Another episode form the victorian colonisation of Mars... Royal Navy faces the German Kaiserliche Marine on the Martian orbite...Battleships strongly inspired by ships and those you can find on old photos...On the foreground one of my favourite British battleships - HMS Rodney in a steampunk version , spiting his deadly shells into German "schlachtschiff" direction
couldn't refrain from colouring it the pride of Austro-Hngarian Space Fleet now in colours...it's a little break from the "family portray" which already exhausted me but those who await it- don't worry you'll see it soon! Now you have to settle for a lonely Imperial fleet ship somewhere near Mars
hi there folks! welcome again in the Victorian Age Space Colonisation
this time an Austro-Hungarian space battleship "Viribus Unitis" -THe Imperial Fleet flagship (latin: With United Forces) name of the ship is also an official motto of the Habsburg monarchy... this vessel is one of the four battleships of her class (Tegetthoff-Klasse) : SMS Prinz Eugen SMS Szent Istvan (Hungarian:Saint Stephen) SMS Tegetthoff and SMS Viribus Unitis of course
the Austro Hungarian Imperial Fleet is the fifth Space fleet as regards the size...(after the Royal Navy, German Kaiserliche Marine, Franch Fleet and Russian Imperial Fleet) but still can't be a real threat to the other powers(their fleet makes up a 1/5 of the British Royal Navy)...
The beginning of the Austrian adventure with Space colonies was the "Phobos crisis" in 1886 (earlier the Empire had only few lunar bases which were also the navy space harbours ) ...The German II Reich announced that one of the Martian moons -Phobos is for sale since it doesn't present any value for the German economy... Two sides declared their interest: USA and the Austro-Hungary( the U.K was involved in colonising Mars and later in suppressing the Martian Revolt )...The Germans finally sold Phobos to their Austro-Hungarian allies in 1885...one year later a leader of the scientific expedition on Phobos - Czech Frantisek Shveyk ( ) suddenly announced that he found a tremedously big layers of tungsten ore (hidden deeply under the surface) on Phobos...
the whole Earth was shocked...at first the German Kaiser Wilhelm II wanted to get back that Martian moon, but fortunately Bismarck convinced him to call off his claims...but the USA weren't so calm...in 1886 a 10 cruisers of the US Navy were heading towards Phobos simply to conquer it since the Congress claimed that the USA were cheated by the Germans...
the Austro Hungarian response was quick, Kaiser Franz Joseph sent four Erzherzog Karl (archduke Charles) class space battleships to defend Phobos...a Fight between the K.u.K. Kriegsmarine and the U.S. Navy commenced...one of the Austrian battleships -SMS Kaiserin Elizabeth was seriously damaged while the USA lost 2 cruisers...America soon sent their own battleships -USS Virginia, USS Arizona and USS Nevada...Now the situation was very unfavourable for the Austrians...American ships had a serious advantage over them...
Fortunately for Franz Joseph, German Emperor gave full diplomatic and military support to the Austro-Hungary ..Soon the whole German Weltraumflotte (former Hochseeflotte since it served on Earth ) - the strongest German navy located on Deimos moon set off to destroy the US vessels...the situation was really hot...everybody thought that soon the War will break out...Fortunately France and the British Empire (the Martian revolt was coming to the end) also set off their fleets to stop Germany and prevent the war... the USA was forced by the U.K. to relinquish their claims (in exchange the Austro-Hungarian war reparations ) ...
is there anybody out there or are you asleep lads?
PS_PL mam nadzieje że mnie nie zabijesz Boruciu jakoś tak wyszło z tym pancernikiem
After several British space successes supported by nimble fighters, the germans developed their own starfighters. They've even converted new atmoshperic planes into real starfighters. The Fokker K.3 Sternjäger is a fast, agile and lightly-armed triplane. Its standard armament consists of three MG-8 machine guns, but it is a wide practice to add 20mm cannons on the middle pair of wings. The cockpit has been drastically lowered into the hull for protection, but this became it's largest flaw as it limited the pilot's field of vision. Therefore, many planes have been equipped with periscopes, fitting perfectly in the cockpit.
This is the last of my concepts for this time, after one-two weeks I'm gonna do more. I just want to prevent myself from getting bored.
The first type of German spaceships, Ruhr-class battleship is lightly armed and slow, yet still useful in patrol and defence. It is also able to succesfully engage smaller frigates and corvettes.
