integral part of any battle group as they are the eyes and ears of the fleet.
Maximillion Class: The work horse of the U.N. fleet, the maximillion is a front line battle cruiser that delivers heavy fire power with a mix of durability and reliability. The Maximillion's Bow firing Heavy partical cannons are capable of delivering devastating damage to enemy craft, and combined with it's ability to launch reaction warheads, makes the maximillion a force to be reckoned with. It's one weakness is it's lack of effective point defense, there for it works best when paired with Apollos strike carriers to defend it from enemy fighter craft.