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    • gorkmalork

      I’d be seriously wondering if a mini-SL scaled to cram on an Impstar-ballpark hull would be worth the drain from engines, conventional armament & shielding-plus, the engineering demands of that rotate-to-firing-position mechanism.

      • Fractalsponge

        I doubt it’d be worth it. The thing would be a sitting duck and probably can’t hit that much harder (maybe farther?) than a normal SD on that size reactor. If you’re mounting a big axial weapon, do it on a damn star dreadnought.

        • gorkmalork

          Recent Disneyboot technical asides re: Death Star 1 (plus TFA’s Resurgent class, albeit just with upgraded TLs…and zilch in the way of stated numbers) introduced kyber crystals as a supposedly major output-amplifying macguffin (hell, I’ve even read the odd spec that DS2 was built larger to compensate for K-crystal scarcity post-ANH), but I’ll believe the funky Jedha rocks let destroyers handily punch that far above their tonnage when I see it.

          • Fractalsponge

            Wider proportionally speaking. Not finalized by any means since I don’t have a Mandator design even blocked out.

      • Anonymous

        Speaking of the star dreadnought having a axial weapon Fractal would the Mandator III (which is 12 km long as you may know that) be big enough to have axial superlaser like the Assertor but smaller?

        • gorkmalork

          If it helps, the smallest official superweapon-equipped capital craft I know of would be the Clone Wars toon’s Subjugator-class cruiser, which is a smidgen over 4.8 km & mounts big honkin’ Venator-formation-disabling ion pulse cannons…with one on each broadside facing, and hence with even less space for crucial machinery than an Eclipse/Assertor-style axial mount would provide. With that reference point in mind, I bet you could pack a mini-SL on the Mandator, even if it might not boast the max yield of either later-gen battlewagon (much less the Death Star’s shots from Rogue One).

          • gorkmalork

            @Anon
            ‘Zat so? Apologies for the delay-work was especially annoying.
            *checks sources*
            Hmm…most of the ‘pedia sources for Conqueror involve a game (which I’m inclined to take with several quarts of salt, whatever Disney’s official stance), and the recent Imperial Handbook’s notes include our old pal Bevel Lemelisk admitting to unsolved “issues of miniaturization and power output” in a piece of superweapon-concept propaganda fluff. As such, color me doubtful Impstar-tonnage moon crackers hit active service prior to Endor-for one thing, who’d need Death Stars if you can crank out fortress world-wreckers that small?

  1. hawtss

    Hey Fractalsponge! Any chance of seeing the Gladiator-class star destroyer here?

    • gorkmalork

      Peeps have certainly asked about that prior, but there’s a great deal on Fractal’s plate already (among other things, at least a half-dozen WIPs besides this one).

      • Chris

        I have been asking for a while…I have an affinity for the older, smaller EU ships like the Gladiator and the Marauder corvette. They just seem to never get good art. I know the Gladiator has been getting some love lately with the Armada game.

        • gorkmalork

          I can see where you’re coming from there-Rebels in particular seemed to be about 65% Impstars & corvettes for quite a stretch. Wouldn’t mind some destroyer or cruiser-grade Corellian ships (assuming the Empire didn’t just have ’em subcontract KDY wedges) from someone, somewhere, down the line.

          • Chris

            I would have loved to see an Imperial battlegroup in Rebels that was an amalgamation of ships….not just a bunch of Impstars, Gozantis and Interdictors. Maybe a couple Imps, a Tector, plus Vics, Gladiators, and a Venator for a carrier

          • Fractalsponge

            I don’t like it, but you can understand how it works effects budget wise.

          • gorkmalork

            @Chris
            Sounds like a rough day for Home One & her current escorts; pity that ‘Impstars are all you need/anyone cares about at their scale category’ default seems to hamper large-ship variety (for the Imps, anyhow) onscreen. I’m wondering when/if they’ll even bother introducing Executor, and what sort of mass-gunner-lobotomizing said monstrosity would suffer to ensure the central cast’s survival.

            Plus, while I can more/less roll with the Arquitens as a ship fit for threatening CR90s but still vulnerable to heavy fighter-yield antics, the Gozanti’s minuscule TIE loadout is a bit underwhelming. Granted, the thing may be more of a walker bus.

          • Fractalsponge

            I like to think of the Gozanti as an armed merchant cruiser or coast guard ship. Armed, but barely military.

          • gorkmalork

            @Fractal
            Point re: budget limits…which in turn reinforces the “Impstars are all anyone sees” factor, and from there that brainbug where they’re the heaviest OT-era Imp warship that isn’t some megalomaniac’s custom vanity ride. As for the Gozanti, makes sense in that context-I keep forgetting they’re barely over twice a YT-series freighter’s bulk.

  2. Calzone

    What program are these being made in? Maya? Unreal? Solid works? 3DS Max? I ask because I have been looking to begin exploring the world of the 3D design.

  3. anon

    Holy ship batman he’s still alive, had me worried there for a bit.

  4. gorkmalork

    Ah, more ventral-superstructure progress; be interesting to see what those gaps in the saucer get filled with. Plus, *just* noticed the proportionate thruster beefiness.

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