Armament: four 320mm guns in turrets; four 155mm gun in side sponsons and two in the ventral front turret; six 88mm guns in side cupolas and four in turrets on the sides; two torpedo launchers; 15 flak guns.
Design deeply inspired by "Schleswig-Holstein" battleship built in 1903.
Done today on English, Biology, History and Geography lessons (I had to hide)
This is the very first type of Royal Navy space ships. The Liverpool-class ironclads fought with Prussian pre-dreadnoughts to achieve domination in the close orbit. Now, in the age of space dreadnoughts and advanced battleships, they serve as a reserve in Royal Navy defences and protect a forgotten British lunar base.
-three heavy (10-inch) twin gun turrets
-three flak (3-inch) turrets
-two early torpedo launchers
I wanted to show something pre-dreadnought. I've chosen an ironclad gunship, because it looks quite interesting. This drawing took me about one hour.
I did this series of ships, but just couldn't squeeze any good ideas for the details on them so I commissioned Adam to bring this one to life. I'll be using it as reference for applying the detailes on the 3d models.
After staring at the X-wings for a while, I decided to design a custom heavy armament design. Designed to assist the B-wings and K-wings in taking on Capital ships. Most of the power gleaned from those oversized engines are fed into shields and those heavy turbo-lasers.
Created by Grand Inquisitor Kael, the TIE Stilleto was designed to create a ship capable of matching the A-wing in speed and maneuverability. Unfortunatly, the experimental engines were too powerful for the space-frame. So after downsizing the engines, the TIE Stilleto was still a formidable interceptor. Only three dozen were produced before the Battle of Endor, and afterwards, the TIE Stilleto's were sent to the Chiss Ascendancy.
The Results of the Y-wing Upgrade project, the H-wing heavy artillery support fighter was designed by General Salm and Colonel Blaine of Gold Squadron. After the Yuuzhan Vong War began, General Salm and Colonel Blaine stole the schematics and hid on the junk world of Fenris...
Not long after, mysterious dark hulled ships with super powerful weaponry began to destroy Yuuzhan Vong coral skipper patrols and capital ships. Fast, heavily shielded, and deadly... Shadow Squadron had appeared on the scene.
Top is production version (So far). Bottom is the one-off prototype.
She was originally a frigate competitor to the Ranger, but she did not outshine the Ranger's longevity on patrol. When the Antareans attacked, the design was revisited, revised, and pressed into service as an assault frigate.
Unlike the Ranger (which was constructed between several major shipyards as a symbol of unity in the ULP), the Rusalka was made from USN R&D- the research and Development arm of the Navy. Traditionally armed, part of the appeal of the Rusalka was originally the fact that it carried a balanced, conservative armament and could be pressed into service as a radar picket (which is why she has the nose-dome similar to the Loki and Fenrir, and the under-nose radar array). Obviously the admiralty favored the casual carrier and longstanding patrol nature of the Ranger, as a ship like the Rusalka didn't seem to have a future in what seemed to be the peaceful era at the time.
When the Pride was the mainstay cruiser of the United Leauge of Planets fleet, the Overlord was the Battleship. Though both ships are considered vintage by today's standards, the Overlord is more reflective of current USN naval designs and represents a transistion from past shipbuilding aesthetics to newer, functional design. Even so, compared to today's lineup, she is outdated by her contemporaries in the USN navy. Only a handful exist, mostly in reserve, although Fleet 87 is said to operate four of these ships as squadron leaders for ambush operations.
Also like the Pride, the Antarians found themselves with a number of these ships when considering the restructuring of thier fleet. Rather than make drastic modifications to simply add drone capacity (like the Pride), the Overlord-C has most of it's cargo spaces removed to create the massive hanger area in the forward hull. Other improvements include removal and replacement of outdated systems, a complete engine overhaul, and the heavy mass driver turrets were switched out with plasma launchers- as the cavities left from those massive projectile cannons could easily accomodate standard capital plasma weapon.
In her hayday the Overlord Battleship was a formitable ship- carrying significant anti-capital weaponry backed up by a surrounding screen of Ion arrays. As missiles and other guided weapons were not as practical during the Overlord's launching, some say the ackerson anti-ship torpedoes were more of an afterthought than a reliable weapons system. Still, though it is outdated by many other cruisers, the Overlord is still a potent foe- especially in it's modern -C configuration.
I always thought spaceships with huge rotating sections were awesome. Since they're semi-plausible also, it means ships of this kind are sorta closer to reality than most of the static starships in most science fiction.
