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FreiTek T-68A E-Wing

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With the destruction of Incom’s Fresia-based facilities, and the subsequent escape of most of Incom’s engineering team from Galactic Dominion capture, a new company took shape, firmly backing the Galactic Republic and its forces, naming itself FreiTek. Some three years into the Galactic Civil War, Sienar Systems Engineering began fielding its improved model of the TIE series, the TIE/Ac (Ace), in units across the Galactic Dominion. Its superior speed and maneuverability had a devastating effect on the Republic’s squadrons, in-particularly the aging Y-Wing and the venerable T-65A X-Wing.

The first starfighter designed and constructed by FreiTek, the T-68A E-Wing was the answer to the Republic’s woes. Faster, more durable and maneuverable, and with a more expanded anti-starfighter arsenal than the T-65A, the E-Wing first narrowed, and then surpassed the gap in capability that the TIE Ace had over Republic fighters in combat. Lessons learned from the E-Wing’s successes in the field would lead FreiTek to develop and improve existing designs in the Republic’s arsenal, culminating in the T-65C X-Wing Plus.

Artwork by Adam Kopala adamkop.deviantart.com

Craft: FreiTek T-68A E-Wing
Type: Attack and close-support starfighter
Scale: Starfighter
Length: 12.8 meters
Skill: Starfighter Piloting: E-Wing
Crew: 1 and astromech droid (can coordinate)
Crew Skill: Astrogation 3D+1, starfighter piloting 5D, starship gunnery 5D+2, starship shields 3D
Passengers: None
Cargo Capacity: 95 kilograms
Consumables: 1 week
Cost: 190,000 credits (new)
Hyperdrive Multiplier: x2
Nav Computer: Uses R7 astromech droid  (10 sets of jump coordinates stored)
Maneuverability: 3D+1
Space: 10
Atmosphere: 435; 1,300 km/h
Hull: 5D
Shields: 1D
Sensors:
Passive: 30/0D
Scan: 55/1D
Search: 85/2D+1
Focus: 5/4D
Weapons:
2 Boosted Laser Cannons (fire-linked)
Fire Arc: Front
Skill: Starship Gunnery
Fire Control: 3D
Space Range: 1-3/12/25
Atmosphere Range: 100-300/1.2/2.5 km
Damage: 6D
2 Ion Cannons (fire-linked)
Fire Arc: Front
Skill: Starship Gunnery
Fire Control: 3D
Space Range: 1-3/12/25
Atmosphere Range: 100-300/1.2/2.5 km
Damage: 5D ionization
2 Proton Torpedo Launchers (3 torpedoes each)
Fire Arc: Front
Skill: Starship Gunnery
Fire Control: 2D
Space Range: 1/3/7
Atmosphere Range: 100/300/700 m
Damage: 9D

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Tophertron's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

Nice take on this! Was wondering if we'd see something along these lines (especially now that "canon" could very possibly see them discarded entirely...)

I'd always favored the brandx0 version of the E-Wing, and Adam's interpretation is just about up there with it. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/>

Cons:
The nose and blasters are a little stubby, undermining the sleek look of the rest of the fighter.
Engine nacelles need elongating forward - otherwise you lose the "E" shape!
The connection of wings to hull looks a little weak - could maybe use some X-wing style structural reinforcements?
The torpedo launcher area looks like it has some kind of artifacting? Could be the angle though <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/w/w…" width="15" height="15" alt=";)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="387" title=";) (Wink)"/>

Pros:
Extra firepowah! <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/b/b…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="366" title=":D (Big Grin)"/> You've brought it up to spec against similar craft, and better still, removed the awkward canopy blaster.
The cockpit looks like a next-gen update on the traditional Incom style, so that it both "fits in" and also looks suitably like a successor design. It's only a shame the subsequent T-65C didn't have this.
The rear hull with its sloping profile - very sleek, and matching the T-65C.
Astromech dome - many interpretations don't bother (I think based on the source material?), so it's nice to see one here.
Hull markings - great to see more craft in blue variations. Is it right to use the Rebel firebird though, in this timeline? I can't recall if the Republic had taken it up...
Shoguneagle's avatar
The original E-Wing was one of my favorite (if not THE favorite) starfighter out of Dark Empire, though its background explained that it was somewhat of a failure, what with blaster cannons that had a tendency to explode if they used synthetic tibanna gas...

