Light Frigate WIP #1

A mid-late OT replacement for the Carrack. I have a soft spot for the Carrack, but I just can’t quite take the shape seriously. But I figure the Carrack’s slot in the fleet order of battle is a very useful one, so I wanted a replacement with a more Imperial, and less phallic, aesthetic.

This is ~320m long, almost the same volume as a Carrack. Armament will be 12+ MTL and light guns. Very fast, and unlike the Carrack will likely have a small hangar for small shuttles/flight-squadron of light fighters.

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12 Responses

  1. Norsehound

    Any thoughts Fractal on Fantasy Flight Game’s Raider-class Corvette? In many way it parallels the CR-90, which is sometimes used as a counterpart to the Carrack.

    • Fractalsponge

      Carrack should be in a totally different league from the CR-90. The Carrack is like 10x the volume of a CR-90, and the firepower and shielding differential should approach that.

      I generally like the Raider design, except the exaggerated TIE Interceptor style wings. If they had integrated them better, it’d be a winner in my book.

  2. JadeOwl

    I’m sorry to hear that you’re not a fan of the Carrack’s shape.

    I was my hope if you ever tackled it you would be able to come up with an elegant solution for that huge freaking window in the front.

    • gorkmalork

      Simplest option might just be to take a page off the Lancer & Star Galleon’s blueprints & reduce the viewports to that relative scale & shape.

    • gorkmalork

      That puppy has a superficially comparable launch-bay layout, though don’t ask me where a ship so slim fits a TIE wing, handful of shuttles AND meaningful thrust & firepower for its bulk.

      • Chris

        adapt it as a Acclamator variant and I think you can work the space out for it….according to the cross section book there is a huge hangar space for all the drop ships, walkers, etc…to support the army it carries. Also..making the Imperial II an Acclamator variant…you can make the main hanger the fighter hanger and change the boarding ramps to what the pic of the Imperial II has and the top hanger becomes the shuttle/logistics hanger.

        • gorkmalork

          Good points re: a combat-configured Acclamator; suppose I got a little hung-up on the wiki’s stated dimensions. At that point I’d say the Imp-II would be well out of any Carrack equivalent’s weight class, natch.

  3. Vons Barador

    I’ve redesigned the Carrack towards practicality like six times, with middling success. Glad to see the master take it on.

    • gorkmalork

      Don’t suppose you have any links to said attempts? Wouldn’t mind seeing even a partly-completed take on placement for all those guns from the old Essential Guide’s fluff text.

  4. gorkmalork

    Reusing the Indictor’s bridge module? I could see the forward portion, though those struts somehow seem less aesthetically appealing on this design. Might just be me, and it’s likely a bit early to conclude. At any rate I’m digging those outsized nozzles & super-sharp hull taper.

    In other news…yeah, you have a real point about WEG’s early picket-pocket-rockets. I gotta give the Lancer a nod for visible guns & a less comically-oversized bridge viewport, but their crews must’ve heard every stale joke in the datapad eighteen times over. You start wondering whether run-ins with Wedge Antilles would seem a mercy.

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