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John
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You really should do a MKI Assault Frigate.

Eduardo
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Hey I hope you dont mind if I use this and a few others in a story and picture I’m making. I may photoshop them a bit to add some paint to them, if you dont mind, I hope you don’t, I’ll link back to every ship I use since you have the best quality images. I also think you should tag this as Rebel Alliance as well as Galactic Empire, because pretty much EVERYONE used this ship back in the day.

Joel Szasz
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Nice to see that you’ve given the good old girl the Fractal treatment. When I use her in my fan fiction, with your okay, I’ll want to link this as a reference to readers, especially since this is superior in quality to what it on Wookiepeedia.

Anonymous
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Is this ship have the same firepower than the Vindicator or more?

Nate
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After seeing this, I’m curious to see what your design of a Carrack class light cruiser would look like.

Anonymous
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speaking of design fractal you said you can’t take the Carrack design seriously because it look like a dick but the Dreadnaught class design also look like a dick but yet you keep it so what justified this one but not the Carrack?

John
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This is awesome. The Dreadnaught-Class Heavy Cruiser is my favorite ship from Star Wars. I would love to see you do a more standard variant (the clamshell fore section) in the future. A MK I Assault Frigate would be another good project.

MadMoff
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That’s a Dreadnaught-class Heavy Cruiser (Not a Frigate, a HEAVY CRUISER), according to the Anaxes System of Ship Classification. The Anaxes System superseded the ship classification used by the Old Republic before the Clone Wars. In the old system, there were heavy restrictions placed on ships above six hundred meters in length, usually by limiting their their speed and/or armement. Dreadnaught Heavy Cruisers were designed and built by Rendili Star Drive a century before the Clone Wars as a heavy cruiser to give much needed muscle to Judicial Forces task forces, but was slow and ponderous. However, she was durable… Read more »
gorkmalork
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Since this particular Dread variant is apparently the product of an Imperial overhaul program, it might’ve been (re)categorized under the Starfleet’s own in-house system (and srsly, how ‘heavy’ would this thing look next to a Victory or Venator-class SD?). Even prior to vast swathes of Expanded Universe material being “Legend”-ized for the sake of a (relatively) clean slate, “many of the truths we cling to depend on our point of view”.

MadMoff
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That’s the thing about the Anaxes system. Under the old classification system, ships over 600 meters in length (the maximum size of the Cruiser-class) were a rarity, but by the time the Clone Wars rolled around, the Cruiser class was made increasingly meaningless by the sheer number of private enterprises churning out warships far larger than the old size limitations permitted, regulations be damned. The architects of the Anaxes system noticed that, and made allotments for ships far outside the old 600 meter limit. At the time of its inception, the Dreadnaught-class Heavy Cruiser was actually a rather sizable warship… Read more »
gorkmalork
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Well & good, though I must note that even well prior to the Clone Wars major powers like the Mandalorians were fielding 1300m+ Kandosii-class ships. Vessels approaching and/or well exceeding an Impstar’s bulk don’t seem to have been *that* recent a development on the galactic stage.

EmperorNiko
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Any plans to make an Assault Frigate Mk.1 from this?

Popkorn
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I think it’s a litte too big to be considered frigate, i think cruiser suits it much better. Awesowe work as always.

gorkmalork
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FS seems to operate with the notion that star *destroyers* are exactly that, and Imperial warships start approaching ‘cruiser’ scale around twice an Impstar’s bulk. As for the EU/Legends’ smaller officially-labeled ‘cruisers’, that gets chalked up to their manufacturers’ hyperbolic marketing. Makes sense to me, but your mileage may vary.

daggers56
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The Old Republic Dreadnoughts are classified as Heavy Cruisers in the Star Wars universe. Star Destroyers seem to fall more into the class battlecruisers, based on how they’re used in combat operations, their size and their armor and weapon compliment. http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Dreadnaught-class_heavy_cruiser

gorkmalork
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That still leaves quite the tonnage gap between Victories/Venators/Impstars and flagships like the Executor class, not to mention a handful of capitals from supplemental sources (comics, games, concept sketches) that seem to mass around 1/3 to 1/2 Ex’s tonnage, which still dwarfs your average star destroyer. And given how much time destroyers seem to spend chasing corvettes & freighters about, the analogy with their WWII Terran counterparts doesn’t strike me as terribly far-fetched.