I originally just wanted to polish up the exile Taiidan Heavy Cruiser, but then I decided to draw the Omega and the Leonov to show where the inspiration came from.
I also drew them to ward off comments of "Hey, a Taiidan-Omega Hybrid!" See for yourself, the only things they have in common are the rotating section and not much else.
The first of her line of Battleship, The H.M.S Iron Duke, is famous for the assasination of the last Emperor of Cerulean Empire during her launch ceremonary.
The Iron Duke was the fastest and best armored ship in the Cerulean skyfleet. Her twelve 16'in guns together with her state of the art fire control and rader systems, make her the deadliest ship in the Cerulean Empire.
As the most modern and best equiped ship of her day, she was penciled in as the new flagship for the Empire skyfleet even before her launch, following the tradion of the Cerulean Empire, the ship and her captain along with all her commissioned officers were made knights of the Empire by the emperor during her launch ceremonary.
Thats was when the emperor was shot by a suspected pirate sniper who managed to got away. The death of the Emperor made her the last knight, as the empire collapsed before a new emperor took the throne
She was put under command of Admiral Albert Graf von Spee in the hunt for the sky pirates, the Sky Raiders, the suspects of the crime.
8 months after her launch, she engaged the Sky Raiders' ship, Raider in a duel in which she was destroyed with the Raider.
4hrs spd painting + 1 hr of tweaking (anyone still interested in the orginal work? I will post it in the scrap section if anyone is interested)
Trying to see how I can paint within 4hrs
This is a design meant to be a homework for school (Althought I am not required to paint it ... just design it)
We were supposed to look at uniforms worn by world war II soldiers and try to adapt the uniform features into something futuristic.
But I decided to bring it further by trying to adapt a few other features from world war II into it, most notably the armor skirt from upgrade StuG assualt guns (Well I just love how those armor skirt look in Company of Heroes)
Some background concept....
Tanks had become obsolete with the introduction of Armored Infantry on the shell shaped cities of Germany, supported by armored cars and motorised infantry units, resulting in a new form of blitzkrieg techniques.
Heavily armed with enlarge version of the standard infantry weapons like the Mg34, and heavily armored, even the famed allied airforce could do nothing against them not considering that they themselve are facing next generation jet fighters.
While it replaced the tanks, it still shared similar weakness to them as infantry units can easily sneak up and plant a crippling strike at the joints of the Mech, to protect the mech from such attacks, additional armored skirts was install at vital areas.
The mech had a inner crew of 3, the commander, the driver and the gunner. It was always closely followed by an armored car which house the 2 support crews which will help armed the weapons from the outside and provide more sight and cover against infantry
*Edited after another hour of editing and tweaking
All the pieces together. I may add a ship at some point. It turned out okay as an experiment and illustrates the fortress layout well enough ,but I could probably have created a more dynamic composition using conventional methods and with much less effort. Some of the pieces don't quite work and I probably should have made more turrets ( showing different scale and gun rotation).
A super-heavy tank . It has thick armour to the front and sides . The large number of heavy turrets protect it from arial attack. The tank is fully amphibious with a float attached to the exhaust, allowing it to float above the water during river crossings. This was a vital feature as few bridges can support a 1000 ton tank. The vehicle can also take refuge below water , relying on air tanks or drawing oxygen through the emergency tubing housed along the floated exhaust (which is dissengaged during such an opperation). Multiple weapons include dozens of machine guns and numerouse multi purpose cannons able to fire AP or high explosive rounds. A light tank and crewman have been included for scale.
A Prince class mobile fortress. Equiped with numerous cannons , machine guns and artillery pieces and supported by a motorised flak regiment and two motorised infantry regiments the 'Blutzen's' primary role is as a long range artillery piece, firing it's 10,000mm gun up to 3 times per hour. A super heavy tank has been included for scale.
The Tempest-Class is typical of UEF battleship design: big, slow, and brutish. Bearing massive cannons and a slew of torpedo tubes, a Tempest can reduce pretty much anything to slag in a matter of minutes and its armor can take a tremendous beating before cracking. However, like most UEF ships, it is designed exclusively for operation with a fleet or taskforce, and as such has very few anti-fighter weapon emplacements, relying almost exclusively on support ships for light defense.