I envisioned that the T-68A would be a more compact craft than the X-Wing, but just as durable with additional armor plating in all the right places. In a way, having two S-foils as opposed to four reduces its overall target profile, eliminating that vulnerability. If you look at the original E-Wing design, it had those flimsy attachments in the wing root that looked like they could separate if they took a solid hit, so I suppose this is somewhat of an improvement.

Yeah, the canopy-mounted blaster has always been a problem to me (exploding cannons and what not). It didn't make sense to keep it, and I liked the idea of having Adam add outboard ion cannons to round out its armament. I concur with his choice of canopy design being the right fit for this incarnation of E-Wing, along with the rest of the hull.

Though I haven't revealed it in the FaSotS timeline yet, the Republic does adapt what would've been the Alliance starhawk. Not for the same reasons (being adapted from Galen Marek's family sigil in the EU), but to illustrate that the spirit of the Republic is changing, rising like a phoenix from its previous path of corruption and moral decay. Plus... it honestly just looks a lot better than the galaxy spokes roundel. As always, thank you for the comments!
Tophertron's avatar
I completely forgot about the Tibanna gas issue! Hahahaha

I remember those "support" struts... I think I've seen it implied in a few interpretations that it's used as part of the S-foil mechanism, I agree completely on the fragility of it though - hence why I suggested a solid X-wing-esque wedge shape.

Having two ion cannons rather than just one seems a lot more logical anyway, IMO. You don't want your sole ion cannon taking a hit and leaving you unable to disable something, if it's part of your mission profile! Hahaha  

I like your take on the firebird introduction; I suspected it might be something along those lines (not too bothered about ignoring the Galen Marek storyline, as much of those games were A) too over the top, and B) illustrated the "small galaxy" syndrome that was a problem in both old and new canon!)

That said, Galen Marek in this timeline could be pretty neat!

:)
DZhou13's avatar

Hello, my name is Daniel, an eighth grade student.

I was wondering if I could use one of your starfighter pictures for my Star Wars school book project. (only used for the cover)

I’ll credit you in the book for the cover art.

Thanks so much!

Shoguneagle's avatar
Yes, that's fine. But also please credit the original artist, Adam Kopala (adamkop.deviantart.com), as he was the one that created it. 
JSailer's avatar
JSailerHobbyist Traditional Artist

While it is a good design, I don't understand why the engines and guns need to be that far away from the main body of the craft.

MalletMann's avatar
Only thing is, the loss of the dorsal gun. I would keep it, but push it back and mount it on top of a vertical fin. 
steffenschneider123's avatar
steffenschneider123Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can I paint a copy of this in oil?
Shoguneagle's avatar
Of course, so long Adam Kopala doesn't have a problem with it. Please contact him first adamkop.deviantart.com
ZeldaTheSwordsman's avatar
Well, this looks better than the old official E-wing, which looks like somebody did a random kitbash of their X-wing model and then decided to make draw it as a ship. But I ultimately think the X-wing's core design works better and I believe E-wings have yet to be recanonized
ZeldaTheSwordsman's avatar
I think the E-wing would work better as a counterpart to the TIE Striker than as an X-wing successor
Blazbaros's avatar
BlazbarosProfessional Digital Artist
Love this design over the original, nice job!
DeadCobra's avatar
This is quite good
Vladium's avatar
Looks awesome. It also looks like the wings may retract in some, is that the case?
Colourbrand's avatar
ColourbrandHobbyist Digital Artist
Design is way superior to the original - double guns, no stupid top weapon, more sensible design, and a wee astromech on the back!

She not just looks like a TIE killer :) it is a TIE killer!
Ambaryerno's avatar
Don't knock the dorsal gun!
ZeldaTheSwordsman's avatar
Eh, the E-wing's dorsal gun (much like the E-wing in general IMO) wasn't very well executed. It's not like the dorsal gun on the Viper Mark VII.
Colourbrand's avatar
ColourbrandHobbyist Digital Artist
He did ;)
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