Sephiroth0812
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Maybe in the Star Wars galaxy the designations of “Cruiser” and “Destroyer” are simply switched compared to Earth naval nomenclature? On Earth, it usually goes like: Patrol Boat/Gunship->Corvette->Frigate->Destroyer->Cruiser->Carrier/Battlecruiser/Battleship. In Star Wars, the roles of Cruiser and Destroyer are simply switched around with Destroyers like the Victories, Venators and ImpStars being the second most powerful classes with the tonnage gap being bridged by ship-classes designated as Heavy Destroyers (like the Tector-class) or light “Battlecruisers” like the Allegiance-class or Praetor MkI (which has 4km length). In the real world navies there was also a more notable tonnage gap between the second most-powerful… Read more »
Alan
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Man your work is awesome, any chance of making the Executor Star destroyer or Death Star

Anonymous
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man, your work is awesome, any chance of making the Executor Star Destroyer or Death Star?

Brad Knowles
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I’m wondering what some of these weapons are. On the port and starboard sides of the forward section, there appear to be two pair of over/under mounted twin light turbolasers in what might be “point defense” positions. But turbolasers supposedly aren’t that effective against fighters, and I would expect to see quad light laser cannons here instead. In the larger blisters on the port and starboard sides side, it appears that there are three forward-pointing giant cannons of some type, but I can’t tell if they are large turbolasers or maybe ion cannons? And then the mostly aft-oriented quads might… Read more »
gorkmalork
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I asked FS similar questions a couple work-in-progress pages back, so maybe this’ll help.
Big single blister guns: Impstar II-caliber heavy turbolasers (each one=a single barrel on the ISD’s octuple turrets)
Quad blister guns: Acclamator-yield medium turbos
Tiny dual guns: light turbos (our host gives ’em a little more anti-snub credit than some games & novels indicate)
Ventral cylinders: anti-capital missile battery
That last one’s an addition with the in-universe logic of Imps retrofitting their Dreadnaught surplus for firepower approaching a Victory-class destroyer’s.

Kaul of Keldabe
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Wow! The forward facing view makes it seem pretty intimidating

jonathan
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hot damn, that looks great.

Anonymous
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Can you add to site option to rotate models like on Sketchfab?

Anditesh Ordo
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that would be a awesome experience to see Fractalsponge’s work rotate around.

Anonymous
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Well done, Ansel!
What’s next, I wonder?

Anonymous
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From this easy to model rebel Assault Frigate Mark I of all types

gorkmalork
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Dunno if that’s gonna happen outside another commission; our esteemed host seems neutral at best when it comes to early-EU “bar with a couple bumps & thick ends” ship designs. Can’t say I really blame FS, given the aesthetic appeal of Kuat’s doomwedges.

Sean
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I love the fact that the Vindicator has the exact same guns as a Dreadnaught, seeing as they’re both 600 meter escorts XD

what’s your next project gonna be? I’d be rooting for an Immobilizer 418, an Acclamator (I or II), a Venator, or an Arquitens, though I’d also absolutely love to see more hovertanks or walkers. Perhaps an APC of some sorts?

Daniel Shenise
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Looks good, best representation of the Dreadnaught I’ve seen. Still question that 3rd blister location (starting from the bow, the one with the medium TL’s). It’ll always look crowded to me. But I do like it, not as much as your original creations, but still an excellent job. The little light twin TL or laser cannon positions are nice addition and flesh it out a lot.

John
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I LOVE IT!!!

Mynock
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And where would you say the bridge/command center is? I know in the EU it wasn’t supposed to be as ‘exposed’ as the more traditional craft.

Mynock
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As always, brilliant work – How many fighters/small craft would this ship be carrying? Also, what’re the dimensions of the Dreadnaught?

Ric
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Love it!

gorkmalork
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Much as this particular EU (re)creation likely gave you some migraines, the result’s one damned impressive example of streamlining & adding functionality to a somewhat underdeveloped ship design. Thanks are also due for this ample array of perspective shots.

Chris
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Any way we could get an animation showing the field of fire for the cannons??