The United Republic of Earth has always relied on dedicated, state-sponsored military contractors to design their warships, fighters, and weaponry. The Jovian Confederacy, however, takes a far more free-market approach. Contracts with Jovian military contractor Rangald Industries (and other contractors) for smaller ships are traditionally written so that ship designs must be produced exclusively for the Confederacy only for a set period of time (usually 5 years), and following that, the contractor has free reign to sell the ship to anyone they see fit. This arrangement tends to produce a high level of innovation, as the contractor(s) are also designing for a larger, less military market, and have the added incentive of future non-government sales.
As such, Rangald Industries has become known as one of the finest producers of civilian and paramilitary combat vessels in the system. Rangald Ind. ships are extremely durable, hard-hitting, and affordable, though they tend to suffer in the areas of electronic systems and speed. This design philosophy makes them extremely popular with mercenaries, police forces, warlords, and anyone looking to add a bit of firepower to their arsenal. Rangald Ind. ships are a common sight in station patrols and pirate raids alike.
The Skald-class gunship is one of the most popular Rangald ships, and includes some of the best features of their smallship lineup. While the Skald is only as large as a patrol boat, it can bring as much firepower to bear as most corvettes, and its armor plating can resist blows from guns all the way up the frigate caliber.
While in exclusive military service, the Skald-class was armed entirely with weapons of Confederate design. As soon as the vessel entered the private sector, however, Rangald Industries quickly scrapped that design philosophy in favor of weapon technology stolen from the UESF. It proved to be a good choice, as the Republic fleet is well known for it's exceptional railgun technology. However, Rangald opted to retain the powerful Jovian 'Rage' missile system, giving the Skald the best of both worlds when it came to weapons
Crew Compliment: -4 ships company (room for up to 8)
Designer -Rangald Industries
Manufacturer -Rangald Industries, through various Jovian Ship Yards
Contracts/Commonly Used By -Contract with the Jovian Confederacy; sold to various nations and corporations
NOTE: My first ship of Jovian design (all previous ones were designed by the UESF of core-world based corporations), this one does a good job of showing off some features that are distinctively Jovian in appearance. Hope you like it!
Another quick paint between commissions to keep me sane, I think I'm getting down a nice balance.
Here's the Star Protectorate flagship with an escort fleet. It is the most powerful ship on it's side of known space. Rarely deployed into battle, it stands watch over the protectorate, a deterrent to any invasion.
Another fleet painting, this time of an invasion capable Battle Cruiser.
From the same specialized shipworks that created the colossal protectorate flagship, this ship is designed to command and deliver serious firepower deep into enemy space, with or without an accompanying fleet. Three main forward cannons handle long range engagements, 12 turrets house secondary gun pairs that provide closing range firepower. Various other points give protection against smaller threats. Onboard is carried a compliment of fighters and gunships, along with the capability to carry and launch a strike battalion via dropships.
Another livestream semi-speed paint. Tried out the flagship again, not perfect yet, I'll have to 3D model it to get it right. Should I spend another sitting on this to get a fleet in there?
The command flagship for the Protectorate fleet. -It's dual hull design aids in redundancy should it ever be found in heavy fighting. The lower hull is largely filled out by a massive staging hangar for defensive ships and a sizable ground force. The upper hull houses the majority of the crew, who's accommodations are considered lavish for a space vessel, this for the large number of officers often on board. -The ship is also equipped with extensive processing and maintenance facilities, it can support it's crew and provide extensive repair capabilities for local forces when planet based facilities are not available. -4 main rail guns along it's 2 noses are it's main anti warship armament. These can fire a variety of munitions, guided or not, at firing rates up to high enough that more than one round can be moving down a rail at once, if needed. -Warships all carry a common tech shielding that disperses energy weapons, this is why most ships use projectile weapons. Should an enemy ships shielding be disrupted, this flagship contains a laser generation system. 2 focusing turrets, one top and bottom, can fire on vulnerable ships to quickly destroy them. -12 massive turrets each with 2 guns play a pivotal role in laying down spread fire on distant or closing ships, this ensures a much higher hit probability against evasion maneuvering. -Numerous point defenses guard against small ships and fighters, some medium sized defense weapons can also join in the spread fire patterns against targets. -Due to it's massive size, it is unable to make effective evasive maneuvers against enemy fire except in very long range engagement from glancing shots. Thanks to the Elemental program however, along with basic energy weapon shielding, this ship also uses forcive shields to deflect projectile weapons when possible. It's onboard ground forces will often include a number of Elementals which can join in on defensive actions. -For all it's abilities as a warship, such a large investment in a single ship would lead it to be a prime target in war, so it largely spends it's time in friendly territory making use of it's command and combat staging power.